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SPECIAL VETERANS DAY SECTION | THE SHEBOYGAN PRESS | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2011

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CPL. ARNO O. ALBRECHT

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army; Seabees » Years of Service: 4 with Army in 1950s; 4 years with Seabees in 1960s » Where: Korea » Service highlights: Served in the Korean War. Submitted by Rose Ostermann

CPL. EDWARD L. ALBRECHT

» Hometown: King George, Va. » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 2001present » Where: Iraq » Service highlights: Two deployments to Iraq (2004-2006 and 20072008). Earned three Army Commendation Medals: for first tour on April 2, 2005, while under heavy fire at Abu Gharib; another in 2005 for helping implement an Army Detainee tracking system; and a third in 2007 for serving as a team leader in Iraq. Submitted by Staff Sgt. Richard L. Albrecht, father

PFC. LOUIS H. ALBRECHT

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 19541960 » Where: Port Hueneme, Calif.; Philippines; Guam; Okinawa » Service highlights: Built dependents housing in Philippines, served with blasting crew for concrete to pave runways while stationed in Guam in 1959; and assigned to blasting crew for concrete to be used for dependent housing in Okinawa. Submitted by Staff Sgt. Richard L. Albrecht, son

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STAFF SGT. RICHARD L. ALBRECHT

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Marine Corps » Years of Service: 19801995 » Where: Okinawa, Japan; Pusan, South Korea; Ras el Mishab, Saudi Arabia » Service highlights: Served as legal servicesman, notereader and special and general courts-martial stenographic court reporter, concluding career in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

SPC. THOMAS W. ALLEE

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army; National Guard » Years of Service: 1971-1974 » Where: South Vietnam, USARV » Service highlights: Served in Vietnam from December 1971 to December 1972, then was an active Army adviser assigned to the 84th Infantry Division Headquarters in Milwaukee before being honorably discharged. Served a year with the 32nd Infantry Division of the National Guard. Submitted by Theresa Allee

STAFF SGT. REUBEN ARENTSEN

» Hometown: Hingham » Branch of Service: Army Air Force » Years of Service: 3 years, 5 months, 17 days » Where: Jefferson Barracks, Mo.; Lincoln Air Force Base, Neb.;

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CAPT. KERRY A. BERG

A salute to area veterans

We wish to welcome you to the inaugural edition of The Sheboygan Press’ “A Salute to Veterans,” presented on this Veterans Day. This is a compilation of more than 275 biographies of Sheboygan County veterans that were submitted to us by family members of veterans or by the veterans themselves. Each one tells the name, hometown, branch of service, years of service and the military highlights of each veteran, as presented by those veterans or family members. They include those from all branches of the armed forces who fought in wars and who served in peacetime. Some served in famous World War II battles, such as the Battle of the Bulge or in the South Pacific or flying missions over Germany. Some were sent to far away places such as Korea or New Guinea or Da Nang or Baghdad. Others served as company clerks or mechanics in the motor pool. All of their contributions are important to the safety and security of our country and all are being recognized for their service. During the weeks that the submissions rolled in, countless people called or wrote notes thanking us for doing such a project. The true thanks, of course, really belong to the men and women who served in our military through all these decades, and for their families who were kind enough to share their pictures and stories with everyone.

Sincerely, Bob Petrie and Dave Lubach, Editors, “A Salute to Veterans”

Chanute Field, Ill.; Peterson Field, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Will Rogers Field, Oklahoma City; Coffeyville Air Force Base, Kansas; Truax Field, Madison. » Service highlights: Worked as an airplane mechanic on P38s, plans that were installed with cameras instead of guns. Was married to Elvira Tenpas in Oklahoma City. Member of a recent a Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. Submitted by family

STAFF SGT. DONALD ARNDT

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 1951-1955 » Where: Philippines, Korea Submitted by Jeannette Arndt

SGT. BRIAN ARNESON

» Hometown: West Bend » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 7 » Where: Tikrit, Iraq » Service highlights: A specialist in ECompany 634 in Chemical Weapons as a Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic. Is now with Wisconsin Unit 457. Promoted to sergeant in 2010. Submitted by Cheryl Arneson

CAPT. TODD J. BEALES

» Hometown: Plymouth » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 7 » Where: Afghanistan and Iraq » Service highlights: Multiple tours in Afghanistan and a tour in Iraq as a pilot. Currently assisting the Arab Spring in various countries. Submitted by J.L. Beales

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Marines » Years of Service: 24 » Where: 5 years in Okinawa, Japan, and 13 months in Saudi Arabia » Service highlights: Meritorious achievement as satellite communications team chief, Special Operations Command Central, Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Earned two Bronze Stars. Submitted by Eunice and Jack Berg, parents

JEROME BERNHARDT

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: During World War II » Where: European Theater, including Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany. » Service highlights: Served as a member of the 83rd Infantry Division, and fought in three major battles in the European Theater of Operations; the Battle of the Bulge, the battle of Rhineland and the Central European Campaign. Was an infantry rifleman in basic training, sent to communication school and graduated as a telephone wireman/rifleman.

» Hometown: Racine » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 19431946 » Where: Guam, Philippines, Japan » Service highlights: Earned a rank of 2nd Class Fire Control. Served on the USS Helm. Jerry remembers his ship being attacked by kamikaze aircraft. They were able to shoot it down. Served in nine major battles. To this day, Jerry remembers vividly when they were sent to retrieve the bodies from the USS Indianapolis, which was attacked by an enemy submarine. There were only five survivors. Submitted by Pine Haven Christian Communities

SGT. 1ST CLASS STEVEN BENIRSCHKE

CPL. WALLACE BIEDERWOLF

AL BEINEMANN

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1984-2006 » Where: Afghanistan; Texas; Goppingen, Germany; Virginia, New Jersey and Milwaukee. » Service highlights: “I wouldn’t have made it through the Army all those years if it wasn’t for my ex-wife. She was a trooper.”

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 2 » Where: Korea and Japan » Service highlights: Drove full track vehicle, towing heavy artillery. In Japan drove 41-ton armored selfpropelled heavy artillery piece.


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JEROME BISHOP

» Hometown: Born in Kewaunee, resides in Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 1950s » Where: Korea » Service highlights: Served on a battleship as a gunner. Two of his three children and two grandchildren followed him into service. Submitted by Deb Ashworth, daughter

CMCN MATTHEW BOCHTE

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 3 » Where: Afghanistan » Service highlights: Part of the Navy Seabees. Matthew has been in Afghanistan since May, 2011. Participated in the military funeral service of his grandfather, Jack Mahnke, who served in the Army during the Korean War. Submitted by Sue Bochte, mother

PVT. ALFRED BOEDECKER

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: During World War II » Where: In the Battle of the Bulge » Service highlights: Friends Submitted by Pine Haven Christian Communities

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FLOYD BOWEN

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1941-1944 » Where: Texas, California, Virginia Submitted by Pine Haven Christian Communities

MYRON J. BOSMAN

» Hometown: Cleveland » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1941-1945 » Where: Italy » Service highlights: Received the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantry Badge. Active in the Cleveland WFW Post 8974 for many years. Military career cut short by enemy fire causing a severe shoulder wound. Submitted by Gloria Schwarten, daughter

DON BOURRET

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Coast Guard » Years of Service: 19451946 » Where: Stateside in Brooklyn, N.Y., and South Carolina; Battle Harbor, Newfoundland. » Service highlights: Trained on operating the LORAN navigation system that helped guide supply convoys across the North Atlantic.

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19601980 » Where: Vietnam, elsewhere » Service highlights: Served in Vietnam 1965-1966 with 1st Infantry Division, ranks GT E5. Retired in 1980 with 20 years active duty service, rank Sergeant First Class.

ALFRED W. BROWN

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19421945 » Where: England, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg. » Service highlights: Was one of the Iron Men of Metz, and received a letter of commendation from Gen. George S. Patton for his duty in helping the Third Army capture the city of Metz during a 14-day of attack. Submitted by Gene R. Brown

ROBERT BRUNETTE

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 2-3 » Where: Vietnam. » Service highlights: Although my brother has never spoken much about his time in Vietnam, as with most Vietnam vets it was an experience they never would have chosen if given a choice. Robert, like most from our generation, served when called upon without hesitation by Uncle Sam. Thank you

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for your service, may God bless you and allow you to continue to enjoy life to its fullest as you so justly deserve to. Our mother would have been very proud of you. Love, Edward Submitted by Ed Brunette, brother

CPL. KEN BRUNNBAUER

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army; Wisconsin National Guard » Years of Service: 19491952 (National Guard); 19521954 (Army) » Where: Korea, 1953-1954 » Service highlights: Served in 623rd Field Artillery, Battery C. Fought at Old Baldy, Pork Chop Hill and many other conflicts. Received Korean Service Ribbon with two bronze service stars, United Nations Service Medal, and his unit received a Presidential Citation.

STAFF SGT. CHRISTOPHER BURGIN

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army Reserve » Years of Service: 8 » Where: Based in Milwaukee » Service highlights: Member of the 757th Battalion, 1152nd Transportation Co., U.S. Army railroad conductor. Submitted by Thomas and Susan Burgin

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STAFF SGT. SCOTT BURGIN

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 8 (currently serving) » Where: Arizona, Germany, Korea, England, Afghanistan » Service highlights: Assigned to the 355th EMS Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Ariz. Served two tours in Afghanistan. Submitted by Thomas and Susan Burgin

JAMES CAREY

» Hometown: Wadsworth, Ohio » Branch of Service: National Guard » Years of Service: 1957-1964 » Where: Went through basic training at Fort Knox, Ky. » Service highlights: I found lifelong friendships. Submitted by Pine Haven Christian Communities

SGT. DARRYL CARLSON

» Hometown: Portage (now resides in Sheboygan) » Branch of Service: Marine » Years of Service: 2004-2008 » Where: Iraq » Service highlights: Served in Golf Company 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines. Submitted by Leda Carlson, wife

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CPL. MARVIN J. CHALTRY

» Hometown: Sheboygan Falls » Branch of Service: Marines » Years of Service: 19541956 » Where: Camp Pendleton, Calif. » Service highlights: Served with 1st Marine Division, Fleet Marine Division.

JOSE P. CHANDLER

» Hometown: Los Angeles, recently moved to Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Coast Guard » Years of Service: 18 » Where: Iraq » Service highlights: Served on small boat stations and on boats being deployed. Spent 6 months in Kuwait as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Submitted by Sandra Chandler, wife

TOM H. CLARK

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 6 » Where: Vietnam » Service highlights: Served aboard USS Valley Forge LPH 8 from 1967 to 1968 seeing duty in Vietnam. Submitted by Sandra Clark

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SPC. BENJAMINW. CLEMENS

» Hometown: Sheboygan Falls » Branch of Service: Army Reserve » Years of Service: 5 » Where: Afghanistan, 2008-2009 » Service highlights: An Army firefighter in the 395th Ordinance Company in Appleton. Submitted by Warren and Patti Clemens, parents

SPC. PAULM. CLEMENS

» Hometown: Sheboygan Falls » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 3½ » Where: Afghanistan, 2010-2011 » Service highlights: Served as Mortar Section Team Leader with the Blacksheep Company 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regimen 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y. Submitted by Warren and Patti Clemens, parents

CLIFFORD H. COLPITTS JR.

