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Telling Their Stories A special veterans section Published November 6, 2013

Honoring Derby Veterans and active duty military

Derby Area Veterans Memorial: Walk of Freedom A Special Veterans Day Ceremony

Monday, November 11, 2013 2 p.m. – Garrett Park

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Derby Area Veterans Memorial Walk of Freedom Veterans Day Ceremony Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 • 2 p.m. – Garrett Park Entrance Escort . .................................................. American Legion Riders Post 408 Derby Opening Remarks.................................................. Theresa A. Hearn, Executive Director, Derby Community Foundation Presentation of Colors.......................................... McConnell Air Force Base Honor Guard National Anthem.................................................... Gray Bishop, Trumpet Welcome and Acknowledgements....................... Dion Avello, Mayor, City of Derby How to Find and Tell Their Stories....................... Tammy Zimmerman Author, Blinded By His Shadow The Importance of Telling Their Stories............... Lt. Col. Matt Daack, 22nd Operations Support Squadron McConnell Air Force Base Improving and Maintenance of............................. Theresa A. Hearn Our Derby Memorial Closing Remarks................................................... Theresa A. Hearn Taps........................................................................ Gray Bishop, Trumpet Tours of Walk of Freedom *In the event of inclement weather, the celebration will be held at Woodlawn United Methodist Church. Thanks to the members of the Derby High School AFJROTC, Col. Michael J. Dillard, Commander; and the American Legion Riders Post 408 Derby. Special thanks to the Derby Public Works Department for its devotion to designing, constructing and maintaining the memorial. Thanks to the Derby City Council for their continued support.

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M e n d o z a , D e r b y ’s director of public works and U.S. Air Force veteran, Living close by, Robert has watched the Walk of Mendoza often witnesses Freedom at Garrett Park the firsthand impact of grow since its dedication the Derby Area Veterans two years ago. What started as an effort M e m o r i a l : Wa l k o f to create a memorial Freedom. “Every day I see someone for local veterans has standing in front of the blossomed into five large bricks,” Mendoza said. obelisks, each representing “Being the caretaker, it’s one of the branches of the almost emotional because Armed Forces, along a you know they are having quarter-mile walking path. Brick donations, each a moment. That’s pretty engraved with a veterans amazing.” name at the foot of the obelisks, remain the driving force behind the Endowed funds memorial. will be utilized for This year, 41 more bricks memorial’s future were added. Each brick is more than a donation, The Walk of Freedom: Derby Area Veterans Memorial said Mendoza. It’s an is a part of a larger park which opportunity to cement a is maintained by the city, but local veteran’s place into organizers of the memorial are history. working to create funding for “It really is a history its long-term improvements book,” Mendoza said. and upgrades. “It’s a place of calm and Those involved are asking people interested in the quite and a place to reflect. memorial to donate cash We wanted a place where gifts to establish endowed people can stop and reflect funds for the memorial, the and think about the service Derby Veterans Memorial of these individuals.” Fund, according to Theresa The Walk of Freedom Hearn, executive director of the Derby Community will begin work on its Foundation. The fund has been largest addition next year, a created to make sure there is a museum-quality memorial way to take the memorial into to Air Force Col. Merlyn the future, she said. Hans Dethlefsen, who was The city will continue stationed at McConnell to provide the normal maintenance at the park and Air Force Base and was the memorial. awarded the Medal of “It’s not for normal, day-toHonor for his service day things,” Hearn said. during the Vietnam War. Hearn also emphasized “He is one of those that many times people do stories that we don’t want not contribute to endowed lost in time,” Mendoza funds because they think it requires large donations. All said. “He was the first review this carefully, cash donations add upPlease to veteran we proof honored when create a way to provide forchecking the for spelling, correct this started.” memorial’s future. address and phone numbers, etc. Other additions, which “It doesn’t have to be huge,” If you see changes, please make : 316-788-4006 are also paid for by brick she said. note of them beside the on ad.a 316-788-4573 donations, are done For additional information, Pleaseregular initial and date the proof, erbyinformer.com contact the Derby Community basis. and fax back ASAP or by: Foundation by mail at P.O. This year, a new sidewalk Box 372, Derby, Kan. 67037; was added to turn the path cell: 316-640-4681 by phone at 788-9815; or emailFri., Nov. 1st by 4 pm. into a complete loop. metromark@cox.net Hearn at admin@derbycf.org. Additional landscaping and irrigation upgrades

