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by Bill Bailey
Since the first colonists waded in from
the Atlantic Ocean onto the shores of this land we call
home, there have been conflicts of one sort or another.
Protecting our homes, families and neighbors has always been
a responsibility that we do not take lightly.
In order to win our freedom from the
monarchies of Europe, we fought against the largest,
best-equipped army and navy in the world at the time, the
British Empire. The first armies of this country were ill
equipped, common men who were just farmers, shopkeepers and
workers, who knew that if their cause was just, their hearts
true and their courage strong they could prevail and cast
off the shackles that had kept them from enjoying freedom.
Our country does not go into conflict
without due consideration, because we are well aware of the
cost of war. There will be men and women who will fight the
battles and make the ultimate sacrifice of giving their life
in the service of their country. Even those who fight the
battles and return home are forever changed by the horrors
Winston Churchill, speaking after the
Battle of Britain in World War II, said, “Never in the field
of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” We
must never forget the sacrifices that have been made
throughout history to keep us safe and free. We owe all that
we are and all we ever will be to those who have put aside
their fear and put on a uniform to fight for what they
believed was right.
Veteran’s Day is the day to honor and
give thanks for all those who have died and all those who
have fought for our freedom and for the freedom of others
all over the world.
by Bill Bailey
I intended to have one story of hope or
inspiration from each of the conflicts, as told by a veteran
who had experienced it first-hand. After contacting many
veterans who really did not want to remember those years, I
began to understand that anything they saw that may have
been good had been lost in all of the pain, sorrow and
suffering they had witnessed.
I remember that my father, a veteran of
World War II, would hardly speak of his time overseas. All
he would say was, “It had to be done and we went and did
it.” Many of the veterans I spoke with said that the only
good day they could remember was the day when they embarked
After a while, I discovered that almost
all the talk I heard from the veterans was about the people
they met in the countries where they were stationed. I have
summed up everything that they said by comparing notes of
the conversations. None could recall a single instance of
anything hopeful or inspiring. All they could remember of
anything good or that gave them hope while they were
overseas and in a combat area was that most of the civilians
they had encountered, simple folk just like back home, who
had hopes and dreams for themselves, their families and
their country, were kind to them and did not want to be in
the middle of a conflict either.
We would like to thank our readers and subscribers for
submitting the names for this tribute and we also thank all
of the brave men and women who serve this great country to
keep us safe and free.
SERVICE BRANCH NOT SPECIFIED
Adrian K. Ball - Cpl., Korea,
Denzil Ball - WWII.
Wilford Ray Ball - TC5, 27th
Constabulary Squadron, WWII.
Ray Basnett - Cpl.,
Co. A, 830th Engineers Batt.
James H. Beecher - E3, WWII.
Reed R. Bennett - Pfc., 515th
Vier Brannon - Vietnam.
Jason Brewer - Sgt., 35th MP Detach.,
Ft. Gordon, Ga.
David (Jack) Bush.
Robert Bush - Korea.
Joe Cain - 1st
John R. Cheesebrew, Jr. - Staff Sgt.,
Engineers Construction Batt., 1945.
David R. Chenoweth - Sgt., South
Pacific, Korean War, 8th Command, Guam,
Chenoweth, Jr. - Commander, Pacific Theater, Korean and Vietnam Wars,
Jack Church, Jr. - Pfc.,
Walter E. Close - Cpl., European
Theater, 12/23rd MP Co. with the 9th Air Force.
Frank Clowser - Korea.
Conrad - Sgt., WWII, served overseas for four years. Awarded
South Pacific Ribbon and WWII Victory Medal.
James E. Cooper - Sgt.,
Ted Copeland - Vietnam.
Clenton L. Cottrell.
D. Cottrell - WWII, 3rd Div. Infantry
Medic, North Africa,
Trevie Cunningham - WWII, Received Good
Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Philippine
Liberation Medal with Bronze Star.
Perry Daugherty - WWII.
Glen Dawson -
TEC/5, European Theater, 82nd Airborne
Dennis Dickson - Vietnam.
George Duskey, Jr. - Served in the
Pacific in WWII.
Hubert C. Elliot - Tech. Sgt., WWII,
Paul S. Evans - T-3, Korea, 29th General Hospital,
Richard Fisher - Vietnam.
Robert Fivecoait - LCpl.,
Ron P. Fleming - Airman 1st Class,
Edward G. Fowler - Pfc., Special
Vehicle Operator, 2571st ASU. Awarded WWII Victory Ribbon.
S. Frame - Pvt., China, WWII.
Denver Gandee - WWII.
Garretson - T/4, European Theater, Naples-Foggio and
Rome-Arno campaigns, 1941-1945.
James Scott Greathouse - died at the
Battle of the Bulge.
Buster F. Griffin.
Donald Gunn - WWII.
Robert W. Haines.
Kathy Haines Walsh.
John Hale - WWII.
Clarence Harris - WWII, Stateside
Doy Harris - Desert Storm/ OIF.
Sam Harris - Korea.
Jeremia Hartshorn -
Ft. Mevior, Va., Medic.
Sam Hatten - WWII.
Donnie Hayes - Vietnam.
Don Heiney - Cpl., Pacific Theater (Tinun Island).
Donald H. Heiney - Cpl., Pacific
Theater, WWII, 20th Air Force, 504th Bomb Group.
Lorus Hickman - Sgt.
Elvin Paul Hixon - T-Sgt., Senior
Airman, Desert Storm, 1988-1992.
Starling Holbert - Vietnam.
Jim Horner - Vietnam.
Shirley Hosey - WWII, participated in
Exercise Tiger before D-Day and ship was hit by torpedo.
