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Editorial Team: Dorma J. Tolson, Jim Mackey, and J.D. Creer Layout and Design: Ron Flaviano Stories provided by reader submission and by the Morning Journal, The Review and Salem News editorial departments Special thanks to all of the veterans and their families who contributed material for this special publication. ©2016 Morning Journal, The Review, Salem News MORNING JOURNAL • THE REVIEW • SALEM NEWS




Aging veterans reflect on service years By KEVIN HOWELL Staff Writer

As World War II fades further and further into the past, the young men and women who served in the battles are moving into assisted living complexes, senior housing or limited to their homes.

“It was scary, I’ll tell you that, it Curry is currently awaiting the Curry said he enlisted in Navy bedoesn’t matter what age you were,” cause all his friends were going into French Legion of Honor medal for his the Navy and merchant marines. he said. participation in D-Day.

He ended up in Normandy on DAnd like many of the servicemen at the time, Martin was just a young Day, demolishing obstacles on Utah man during his tenure. Drafted out Beach. of Salem High School, he did not “I was 17 years old, real thin, runeven get to finish his high school dening up and down the beach,” he gree before heading off to war. But even as they move into the said. “We were being shot at from shadows of today, their past still “It was kind of sad at the time,” both sides, it looked like pepper it shines brightly in the freedom our he said. was coming in so thick.” society looks to carry into tomorrow. Martin hit Parris Island, then Miraculously, Curry was never hit Those who fought in World War II, Camp Lejeune, San Diego and Maui nor wounded in any way. as well as Korea and Vietnam, and before Iwo Jima. He returned to San even into the most recent wars in Diego after his injury and recuper“And it’s not because I couldn’t the Middle East the past 30 years, ated at Great Lakes, Ill., then fin- have been,” he noted. “I very well will never be forgotten, their stories ished up service in Washington D.C. could have.” living on in family and friends, colleagues and compatriots, peers and He also avoided injury during Looking back, Martin said his time purveyors of history. in the service has remained an im- combat with the Army during the Korean War, for which he enlisted portant part of his life, From nursing homes and rehabiliagain and also served as comtation centers to neighbors and “It means a lot to me,” he ex- bat/demolition. community leaders, veterans across plained. “It’s an honor to serve your the community have stories to share. country.” “That’s why I’ve always been supTake the time to listen. portive of the Disable American VetWILLIAM C. CURRY erans (DAV),” he added. “I know I A special thank you goes to Salem was fortunate and I’m thankful for resident Edna Behner for her assisit.” tance in recognizing these local veterans. Even though he served his time in BILL MARTIN the Navy in World War II, Curry said he felt an obligation to re-enlist.

— When most young men were being drafted into service, William C. Curry voluntarily went to war twice.

CHARLES SLAVENS — Struthers native Charles Slavens served 36 months in World War II. He was drafted at 19 years old and chose the Army. After spending time typing in forms at Fort Hayes in Columbus, Ohio, he eventually landed in La Halle, France. He noted that the war had been going on for about a year, but that there was no fighting in France at that time. Serving with the 97th chemical mortar battalion, Slavens was attached to Gen. George S. Patton’s 3rd army. His battalion never saw any real trouble, he said, but had the opportunity to lay down a smoke screen for an advancement once. Even if he did not see the combat others may have, Slavens did witness the horror of concentration camps, seeing the aftermath of the Jewish death camps following the end of the war. “Pictures don’t tell half of what was really going on,” he described the experience.

The lifetime member of the Salem “There was a war on, so I did VFW said he is proud of his service and described his time in the military what I had to,” he said. as “exciting and a good experience.” He even had one over on the draft He also said he feels the military is a board, getting his draft notice while good learning experience for youth. in camp with the Army. “The first impression is it would “We all had a good laugh about be good for the kids out of high school to get four years of service,” that,” he said. he said. Garnering a multitude of medals Slavens is currently awaiting the and honors in both the Navy and Army, Curry said he actually enjoyed French Legion of Honor medal for his participation in D-Day. his time in the service.

The New Brighton, Pa., native served almost three years in the Navy during World War II and apROBERT McCLUGGAGE “I’m glad I was able to do it,” he proximately five years in the Army — Goshen High School graduate during the Korean War, enlisting said, although he acknowledged the both times. He was just 17 when he misfortune of others. “I’m sorry that Robert McCluggage enlisted in the joined the Navy and 22 when he so many boys got killed or Army Air Corps two days before his “I would have been killed if I was joined the Army. 18th birthday. He would go on to wounded.” there any longer,” he said. serve 27 years and three wars, and Martin described his experience in retire as a lieutenant colonel. the war as harrowing. 4 MORNING JOURNAL • THE REVIEW • SALEM NEWS THE STORIES OF OUR VETERANS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2016 — Bill Martin of Salem served as a rifleman in the Marines during World War II, earning a Purple Heart in 1945. He fought at Iwo Jima, catching shrapnel in his leg.

“I enlisted because I wanted to go kill Nazis and Germans and Japs,” McCluggage said. Two missions into World War II and the fighting ended. McCluggage, who had earned his wings in 1944, missed out on the majority of the war. “I was disappointed, I wanted to fly for my country and all I got was two missions,” he noted. McCluggage got his chance in Korea, flying 31 missions as a copilot of a B-29 bomber. Even though he was in the air, McCluggage could still knew how bad that war was and realized his good fortune to be flying. “Korea was awful,” he said. “I never looked down on any place as rough and rugged. I sure feel bad about what our GIs went through there.”

Local World War II veterans from left, front row, Herman Kuyper, Army; Frank Lancaster, Air Force; Gail Bartchy, Army; Warren “Joe” Hawkins, Army; Joe Wojtecki, Army; second row, Charles Slavens, Army; William Martin, Marines; Robert McCluggage, Air Force; Donald Behner; Gayle Paxon, Navy; and Sanford Metz, Seabees. (Salem News photo by Kevin Howell)

By the time Vietnam rolled around, McCluggage was a lieutenant colonel running a command post in North Dakota. And although he did not fly any missions in the war, he had to ensure planes got to the their correct locations. The icy, snowy climate of the north made for its own unique dangers unlike those faced overseas. “There was ice covering the runway and the planes’ wheels would just spin when we tried take off, but we had to move those planes,” he explained of one incident in particular. “And we did get them out.” Looking back on his time in the service, through three wars, McCluggage said he felt the B-52 was the best bombing plane ever. He flew 1,000 of his 6,000 total hours on the B-52 and lamented the fortune befallen the flying fortress.

Local World War II veterans from left, William C. Curry, Navy; Ray Weingart, Army; Dean Mercer, Air Force; James Dorsey, Navy; and Lester Weingart, Army. Lester Weingart has been awarded the French Legion of Honor medal for his participation in D-Day.

“There’s not too many veterans who were in three different wars,” he said “I’m proud of that fact, but it still doesn’t compare to what others have done.”

“It’s a shame, how very few left there are,” he said. He also acknowledged his opportunity to serve his country in three wars, a feat of which he said he is proud, but showed appreciation for the price other veterans paid in shorter service time.

Local veterans from left, first row (with branch noted where available), Tom Bennett; Dennis Ripple; Ferris Thomas; Gordon Waithman, Army; second row, Warren Hale, Navy; and Jay Detell, Marines.





Gerald Mullen served in Korean War By J.D. CREER

clock repairman. “A very profitable business,” he said remarking that he could take a clock apart piece-byLeetonia resident Gerald Mullen, piece blindfolded and put it back to82, served six years in the U.S. Army gether again. during the Korean War era, achievHe also served as pastor in various ing the rank of Master Sergeant. communities including Beloit and He and his wife Lois had seven Salem. children. The Mullens have been married 62 years. Today he, suffers from an assortment of maladies including ParkinPost-military, he worked in various positions and became a pastor. “I son’s Disease. was a working pastor because I did“I can’t stand up without some n’t always get the biggest church,” kind of help, either mechanical or he said. Among his positions was as with someone helping me,” he said. radio announcer for a ChristianHis wife is also physically comprobased station in Pennsylvania. mised. His service as pastor took him to Visiting Angels stop by twice places such as Kansas. Eventually he weekly. Family members also help settled in our area. He worked at including his son and daughter-inSheely’s Furniture in North Lima and law, Doug and Nancy, who live in the Hospice of the Valley. Salem. He had high praise for Nancy. His developed keen skills as a “Drop the ‘in-law’ from her name; Salem News Managing Editor



she’s a true daughter to me,” he in church was when he was wheeled into it.” said. Nowadays being homebound, the He has also been treated for posttraumatic stress syndrome, ironically master clock repairman often makes not so much caused by military serv- good use of all his free time by writice but from a rough upbringing. ing. He was encouraged to put his military experience into words. His “Very poor,” he said. “No plumb- account follows: ing, no electricity. Had to go out —————————— back in the woods behind a barn to When I saw this article about vetget drinking water.” erans in the news, I immediately His father liked to drink and Ger- wanted to contribute my “two cents ald bore the brunt of his alcohol-fu- worth.” eled wrath. I served during the Korean era, “It would be putting it mildly to thinking that after basic training I say he had a drinking problem,” he would be sent to Korea. That was my said. “The last time I saw him, he purpose for enlisting. However, fate was crouched like a wild animal in has a way of changing our plans and the corner of our house; carrying on I wound up for two years in central Alaska. like a wild beast. “He never said, ‘I love you son.’?I So, this may seem dull, but I am never heard him say a prayer,” Ger- positive, (it) will be to the real hero ald added. “The only time I saw him stories that you receive. Honestly, all



I fought was mosquitos and 50 below zero temperatures. I don’t even know if I received a medal for anything. As a 19-year-old skinny kid, our regimental commander began a leadership skill school of 40 men, asking for prospects from our company commander. To my surprise, I was selected and very much wanting to fit into my army role I put my heart and soul and gave it my all. After the class had ended, to my surprise, I checked the graduation list and this 19-year-old kid’s name, who did not even have a high school education. Nevertheless, to my utter astonishment, I saw my name at the very top of the graduation list. The regimental commander immediately contacted my company commander and to him to promote this man to sergeant and place him in a place of responsibility. It just happened there was a platoon sergeant’s opening and so that

A few days later, I heard someone yelling at me, “Hey, sarge, I got my My first test of leadership was money back! But, sarge, there’s when one of my men shouted out to more. You don’t know this, but I followed you guys into the barracks, me, “Hey Sarge, got a minute?” you did not see me but I saw you. I “Yea, what’s up?” positioned myself so I heard clearly every word that you told him.” “Somebody has borrowed money from me and will not pay it back, I almost fainted. What would I though I have asked several times. have done, had I not been honest? Can you help me?” What if I had said, “Don’t worry about it. They aren’t paying us “Yea, I’ll see what I can do.” enough anyway.” But I didn’t. To this day, I have sincerely tried to adopt A few days later, I saw this man that honest philosophy to my life and shouted out to him, “ I want to and gained the confidence of my talk to you!” We went into the bar- men. racks and so I asked him, “Do you By the end of my total army time owe this man some money?” of six years, I was honorably disThe answer came slowly, charged with my rank as M/Sgt. “You do realize that if you don’t I have instinctively tried to depay it back, you will be strongly repvelop this philosophy, however my rimanded.” fault is, I am sometimes brutally There were a few other words to honest, which has caused many enfollow, but basically that was the emies. But I am working on it. end of our conversation. I will close with this thought to the real heroes, “I am glad and began my leadership training.