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19711974 » Where: Fort Dix, N.J., Fort Monmouth, N.J., Mannheim, Germany » Service highlights: Served with the 81st Maintenance Co. Reached the rank of Specialist Fourth Class. Duties included two years as the company’s race relations specialist. Trained to repair radar system called the Q-10. Worked in radar repair and as company jeep driver. Also worked with base security.

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RICHARD R. DASSOW

» Hometown: Sheboygan Falls » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 19571960 » Where: Caribbean, Morocco, Africa, Mediterranean. » Service highlights: Achieved rank of Radioman Third Class. Assigned to the USS Salem, a heavy cruiser. He was deployed to the Mediterranean Sixth Fleet for 26 months during the Middle East Crisis/Lebanese situation. After the crisis eased, Richard was then assigned to the USS Boston CAG-1, a guided-missile cruiser, deployed to the Mediterranean. President Eisenhower met with and was escorted by the Sixth Fleet to the Western Summit Conference in France. He was proud of his service as well as others who served. Submitted by Tamara L. Dassow, daughter

DUANE R. DAUN

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 19731993 (Retired as a Chief Petty Officer) » Where: USS Franklin D. Roosevelt; USS Canopus Rota, Spain; recruiter in Plymouth, Ind., Frankfurt, Germany and the Sheboygan-Milwaukee area. » Service highlights: While in Plymouth, Ind., he was named Recruiter of the Year for the Midwest. “Duane is very patriotic and proud to be an American. He was fortunate not to have gone to any wars and is always concerned for anyone else in this situation.” Submitted by Patty Daun, wife

LT. ERIC N. DEBLAEY

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army

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» Years of Service: 1½ » Where: Iraq » Service highlights: Joined Army in 2010 after college, went to Officer Candidate School, and became a second lieutenant in Military Intelligence. Currently serving in Iraq with 1st Cavalry stationed out of Fort Hood, Texas. Submitted by Dean and Jane DeBlaey, parents

» Service highlights: Served in the 252nd Field Artillery Battalion as a gun crewman. Also was a heavy machine gunner. Earned EuropeanAfrican Middle Eastern Theater ribbon with two bronze battle stars. Submitted by Diana L. Foth, daughter

WARRANT OFFICER STAFF SGT. PETER TIMOTHY A. DOELDER DEBLAEY

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 7½ » Where: Operation Iraqi Freedom » Service highlights: Joined Army in 2004 as truck driver in reserves, changed job to Black Hawk crew chief and went active in 2007, deployed with 1st Cavalry out of Fort Hood, Texas, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009-2010. He got accepted into Warrant Officer flight school program in 2010, where he is training to become a helicopter pilot at Fort Rucker, Ala. Submitted by Dean and Jane DeBlaey, parents

KENNETH G. DEICHER

» Hometown: Plymouth » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 19511955 » Where: Korea, Malta, North Atlantic, Caribbean and Mediterranean seas » Service highlights: Was Aviation Electronics Technician (AE2). Submitted by Carrie Rooker, daughter

PFC. LEONARD DOELDER

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1942-1946 » Where: European-African Theater

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army Air Force » Years of Service: 19421944, died on Sept. 24, 1944 » Where: Italy » Service highlights: Served with the 464th Bombardment Group. Wounded in action during a mission over Czechoslovakia and died of his wounds in Italy. Received a Purple Heart and Citation of Honor. Submitted by Diana L. Foth, daughter

PFC. GILBERT DOHERTY

» Hometown: Cascade » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 2 (during World War II) » Where: Anzio, Italy and France » Service highlights: Served with the 337th Infantry 85th Infantry Division. Earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. Killed in action. Submitted by Morreen O’ReillyMersberger, niece

CPL. DORATHY DOWNS

» Hometown: Highland Park, Mich. » Branch of Service: Women’s Army Corps » Years of Service: Not listed » Where: United States, New Guinea, the Philippines

» Service highlights: Knowing she is out and having compassion for those now serving Submitted by Pine Haven Christian Communities

TANYA DRESCHER

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 4 » Where: Iraq, Germany, Turkey and Washington » Service highlights: Served as a Senior Airman E-4 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Submitted by Jason Drescher, husband

PFC. ROBERT J. DROLLINGER

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army Air Force » Years of Service: 4 » Where: Indiana and Florida » Service highlights: Did sheet metal work on airplanes. Submitted by Mary Ellen Drollinger

PFC. DAVID EHLER

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19421946 » Where: European Theater (Germany, France, Holland) » Service highlights: Served with the Fifth Army, 252nd Field Artillery Battalion. Stationed in Achen, Germany. Supported the infantry during the liberation of France. Was at G-2 headquarters in Frankfurt as an interpreter. Submitted by Carol Lilyquist

ROBERT EHRENREICH

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army; Army National Guard

» Years of Service: 1943-1950 » Where: Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe » Service highlights: Served as a cook with HQ Battery 978 Field Artillery Unit. “I’m glad I served my country, and I’m glad I got back home safely.”

CHARLES ELLMAUER

» Hometown: Port Washington » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 6 » Where: Vietnam, Cambodia, Mediterranean, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Okinawa, Hawaii, California, England, Spain, Italy, France, Greece and Thira. » Service highlights: “I came out alive, forever changed, but alive.” Submitted by Lisa Oldenburg

STAFF SGT. JASON FAUCHER

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1997-2006 » Where: Fort Hood, Texas; guard in Oconomowoc; and Samarra, Iraq. » Service highlights: Tour of Iraq from November 2004 to October 2005. Submitted by Staceyann Faucher

CPL. RAYMOND FELD

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army Air Forces » Years of Service: 2 » Where: Anchorage, Alaska » Service highlights: Served as acting sergeant of motor pool, servicing trucks and tanks. Submitted by Marion Feld


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CPL. DENNIS P. FELDMANN

» Hometown: Plymouth » Branch of Service: Marines » Years of Service: 2 » Where: South Vietnam » Service highlights: Member of SCAMP (Ground Surveillance) 3rd and 1st Battalion. Attended a Bob Hope and the Gold Diggers show Christmas 1969 in Da Nang. Submitted by Annette Feldmann

JERRY FEUSTEL

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1958-1960 » Where: Germany » Service highlights: Planning a reunion with his Army mates 51 years after serving and reuniting with eight of them.

LT. CMDR. RICHARD FEUSTEL

» Hometown: Sheboygan (now resides in Fond du Lac) » Branch of Service: Marine Corps and Navy » Years of Service: 23 » Where: Persian Gulf and Suez Canal aboard the USS Carl Vinson, stateside » Service highlights: Marine of the Year award, 1984. Served multiple Western Pacific submarine deployments on board the USS Cavalla and ballistic missile patrols. Submitted by Jerry Feustel, father

ROBERT R. FINGER

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1941-1945 » Where: Europe » Service highlights: Served with the 28th Infantry Division that liberated Paris, and paraded down the Champs Elysees with all equipment and vehicles, 24 abreast. A French woman took the included picture of Robert marching and sent it to his mother.

THOMAS P. FRANE

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Marines » Years of Service: 3 » Where: Vietnam » Service highlights: Earned many decorations while serving with the 1st Marine and 2nd Marine Divisions: 1st Division Presidential Unit Citation, National Service Defense Medal with two campaign stars, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Vietnamese Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and M-

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14 Rifle Expert Badge. Submitted by Wendy Yentz, daughter

Germany » Service highlights: Served with the 8th Infantry.

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MASTER SGT. ROGER E. GERING

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 2 » Where: » Service highlights: Is a member of the Blackhorse 11th Armor Cavalry. Was a generator operator in Vietnam. Submitted by Diane Frazier

STAFF SGT. HARRIS K. FREYE

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 4 years, 8 months, starting Dec. 29, 1941 » Where: Served 34 months in the South Pacific, including the Solomon Islands, New Hebrides Islands and in Hawaii » Service highlights: Worked up to 18 hours a day as a crew chief of a B-24 Liberator bomber named “Peggy.” Submitted by Doris S. Freye, wife

PFC. LYLE JOHN FUHRMANN

» Hometown: Marytown (now resides in Kiel) » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19421945 » Where: Ireland, Normandy and

» Hometown: Milwaukee » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 20 » Where: Vietnam » Service highlights: Was a crew chief in Vietnam and retired with the rank of Master Sergeant, and received numerous awards. Was in the 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron, and part of the Misty Mission. Submitted by Colleen Schlieder

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» Years of Service: 1942-1945 » Where: Stateside and France » Service highlights: Joined the 79th Infantry Division, Company B, and was liberated from the German Prisoner of War Camp for Officers in Hammelburg, Germany on April 6, 1945. Submitted by Jan Nelson

LT. GILBERT G. GILMAN

» Hometown: Plymouth » Branch of Service: Army

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Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19701972 » Where: Germany, Fort Campbell, Ky., and Fort Polk, La. » Service highlights: Member of 3rd Infantry, armored personnel carrier. Submitted by Mary M. Glover

STAFF SGT. PHILLIP M. GODDARD

PFC. CLASS ELMER GESSERT

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19521954 » Where: Korea » Service highlights: Drove an M4A3E8 tank for the 9th Infantry Regiment, which was part of the 72nd Tank Battalion in the second division. Served on the front line along the 38th parallel until the cease fire, and then worked in the “Rebuilding Korea” campaign to rebuild schools and churches. Submitted by Julie Prinsen, daughter

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TECH SGT. RICHARD GILSDORF

» Hometown: Sherwood » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 2 (World War II) » Where: Fort Sill, Okla., Okinawa » Service highlights: Earned expert marksmanship badge for rifle, carbine, pistol and field artillery. Served in Okinawa. Drove deuce and a half trucks in helping build airstrips for B29s. Also guarded Japanese prisoners of war. Submitted by Gerard Gilsdorf, son

SPC. JOSEPH GLOVER JR.

» Hometown: Sheboygan, now residing in DuPont, Wash. » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 2001 to current » Where: Iraq, Nicaragua, and Afghanistan » Service highlights: Currently deployed to Afghanistan with the 14th EN BN 571st Sapper Co. Earned following medals: Bronze Star, Army Commendation, Army Achievement, Army Good Conduct, National Defense Service, Afghanistan Campaign, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary, Global War on Terrorism Service and NATO Medal. Earned the following ribbons: Professional Development, Army Service, Overseas Ribbon (Numeral 3) and the following awards: Meritorious Unit Commendation, Valorous Unit Award, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge and Drill Sergeant Badge. Submitted by wife Angela Goddard

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WESLEY GOSSE

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 2 » Where: Korea » Service highlights: Served with the 23rd Infantry, was sent to the front lines in Korea before the truce was signed. On July 27, 1953, the truce went into effect. There was a lot of gunfire going on, but on that night at 10 p.m. everything stopped. The Korean War was over. I stayed in Korea until May 1954. My brother, Jerry, who was in the Navy for four years, and I came home on the exact same day.

EARL GRASKAMP

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19431945 » Where: England, Belgium, France, Germany » Service highlights: Served with Battery C, 635 AAA AW Battalion. Was an anti-aircraft machine gunner and was in the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne. Wounded in action and received the Purple Heart.

SGT. BRAD GREENWALD

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army and Marines » Years of Service: 6 » Where: Iraq, Okinawa, Bahrain and Haiti » Service highlights: A jumpqualified combat paratrooper with the elite 82nd Airborne Division, stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C. Currently deployed to Iraq as part of Operation New Dawn where he also fought in 2003. First served as Marine corporal from 2000 to 2004 in com-

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STAFF SGT. MELVIN A. HANSMANN

mand of a Weapons Squad with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, USMC. Submitted by Kevin and Mary Greenwald

MAJ. WILLIAM P. GREINKE (RET.)