Survived two hours by holding to dead man before being
picked up by British Destroyer. Served in the D-Day
Jarvis - Germany, Combat Artillery, 71st Div.
Leo Jarvis - Italy, Bomb Squadron.
Kenneth Keaton - Korea.
Gerald Kelly - Airman 2nd Class,
Dan Markley - Cpl., Desert Storm/Desert
Joe B. Marks - Staff Sgt.,
South East Asia.
Bruce McCune - WWII, Atlantic Theater.
Dowell McCune - WWII.
Norville McCune - WWII Atlantic
Claudis McCune, Jr. - Korea.
Larry McDonald - 82nd Airborne Div.,
1965-1967. Served in the
Norman McDonald - Korea, 1968-1970.
Ralph McDonald - Vietnam, served from
1965-1971; was in Vietnam, 1968-1969.
Troy McDonald - Germany, 1965-1967.
Gordon D. McKee - Private, Stateside.
Bernard C. McKown - Aerographer Mate
2nd Class, Korea, 1948-1952.
E.J. (Fuzzy) Melvin - Air/Sea Rescue
Richard P. Metz -
SPC(T), European Theater, Company A, 18th
Louis I. Milam - SP4, Vietnam.
Joe Miller - Vietnam.
John Miller - Cpl., South Pacific,
Odus Miller - WWII.
Richard Morris - Captain.
Bernard Murphy - Korea.
Paris Parsons - WWII.
W. Richards - SP5,
John Riley - Vietnam.
Denver Roberts - WWII.
Dale Rupert - WWII.
Kermit Saunders - Vietnam.
Gordon Schoolcraft - WWII.
Gordon Schoolcraft - Korea.
Delbert N. Sears - Cpl., Medic; Korea, Osaka, Japan.
Bob Shannon - Korea.
E. Smith - SP4, Korea, HQ 1st
Infantry Brig., 7th Infantry Div.
Frank W. Smith - SP4, Vietnam, A
Battery, 2nd Batt., 94th Artillery, 1966-1968.
Franklin Smith - SP4, 17th Engineers
Batt., 2nd Armored Div., 1961-1964.
Herbert C. Smith, Sr. - Pfc.,
B, 31st Engineers Training Batt.
Charlie Snyder - Korea.
Richard N. Stalnaker - Pfc., 525th
William A. Stalnaker, Jr. - SP4(T), Vietnam,
John Morris Stamp - Lt
John Michael Stamp - Captain, service
in the Gulf.
Denzil D. Starcher - Cpl.,
Korea, 15th FA Batt., 2nd Infantry
Roger D. Starcher - 1st Sgt., 1970-1993
Lou Staton - WWII.
Sheldon C. Stevens.
Gene “Sheriff” Stump - WWII.
Bernard (Tom) Sturm.
Dan Uplinger - Vietnam.
Okey Wade - Korea.
Ernest Wagoner - Pvt., Asiatic-Pacific
Bernard E. Wallbrown - Cpl., European
Theater, 12th Fighter Command.
Dale Wallbrown - European Theater,
1942-1945, 8th Air Force in
Hershel Webb - Korea.
Clarence West - WWII.
Ronnie E. Westfall - E4, Ma-chine Air
Bertha Whipkey -
Brady Whipkey - Cpl.,
James Whipkey - Senior Airman.
Ron White - Korea.
Steve White - Vietnam.
Harold Whytsell - Vietnam.
Wilford B. Williams - Cpl., 439th
Platoon, 4th Batt.
Warren J. Wright - AIC.
Bernard Wyatt -WWII.
Arnold Yoak - WWII.
Arnold Yoak - Korea.
Billie Joe Yoak.
Roger Yoak - Vietnam.
Evadeen Yoak Kesler.
Jill Brewer - Airman 1st Class, Air
Force, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.
Harold Cadle - Airman in the Korean
War. Served on the Bon Homme Richard in aviation ordinance.
Jack Connolly - Airman 1st Class, Air
Force, Radar Evaluation and ECM Spec., 1954.
Ronald B. Craddock - A/2, 1958-1962.
Served in Air Force Security in Africa, France, England and
Harold Ray Duskey - Staff Sgt., Air
Force, Korea, 3902nd Motor Vehicle Squadron, Offutt Air
Force Base, Neb.
Ray Fought - Korea.
Anthony Gumm - Staff Sgt., Air Force,
Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Park Gunn - Air Force,
Night Flying Instructor.
Freddie C. Kight - Lt. Col., Air Force,
European Theater, 416th Night Fighter Squad.
R.J. Kight - Staff Sgt., Air Force,
American Theater, WWII, 15th Air Force.
Thurman Radabaugh - 1956-62 with
Strategic Air Command.
Larry D. Slider - Air Force,
Vietnam, Okinawa, 1970-1971;
Thailand/Vietnam, 1971 -1972.
Robert N. Stalnaker - Staff Sgt., Air
Force, Carswell Air Force Base,
Texas, 7FM Squadron (SAC).
Richard L. Whited - Master Sgt., Air Force, Vietnam,
Strategic Air Command, 1960-1981.
Ambros G. Collins -
(E7), Air Force and Army, Vietnam, Dominican Republic, Cuban
Missile Crisis, Air Force France and Italy, 1954-1966; Army,
James Arnold - Army, WWII.
Melvin D. Arnold, Sr. - LT, Army,
Active Service, 1942-1946; Reserve, 1946-1959.
Arland L. Bailey - Pfc., Army,
Arnett L. Bailey - Cpl., Army, Germany.
Emory C. Bailey - Pfc., Army,
Albert E. Ball - Sgt., Army, European
Theater, Battery B, 569th AAA (AW) Battalion, 1943-1946.