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Creer reflects on atom bomb drop By J.D. CREER

“It saved lives,” said the 93-year“Someone said they had dropped old Creer. “We were told that we an atom bomb but nobody knew were going to Japan to invade. They what an atom bomb was,” he re“What’s an were priming us for that. We didn’t called. know when. atom bomb?” “It was top secret. Nobody knew it was going to happen. Thinking That was the back, I’m glad Truman was presiresponse of WW dent. II United States service personThank God Obama wasn’t presinel anticipating dent back then. Truman didn’t even an invasion of know about (atomic bombs) until he Japan. Among was sworn in as president. I don’t them was U.S. Army PFC William think he hesitated one minute.” “Bill” Creer who was stationed on the Phillipines. Two weeks after the bombings, Creer and his fellow soldiers were A planned invasion changed the going ashore on Japan, meeting “no morning of Aug. 6, 1945 when a U.S resistance.” B-29 bomber dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of HiA lot of us would’ve been slaughBorn in San Jose and raised in San roshima, instantly killing about tered. But then the big thing hapDiego, Creer served 47 months in the 80,0000 people. pened.” service during war time. Three days later, 40,000 more died Meaning, the bombs were He had tried to enlist in the Navy when a second atomic bomb was dropped. but was told he was color blind. dropped, this time on Nagasaki. “The Navy later dropped their qualifications,” he quipped. “They would’ve taken someone walking in with a cane.” Salem News Managing Editor

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U.S. Army PFC William “Bill” Creer, a Salem resident, served in the Pacific Ocean theater of WW II.

“It is an absolute shame the way those soldiers were treated,” he said. Following the war, Creer returned to California before moving east to Ohio.

So then came his Army calling. He and his wife, Agnes, had 12 Prior to going to the Pacific, he was children including a son, Robert, stationed in Oklahoma and then Fort who served in the U.S. Navy during Meade in Maryland. the Vietnam War era. The Salem resident is an Eljer foundry retiree. “I was proud to have served my country,” Creer said. He believes that World War II veterans for the most part get the respect they deserve but sympathizes with Vietnam War veterans who got ill treated.

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Robert Eskay proud of time in Navy By MARY ANN GREIER Staff Writer

LEETONIA — Leetonia resident Robert Eskay spent his days and nights during World War II on the water, recalling the icebergladen Atlantic and the smooth Pacific when he criss-crossed both oceans protecting needed supplies on merchant ships while searching for enemy subs. “It was really rough in the Atlantic, up and down, big waves,” he said. For him, the Pacific was the complete opposite. “The water was like a sheen glass. I never saw anything like that before,” he said.

the ship, but he wanted to go back and later in life he visited the islands with his sister. Going back evoked memories of his time in the service, especially seeing the USS Arizona Memorial where part of the battle“They didn’t tell us very much. All ship can still be seen at its final restwe had to do was protect and ing place at Pearl Harbor. watch,” he said. He said he’s proud of his service in His last trip across the Atlantic the U.S. Navy. was to England and he never saw so many ships in there. He learned later “I did my job, I served my country that they were carrying supplies for and came home,” Eskay said. the Normandy invasion. He took three trips to England, one to He had worked as an apprentice Canada and one to Japan. machinist, but then used the G.I. Bill to become an apprentice carpenter. “Best move I ever made in my “I was sure glad to come home,” he said. The ships always traveled in life,” he said. convoys and there was a submarine Eskay is the last survivor of 10 sibescort to try to make sure the German or Japanese submarines would- lings. After the war he stayed in Leen’t hurt the ships. As a gunner’s tonia, married his wife Barbara, and mate, his job was to watch. He said they had two children, Lynn and he never had to fire on anybody. Ac- Lawrence, and a grandson. Barbara cording to websites about the passed away in 2007. Armed Guard history, more than 2,000 members died during World War II. He served on four or five different ships during his four years from 1942 to 1946 and said the trip from New York to England took about six or seven days.

The motion sickness that felled a few of his fellow sailors never bothered him, which was good considerThe war was winding down and ing his military service kept him out Eskay remembered traveling on a to sea during most of the war. troop train from New York to California to the Treasure Island Naval The 94 year old joined the U.S. Station located in San Francisco. He Navy in 1942, a year after graduat- ran into fellow Leetonia residents ing high school in the little town of Norman Briden, Carmen Ferry and Leetonia in 1941. Joseph Kiliany, who also served as gunners in the Armed Guard. “I liked the service, liked the uniform. I could swim pretty good,” he From there they traveled to said. Hawaii, then Guam en route to Japan. When his ship docked in Eskay didn’t want to get drafted, Japan, he said there were piles of so he volunteered. He liked every- guns and ammunition and other thing they did in the Navy and found items. He managed to get a gun, himself in basic training at the Naval ammo and calipers, but only the Station Great Lakes in Illinois. calipers made it home after he sold the gun and ammo along the way. Upon completion of basic, he traveled to Gulfport, Miss. for gunnery He still has his uniform packed school. He was a Gunner’s Mate 3rd away and lots of photos in an Class in the Armed Guard, a branch album, even a few of the icebergs he whose job was handling the guns on saw on the Atlantic en route to Engthe cargo-hauling merchant ships. land. There were usually two 20mm guns in the front and then a larger deck He never got to see Hawaii during gun at the rear. the war because they didn’t leave MORNING JOURNAL • THE REVIEW • SALEM NEWS

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George Schmidt COLUMBIANA – George Schmidt spent two of his threeand-a-half years in the Army Air Corps. in England and France as a ground radio operator directing pilots to their destinations.

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The operators were required to always be on the alert in order to guide home a lost plane or straying formation of bombers, it said.

After returning to East Liverpool, he worked for Smith & Phillips as a truck driver and installer and became the company’s top salesman.

Some of their other responsibilities included giving up-to-date weather reports to pilots and announcing when important personnel arrived at the station.

He and his late wife, Marguerite, had eight children, 18 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren (”soon to be 25,” he noted); and two great-greatgrandchildren.

Schmidt participated in the Battle Schmidt, now 96, was just a of Britain during his service, and later earned a young man Bronze Star when he difor his efforts. rected pilots from his staPrior to tion at a U.S. going overNinth Air Force seas his trainbomber staing took place tion in Engin Mississippi, land. Wisconsin, Florida and Despite his South Caryoung age, he olina. had already earned the Before joinrank of sering the miligeant and in tary he served one instance as a structural in particular at fitter at the bomber station, successfully guided a formation Enterprise Company in Columbiana. of Marauders returning from bombing an airfield in France during the Originally from New Waterford, Battle of Britain. Schmidt currently resides in Columbiana. A newspaper clipping from years ago that focused on Schmidt’s work in England said the ground radio operators worked in two-man shifts 24 hours a day, operating costly British equipment.

EAST LIVERPOOL – Floyd E. Stansbury, 98, Globe Street, spent two years in the U.S. Army, serving with the 87th Recon/7th Armored Division under Gen. An avid golfer his entire life, George S. Patton, earning the rank of Stansbury is a past member of the Corporal/Specialty Scout. East Liverpool High School champi“My regiment was sent out to onship golf team and a member of draw fire. A shell hit behind my fox- First Nazarene Church. hole, damaging my eardrums. My ears and feet froze,” Stansbury recalled of his time while fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and at Arbennes, Rhineland and through Central Europe.


“You just tried to stay alive,” he said, adding, “War was something that had to happen. They had to straighten things out. There were a lot of crooked people in the world.”


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Franklin witnessed war up close By KEVIN HOWELL

Drafted into the military shortly “It was 2 in the morning, I’m out after beginning his first job at the there in it; it was a scary time,” he now defunct Mahoning County Farm said. Few can understand the absolute- Bureau, Franklin chose the Navy. ness of death and destruction as During picket duty, in which a ship those who have fought in battle. He trained at Great Lakes, Ill., be- is used to increase radar detection fore shipping out of Oakland, Calif. to help protect against a surprise air Few have seen the absoluteness attack, the USS Daly took out two of death and destruction as those After that, Franklin’s service in- planes but fell under fire, taking a hit who witnessed Nagasaki and Iwo cluded sailing the wide expanse of that killed five men and all commuJima after the bombs were dropped. the Pacific Ocean. nication, Franklin said. Staff Writer

Rodman Franklin, a New Albany native and Greenford High School graduate, returned from World War II having borne witness to the end of the war up close and personal.

“We traveled to Hawaii and everywhere between Guadalcanal and the Japanese coast,” he said, noting Iwo Jima, the Philippines and Okinawa.