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 22 » Where: Vietnam, Germany, Georgia, Texas, Hawaii and in the Wisconsin Reserves. » Service highlights: Served in Vietnam 1969-1970. “We are very proud of him.” Submitted by Judi Greinke, wife

MAJ. THOMAS GRETZ

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 20 » Where: South Pacific » Service highlights: Served with the 5th Air Force, 90th Bomb Group, 319th Squadron as a bombardier on a B-24 Liberator. Flew missions from islands of New Guinea to Okinawa/Ie Shima. Most memorable, historic and final mission was a reconnaissance flight over Hiroshima and Nagasaki days after they were hit by atomic bombs. Flying at about 10,000 feet, and seeing the total devastation, they all proclaimed “The war is over! Thank God!”

WILLARD GROTENHUIS

» Hometown: Sheboygan Falls » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19431946 » Where: Colorado, Arizona, Washington, Tokyo Submitted by Pine Haven Christian Communities

STAFF SGT. CLARENCE GUTOSKI

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army Air Force » Years of Service: 1943-1945 » Where: Italy » Service highlights: Served with 483rd Bomb Group as a

radio operator-gunner on B17. Bomber was shot down on his seventh mission. He was captured and held as a prisoner of war at Stalag 7A in Mooseburg, Germany until the end of World War II. Served nine months with 44th Infantry Division before transferring to the Army Air Force. Awarded the POW Medal, Air Medal, Victory Europe Medal, medal and citation from the Greek government, Good Conduct Medal, European Theater Ribbon with four Battle Stars, Unit Citation for bombing of Berlin; marksmanship in pistol, rifle and 81mm mortar; American Defense Medal. Submitted by Tom Gutoski

CPL. STEVEN HAMUS

» Hometown: Sheboygan Falls » Branch of Service: Marines » Years of Service: 4 » Where: Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq and South Korea » Service highlights: Served in Desert Storm and was stationed in Bahrain. He also spent time in Kuwait and Iraq but his most enjoyable memories were his time serving in South Korea during a training mission. Qualified for expert level with a rifle and received a Good Conduct Medal.

» Hometown: Glenbeulah » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 3 (during World War II) » Where: Brazil. » Service highlights: Melvin joined his two brothers, Bill and Fred, in the Army. He worked in the office in Recife, Brazil. Submitted by Elizabeth Quackenboss

SPC. MICHAEL LEROY HANSON

» Hometown: Eau Claire (lives in Sheboygan) » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19671969 » Where: Cuche, Vietnam; Kansas » Service highlights: Served as a cook, and was wounded by shrapnel in 1968 and lost use of right arm. Awarded a Purple Heart. Earned sharpshooter medal in rifle proficiency. Submitted by Vicki Hanson, sister

Five Hauch brothers served their country during World War II. Front row, from left: Alois Hauch (Army) and Hilarion Hauch (Army). Back row: Robert Hauch (Army Air Force); Kenneth Hauch (Navy); and Francis Hauch (Army). SUBMITTED BY ROBERT HAUCH

ALOIS HAUCH

KENNETH HAUCH

FRANCIS HAUCH

ROBERT H. HAUCH

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 4 » Where: Europe

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 5 » Where: Southwest Pacific

HILARION HAUCH

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 5 ½ » Where: Southwest Pacific

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 3 » Where: Pacific Theater

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army Air Force » Years of Service: 3 » Where: Southwest Pacific, including New Guinea, Mindoro, Luzon, and also in Okinawa.

ROBERT HARDER

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 19421946 » Where: Invasion of South France » Service highlights: Travel Submitted by Pine Haven Christian Communities

EDVIN HATLELI SR.

» Hometown: Menomonie, lives in Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1941-1943 » Where: North Africa and Sicily, Italy » Service highlights: Was a plane spotter.

SPC. STEWART HASEK

» Hometown: Glenbeulah » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1968-1970 » Where: Vietnam

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SGT. DOUGLAS HAWKINS

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Marines » Years of Service: 8 years, 9 months » Where: Green Bay

JOHN HEIDEMANN

» Hometown: Sheboygan Falls (now resides in Sheboygan) » Branch of Service: Air Force, Air Force Reserve » Years of Service: 20 » Where: Stationed in Germany during Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm. » Service highlights: Served at the 440th Air Force Base for 16 years, retiring as a tech sergeant with an honorable discharge and the Meritorious Service Medal in December of 2003. Submitted by daughter Sarah Nolte

CPL. ERWIN P. HEIDENREITER

» Hometown: Sheboygan Falls » Branch of Service: National Guard, Army » Years of Service: 19401945 » Where: Australia, New Guinea and 35 months in the South Pacific Theater of Operations » Service highlights: Served with the 32nd Division, 127th Infantry, Company F. He witnessed the return of General Douglas MacArthur to Leyte Island. Awarded the AsiaticPacific Campaign ribbon with

two Battle Stars, the Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star Medal, the Republic of the Philippines Presidential Unit citation and the Philippine Liberation Medal. He passed away on Dec. 28, 1998. Submitted by daughter Kathleen Felton

CPL. EUGENE HEINEN

» Hometown: Oostburg » Branch of Service: Marines » Years of Service: 1952-1954 » Where: United States » Service highlights: Atomic testing Submitted by Pine Haven Christian Communities

» Service highlights: Was an Airman 1st Class for the 56th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron. Submitted by Leda M. Carlson

KATIE LYNN HENSCHEL

» Hometown: Plymouth » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 8 months » Where: South Carolina and Texas » Service highlights: Best choice I could have made. What a life, great adventure. Submitted by D. Henschel

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DAVE HELING

» Hometown: Howards Grove » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 1965-1967 » Where: Vietnam » Service highlights: Served on the USS Cowell in 1966 at its home base in Hunters Point Naval Base in California. He was a rated shipfitter and trained recruits in firefighting and damage control.

JACK M. HENNING » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 19531957 » Where: Yokota Air Force Base in Japan for Korean War

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» Hometown: Cedar Grove, now lives in Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 2 » Where: Vietnam » Service highlights: Served in 1969 and 1970 with the 4th Infantry Division. Stationed in Pleiku and An Khe, the central highlands.

SGT. 1ST CLASS HAROLD B. HOFFMAN

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 1950-1953 » Where: Korean War. » Service highlights: Served entire Korean War on the USS Oriskany as a proficient radio operator

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ROBERT HOLLENBECK

» Hometown: New Holstein » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 3 (World War II) » Where: United States, England, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Austria, Italy and Luxembourg. » Service highlights: Attained rank of T/5. Served as a combat engineer, and also was a member of the Drum & Bugle Corps. Earned a Victory Medal with one Battle Star, the EuropeanAfrican-Middle East Medal with three Battle Stars, American Theater and Good Conduct medals.

STAFF SGT. JOHN P. HOLTZ

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army National Guard » Years of Service: 6 » Where: Iraq. » Service highlights: Served in Iraq from March to July 2007. While there he had a roadside bomb explode in front of the Humvee he was driving in a convoy escorting Air Force semis carrying military equipment. John swerved but was able to keep the vehicle on its wheels. The explosion caused John to lose some ability to hear. Awarded the Purple Heart. Submitted by Liz Holtz

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PFC. EUGENE HARTLAUB

» Hometown: Janesville » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1943-1949 » Where: Northern France, Central Europe » Service highlights: Radio operator. Received Good Conduct Medal and four Bronze Stars.

STAFF SGT. TAD HARTLAUB

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1979-1991 » Where: Hawaii and Great Lakes Naval Base » Service highlights: Served as a military policeman in Hawaii and Great Lakes Naval Base; also served as a drill instructor in the Army Reserve.

TECH. SGT. T.J. HARTLAUB

» Hometown: West Bend » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 2000present » Where: Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan. » Service highlights: Served

as an F-16 avionics mechanic and wing avionics manager at Hill Air Force Base, Utah and as an Air Force recruiter in West Bend.

CPL. SHAWN HARTLAUB

» Hometown: Stoughton » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 2001-2004 » Where: Iraq and Afghanistan. » Service highlights: Served as an Army Airborne Ranger at Fort Lewis, Wash., along with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

PFC. NIKOLAUS STILES

» Hometown: Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 2010-present » Where: Georgia » Service highlights: Serves as a tanker with the 1-64 of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Ga.

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SPC. KENNETH HOPPERT

» Hometown: Plymouth » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 6 » Where: Baumholder, Germany. » Service highlights: Served with Co. B 29th Tank Battalion, 2nd Armored Division for 2 years and 334th Regiment Co. D 1st Bn., and as standby reserve. Was a peacetime veteran.

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SGT. THOMAS D. HORNECK

» Hometown: Elkhart Lake » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 6½ » Where: Ft. Bragg, N.C.; Camp Casey ROK; one tour in Iraq. » Service highlights: Two assignments with 82nd Airborne. Trained as a radio operator/maintainer and retrained as a welder. Submitted by Jessica Clune, sister

MASTER SGT. PAMELAHORNECK KARR

» Hometown: Elkhart Lake » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 20 years, 8 months » Where: England, Ft. Bragg, Ft. Belvior (Virginia), Offut Air Force Base. » Service highlights: Trained as an Imagery Analyst. Deployed to Sarajevo Bosnia, 2001. Instructor at Geospatial Intelligence Agency. Retired April 1. Submitted by Jessica Clune, sister

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EDMOND HOU-SEYE

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Marines » Years of Service: 4 » Where: Okinawa, South Pacific. » Service highlights: Drove the 3rd armored tank ashore during the Invasion of Okinawa. Occupational specialties included aircraft mechanic, demolitions expert and water filtration. Enlisted after bombing of Pearl Harbor. Was recalled by Kennedy administration to serve as weapons inspector at the Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois during Cuban Missile Crisis. Submitted by Job Hou-Seye, son

ROLAND HUIBREGTSE

» Hometown: Cedar Grove » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 19431946 » Where: Illinois, Virginia, North Carolina, Maine, Florida » Service highlights: Reached the rank of PH2. Got to work in a lab and a mine sweep. Sailing through Panama. Submitted by Pine Haven Christian Communities

CLARENCE HUNKINS

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army/Navy » Years of Service: 6 » Where: Korea » Service highlights: Served during the 1950s in the Army and Navy. Earned many medals and honors. Submitted by Tammy Traxler, daughter

RAYMOND HURTIENNE

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 1 year

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» Where: United States » Service highlights: Earned American Theater Ribbon, World War II victory medal and was qualified in aerial photo and map reading. Submitted by Pine Haven Christian Communities

JIM JAGLER

» Hometown: Rothschild » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 19441946 » Where: Stateside in San Diego; Corpus Christi, Texas; Great Lakes; Shoemaker, Calif. » Service highlights: Schooled as a Pharmacist Mate and served as Hospital Corpsman on the destroyer Henry Warren Tucker until from January 1946 until he was discharged as Pharmacist Mate First Class in early August. Submitted by Marge Jagler, wife