Ernest Ball - Pfc.,
Fred Ball, Jr. - Cpl., Army, WWI,
Freddie Ball, Jr. - Pfc., Army.
Thomas D. Barker - Master Sgt./1st
Sgt., Army, served 25 years in the Army as Military advisor,
1st Sgt., Assistant Battalion Commander, 1st Sgt. HDQ and
HDQ Co., Career Counselor, Motor Sgt., Operations Sgt.,
Intelligence Sgt., Platoon Sgt., Drill Instructor, Squad
Leader, Supply Clerk.
Hale J. Basnett - Pfc., Army, American
& European Theaters, 333rd Infantry, 1942-1946.
Harley Basnett - Pfc., Army, European,
African and Middle Eastern Theaters, Anti-Tank Co., 114th
Robert Basnett - Pfc., Army, American
Theater, WWII, Co. B, 55th Armored Infantry Batt.
Bernard P. Bell - T/SGT,
Co. I, 142nd Infantry, 36th Infantry Div., WWII Medal of
James C. Billey - Army, European
Theater, 13th of 82nd Airborne Div.
Vinson Bostic - Pfc., Army, Normandy, WWII.
Clifford Burrows - Pfc., Army, European
Theater, Co. F 7th Infantry, Rifleman, Army Occupation
Medal, WWII Victory Ribbon.
Edward Harvey Burrows - Korea, Field
Sgt., nine bronze stars, 1949-1952.
James L. Burrows - Pfc., Army, European
Theater, WWII, HQ 2891, 75th Div.
Robert Harry Burrows - PFC, Korea, four
bronze stars, 1950-1952.
Thurl H. Burrows - Sgt., Army, European
Theater, Co. F, 32nd Armed Reg., Medium Tank Crewman,
England, France, Belgium, Germany, Normandy, Northern
France. EAME Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Battle Stars, Victory Medal, American Theater
of Operations Medal, Purple Heart. Wounded, Apr. 20, 1945.
Willard R. Burrows - SP4, Army, 1-HQ,
HQ Co., 3rd Brigade, 4th
Infantry Div. 1963-1965.
Thurman Carter - Army, WWII.
Collins - Pvt., Army, Entered service in 1944; KIA, Apr. 14,
David L. Cottrell - SP4, Army, Vietnam,
2nd Squadron, 17th Cavlary, 101st Air Div.
Boyd L. Cooper - Sfc., Korea, killed in
Harold L. Craddock - Cpl., Army, Korea,
712 TBR, 1953-1955.
Larry Craddock - Spc 5, 1965-1968.
Assigned to Cam Rahn Bay, Vietnam, June 1966-June 1967.
Returned to Pleiku, Vietnam, Jan. 1968-Oct. 1968 for final
Leo E. Craddock, - Staff Sgt.,
1948-1952. Army Air Corps. Training Command as
communications and radio mechanic instructor.
J.R. Cunningham - Staff Sgt., Army,
Pacific Theater, Army Signal Corp.
Lester L. Cunningham - Pfc., Army,
Pacific Theater, 1942-1945.
Glendon D. Davisson - Major 04, Army,
Germany, 24th Infan-try Div.; Vietnam, 1st Infantry Div.,
1st Cavalry Div.
John B. Dawson - Cpl., Army, European
Theater, 252nd Combat Battalion.
Harold L. Deel - E-4, Army, Washington,
Charles Duskey, Jr. - Pfc., Army,
Rome-Arno Campaign, Co. C, Seventh Infantry.
Dale Dye - Pvt., Army, 1560th Scu.
H. Dye - Pfc., Army, Germany, WWII.
Glenn Dye - Pfc., Army, South Pacific
and European Theaters, 255th Infantry, 1941-1945.
Holly D. Eagle, Jr. - MP/Pfc., Army,
European Theater, 82nd Airborne Div.
Donald L. Edgell - SP3, Army, Korea,
1953-1955, 51st Signal Batt.
Ernest Edgell - Army, WWII.
John W. Elliott - Pfc., Army, 106th
Infantry, 423rd Infantry, Company A, 1944-1946.
John D. Ferguson - Sgt., Army, Korea,
24th Company Troop Movement, FECOM, 1953-1955.
Paul Fleming - Sgt., Army, European
Theater, 1st Infantry Division, 62nd Signal Battalion.
Thomas S. Fluharty - SP-5, Army,
Dolph Fowler - Pfc., Army, Normandy, WWII.
Leonard Fowler - PVT., Army, Stateside,
Hall V. Francis - Cpl., Army, Germany,
Battle of Wesel.
Laymon J. Godfrey - T-4, Army, WWII,
566th Anti-Aircraft Batt. Lt. Tank Troop 15th.
Larry B. Goodrich - Sgt., Army, B
Battery, 2nd Battalion, 4th Artillery, 4th Div.
Elbert H. Greathouse - June 1941-Jan.
Ernest L. Greathouse - Pfc., 28th
Darrell R. Hall - Corporal, Army, Korea,
Darrell O. Hall - Sgt., Army, Korea, HQ
Company, 2nd Infantry.
Victor Hamilton - Sgt., Army,
Asiatic-Pacific and American theaters, 442nd Bomb Squadron,
Louis Hanes - Sgt.,
Mike Harris - Army, South Pacific,
Frederick H. Hathaway - Captain, Army,
Medical Officer, 1943-1946.
Charles Heiney - Pfc.,
Heiney - Pfc., Army, Germany.
Larry Heiney - SP5,
James P. Helmick - Pfc., Army, Pacific
Theater, 35th Div., 137th Infantry.