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CMSGT BASINGER LONNIE E 3/1953-5/1978 PJ CALLIGAN LT COL 1964-1987 TSGT ROD CARET USAF 1955-1975 VIETNAM LARRY C DUNCAN MSGT FIRST SGT 1967-1987

MICHAEL GADD SRA 1974-1977

MIKE KORBELY MSGT 20 YEARS

ROBERT PEARSON FLIGHT OFFICER WWII 1942-1945

HARRY C STATER 1ST STAFF SGT WWII 1943-1945

GERALD G GUM CMSGT ’53-‘80 VIETNAM

RONALD LONGAR SGT 1969-1972 VIETNAM

S WAYNE POTTER 1975-1977 MEDIC

JAMES STUART MSGT WWII 1940-1962

RUSSELL HANUS LT COL USAF

CD MILLHEIM SGT 1968-1973

CARLTON SASSER TSGT 1948-1968

JAMES F STUART COLONEL 1967-1996

ALLEN C HATCHER TSGT 1967 TO 1981

AL MUTTERSPAUGH MSGT 24 YEARS

WILLIAM “BILL” SHOWALTER SMGT 1957-1979

JAMES M STUART TSGT 1989-2011

SGT ALVIS DALE JONES ’82-‘87

VAUGHN NUN LT COLONEL 1972-1993

TERRY STAATS SRA 1989-1994

TSGT THADDEUS WHITFIELD VIETNAM ’56-‘78

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MIKE H EDWARDS COMMAND CHIEF MAY 85-AUG 12

CARL HEINCKER SMSGT USAF WWII KOREA

ROBERT NYSTROM SGT VIETNAM WAR

MSGT MERLIN E TIBBETTS 26 YRS WWII – VIETNAM

PAT FARLEY LT COL 1965-1986

GEORGE HEINRICH COLONEL USAF VIETNAM 68-69

ROBERT PERRILL MAJOR 20 YEARS

LARRY TURNER CMSGT USAF 1942-1965

ROB FATULA, JR MSGT USAF 1989-2010

JAMES R HUMAN S/SGT USAF 1949-1953

BILL J POTTER MSGT KOREA VIETNAM

JACK O WALTON MSGT 1954-1977

ROBERT A LANG MSGT–GULF WAR OIF – OEF

BYRON KINKEAD CMSGT USAF 1949-1986

MERLE SHOEMAKER A/1C 1952-1956 KOREAN WAR

CMSGT DEAN WHITTEMORE KOREA VIETNAM

SSGT LOREN E GERWICK, SR 1946-1966

ROBERT LAWRENCE A2C 1960-1964

JOHN R BUTLER TSGT 1959-1979 VIETNAM

STEVE GRIFFITHS E-4 1962-1966

JAMES P LEWIS LT COL 1951-1982

THOMAS D SMITH 1951-1954 KOREA

DANIEL CAIRNS MSGT 21 YEARS

RICHARD GROVER USAF 1954-1974 MSGT VIETNAM

HAROLD J MATTOX AIR FORCE 1952-1956

JUDITH V DUFF A2C 1957-1958

JAMES HAMLETT CMSGT 20 YRS WORLD WAR II

ROSS E MCKEE MSGT USAF 59-80 VIETNAM

JIMMIE DURBIN MSGT USAF 1956-1982

JOHN HAYWORTH CMS 41 YRS KOREA ’50 & ‘68

GEORGE A MIKLOS MAJOR VIETNAM

ROBERT ACKER SERGEANT WWII 1944-1946 BOBBY ARGUMEDO LTC VIETNAM DON BETTHAUSER STAFF SERGEANT WWII 1942-1945 MAURO A BOTT TSGT 22 YRS KOREA VIETNAM

WILLIAM SOUDER MSGT OIF OEF OND JOHN P STEUDTE SMSGT 24 YRS KOREA VIETNAM TRUMAN TAUER LT COL 1970-93 VIETNAM DSTORM

Army Station CLYDE J BROWN 1940-1945 35TH DIV “INF” JOHN CARSON MAR 43-DEC 45 NORMANDY WWII AARON COURTNEY SGT WWII KOREA WAYNE CURTIS AUG ’43-FEB ‘46 WWII