ROGER A. JONES

» Hometown: Sheboygan Falls » Branch of Service: Marines » Years of Service: 6 » Where: Vietnam » Service highlights: Earned the “Golden Boot Award” during his time as a drill instructor as well as the following awards: Vietnamese Cross of Gallentry, two Purple Hearts, National Defense Ribbon, Vietnamese Service Ribbon, Vietnamese Campaign Ribbon, Four Presidential Unit Citation, Naval Unit Citation, Combat Action Ribbon, French Unit Citation. Submitted by Wendy L. Jones

LT. COL. PAUL KAUPPILA

» Hometown: Copper City, Mich. » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 1942-1970 » Where: United States as a pilot instructor » Service highlights: Air Medal for training Submitted by Pine Haven Christian Communities

SGT. KONRAD KACZKOWSKI

TECH SGT. RICHARD JELOVNIK

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1951-1953 » Where: Trained in artillery repair in Maryland, served 13 months in Korea » Service highlights: Served with the 2nd Division, 702nd Ordnance Co., worked on 105 mm and 155 mm howitzers, also worked on tank turrets. While stationed in England with the 339th Fighter Group as a P-51 pilot, he flew 70 combat missions over Germany in a single-engine Mustang that he named “Boomerang,” because a boomerang always comes back. Submitted by Emma Thieme, wife

» Hometown: Milwaukee/ Plymouth » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 3½ » Where: Stateside and Vietnam » Service highlights: Served at Grand Forks Air Force Base N.D., Phu Cat Air Base central highlands Vietnam, Truax Field in Madison and as a WI Security Policeman. Submitted by Ann Kaczkowski

ENSIGN JAMES S. KELLING

» Hometown: Plymouth » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 2 » Where: USS Port Royal, Pearl Harbor,

Hawaii » Service highlights: Currently deployed with the 5th Fleet in the Persian Gulf. Submitted by Cathy Kelling

RAYMOND KLABECHEK

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 2 » Where: European Theater (Great Britain, France, Belgium, Germany), World War II » Service highlights: Served in Battery A, 357th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Searchlight Battalion (operating “secret” radar equipment) and later in the 475th Military Police, guarding German POWs. “My hero!” Submitted by Thomas A. Rammer

PVT. LEROY KNAUB

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1956-1958 » Where: Not specified » Service highlights: Completed Airborne School. Served with 101st Airborne Division Parachute Supply Co. He was the first paratrooper jumping from the plane to check the wind. Earned a expert badge at rifle marksmanship. Submitted by Anita Knaub

CPL. ARTHUR KLEINE

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: Not listed » Where: Wamburg, Germany » Service highlights: Coming home Submitted by Pine Haven Christian Communities

LT. MARK KLOIBER

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 2 » Where: Afghanistan » Service highlights: The 2009 graduate of West Point was deployed to Afghanistan in June 2010June 2011. Helped train Afghani police officers and led his platoon on daily patrols in Kandahar and outlying areas. Has returned to Fort Lewis and leads same platoon in military work at the base. Submitted by Tom and Maryellen Kloiber, parents

CPL. EARL EDWIN KNEEVERS JR.

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1951-1954 » Where: United States » Service highlights: Served as a prisoner chaser and a bandsman in the Fifth Army Band. Assigned to participate in the first firing of the atomic cannon at Frenchman Flats in Nevada. He and fellow soldiers were huddled in slit trenches about a mile from ground zero when the atomic bomb exploded. After the blast, when told to stand up, they were knocked down by the radiation shock wave. Submitted by Charmaine L. Kneevers


2ND LT. EARL EDWIN KNEEVERS SR.

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 2 (at the end of World War I) » Where: Madison » Service highlights: Enlisted in the SATC Officer Training School during World War I while a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Was a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Was honorably discharged when the war ended, just as he was about to be sent to Europe. Submitted by Charmaine L. Kneevers

STAFF SGT. DANIEL R. KOBER

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 1979-1990 » Where: Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., and Andrews Air Force Base. » Service highlights: Was a helicopter mechanic with Detachment 1, 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service in Tucson, supporting 390th Strategic Missile Wing, and providing rescue service in support of Pima County Sheriff’s Department, saving 498 lives. Also served six years at Andrews with the 1st Helicopter Squadron 89th Military Airlift Wing, Special Missions, flying high-ranking military, civilian and foreign dignitaries. Submitted by Debbie Kober

CHIEF MASTER SGT. GORDY KOCH

» Hometown: Milwaukee (now resides in Sheboygan) » Branch of Service: Air Force National Guard » Years of Service: 37 » Where: Stateside, Japan, Canada and six different countries in Europe. » Service highlights: Served as

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JOHN F. KOHLS

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Coast Guard » Years of Service: 19451946 » Where: Panama Canal » Service highlights: Going through the Panama Canal three times. Submitted by Mrs. John Kohls

STAFF SGT. FRANK M. KOTNICK

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 3 years, 9 months, 11 days » Where: Northern France, Rhineland Germany, and Central Europe » Service highlights: Served during World War II, inducted in 1942 and departed for Europe in April 1944, honorably discharged Nov. 27, 1945. Medals awarded: European/African/Middle Eastern Theater, three Bronze Battle Stars, three Overseas service bars, one service stripe and Bronze Star Medal. “We are very proud of dad and want to wish him a happy 93rd birthday today!” Submitted by Cheryl Lopour and Marilyn Hendricks, daughters

PFC. VICTOR KRAHN

» Hometown: Plymouth. » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1941-1945 » Where: Southwest Pacific Theater, New Guinea and Philippines. » Service highlights: Served 563 days of combat and was awarded three Purple Hearts. Submitted by Niles Perronne

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PFC. CLAYTON J. LAKE

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army/National Guard » Years of Service: 6 » Where: Germany, Fort Benning, Ga.; and Wisconsin Submitted by Luanna Lawrence

» Hometown: Antigo » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1943-1949 » Where: England, France and Germany » Service highlights: Was part of the 66th Infantry Division that arrived in England Nov. 26, 1944 until Dec. 24, 1944 when the division crossed the English Channel to Cherbourg, France. A German U-boat torpedoed his transport ship, the S.S. Leopoldville, losing more than 800 troops. He was wounded and received a Purple Heart. Submitted by Debra Resnick, daughter

PFC. EDGAR L. KUHLOW

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JACK C. KUETHER

» Hometown: Sheboygan Falls » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 3 (during World War II) » Where: European Theater, including Anzio, Italy and southern France. » Service highlights: Served with the 45th Infantry Division during the Anzio campaign in Italy. Participated in the Southern France Invasion, during which he was captured by the Germans and became a prisoner of war. Submitted by Keith H. Kuhlow

CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER JOSEPH KURANZ

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19671968 » Where: Alabama, Korea » Service highlights: Served as a Medevac pilot in Vietnam with the 50th Medical Detachment and the 498th Medical Company. Also served as a door gunner training branch pilot at Fort Rucker, Ala. Submitted by Sandra Kuranz

» Hometown: Granada Hills, Calif. » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 22, retired » Where: South Korea and Keesler, Mather and Edwards Air Force bases » Service highlights: Retired with an honorable discharge on June 1, 2006, after more than 22 years of active duty. Submitted by Luanna Lawrence

MABEL (KNACK) LEMAHIEU

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Marines » Years of Service: 2 years » Where: Korea Submitted by Pine Haven Christian Communities

PFC. GERALD S. LILYQUIST

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 3 (during World War II) » Where: France » Service highlights: Served with the infantry, 28th Divi-

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SPC. MICHAEL D. LITTMANN

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19671970 » Where: Fort Knox (Kentucky), Fort Polk (Louisiana), Fort Ben Harrison (Indiana), Fort Shafter (Hawaii) » Service highlights: Worked with infantry trainees for Vietnam and returnees from Vietnam; processed data in support of all troops in the Pacific Theater. Submitted by Nicole Schumacher, daughter

MM1 RYAN A. LORBECKI

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 7 » Where: USS Carl Vinson » Service highlights: Operations included Operation Unified Response after the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the 2010-2011 deployment that concluded in the secret operation involving Osama Bin Laden in May 2011. Currently transferring to be an instructor at a nuclear prototype in New York. Submitted by Bonnie Heckert

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SGT. 1ST CLASS MARCUS K. LORENZ SR.

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Marines, Navy, Navy Reserve, Coast Guard, Army National Guard and Army Reserve » Years of Service: 23½ years » Where: Vietnam, Germany and sea duty » Service highlights: Received Purple Heart in Vietnam

GT. LEON B. ‘PETE’ LOSEY

» Hometown: Chilton » Branch of Service: Army Air Force » Years of Service: 19421946 » Where: Naples, Italy; Oran, Tunis, Casablanca, Tripoli, North Africa » Service highlights: Specialty was as a heavy duty truck driver, drove fuel tankers and he was an expert rifleman. He told of driving a wrecker into the mountains of North Africa where a bomber had crashed. Submitted by Doris Losey, Sheboygan

CPL. ROMAN W. LULLOFF

» Hometown: Kiel » Branch of Service: Marine Corps » Years of Service: Since 2008 » Where: Camp Pendleton, Calif.; Japan; and Philippines. » Service highlights: Served on 31st MEU 2008-2009 – Humanitarian and Philippines Operation Ketsana, and 31st MEU 2011 – Humanitarian Aid Japan Tomodachi, which earned him two Navy Achievement Medals. Also held the billets of driver gunner dismount and was Vehicle Commander. Currently MP, Security Battalion at Camp Pendleton. Submitted by Marilyn Stenske, mother


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GORDON H. MACKLE

» Hometown: Newport, Vt. » Branch of Service: Army, National Guard » Years of Service: 1942-1950 » Where: Fort Lewis, Wash., European Theater » Service highlights: Served with the 172 Medical Company. Submitted by Marilyn Torke, daughter

MARILYN (MEYER) MACKLE

» Hometown: Waldo » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1945-1946 » Where: Fort Lewis, Wash. Submitted by Marilyn Torke, daughter

JOEL L. MARTIN

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 2 » Where: Vietnam. » Service highlights: Drove truck in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Submitted by Betty L. Martin

CPL. KURT C. MARTIN

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: not listed » Years of Service: 22, retired » Where: Okinawa, Japan » Service highlights: Member of 3D FSSG 3D LSB, Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan.

SGT. JOSH MAXEY

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Marines » Years of Service: 4 » Where: Afghanistan, Iraq, Southeast Asia » Service highlights: Part of humanitarian mission for typhoon disaster in Southeast Asia, served in combat replacement in Afghanistan for two tours, part of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Supporting Iraqi Freedom. Submitted by Laura Klemme, girlfriend

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RM3 JAMES MCKNIGHT

» Hometown: Madison » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 5 » Where: Newport, R.I. » Service highlights: Served active duty from 1965-1967 aboard the USS Basilone. Served one tour in Vietnam, crossed the equator and traveled the length of the Panama and Suez canals. Submitted by Barbara McKnight, wife

ENC. DEAN MEINNERT

» Hometown: Elkhart Lake » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 20 » Where: Norfolk, Va.; Iraq; Panama City, Fla., Bahrain » Service highlights: Served during Desert Shield and Desert Storm and had various tours in Bahrain. Submitted by Evelyn Meinnert, mother

PERRY R. MEINNERT

» Hometown: Elkhart Lake » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 6 » Where: Okinawa, Japan » Service highlights: Served with 18th TFW ADCCOM 5th AF. Submitted by Evelyn Meinnert, mother

SPC. DENNIS MELGER

» Hometown: Marytown » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19671968 » Where: Vietnam » Service highlights: Served with the Artillery. Was awarded a Purple Heart in 1968 from injuries received in connection with military operations against a hostile force. Submitted by Lori Steinert and Kelly Lau

RAYMOND J. MEYER

» Hometown: Plymouth » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1941-1945 » Where: Europe (Germany,

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France, Belgium, England). » Service highlights: Technician Fifth Grade Maintenance Co. 33D Armored Regiment, who fought in Battle of Normandy during World War II

SGT. MATTHEW THOMAS MILES

» Hometown: Howards Grove » Branch of Service: Marines » Years of Service: 4 » Where: Camp Pendleton, Calif., Afghanistan » Service highlights: Serves in 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion. Deployed in 2010 in Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, with Regimental Combat Team 7 during Operation Enduring Freedom. Was involved in Operation Moshtarak, the assault on Marjah that was the last bastion of Taliban strength in southern Afghanistan.