A machinist’s mate in the Navy from 1944 to 1946, Franklin served on the USS Daly (DD-519) destroyer, which saw action in the Battle of Okinawa and checked the Nagasaki bomb site a month after the explosion.

In the Battle of Okinawa, the U.S. military’s final confrontation with Japanese forces, the USS Daly provided amphibious support, credited with sinking a destroyer and several other boats that night. Franklin was stationed on the main deck during the torpedo run.

“It was something you never forget,” Franklin said. “There was nothing there but a few big stumps and tangled iron in...a 2-mile, 1-mile area.”

During his time with the USS Daly, the destroyer was credited with sinking one battle wagon, two cruisers, 27 planes and also with participation in bombardment runs with the fleet, Franklin said. He received a “We stayed out there all night, number of medals and accommodaunable to communicate,” he ex- tions. plained. “You feel so alone like On a lighter note, Franklin shared that.” an anecdote that shook his nerves at The USS Daly was with the fleet the time, but in hindsight is both huwhen the armistice was signed in morous and encouraging. August of 1945. “[I was] on liberty with a friend After the armistice, the USS Daly and we were in a baseball game,” swept the Japanese coast for enemy he explained. shipping and served occupation duty at Nagasaki, just one month after “Shore leave ended at 5 p.m., but the atomic bomb helped end the we thought it was 6 p.m. When we war. returned to the boat, there was no


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“That’s something you don’t see today. If they take some of these jobless [men and women] today and put them in the military, we’d see a different society.” Other Grace Woods Veterans • Marge Dumovic, World War II nurse, • Walter Johnson, Navy, Korean War, • Thomas McVeigh, Air Force, Cuban Crisis

New Albany native Rodman Franklin, a resident at Grace Woods Senior Living in Salem, displays a photograph of the USS Daly destroyer on which he served during World War II. Franklin saw action in the Battle of Okinawa and viewed Nagasaki a month after its bombing. (Salem News photo by Kevin Howell)

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Hannay carries his share of memories By J.D. CREER

The Invasion of Normandy and its Born in Salem, Hannay enlisted in the Navy when he was 17. He felt he incalculable impact on the war and had more to offer his country by world history loomed. Salem resident Robert Hannay got serving than staying at home. to see World War II up close. FightFor the June 6,1944 invasion, Haning the enemy on both sides of the He trained at Great Lakes Naval nay remembered how they emglobe, he was there fighting Nazis Training Station near Chicago. He barked in the English Channel and during D-Day at Normandy Beach. later went to the Brooklyn Navy Yard loaded their Higgins boat. He was there fighting the Japanese in New York City where his ship was at Okinawa. That landing craft, vehicle, peroutfitted for war. sonnel boat (LCVP) was capable of The 90 year old carries his share Hannay was assigned to be a gun- delivering masses of men and equipof memories. But it isn’t just what he ner on the LST-281, a tank landing ment safely and efficiently from ship saw. But what he heard too. ship. He loaded 20mm guns while a to shore, eliminating the need for espartner served as shooter. tablished harbors. Like a German 88mm shell going by so close that he could “feel the “I put the magazine on, he’d Those boats were used extensively breeze from it.” shoot them up,” he said. during World War II amphibious landings. Serving in the U.S. Navy and surThe ship went to Nova Scotia beviving three invasions, the modest fore heading to England. After the beach was secured, Hannay will tell you he doesn’t have tanks were unloaded. Hannay much of a story to tell. “In England, we trained around stayed on the ship as a gunner, a there, beaching the boat,” he re- front row witness to epochal history Others would differ. called. “It was exciting, being on a in the making. big boat.” Salem News Managing Editor




“It was quite an experience,” Hannay recalled of Normandy. “It was just 18. We were out in the harbor. I was glad to be in the boat.” Have you seen “Saving Private Ryan,” the highly-acclaimed cinematic depiction of the Normandy? Hannay did and was impressed with its accuracy. “Best movie ever made,” he said. Recalling that fateful day he remembered “how they slaughtered our troops. Regarding troop placement and air cover he said, “There were lots of goofs.” Following Normandy, Hannay’s ship was dispatched to the Mediterranean, later hauling troops to the Corsica islands, just below southern France. Then came the invasion of Nazioccupied southern France, with his ship becoming beached.


Out went the tide and the ship “I’m a knight,” “Sir” Hannay was stuck on dry ground. Exposed chuckled. He speaks highly of the and vulnerable to attack, the ship French and how appreciative they was a veritable sitting duck. were during the war and to this very day for the Americans saving their A broad balloon, shaped like a dir- nation from Nazi rule. igible, ascended over the ship. Its purpose was to keep away German A letter of recommendation reads dive bombers. But the balloon was spotted by Germans onshore, man- in part: “Through this award, the French government pays tribute to ning an 88mm gun. the soldiers who did so much for “Luckily, they never hit us. But France and Western Europe. they came mighty close,” Hannay 70 years ago, you gave your youth said. Close enough for him to hear a shell whistling by and actually cre- to France and the French people. ating a breeze as it flew by him as Many of your fellow soldiers did not he was standing on the ship’s edge. return but they remain in our hearts. His captain cut loose the balloon. “The crews in the bay saw that, and they had a plane and they launched it and went up and spotted the German shooter,” according to Hannay.

“Thanks to your courage, and to our Americans friends an allies, France and Europe have been living in peace for the past seven decades. You saved us.

We will never forget. For us, the During the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, Hannay and his crew mates French people, you are heroes. Grathad a harrowing experience. Their itude and remembrance are forever ship was going to beach at Okinawa in our souls.” and was awaiting its turn. The Legion of Honor distinction is Gas and smoke oil was used as the highest honor that France beconcealment from air assaults. But a stows upon those achieving remarkkamikaze plane came toward it. able deeds in that country. “We were saved by a destroyer Hannay, who also received formal that was anchored near there,” he recognition from the General Assaid. “He had more heavy power sembly of Ohio, was one of seven rethan us.” cipients honored Aug. 20 in Conneaut, located on the shores of Hannay served two years and Lake Erie. three months in the U.S. Navy. After returning home he earned his G.E.D., There the largest D-Day living hisand worked in various jobs — in- tory event in the United States is cluding at plants like Mullins and held yearly ( Eljer — while raising a family. Nowadays, he admits to being He married Mildred Smith in 1948. “wobbly” but remains sharp of The couple resides in Salem. The mind. have two children, daughters, Shirley and Sharon; four grandchildren and His vivid memories and similar three great-grandchildren. recollections of his fellow service members should be preserved and A highlight and acknowledgement cherished as precious artifacts of the of Hannay’s service to his country — greatest generation in the history of and to the nation of France — came the United States. just this past summer. “I was proud to be part of the efPresented by the French, Hannay fort,” he said quietly. received a Knight of the Legion of Honor medal. He even got a cereHe should be. monial “kiss” from Consul General Vincent Floreani. MORNING JOURNAL • THE REVIEW • SALEM NEWS

Salem resident and World War II veteran Robert Hannay displays his medals and honors including, top right in the case, a Knight of the Legion of Honor medal accorded last summer during a D-Day anniversary celebration at Conneaut. (Salem News photo by J.D. Creer)





Otto Harold Kappler Backer Green Township native Otto Kappler served five years in the Army during World War II, including three in Europe. He was in the Army before Pearl Harbor and participated in D-Day. He also partici-

LISBON — Harold A. Backer of Lisbon served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Backer, now 85, reached the rank of Airman First Class and received a service ribbon for the three years and five months he served from 1951-1954.

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Virginia Conklin CHESTER, W.Va. — Virginia Conklin recently returned to Tybee Island, Ga., where she was stationed with the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. Coast Guard members were fascinated as she shared her experiences from 70 years earlier. Officer-in-Charge Keith Kucera presented her with an honor coin for her service. Conklin, 92, of Chester, enlisted in the Coast Guard SPARS in 1944 and served stateside through 1946. Working at a grocery store at age 20, Conklin knew she wanted to do something more with her life.

After boot camp, Conklin elected to continue her training in Florida at cook and bakers school.

She thought about the Navy From there, she went to WAVES, but then a Coast Guard reCharleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga., cruiter from East Liverpool came where she was one of 12 female reknocking. placements for men sent to war. “He said the SPARS offered all the “When we reported to Capt. John free education, same as the Navy, in Savannah, he was in total shock. only they trained in Palm Beach, Fla., instead of Illinois. Florida sounded He was expecting 12 men, not very good, so I spent the winter women,” she said. “Capt. John was a career seaman who never married months there,” she said. and obviously had a great dislike for Women’s reserves such as WAVES, women.” WACs and SPARS were created durSix months later, Conklin reported ing World War II to provide domestic to Cockspur Island, Ga., a demobireplacements for the men who were deployed for military service over- lization center where she typed discharge papers for men returning seas. from overseas — until she, too, was The acronym SPARS comes from discharged in June 1946 with the the Coast Guard motto “Semper rank of Ships Cook 2nd Class. Paratus,” Latin for “always ready.” Conklin married William E. Conklin, a Navy veteran who served in “We were trained in every male duty, except steering a ship and fly- New Guinea, and, together, the couple pursued their dreams of an eduing a plane,” she said. cation via the GI Bill of Rights at West Virginia University. MORNING JOURNAL • THE REVIEW • SALEM NEWS THE STORIES OF OUR VETERANS



Ravelli served on U.S.S. Bremerton By LARRY SHIELDS Staff Writer

SALEM — Ray Ravelli of Beloit joined the U.S. Navy in 1944, a year when U.S. forces spread their arsenal of democracy might to the far reaches of the south Pacific, inching closer and closer to Japan during World War II.

“I thought I was going home that night, but they took me right away.” He took basic training at the big Great Lakes training center where a normal eight-week training cycle was reduced to four weeks, and to various Naval centers and he wound up in New York for training as gunner’s mate on the big five-inch battery. “There are five guys to operate it,” he said, of the surface and air gun.