William F. Helmick - Sgt., Army, 61st
Donald Ray Hicks - SPL4, Army, Vietnam,
1970-1973, 101st Airborne Div., 82nd Airborne Div.
Rex F. Hoover - S/Sgt., Army, Asiatic
and Pacific Theaters, 1941-1945. Was a major participant in
the Battle of Hill 700, acting as a scout and rifleman.
Awarded Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, Good Conduct
Medal and Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon.
Calvin Jarvis - Cpl., Army, Korea, Co.
A, 5th Cavalry Reg. Received Combat Infantry Badge, Korean
Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star, Japan
Occupation Medal, and United Nations Service Medal.
Carl B. Jarvis - Staff Sgt., Army,
Pacific Theater 1942-1946, South Pacific, New Guinea and
Philippine Islands. On Guadalcanal. he was Communications
Dennis Jarvis - J5, Army, WWII, 45th
Infantry Medic in North Africa,
South France and
North Africa to Munich, 45th Infantry Medic.
Emmet W. Johnson - Army, 156th Ord Tire
Repair, 1942-1945. Served in Africa, France and Texas.
Herbert D. Johnson - Pfc., Army,
Pacific and Northwest Command, WWII.
William J. Johnson - Cpl., Army,
European Theater, WWII.
Denzil Lewis Jones - Pvt., Army, Korea.
Larry Keaffaber - Sgt., Army, Gulf War,
1st Battlalion, 32nd Armor, 1st Cavalry Div. Alpha Co.
Donald Kelley - Cpl., Army, WWII,
Patton’s 3rd Army, 68th Tank Batt., France, Belgium,
Luxembourg, Holland, Germany; Battle of the Bulge.
H. Keith Kendall - WWII, Pfc., Army,
European, African, Middle-Eastern Theaters, Co. B, 142nd
Jerry Kendall - SP-4,
William Kendall - Sgt., Army, Vietnam.
William H. Kerby - T-5, Army, European
Theater, 756th Tank Battalion, 1941-1945.
Doris P. Kight - Sgt., North Africa
under Gen. Mark Clark, Italy under Gen. Patton. Purple Heart
and 5 Major Battle Stars.
Eudore T. Kight - Pvt., WWII, Italy.
Harold J. Kight - WWII, 1942-43.
William J. Kight - Staff Sgt., Army,
5th Army in Italy, United
Chester King - Army,
Eugene King - Army,
Eugene H. Kingsbury - US Army, WWII;
U.S. Air Force, Korea.
- Army, WWII.
Steve Lowe - Lt., Army,
1960-1980. Also served two years as military advisor in Bangkok, Thailand.
Brice Laughlin - Korea, 1952-1955.
Hubert L. Mace - Sgt., Army, 65th
Division, Light Maintenance Company, WWII.
Wilbert B. Maze - Cpl., Army.
Frank Maziarczyk, Jr. - Sgt., Army, Vietnam,
1st Infantry, 4th Battalion, Delta Co., 1967-1968.
Loren S. McCartney - Lt. Col., Army,
South Pacific, Australia,
Europe, Quartermaster Corps., 1942-1963.
Rood P. McCartney - Pfc., 1943-1945.
379th Med. Coll. Co., European Theater, Rome-Arno, Po
Valley, Apennines. European-African Middle Eastern Service
Medal with three Bronze Stars, Bronze Star Medal,
Meritorious Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart
Medal. Wounded in action in vicinity of Caster Del Rio,
Italy, Sept. 27, 1944.
John F. McCune - Pfc.,
Edwin N. McKown - SP4,
Air Cavalry, B Troop, 101st Air Div.
Clell Metz - Army, WWII.
B. Metz - Corporal, Army, Co. C, 178th Engineer Combat
Thurl Metz - Army, South Pacific
Donald Morris - Lt. Col., C-47 pilot in
a group that led the glider invasion of France on D-Day.
Major campaigns included Battle of the Bulge, Bastogne and
the crossing of the Rhine. He was commanding officer of 71st
Troop Carrying squadron and was awarded Distinguished Flying
Cross, Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and
Presidential Unit Citation for the invasion of Normandy.
Carl Ralph Morris - Staff Sgt., Army,
WWII, 3541 AAF Base Unit, May 3, 1942 - Dec. 13, 1945, and
Aug. 7, 1948 - June 18, 1951; Det #6 23332-3, Pittsburgh,
Terry Naylor - Pfc.,
Vietnam, Co. D,
1st Battalion, 1st Cavalry, APost, 1963-1967.
Harry A. Newell - Cpl., Army, Korea,
Jerald R. Newell - Cpl., Army, WWII,
Paul B. Newell - E4,
Oral Nichols - Pfc., Army, European
Theater, WWII, 331st Headquarters Co., 83rd Infantry Div.
Charles Nicholson - SP-5, Army, Vietnam.
Deward Offutt - Staff Sgt., Army, South
Pacific Theater, Co. B, 593rd Corp of Engineers.
James R. Osborne - SSgt.
Donald O. Parsons - T5, Army, 566th AAA
Levi Warden Parsons - Army, European
Theater, 20th Armored Div., 1943-1945.
Jack Pettit - Army,
Robert “Buzz” Plant - Pfc., Army.
Millard F. Propst - T5, Army,
Asiatic/Pacific Theater, 1st Cavalry, 8th Engineers.
Loyd Reed, Jr. - T-4, Army,
Asiatic-Pacific Theater, 1778th Engineer Construction
Todd Rhodes - Staff Sgt., Army, Middle
East, 731st Maintenance Company, XVIII Airborne Corps,
Operation Noble Eagle, Dragon Brigade.
Oral E. Richards - E-4, Army, Vietnam,
4th Infantry Div.