PFC FLOYD DELAMARTER WORLD WAR II

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JOHN W DUFF SP5 1957-1961

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CECIL B CUNDAY LT CMSGT E9 WWII KOREA VIETNAM

MICHAEL GETCHELL MSGT 1976-1995

C RAY LEE MAJOR 1963-85 VIETNAM

JOHN MELVIN DICKERSON JR AF 18327045

JACK GILLESPIE MSGT 1951-1971

JOSEPH LONGAR MSGT 1946-1968

COL DARRELL DOWNING 1959-1986

TIM GIMBEN SSGT 9 YEARS

TONY W LOOPEY TSGT USAF 1959-1979

ROBERT GNAGEY S/SGT 15TH AF 97TH BG 414TH

WILLIAM MACKES E-8 1970-1997 VIETNAM 1971

J FRED GOURLEY LT COL 22 YRS VIETNAM

STEVEN C MARK SRA WHCA JUN 86-JAN 90

JAMES DEGARMO LT COLONEL 1975-1995 LAURIE DEGARMO LT COLONEL 1983-2006

MAJOR MERLYN H DETHLEFSEN VIETNAM MARK HAMMOND MSGT TROY C DUNCAN 1975-1995 MSGT 26 YRS RICHARD HARDER DUANE DYER USAF MSGT A1C KOREA-VIETNAM FOUR YEARS MSGT JOSEPH ELMORE RONALD HERGERT 20 YEARS 1945-1973 USAF HARRY R HOOVER ROBERT FATULA SSFT 42-45, 48 CMSGT USAF WWII KOREA 1967-1992 JAMES HOWELL ROBT F FLEMING SGT GULF WAR CPL DESERT SHIELD WWII PHIL HUNT JOHN FRENCH II 1958-1966 LTCOL USAF RET VIETNAM AFRES KSANG WILLIAM INGRAM THOMAS J FULL MSGT MSGT 21 YRS 23 YEARS FRED KERSTING JAMES G GASS 1-50 TO 9-53 2ND LT KOREA FOUR YEARS WWII DONALD G KOHL DANNY C GEAN CMSGT USAF SMSGT 20 YRS VIETNAM VIETNAM DONALD G KOLLER JACQUELYN GETCHELL A1C 1976-1985 KOREA

DON MCFERSON SSGT KOREA ROBERT MENDOZA SGT 1987-1991 MM MOEDING LT COL USAF 1993JOHN R MOLING MSGT RET 1977-1995 MELVIN L MOORE CMSGT USAF RET 1953-1987 PAUL MUEHRING LT COL 1967-1990 CLARENCE W MULLEN CMSGT 1951-1978 LEONARD NELSON MSGT “NELLY” USAF 1964-1985 WILLIAM NORMAN MSGT WORD WAR II OLIVER RALPH PARISH 1ST LT 1953-1967

GLEN PEARSON 1988DENNIS PERRINE SGT VIETNAM J. POLIDORO MSGT 20 YRS KOREA VIETNAM DOUGLAS M READ LT COLONEL 1988-2012 JESS RODRIGUEZ TSGT 1959-1979 VIETNAM 67-68 L R ROGERS II LTC 1961-1984 JAMES SCHLOSSER TECH SGT WWII 4 YEARS DALE A SHIELDS STAFF SGT WWII 1942-1945 GRANT SORENSEN SENIOR AIRMAN 1980-1984

JOHN E WIEBE SGT 1948-54 KOREA 1950-51

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SSGT STEPHEN BOWERSOX VIETNAM 68-70 JOHN L BROWN SP3 1955-1957 GLEN CARR JR PFC INFANTRY EUROPE CK CHERRY PFC WWII 1944-46

JAMES T SWEENEY A1C 1951-1955

RON CHRONISTER LTC 26 YEARS SFOR 13 BOSNIA

DUANE E TRAVIS SGT 4 YEARS KOREA

RAY E CONRAD TECH SGT 1944-46

PHILLIP TURNER S/MSGT (DEC) 1950-1971

ERNEST D COONS SGT WORLD WAR II

MICHAEL VAN GATOR”CORDELL TSGT 1977-1997

ROBERT CORDES SPC 1996-99 BOSNIA

EMMITT WARREN 1942-1945 WWII

HUBERT E COX CPL MEDIC EUROPE

JOHN WICKHAM MAJOR 1972-1992

CARL G DAVIS BUCK SGT 69-72 7 CAV VIETNAM E J DICKENS 101ST ABN DIV VIETNAM 1968

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Army Station

JAMES D COFFEY 1955-75 MAJOR VIETNAM BSM

LARRY KITTERMAN 1966-1968 VIETNAM

DARRELL MOODY SSG OEF OIF

ROBERT PRYOR WWII 1942-1945 PHILLIPINES WAYNE L SCHMID CHAPLAIN (COL) 1972-1997 TED SINCLAIR PVT 1944-1945 WWII MIKE YOUNG 25TH INF DIV VIETNAM 1969

