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Stan Cudia

Stan Cudia Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, 366th tactical fighter sqaudron, 1972nd Communication Squadron Vietnam War (1970-1971), Cold War (1971-1972) When Stan Cudia was drafted into the Vietnam War, he was conflicted. He had friends on both sides of the national … Continue reading

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Dennis Welsh

Dennis Welsh Sergeant, United States Marine Corps, 1st marine air wing Vietnam War (1967-1971) Dennis John Welsh was born in San Francsisco during February of 1949. He grew up there until he moved to Novato at the age of fifteen. … Continue reading

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Gabriel Carsillo

                                             Gabriel Carsillo Sergeant - United States Army, 184th Air Assault Infantry Regiment, 1st battalion Iraq War (2003-2009) On May 20th, 1983, Gabriel Carsillo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina with heart of a soldier beating within him – containing a … Continue reading

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Hiroshi Yamaguchi

Hiroshi Yamaguchi Colonel – United States Air Force Cold War (1986-1991), Operation Desert Storm (1991), Iraq and Afghanistan Conflicts (2001-2008) Whatever he is doing, Colonel Hiroshi Yamaguchi is a role model to the people under him. He is an inspiration … Continue reading

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Monte Sloan

Monte Sloan Petty Officer third class, US Navy, USS Nitro, USS Fulton Vietnam War (1971-1975) Monte Leroy Sloan was born on June 20th, 1952 in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Growing up near the ocean and taking several odd jobs relating to … Continue reading

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William E. McNicholas

William E. McNicholas U.S. Navy – 0-6 Captain USS Ingersoll DD652, USS Somers DDG34, Navy Reserves Vietnam War (August 1960 – August 1992) William E. McNicholas was born on May 4, 1942, in New Castle Pennsylvania. He enlisted right out … Continue reading

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William K. Aldrich

William K. Aldrich U.S. Army – Door Gunner 101st Airborne, 158th Aviation Battalion Vietnam War (November 1967 – November 1970) William Kenneth Aldrich was born and raised in Springfield Massachusetts and claims he is “still growing up” here in Marin … Continue reading

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Stephen H. Greene

Stephen H. Greene US Army – Chief Warrant Officer 2 173rd Airborne Brigade, Casper Platoon, III Corps Vietnam War (December 27, 1965 – December 1, 1969) Stephen Greene, just like thousands of others, is proud to say that he served … Continue reading

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Richard E. Keith

Richard E. Keith U.S. Army — Major General of California State Military Reserves 511th Parachute Infantry, H Company, 11th Airborne Division World War Ⅱ (1943-1945) & National Guard (1978-1993) Richard E. Keith is a man of integrity. He is the … Continue reading

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Jefferson J. Graves

Jefferson J. Graves, Jr. U.S. Navy – Seaman USS Kearsarge CVA-33 Korean War (May 25, 1948 – April 29, 1957) Jefferson James Graves, Jr., was born on November 20, 1928 in San Francisco, California. He lived in France until age … Continue reading

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Carrol D. Madsen

Carrol D. Madsen U.S. Navy — Radio Operator 3rd Class LCI 788, LST 628 World War II (January 1944 – January 1946) Carrol D. Madsen, born on March 24, 1918, spent the beginning of his life on a farm in … Continue reading

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Russell E. Wallace

Russell E. Wallace Colonel — United States Army Korean War (1952-1955) Active Army Reserves (1955-1979) Veteran Russell Emery Wallace spent much of his life serving in the Korean War and Active Army Reserves. Taking a leadership role, he was able … Continue reading

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William Arthur Simkins

William Arthur Simkins Lieutenant Commander — United States Navy World War 2, Vietnam War, Cold War (1943-1967) William Arthur Simkins was born on February 11, 1925 en route to the hospital. His father, a human relations employee with the Standard … Continue reading

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Martin Dvorin

Martin Dvorin Machinist Mate 2nd Class — United States Navy World War 2 (1942-1946) Martin Dvorin has survived by realizing the importance of comedy. Whether it be overseas or in his education, Dvorin has led a life guided by laughter. … Continue reading

