Category Archives: Cold War (1945-1980)

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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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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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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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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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 Betting Geiger, M.D.

James Betting 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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