Bernard O. Riddle - Sgt., Army,
Howard F. Riddell - PFC, WWII, Europe
and Africa, 1943-1945.
Dale Ritchie - Sgt., Army, European
Theater, 42nd Rain-bow Div.,
Battle of the Bulge,
Forest, Liberation of Dachau.
Nolan G. Ritchie - SP4, Army, Can Tho Vietnam, 1st
Signal Brigade, 1st Cavalry Div.
Charles L. Roberts - Pfc., Army, Korea,
816th Field Artillery.
Benton Milton Rogers - Lt. Colonel,
Army; received Army Commendation Medal,
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two
Bronze Stars, WWII Victory Medal, National Defense Service
Medal, Parachutist Badge, Glider Badge and seven Overseas
Service Bars. He is buried in Abelee
Brian Curtis Rogers - S/Sgt., Army,
European Theater, Co., 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th
Infantry Div., entered service in 1941. KIA. Jan. 1945.
Awarded Purple Heart and buried in
Epinal American Military Cemetery,
Gordon Rogers - Pfc., Army, 69th
Infantry, HQ Co., 1st Battalion, 272nd Infantry, 69th Div.
HQ Co., 2nd Battalion, 209th Reg. 75th Div., Anti-tank
Michael P. Rogers - Sgt., Army, Vietnam,
George E. Sampson - Pfc., Army, WWII,
1944-1945, 447th Collective Co., ambulance driver with Gen.
Patton’s 3rd Army Div., awarded Good Conduct Medal, WWII
Victory Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Service
Ribbon, American Service Ribbon.
Darius Sears - Army, European Theater,
WWII, Purple Heart.
Dorsey Sears - Army, European Theater,
Glenn Sears - Pfc.,
Field Artillery Battalion, 1950-1953.
Herbert C. Smith, Jr. - SP 5, E5, Army,
82nd Airborne Div., Fort Bragg, NC, 1961-1964.
Fred Starcher - Pfc., Army, European
Theater, 262nd Signal Const. Co., Field Lineman 641,
1943-1945, Eastern Campaign and Good Conduct medals.
William F. “Bill” Stemple - Staff Sgt., Army, Vietnam,
Troop A, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Reg., 1st Infantry Div.,
Donald R. Stevens - Cpl., Army, Korea,
8th Army, 3rd Batt., 1953-1955.
William R. Stevens, Jr. - Pfc., Army,
Stateside, Co. A, 63rd Battalion, Fort Lee,
Bernard J. Stout - Pfc., Army,
European, African and Middle Eastern theaters, 1st Batt.,
38th Infantry Reg., 2nd Infantry Div., served in four
campaigns, Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes and
Rhineland. Wounded in action during
of the Bulge. Awarded Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star,
Purple Heart; European, African, Middle Eastern Campaign
Medals with 4 Bronze service stars, WWII Victory Medal, Army
of Occupation Medal with Germany clasp, Presidential Unit
Citation, French Croix de Guerre Medal with Silver Gilt
Star, Belgian Fourragere and French Jubilee of Liberty Medal
awarded posthumously in 2001.
Jesse L. Stout - Army, WWI, Co. A, 162
Infantry Reg., 41st Infantry Div., served in combat with AEF
and also did occupation duty after WWI ended. Awarded WWI
Victory Medal, WWI Occupation Medal.
Charles Summers - Army,
Oswald Summers - Army, WWII.
Ronzel Summers - Army, WWII.
Roscoe Summers - Army, WWI.
George W. Talkington, Sr. - Sgt., Army,
Pacific Theater, 7th Infantry Div., 1942-1945.
Albert G. Tanner - Pfc., Army, Korea.
Delano D. Taylor - SP4, Army, Cuban
Missle Crisis, 1st Amored Tank Div., 1961-1963.
Larry Taylor - SP4, E4, Army, Vietnam,
173rd Airborne Brigade, 1965-1966.
Woodrow D. Taylor - Army,
Okinawa, 63rd AAA Battlalion, WWII.
Robert Lewis Umstead - T5, Army;
stationed in Yokohama, Japan, 1946-1948, to clean up after
the atomic bomb was dropped.
Bernard Wager - Pfc.,
Storm, 720th MP Co., Vietnam; 307th MP Co., Desert Storm.
Arley E. Ward - Sgt., Army, South
Pacific, 127th Infantry, 32nd Infantry Div.
C. Weekley - Cpl., Army, Europe
and Korea, 109th
Charles Delmer Welch - Pfc., Army,
European, African, Middle Eastern Theaters, 422nd Infantry,
was a German POW, liberated in April 1945, Eastern Service
Ribbon, WWII Victory Medal, American Service Ribbon.
Hartis G. West - Pfc., Army, European
Theater, automatic rifleman, Canal Zone,
Central Europe. Awarded Good Conduct Medal,
American Defense Service Ribbon, American Theater Service
Ribbon, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Ribbon.
- Sgt., Army, Kuwait.
Marion G. Whisman - T Sgt., Army, WWII, North Africa, Italy,
Denzil White - Army, WWII.
Donald White - Army, WWII.
Pete Whytsell - Cpl.,
Richard A. Whytsell - Sgt., Army, Vietnam.
Roscoe C. Whytsell - Sgt., Army, Vietnam.
Victor E. Whytsell - Sgt., Army,
European Theater, WWII, 314th Infantry, 79th Infantry Div.
Paul Whytsell, Jr. -
Army, Korea, Japan, 1st Cavalry Div., 3rd
Bernard O. Wilson - Cpl., Korea, killed
Ernest E. Wilson - Pvt., Korea, killed
Henry C. Wilson - Sfc., Korea, killed
Homer R. Wilson -
SFC, Army, Vietnam, 1968-1969, D Co.,
2/535th Infantry, 82nd Airborne Div.
