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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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Raymond Phillips Barker

Raymond Phillips Barker US Navy – Naval Supply Corps – Lieutenant Commander USS Worden & USS General M.M. Patrick (AP-150) World War II (1940 – 1948) Pearl Harbor Survivor Raymond Phillips Barker, an unassuming veteran of World War II, survived … Continue reading

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Ernest Bergman

Ernest Bergman U.S. Navy, Quartermaster, E-5 USS Windham County, USS Kemper County & USS Thomaston Vietnam War (1966-1972) Ernest Bergman, a Marin native, is a courageous veteran of the Vietnam War.  Bergman enlisted in the military while still in high … Continue reading

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Alfred M. Petrofsky

Alfred M. Petrofsky US Army, Corps of Engineers Korean Military Advisory Group- 1st Lieutenant Korean War (1952-1953) Alfred M. Petrofsky, now more widely known by the nickname Pete, grew up in Middletown, Connecticut. His father was a construction contractor and … Continue reading

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Ronald Lucas

Ronald Lucas US Army Air Force, Medic – Airman First Class Korean War (1952-1953) Past National President of the Tuskegee Airmen and the William “Bill” Campbell Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen in the Bay Area The United States of the … Continue reading

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Henry D. Holt

Henry D. Holt US Army, National Guard, Anti-Aircraft Artillery – Corporal US Air Force, Anti-Aircraft Artillery – Lieutenant World War II (1939 – 1945) Born in Shanghai China, Henry Holt came into this world in 1921.  Shortly after birth, Henry’s … Continue reading

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Norman H. Palter

Norman H. Palter U.S. Navy, Radar Officer, USS Icefish  Lieutenant (Senior Grade) World War II (1942-1945) Norman H. Palter was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.  His father owned a shoe store while his mother stayed at home.  He had … Continue reading

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Joseph M. Bilitzke

Joseph M. Bilitzke Chief Warrant Officer – U.S. Army Aviation Vietnam (1966-1969), Operation Desert Storm (1990-1991), & Operation Enduring Freedom/GWOT (2000-2006) Joseph (Joe) M. Bilitzke, of San Anselmo, California, is a distinguished career military officer.  Bilitzke served in the Army, both … Continue reading

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Marshall B Figari

Marshall B. Figari US Navy, Communications Officer, USS Sangamon – Lieutenant World War II (1942-1946) American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2 Battle Stars), Philippine Liberation Medal (1 Battle Star), Letter of Commendation (Admiral Kinkaid) Marshall “Monte” Bernard Vincent Figari … Continue reading

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Ralph N. Cole

Ralph N. Cole US Army, 89th Infantry Division – Colonel World War II (1943-1946) The United States has never lost a war.  During the Second World War, millions of lives were lost. Before America entered the war, most Americans were … Continue reading

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Irwin “Hap” Kaufman

 Irwin “Hap” Kaufman US Army Air Corps, Glider Pilot & Office of War Information World War II “The intrepid pilots who flew the gliders were as unique as their motorless flying machines.  Never before in history had any nation produced … Continue reading

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Forrest Rene Morphew

Forrest Rene Morphew Lieutenant – US Navy: USS San Juan, Third Fleet & US Naval Reserve, Unit 12-37 World War II (1941-1946) & Cold War (1946-1959) Forrest Rene Morphew is a long time Marin resident, World War II veteran, and … Continue reading

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Robert Gonzalez

Robert E. Gonzalez U.S. Airforce, Captain, Accounting & Finance Officer (AFO) Vietnam War (1964 – 1970) The Cold War was the continuing state from roughly 1946 to 1991 of political conflict, military tension and economic competition between the Soviet Union … Continue reading

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Lawrence Daniels

Lawrence Daniels US Army Air Force, 8th Air Force, Air Combat Command, B-24 Bomber Pilot World War II Lawrence “Larry” Daniels was twenty-two years old and lived in the United States when he was drafted into the fighting of World … Continue reading

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Darrin Gamblin

Lt. Col. Darrin Leeo Gamblin U.S. Air Force – Lieutenant Colonel Desert Storm (1991) & Afghanistan (May 2011-present) Darrin Leeo Gamblin was born in Oakland, grew up in Pleasanton and moved to Nicasio in 1979 where he lived with his … Continue reading

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Robert Hough

Robert Hough U.S Air Force Signal Corps, 5th Division World War II Campaign Ribbon, Presidential Citation, Good Conduct Medal Marin County native Robert Hough was born in Kentfield, where he also spent the first 18 years of his life. Having … Continue reading