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Navy Station

CHRIS E CORMAN CAPTAIN USMC AFGHANISTAN

PAUL ASCHBRENNER USS OKLAHOMA WWII

MARION E REECE SGT 1968-1970 PH - VIETNAM

HARVEY CHANDLER AMS3 US NAVY

CECIL T RUDROW SGT KOREA

CHARLES FIELDS AOU2 WWII KOREA 7 YRS

LENDELL R SINCLAIR SERGEANT 75-79

JOHN C MACERA AE3-AW2 1958-1969

BOB SCHNEIDER CONSTELLATION NAVY 66-70 DOUG STONE 1969-1970 VIETNAM FRANK G STONE 1944-1946 WORLD WAR II IRVIN A WEBER SEAMAN 1ST CLS KOREA 1952-56

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GEORGE B GREIVING WORLD WAR II

GLENN KEAGY ARMY SGT 40-45 WWII EUROPE

JOSEPH MERSEAL CPL KOREAN WAR

DD MONTGOMERY EUROPE 1944-46 WORLD WAR II

HAROLD MORGAN SPC 3 1954-1956

JEROME PEIFFER CPL 7-53 - 7-55 SGM 7-51 - 7-03

MICHAEL F RAY SPEC 4 9/1/65-8/14/67

DANNY ROBINSON SFC/E7 DS/DS OIF OEF JARROLD G ROE CPL KOREA

PAUL SAMBOLICH MAJ 1956-1979 VIETNAM

GEORGE THOMAS SP4 US ARMY 1969-1971

MARINE CORPS LEAGUE DET 773 WICHITA, KANSAS

ARLYS M CARTER AO3 KOREA SEPT 54-OCT 57

TJ “JERRY” MUTH SEAMAN 1ST CLS WORLD WAR II

HAROLD SCHAUF 1951-1953 KOREAN WAR

LAVON J THOMAS PFC 1942-1945 WWII SO PACIFIC

BILL MATTHEWS PFC 3RD MAR DIV VIETNAM KIA 69

DELBERT F CASE AM2CLASS 52-60 KOREA 4 YRS

DON V MYERS PETTY OFFICER KOREA – 4 YRS

DANIEL SHIELDS SGT OIF PH MEDAL

BERNARD E TIBBETTS WO4 36 YRS VIETNAM

DUANE E WHALEY CPL 1966-1970 VIETNAM WAR

DARYL CLINGAN AD CPO RET 1966-70, 75-92

JOHN G POULOS HM3 CLS KOREAN WAR

CLAUD M SMITH PVT 1952-1954 KOREAN WAR

ROBERT UNKEL PURPLE HEART WWII 1944-45

BERT L WHITE SERGEANT KOREA

N SCOTT DAVIS LCDR 1969-1990

SAMUEL F RAY SEAMAN 1ST AM WWII

CHARLES D SOMERS 1951-52 KOREAN WAR

THOMAS WISE SGT 1ST INF DIV (FWD)

C WESLEY GUM MOMM3 WWII

ALFRED ROHR S03 1948-1952 KOREA

DUANE E KRAMER USS MONROVIA WWII

SCOTT SCHULTZ AWV2 (AW) OEF 2003-2009

JIM D LATTIN 4-49 TO 2-53 KOREAN WAR

DAYLE SHELTON 4 YRS 10 MOS WW II - KOREA

GALE MCINTIRE 1964-1968 VIETNAM

JENNIFER SWAN HM2(FMF) 03-11 OIF 2004, 2007

TOM SONDERMAN CWO US ARMY VIETNAM SGT CLARENCE D STUDYVIN 13 YRS WWII & KOREA DENNIS THOMAS SP4 1969-1971 1ST CAV VIETNAM

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Marines Station AB COURTNEY JR 1969-1972