Ravelli served as a gunners mate He said the training, discipline and on the U.S.S. Bremerton, a large ar- structure was what was needed for mored cruiser and flagship for the survival in war — and in life. commander in chief for the Atlantic fleet before moving to the Pacific Ravelli’s deployments gradually Ocean. led to Cuba and then through the Panama Canal and into the Pacific He served in the Philippines, Ocean where the biggest naval batChina, Panama and, after the war tle in history, Leyte Gulf, raged on. ended, in Japan. Ravelli is the son of Italian immiLeyte Gulf, sometimes called the grants and grew up in Alliance. second battle of the Philippines, was the first time Japanese Kamikazes “My father died early and I en- appeared in appreciable numbers. listed right after I turned 17 because they didn’t check very well back Since he was deployed on the then,” he said. U.S.S. Bremerton, Ravelli said he didn’t see much of that. “It made my mother proud and relieved from her supporting another The Bremerton was a Baltimorefamily member. My older brother class heavy cruiser with over 1,000 Louis had already joined the men including was a marine detachMarines.” ment of 45 men. Leaving home on that day in early 1944, Ravelli traveled to Cleveland to enlist in the navy. He had basically been directed there by Louis. “He went into the Marines and came home all shot up. He told me I better join the Navy or you’ll wind up eating in a foxhole. “He was right,” Ravelli said, “I would have been living in a foxhole.” He was expecting to return home after enlisting but the manpower demands into 1944 were too high.


The ship was assigned to the 7th Fleet. “We mostly had trouble with the submarines,” he said, adding, the “wicked” part was earlier. “We picked up in the end. We did see some bad things, very bad, landing barges with soldiers all laying around in the water. “We came in at the end and cleaned up everything ... cleaned up bodies” on island battlefields, like Saipan and through the Pacific arena, while also performing shore patrol duties.


Ray Ravelli of Beloit served as a gunners mate on the U.S.S. Bremerton, a large armored cruiser and flagship for the commander in chief for the Atlantic fleet before moving to the Pacific Ocean. He is shown with his wife, Ginny, showing their passion for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

The Navy considered the work so “They’d give everyone so much a dangerous that in some cases it month for it,” he said. awarded battle stars to ships perRavelli recalled there was a time forming the job. the ship took up rescue duties. As “We cut the chains,” Ravelli said. the war was winding down the skies were pretty much cleared of Japan- “Cut them loose and then blew ese aircraft but there were American them up with 40mm and 20mm fire. pilots who got into trouble. They’d come to the surface and we’d shoot at them. “Lot of plane ditching, crashing action” he said. Still while the war We didn’t get much sleep; every was going on. now and then we’d get a bang against the ship. It’s keep you nervIt was after the when things got ous day and night. You’re down tense for Ravelli. below. You sometimes, no, a lot of times hit big turtles. We cleared “After the war they sent us up to channels. They had to be completely China and Japan to clean up the cleaned up.” mines,” he said. “We used paraHis unit took part in the Philipvanes.” pines signing of its independence The paravane is a device towed and he was awarded medals for behind a boat at a depth regulated service in wartime China, the Occuby its vanes or planes, so that the pation Equator medal, ASIACTIC Pacable to which it is attached can cut cific Campaign medal, the American the moorings of submerged mines. Theatre Campaign and the Campaign Service Victory WWII medals. It was developed by a British inventor as a means to sweep enemy “God has watched over me and I mines. pray every day for the men and women who did not make it through World War II,” he said.



Herron remembers war in Germany By KATIE WHITE Staff Writer

COLUMBIANA – Rolin Herron was working for his father’s company in Salem when he was drafted in November of 1943.

supplies from Frankfurt, Germany to the men serving on the front lines – about a 45-mile trip. Herron would haul supplies like canned goods, candy, cigarettes, ammunition, gasoline and medical equipment.

He spent 3.5 years in the Army and earned the rank of buck sergeant and also was a sharp shooter, Aside from his although he never participated in a father, Herron was the last man battle. working at Herron Transfer Company in Salem at the time, since everyone His hauling in Germany included else was involved in the war. trips along the Autobahn Highway, where he could see German tankers He began driving as early as 11 stationed off the road, and on years old, and later made more than barges along the Rhine River. 200 trips out of Salem to New York City all by himself for his father’s He explained they had to use company, he said. barges to haul since the Germans had knocked out all the bridges. When he was drafted, Herron put his driving experience to use driving At 93 years old he still remembers for the Army on special duty hauling seeing women with wheelbarrows

and shovels cleaning the streets of Germany so that the German people could begin moving around in the German section. That was during his last six months in Germany, near Berlin, he said. When the war over he served as motor sergeant in charge of 20 vehicles in Lindberg that were used in and around Germany during that time. “The German people didn’t want the war either, any more than we did,” he said of the civilians who were displaced by the war. Herron remained in the Army until May of 1946. He now lives in Whispering Pines Assisted Living in Columbiana.

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Bill Evankovich By LARRY SHIELDS Staff Writer

proached them ... talked to them and went on in to land.” Evankovich explained they flew every day and from New Jersey. Europe was a frequent destination. They also went to Asia and South America.

COLUMBIANA — For Bill Evankovich, who ended his four-years in the U.S. Air Force as a staff sergeant, his time was spent first on the ground and later in the air as a radio operator.

“Every day of the week, we flew,” he said. “To different places, having as passengers service members who had to be transported to different places. We stopped over every three to four hours to refuel, dropped off and picked up passengers. That was our daily job. I’d go a week to 10 days at a time to these different places.”

He liked flying. After getting He joined the Air Force in out of the service 1951 and served during the time of he obtained a commercial license the Korean War, and after training he was assigned to air rescue in Alaska. and an instructor’s license. He was a ground radio operator but “I liked getting up in the air,” he soon earned an air radio operators said, adding he was named airmen license and took to the air. of the month twice. Evankovich, 86, served just about “I must have been doing somehalf his time in Alaska and flew over thing right,” he joked. the North Pole, and served out the rest of his time at McGuire Air Force He recalled being in charge of Base in New Jersey. radio operations in Casablanca While in Alaska, Evankovich flew while his wife, who had followed on the Grumman Albatross and in him throughout his military time, New Jersey he flew the C-118 pas- was due to give birth. senger plane, the military version of Evankovich wanted to get home the DC-6A. for the birth. “They kept canceling my flights, In Alaska, he started as a ground my wife was due. They kept cancelradio operator, after his training. “I talked to pilots,” he said, and ing and by the time I got back she later took the exam to become an had the baby.” air radio operator. Evankovich received an early discharge after attaining the rank of “The only thing I did was call into staff sergeant to attend Ohio Northbase. I operated the radio while the he earned his pharmaern where plane flew, and talked to the tower cist’s degree and worked for Gray and other planes. Gave them our position. That’s about it. In New Jersey, Drugs, People’s Drugs, and owned I talked to other areas as we ap- his store, the North Lima Pharmacy, for about four years. 22


Thomas Robert Powers Bertschy Thomas J. Powers, 85, was a corporal who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1948 through 1956, to which he was a member of George Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment of the 1st Marine Division, 10th Corps.

EAST LIVERPOOL – Robert H. Bertschy, 89, of Poplar Street spent six years in the U.S. Navy, attaining the rank of 2nd Class Petty Officer, and although it has been more than 70 years since he fought in the battle of Iwo Jima, he is still involved with veteran issues. Bertschy served aboard a mine sweeper during that historic battle in Japan, having joined the service at the age of 17.

During his eight years with the He also served during the Korean Marines, Powers served during the War, traveling around the world durKorean War, where he guarded Presing his military service. ident Harry Truman in Key West, Fla. Powers also served as a machine gunner in Korea, where he and his company saw action in places such as Telegraph Hill, East Hill, Koto-Ri, Seoul, Inchon and the Chosin Reservoir as well as military operations such as Operation Drysdale and Operations Killer and Ripper. Powers also received the Purple Heart. Powers and his unit’s experiences from the war were chronicled in the book “Give Me Tomorrow: The Korean War’s Greatest Untold Story — The Epic Stand of the Marines of George Company” written by Patrick K. O’Donnell and released in 2010.

After being discharged, Bertschy returned to this area and worked at Crucible Steel until it closed in 1982 but has served as a Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, won the Silver Beaver Award and drove a van, transporting veterans to hospitals and other locations, logging more than 200,000 volunteer miles and more than 10,000 hours of service for veterans. “I finally gave it up at 89, thinking someone else could drive,” Bertschy said. He still is on the Veterans Service Commission and is active with the Disabled American Veterans, for which he is on the national executive committee and formerly served as state commander. For his service, Bertschy was named to the Veterans Hall of Fame.

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Family table armed service stories By Ron Flaviano

I have great respect for all of them chest so he wouldn’t lose it. When he was hit my enemy fire, the bullet and thank them for their service to was stopped by the condensed our nation. Growing up in the 1970s was in- pages of the Bible and the saved letdeed a unique experience. Com- ters from my aunt. pared to today, with all the distractions of cell phones, the interDuring the Vietnam War, my Uncle net and social media, the 1970s Joe Patrone was drafted into the must seem pretty dull to the current Army. As fate would have it, my generation. Without all of those dis- Grandpa Patrone insisted that all of tractions I learned many stories his children learned to correctly type about my dad and all of my uncles on a typewriter at a very young age. who served our nation in various The early typing lessons saved Uncle branches of the armed services. Joe from having to go into actual combat. Once he got to his station, We spent many Sunday after- the officers in charge asked anyone noons at my grandparents house, who knew how to type to raise their typically saddled up at my hand. My uncle was one of the few, grandma’s huge dining room table. and was assigned to a job typing All of my aunts, uncles and cousins and keeping track of the airplane typically joined us there, making for manifests for supplies being sent to quite a large gathering each week- Seoul. After returning from Vietnam, end. my uncle didn’t speak very often about the war. When I started putting this piece Joe Patrone, U.S. Army together for Veterans Day and readVietnam My other uncles who served during the stories, I began to recall sto- ing wartime were George Bufwack ries that my dad and uncles used to in the U.S. Army Air Forces, tell on occasion. Most who served George Kish in the U.S. Navy and during wartime didn’t speak of it Bill Grodesky in the U.S. Marines. often, but when they did the stories were fantastic. My dad, Anthony Flaviano, and his brother, Rocky Flaviano, both served One of my most vivid memories is our nation during peacetime. My of my Uncle Sam Biviano telling dad was in the U.S. Air Force staabout how he survived the Pearl tioned in El Paso, Texas and Nancy, Harbor attack. He was in the U.S. France. One of his responsibilities Navy and serving on the U.S.S. Okla- was mixing the liquid oxygen that homa. On the morning of December was used by pilots in the fighter jets. 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor was attacked During a mishap my dad’s hand was by the Japanese Empire. During the submerged briefly in liquid oxygen. Sam Biviano, U.S. Navy U.S.S. Oklahoma, WWII attack, the U.S.S. Oklahoma was hit With a temperature of -361 degrees by nine torpedoes and was one of fahrenheit, the liquid oxygen infive battleships that were sunk. stantly froze his hand solid. Morning Journal Art Director

My Uncle Sam managed to squeeze through one of the portholes in the ship, leap into the water and swim to safety on a nearby island. 429 of his crew mates were not so fortunate.