ZACHARY A. MINSTER

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 3 » Where: Returned from seven-month deployment on the USS Ronald Reagan. » Service highlights: Attained the rank of Avionic Technician Petty Officer Third Class. Stationed at Port Mugu Naval Base, Port Mugu, Calif.

BRETT MITTELSTAEDT

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 19821985 » Where: Europe, South America, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, with a home port

of Norfolk, Va. » Service highlights: Served aboard the U.S.S. Preble, was a mess management specialist with the artillery. Was awarded a Purple Heart in 1968 from injuries received in connection with military operations against a hostile force. Submitted by Judy Sager, mother

KELLY MITTELSTAEDT JORDAN

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1984-1988 » Where: Washington, D.C. » Service highlights: Worked at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the Division of Research. Submitted by Judy Sager, mother

ROBERT JOHN MOELLER, JR.

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy Reserve » Years of Service: 1964-1970 » Where: Virginia Beach, Va., and USS Boxer » Service highlights: Entered the Great Lakes Naval Training Center during summer vacation between junior and senior years of school in 1964.

SGT. 1ST CLASS BRYAN MOHORIC

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 20 years and still going » Where: 2 tours of Iraq » Service highlights: Performed as a convoy security commander with Bravo Company 1-121 FA and as a commander of the guard for detainee operations in Iraq with Alpha Company 1-121 FA. Submitted by Annett Mohoric

ADAM S. MUELLER

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1965-1968 » Where: Vietnam, Germany » Service highlights: Served his time in Vietnam as a helicopter machine gunner Submitted by Linda Mueller, wife, and Zackary Mueller, son

SGT. RALPH J. MULLOY

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19421945 » Where: England; Normandy, France; and Germany » Service highlights: On June 6, 1944, Sgt. Mulloy led his squad through artillery fire with the first element of the 819 Battalion Corps of Engineers to go ashore. Led one reconnaissance along the beach and found a safe route for troops to proceed inland and another patrols to snipers. He received the Bronze Star and Croix de Guerre. His entire unit received a Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation. Submitted by Bob and Jane Jackson

CAPT. SHAWN D. MURPHY

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branches of Service: Army National Guard and Coast Guard » Years of Service: 14 (still active) » Where: Kuwait, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, along with Wisconsin » Service highlights: One year in Kuwait and Iraq in Opera-

tion Iraqi Freedom; also served six months with the Coast Guard in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm. Served as a member of 2-127th HQ Co., Appleton during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Currently a member of the Wisconsin National Guard Medical Group. Previous member of the Coast Guard, Port Security Unit, Kenosha. Submitted by his proud family

DARRELL R. NACK

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 1951-1955 » Where: Mediterranean Sea, Australia, Far East » Service highlights: Served on the aircraft carrier USS Tarawa, where he served as seaman, helmsman and gunner’s mate.

WILLIAM C. NITSCH

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army National Guard » Years of Service: 7 » Where: Fort McCoy, Wis., Fort Eustis, Va. » Service highlights: Served in the National Guard’s Red Arrow Division Company, B157 Transportation Battalion (Boats). Submitted by Phyllis Nitsch, wife, and children Jeffrey, Linda, Laura, Jay and Lisa

STAFF SGT. MICHAEL W. OETZEL

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 12 ½ » Where: South Korea, The Netherlands, Arizona » Service highlights: Supervised an international communications repair facility for NATO. Submitted by Hui Ok Oetzel


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TECH. SGT. SUNG CHOL OETZEL

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 11½ » Where: Mississippi, South Korea, Italy and New Mexico. » Service highlights: Deployments to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq and Qatar. Member of the Security Forces. Submitted by Michael Oetzel

THEODORE O’GRADY

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19431946 » Where: Mohave Desert, New Guinea, Philippines » Service highlights: The invasion of the Philippines. Submitted by Pine Haven Christian Communities

SENIOR CHIEF DONALD W. ONESON

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 1958-1978 » Where: Served on Navy submarines » Service highlights: Awarded the Navy Commendation Medal in 1971 for helping to save a young boy who had fallen into the Cooper River in Charleston, S.C.. Oneson’s submarine, the USS Grayling, was moored nearby.

WILLIAM OOSTDYK

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19531955 and 28 years in the Army Reserve » Where: Korea Submitted by Pine Haven Christian Communities

PAT O’REILLY

» Hometown: Cascade » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 4 (World War II) » Where: European African Middle Eastern Campaign » Service highlights: Served as a Torpedo Man 2nd Class in Anzio, Italy, and southern France and in Atlantic duty; awarded three Battle Stars and two Navy Unit Commendations. Submitted by Morreen O’ReillyMersberger, daughter

friendships that were made during his time in the service, becoming a radioman, being able to see all the tropical islands during the Port of Calls, and marrying his wife, Haleta. Submitted by Clark and Will Otte, grandsons

SPC. COTY PAAPE

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army, National Guard, Reserve » Years of Service: 5 » Where: Operation Iraqi Freedom » Service highlights: Member of C Company, 2nd Battalion 127th Infantry of Fond du Lac. Submitted by Janelle Reineking

ERVIN M. OTT

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1942-1945 » Where: Normandy Invasion, France, Germany and Luxembourg » Service highlights: Landed on Omaha Beach on second day, due to delay by weather and enemy resistance. Submitted by Kathleen Schultz

CLIFFORD OTTE

» Hometown: Oostburg » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 1952-1956 » Where: Norfolk, Va., aboard USS Pocono » Service highlights: All the

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everyone for their support and prayers. We continue to pray for the safe return of all our military.” Submitted by Colette Vanderkin

BERNARD J. PENTEK

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy Reserve » Years of Service: 1987-2011 (retired Sept. 1, 2011) » Where: Louisiana, North Chicago, Ill., Australia, Hawaii, England » Service highlights: Attained rank of Master at Arms (MA1). Served as homeland security after 9/11 with the 1st Navy Reserve of Wisconsin at Naval Station Great Lakes in North Chicago. Deployed to Belle Chasse, La., for security duty in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005-2006. Submitted by Joe and Mary Glover and Monica Reinbold

CHARLES PERCE

SPC. MATTHEW PARRISH

» Hometown: Plymouth » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 4 » Where: Iraq and Afghanistan » Service highlights: Served in Iraq in 2008 for a year, then Afghanistan for a year starting in October 2010 and was due back in the states last month. “We couldn’t be more proud of him and thank

» Hometown: Racine » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 2 » Where: Oklahoma » Service highlights: Charles was a tactical communication mechanic and operator in the Army. Served at Fort Sill, Okla. Submitted by Route 43 HarleyDavidson

CAPT. ARTHUR H. PERRY

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army Reserve » Years of Service: 1955-1964;

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1968-1970 » Where: Fort Sill, Okla., 10 years reserve duty in Sheboygan and Camp McCoy. » Service highlights: Was in ROTC training at Yale University, 1953-1955 and a graduate of the Field Artillery Basic Officers Course; six months active duty at Fort Sill, Okla., 10 years reserve duty with the 909th Field Artillery Battalion and the 334th Regiment, 84th Division.

SGT. ANTON ‘TONY’ PETRAUSKI

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1942-1945 » Where: Basic training at Camp Callan in San Diego, European Theater — saw eight countries. » Service highlights: Received three Bronze Stars for actions in the Battle of the Bulge, Rhineland and Central Europe, earned African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon for liberation of concentration camp in Austria. Earned Certificate of Appreciation from the French government as well as Good Conduct Medal and Army of Occupation Medal.

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ent » Where: Trained in Parris Island, S.C. and Twentynine Palms, Calif.; served four years at Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Camp Fallujah, Iraq; deployed on USS Iwo Jima; currently stationed at Fort Story, Va. » Service highlights: Did eight months tour of duty in Iraq at Camp Fallujah starting in January 2007; in August 2008 was deployed aboard the ship USS Iwo Jima with the 26th MEU for a trans-Atlantic crossing to the Arabian Gulf for eight months. Submitted by Gayle Pfeifer

PETTY OFFICER DONALD P. PFEIFER

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy Reserve » Years of Service: 23 years » Where: 13 different locations and ships, majority during Vietnam Era » Service highlights: Earned the Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Ribbon (1st and 2nd award) and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal. Presented with full military honors in July 2011. Submitted by Deb (Pfeifer) Burgard

SGT. ASHLEY R. PFEIFER

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Marines » Years of Service: 2006-pres-

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MASTER SGT. CARL A. PFISTER

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: National Guard, Navy, Air Force, Merchant Marines » Years of Service: 28 » Where: Cuba, England, Germany, Iceland, Italy, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Persian Gulf » Service highlights: Served on the USS Lake Champlain, attached to 95th TAC Fighter Wing in Thailand during Vietnam War. Served on M/V Wright during first Gulf War. Developed aircraft egress course at Amarillo AFB, Texas. Provided egress training for TAC Fighter Squadrons throughout Europe, NCO in charge of Aircraft Egress Course at Chanute AFB, Illinois. Submitted by Yelena M. Smirnova Pfister

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CPN. JOSHUA PORTER

» Hometown: Sheboygan Falls » Branch of Service: Army National Guard » Years of Service: 9½ » Where: Iraq » Service highlights: Served two tours in Iraq, and was past Platoon Leader in the 1157th Past Unit, and Past Unit Commander of the 1158th Current Captain in the 732nd. Submitted by Mary Moore, mother

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1989, Sheboygan County Veterans’ Service Officer Jim Reisenberg and Stanley’s son, Tim, began an effort to procure veteran status for Stanley, which came to fruition a year-and-a-half later. Stanley was buried with military honors and a color guard in attendance in November 1991. Submitted by Tim Potochnik, son

PFC. WESLEY PRANGE

» Hometown: Howards Grove » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1940-1946 » Where: Europe Submitted by Pine Haven Christian Communities

STAFF SGT. ROBERT CPL. HENRY L. PHILLIPS J. POTH » Hometown: Highland Park,

Ill. » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 3 » Where: England, Germany, stateside » Service highlights: Flew in B17-G Bomber that was shot down in Germany, but crashlanded OK. Submitted by Sgt. Gervase M. Brown

SPC. CLAUDE PIPER

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19671969 » Where: Vietnam » Service highlights: Trained at Fort Campbell, Ky., and Fort Polk, La. Stationed at Long Thanh North with the 56th Transportation Co., 1968-1969. Submitted by Jarlath Piper

» Hometown: Sheboygan (now resides in Kiel) » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1944-1946 » Where: Philippines and Japan » Service highlights: Was part of the 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. After atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, Henry was shipped to Japan from the Philippines to Japan.