Cecil R. Wolverton - Pfc., Army, 1590th
Service Command Unit, 1944-1945, POW.
Harold L. Wolverton - PV1, Army, Panama
Canal, 1977-1983, Co. 3, 35th Engineers Batt.
William G. Yeager - Pfc., Army, Korea,
Carl Chenoweth - Army Air Force, WWII.
P. Bailey - Pvt., Marines,
Kenneth Ray Bailey - Cpl., Marines,
Vietnam; National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with
1 star, Rifle Marksman Badge, Vietnam Campaign Medal with
device and Meritorious Mast.
George N. Bell - Col., Marines, Japan and Hawaii, Vietnam; Communication-Electronics
officer, 3rd Marine Div., Task Force 76.
Dennis E. Carder - Lance Cpl., Marines, Okinawa, Japan,
John M. Cheesbrew - Master Sgt.,
Marines, Quantico, Va.,
Doyle R. Craddock - 1954-1956, 3rd Batt.
Reinforced 6th Marines. Toured in 7 countries.
Eugene Deel - Cpl., Marines, Korea,
Charlie Co., Battalion 1 Marine Div., 1952-1954, expert
rifleman. Awarded Korean Service Ribbon with 3 stars, U.S.
Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Ribbon, Purple
Heart Medal. Wounded in action in Korea, Dec. 7, 1952.
Transferred to MP Div. and was present at the prisoner
exchange of 1953.
Leo J. Ellison - Master Sgt., Marines,
1943-1946; Air Force 1948-1965; Pacific Theater, served with
4th Air Marine Wing, 1944-1945. Stationed in Roi-Namur,
Islands. Joined SAC in
1948, served in
and in Operation Ivy.
Larry D. Harris - Cpl., 2nd Batt., 7th
Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Div., Vietnam. Purple Heart,
Presidential Unit Citation and Meritorious Unit Citation.
Frank D. Kendall - Cpl., Marines, 1st
Stephen D. Marks - Cpl., Asian Theater.
James Roger Plant - Pfc., Marines.
James P. Riddel - Sgt., Marines,
Brice M. Weaver - Sgt., Marines, 3rd
Marine Air Wing, Marine Aviation Logistics, Squadron 16,
2001; Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom,
and Operation Iraqi Freedom II.
William E. “Rick” Weaver - Cpl.,
Marines, 4th Marine Air Wing, Air Control Squadron 24,
Tactical Air Operation Center, 1981-1987.
Oras D. McWilliams - Cpl., Marines,
WWII, 3rd Air Marine Wing.
Curtis C. Bailey - Seaman 1st Class,
Douglas Joe Blair - Master Chief,
Navy, Vietnam; served from 1953-1979. Awarded
Navy Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation,
Medal and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.
John D. Boggs - Boatswain’s Mate 3rd
Class, Navy, 1155 Nantahala, 1951-1955.
Kester Bostic - Ensign, Navy, WWII, USS
Oda E. Carpenter - Gunner’s Mate, 3rd
Class Petty Officer, Navy, Pacific, USS Fulton for 22
Mathew Carper - Aviation Boatswain’s
Mate, Fuels, Navy, USS Theodore Roosevelt, Norfolk Naval
Gale D. Craddock - Petty Officer,
1948-1952. Served aboard USS Antietam in task force 77, Sea
of Japan as A/E technician. Korean Service Medal with 3
stars, U.N. Service Ribbon, Navy Occupation Service Medal,
China Service Medal with Asia Clasp, Good Conduct Medal.
Douglas M. Davis - Petty Officer, Navy, Vietnam,
USS Alfred A. Cunningham, 1963-1967.
Melba Elliot - Lt., Navy Nurse Corps,
Aundrel C. Ellison - Chief Aviation
Boatswain’s Mate, Navy, 1940-1960, served on USS Rendova,
USS Boxer, USS Siboney.
Charles Ellison - Master Chief
Signalman, Navy, Atlantic, Mediterranean, Pacific Theaters,
five years at Guantanamo Bay Cuba, USS LST-601, USS
Catamount, LSD-17, USS Montague, AKA-54, USS Fort Snelling,
LSD-30, USS Ponchatoula, AO-148, USS Kleinsmith,
APD-134, USS Randolph,
CVS-15, Veteran of WWII, Korea and
Vietnam, 22 years in the service. Served as instructor at
the Navigation Communications School
for 3 years, Company Commander at
for 3 years.
Glen Fowler - Ensign, Navy, Pacific,
Air Group 40.
Frank Gainer - Navy, South Pacific,
Dale Gunn - Navy, WWII.
Boyd Hartshorn - Seaman 1st Class,
Navy, South Pacific, WWII, USS Honolulu.
Forrest Heiney - Petty Officer, Navy, Philippines,
Harry Heiney - Petty Officer, Navy, Philippines,
Henry H. Heiney - Boatswain’s Mate 3rd
Class, Navy, European Theater.
Roy Preston Helmic - Seaman, Navy,
Pacific Theater, WWII, 5th Amphibious Corps., 1942-1945;
participated in the Philippine Islands Operation and Ryukyn
Island Operation with assault landings in
Okinawa. Received the Asiatic-Pacific Area
Campaign Medal and Philippine Liberation Medal.
Hie C. Herron - Petty Officer 3rd
Class, Navy, USS Hancock, 7th Fleet, 1954-1958.
Orel B. Hickman - Seaman 2nd Class,
1994-1946. WWII, USS Springfield-CL66 against Japan and
occupational duties offshore. Pacific Theater Ribbon with 2
stars, American Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal and Philippine
Orel Bronson Hickman, Jr. - SA, E-2,
1969-1975. Vietnam. USS Constellation and occupational
duties offshore. National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam
Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device, Armed
Forces Expeditional Medal for Korea.