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Donald E. Churchfield

Donald E. Churchfield First Class Signalman — United States Navy World War 2 (1942-1945) Donald Churchfield served in World War 2 as a First Class Signalman on two essential ships, the USS Doyle and USS Kenton. His experiences are not … Continue reading

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Maxfield Joseph Brown

Maxfield Joseph Brown Corporal — United States Army Korean and Cold War (1950 -1952) Army Reserves (1952-1956) Maxfield Joseph Brown devoted years to the military working tirelessly to help engineer and test the groundbreaking technologies of his day. His optimistic … Continue reading

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John P. Althuizen

John P. Althuizen Frontline Interpreter – United States Army World War 2 (1944-1946) John Althuizen, born and raised a Dutch citizen, quickly made a name for himself as a prominent volunteer and translator for the American army during World War … Continue reading

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John Louis Thompson

John Louis Thompson Merchant Marine – U.S. Coast Guard World War II (1944-1946) & Korean War (1950-1953) John L. Thompson is a man who delivered hard work, dedication and integrity to the military, his jobs and his family. He was … Continue reading

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Wallace R. Lonsway

Wallace R. Lonsway Corporal-United States Army Korean War (1954-1957), Inactive Reserves (1957-1963) Wallace Lonsway was a “spook” for the United States. He worked on secret communications messages during the Korean War. Being interested in electronics since he was a child … Continue reading

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Doris Anna Bockmann Youtz

Doris Anna Bockmann Youtz  Lieutenant Junior Grade – WAVES World War II (1942-1945) Doris A. Youtz is a wave of inspiration to our country, her family and women’s rights. She was one of the first women to be part of … Continue reading

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Philip J. Gioia

Philip J. Gioia Captain – Infantry, United States Army Vietnam War (1967-1977) Phil Gioia’s dedication and commitment to America, his community, family, education and his career are an inspiration to us all. He fought in the jungles of Vietnam, commanded … Continue reading

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Richard Fowler

Richard Fowler Colonel – United States Marines Korean War (1952-1989) Richard Fowler is man ahead of his time who worked as a high level Communications Officer on wireless phones for intense military operations starting in 1952. He helped with land … Continue reading

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Fred Schein

Fred Schein Lieutenant - United States Navy Vietnam War (1963-1970) Fred Schein is a man of quiet courage. His feelings of patriotism to the United States led him to enlist in the Navy and later volunteer to go to Vietnam. Although … Continue reading

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Ralph Kellogg

Ralph Kellogg U.S. Army – SP4 93rd Engineer Float Bridge Company Cold War (November 1953 – August 1955) World War II saw the lives of over four hundred thousand Americans devoured. The U.S. was regarded as the lone superpower of … Continue reading

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Glenn Starkey

Glen Starkey US Navy – Boat Tender Second Class USS Shangri La & USS Hancock Cold War (August 1956 – June 1960) Glen Starkey’s motivation to learn more and achieve the highest standard of excellence goes beyond that of any … Continue reading

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Bob Means

Bob Means US Army,  178th Assault Support Helicopter Company – Specialist 5 Vietnam War (August 1966 – August 1969) Bob Means feels dire frustration in regards to his experiences with the U.S. government while in Vietnam; this frustration is reminiscent … Continue reading

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Donald Burr

Donald Burr U.S. Navy – Chief Petty Officer USS Missouri World War II (June 1941 – August 1945) Korean War (November 1950 – October 1952) Kamikaze, or translated as “Divine Wind,” was the name originally given to a typhoon which … Continue reading

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Peter J. Schunk

Peter J. Schunk US Army, 101st Airborne Division, 101st Aviation Unit – Spec Five Vietnam War (1967 -1969) As a draftee in the Vietnam War, Peter Schunk and his story represent the determination, valor, and courage millions of young men … Continue reading

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Alan Nichols

Alan Nichols U.S. Army, 47th Infantry Division – Lieutenant Korean War (July 1951-September 1953) An accomplished explorer, politician, bicyclist, lawyer, writer, and soldier, Alan Nichols has repeatedly proven throughout his life that he is a true jack of all trades. … Continue reading

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Ralph Webb

Ralph Webb U.S. Army - Sergeant First Class 3rd Division and 40th Infantry Division Korean War (February 1952 – March 1954) Ralph Webb’s military service during the Korean War is a prominent example of what qualities are exhibited by exemplary and … Continue reading