STANLEY POTOCHNIK

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: June 1943-January 1946 » Where: Burma, India and China » Service highlights: Served in the top-secret organization called O.S.S. (Office of Strategic Services), which included intelligence gathering and is now known as the C.I.A. In

DT-3 BARBARA A. PROGAR

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 1955-1958 » Where: Bainbridge, M.D. Naval Airbase, Great Lakes, Ill., and Memphis, Tenn. » Service highlights: Was dental technician in all fields of dentistry. Had extensive training in atomical warfare and biological chemical warfare and trained as medic on battlefield in case war broke out. Identified pilots that crashed during training. Submitted by Gerald Frank

RON RABE

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19681970 » Where: Europe and

stateside » Service highlights: Member of the 68th Armored Division and 29th Transportation Battalion. Submitted by Joan Rabe, wife

SGT. PIUS E. REINBOLD

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1942 to 1946 » Where: Stateside. » Service highlights: Served with the 1580th Service Command Unit as a medical technician. Submitted by Joe and Mary Glover and Monica Reinbold

WALLACE REINERT

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 4 (during World War II) » Where: Fort Knox, Ky., European Theater. » Service highlights: Served with Company A 13th Battalion at Fort Knox. Also fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Earned two Purple Hearts, the Iron Cross for rifle and machine gun. Submitted by Anthony Reinert

JOSEPH REZENDEZ

» Hometown: Los Angeles (now lives in Sheboygan) » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 6 » Where: Vietnam » Service highlights: Served in the 96th Signal attached to 114th Assault Helicopter Company stationed in South Vietnam on the Mekong Delta as a radio repairman, 1968-1969. Submitted by Nancy Rezendez, wife

Five Reinhardt brothers from Sheboygan served their country during World War II. Information and photo were submitted by Dottie Reinhardt.

EMIL REINHARDT

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Seabees » Years of Service: Joined in 1943, served in World War II » Where: Georgia, California, elsewhere.

FRED REINHARDT

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Marines » Years of Service: 19411945 » Where: Pearl Harbor, South Pacific. » Service highlights: Was stationed at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, and fought in many battles in the South Pacific.

GOTTLIEB REINHARDT JR.

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army Air Corps » Years of Service: During World War II » Where: Stearns Field, Utah; Iran, Arabia. » Service highlights: Served as an airplane mechanic.

MARK J. RIEGER

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1987-1992 » Where: Gulf War, 19901991, as well as in Panama, South Korea, Egypt and Utah. » Service highlights: Served Unit 551st Transportation Company out of Fort Eustis, Va., and in Gulf War as a cargo specialist. Submitted by Marie and Charlie Rieger

CAPT. ROLAND REINHARDT

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Marines and Navy » Years of Service: 19411946; 1951-1953 » Where: Japan, Korea. » Service highlights: Flew Vought F4U Corsairs during World War II. Was recalled to active duty during the Korean War.

VICTOR REINHARDT

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Marines and Navy » Years of Service: Enlisted in 1939, served in World War II » Where: South Carolina, Massachusetts, Italy » Service highlights: Helped build and open a new camp in South Carolina.

SGT. DAN C. RIEMER

» Hometown: Sheboygan Falls » Branch of Service: Marines, Air National Guard, Navy Reserve, Army Reserve » Years of Service: 19731983, 1986-1999, 2007-2009 » Where: Persian Gulf, stateside » Service highlights: Volunteered for Operation Desert Storm and spent six months in the Persian Gulf aboard the USS La Salle, better known as the “Great White Ghost of the Arabian Coast,” and returned for Operation Desert Shield in 1996. Submitted by Gail Riemer


SGT. NICOLE ROEHSLER

» Hometown: Oostburg » Branch of Service: Army National Guard » Years of Service: 2007-present » Where: Camp Bucca, Iraq » Service highlights: Served with the 132nd Red Arrow in Iraq. Nicole learned many things during her service in Iraq, but one thing she will always remember is, “No matter how bad it gets and you think you are not appreciated for what you are doing, all it takes is one person to say, ‘Thank you, thank you for helping me and my family,’ and you know you have a purpose. Never give up and keep on driving on even when the world is crashing down on you. Submitted by Jo Anne Roehsler

SPC. RICHARD C. ROOKER

» Hometown: Cleveland » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19691975 while living in Antioch, Ill. » Where: Vietnam, serving with the 5th Army Engineers and with the First Calvary in Vietnam 19701971. » Service highlights: Earned two bronze stars and the air medal. Participated in the invasion of Cambodia and destroying enemy supply lines and showing the very green second lieutenant how you are really supposed to build a shower in Vietnam after it gets blown up. He says: “The LZ Lambeau event was some of the best healing I ever received.” Submitted by Linda Rooker, wife

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CPL. HOWARD L. RUSHTON

» Hometown: Cedar Grove » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19511953 » Where: Bremerhaven, Germany. » Service highlights: Served in the motor pool driving a staff car for VIP personnel and driving oil tankers, delivering oil from the port in Bremerhaven to the Baltic Sea. Submitted by the Rushton family

CPL. ANTHONY SALAZAR

» Hometown: Cedar Grove » Branch of Service: Marines » Years of Service: 6 » Where: Iraq » Service highlights: Deployed twice overseas to Iraq. Holds one of six medals (Joint Meritorious Award) only given out by Department of Defense for his actions while overseas in 2009.

PFC. ZACHARY SAMZ

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: Active duty less than one year » Where: Stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Submitted by Gina Hinz, mother

TECH. SGT. FORREST ALLAN (SANDY) SANDERS

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 19471967 » Where: Alaska, Korea, Germany, Holland, Texas and California » Service highlights: Auto mechanic, cross-trained as a jet aircraft mechanic, crew chief on F-

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» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 19571961 » Where: Okinawa, Midway Islands » Service highlights: Attended communications school in California and then sent to language school, where he studied Russian, Chinese and Japanese during the Cold War. While serving on Midway Island, he helped patrol Wake, Guam and the Hawaii Islands. Submitted by Donald R. Schaefer Jr.

SPC. JAMES SCHALLER

» Hometown: Sheboygan Falls » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1968-1970 » Where: Vietnam

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» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 22 » Where: Germany, Korea, Pakistan, Qatar and 5 CONUS bases » Service highlights: Did a three-year tour in Germany and one in Korea. Two additional deployments supported operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Submitted by Krystal Schleicher

JOHN ERVIN SCHMIDT

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 4 ½ (in the 1960s) » Where: Vietnam, Virginia » Service highlights: Third Class Petty Officer. Stationed on the aircraft carrier USS Independence, where he was an air traffic controller for planes taking off and landing on the carrier, handling up to 15 planes at one time. The ship was stationed at Norfolk, Va., and was deployed in 1965 to the duty in the South China Sea, where it launched air strikes against the Viet Cong in Vietnam. Submitted by Gloria Schmidt

ROLLY SCHNAITMANN

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 10 » Where: World War II (South Pacific); Korea, North Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea » Service highlights: Radioman 1st Class. Made six assault landings during World War II, two assault landings in Korea. Spent Cold War duty on destroyers in North Atlantic and Mediterranean.

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CPL. ANTON SIMON

» Service highlights: Received several medals, including the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Air Medal while serving with the 25th Division Infantry. Submitted by Deb Schaller

STAFF SGT. STANLEY SAVINSKI MASTER SGT. » Hometown: Sheboygan RICHARD A. » Branch of Service: Army Air SCHLEICHER JR.

Force » Years of Service: 19411945 » Where: England, Fort Moody in Georgia » Service highlights: Worked G4 operations with the 93rd Bomb Group in Hardwick, England. Among his duties was receiving teletypes for the four groups stationed in Hardwick. A teletype was a secret communication form the 2nd Division headquarters to all the bomb groups for the next mission. When a teletype would come in, Stanley would notify the navigator and bombardier. Submitted by Gay Savinski, daughter

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SPC. WILLIAM A. SCHNUR

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1971-1974 » Where: Vietnam » Service highlights: Worked mainly in water supply. Was assigned to the 82nd Water Supply Company in the 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One).

» Hometown: Glenbeulah » Branch of Service: Marines » Years of Service: 19421945 » Where: South Pacific » Service highlights: Awarded two Purple Hearts for wounded in combat; served as Honor Guard for President F.D. Roosevelt’s Funeral Procession in Washington, D.C.; trained future offers at Quantico, Va., Marine base. Submitted by Lori Colvin, daughter

CPL. EDWARD SIPPEL

CAPT. KELLI MANGAN SCOTT

» Hometown: Kiel » Branch of Service: Army National Guard, Minnesota » Years of Service: 15 » Where: Iraq (2006-2007), Kuwait (2011-2012) » Service highlights: Joined National Guard at Two Rivers at age 19; after college graduation from UW-Stout, transferred to the National Guard in Bloomington, Minn, where she lives with her husband, Dave. Submitted by James Mangan, father

JIM SHINNERS

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 1942 to 1945 » Where: Pacific Ocean » Service highlights: Served with the USS Gato submarine in the Pacific. He was a rescue swimmer who swam out of the torpedo tube to pick up downed flyers. The Gato was in Tokyo Bay for the signing of the armistice. Submitted by The Shinners Family

» Hometown: Glenbeulah » Branch of Service: Army Air Force » Years of Service: 19421945 » Where: Overseas assignment Submitted by Pine Haven Christian Communities

PAUL SJOLLEMA

» Hometown: Sheboygan Falls » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 22 » Where: Bosnia/Herzegovina and Israel » Service highlights: A 1st Sgt. in the 69th ADA Brigade. Participated in the 1-44 ADA, Fort Hood, Texas, in Army Task Force XXI Advanced Warfare. Submitted by family of Paul Sjollema

SM3 JEROME SKELTON

» Hometown: Cascade » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 19431946 » Where: South Pacific Submitted by Michael Skelton


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CPL. EUGENE SMITH

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 2 » Where: Germany » Service highlights: Served with Army 4th Battalion Signal Co., as a radio telephone operator between headquarters and division.

PFC. JEROME R. SMITH

» Hometown: Green Bay (later moved to Sheboygan) » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: February 1943-December 1945 » Where: England, France, Rhineland and Central Europe » Service highlights: Was member of General Patton’s Third Army Division as a light truck driver in a pontoon bridge building group. Awarded the Victory Medal, the American Theatre Ribbon, European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon along with four Bronze Battle Stars, three Overseas Service Bars and the Good Conduct Medal. Submitted by Amy Heyman

ASH3 MICHAEL J. SMITH

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 19661970 » Where: Vietnam, Argentina and Newfoundland. » Service highlights: 2 deployments to Vietnam aboard carrier U.S.S. America CVA-66. Submitted by Marilyn Smith

SGT. DANIEL O. SOERENS

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 10 » Where: Two tours in Afghanistan; two tours in Iraq, now at Fort Drum, N.Y. » Service highlights: Serves

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HAROLD SOERENS

» Hometown: Oostburg » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 19431946 » Where: Pacific Theater » Service highlights: Served as an aircraft mechanic Submitted by Pine HavenChristian Communities

CHIEF ANNE SOUCHECK

» Hometown: Sheboygan/Howards Grove » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 19½ » Where: Two tours to Iraq » Service highlights: Made chief, earned a Sailor of the Year Award and had a safe return from Iraq. Submitted by Mom and Marv

ELMER SPECHT

» Hometown: Sheboygan Falls » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: During World War II » Service highlights: Worked on telegraph lines. Was wounded and was awarded a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. Submitted by Char Pachniak, daughter

CPL. WILLIAM STALTER

» Hometown: Sheboygan Falls » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 3, during World War II » Where: Philippines. » Service highlights: Served during the liberation of the Philippines.