Donald W. Hosey - Petty Officer 1st
Class, Navy, USS Whitley, USS Delta, USS Sheldrake, USS
Steve Husk - Fireman, Navy, 1991-1993;
served in Gulf.
Hubert Jarvis - Navy; served in a
Carl King - Navy, WWII.
William Rymer “Doc” Law - Coxswain,
Roscoe McCune - AOM 3rd Class, Navy,
South Pacific Theater, WWII; attached to 3rd Marine Div.
Gary S. Mowrey - Captain, Navy,
Mediterranean and Desert Storm; served 3 deployments on USS
John F. Kennedy, 2 WESTPAC and Indian Ocean Deployments on
USS Enterprise and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, Awarded Defense
Meritorious Service and 3 Navy Meritorious Service medals,
Navy Commendation Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal,
National Defense Service Medal, Navy Achievement Medal.
Eric Newell - ABH 3rd Class, Navy, Vietnam,
William Carl Osborne - Seaman, WWII;
Armed Merchant vessels, 1944-45.
Hagan W. Richards - Coxswain, Navy,
Pacific Theater, WWII, 1943-1945.
John Gaylord Riddel - Seaman 2nd Class.
“Jim” Ritchie - Seaman 1st Class, Navy, Pacific Theater, USS
Peter H. Burnette, participated in the liberation of the
Guy G. Schoolcraft - Seaman 1st Class,
Navy, 1943-1946; Army, 1949-1952,
Infantry Div., 10th Engineer, Korea.
Ernest H. Siers - Seaman 1st Class,
Albert Monroe Smith - Boatswain’s Mate
2nd Class, Navy, WWII, 1942-1945; USS Minneapolis, USS
Dixie, U.S. Naval Base Kodiak,
William A. Stalnaker - Seaman 1st
Class, Navy, USS Bulock, USS Alaska, 1945-1946.
William H. Stalnaker - Navy, Pacific
Theater, USS Lang, 1942-1945.
Thomas L. Stamp - Commander, Navy,
Pacific Theater, WWII; member of the SeaBees.
Fred A. Starkey - Engineman 2nd Class,
Navy, USS Howard W. Gilmore, 1954-1958.
Waitman Stump - Fireman 1st Class,
Navy, Pacific Theater, USS Indiana, 1942-1945.
Cecil Sturm - Chief Torpedoman, Navy,
Pacific Theater, USS Yorktown, USS Wailer, First WWII Purple
Heart in Calhoun County.
Robert Lewis Umstead - Stewards Mate,
3rd Class, Navy,
Maritime Service, Panama, 1945; adjusted age to be old
enough to serve and ironically was released when he was
legally old enough to join.
Michael J. Virden - Chief Petty
Robert D. Virden - 1st Class Petty
Roy J. Virden - Lieutenant Commander,
White - Navy, WWI.
Woodrow Wilson Whytsell - Coxswain,
Navy, Pacific and European Theaters, 1944-45; Landing
Craft/Assault Transport for invasion of Marshall Islands,
Palau, Leyte, Luzon and Iwo Jima.
We thank you all for
your service and sacrifice.
Below are the (brief) histories of the
wars of the last century
Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day,
is observed annually in honor of all those, living and dead,
who served with the U.S. armed forces in wartime. Armistice
Day was proclaimed in 1919 to commemorate the termination
(at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918) of World War I.
On the first anniversary of the truce,
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation
eulogizing fallen Allied soldiers and referring to Nov. 11
as Armistice Day.
It became a holiday in the U.S.,
France, United Kingdom, and Canada.
World War I
World War I, originally known as the
“Great War” or “The War to End All War,” began in 1914 and
ended in 1918.
It was the first time many of the
modern war technologies were developed and used. The machine
gun, airplane, submarine, poison gas, powerful explosives,
flame throwers, hand grenades, accurate long-range artillery
and tanks made their debut and changed the way that war
would be waged in the future.
At the start of the war, President
Woodrow Wilson had declared the neutrality of the U.S.
Tension between the U.S. and Germany
increased after the British intercepted and decoded a
message from Germany’s foreign minister, Arthur Zimmermann,
to the German ambassador to Mexico, which revealed a German
plot to persuade Mexico to go to war against the U.S.
Americans were further enraged after U-boats sank several
U.S. cargo ships. The final blow was the sinking of the
luxury liner Lusitania. America joined the war on Apr. 6,
On Nov. 11, 1918, at 5 a.m., the Allied
and German delegates signed an armistice on terms
established by the Allies; and at 11 a.m., hostilities on
the western front came to an end.
The end of the war on the 11th hour of
the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 prompted relief and
jubilation in all of the warring countries.
Estimated cost in lives, 8,537,800
(source: Encarta® Encyclopedia 2002).
World War II
World War II or the Second World War
was a true world-wide military conflict; the combination of
two separate conflicts, one beginning in Asia, 1937, as the
Second Sino-Japanese War, and the other beginning in Europe,
1939, with the invasion of Poland.
It split a majority of the world’s
nations into two opposing military alliances: the Allies and
the Axis. Countries involved mobilized more than 100 million
The conflict ended in Europe first.
Hitler decided to await the end in Berlin, where he could
still manipulate what was left of the command apparatus. On
the afternoon of Apr. 30, 1945, Hitler committed suicide in
his Berlin bunker, after naming Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz
to succeed him as chief of state.
Doenitz had no course open to him other
than surrender. His representative, Gen. Alfred Jodl, signed
an unconditional surrender of all German armed forces at
Eisenhower’s headquarters in Reims on May 7.
