Category Archives: World War II (1939-1946)

Interviews with World War II Veterans

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Joe Gargiulo

Joe Gargiulo U.S. Coast Guard, Lieutenant, Maritime Engineer World War II (1943- 1946) Joe Gargiulo, Coast Guard veteran, survived kamikaze attacks while serving on troop ships in the Pacific during World War II. Age: 85 Branch of military: U.S. Coast … Continue reading

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Howard Pierson

U.S. Air Force, Lieutenant Colonel and U.S. Navy, Deck Aide World War II (1944-1946), Korean and Vietnam Wars (1951-1979) Howard Pierson went from the Navy in World War II to the pilot’s seat over Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and … Continue reading

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Frances Gilbert Johannsen

Army Air Forces, Women’s Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) World War II (1942-1944) Congressional Gold Medal Awarded in 2010 Based out of: Avenger Field and Merced Army Air Field Planes Flown: At-6, BT-13, PT-22; Class: 44-W-4 Between 1942 and 1944, at … Continue reading

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Earl Shanken

U.S. Army, First Lieutenant, 450th Bombardment Navigator World War II Awarded Chevalier in the French National Order of the Legion of Honor Lucas Valley resident, Earl Shanken, 90, is among hundreds of American World War II veterans who have received … Continue reading

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