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» Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19411945 » Where: Northern France, Ardennes, Belgium and Germany » Service highlights: Served with the 7th Armored Division in the motor pool to maintain ambulances and other Army vehicles. While in Belgium, his division fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He received the American Defense Ribbon, EuropeanAfrican-Middle Eastern Theater ribbon with four Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal and the Meritorious Unit Award of the Medical Battalion. Submitted by Emma Starck

PFC. KENNETH STEGEMEYER

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 5 » Where: England, France, Belgium » Service highlights: Served four years overseas. Submitted by Pine Haven Christian Communities

PFC. AL STEINPREIS

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1943-1945 » Where: Europe » Service highlights: Participated in action on D-Day, Battle of the Hurtgen Forest, and the Battle of the Bulge. Served as an interpreter, and earned five Bronze Stars. Submitted by David Steinpreis

SGT. ROBERT STERNBERG

» Hometown: Wausau » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 4 » Where: South Pacific » Service highlights: Served as an aerial engineer. Submitted by Chris Bachmann

» Service highlights: Getting a card for his birthday letting him know he had a daughter. Submitted by Pine Haven Christian Communities

CPL. HAROLD TEN HAKEN

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CHRISTOPHER SWOBODA

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 20 » Where: Iraq, South Pacific. » Service highlights: Retired at Pearl Harbor. Submitted by Patricia Swoboda, mother

KATHLEEN SWOBODA

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army/Air Force Reserves » Years of Service: 32 » Where: Turkey. » Service highlights: Achieved rank of Chief Master Seargeant. Submitted by Patricia Swoboda, mother

PVT. ANDREW TAYLOR

» Hometown: Howards Grove » Branch of Service: Army » Where: Stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida » Service highlights: Member of the 832nd ORD Battalion Submitted by Jim and Patty Taylor, parents

CHIEF PETTY OFFICER BURTON TEMPAS

» Hometown: Adell » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 1942-1948 » Where: Africa, the Philippines, Marshall Islands

» Hometown: Oostburg » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19421945 » Where: Pacific » Service highlights: The Missouri coming through the Panama Canal Submitted by Pine Haven Christian Communities

HAROLD G. TENPAS

» Hometown: Oostburg » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1942 to 1945 » Where: North Africa, Northern Italy. » Service highlights: Served as hospital technician with 79th Station Hospital, Algiers; as a combat infantry rifleman with the 34th Infantry Division in North Italy and the Po Valley Campaign. Wounded in action. Awarded Purple Heart and Bronze Star and Good Conduct Medal in the European African Middle Eastern Theater of Operations.

1ST LT. RICHARD G. “DICK” THIEME

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army Air Corps » Years of Service: 19421945 » Where: Trained in Florida and Georgia, European Theater » Service highlights: While stationed in England with the 339th Fighter Group as a P-51 pilot, he flew 70 combat missions over Germany in a single-engine Mustang that he

named “Boomerang,” because a boomerang always comes back. Submitted by Emma Thieme, wife

STAFF SGT. SCOTT M. THOMAS

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Marine Corps » Years of Service: 20012009 » Where: Iraq » Service highlights: Three deployments to Iraq, during 2004, from January 2006 to January 2007 and January 2008 to February 2009 for combat patrols and personal security. Earned a Combat Action Ribbon in 2004, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal in 2006 and a Navy Commendation Medal in 2008.

LUVERNE THORNTON

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 19421970 » Where: France, Germany » Service highlights: Served as a baton agent. Submitted by Pine Haven Christian Communities

JACOB D. THURMAN

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: Actively serving » Where: Persian Gulf, North Africa, Mediterranean Sea. » Service highlights: Trained in Naval Special Warfare/Naval Special Operations and diver training program. Submitted by Darryl and Rebecca Thurman, parents


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» Hometown: Cascade » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 3 » Where: Fort Leonard, Mo.; Germany » Service highlights: Served with 661st Trans Co. Submitted by Marilyn Torke

WILLIAM TROWBRIDGE

» Hometown: Sheboygan Falls » Branch of Service: Army Submitted by Pine Haven Christian Communities

CRAIG VAN DE KREEKE

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 19992003 » Where: USS Eisenhower CVN 69 » Service highlights: Did 1 Med cruise in 2000. Worked in Weapons department G-3 Division “Mag Rats.” Primary job missile and bomb assembly and maintenance of weapons.

CURT VAN DE KREEKE

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 4 » Where: USS Eisenhower CVN 69 » Service highlights: Left for Navy in July 1999, and served on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower as an aircraft catapult and arresting gear operator. Deployed for six months to Mediterranean Sea and Gulf Sea. Received numerous medals and accommodations during his time and was honorably discharged in July of 2003. Submitted by Jamie Van De Kreeke

PFC. BRETT VANDERKIN

» Hometown: Plymouth » Branch of Service: Army

» Years of Service: 1 » Where: Germany » Service highlights: After graduating from Plymouth High School in 2010, Brett entered the Army and is currently stationed in Germany. His family would like to say how proud they are of him and wish him a safe return home. Submitted by Todd Vanderkin

TECH. CORP. CLIFFORD VAN ESS

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1943-1945 » Where: Europe » Service highlights: Served in The Battle of the Bulge, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. Awarded Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star (Valor) and Northern France Ribbon with four Bronze stars. Submitted by Sandra (Van Ess) Mahan, daughter

PFC. DANIEL G. VAN STRATEN

» Hometown: Shiocton, now lives in Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19621964 » Where: Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Fort Carson, Colo. » Service highlights: Served as a light weapons infantryman with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 61st Infantry, Fifth United States Army. We were “Chargin Charlie” with the code to “Do Your Best.” Was sent to perform in war games maneuvers in Washington state and Georgia. Also served as a fireman for coalfed furnaces. Served under the buddy system with Shiocton buddies R.C. Kelley and R.D. Knoke.

PFC. LEWIS VELDBOOM » Hometown: Oostburg » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1944-1945 (1 ½ years) » Where:

Achaean, Germany » Service highlights: Attached to the 30th Division, 120th Infantry. Badly wounded and spent 6 months in a hospital. One of seven men of his unit of 250 who came back alive. Awarded the Purple Heart and numerous other medals. Submitted by his family

SGT. HAROLD R. VELIER

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19451947 » Where: Panama » Service highlights: Was a chauffer for officers and generals, including Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. Submitted by Darlene Meyer

GARY M. VERHAGE

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 1966-1970 » Where: Truax Field, Madison; Malmstrom Air Force Base, Great Falls, Mont. » Service highlights: Served in NORAD Air Defense Command. Submitted by Carolyn Verhage, wife

SGT. BRIAN VERHELST

» Hometown: Oostburg » Branch of Service: Marines » Years of Service: 6 » Where: Operation Iraqi Freedom » Service highlights: Received the Presidential Unit Citation. Was reassigned as an NCOIC for a JTC project on Annette Island, Alaska. Submitted by Jim Verhelst, father

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PFC. JACOB ‘JACK’ VERHELST

» Hometown: Oostburg » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19441946 » Where: Germany » Service highlights: Served on a five-man machine gun squad with the 102nd Infantry Division. Division was scheduled to proceed to the invasion of Japan after the defeat of Germany. Thanks to President Truman, who ordered the atomic bomb to be dropped, was able to stay in Germany and met my future wife, Tanya, at Patton’s 3rd Army HQ in Munich. Submitted by Jim Verhelst, son

SPC. SHAWN VESELY

» Hometown: Plymouth » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 4 » Where: Iraq » Service highlights: Served in Iraq at the beginning of the war, since then has attended school at UW-Madison and attained bachelor’s degree in communication Arts: rhetorical sciences. “We could not be more proud of him. Thank you to all the military and their families for your service.” Submitted by ColetteVanderkin

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CPL. RAYMOND M. VISSER

» Hometown: Sheboygan Falls » Branch of Service: Army Medical Corps » Years of Service: 19421946 » Where: England, France and Germany. » Service highlights: Served at 348th Station Hospital in Complete Tent Hospital for DDay Invasion. Submitted by Wanda Visser, daughter

BILL VOELKER

» Hometown: Sheboygan Falls » Branch of Service: Navy » Years of Service: 19511954 » Where: Pensacola, Fla., Alameda, Calif., Korea and N.A.S. Moffett Field. » Service highlights: Served as an Aviation Photographers’ Mate Third Class. Served with Fighter Squadron 93 at Alameda, Calif., and during the Korean War aboard the aircraft carrier USS Philippine Sea CVA47. After Korean Armistice finished tour of active duty at FASRON 10.

CPL. DONALD E. VOIGT » Hometown: Sheboygan; now lives in Northfield, Minn. » Branch of Service: Marines » Years of Ser-

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vice: 1988-1992 » Where: Camp Lejeune, N.C., Desert Storm, Honduras » Service highlights: Served with 2nd Marine Division. He was a heavy equipment operator. “Thank you Don, for keeping us safe and free.” Submitted by Ed Voigt, father, and Nancy Voigt, stepmother

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SPC. WARREN WALSH

» Hometown: Sheboygan Falls » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 3 (during the mid-1980s) » Where: Erlangen, Germany; Fort Knox, Ky. » Service highlights: A gunner on a M60R3 battle tank, Warren and his crew Top Gun honors while qualifying at Graff, Germany. Submitted by Brenda Walsh

SGT. ELDON H. WATRY

» Hometown: Chilton (now resides in Kiel) » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19521954 » Where: Korea » Service highlights: Awards: Earned two stars for Korean Service, Presidents unit citation, two Oak Leaf clusters, Good Conduct Expert Riflelman, Korean War Medal.

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COL. JOHN W. WEBB

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army and Army Reserve » Years of Service: 33 » Where: Vietnam » Service highlights: Served as a Company Commander of a Transportation Truck Company in a combat zone and as Commander of a Field Artillery Brigade in the 84th Division of the Army Reserve. Awarded the Bronze Star, Meritorious Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster an the Vietnam Campaign Medal with three battle stars. Submitted by Donna M. Webb

SMSGT. SCOTTF. WEBER

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army; Army Reserve » Years of Service: 26 » Where: Iraq, Afghanistan, Spain, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Guam and Korea » Service highlights: Served in operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Unified Endeavor, Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Bright Star. Decorations include Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 3 oakleaf clusters. Retiring on Feb. 1, 2012 in Spokane, Wash. Submitted by Glenida Weber

ERNST P. WEHRMANN

» Hometown: Sheboygan/Howards Grove » Branch of Service: Army; Army Reserve » Years of Service: 1962-1964 (Army); 1964-1966 (Army Reserve) » Where: Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Fort Sill, Okla., Korea » Service highlights: Leaving to be on my own, seeing other parts of the world and making new friends.

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CPL. DUSTIN WEIER

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Marines » Years of Service: 3 years » Where: 2 tours of Afghanistan » Service highlights: Marine Corps Engineer of the Year in 2011. Submitted by Billie Jo Weier

SPC. WALLY WEIMANN

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1957-1962 » Where: Germany » Service highlights: Served during Cold War. Lived there with Terry and son Walter Lee Weimann.