JACK ALLEN, DVM AMM WWII ANTHONY BACA AO3 1984-1991

RICHARD DAME CPL VIETNAM

FRANK B BIBLE US NAVY 5-43 – 2-46 WWII

F DUNCAN PFC 1ST MAR DIV VIETNAM WIA 69

BRENT J BULLER MM2 1994-2000

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WILLIAM L KING SERGEANT OIF06-09 OEF10

REX C SCHOTT COL 1970-2007 DESERT STORM

EMMETT L GRAUE SGT USMC WWII IN MEMORY

GREGORY DYER SFC TWELVE YEARS

RYAN KIRKHART SSG OIF

BIKE SEXTON US ARMY 1LT WWII 1943-1945

PHILIP D GRAUE USMC SGT 67-71 USA MSG 78-94

CHRIS R FERGUSON 2006-PRESENT

BRUCE O KOHL CPL US ARMY KOREAN WAR VET

JACK TALBOTT COL WORLD WAR II

EDGAR L KOHL SGT US ARMY WWI VET

SSGT TAYLOR LINFORD H KOREA 1950-52

MARVIN MCCARTY ARMY SGT 42-45 WORLD WAR II

ROBERT D TREGO SP4TE- 2 YEARS 1958-1960

ROBERT G FERGUSON 68-70 1ST LT VIETNAM

PETE GONZALEZ CPL 1953-1955 KOREAN WAR

JERRY L GRIFFITH CPL 1953-1955

ERICA C HARPER 2008 –

JOSEPH HERNDON CPL OIF

SP/4 MARSHALL R MCVEY VIETNAM 66-72 KEITH MEIKLE INF-4TH DIV VIETNAM

CPL HOWARD HILDEBRAND KOREAN WAR

KENNETH MEIKLE ARMY AIR CORP WWII

CHAS W HUBBARD LTC USAR 10/46-9/81

DANIEL MILLER SGT 1ST CLASS IRAQI FREEDOM

JAMES ISAACKS SGT 1977-2011 OIF-OEF

SGT DAVE MIZE BRONZE STAR OAKLEAF CLUSTER

JOSHUA JACOBS SGT 6 YRS OIF OEF

OLIVER RALPH PARISH T-4 WWII

GARY H JARCHOW CW4 OIF

LEONARDPULLIAM 35TH DIV WWII EUROPE 40-45

DANIEL W JONES SPC 1989-1995

DEAN RHEIN SSG 1996-2006 1ST ID OIF

JASON M JONES SFC 1991-PRESENT

ZACH ROBINSON OIF SPC

HENRY KERSTING CPL WWI

JOHN M SAINDON JR

MINDY K KING SSG 2004-2011 OIF 06-08, 09

LAWRENCE SANCHEZ SGT EUROPE WALTER ASBURY SCHWARTZ SGT WWI

EDGAR KOHL F1 US NAVY WWII VET

BRIAN HARTZELL SGT – KOSOVO 1996-2004

TINCAN SAILORS US NAVY SPECIAL BREED

S G LARAMORE PO2/DK2 WWII, KOREA

HERMAN KERSTING PFC

MICHAEL L COX 1968-1972 VIETNAM 69-70

HERSHEL MASTERS YEOMAN 3RD CLS WWII

DAISY L CUNDAY SEAMAN 2ND WWII

KENNETH MCCLURE LCDR 1951-1973

FRED DONALDSON GMM3 CVA64 VIETNAM 64-68

MYRON NYSTROM CORPSMAN PHM2C WW2 MANUS ISLD

FRANK DURHAM RD3 48-52 KOREAN WAR

DALE PLATTS SEAMAN 1ST CLS WWII

ROBERT G GAGE PO2 RADARMAN VIETNAM

D N ROBINSON 2007 – GWOT OEF

RAYMOND A GARRETT BM1C WWII 1940-46

EDWARD JOHN KOUNOVSKY 1945-1951

SGT MICHAEL MARTINS OIF 2006/2008

BILLY R BIRD GARY L BIRD MIKE G BIRD

ROCKY ROCKENBACH SGT JAN 55-59

CPO MICHAEL J CHANDLER 14 YEARS

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Author sees importance of telling veterans’ stories By Linda Stinnett linda@derbyinformer.com

Tammy Zimmerman knows it is important to tell veterans’ stories. Through such an effort, she got to know the grandfather who died years before her birth. She also learned some of the tricks to telling those stories and she will share them at Derby’s Veterans Day