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George Mitchell

George Mitchell US Army, 100th Infantry Division, 398th Battalion Army Corps World War II The beginning of the story of my 84 –year-old interviewee, George Mitchell, goes back to Wyoming, Ohio in 1943.  Mitchell was a high school senior at … Continue reading

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Fran Jenkins

Fran Jenkins U.S. Navy, Seaman Warrant Officer World War II (1940-1946) Pearl Harbor Survivor On December 7, 1941, an enormous force of Japanese ships and planes launched an attack on Pearl Harbor, determined to destroy the United States Navy base … Continue reading

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Lew Johnston

Lew Johnston US Army Air Force, 61st Troop Carrier Squadron, Troop Carrier Pilot – 1st Lieutenant World War II (1941-1945) It all began when young Lew Johnston went out and stood next to the airfield in Dayton, Ohio.  He saw … Continue reading

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Sherman Little

Sherman Claude Little, Jr. Lieutenant Commander – US Navy, Pilot, Flight Instructor & Instrument Instructor World War II (1940-1945) & Korean War (1950 – 1953) Lieutenant Commander Sherman Claude Little, Jr. has proud memories of his service as a Naval … Continue reading

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Frank Pereira

Frank Pereira Jr. US Navy (Served 1987-1996) Gulf War I (1990-1991) Lieutenant Commander Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer The son of Spanish immigrants, Frank Pereira Jr. was born on June 12, 1965 in Elmhurst, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.  He lived … Continue reading

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Joseph Lopez

Joseph V. Lopez U.S. Navy, Chief Boatswain’s Mate Fighting Seabees World War II (1939 – 1945)  You may find Joe Lopez walking the streets in the Forbes area of San Rafael any sunny day of week.  At the age of … Continue reading

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Harry J. Blatt

Harry J.  Blatt US Army, 15th Cavalry Group – Master Sergeant World War II At age 23, Harry J. Blatt was drafted, enabling him to join the army shortly before he was called to service.  He was the manager of … Continue reading

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Denis M. Parsons

Denis M. Parsons US Army, 101st Airborne Division, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment World War II (1942-1945) Denis M. Parsons was a Sergeant with the 101st “Screaming Eagles” airborne division.  Parsons was drafted into the army in November 1942 after Pearl … Continue reading

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Vincent Clarke

Vincent Clarke Air Force 44th Infantry Division, 31 Air Command Group, 8th Fighter Group World War II, Korean & Vietnam Wars Vincent J. Clarke was born on September 3rd, 1922 in Bridgeton, NJ. His parents were farmers to start but … Continue reading

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George Larsen

George Larsen Radioman, United States Coast Guard World War II (1939 – 1945) Good Conduct and Campaign Medals Pearl Harbor Survivor George Larsen was born on February 21, 1918, in San Francisco, California, but he later moved to Marin County … Continue reading

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Donald Davis

Donald W. Davis Captain – Army Infantry World War II (1941-1945) Medal of Occupation & Medal for Officer Training Donald Davis was born in Los Angeles, California, on September 4, 1921. He grew up in San Francisco, California, the son … Continue reading

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James Dukes

James Dukes United States Marine Corps – Corporal 2nd Marine Brigade World War II (1941 – 1945) and Korean War (1950 – 1951) Presidential Unit Citation James Dukes was born in Putnam, Alabama, on October 24, 1922, and grew up … Continue reading

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Henry James

Henry Milton James Army Corps of Engineers, WDC 4th Army, 61st Engineer Combat Unit – Colonel World War II (1940-1944) Henry James was born on December 18th 1916 in San Francisco, CA. He grew up in the bay area his … Continue reading

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William Brennen

William Brennen US Marine Corps: 1st Marine Air Wing, HQ Sq. 33, M.A.G. 33 Korean War (1950 – 1952) William Brennen was born on May 17th 1930 in San Helena, CA. His dad was an auto mechanic in Middletown. His … Continue reading

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Wendall McWhinney

Wendall McWhinney Private First Class – U.S. Army, 103rd Infantry Division, Field Artillery World War II (1943-1945) Battle Stars Wendall McWhinney was born in Los Angeles, California, on October, 23, 1923, and grew up in Montana. His father was an … Continue reading

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William Kaefer

William Kaefer US Navy: USS Sabalo (SS- 302), USS Pintado (SSN- 672) Vietnam (1966-1970) William Kaefer was born in Chicago in 1943. He considers himself a “war baby” because he was born during WWII. His dad was a small business … Continue reading