Anthony Flaviano, U.S. Air Force Peacetime

William Grodesky, U.S. Marines WWII

Had he accidentally bumped his hand in the frozen state it would have shattered like glass. Fortunately the medical team on base used the correct procedure of gradually warming his hand with cold to warm water. This process took sevMy Uncle Luke Monteforte served eral hours, but my dad did not suffer during the Korean War. He had met any loss of sensation in his hand. my Aunt Yolanda Flaviano prior to his tour of duty and they were enHis brother Rocky was stationed gaged before he left for Korea. My in Alaska during peacetime. A musiGeorge Bufwack aunt wrote him every day. Uncle cian all of his life, he played lead United States Army Air Forces George Kish Luke kept all of her letters in a Bible saxophone in the U.S. Army band WWII U.S. Navy, WWII that he always wore strapped to his during his years of service. MORNING JOURNAL • THE REVIEW • SALEM NEWS THE STORIES OF OUR VETERANS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2016 27

Michael Traina says “don’t give up” By MARY ANN GREIER Staff Writer

SALEM — Don’t give up. Never slow down. Just keep going. No excuses — only results. “I learned so many great lessons in the military that I carried them with me.” U.S. Army veteran Dr. Michael Traina said.

carried that philosophy with me in daughter and six grandchildren. civilian life,” he explained. As a student at John Adams High The 80-year-old Salem resident School on the east side of Cleveland, gave eight years of his life to the he never had such lofty ambitions. service, from 1958 to 1964 in the He was last in his class of 485 and regular Army where he attained the had a speech problem. After high rank of E4 Corporal and from 1972 school, he was working in a factory to 1974 in the Army Reserves during at age 20 when his number got the Vietnam era when he trained pulled. young people out of basic training “The luckiest day of my life was to become medics. the day I got drafted and I thank He earned two honorable dis- God for that every day,” Traina said. charges in 1964 and 1974 and two He completed basic training at commendations, one for exceptional duty in the Army and one for exem- Fort Benning in Georgia, then took plary service as a training sergeant medic training at Fort Sam Houston in the Army Reserves. in San Antonio, Texas.

As a combat medic and as a training instructor for combat medics, he didn’t have the luxury of slowing down or stopping if he didn’t feel That time in the service led to a like doing something. series of decisions that made him into the man he is today: a retired “When you’re in combat, you college professor of business and a don’t slow down, because some- motivational speaker who married body wants to take you out. I had to the girl he met in his first master’s save other people. I never stopped. I class and ended up with a son, a



where he served with a medical combat training unit. They spent most of their time training, but when they were called out, they never knew where they were. They loaded up their equipment and off they went. One time they were high up in the mountains in freezing temperatures and another time it was just the opposite, high temperatures and high humidity. He participated in the Berlin Wall crisis in 1961, when the wall went up, and recalled being in Miami in 1962 for the Cuban Missile Crisis and seeing Marines loaded on ships for the invasion. “That wakes you up,” he said.

Those who took all the training were equal to registered nurses and some even took the state boards when they got out of the service.

Toward the end of his service, with just six months to go, his unit was taking part in a very realistic training exercise where an infantry unit Traina was assigned to the Fitzsi- was acting like the enemy and using mons Army Hospital in Denver, Colo. live rounds. They simulated someone



Ronald Miller CHESTER, W.Va. — Ronald C. Miller served in Vietnam as part of the 101st Airborne Reconnaissance Platoon, a specialist unit within the 101st Airborne Division. His tour of duty lasted from 1970-1971. Miller’s long-range reconnaissance patrol, or LRRP, went deep into enemy territory. “They’d give you coordinates and locations on a map. Within that grid, you would “We’d give reports and then go search out the Viet Cong,” he exback out after a week,” he said. plained. “We would give indications of troop movements and then call in Today, Miller, 66, of Chester, is serartillery air strikes.” geant-at-arms for the Chester American Legion Post 121 Color Guard Miller’s LRRP also engaged the and the Tri-State Veterans Burial enemy directly. After a mission, they Group. were picked up by helicopters and returned to base. He is the father of two daughters.

getting injured and he was the closest medic. He thought to himself that if he got home, he was going to do something with his life. The next day he walked into the education office and enrolled in a correspondence course for criminology, He passed and took another course, this time in economics.

in Salem, where a new branch campus was being built. He and Eloise have been in Salem ever since and celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary next year. He taught at several universities before retiring in 2007 and also served as a motivational speaker and trainer through his own company, Motivation for Success. He’s had many speaking engagements, including on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

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Paul Davis Paul Davis, 68, served from 1968 to 1970 as a member of the U.S. Army, where he achieved the ranks of SP5/E5.

Brothers Robert “Bobby” Goetz and Francis “Frank” Goetz both served in the U.S. Navy, with Robert in for 20 years from 1962 to 1982 and Francis in for 10 years from 1958 to 1968. Robert, 72, now resides in Leetonia and ended his Brothers Robert and Frank Goetz pose together naval career on the during their service in the U.S. Navy. USS L.Y. Spear in April 1982, attainWhile serving on the USS Franklin ing the rank of Hull Tech Chief E7. D. Roosevelt (CVA-42), he received a commendation medal for leadership Francis, 76, resides in Salem and and superior fire fighting knowledge. attained the rank of Ship Fitter Metal 2nd Class and served during the He helped bring a fire under conVietnam War. trol which took the lives of eight men on the attack carrier.

Vietnam Service Medal, one O/S Bar, a Bronze Star for merit and service, and went beyond the call of duty.

Following his service, Davis attended Youngstown State University where he graduated in 1978 and 1988 with associate’s and bachelor’s During his two degrees in civil engineering technolyears of service, ogy. He is retired from FirstEnergy, he served in the Army Explosive Ord. where he worked in nuclear energy. Disposal at Fort Sill, Okla., in Giesen, Davis is married to Mary Ann SzaGermany and Vietnam. While serving in Vietnam, he battled in the lkowski and have seven children. He Vietnam Central Highland along currently resides on Glasgow Road in Salineville. South China Sea. A decorated and dedicated veteran, Davis received the National Defense Service Medal, the Exp. M-14 Badge, the SPS M-16 Badge, the EOD Badge, a Vietnam Combat Medal, a


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Popa worked on Cyclone engines By LARRY SHIELDS

The small numbers of C-74s built meant that the aircraft’s service was limited, but it gave the Air Force exSALEM — perience with the operation and utilJohn Popa, Sr. ity of large transport aircraft. served in the newly-estabPopa recalled engines on the huge lished United Globemasters had seven magnetos States Air Force and 46 spark plugs. Joe recalled his during the Ko- father talking about changing all the rean War. spark plugs on the big engines, a labor-intensive job in itself. Popa was born in Salem but moved to RomaHe also worked on B-29s that flew nia when he was 2 years old where over North Korea bombing enemy he grew up and lived throughout replacement equipment, armament World War II in that country. and supplies to North Korean army south of the 38th parallel, fighting in After the war, as part of an South Korea. arrangement to return to the United States, he joined the U.S. Air Force, They also bombed enemy strateexplained his son, Joe. gic and military targets in the north. Staff Writer

“He couldn’t speak English,” Joe said, but his father enlisted in June of 1952 and served until December 1956.” John, 88, recalls flying out of Miller Airport in North Benton before joining the Air Force and later earned commercial and instrument flight ratings. Popa served as an aircraft mechanic in the Korean War where he worked on the Wright Cyclone engines, one of the most powerful radial aircraft engines in the world, keeping them in top running condition. He received his training in Mobile, Ala. was assigned to Korea after that. He also worked on the C-74 Globemaster, which there were only 14 built, and of those 11 actually saw operational service.

John Popa Sr. Popa of Salem served as an aircraft mechanic in the Korean War where he worked on the Wright Cyclone engines, one of the most powerful radial aircraft engines in the world, keeping them in top running condition.

Popa also worked on jets and recalled one of the big stories was regarding major league baseball barely escaped with his life. player and United States Marine Corps pilot Ted Williams, who flew He also recalled one incident with combat missions in a U.S. Navy F-9. higher ranking officer and a dispute over a air-brake circuit breaker on an Williams flew with the 33rd MaF-86 and told the lieutenant to “shut rine Air Group and his plane was it down.” damaged by small arms fire during a strafing run over an enemy en“I saw something wrong, it campment. opened the dive brake and saw it needed fixed. If he pushed it the Williams made it back to a friendly plane would have blown apart,”he field where he crashed. Former U.S. said recalling that the pilot was a Sen. John Glenn flew with Williams West Point graduate. and witnessed the crash.

He was also awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. After his time in Korea, he served at Selfridge Air Force Base in Michigan and was part of the storied 71st Interceptor Squadron which flew the F-86Ds. When he was discharged, John returned to Salem where he worked at Eljer Plumbingware, Mullins Mfg. (now American Standard) and Timko Supply and Hole’s Trailer Sales.

