Veterans' Banners. November 2021

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GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SERVICE Service is our mission, and we thank veterans and those on active duty for their dedication, including our PUD veterans who’ve served. We’re closed in honor of the holiday on Thursday, Nov. 11, but you can call us 24/7 to report power outages and other emergencies at (877) 783-8123.



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Proud to Support Our Veterans and Their Families.

T hank you.

Wenatchee Downtown Association ........................................... 5 Letter from Jerrilea Crawford, mayor of East Wenatchee .................. 6 Letter from Frank Kuntz, mayor of Wenatchee ............................ 7 Letter from Mike Worden, Maj. General USAF, Ret. ................... 8 Jack Adams.................................................. 9 Paul Adams.................................................. 9 Rodney Ahl................................................ 10 Monica Allen............................................. 10 James Jim Ashenbrenner.........................11 Carol Sue Barrier........................................11 Simon Si Bautista..................................... 12 Tyrone Beal................................................66 Jay Bean...................................................... 12 Dan Bertrand............................................ 13 Thomas Biddle.......................................... 13 Bob Boyd.....................................................14 Paul H. Branson.........................................14 Richard Bruggman....................................15 Brant Bruno............................................... 16 Ron Bruno................................................. 16 Curtis Danielson........................................17 Roy Bryon Dickenson...............................17 Michael E. Drollman................................ 18 Mike England............................................ 18 Terri England............................................. 19 Donn Etherington III.............................. 19 Steven M. Featherkile...............................20 Donald Flick..............................................20 Manual Manny Garcia............................. 21 CPO Harvey Gjesdal................................ 21 Jerry Gutzwiler..........................................22 Norm Gutzwiler........................................22 Philip Gutzwiler........................................23 Anton Harley.............................................23 Jerry Harlow..............................................24 Eric Hedeen...............................................25 Gold Star Hero Gerald Hedeen..........................................25 Court Haugen............................................66 Lynn Heminger.........................................26 Cpl. Matthew Hepner..............................26 Maria Garcia Hernandez.........................27 Alfy Hersel..................................................27 Brad Hersel................................................28 Duane Hersel.............................................28 Jerry Hersel................................................29 Marvin Hersel............................................29 Norman Hersel..........................................30 J. Colin Hill................................................30 Kenneth L. Hinners................................. 31 Robert Hughes..........................................32 Leandro “Lando” Jasso............................32 Gold Star Hero

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L. Gary Jewett...........................................33 Leroy Johnston..........................................36 LCDR Raymond Johnston.....................36 Erich Jurges...............................................37 Sgt. James C. Kerr.....................................37 Gold Star Hero Cherie Knudsen........................................38 John Knudson...........................................38 Joseph M. LaVergne.................................39 Charles Lawhead.......................................40 Casey Lawhead.......................................... 41 Charles Lawhead Jr.................................. 41 Kristopher Lawhead.................................42 Mike Lawhead...........................................42 Michael Lawhead Jr.................................43 Laron L. Leedy..........................................43 Richard Leonard.......................................44 Alfred J. Luberts Jr...................................44 Maria G. Luberts.......................................45 Charles A Ludwig.....................................45 James C. Lynch.........................................46 Don Mann..................................................46 Robert A. Millar........................................ 47 Joshua R. McAlvey...................................48 Ralph McFarling.......................................66 Teddy Robert Montgomery.....................48 Theodore Ted Morehouse Jr...................49 Ronald O’Neal...........................................49 Harold O. Peart.........................................50 Billie R. Philley...........................................51 Richard Pennhallegon..............................51 Ronald S. Polly..........................................52 Barry Port...................................................52 Gold Star Hero James H. Pruitt.........................................53 Loren F. Richard.......................................54 Sgt. Edward Rodriguez............................54 Kenneth C. Rodriguez.............................. 55 Robert Sal Salcido.....................................56 Maurice M. Sanders.................................56 Kenneth Sandhop..................................... 57 Andrew D. Sandoval................................. 57 Tony Sandoval...........................................58 William H. Bill Schneider III.................58 Dr. Gene Sharatt.......................................59 Guy Sharratt..............................................59 Daniel A. Simmons...................................60 Sarabeth Simonson..................................60 Thomas Lee Snell..................................... 61 Robert Snyder...........................................62 John R. Speidel.........................................62 A.A. Stevens...............................................63 Gene Stevens..............................................63 Jeffrey “Cliffy” Tontini..............................64 William Wilson.........................................64 John Wolffe................................................65 Wenatchee veterans’ resources ............. 66

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Honoring our Heroes Banner Project Preface 2021 Edition:


Linda Haglund Executive director, Wenatchee Downtown Association

ear 4 of this amazing project! 4 years we have been honoring heroes in our community in his significant way. I need to thank some people that made this effort possible this year: u The Wenatchee World. Compiling this booklet takes great effort on their part, further exemplifying the longstanding tradition and track record of generosity and heart towards this community. u Precision Waterjet, Plumb Perfect and NCW Appraisals. These three businesses AGAIN stepped up this year to help offset the price of the banners for the families who want to honor their heroes. 44 of the 100 banners hanging were supported this year by these three businesses. u NCW Vets Serving Vets “The Bunker” is the recipient of the money collected for this project after the production of the banners are paid. This incredible non profit is full of volunteers dedicated to helping our heroes. Specifically, George Turner, is the driving force that keeps the heroes stories coming. He makes the contacts and connects us to people that want to honor their hero with a banner. This is what it is because he cares so deeply in this cause. u GO USA and specifically Kyle Barns for taking challenging pictures and making them look AMAZING on banners.

u Finally, General Worden. When asked, he was gracious to provide a message from his heart for the preface letter, to not only honor the heroes in this booklet but all heroes in this region. For all four years I can say that my life has been touched and changed by the stories of the heroes among us. I still go back to a very impactful moment in year 3 when a Vietnam hero standing in my office told me that this project represents to him “a long overdue welcome home.” That and other stories still can bring tears to my eyes. Please note the GOLD STAR heroes that are highlighted. I remember a quote I hear often “ALL gave some but some gave ALL.” As always, I would like to thank our heroes and their families for allowing their stories to be told. Without their compassion and dedication to our country to serve, there would be no stories. This project has become larger than even I hoped and dreamed it could be. At times, it has been a struggle. This project is a significant undertaking for our small Non Profit. I always push and worry to assure it will all get done in time. I still take encouragement from a quote from Abraham Lincoln: “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.” For more information on how to honor your hero, call us at 509 662-0059 or email

From recognizing our brave men and women to remembering those we have lost. We honor and thank all who have served.

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Jerrilea Crawford East Wenatchee, Mayor

e don’t know them all but we owe them all.” Therefor, each November we pay tribute to our heroes, the men and women who have sacrificed so much to serve and protect our country. To show our respect and appreciation we honor our local military veterans by displaying banners in our community. Pictures and stories are on display for us to celebrate throughout the month of November, but our gratitude will last forever. Their service to our country is selfless and eternal. I hope that we all take a moment to reflect on their bravery and sacrifices and extend our deepest gratitude to them for their commitment and dedication. Thank you to all our community’s veterans and their families!

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N Frank J. Kuntz Wenatchee mayor

ovember 11 is a special day for our city. It is a day to celebrate our military veterans for the many sacrifices they have endured for this great nation. Here in the Wenatchee Valley, we proudly honor our veterans during the month of November in our downtowns with banners showcasing some of our local heroes. I hope that you’ll join me in walking our community and acknowledging the faces, names and stories of these brave women and men. I would like to personally thank our veterans on behalf of the City of Wenatchee for your service, we are indebted to you and your families. Happy Veterans Day.



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Mike Worden Major General, USAF, Ret.

am so humbled and honored to write this letter to help “honor our heroes” in the proud tradition of the broader Wenatchee area. My wife and I noticed a few years ago, that Banners of Veterans were hanging in downtown Wenatchee during November. When we asked some of our Wenatchee Veteran friends about it, they proudly showed us the “Veterans’ Banner” booklet that the Wenatchee Downtown Association and the Wenatchee World had partnered on. In the following years, we would come in November to Wenatchee and to East Wenatchee with the current booklet in hand and walk below the banners, reading each story associated with that banner and reflect on the local families that produced these brave Veterans, our local “Heroes.” These families inspired and produced young adults with a commitment to excellence and service; so obvious as we look around this beautiful countryside, populated with American flags and farms, orchards, vineyards, breweries, wineries, hotels, restaurants, numerous small businesses and tourist attractions— all the products of hard and proud work. The Wenatchee Valley produces more than its share of patriotic young men and women who, generation after generation, volunteer to serve and defend their country and its way of life, even if it costs them their lives. It is most fitting that we honor our families with these banners and their stories. Please read the stories about Guy and Gene Sharratt who served in the Army in the Vietnam War, much like their father had served in WW2. Or Jerry (father) and Eric (son) Hedeen who served in the Air Force, and Eric gave his life while serving in the First Gulf War. There are many

