SALUTING ALL WHO SERVED With Respect & Deep Gratitude Thank you to the brave men and women of our military for your service past and present!
Veterans Day November 11, 2022
Cpl Ricardo Acevedo USMC, served four years including overseas at Iwakuni, Japan, 1989.
Sgt Daniel Acevedo graduated from boot camp in Parris island, South Carolina in 2012; served 5 years.
Kevin D. Stath US Air Force & US Air Force Reserves, Retired. Served in many countries overseas and in the US
Sandra (Skinner) Strohmeier U.S. Navy Dental Technician First Class Petty Officer (Retired) 1975-1995
Logan Smart US Army Private 1st Class Stationed at JBLM, Washington
Sgt. Jake Martin US Army Infantry 1993-2014 Served in Macedonia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, awarded two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.
Keith Pfledderer U.S. Army, Spec. 4 Served 2 years, 18 months of which were served in Germany.
David E. Brubaker Sergeant in the Army Served Jan. 1991 to July 1997
Mark Sinclair US Navy Submarine Force USS Woodrow Wilson SSBN 624 1983-1987
Kaitlyn Paulsen U.S. Marines 2nd Lieutenant Currently serving in Newport, Rhode Island
Tim Flinn US Navy 1992-2012 Served two tours in Iraq
Roy Robert Marshall Army Specialist Fort Campbell, Ky. 3-1/2 years
Corporal Jesse Wallace U.S. Marine Corp 2013-2017 Twenty-nine Palms, California Okinawa, Japan
Corporal Micah Wallace U.S. Marine Corp 2011-2015 Twenty-nine Palms, California Afghanistan
Cpl. Alex G. Jerzyk, US Marine Corps 1st Tank Battalion, Afghanistan (OEF 13.1) Jasper County Sheriff’s Department
Anthony Bell US Air Force 1991
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A2: Salute to Veterans • November 11, 2022
Name: Michael A. Merkel First Lieutenant US Army 1965-1968
Otto L. Schreeg Jr. US Navy USS Natoma Bay 1942-1945
Byron Jay Schreeg US Navy Vietnam. 1966-1969
Sgt. Wayne ‘Billy’ Martin US Army Amphibious Engineer, WWII
Larry Meppelink Navy Vietnam
John W. Kennedy 610 Tank Destroyer Battalion Served in European Theater during WWII from 1942-1945
Raymond C. Brubaker Technical Sergeant in the Army Air Force Service Served overseas in Europe, Africa, and Italy during World War II Active Service Dec. 1941 to Oct. 1945
James E. Ash Served in WWII 1942-45 as a tail gunner for the Army Air Corp. Shot down over Germany on his 13th mission. He earned four medals including a Purple Heart.
Warren Roberts U.S. Navy August 1943 to May 1946. Stationed in Okinawa, Japan when the A-bomb was dropped.
Jim Saltwell U.S. Army Air Corp Achieved rank of Tech Sargeant. Served from 1942-45.
Robert D. Rust joined the Navy in 1943 and was a sub chaser with a patrol bombing squadron of the Pacific Fleet Air Wing No. 7, based in Panama and flying Pacific missions during WWII. He remained with his unit and served with sea rescue after the war. He passed away on July 13, 2019.
Claude Palice Hanmore from Shawneetown, Ill., served in the U.S. Marine Corp during WWII from March 1943 to Dec. 1944 as a Pvt. 1st Class. He passed away Sept. 21, 1989
Jerry Fant was in the Army as Sgt. 1st Class he served 29 dedicated years, 1967-2009. He served in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Forrest R. Miller U.S. Army Served during WWII in Germany from 1944-1947
Glenn Kingman Navy Served in WWII
John D. Groppe U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant Served at Fort Benning, Georgia from August 1954 to May 1956 as a rifle platoon leader and company executive office in the 3rd Infantry Division.
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Ernest W. Bretzinger U.S. Army T-5, Tech Sergeant Served in World War II from 194145
Lucille Florence Claussen Navy, Chief Yeoman Served 49 Months — March 1943 to June 1947 Received Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon and World War II Victory Ribbon
Richard Donnelly U.S. Army 82nd Airborne, European Theatre, 1942-45
Dale Hermanson Army Infantry Served in the European Theater Earned European Theater Ribbon with Two Stars, Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon Served 3 years, 5 days — February 1943 to February 1946
Victor Liersch U.S. Army Infantry 1944
Lawrence (Larry) Post, Army Air Corps Sgt. in WWII July 1942 to December 1945.