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service. Zimmerman published a book on the life of her grandfather, Joseph Zimmerman of Quinter, just over a year ago. Her grandfather served in World War II, seeing some of the fiercest fighting of the war and helping free a concentration camp. Upon his return from the war, Joseph and millions of other U.S. soldiers returned to their peaceful American lives and for many years did not talk about what they had seen as they fought for their country. Joseph died at age 37. He was the father of seven children and left a legacy each could treasure. However, for many years the family’s pain of his untimely death due to a brain tumor virtually stopped them from talking about Joseph. It wasn’t until Tammy

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realized she was reading a book about World War II and that it was connected to the real life saga her grandfather had lived that talk about him began in earnest. For nearly 6-1/2 years, Tammy researched the war and used archived records of her grandfather’s regiment to document his action in the war. She learned there are oftentimes records that are unique. For example, news did not travel in the fast pace of today’s electronic world, but letters and stories from the front could take months to get home. That made people so hungry for information that letters from soldiers were oftentimes published in local newspapers. Those papers have been painstakingly archived by the Kansas Historical Society and Tammy found records of her own grandfather’s letters through those microfilmed records. “That’s another avenue of gleaning information,” she said. As part of her search, Tammy also talked at length to her grandmother. Sharing old memories took some prodding at first, but her grandmother did share information and while searching for old letters found poetry her late husband had written. Those handwritten words a r e s o m e t h a t Ta m m y treasures. “It wasn’t letters, but it was him speaking,” she said. “I kind of felt I grew to know him from hearing him talk.” Just over a month ago, Tammy’s grandmother died. Knowing her book is only a year out of publication, it emphasizes the importance of recording veterans’ stories in a timely manner. “I was able to (gather

information from my grandmother) and it makes me more grateful that she was able to share,” Tammy said. “It makes me see more the importance of taking the time to visit with older relatives and friends.” J o s e p h Z i m m e r m a n ’s s t o r y, B l i n d e d b y H i s Shadow, has been enjoyed by the Zimmerman family. Its appeal, though, stretches beyond that immediate family as it recounts critical World War II history and the men who fought. Tammy encourages others to search out the stories of their families. “History is made of people who do what comes to them … ordinary American history,” she said.

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Tammy Zimmerman published a book, “Blinded by His Shadow,” about World War II and her grandfather’s life, just over a year ago.

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Gray Bishop to open and close Veterans Day ceremony By Ginger G. Golden news@derbyinformer.com

Gray Bishop will grace this year’s Veterans Day Celebration with the sound of his trumpet. Bishop, who teaches band at all six elementary schools in the Gray Derby school d i s t r i c t a n d Bishop assists with the high school band and orchestra, will perform The

Star Spangled Banner and Taps. “I like being able to play Taps for people as opposed to the fake trumpet that has the recording that’s inside it that the military will use sometimes,” said Bishop. “If they don’t have a bugler, then they send somebody with the plastic flugelhorn looking thing, but then they have a digital recording that plays Taps out of it.” Bishop’s father, Julian Bishop, was a World War II veteran, he said. Bishop played Taps at his funeral

service five years ago. He has also played for other veterans’ funerals but said this will be his first Veterans Day ceremony. Bishop graduated in 1979 from Wichita State University with a degree in music education. He then taught band in Wichita for 31 years. Bishop also plays trumpet for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Music Theater and a jazz group called the Bodo Ensemble.

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Philippine experiences leave appreciation for veterans By Davi Stuhlsatz news@derbyinformer.com

Donato Ornelas of Derby has an appreciation for veterans borne of his own harrowing experiences as a World War II Army paratrooper in the Philippines “I was a machine gunner,” he said. “We were scouts. I jumped out of perfectly good airplanes to search for the enemy in the jungle.” In addition to reconnaissance, Ornelas and his fellow soldiers in the 503rd Regiment Combat Team rescued other squads who were trapped by the enemy. “I remember once I almost had to do hand-to-hand with a Japanese officer coming at me with a saber sword,” he said. “If my machine gun would have failed I would not be here today. I still to this day see the officer’s

face and the saber landing at my feet.” Stalks in the jungle were taller than the men, he said. The soldiers survived the nights living in foxholes they dug. One time he and a buddy were surprised by an enemy machine gunner. “We jumped into a hole which was not very deep, but deep enough it saved our lives,” he said. “I can remember the bullets hitting the dirt around us and the hot brass landing on my chest. Then one of our gunners started shooting back at him so we could escape.” On another mission, a lieutenant told him to pick two men and scout ahead of the company. “I told the other two to go one way and I would go the other,” he said. “I heard two shots, so I hollered to see if they were OK. One had been shot and killed and the other