He also worked for the Salem City John was awarded the Korean School District at the renovated John spoke about it repeatedly, as Service Medal and United Nations Reilly Stadium in the early 1990s. it was a pretty big deal. Williams Service Medal for his time in Korea.

All were used by the United States Army Air Forces Air Transport Command (ATC), and later by the United States Air Force Military Air Transport Service (MATS). The C-74 could carry 125 fully equipped troops, 115 litter patients with their medical attendants, or up to 50,000 lbs of cargo. MORNING JOURNAL • THE REVIEW • SALEM NEWS




Don Stapleton says war overlooked By J.D. CREER Salem News Managing Editor

Don Stapleton says to call it for what it was: the Korean War and not some kind of police action or conflict as Washington called it. “I really feel bad that they called it a police action when it was a fullscale war,” said the retired Army sergeant. “We were fighting Russian MiGs, the North Koreans and Chinese. There were three countries involved against us. I would call that a war.” Most would agree. The Korean War (1950-53) claimed 36,574 American lives, wounded another 102,284 and left 2,830 missing in action. The tall and angular 86-year-old Stapleton has a bayonet-sharp memory and doesn’t weigh but a rations can or few over his Korean fighting weight. And fighting it was. He was a forward observer in the front lines during some of the bloodiest and legendary battles of the Korean War: Heartbreak Ridge, Bloody Ridge and Punchbowl. “I was there and saw the bodies,” he recalled solemnly. “I was on the front line of resistance from October 1952 to July 1953. You don’t forget all that you saw. I could just look across and see the Chinese. When I was in the bunker at the outpost I could hear

the mortars over my head from our — Mike is in the Salem High Hall of people firing over to the North Kore- Fame. He was a member of the 1976 district-winning Quakers before ans.” playing big time collegiate ball at Front line action was rotated, with the University of Tennessee, then a those infantry men serving up close national power. to danger receiving four points a month. Stapleton accumulated over Don was a longtime employee of 50 points. So, yes, he was in the thick Electric Furnace. He later was a of things. trucking salesman and a traffic man“I stayed until the armistice was ager at NRM in Columbiana. signed (July 27, 1953),” he said. “Then I came home and there were Nearly 60 years after leaving no big celebrations or anything.” He Korea, he returned to that country as expressed disgust that all of our vet- an “Ambassador of Peace,” a desigerans and those who made ultimate nation accorded by a grateful South sacrifices are marginalized if not Korean government. completely disregarded nowadays. The Korean War effort always seems An official proclamation he reoverlooked. ceived and cherishes reads: “It is a great honor and pleasure to express “It will all fade away; just like the everlasting gratitude of the RePearl Harbor,” said Stapleton who public of Korea and our people for earned a Commendation Ribbon for the service you and your countrymen meritorious service. “I’m proud of have performed in restoring and prewhat I helped do — saving a coun- serving our freedom and democracy. try from communism.” We cherish in our hearts the memUpon his return stateside, Staple- ory of your boundless sacrifices in ton raised a family with his late wife, helping us reestablish our Free NaEunice, who passed away in 2011. tion.

Sgt. Don Stapleton received his Commendation Ribbon for meritorious service following his service during the Korean War. Making the presentation during an August 1954 ceremony was Brig. Gen. Russell Ramsey, the commanding general of the 83rd Division. (Photo courtesy Don Stapleton)

He marveled at the development of South Korea during his 2013 tour of the country, much of which was And talk about fate: the StapleIn grateful recognition of your paid for by the South Korean govtons shared the same birth date, dedicated contributions, it is our ernment. Sept. 3, 1930. He was a 1948 gradu- privilege to proclaim you an Ambas“It’s unreal how modern they ate of Salem High School and Eunice sador for Peace with every good a 1948 Greenford High School. He wish of people of the Republic of are,” Stapleton said. “They have plants mums in honor of his sweet- Korea. Let each of us reaffirm our things we don’t even have in the mutual respect and friendship that United States.” heart at his Salem residence. they may endure for generations to They had three children: Kris, Mike come.” and Rick. The boys were both talented Salem High basketball players

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William Doss Smith, 69, Annesley Road, East Liverpool, was a member of the United States Army for two years, where he served overseas as a Specialist (E5).

COLUMBIANA – A Bronze Star recipient who served in one of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnam War, Randolph Davis is now enjoying semi-retired life in Columbiana with his family.

E A S T ROCHESTER — Robert Smith of East Rochester spent two years and six months He earned the rank of E-5 serserving in the geant during his time in the Army, Army, was rewhich also included being trained as portedly honored a traffic analyst (codebreaker) and with three Purple was awarded top secret crypto seHearts and a Bronze Star for his curity clearance. service. He was also assigned to Fort DeSmith, 67, told the Journal he was vens, Mass. as crypto instructor, and is a Youngstown State University drafted at 19 to serve in the Army in Vietnam. graduate.

Smith’s service took place during the Vietnam War, where he drove truck and transported troops to different combat zones in Vietnam.

He was sent into the jungles and a week shy of finishing his tour of Smith and duty, Smith said he was shot and air- his wife, Evelyn, have been married lifted by an Army Air Vac helicopter. for 48 years and have four daughSmith was then hospitalized. ters, 10 grandchildren, and one great-grandson. The Smiths currently He obtained the rank of Sgt. E-5. reside in Liverpool Township.

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“Though there were times when I thought my expiration date had arrived, we were always some distance from the front lines typically between Pleiku and Plei Me, before the Ia Drang Valley and the Cambodian border,” he said.

EAST LIVERPOOL – Winston Larry Myers, 74, McKinnon Avenue, spent two years in the U.S. Army serving as a radio operator with the Headquarters Company of the 227th Assault Helicopter Battalion.

Admitting he “returned home in a trance-like state,” Myers said he also returned to a supportive family and full-time employment that “aided my re-adjustment to civilian life and an escape from memories best forgotten.

He was part of the U.S. troop build-up when the First Cavalry Airmobile Division was deployed to Vietnam from Fort Benning in August and September 1965.

“I have since tried to prove myself worthy of a safe return when so many others were unjustly denied the same good fortune. I remain in admiration of our veterans through our history and those who are still answering the call to duty.”

Following nearly a month at sea, his service time in Vietnam was from September 1965 to March 1966 at the division’s base of operations at Camp Radcliffe near the village of An Khe in the central highlands. His radio team was composed of two, five-man teams that alternated forward assignments to the temporary landing strips in support of 1st Cavalry engagements involving the 227th, Myers recollected. He received the Vietnam Service Medal and Sharpshooter Medal and attained the rank of SP4 during his military duty.

“War exposes your every vulnerability, but I managed to discount any personal sacrifice because of an overwhelming compassion for our combat troops who face life-threatening situations for extended periods of time without relief,” Myers said.

Ross, whose parents are Ed and Charlene Farmer of Lisbon, has been ranked as a private and a staff sergeant. During his 17 years of service, Ross has served in Operation Enduring Freedom; Operation Iraqi Freedom and in Operation New Dawn. Additionally, R o s s served in Korea; Fort Hood, Texas; Milwaukee, Wisc.; Fort Sill, Okla.; and has served a recruiting command. Ross is married to Lindsey and has both a step-daughter and a child on the way.


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EAST LIVERAfter leaving the military, Ciriello POOL – With jobs did not continue flying. “He left all scarce in the that behind when he got out of the area, Joel Ciriello, service,” his wife said. 58, Etruria Street, joined the U.S. Air Force a little later in life than many do, serving in the Gulf War and traveling the world in his plane.

He commanded 1,000 engineer Fox, 84, of Chester, joined the troops with units located in Wheel100th Airborne Division, a training ing, Weirton and unit within the U.S. Army Reserve, in elsewhere. 1951. In 1956, he was commissioned a second lieutenant, having graduated from Armor Officer School, Engineer Officer School, and the Command and General Staff College.

Fox served in the Army Reserve for 33 years, retiring as a colonel.

“He designed the nose art for his plane. He knew every nut and bolt on his B-52 bomber,” according to his wife, Connie, who submitted his name unbeknownst to her husband. Ciriello, a Beaver Falls, Pa. native, spent 14 years in the Air Force, attaining the rank of Sergeant and Master Crew Chief of his B-52 bomber.

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He was the only Master Crew Chief allowed to clear red X’s, according to his wife, who said this was a privilege normally allowed only higher level officers. She explained that a plane marked with a red X was not allowed in the air until it was repaired. He was stationed at McGuire Air Force Base in New York and Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota during his service. Ciriello’ father, Joe, also served in the U.S. Air Force.

After a variety of assignments, he was given command of the 463rd Engineer Battalion and promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel.

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She said as a stroying its ability to use weapons of tactical air party mass destruction or to make them. member her husIraq was attacked by a coalition band was a liaison between the of forces led by the United States A-10, F-15 and F- and that resulted in the overthrow 16 pilots flying of Saddam Hussein’s regime. United close-air support States combat troops were withfor units engag- drawn in 2010.

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NEW WATERFORD — U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Eric D. Rankin served in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve. Rankin, 45, is stationed at Ft. Drum, N.Y., and previously served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait while serving in the three major U.S. armed forces deployments. Rankin and his high school sweetheart, Shannon, got married in 1990 when Rankin was home on leave from his Air Force tech school. They will celebrate their 26th anniversary on Dec. 23.

They are from New Waterford and Rankin’s worked as a tactical air ing the enemy have been together since being party, Shannon said of his three, six- on the freshmen at Crestview High School. month deployments that were in ground. support of U.S. Army and Marines ground units. “Eyes on the target,” she said. “With friendlies nearby they have to be very careful with support.”

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She said the A-10, known as the “Warthog,” is a favorite of tactical air party members. The TAPs comprised of just a few members work mostly with infantry units, Shannon explained. She noted that at Ft. Drum they were with the 10th Mountain Division and joked that during her husband’s 26 years in the Air Force, he’s only been assigned to an Air Force base once. Today, with four years of service left before retiring, he is a member of the 20th Air Support Operations Squadron.