Hollis G. Hayes US Navy AOM 3/c Served in Pacific Theater Received Theater Ribbons and 1 Service Stripe Served 39 months — December 1942 to March 1946
Art Kamminga Army Sergeant WWII
William Paul Gates Army Air Force, Sergeant Earned American Theater Ribbon, Victory and Good Conduct medals Served 2 years — July 1944 to June 1946
Ronald Larry Jones Sr. U.S. Army, Spec. 4 Served in Germany, August 1956-58
Robert Hartwell Jacks World War II Aviation Fire Controlman, Second Class US Navy, aboard the USS Saratoga, CV3 1940-1946 South Pacific and Honolulu, Hawaii
Random T. Rusk United States Navy Petty Officer, First Class Served on the USS Enterprise in the Mediterranean, Arabian Gulf, Western Pacific for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Served 8 years, 2 months — March 2004 to June 2012
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PFC Carl T. Scholl Company L 331 Inf. Div., was wounded and transferred to 53rd. Gen. Hosp. England; served March 1943 to January 1946
A4: Salute to Veterans • November 11, 2022
John H. Overmeyer Private, Air Service Master Mechanic Army
Mike Obermeyer WW 1 France
William Hollerman Command SGT, US Army, Medic Served Korea, Japan, and various US Camps 1949-1970
Harry G. Marshall US Army, 1945-1947, Served in Japan, Clerk
Henry Overmeyer Private, Infantry Army
Earl Bretzinger U.S. Army, PFC Served in Guam and the Pacific during World War II, 1941-45
Johnie Pinkerton Served with the Union Army during the American Civil War.
Max Sanders was a Corporal in the Army, and served from 1956 to 1958. He was stationed at Dugway Proving Grounds in Dugway, Utah. Max was a life-long resident of Jasper County.
Arnold Braasch US Army, trained at Fort Knox Armor School 1951, served Korea 1952-1957, 25th Division, 14th Tank Company
Russell K. Saltwell U.S. Marines Achieved rank of corporal. Served from 1951-53.
Paul DeVries Coast Guard Korean War
Marilyn Jeannette (Eib) Johnson of Rensselaer, Pvt. 1st Class, US Marine Corp of the Women’s Reserve, served in WWII, Sept. 1943 to Nov. 1944. Marilyn passed away Sept. 24, 1992, and is inurned at Arlington National Cemetery.
James Obermeyer Jeep Mechanic Korea
Robert Bassett - 1966 Rank E-S Navy 4 yrs Phillipines Azores Islands – Portugal Communications
SP/4 Bob Schlarp U.S. Army - 3rd Armored Div. Germany - Cold War 1959-1961
Willam F. Klaus Lt. Col Retired US Army Heavy Artillery Vietnam and Korean War; Bronze Star, Meritorious Medal, Army Commendation, Good Contact Medal,, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal
Remember our Veterans Pay tribute to the gallant men and women who have served. Without their courage, freedom would only be a dream. & DA
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Salute to Veterans • November 11, 2022: A5
Jack McNeal U.S. Navy HM2 Served in WWII and Korea
George J. Tonner Air Force Served 2 years, 6 months, 19 days September 1943 to 1946
Roby Goad Army Served in Rhineland, Northern France, Central Europe. Earned EAMA Service Ribbon, three Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star Medal Served August 1941 to October 1945
Curtis M. Paulsen U.S. Navy Lieutenant served in WWII 1944-46, Korean War 1950-52 and Vietnam in 1968 Retired from the U.S. Navy reserves in 1970.
Paul W. Carman Marine Corps, Staff Sergeant Served in South Pacific in Hawaii, Henredes, Florida Islands, Russel Island, Solomon Islands, Gilbert Islands, Marshall Island. Made three beach heads: Florida Islands, Russel Islands and Marshall Islands and survived 90 bombings, July 1940 to 1947
Sgt. Robert E. Brettner Air Force Served June 19, 1944 to April 12, 1946 Tail Gunner on B29. 8 missions in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations. 878 Bomb Sq. 73 wing, 499 Bomb Gp.
Pvt. Beecher Huff US Army WWII 13th Airborne Div - 153 Airborne Artillery Battalion
Archie Risner Sr. U.S. Navy USS Wisconsin 1945-46
Dewey W. Biggs US Navy Served in the Pacific and Atlantic Theaters Served 2 years, 8 months, 18 days June 1943 to February 1946
Walter J. Nagel Navy, Seaman First Class Served May 1945 to August 1946 Earned World War II Victory Medal
Einar Anderson Private-first class in the U.S. Army with the 411th Medical Collecting Discharge Company. He was stationed in Italy, Philippines, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He served from Oct. 21, 1942 to Dec. 9, 1945.