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Turner G. Brashear

Turner G. Brashear Captain – U.S. Air Force, 535th Bomb Squadron, 381st Bomb Squadron, & 8th Air Force World War II Turner Brashear was only nineteen years old when he joined the U.S. Air Force in World War II.  He … Continue reading

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Philip Economon

 Philip Economon U.S. Army, 25th Infantry Division World War II (1940-1945) Awarded Bronze Star for Meritorious Service Spending the first five years of his life in Regina, Canada and growing up in Los Angeles, California, Economon was one of four … Continue reading

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Fran Jenkins

Fran Jenkins U.S. Navy, Seaman Warrant Officer World War II (1940-1945) Pearl Harbor Survivor Fran Jenkins, born in Spokane Washington, grew up in Marin County. His mother was the principle of the Ross Grammar School, while his father worked as … Continue reading

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Michael Khourie

Michael N. Khourie U.S. Navy – Ensign and Chaplain World War II (1943 – 1945) Michael N. Khourie was born in Columbus, Ohio on May 10, 1922. Growing up, his father was a merchant and his mother was a housewife. … Continue reading

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Fielding Greaves

Fielding Louis Greaves Lieutenant Colonel – U.S. Army, Assistant Executive of Battery A, Field Artillery World War II Fielding Greaves was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1923. He was the son of a WWI veteran, who was called back into … Continue reading

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David Wilson

David Wilson U.S. Navy, Quartermaster 3rd Class World War II (1943 – 1945) David Wilson was born in Rockford, Illinois in 1926. Growing up in La Grange, Wilson’s father fought in the Army during WWI. Serving in the Navy, Wilson … Continue reading

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William Warren Taylor

William Warren Taylor U.S. Army, 86th Infantry Division, 343rd Regiment World War II (1943 – 1945) European Theatre & Pacific – Bronze Star Recipient William Warren Taylor was born on August 25, 1925. He is a native to Plainfield, New … Continue reading

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Deborah McFarland

Deborah McFarland USO Performer, Bob Hope USO Tours Vietnam War (1968 & 1969) Not all people can claim to have been a part of history. Growing up in Southern California as the daughter of a store owning father and a … Continue reading

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Richard West

Richard West Lieutenant Commander – U.S. Army Dentistry Vietnam War (1969 & 1970), Treasure Island (1970-1972) Not all members of the military wield guns. Some work behind the scenes in roles that are, though less flashy, certainly not less important. … Continue reading

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Dick Jones

Geoffrey Richard Jones Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Infantry World War II (1944-1945), Korean War (1950-1952) 2 Purple Hearts, 2 Bronze Stars, European Theater Ribbon (3 battle stars), WWII Victory medal, Army of Occupation Medal Geoffrey Richard “Dick” Jones was born … Continue reading

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Ed Tanner

Edward “Ed” Tanner U.S. Army Air Corps World War II (1941-1945) 5 Air Medals Edward “Ed” Tanner was born in Macksville, Kansas, on December 31, 1920.  Moving to Yuba City, California, as a young boy, Tanner gained plenty of experience … Continue reading

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George Banning

George Vroom Banning Lieutenant, Navy World War II (1942-1945) Letter of Commendation for Service George Vroom Banning was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, on April 22, 1917, and he grew up there his whole life. His mother was a housewife, … Continue reading

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John Murray Fox

John Murray Fox Colonel – U.S. Marine Corps, 24th Regiment, 4th Marine Division, “C” Company; Battalion Headquarters Company; and Headquarters and Service Company of the 24th Regiment World War II (1942-1946) John Murray Fox, 91, of Greenbrae, California is a … Continue reading

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Anthony Lazzarini

Anthony Lazzarini U.S. Army, 25th Aviation Battalion, “A” Company, “Little Bear” Assault Helicopter Company Vietnam War (1965-1968) Flew In Over 250 Combat Missions as a Helicopter Door Gunner and Received 11 Air Medals with 3 for Valor Anthony Lazzarini is … Continue reading

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William Callender

William C. Callender U.S. Navy, Aerial Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class World War Two (1946-1949) Award for Good Conduct and Marksmanship Though William Callender was born in Sacramento, he grew up in Lake Tahoe, where his parents ran a small bar … Continue reading

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Richard Robert Southon

Richard Robert Southon United StatesAir Force Staff Sergeant in the 8th Air Force 99th Bombardment Wing Served From 1966-1970 Richard Robert Southon was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 5th, 1943. Southon lived in Chicago throughout his childhood as well. … Continue reading

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Robert Addison Ely

Robert Addison Ely U.S. Navy Supply Corps, Lieutenant (1955 – 1958) Robert Addison Ely has always had a positive outlook on life.  His positive attitude, keen business sense and practical experiences learned in the U. S. Navy, enabled Ely to … Continue reading