Operation Inherent Resolve is the U.S. military’s operational name for the military intervention against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL, including both the campaign in Iraq and the campaign in Syria. The operation began in June of 2014 and has run until the present day. The Rankins have a son, Keegan, who is a senior and cross country runner at the University of Alaska. Rankin also spent time in Germany, Alaska, South Korea, California, Florida and Texas.

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He was awarded the two Bronze Medals, five Meritorious Service Medals, three Air Force Commendation Medals, three Air Force Achievement Medals, and one Army Achievement Medal.

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“It’s been a good ride, he’s proud of his service, and I’m so proud of it,”Shannon said.



Dale Beveridge By TOM GIAMBRONI Staff Writer

LISBON — After graduating from the former Stanton Local High School in 1983, Dale Beveridge looked at his options before deciding to enlist in the U.S. Navy.

“I think I did 70 some days at a time without seeing the sun. It got old, but once you’re there you really don’t have much of a choice,” he said.

“To tell you the truth, I just wanted out of Hammondsville for a bit and I didn’t want to go to college,” he said.

Despite being deprived of sunlight for extended periods while living aboard a cramped submarine with 150 others, Beveridge enjoyed his time in the Navy. “It’s like anything. It was good and bad, but I had a lot of good times,” he said.

Beveridge, 51, who now lives on Dobson Mill Road near Gavers, served in the Navy from 1984-90, rising to the rank of petty officer second class.

While in the Navy, Beveridge married his high school sweetheart, Connie, and afterwards they returned to the area and settled in Columbiana County. They have three children: Derrick, 24, who is a plant helper at the Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Plant in Shippingport, Pa.; Brandon, 21, a student at the University of Akron, where he is studying computer networking; and Katelyn, 16, a student at Southern Local High School.

He attended schooling to be an electricians’ mate for a nuclear-powered submarine and was assigned to the U.S. Michigan, based out of BanBeveridge said his time in the gor, Wash. Navy enabled him to land a job at First Energy’s Sammis plant in StratDuring his six-year stint, Beveridge ton, where he currently serves as a was deployed seven times, requiring shift supervisor. When not working, he spend more than two months at he loves to hunt and fish. a time in a submerged submarine. MORNING JOURNAL • THE REVIEW • SALEM NEWS




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WELLSVILLE Joseph A. Traina, of Maple Avenue, Wellsville, served four years (1983-87) in the US Air Force — three overseas.

SALEM— Ken Gibson lives in Arroyo Grande, Ca. and retired from the United States Marine Corps as a gunnery sergeant in 2005 after 20 years of service.

EAST LIVERPOOL – Following in his father’s footsteps, John Bertschy, 56, Poplar Street, saw much of the world during 18 years in the military, retiring as a Staff Sergeant with 18 years in the U.S. Army.

EAST PALESTINE – A former Board of Education member for the East Palestine School District, Doug Lammert spent time in Thailand, Germany and Okinawa with the U.S. Army.

Lammert, 63, was enlisted with After completing basic training in Fort Dix, N.J., Bertschy also served the Army between 1972 and 1976 as two tours in Germany, Colorado, a specialist 5. Texas, Korea and Panama.

Attaining the rank of Sargeant, Traina spent most of his service years in Lakenheath, England — site of the largest USAF He served as a mechanic and an base in the United Kingdom. instructor and stayed in Panama until the military pulled out as a result of the treaty implementation plan.

A Salem native, the 51 year old spent about half of his 20 years overseas and half stateside. In 2002 he was awarded the MaTraina was a Munitions Systems rine combat of the year award na- Specialist on the flight line for the Ftionally. 111 fighter jet. His duties included handling, storing, transporting, arm“I was able to travel all over the ing and disarming non-nuclear world and also knowing I doing a weapons systems. good thing by serving my country. I love Ohio and my hometown of Now 54, Traina — married 32 Salem. I have a really good job in years to his wife Lori — has worked California.” in the Wellsville School District for more than 25 years, serving as maintenance supervisor for buildings and grounds.

After returning to this area, Bertschy worked at a plant in Shippingport until it closed, drove truck “My time in the Army prepared then worked as an armed security me for my work for the rest of my guard at a nuclear plant. career,” he said. Currently, he is involved in conLammert is an electronics technitract work in Afghanistan. cian and currently serves on the board of education for the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center, representing the East Palestine School District. He is a graduate of Youngstown State University.

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He never regretted the decision. “I found the U.S. Army to be a wonderful experience,” he said.

SALEM — Salem resident He seriously thought about makBob Sebo re- ing a career of it, but decided members deco- against it. He didn’t want to go to rating his bicycle Greenland as his next assignment. with red, white He served six years and attained the and blue crepe rank of 1st Lieutenant, with two paper through years active duty from 1958 to 1960, the spokes of the three years active reserve at Fort wheels and rid- Wayne, Mich. and one year standby ing in the Memorial Day parade — reserve. that was the American way of life. His junior year of college he com“My patriotic interest began from pleted boot camp with two months the time I was a little kid,” the 80- basic training at Fort Campbell, Ky, year-old businessman and philan- home of the 101st Airborne. He said thropist said. he had the opportunity to jump from a jump tower, but said no thank you. He grew up during World War II After college graduation, he entered and his Dad was called up to serve the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant but was given an exemption the day and missile air defense became his before he was supposed to leave be- job. He recalled traveling to White cause he had a family. He really Sands, New Mexico for live training wanted to serve. Sebo’s cousin was a where they fired a missile to bring B-29 pilot in World War II and an- down a drone. other relative served in the Battle of the Bulge while in the U.S. Army. Sebo was stationed at Naval Air Those were impressionable times. Station Grosse Ile, Mich., home of the U.S. Army Nike Surface to Air After graduating from Salem High Missile Base where he was part of School in 1954, Sebo went to college the missile defense command for the at Bowling Green and decided his perimeter of the Detroit, Mich. area freshman year to join the U.S. Army bordering Canada. Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, commonly known as ROTC. “Never had a serious alert, but we trained for it and we were ready,” he “I felt an obligation to serve and I said. know at the time that I was making that decision, we were in Korea and The Nike Ajax missiles didn’t carry some of my high school friends were nuclear warheads. They were underin Korea,” he said.

ground on rails and could be slid over onto the launch pad, lifted on an elevator and raised to firing position. To fire, keys were required to unlock the system at the launch site and at the command center. They never put the keys in, but could simulate firing a missile and tracking aircraft as part of the training. He said this was during the Cold War when there “was a big concern that Russian aircraft would be bearing down on us.” Sebo said during their off time they flew night flights sometimes with the Navy pilots who would practice bombing runs near the Mackinac Bridge. His last six months of active duty were spent at Selfridge Air National Guard Base near Mount Clemens, Mich. in the multiarea command tracking center where every air flight in the Michigan area could be tracked.

in being prepared for a career,” Sebo said.

He served three years in the active reserves in a training command in Fort Wayne, Mich., just south of Detroit. If war had broken out, they would have set up bases for training.

Earlier this year in May, Sebo was inducted into the first U.S. Army ROTC Hall of Fame class, an honor that both flattered and humbled him considering half of the 100 cited were generals.

As an officer, he had people under him and said that was his biggest learning experience because of the diversity of the people. He said it was a great lesson on how different people think and how they react to direction.

“I made a lot of good friends while I was in the Army that I still stay in touch with today,” he said. Being in the Army was a rewarding experience for him.

“The Army was very helpful to me

With the PayChex business, he and his partner started out with just a handful of employees and those numbers grew to 12,000. Now retired, the entrepreneur is known for his philanthropy and generosity, especially to his college and high school alma maters.

“It’s a very proud feeling and I’m glad I can call myself a veteran, glad I served the country,” he said.

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Fix Family has military history By TOM GIAMBRONI Staff Writer

LISBON — To say the the Fix family has a history of military service is an understatement. Not only did Lisa and Edward Fix serve 24 years in the U.S. Navy, their two children —Jessica, 26, and Brandon, 24 — have decided to follow in their footsteps and also make the Navy a career. “My head is so swollen. I’m so proud of both kids and so blessed,” Lisa said. Lisa and her husband live outside Lisbon on Davner Road. A 1986 graduate of Southern Local High School, Lisa grew up on Steubenville Pike. When she turned 18 her Uncle Mark, who served in the Navy, asked her what she planned to do with her life.

the U.S.S. Peterson, Caron and honor and duty by virtue of living in Dwight D. Eisenhower. a military household, she said they made the decision to enlist on their One of the tours was in Iraq dur- own, with Brandon deciding to do so ing 2009 as part of the global war right out of high school, where he on terrorism. was in ROTC.

Brandon,who is stationed in Portsmouth, Va., is currently petty officer second class. He is currently stationed on the U.S.S. Bulkeley, a destroyer, where his job is the repair and operation of a major weapons system. Jessica, who lives 20 minutes away, is a chief petty officer third class and currently stationed on board the U.S. Whidbey Island in support of the global war on terrorism.

When Lisa told him she didn’t have a clue, her uncle encouraged It was during her time in the Navy “He saw what we did and what her in no uncertain terms to join the she met her husband-to-be, Edward, we were able to do, and he wanted Navy because it would do her good, 51, who retired in 2008 as a chief to do the same thing,” she said. and she followed his advice. petty officer after a 24-year career. Jessica, who was also in ROTC in “The best decision I ever made,” Originally from Oregon, Mr. Fix high school, attended college but Lisa said. served on board the U.S.S. decided that was not for her. Their mother said having Navy Callaghan, Saipan, and Thunderbolt, Lisa served from 1987 to 2011, re- among others, and as a SERE Then she saw how much her little parents undoubtedly helped prepare tiring as a senior chief petty officer. (search, evasion, resistance and es- brother liked being in the Navy and their children for what to expect. the career opportunities available to “They knew the sacrifices we made cape) instructor. During her career she was stahim and decided to enlist. because one of us was always detioned in Virginia, Okinawa and While their children obviously ployed,” she said. Diego Garcia, and included tours on learned about love of country and The Fixes were big on discipline with their children. “They knew when the flag went up they knew to stand up ... When we were at Home Depot and misbehaved, I made them drop and give me 20 (push ups). They were embarrassed but they understood.” Sandy & Beaver

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Brandon and his wife, who is also in the Navy, are expecting their first child in January —a girl. Lisa will have to wait 18 years to learn whether her granddaughter “follows in the family footsteps.” FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2016

Malcom Lanham Kenneth Joseph Guy Harrison LaCROFT — Malcolm A. Lanham Sr. served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1965 through 1984, which included three tours in Vietnam.