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Beverly Burr

Beverly Burr US Air Force Captain 5th Communications Combat Unit Cold War Conflicts (Served 1974 – 1987) Beverly Burr’s service in the Air Force was a commitment that was unique, impressive, and facilitated the opportunity for her to live her dream … Continue reading

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Lex J. Byers

Lex J. Byers U.S. Army – Lieutenant Colonel, 31st Infantry Division Korean War (1944 -1966) Lex J. Byers was born on December 20th, 1926 in San Francisco, California. His mother was a housewife and his father was a comptroller for … Continue reading

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Edgar Welty Jr.

Edgar Welty Jr. U.S. Army – Specialist Five  24th Engineer group, 15th Engineer Brigade Cold War (1976 – 1980) Edgar Welty Jr. is a minister in the United Church of Christ, a Reformed Denomination and served two Lutheran parishes as … Continue reading

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William McKown

William McKown US Navy - Lieutenant Junior Grade USS Mansfield – Destroyer Squadron 9 Vietnam War (September 1966 – August 1969) The Vietnam War was one of the most controversial conflicts the United States has ever been involved in. Conscription forced … Continue reading

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Paula Marie Kirkbride

Paula Marie Kirkbride Sergeant – US Air Force; Eielson AFB, Alaska; and 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida Middle East and Persian Gulf Involvements (1983-1990)  Paula Marie Kirkbride’s story is one that embodies the virtues of American resilience in … Continue reading

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Marvin Keith Jensen

Marvin Keith Jensen Private 1st Class – U.S. Marine Corp, USS Mississippi – Anti Aircraft Gunner & Guard World War II (1942-1945) At an early age, Marvin Keith Jensen was earning the respect of his fellow cowboys and ranch hands … Continue reading

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Selwyn Louis

Selwyn Louis Lance Corporal – U.S. Marine Corp, Mike Battery, 4th Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division Vietnam War (1967-1969) Honor, strength and integrity best describe Lance Corporal Selwyn (Sel) Louis.  As a U.S. Marine, Sel was tested at a … Continue reading

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Gary Alan Williams

Gary Alan Williams Lieutenant – U.S. Navy, USS Shangri-La (CVA-38), USS Robert H. McCard (DD-822) & USS Vigor (MOS-473) Vietnam War (1965-1969) Gary Alan Williams always rallied to the task.  It seems like there wasn’t a disaster he couldn’t manage. … Continue reading

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Raymond Clark Grechman

Raymond Clark Grechman 3rd Lieutenant – U.S. Navy, USS Midway, Squadron VFA 192 and USS Independent Persian Gulf War, Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Operation Southern Watch (1986-1994) Lieutenant Raymond Clark Grechman had wanted to fly a jet since he … Continue reading

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Robert T. Doyle

Robert T. Doyle Sergeant – U.S. Army, 24th Infantry Division, 26th Target Acquisition Battalion Vietnam War (1966-1969) Sheriff Robert T. Doyle entered the Army at nineteen years of age.  He jokingly states, “I tell people I joined the Army because … Continue reading

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Paul Trinidad

Paul Trinidad Master Sergeant – U.S Air Force, 349 MDS Medical Squadron First Lieutenant – Army Reserves Operation Northern Watch, Persian Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom &, Operation Enduring Freedom (1991-2014) First Lieutenant Paul Trinidad was born on August 11, … Continue reading

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Darren Walton

Darren L. Walton U.S. Marine Corps, Corporal, E-4 I Corp, Da Nang Vietnam War (1968-1970)  Darren Walton was born in San Francisco, California on March 12, 1950 to a father who was a machinist and a mother who danced ballet.  … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Ann Dermody Enemark

Elizabeth Ann (Dermody) Enemark Ensign – U.S. Naval Nurse (1948-1950) “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You … Continue reading

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Dr. Joseph Juan Alcedo Jr.