The U.S. and British governments
declared May 8 V-E (Victory in Europe) Day. The full
unconditional surrender took effect at one minute past
midnight after a second signing in Berlin with Soviet
Allied victory was absolute when on
Aug. 14, 1945, after the dropping of atomic bombs on the
Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan announced
its surrender. The formal signing took place on Sept. 2 in
Tokyo Bay aboard the battleship Missouri.
This war ushered in a new age of
weaponry and tactics, such as heavy bombers (for strategic
warfare), jet-engine fighters, rockets (both short range and
ballistic), radar, and the atomic bomb.
Estimated cost in lives: 43,461,500 or
five times the number killed in World War I (source:
Encarta® Encyclopedia 2002).
Japan had occupied Korea during World
War II. After Japan’s defeat, Korea was divided along the
38th parallel into the Communist Democratic People’s
Republic of Korea in the north and the U.S.-backed Republic
of Korea in the south.
June, 1949, when the U.S. withdrew its army, South Korea was
left vulnerable. A year later, North Korean troops invaded
South Korea. President Harry S Truman reacted quickly. He
committed U.S. forces to Korea, sent World War II hero, Gen.
Douglas MacArthur, there to command, and asked the U.N. to
help protect South Korea from conquest.
MacArthur drove the North Koreans back
to the dividing line. Truman ordered American troops to
cross the 38th parallel and press on to the Chinese border.
China responded in November, 1950, with a huge counterattack
that decimated the U.S. armies.
On Mar. 10, 1951, MacArthur asked
Truman for “D-Day atomic capability”--the ability to launch
a massive nuclear assault. Truman complied, ordering the Air
Force to refurbish the atomic bomb loading pits at Okinawa,
Japan, which were used during World War II. Atomic bombs
were then carried to Okinawa unassembled and put together at
the base, lacking only the essential nuclear cores.
On Apr. 5, the Joint Chiefs of Staff
ordered immediate atomic retaliation against Soviet and
Chinese bases in Manchuria, if large numbers of new troops
entered the war. Truman approved the transfer of nine
nuclear warheads, as well as orders outlining their use the
Korean War did not officially end until 1953, when President
Dwight Eisenhower imposed a precarious armistice.
As many as four million Koreans may
have died. China lost up to one million soldiers, and the
U.S. suffered 36,934 dead.
The Vietnam War was a military struggle
fought from 1959 to 1975, involving the North Vietnamese and
the National Liberation Front (NLF) in conflict with U.S.
forces and the South Vietnamese army. From 1946 until 1954,
the Vietnamese had struggled for independence from France
during the First Indochina War.
The country was temporarily divided
into North and South Vietnam. North Vietnam came under the
control of Vietnamese Communists, who had opposed France and
who aimed for a unified Vietnam under Communist rule. The
South was controlled by Vietnamese who had collaborated with
The U.S. became involved in Vietnam
because it believed that if all of Vietnam fell under a
Communist government, Communism would spread throughout
Southeast Asia and beyond.
The U.S. supported the South Vietnamese
government in order to prevent the spread of Communism. The
U.S. involvement deepened in August, 1964, when North
Vietnamese torpedo boats attacked two American destroyers in
the Gulf of Tonkin.
The first U.S. ground troops arrived in
Mar. 1965, and by the end of the year, there were 80,000
U.S. troops in Vietnam. By 1969 there were 543,000. That
year, U.S. president Richard M. Nixon began to withdraw
troops while stepping up the bombing of North Vietnam.
Three to four million Vietnamese on
both sides were killed, in addition to 1.5 to two million
Laotians and Cambodians. More than 58,000 Americans lost
Persian Gulf War
The Persian Gulf War began in August,
1990, when Iraqi forces invaded and occupied Kuwait.
The conflict culminated in fighting in
January and February, 1991, between Iraq and an
international coalition of forces led by the U.S.
The Iraqi attack began shortly after
midnight on Aug. 2, 1990. Around 150,000 Iraqi troops, many
of them veterans of the Iran-Iraq War, overwhelmed the
unprepared and inexperienced Kuwaiti forces, which numbered
The U.N. Security Council and the Arab
League immediately condemned the Iraqi invasion.
Four days later, the Security Council
imposed an economic embargo on Iraq that prohibited nearly
Beginning a week after the Iraqi
takeover of Kuwait and continuing for several months, an
international force gathered in Saudi Arabia. The U.S. sent
more than 400,000 troops, and another 200,000 troops came
from 15 other countries. Other nations contributed ships,
air forces, and medical units.
On Nov. 29, the U.N. Security Council
passed a resolution to allow member states to “use all
necessary means” to force Iraq from Kuwait, if Iraq remained
after Jan. 15, 1991.
On Jan. 12, 1991, the U.S. Congress
passed a resolution authorizing the president to use force.
When the U.N. deadline passed without an Iraqi withdrawal, a
vast majority of coalition members joined in the decision to
attack Iraq. In the early morning of Jan. 17, 1991,
coalition forces began a massive air attack on Iraqi
On Feb. 24, the coalition launched its
land offensive. Two days after the ground war began, Iraq
announced it was leaving Kuwait. On Feb. 28, with the
collapse of Iraqi resistance and the recapture of Kuwait,
the coalition declared a cease-fire.
On Mar. 2, the U.N. Security Council
issued a resolution laying down the conditions for the
ceasefire, which were accepted by Iraq in a meeting of
military commanders on Mar. 3.
Almost all of the casualties occurred
on the Iraqi side, estimated at 20,000 to 35,000. The
coalition losses were extremely light by comparison: 240
killed, 148 of whom were Americans.
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