SPC. GARY L. WEIMER

» Hometown: Milwaukee (now lives in Cascade) » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19671968 » Where: Ben Tuey Providence, Vietnam » Service highlights: Served as radio operator providing Naval support. Submitted by Ginger Weimer

CPL. RUDY WEISS

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 2 » Where: Korea Submitted by Barbara Gruenke

COL. TODD WELSCH

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army Reserve » Years of Service: 21 » Where: 2 tours of Korea, 1 tour Iraq, 1 tour Kuwait » Service highlights: Member of 81st Regional Support Command, inspector general. Submitted by Connie Welsch

PFC. HAROLD WENDORF

» Hometown: Milwaukee » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1942-1945

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» Where: Southwest Pacific » Service highlights: Served with the Army’s 32nd Combat Infantry Division. Received a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and a Combat Infantry Badge. Submitted by Pine Haven Christian Communities

CPL. WARRENC. WENTZ

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19521954 » Where: Korea. » Service highlights: Served 16 months in Korea. He was a mechanic and a tool truck manager for the 108th Ordnance Company. He once went to take a shower with other Army men over a railroad trestle; a train came and he had to go over a rail, under the bridge and down over the water. They had to pry his hands up to get him off the trestle. Submitted by Mary Ann Wentz

STAFF SGT. GORDON WIEBERDINK

» Hometown: Cedar Grove » Branch of Service: Army Air Corps » Years of Service: 19421946 » Where: Georgia, Texas » Service highlights: “I was never sworn in.” Submitted by Pine Haven Christian Communities

JERRY WIEDEMANN

» Hometown: Howards Grove » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1965-1967 » Where: Fort Lewis, Wash., Vietnam » Service highlights: Served with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry, 4th Division, 2nd Platoon; transferred in March 1967 to A Company, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry, 1st Platoon; and also served with the 196th Lt. Infantry Brigade. Served as a rifleman and M-60 ammunition carrier; served with a mobile battalion in the Mekong Delta with Huey gun ships for support. Also served in Tay Ninh, Cambodia border and Chi Lai Coast. Submitted by Stacy Gerold

» Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 2 » Where: Vietnam and Cambodia » Service highlights: Was a tunnel rat and served with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade. Submitted by Parkview Staff

CPL. ROBERT J. WIELD

» Hometown: Sheboygan Falls » Branch of Service: Marines » Years of Service: 1952 to 1956 » Where: San Diego, Oceanside, Calif., Korea. » Service highlights: Robert’s aunt got married to a Marine who he had never met until one day in Korea, that Marine appeared on a hill while Robert was digging trench lines. The Marine said he was looking for Robert to explain that he was Robert’s new uncle. Submitted by Deanna Wield

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PFC. EDWIN WIEGAND

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army/Air Force » Years of Service: 1945-1946 » Where: Schliessheim Army Air Base in Germany » Service highlights: Took care of German pilot prisoners. Earned Good Conduct Medal and Army of Occupation Medal.

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 19461950 » Where: Guam, Japan, Philippines, Hawaii during World War II » Service highlights: Served with 19th Airplane & Bomb Testing Squadron, Florida. “Thank you Dad, for keeping us safe and free.” Submitted by Nancy (Wiemann) Voigt, daughter

SPC. JOHN WILDE

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» Hometown: Sheboygan

Texas » Service highlights: Served as a crewman on the Vulcan. Was an arms room attendant and drove many different trucks including the Gama Goat. Submitted by Karen Wilde

» Hometown: Plymouth » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 2 » Where: Stateside during Vietnam War, Kentucky, Fort Bliss and Fort Hood

PFC. RICHARD WILDE

» Hometown: Plymouth » Branch of Service: Army Air Corps » Years of Service: 3 » Where: World War II in France, England and Germany; stateside in Missouri, Louisiana and Texas » Service highlights: Was member of the 808 Air Engineering Squadron as a Aircraft Instrument Technician on B-17 bombers and C-47 cargo planes. Submitted by Karen Wilde

CPL. CHARLES(SPIKE) T. WILLIAMS

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 4 » Where: Kentucky, Texas, Sculthorpe AFB, England » Service highlights: Licensed to drive all vehicles. Was a radio operator at Sculthorpe. Submitted by Jan Grams


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» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1½ » Where: Okinawa, Japan » Service highlights: Served as aviation engineer working on planes when he came down with pneumonia. His unit shipped out while he was hospitalized, but he went to Okinawa when his health improved and helped with cleanup after war was over. I remember my mom missing him very much while he was gone. Submitted by Darla Altman, daughter

» Hometown: Kemper, Texas (Sheboygan native) » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 21 » Where: Germany, Republic of Korea, Southwest Asia, stateside

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» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 4½, 2 years inactive reserve » Where: Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas; Scott Air Force Base, Illinois (MAC Command). » Service highlights: Trained as combat medic during Vietnam War, and crosstrained as dental lab tech stationed at Scott AFB.

MASTER SGT. ALBERT ZALETEL III

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 14½ years » Where: Italy, Saudi Arabia, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, stateside » Service highlights: Served in Operation Southern Watch, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operations Odyssey Dawn and Unified Protector.

Brothers, from left, Albert Zaletel III, James Zaletel and Steven Zaletel, all serve in the Air Force. Their father, Albert Zaletel Jr., is pictured below. PHOTOS AND PROFILES SUBMITTED

BY LINDA ZALETEL, WIFE OF ALBERT JR.

» Where: England, Norway, Turkey, Qatar, Pakistan, Afghanistan, stateside » Service highlights: Served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

STAFF SGT. STEVEN ZALETEL SR.

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 14½

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Air Force » Years of Service: 6½

» Service highlights: Earned Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal (for time served from May 1, 2000 to April 30, 2010), 3D OLC, Army Commendation Medal, 1ST OLC and the Army Achievement Medal, 5th OLC. AT time of retirement, he

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» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army Air Corps » Years of Service: 19421945 » Where: England, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany » Service highlights: Member of the Military Police of the 9th Air Force Company 671 Bomb Squadron. Highlight was seeing the end of World War II and returning home to the United States. Submitted by Gloria Klein, daughter

» Where: Iraq, Qatar, stateside » Service highlights: Provided support during Hurricane Katrina. Also served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Forward Operating Base Warrior. Submitted by Linda Zaletel

SPC. ROGER WORDELL

» Hometown: New Holstein » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 2 » Where: Vietnam » Service highlights: Served with 9th Infantry Division and 709th Maintenance Battalion; Service and Evacuation. Submitted by Carol Wordell, wife

STEVE WIMMER

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Marines » Years of Service: 18 » Where: Fallujah, Iraq » Service highlights: Served as corpsman with the 1st Battalion, 24th Marines. Submitted by Barbara Sherwin

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CPL. ROBERT A. WORM

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army Air Force » Years of Service: 19431946 » Where: South Pacific, Australia, Guam » Service highlights: Served with 1537th Army Air Force Base Unit. Earned Theater of Service, Good Conduct and Overseas Service Bars. Submitted by Elaine Worm

1ST SGT. SHUA P. YANG

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1988 to present. Currently assigned to 1st Stryker Combat Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas. » Where: Fort Dix, N.J., Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Fort Benning, Ga., Fort Lewis, Wash., Fort Bragg, N.C., Fort Bliss, Texas, Germany, South Korea, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Bosnia, Iraq and Somalia. » Service highlights: Deployments include Desert Shield/Storm, Saudi Arabia; Operation Restore Hope, Somalia; Joint Task Force Falcon, Sarajevo, Bosnia; Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006 and 2010. Airborne Training School, Fort Benning, Ga.; Bronze Star (second award); Kosovo Campaign Medal; Iraqi Campaign Medal (second award); Kuwait Liberation Medal (from Government of Kuwait and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and numerous other commendation medals and awards. Submitted by Xia Vue Yang, brother

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SPC. FRANK YINKO, JR.

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19681970 » Where: Germany » Service highlights: Was in 4th Armory Cavalry Division. Drove a five-ton truck named “Iron Butterfly” all over Western Germany. Submitted by Valerie Nickel

PFC. FRANK YINKO, SR.

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: February 1942-October 1945 » Where: Pacific Theater » Service highlights: Was in charge of prisoners of war and guarded supplies and ammunition dumps. Submitted by Valerie Nickel

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» Service highlights: Served as a paratrooper with HQ Co. 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division. Awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded in a 1943 firefight in Sicily. His best “drop” was into Ste. Mere Eglise in Normandy, minutes before D-Day, June 6, 1944.

ETN. GREGORY JAMES ZIEGLER

» Hometown: Plymouth » Branch of Service: Navy Reserve » Years of Service: 6 » Where: Western Pacific » Service highlights: Served aboard the USS Hector AR-7 (Auxiliary Repair Ship), which was home ported at Long Beach, Calif. The Hector was a non-combat ship that serviced ships coming off the firing line in Vietnam. Assisted in servicing all ships from battleships to submarines. Submitted by Kathy Ziegler

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SGT. ARTIE ZENK

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1942-1945 » Where: European Theater, Italy and Sicily » Service highlights: 12th Weather Squadron, was a weather observer. Awarded a Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with one Silver Star and two Bronze Stars.

STAFF SGT. FRITZ ZENK

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 1942-1945 » Where: Italy, France, Holland, the Rhineland and North Africa

» Hometown: Sheboygan » Branch of Service: Army » Years of Service: 19421945 » Where: Battle of Normandy, and was a German prisoner of war for nine months. » Service highlights: Took part in Day 2 of the Normandy landing in World War II. Was in the 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, which was called “Old Hickory.” Submitted by Rose (sister) and Henry Poth

A brief history of

Veterans Day Veterans Day, celebrated on Nov. 11, is a national holiday set aside to honor the 24.9 million military veterans in the United States. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the holiday in 1919 as Armistice Day, so named for the signing of the armistice that ended World War I, on Nov. 11, 1918. According to the website usafederalholidays.com: “In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month, the world rejoiced and celebrated because after four years of bitter war, the Allied powers signed a ceasefire agreement with Germany at Rethodes, France on Nov. 11 1918. This brought World War I to a close. Nov. 11, 1919 was set aside as Armistice Day in the United State, to remember the sacrifices that men and women made during World War I in order to ensure a lasting peace.” According to “The History of Veterans Day,” President Wilson’s proclamation included these words:

both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

In 1953, in Emporia, Kan., people started referring to Armistice Day as Veterans Day to honor all veterans in that city, according to the website usafederalholidays.com. Congress later passed a bill introduced by a congressman from Kansas renaming the holiday as Veterans Day, which was signed into law by President Dwight Eisenhower on May 26, 1954. In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared Veterans Day a federal holiday on the second Monday in November, but since 1978, the holiday has been celebrated on Nov. 11 each year. Government offices are closed, mail is not delivered and parades and memorial events to honor veterans are held in many cities across the country. This section is dedicated all of “To us in America, the reflections those in Sheboygan County who are serving or who have served in all of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those branches of the Armed Forces as a special salute to their military servwho died in the country’s service ice. and with gratitude for the victory,

In this Nov. 11, 2010 file photo, members of VFW Post 9156 fire a rifle salute during a Veterans Day program at Sheboygan South High School. PHOTO BY BRUCE HALMO/THE SHEBOYGAN PRESS


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