more inspiring stories in these pages. The Wenatchee Valley is replete with families that continue to sacrifice their finest and fight for freedom. They are our neighbors, our relatives and our friends—they deserve a personal “thank you” and our unending gratitude. We especially want to thank our Vietnam Veterans, many of whom were tragically not “welcomed” home and are suffering today from the effects of advancing age, disabilities and of the dangers of COVID. As a boy I remember watching as my Dad came back. I also vividly remember Vietnam Veterans challenging me as a young officer to continuously raise the bar on performance and to never let this happen to any generation of veterans again. We thank our Vietnam Vets especially—please read their stories. As we all gather on this Veteran’s Day, we know that despite COVID, all across America, people are pausing on this day to remember. Our nation is free and safe because of our brave Veterans, who have always espoused the best values of our society and continue to volunteer to confront our adversaries abroad, so we do not have to face them here at home. As Gen Mattis reminded in last year’s letter: “We best honor them by remaining a nation worthy of their sacrifice.” Every Veteran’s Day we renew our commitment to the values and ideals that have made this nation what it still is today, the greatest nation on Earth. With great pride and humility,

Major General Mike Worden, USAF (retired) Leavenworth, WA

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Jack N. Adams US Marines 1946 - 1948


ack was born in Wenatchee, Washington in 1928. He graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1946. He was one of the original “Bridge Walkers” from 1943 – 1946. While attending WHS, Jack was involved in athletics. He was a running back for the football team, catcher for the Panther baseball team and ran track. He was Vice President of WHS Hi-Y Boys Service Club which provided services to the community. Jack›s ambition in high school was to join the United States Marine Corps. He served in the Civil Air Patrol service as Sergeant. Even though he graduated at 17 years old, his parents signed a waiver to allow him to enlist. During this time the war had ended in May of 1945. He entered the Corps during a peaceful time. Jack traveled by train to book camp MCRD

San Diego, California in July of 1946. He was a member of Platoon 97. Following boot company, Jack was assigned to USMC Air Station, El Toro, California and meritoriously promoted Private First Class. While in El Toro, he was assigned to Ordinance Supply Company. Jack came home to Wenatchee, WA with an honorable discharge. He retired in 1993 from the United States Department of Commerce. He enjoys fishing, family and traveling still at 93 years young. Jack is a proud veteran; son of James J. Adams veteran USMC and he is the father of Paul E. Adams veteran USMC (1986 -1990) to complete three generations. He proudly submitted his own story with the help of one of his daughters Dorene (Adams) Sannes.

P aul E. Adams US Marine Corps 1986 – 1990


y military history: • Marine Corps Recruit Depot MCRD San Diego California Second Battalion Fox Company, meritoriously promoted Private First Class, Platoon Guide, Company Honor man, 3rd Generation Marine. Expert Rifle Award and Graduated June 15th, 1986, MOS 1345. His Grandfather and Father were both Marines. • 30 Days Recruiters Duly in East Wenatchee, WA. Engineer Operator School Fort Leonard Wood Missouri. Graduated November 1986. • 1st Marine Air Wing Okinawa Japan, Operation Team Spirit, Mountain Warfare Training School Pohang, South Korea. Expert Rifle Award and meritoriously promoted Lance Corporal. • First Landing Support Battalion (LSB) Del Mar California. Marine Air Ground Task Force 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit WestPac 1987, Expert Rifle Award, Shellback, LKA USS Mobile, Operation Cobra Gold Thailand, Operation Bear Hunt South Korea. • Discharged in Anchorage Alaska. His first

job out of the Marine Corps was Federal Express through the Anchorage Veterans Employment Agency. • GI Bill Recipient. He graduated with Honors from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development. “Only Veterans can truly understand their initial training, and then their service to our great country in the fleet or as a reservist. We veterans truly appreciate all those who have and still do support our country’s Veterans.” Says Paul Adams. My proudest moment was graduating Company Honor man and a 3rd generation Marine with my parents and one of my 4 sisters in the audience at MCRD San Diego. My most influential Marine Veterans were my Grandad, Dad, Chesty Puller, Dan Daily, Drill Instructor Sgt. Tierany, My Coach Jim Hannah (Eastmont High School Baseball and Football), Cousin Tony Warren USMC Veteran Desert Storm. Paul is a proud veteran and submitted his story. It is supported by Dorene Sannas.


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Rodney Ahl

US Army 1958 - 1960


odney was born in 1936 and graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1957.

He joined the Army in 1958 and spent two years in Korea as a driver for the General. He rolled a jeep without the General. He told of sleeping in metal buildings and he heard a noise at his back door. When he opened it there must have been a million frogs all croaking at the same time. He said it was like something from a Sci-Fi movie. Rodney’s banner and story was proudly submitted by his Brother-In-Law and fellow Veteran Wayne Hersel.