During his service years, Lanham, who passed away in 2014, at the age of 67, was stationed with 21 different ships and shore stations. He was a member of the first crew and plankowner on the USS Siapan LHA-2. In Vietnam, he served one year in country and the remainder of his tour on ship and in mine-sweepers in waters and rivers around the country. His service included three Mediteranian cruises, two western Pacific cruises, Northern Atlantic and Suez Canal cruises.

On April 3, 1996, Joseph Daniel Harrison of Lisbon entered the United States Army.

RVN Gallantry Cross with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Service medal, and Navy Battle “E”ffeciency. He was awarded a Gold Rate patch and Arm Gold Hashmarks

Shore duty included stops in Virginia, California, Mississippi and West Virginia. He also served as a Navy recruiter and Master at Arms. Recognition included Navy Achievement medal, Navy Commeddation medal, Good Conduct with 3 stars, National Defense Service medal, US Vietnam Service medal, Vietnam Campaign medal,

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EAST PALESTINE – Raised in East Palestine, Kenneth Edward Guy spent two years serving with the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War.

After graduation, Harrison was assigned to B Company, 1st Battalion, 74th Ranger Regiment (Airborne), Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, where he served as an Infantryman, Fire Team Leader, Rifle Squad Leader and Weapons Squad Leader.

Guy earned the rank of First Lieutenant and spent four years with the From there he had many assignArmy after completing two years of ments, serving 12 deployments in officer candidate school and serving Afghanistan and Iraq and participatas unit commander at Fort Lewis in ing in Enduring Freedom and Iraqi the state of Washington. Freedom. Among the numerous awards and decorations, he received He was living in Florida at the were the Bronze Star Medal and a time of his passing in October of Bronze Service Star. 2015, and is buried in the Florida National Cemetery. Harrison died May 26, 2016 at the age of 39 in North Carolina. He is survived by his wife, Tracey, his three sons and three daughters.


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Pets for Patriots helps veterans find animal companionship ernarians interested in partnering with the organization should visit All the details about adoption, volunteering to be a partner or donating can be found there, along with access to the blog with all those stories.

easy to implement. Just visit the website to get the partner process started. She said they would love to hear from a local shelter wanting to become involved.

“Our mission is to give the gifts of “We welcome any partner that would like to work with us,” Zim- fidelity, joy and love to both veteran and pet through companion animal merman said. adoption,” the Pets for Patriots misJust recently, Adamson Veterinary sion statement says. Services in Salem hosted a Their methods for fulfilling that mission include collaborating with the animal welfare community, giving hope to the hopeless, being a leading voice for sheltered animals, helping veterans afford a new pet friend and sharing the love by providing ongoing support on a moral, informational and financial basis.


When Pets for Patriots launched in 2010, five adoptions took place. One year later in 2011, there were 75. Now the adoptions number in excess of a thousand.

She saw two groups, veterans and homeless animals, who shared similar needs and could benefit from a mutually healing relationship.

Stories of love, devotion, trust and hope highlight the Pets for Patriots blog, tugging at the heart strings and sharing the successes of a program aimed at pairing forgotten shelter animals and veterans who Pets for Patriots remay need a friend. lies on partnerships with both shelters and That was the result envisioned by veterinarians to help Beth Zimmerman, founder, executive the animals who may director and chair emeritus of Pets be less adoptable than for Patriots, a non-profit organiza- most due to their age, tion founded in 2009 to provide the medical problems or resources necessary to facilitate other issues and to help make care shelter pet adoptions by veterans of the animals less of a financial and break down any barriers stand- strain for the veterans. ing in the way. The group also relies on donations “Our goal is not just to get the and is very committed to financial veteran and the pet together but to transparency and accountability help keep them together,” she said with financial records available on in a recent phone interview. their website. When she came up with the idea, People wanting to learn more she said she “literally had an about donating, veterans wanting to epiphany.” adopt pets and shelters and vet42


She recall the story of a young airman who returned after deployment only to find out his wife had left him. The dog he adopted had spent half of her life in a shelter and he saw her as being abandoned. “He immediately felt a connection,” Zimmerman said. Very often, veterans say the anifundraiser at Ricky’s English Pub to mals choose them. raise funds for Pets for Patriots. The She said that connection, that veterinary office is a local partner. chemistry, makes all the difference. She said they have hundreds of The veteran and the pet form a speshelter partnerships and offer a cial bond that’s mutually beneficial. range of free tools to promote that “A pet forces you to focus on partnership and the pet adoption needs and issues other than your program. own,” she said. She said they’re looking for shelThe pet gets a home and love and ter/rescue partners to join the program, including in the Salem area gives that love in return. and Columbiana County, saying it’s



The Salem AMVETS Post 45 Honor Guard has 23 members including, from left, Commander Bill Edgerton, Dick Davis, Sergeant of the Guard Daryal Emelo, Tom Andrewski, Jerry Wright, Chaplain Caryal Emelo, Tom Scahill, Bill Pritchard, Melony Scahill, Ray Metzgar, Hank Alembaugh, Fred Cannell, Oscar Davison, Dale Iler and Jonnie Patrick. Members not pictured include, Charlie Clark, Dan Marchbanks, Glenn Prox, John Cannell, Pete Cannell, Sam Baier, Ted Barns and Dick Eichler.

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America is a great nation because we are a free nation. Our freedom is due to the brave men and women in the armed forces who have sacrificed to protect our ideals, defending our country from the Revolutionary War to the current war on terror. With gratitude and respect, we salute each and every one of these veterans.

Earl Mather U.S. Army 1941-1946

Robert Mather U.S. Air Force 1962-1974

Bonnie Mather U.S. Air Force 1965-1967

John Woodman U.S. Air Force 1963-1967

Rick Mather U.S. Army 1976-1978

Tom Mather U.S. Army 1973-1976

Patsy F. Grandolfo Army/Airforce MIA / KIA John Woodman U.S. Navy 1992-2009

Brenda Woodman U.S. Air Force 1985-1987

Brandon Stinger U.S. Army 2005-2016

Jarrod Stinger U.S. Army 2008-Current

Jerry Sanor at Ohio State Serving in the Ohio National Guard


Joseph T. Gbur U.S. Army

SGT Charles Smith Air Force

James Mather Both Served in the Civil War with the Union Army

Thank you for your service. Your Loving Family

He cared not for himself but for the Nation.

SPC Ryan Marshburn U.S. Army 2014 - Current

William Dallas Cole II U.S. Army

Robert E. Warner Marines

“Anything can happen child, anything can be”

Thanks for serving and being a caring family man.

1959 - 1962

Andrew Nagle (no photo available)

We miss you. Love: Mom, Dad, Shannon, Zoe “If You Aint CAV”



2001 - 2010


1968 - 1974

1952 - 1954


America is a great nation because we are a free nation. Our freedom is due to the brave men and women in the armed forces who have sacrificed to protect our ideals, defending our country from the Revolutionary War to the current war on terror. With gratitude and respect, we salute each and every one of these veterans.

Cecil McKinnon (deceased) Air Force & U.S. Army Served 21Years You will forever be in our hearts. Love: Alma, Debbie, Pam and Grandchildren

Floyd Stansbury U.S. Army W.W. II Thank you Dad. God Bless You. Your Family

Sherman P. Rohr Jr. U.S. Army 1942 - 1946

You’re Loved and Missed! Vicki, Glenda, Bobby and Families

Bix A. Wallace Navy Chief Petty Officer Served 26 Years

Desert Shield/Desert Storm We Love You!


Donald Brown Sr. Air Force

Donald Hoal U.S. Army

Thanks for serving our country. Love You: RAP

We’ve always been proud to call you brother and uncle.

1951 - 1954

Jeffrey C. Huddlestun (deceased)

Air Force 1964 - 1972

1965 - 1967

William Albert Brown Sr. LCT USA Navy 2 yrs WWII 3rd Class Petty Officer

Thanks! Your Family: Shirley, Brian, Angel Sisters: Janice, Karen, Grandkids

1 of 5 brothers in Navy All in different branches of U.S. Navy. One brother, V Fred lost on submarine Tokyo water

Terry F. Stuchell U.S. Navy

Malcolm A. Lanham Sr. U.S. Navy

You’re Loved and Missed! Michael, Vicki, Glenda, Bobby and Families

So proud of your service.

Lieutenant/Colonel Rozanne Banicki U.S. Marines 1997 - Present

Thomas J. Powers, CPL U.S. Marine Corp. 1948 - 1956 Korea 1950-1951 W12 Nov. 29, 1950

1957 - 1967

Stationed at Quantico, VA We’re So Proud. God Bless You. Your Loving Family


1965 - 1984

Love and Miss You: Wife Vicki



America is a great nation because we are a free nation. Our freedom is due to the brave men and women in the armed forces who have sacrificed to protect our ideals, defending our country from the Revolutionary War to the current war on terror. With gratitude and respect, we salute each and every one of these veterans.

Second Lieutenant Helen Troy & Pfc Tony Troy U.S. Army Helen 3.5 yrs. • Tony 4.5 yrs. They proudly served our Great Country Love: Barb & Marsha

Donald D. Burton U.S. Army Gunnery Sergant Korean War Veteran 1952 - 1954 May God Bless You. Your Loving Family



Todd Vadino U.S. Navy 1991 - 1995

Sadly Missed by Family and Friends

Peter F. Marra Navy 1945 - 1946

You were one of The Great Ones during W.W. II


Frank Guy Army - Air Force 1943 - 1946

We will always be so proud of you. Love: Your Family

SSGT Harvey Galbreath, Jr. U.S. Marines 1985 - 2009 We are so proud. God Bless You. Your Loving Family


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