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Mark Josiah Brown

Mark Josiah Brown, Jr. U.S. Air Force, Air Weather Service & Lieutenant Colonel World War II and Korean War (1940-1963) 1 Army and 2 Air Force Commendation Medals Mark Brown is proud to say that he has served twenty-two years … Continue reading

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Bill Tom

Bill Tom U.S. Army Airborne, 17th Airborne Division & Medic World War II, European Theatre of Operation Bill Tom was an 18-year-old “drop-out” who was drafted and served as a medic in the US Army Airborne in England and Continental … Continue reading

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Beatrice Brown

Beatrice Brown WAVE in U.S. Navy Supply Corps, Lieutenant Junior Grade World War II (1939-1945) Born and raised in Salisbury Center, New York, 93-year-old Beatrice Fairchild Brown grew up during the Great Depression.  Fortunately, her family lived in a small … Continue reading

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Roy Wonder

Roy Lincoln Wonder U.S. Navy, Aviation Division Pilot, Legal Officer, and Lieutenant Commander Korean War (1951 – 1955) Ribbon for Outstanding Service Roy L. Wonder was born in Winfield, Kansas, on November 3, 1928.  His father, a World War II … Continue reading

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Garry Sebring

Garry Sebring U.S. Navy, Beach Jumpers Unit 1 Vietnam War (1962-1966) Garry Sebring had big shoes to fill when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1962 and was assigned to the Beach Jumpers Unit.  Although he was not a … Continue reading

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Barbara Bitgood Sebring

Barbara Bitgood Sebring U.S. Navy, WAVES, Hospital Corpsman – E-3 Vietnam War (1962-1964) Not all women wore love beads in the Sixties.  Many women, like Barbara Bitgood Sebring, served our country during the Vietnam War and proudly wore dog tags … Continue reading

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Michael Dennis Snyder

Michael Dennis Snyder Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Served from 1959 to 1983 Michael Dennis Snyder was born on December 4th, 1941 in Cohoes, New York. He was no stranger to the military since his uncles had served in … Continue reading

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Helen Buckley Nugent

Helen Buckley Nugent WAVES, 7th Regiment World War II (1943 – 1945) Helen Buckley Nugent, 91, of Greenbrae, California is proud to have served her country during World War II.  According to Nugent, she was a part of the “giving … Continue reading

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Carroll Walker

Carroll Walker U.S. Army Air Corps, 19th Fighter Squadron – Master Sergeant World War II (1940 – 1945) Pearl Harbor Survivor Carroll Walker, 91, of Greenbrae, California is the member of a very exclusive group: the survivors of Pearl Harbor.  … Continue reading

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James H. Shaw

James H. Shaw US Army, 83rd Division, 331st Infantry World War II (1943-1946) James H. Shaw, 87, of Marinwood , California is a humble veteran of World War II.  Like many veterans of this era, Shaw views his service as … Continue reading

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Theodore S. Cohen

Theodore S. Cohen U.S. Army: 185 Infantry Regiment 40th division WWII, 14th ACR WWII (1943-1946) Korea (1965) Born in Chicago, Illinois on February 19, 1925, Ted Cohen dedicated his life to serving his country. During high school Ted was part … Continue reading

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William Palmer

William Palmer U.S. Airforce, Lieutenant Colonel (1942-1972), World War II, Korean War & Vietnam War From North Africa to the Pentagon to the Skies over Vietnam.  Bill Palmer flew mostly P-38s during World War II, spent most of the Korean … Continue reading

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Vincent Clarke

Vincent Clarke U.S. Airforce, Lieutenant Colonel (1939-1965) World War II, Korean War and Cold War Vincent Clarke’s active-duty career spanned World War II, Korea and well into the Cold War, but he spent part of his retirement in the skies above … Continue reading

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Bill Mazzoleni

 Bill Mazzoleni U.S. Navy Reserves, Merchant Marine (1945-1947) & (1950-1955) Lifelong Novato resident sailed high seas during World War II and Korean War. Age: 83 Occupation: Rancher, retired roofing contractor Resident of Novato since: 1927 Branch of military: Merchant Marine, … Continue reading

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George E. Grandemange

George E. Grandemange U.S. Army Medic, 93rd Evacuation Hospital Vietnam War (1967-1968) Meritorious Unit Citation Born in San Francisco, California on April 6, 1944, George E. Grandemange was welcomed into a family with past veterans. Grandemange’s uncle served in World … Continue reading

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