James J. Scotella

WWII – U.S. Marine Corps August 21, 1943 through May 17, 1946: Corporal James served as a Message Center Man with the Headquarters and Service (H & S) Company, 28th Regiment of the 5th Marine Division. He and his unit went ashore in Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945 at approximately 0935 as the 8th…

James G. Shriver

WWII – U.S. Marine Corps March/April 1944 through July 24, 1945: Private First Class (Pfc). Jim served as a BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) man with I Company of the 3rd Platoon (42 troops), 3rd Battalion, 28th Regiment of the 5th Marine Division (3/28). Jim and his unit went ashore in Iwo Jima on Februrary 19, 1945 (D-Day)…

TC Coley

July 28, 1922 – December 3, 2015 WWII – U.S. Marine Corps July 6, 1942 through April, 1946: Corporal. TC joined the Marine Corps after learning that his older brother was missing in action (MIA) after the fall of Corregidor in the Philippines, May 1942. He trained as a rifleman and served as an Antitank Gun…

Albert V. Paulek

September 22, 1918 – April 22, 2015 WWII – U.S. Navy 1940 through 1960: Chief Petty Officer – National WWII Memorial Honoree. Pearl Harbor By April of 1940, the war in Europe had been raging for eight months. Germany was preparing to attack western Europe and within weeks, France would fall, leaving England to face Germany…

John Magill, Jr.

WWII – U.S. Army Air Corps Jan 23, 1942 through 1945: First Lieutenant John was born in Whitinsville, Massachusetts on January 8, 1921. One Sunday in December, 1941 John was lying on the floor at home listening to the radio like he quite often did. The radio program was interrupted with news of the attack on Pearl…

Robert H. Lyman

March 26, 1924 – February 7, 2016 WWII / Korea – U.S. Marine Corps. 1942 through 1951: Staff Sergeant (S/SGT). Robert enlisted in the U.S.M.C. the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor and was eventually assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines of the 2nd Marine Division. After enlisting, he arrived in New Zealand for…

David W. Young

December 18, 1922 – July 18, 2004 WWII – U.S. Army January 5, 1943 through February 4, 1946: Aidman (TEC 5) My grandfather, David, joined the U.S. Army on January 5, 1943 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. He was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Pulaski County, near Waynesville, Missouri. After his training, he was deployed to the South Pacific…

Lawrence E. Whitmire

Jan 16, 1926 – Oct 29, 2016 WWII – U.S. Navy 1941 through 1946: Aviation Machinist Mate 3rd Class – National WWII Memorial Honoree. In December 1941 Lawrence, known as Gene by friends and family, was in High school at the Chilocco Indian Agricultural School located on the Kansas Oklahoma border. Gene said that when word…

Glenn A. Tierney

WWII/Korean/Vietnam – U.S. Navy 11/5/1942 through 7/1/1972: Commander Glenn served in various fighter and test squadrons and flew Corsairs from several different carriers searching for enemy submarines in the South Atlantic. Glenn said that he made over 400 night time carrier landings during his military service. Medals and Honors: Recommended for Legion of Merit, SECNAV…

Edward P. McDuffee

WWII – U.S. Army 1943 through 1946: Private 1st Class Edward Prescott McDuffee enlisted in the Army on April 28, 1943 and served as a Military Policeman (MP) in the 8th Armored Division “The Thundering Herd” or “Iron Snake” in the European Theater Operation – England, France, Holland, Czechoslovakia, Austria and Germany. Edward, along with…

Joseph A. Hraca

WWII – U.S. Army 7/31/1943 through 1/30/1946: Sergeant (TEC 3) – National WWII Memorial. Joseph was part of the 106th Infantry Division, 19th Reinforcement Depot. He served in Normandy two months after D-Day. His unit was stationed in a chateau in Etampes, France that was previously occupied by the Germans. He was also present for the liberation…

Vernon P. Schoenfelder

WWII – U.S. Navy 10/1942 through 2/1946: Chief Petty Officer Vern served in Pearl Harbor and then later in the Philippines for the remainder of the war. Vern was a Seabee and built roads into jungles and repaired airstrips. He said that he had the opportunity to operate every kind of vehicle but a tank….

Theodore F. Spriggs

Vietnam (VN) – U.S. Army Dec. 1968 through March 1970: Combat Medic, Specialist 5 Theodore (Ted) F. Spriggs Jr., known as “Doc Spriggs” by his fellow soldiers, was born in North Dakota in 1942 and grew up in Fullerton, California. After joining the Army, Ted got his A-School at the Medical Training Center at Fort Sam…

Robert O. Childers

Korean War – U.S. Navy June 1948 through June 14, 1952: Aviation Machinist Mate 3rd Class Robert joined the Navy in 1948 at the age of 19 and attended boot camp in San Diego, CA from June, 1948 through August 6, 1948. Robert’s military training consisted of the following: Airman Training School in Memphis, Tennessee (completed November, 1948)…

Douglas E. Layland

Vietnam (VN) – U.S. Navy April 1968 through January 1972: Petty Officer – Aviation Electrician 3rd Class. Doug was born in Ohio on March 30, 1948 and grew up in South Gate, CA.  He joined the U.S. Navy in April, 1968 and served as a Petty Officer (Aviation Electrician 3rd Class) with Attack Squadron 192  (VA-192), aka…