Charlotte Barker Anderson WAC in the U.S. Army. She was a Medical Technician 409, and was stationed in Atlanta, Georgia. She served from Jan. 29, 1945, to April 1, 1946. Charlotte was a life-long resident in DeMotte.
Michael Lind Petty Officer 3rd Class, US Navy 01/1969 - 12/1971 USS Parle (DE708) - Rescrew USS Hector (AR-7), Wespac (Western Pacific) including Sasebo, Japan, Vung Tau, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Keelung, Taiwan
Sergeant Robert Kovach Jr. Marine 1974-1980 Vietnam War After honorable discharge, he worked 30 years at AmTrak Chicago as an electrician.
Jim Lolkema U.S. Army Served in Vietnam 1969-1971
Robert G. Andree Lt. Col. Retired Army (West Helicopter Pilot, served two tours Vietnam
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A6: Salute to Veterans • November 11, 2022
Wilbert ‘Mike’ Rients Corporal - Army 161st Battalion Korean War Dec. 28, 1948 to Sept. 4, 1951.
Kenneth Beedle Sergeant - at a Mash Unit Korea 1952-1954
Ray Claussen with Margie Served 1942-45 World War II
Joseph P. Klaus SP5 US Army – Cuban Missile Crisis 1962-1965
Dale Stath US Army Korean Conflict April 1951-April 1953 Bronze Star
Robert S. Bryant Army P.F.C. Served 24 months in Anchorage, Alaska. Worked as a mechanic for large vehicles and machinery
Robert Brown US Air Force
Joseph Barrera, Staff Sgt., 2nd division Korean war 1951- 1953
Ray E. Wortley U.S. Army Corporal 101st Airborne
Richard Souther A/2 Class’ Air Force Stationed at Bunker Hill AFB Ladd AFB and Fairbanks, Alaska
Robert Nagel Served in the Army Air Corps 1942-45 Served at the Jorhat Air Base in India
Kenneth Troy Jr. E-3 U.S. Navy Served in Iran 1977-1985
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Robert E. Sheldon U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Diesel Instructor, Korean Era
Paul O. Cochran Sgt. US Army
Danny Lee Sonaty Corporal US Marine Corps 1963-1967 Served a year in Vietnam, drove M50 Ontos Tank Destroyer
Melynie Ruffcorn Desert Storm June 1986-January 2003
Salute to Veterans • November 11, 2022: A7
Allan Bergren 3rd Class Petty Officer E-4 USS Oriskany CV A34 Aircraft Carrier Vietnam Veteran 1966-70
William R. Hunter, Jr E4, USN/USMC Corpsman: 10 months with the US Navy and the rest of his 4 year tour of duty with the US Marine Corps from 1967-1971
Daryl Strohmeier U.S. Navy Dental Technician Senior Chief Petty Officer (retired) 1969-1990
Carl Richard Bengston 8th Airborne Div. Germany 1961-1963
Robert Bretzinger U.S. Army Spec. 4 Served in Vietnam from 1970-72. Received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Michael S. Kanne US Air Force, 2nd Lt. 1962-1965
Walter Martin US Air Force Airman 1st Class 1965-1969
Kent Stone Marine Vietnam 1972-1874
Russell Cochran US Army 1969
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Richard Huhn U.S. Army, Rank SP. 4 Served in Vietnam 1966-1968
David L. Brubaker SP5 Communications Chief in the Army Vietnam War Oct. 1966 to Oct. 1968 Served at Fort Carson, Colorado.
Bob Toppen Army 1967-1968 Vietnam Veteran
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A8: Salute to Veterans • November 11, 2022
Tom Wilbourne 1956-1958 US Army Military Police Spec - 4
Wayne Bretzinger Air Force Staff Sargent Served in Vietnam 1966-67
Kenny Jones Army Sergeant, career Began serving in 1957
James Tiemens US Army E5 Sgt 1962-1965
Raymond Robert Jansky PFC, Army Chu Lai, Vietnam 9-12-1968 - 7-9-1970
Robin Hood U.S. Army Sergeant, serving in Vietnam and Germany 1967-1970
Lt. David Phillips induction into the OCS Infantry Hall of Fame at Ft. Benning, Ga. Phillips served in the US Army from 1968 until 1974.