was trapped by the enemy. I told him to stay put and I would go and get help. We were able to rescue him.” Ornelas joined the military to go with his brother. He had not ever been in a plane, let alone jumped out of one prior to becoming a paratrooper, but a buddy convinced him it was a good deal. “Regular Army pay was $50 a month, but paratroopers earned $100 a month,” he said. “There was really nothing I liked about my job. Despite what we had to do during the war we did manage to have some good times with our comrades.” The war left Ornelas “a nervous wreck,” he said. “When I returned, I was shell-shocked. If a car backfired I would hit the ground,” he said. “Back then you just either drank the issues away or tried to deal with it as best you could.” Ornelas said people made the men feel like heroes when they returned home. “My brother and I walked into a dance hall, and as soon as we walked in (in uniform), the music stopped and everyone started to cheer,” he said. “We didn’t have to pay for anything that night. It felt good to be

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Laurie Monarez shares a laugh with her stepfather, Donato Ornelas, in their Derby home.

home.” Ornelas said he is proud that “we did some good and saved a few lives, including my own” and of his medals. He received two bronze stars and a Victory medal. To d a y, O r n e l a s , 8 7 ,

lives with his wife and s t e p d a u g h t e r, L a u r i e Monarez, in north Derby. He is confined to a wheelchair by Parkinson’s Disease – and perhaps the effects of jumping out of all those “perfectly good

airplanes.” His eyes light up, though, when recalling his experiences in the military and his comrades. “I just appreciate those who serve,” he said.

Monarez dares others to thank a veteran By Davi Stuhlsatz news@derbyinformer.com

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Sgt. 1st Class Laurie Monarez of Derby joined the military on a dare. She says it was the best dare she ever completed, despite (or perhaps because of) four Middle Eastern assignments. She has been deployed

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to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq, and then went to Afghanistan in 2010-2011 as a military contractor. “I joined the Army National Guard in 1982,” Monarez said. “I like being able to make my troops laugh and keep their spirits up – the camaraderie.” She was in communications for the first 15 years of service. “After I volunteered for Desert Storm, I was assigned to 702nd Transportation Battalion, A Company,” she said. “I became an ammo truck driver. When I returned from the Gulf War, I ended up staying in the transportation field.” In 2004, Monarez was activated with the 778 HET Company, and transported tanks from ports in Kuwait to forward operating bases in Iraq. Next she was assigned to handle frustrated cargo (shipments which are stopped en route and require further disposition instructions) at Kuwait’s Camp Arfijan. “In 2008 I was activated to Iraq with the 287th Sustainment Brigade in Baghdad as a liaison for the brigade colonel,” she said. “My job was to keep my colonel informed with any problems or intelligence to help keep our missions safe and successful.” Monarez likes the challenges of her military and civilian jobs, and meeting and working with a variety of

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Sgt. 1st Class Laurie Monarez, Army National Guard, crosses swords with an unidentified contractor while loading weapons for transport in Baghdad.

people. “Whether it is Saudis, Iraqis, Turkish, French, Kuwaitis, British, Afghanis, Iranian, Bangladeshi, Kenyan, it has been my awesome pleasure to meet and work with such a mix of all of God’s children,” she said. “I wouldn’t change that experience no matter how challenging at times it has been.” Downsides of military service are the greed she has sometimes witnessed and the stress deployments cause families, she said. “It is very demanding and the distance can be very hard on already failing relationships,” she said. “Not to mention the time away from your kids. You can’t get that time back. Once it is gone it is gone.” Deployments deepened Monarez’s appreciation of life.

“It is sad that it takes a tragedy like 911 for Americans to appreciate the little things in life,” she said. “I remember returning home after the Gulf War and thinking how awesome it was to just see green grass. Deployment made me appreciate more things in life – fresh air, indoor plumbing, family and friends.” Monarez works nights as a housing corporal at a federal jail now. Despite experiencing some people who are “out for themselves” both at home and abroad, Monarez challenges people to “love all God’s children.” “Don’t judge,” she said. “Embrace anyone who is different, I dare you.” She offers one final piece of advice: “Thank a veteran. They so deserve it, no matter how big or small their sacrifice.”

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