Dr. Joseph Juan Alcedo Jr. U.S. Navy – Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class USS Tryon (APH-1), Attached to 7th Marine Regiment,1st Marine Division World War II (1942-1945) U.S. Navy – Chief Warrant Officer, Korean War (1950-1953), Vietnam War (1963-1965) & Navy … Continue reading

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Joseph C. Roberts

Joseph C. Roberts Private First Class – US Marines, 5th Marine Division, Artillery Specialist World War II  (1940-1945) Shortly after moving into their home in San Rafael’s Dominican neighborhood in 1982, Stephanie and Robert Acree were rummaging in their small … Continue reading

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Patrick Robbins

Patrick Robbins Corporal – US Marines, 7th Marine Regiment Afghanistan War (2011-2013) Corporal Patrick Robbins just landed back in The World, rejoining civilian life Sept. 16 after his tour of duty with the U.S. Marine Corps.  The Corte Madera native … Continue reading

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Jack Conrad Potter

Jack Conrad Potter Colonel – US Army;124th Regimental Combat Team, Company E (World War II);124th Combat Support Battalion (Korean War); and Army Air Force Exchange Service (Vietnam War) (1941-1974) Jack Potter, a career military man, not only fought in three … Continue reading

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Eugene Joseph Plocki

Picasa3 Eugene Joseph Plocki US Army – 1st Lieutenant- Korean War (1952-1954) Navy Reserves- Lieutenant Commander (1954-1976) Make no mistake; Lieutenant Commander Eugene Joseph Plocki is a true patriot. His long-term commitment to our country is commendable and honorable. Though … Continue reading

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Mark C. B. Klunk

Mark C. B. Klunk Colonel – U.S Army; Deputy Post Commander and Post Comptroller, Presidio, San Francisco World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War (1941-1968) Pearl Harbor Survivor Mark Klunk walked out of the chapel after Sunday morning serv … Continue reading

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John Andrew Rauschkolb

John Andrew Rauschkolb Senior Chief Petty Officer – U.S. Navy USS West Virginia (BB-48);USS Raleigh (CL 7); USS Brazos (AO-4) World War II & Naval Reserves (1938-1977) Pearl Harbor Survivor John Rauschkolb, a spry 92 year old World War II … Continue reading

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Edward Rutledge Anderson

Edward Rutledge Anderson US Navy, USS Enterprise – Radioman and Gunner World War II – Battle of Midway (1941-1945) Edward Anderson is an accomplished flyer and the survivor of numerous bombing missions and scouting hops in the Pacific during World … Continue reading

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Conrad Henry Goerl

Conrad Henry Goerl US Army, 84th Infantry Division – Staff Sergeant World War II (1942-1946) Conrad Goerl, a long time Marin County resident, is proud to be an American and a veteran that fought for Old Glory during World War … Continue reading

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Harold Anderson

Harold Anderson U.S. Navy; USS Hornet, USS Bunker Hill, USS Yorktown, USS Bennington, USS Wasp – Radioman 2nd Class World War II and Korean War (1943-1955) Harold Anderson knows he has a story to tell. The former U. S. Navy … Continue reading

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Colonel Grant Bird

Colonel Grant Bird U.S. Army, Army Air Corps and Civil Air Patrol, Combat Pilot – Colonel World War II and Korean War (1941-1966) VETERAN PILOT Col. Grant Bird of Novato vividly remembers his first combat mission in the cockpit of … Continue reading

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Russell McCoy

Russell McCoy U.S. Army, U.S.Cavalry Group – Cavalry Scout and Master Gunner War in Afghanistan (2009-2012) He left more than a year ago, a young man dedicated to protecting the freedom Americans enjoy here at home even if it meant … Continue reading

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Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor Captain – U.S. Army Infantry 101st Airborne Division, 2nd Battalion 502nd Parachute Infantry Vietnam War (1965 – 1968) Thomas H. Taylor was a Captain in the U.S. Army Infantry during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Silver … Continue reading

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Tom Tachis

Tom Tachis Staff Sgt./Acting Gunnery Sgt. – U.S. Marines, 3rd Marine Division, 29th Reinforced Battalion, VMF 212 & 1st Marine Division, 1st Amtrac Battalion, C Company World War II (1942-1945) & Korean War (1950-1951) Born on January 20, 1925 in … Continue reading

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Jim Henderson

Jim Henderson Staff Sergeant – U.S. Army Infantry European Theater – World War II (1943 – 1945) Jim Henderson grew up in a family of eight children near Diamond Springs, a small town in California’s Mother Lode country. The United … Continue reading