Scott Hermanson U.S. Navy January 1966 to October 1969 Naval Air Base: Miramar Naval Air Station, San Diego, California
Jerry L. Martin Branch: U.S. Army 2d Transportation Co. Rank: SP4 Served: Qui NHON, Vietnam September 1968 - August 1969 Finished military tour at Fort Benning, Georgia, in April 1970.
Patrick W. Donnelly U.S. Air Force 1971-75 27th Tactical Fighter Wing, Canon AFB, NM
Ed Bretzinger U.S. Army, Spec. 5 Served in Vietnam 1966-67
Charles “Mick” Odom US Army 3 Years , E5 Rank Served in 6th Battalion 14th Artillery 1968-1969 Pleiku, Vietnam Nam. Served stateside at Ft Knox, KY, Ft. Gordon, GA and Ft Hood, Texas
The Malone Brothers (L to R) Merle L., Carl D., Alfred R.B., Elbert D. and William F. Malone 3 Generations of Service Merle L. (Banty) Malone Corporal, Served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater November 1942 to January 1946
Carl D. Malone Corporal, Served in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe
Alfred R.B. (Tiny) Malone Served in the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters November 1941 to December 1945
Elbert D. (Bon) Malone Sergeant, Served in the Pacific Theater July 1941 to November 1945
William F. Malone Private First Class, Served in the EAME Theater
Salute to Veterans • November 11, 2022: A9
William J. Capehart, MSGT, Air Force 1983-2003 Served in Japan, Phillippines, Australia, Saudi Arabia.
Sergeant Ronald L. Webster II Marine Fought in Desert Storm.
Christian Paulsen Jr. 1st Lieutenant Army Medical Corp Paulsen is currently serving in Afghanistan
Chuck Anders Served 1982-84
Capt. James Paulsen U.S. Navy CAG (1983-2012) Bronze Star recipient Made 1,000 carrier-arrested landings on decks of aircraft carriers in FA-18s. Logged over 5,000 flight hours.
Capt. Lisa Webster-Hilliard Former Commander of Indianapolis National Guard. Deployed to Middle East.
Spct. Christopher Woodcock, U.S. Army.
David R. Sullivan Served in the U.S. Army for six years Served in the Indiana National Guard for six years Served in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Europe Honorably discharged in 1997
Lewis Clifford Jones Peace time service 1931-2014 Served in U.S. Army in Japan from August 1953-August 1955
Donald Skinner U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant USAF in 1983, active duty in 1992, USAF Reserver from 1993-2004 Retired in 2004
SP4 Trish Wyrobek and CPL Jerry Wyrobek after their return from Germany, 1989. They lived 20 minutes from each other in Chicago, Illinois, but met on the strasse in Schwetzingen, West Germany. They have been married for 31 years- 8/26/17
Larry James Jones PFC U.S. Army Served in Vietnam and Cambodia May 1969 to December 1970
Brad Fleming Served in the Army for 7 years as a paratrooper Served in active combat in Bosnia and Iraq
Capt. Josh Risner U.S. Army, active duty Aviation, UH 60 Blackhawk Pilot Afghanistan veteran
Glen Jones Operations Sergeant, E-5 Army December 1965-November 1967
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Edward R. Nielsen US Army T-4 Tank Commander 1st Armored Division Served 1941-1945—Algeria, French Morocco, Tunisia, North Africa, POW 1943-1945
Charles A. Malinski First Sergreant in the U.S. Marine Corps Served in Japan, Korea, Philippines, Africa, Russia (former USSR), Germany, Honduras, El Salvador, Kuwait, Iraq
SSG Scott Nikolas U.S. Army Retired Served in Germany with the 2/3 FA, 3rd Armored Division, also with the 1/29th FA in Fort Carlson, Colo. with the 4th Inf. Division
MSgt. Carl R. Gayfield USAF Ret. Served in the U. S. Navy as a Bosun’s Mate 3rd Class, E4 , June 1950 to March 1954 Joined the Air Force in 1956 and served through March 1973, as an Air Traffic Controller, retiring as a Master Sergeant, taught Jr. Air Force ROTC at Lowell High School. May 6, 1932 - March 23, 2019
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Lester A. and Edna M. (McCann) Williams, Wheatfield. Les, who attained the rank of SP4, served in the Army as a Military Policeman in the 561st MP Company. He attended sniper school, Ranger school, was a member of the Army SWAT team, and had other extensive training in security. He served six years in the military, three active and three reserve. Edna, a Yeoman, was an E-4 during her two years active and four years reserve. She was stationed at the Pentagon in Washington, DC and was assigned to the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.
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