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Hugo Valadez

Hugo Valadez 3rd Class Machinist – U.S. Navy U.S.S. Allendale – World War II Asiatic-Pacific Theater (1943 – 1945) Hugo Valadez was born the day after Christmas, on Dec 26th, 1920, in Oakland, California. His father and mother came from … Continue reading

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James Douglas

James Douglas Captain – U.S. Navy USS Salt Lake City and USS Wichita, World War II Director of Seabee Division in Washington DC Director of Operation Deep Freeze in the Antarctic (1938-1961) James Douglas, a resident of San Rafael, California, … Continue reading

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John Knebel

John Knebel Lieutenant Colonel – U.S. Army Air Corps World War II (1942-1950) U.S. Air Force Reserves (1950-1963) There wasn’t a drum roll as 92-year-old former pilot, John Knebel, accepted the Federal Aviation Administration’s Wright Award for flying 50 years … Continue reading

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Jonathan Deras

Jonathan Deras US Marines Global War on Terrorism, Operation Iraqi Freedom (2006-2010) AS MARIN RESIDENTS and people all over the country celebrate Veterans Day, Jonathan Deras, a former U.S. Marine, will take a few minutes to remember his military service, … Continue reading

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John Hoffman

John Hoffman 2nd Lieutenant – U.S. 8th Air Force A2 Interpreter, European Theater – WWII Panmunjon – Korean War (1943-1954) John Hoffman was born in Frankfurt Germany on September 8, 1927. His mother, Elsie Ulman, was an opera singer and … Continue reading

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Samuel Gilbert

Samuel Gilbert PFC – U.S. Army, 4th Infantry Division; European Theater, France World War II (1943-1945) POW Stalag 7A Sam Gilbert, whose given name is Samuel Gilbert, was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 6, 1919. His father and … Continue reading

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Hawley Smith

Hawley Dwight Smith Private First Class – Army Airborne Infantry; 17th Airborne Division, 194th Regiment; 82nd Airborne Division, 194th Regiment – Glider & Paratrooper World War II (1944-1946) Hawley Dwight Smith was born on October 26, 1924 in Denver, Colorado.  … Continue reading

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Kevin William Krick

Kevin William Krick Captain (Select) – U.S. Navy Cold War (1987-1991), Operation Iraqi Freedom (2004), Strategic Sealift Officer (1991-Present) U.S. Dept. of Transportation Gold Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, U.S. Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award Crossing Waters … Continue reading

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Ray James Mullin

Ray James Mullin Serviceman, Second Class-U.S. Navy USS Coral Sea Vietnam War (1970-1979) Ray Mullin was born in San Francisco on October 10, 1952. He spent his childhood in San Francisco and moved to Marin County when he was sixteen … Continue reading

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Will Pereira

Will Pereira Motor Machinist Mate 2nd class – US Navy (USS LST-70) World War II (1943-1945) Asked why his ship’s crew played the same role in the World War II invasions of Guam, Iwo Jima and Okinawa, gunner’s mate Edward … Continue reading

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George B. Skinner

George B. Skinner Lieutenant Colonel – US Army, Army Corps of Engineers Korean & Vietnam Wars (1951-1972) George B. Skinner was born in the small town of Monroe, Virginia on May 18, 1927.  His mother was a homemaker and his … Continue reading

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Morton Hubert Tallen

Morton Hubert Tallen Staff Sergeant – US Army World War II (Dec. 1941-Nov. 1945) Mr. Morton Hubert Tallen was born June 25, 1918 in Chicago, Illinois.  His father had many occupations while Mr. Tallen was growing up, including a cab … Continue reading

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James A. Rehkopf

James A. Rehkopf Lieutenant, US Navy (1971-79) Commander, US Navy Reserve (1979-1987) Operations Office, USS Gudgeon (SS-567) – Weapons Officer USS Ethan Allen (SSBN-608) – Staff Commander Submarines Pacific James Rehkopf  (Jim) was born in July 1949 in Portsmouth, Virginia … Continue reading

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Richard Francis Guetter

Richard Francis Guetter U.S. Army, Corporal 1st Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment World War II (1941 – 1945) Richard “Richie’ Guetter, born in 1923, grew up in Larkspur, California.  He attended Tamalpais High School.  He was … Continue reading

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Howard Joseph Pierson

Howard Joseph Pierson Lieutenant Colonel  US Navy: World War II (1944-1946) US Air Force:  Korea, Vietnam, and Cold War (1951-1979) Howard Joseph Pierson was born in Bloomfield, New Jersey in August 1927.  His father was a motion picture operator and … Continue reading

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Robert Wayne Penn

Robert Wayne Penn Radioman First Class – U.S. Navy Patrol Craft 597, USS Kitty Hawk, USS Kleinsmith, and USS Starlight World War II (1942-1946) and Korean War (1950-1952) Robert Wayne Penn was born in Long Beach on August 7th, 1925.  He grew … Continue reading

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James Petenbrink Geiger, M.D.

James Petenbrink Geiger, MD Colonel, U.S. Army World War II, Korean and Vietnam Wars (1944-1970) Mr. James Geiger is a self proclaimed Pennsylvania Dutchman.  He was born September 21, 1925 in Connellsville Pennsylvania, where he grew up as well.  His … Continue reading

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Brian R. McCarthy

Bryan R. McCarthy Lieutenant Commander – U.S. Navy World War II (1942-1946), Navy Reserves (1946-1950) and Korean War (1950-1952) Bryan R. McCarthy is a senior father of one of Marin’s oldest law firm, Freitas, McCarthy, MacMahon & Keating, LLP.  In … Continue reading

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Max Thelen, Jr.

Max Thelen, Jr. Lieutenant—U.S. Navy—USS Heermann World War II (1941-1946) Max Thelen, Jr. was born on August 18, 1919 in Berkeley, California. He lived in Berkeley for his entire childhood and adolescence. His father was a graduate of Harvard Law … Continue reading

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Herbert Douglas Swasey

Herbert Douglas Swasey Sargent—U.S. Air Force— 509 Composite Group World War II (1942-1946) Herbert Douglas Swasey was born in San Francisco, California on May 15, 1922.  He grew up San Francisco where his father worked as a house painter and … Continue reading

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John Paul Hourigan

John Paul Hourigan Seaman 1st Class—U.S. Navy—USS Grundy World War II (1944-1946) John Paul Hourigan was born in Albany, New York in 1926. His father, Paul Hourigan, served on the USS Arizona during WWI. While in high school Hourigan’s mother … Continue reading

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Benson B. Roe

Benson B. Roe Senior Lieutenant – U.S. Navy Medical Corps, USS Philadelphia World War II (1945-1946) Dr. Benson B. Roe of San Rafael, CA was born on July 7, 1918 in Los Angeles, CA. Growing up in the suburban area … Continue reading

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James Stein

James Stein Captain – U.S. Army, 335th Assault Helicopter Company (Cowboys) and 7th of 17th Air Calvary (Ruthless  Riders) Vietnam War (1966-1974) James Stein was born in Lehi, Utah on December 28 1946, but by the time he entered high … Continue reading

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Asa Hanamoto

Asa Hanamoto US Army, Military Intelligence Service – Technician 3rd Grade World War II (1944-1946) Asa Hanamoto, a veteran of World War II, grew up as a farm boy in Auburn, California.  He parlayed the skills learned on the farm, … Continue reading

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Stanley Peter Kosta

Stanley Peter Kosta Staff Sergeant – U.S. Army, 9th Infantry Division, 47th Infantry Regiment World War II (1943-1945) Stanley Peter Kosta of San Rafael, CA was born on May 5, 1917 in San Francisco. At the age of ten, Kosta … Continue reading

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Raymond Peter Rossi

Raymond Peter Rossi Sergeant – US Army Medical Corps 34th General Hospital World War II (1942-1946) Raymond Peter Rossi of San Rafael, CA was born on November 26, 1920. The son of Italian immigrants, Rossi spent his childhood in San … Continue reading

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John Roush

John Roush Colonel -U.S. Army, 83rd Infantry Division & Army Military Police World War II (1942-1975) It was a cold, miserable night in Europe when John Roush and another six riflemen were on patrol in the woods.  They carried weapons, … Continue reading

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Noel Turner

Noel Turner U.S. Army Air Corps, 22nd Bombing Group, 2nd Squadron World War II (1942 – 1945) Life as a young man was good on Catalina Island.  There were beautiful beaches, girls and, in the summertime, big-name bands would come … Continue reading

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George Raymond Whitney

George Raymond Whitney 1st Lieutenant – U.S. Army, 41st Infantry Division, 186th Regiment & 24th Infantry Division, 19th Regiment World War II (1941-1945) & Korean War (1945-1956 Inactive Duty) George Whitney, a San Francisco native, is the recipient of the … Continue reading

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John Busterud

John Busterud U.S. 3rd Army, 90th Infantry Division, 357th Regiment World War II (1943-1946) Before the United States entered World War II, it was apparent to John Busterud and most of his high school colleagues that they would be getting … Continue reading

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Sean Stephens

  Sean Stephens Corporal – Arizona National Guard, U.S. Army Afghanistan War (2006 to Present) Sean Stephens of Greenbrae, California is a veteran of the War in Afghanistan and a master at reinventing himself.  After a successful career in Arizona … Continue reading

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Edward John Sotelo

Edward John Sotelo United States Army, 44th Infantry Division, Corporal World War II (1944-1946) Edward John Sotelo was born in Jerome, Arizona on July 21, 1923. His upbringing was tough because when he was very young his father passed away. … Continue reading

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James William Chapin

James William Chapin United States Navy, Lieutenant, USS Gregory DD802 Korean War (1952-1954) James William Chapin was born in New York, New York on November 25, 1929. He spent his years growing up in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. His father ran an … Continue reading

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Alvin Theodore Anderson

Alvin Theodore Anderson United States Navy, Radio Technician 2nd Class, USS Quapaw World War II (1943-1946) Alvin Theodore Anderson was born on February 14, 1925 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He grew up in Colorado Springs and graduated from high school … Continue reading

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Joseph Pearlman

Joseph Pearlman US Army, Chief Technician 5th Grade World War II (1943-1946) Pacific Theater Joseph Pearlman, 92, of Novato California is a proud veteran of World War II.  He was born in Detroit Michigan March 19, 1920.  Pearlman grew up … Continue reading

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William Schwarzer

William W. Schwarzer Second Lieutenant – U.S. Army Military Intelligence, Military Police, Mobile Field Intelligence Unit 4, Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force; U.S. Army Reserves, Military Intelligence World War II (1943-1946) Few surviving WWII veterans describe their time in the … Continue reading

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John Craig

John Leonard Craig 2nd Class Petty Officer – U.S. Navy, USS Hunter Liggett, USS General J.H. McRae World War II (1943-1946) When asked to share some wisdom for future generations, John Craig responded, “When you work, do the best you … Continue reading

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Hank Listnan

Henry Louis Listnan Petty Officer First Class – U.S. Navy, Harbor Defense World War II (1940-1945) Hank Listnan was born on May 31, 1919 in San Francisco. Growing up in the Glen Park district of San Francisco, Listnan remembers having … Continue reading

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Albert Mario Ranzani

Albert Mario Ranzani US Army, 832nd Engineer Aviation Battalion – Private First Class World War II (1943-1945) Albert Ranzani of San Rafael, California is a member of an elite group in Marin County.  Ranzani is one of four men in … Continue reading

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Frank Takaji Yamamoto

Frank Takaji Yamamoto US Army & US Army Reserves, Military Intelligence Service World War II (1944-1947) – 1st Lieutenant Korean & Vietnam Wars (Inactive Duty 1947-1968) – Major Frank Takaji Yamamoto of Mill Valley, California had a long and active … Continue reading

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John Orval Sutter

John Orval Sutter US Army, 9th Armored Division, 9th Armored Engineer Battalion, C Company – Staff Sergeant World War II (1944-1946) European Theater and Battle at Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen, Germany John Orval Sutter, a resident of San Rafael, California, … Continue reading

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David E. Simonds

David Edwards Simonds US Army Medical Corps – Surgical Technician 4th Grade Lawson General Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia World War II (1944-1946) David E. Simonds, a Greenbrae, California resident, is a classic car enthusiast with a keen eye for detail. … Continue reading

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