Maj. Monica I. Allen U.S. Army 2003-present


onica was born in Wenatchee and graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1999. She enlisted in the Army in 2003 and first served as a Black Hawk Crew Chief with the 82nd CAB at Fort Bragg. After reaching the rank of Sergeant she Direct Commissioned into the Medical Service Corps in 2008. Monica then served as an Executive Officer in 232nd MED BN at Joint Base San Antonio. From June 2009 to April 2013, Monica was assigned to 4IBCT at Fort Carson. Her duty assignments included Medical Operation Officer, Platoon Leader in 704 BSB, Female Engagement Team Officer in Charge and Assistant Operations Officer in 2-12 IN. In May 2013 she transferred to 438 MD (VSS) where she served as the Executive Officer from May 2013 to December 2013. Monica then served as Company Commander for Evans Army Community Hospital from January 2014 to November 2015. From January 2016 to May 2019 she served as a Medical Planner with Allied Rapid Reaction Corps at Imjin Barracks in Gloucestershire, England.

Monica has served on three deployments to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She recently completed Command and General Staff College and is currently serving as the Support Operations Officer (SPO) with 56th MMB at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Monica earned an Associate’s Degree in Arts and Sciences from WVC in 2001, a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from WOU in 2003, and a Master’s in Administration from CMU in 2020. Some of her awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3OLC), the Combat Medical Badge, Army Aviation Crewman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge. Monica’s story was proudly submitted by her Uncle Will Allen.

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James ‘Jim’ Ashenbrenner US Army 1983 - 1986


im’s military history consists of the following: • US Army Military Police Academy • Military Police Traffic Collision Investigator • Military Customs Agent • Airborne/Paratrooper He was stationed in the following locations: • Annistian AL, FT. McClelland • Ft. Benning, Georgia • Frankfort, Germany • Gronigan, Holland • Inchon, South Korea

Jim was honorably discharged in 1986 where he returned to Wenatchee and married his sweetheart Anita. Jim worked in civilian law enforcement for 25 years. He spent 3 years at Ephrata Police Department and his last 22 years with the East Wenatchee Police Department. He spent 7 years with the Columbia River Drug Task Force. He retired in 2012 at the rank of Sergeant. Jim submitted his story and his banner was proudly sponsored by fellow retired EWPD Officer and friend Chet Virnig.

Carol Sue Barrier U.S. Navy and Army 1956–1998


arol was born in South Dakota and arrived in Wenatchee when she was three. She graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1956. She had a partial scholarship to Gonzaga University and Sacred Heart Nursing School. Her family was unable to help her with finances so she gave up the scholarship. She worked at Dusty’s Drive In, did typing for KPQ Radio and worked at St. Anthony’s Hospital kitchen all while going to High School. She thought that there had to be more in life than working at St. Anthony’s. She was right. Carol was only 17 but soon to be 18 and decided to join the Navy. She had to have her parents signature to join. Her parents were surprised with her choice, but they signed her paperwork and gave her their blessing. Her adventure now started.

Carol went from there to Bainbridge MD for boot camp and Hospital Corps School. She was able to choose her next duty station and thought California sounded good. She choose Oakland Naval Hospital. She enjoyed meeting people as well as helping the patients in the hospital. There she met one special

person, her husband while he was going to advanced school on the base. To make the story short, they went on three dates and got married. In those days you had to leave the military upon becoming pregnant, which happened three months after they married. She so missed the military, however after their girls graduated from High School, she joined the military again. This time it was the Army because they had the funds for a Reserves Unit. She drilled in Yakima to start with then was transferred to the 50th General Hospital in Seattle. Her unit was put on active status for Desert Shield/ Storm. They were stationed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Military Hospital for the duration of the war. Carol came back to her job at Wenatchee Valley Clinic (Radiology, MRI, CT) and continued with my reserves unit until she retired. Carol says; “All and all it took me 40 years to complete 20 years of service. My adventure was fulfilled, proving that you can do anything you put your mind to.” Carol and Lou continue to help veterans as well as help in their community. Carol is enjoying her retirement with her husband by her side and dog Rowdy in her lap. Carol’s story was proudly supported by NCW Appraisal.


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Simion “Si” Bautista US Air Force 1963 - 1967


i was born on a pineapple plantation on the Hawaiian Island of Molokai. During high school, Si was an Explorer Scout and spent a week on board a submarine USS Carbonero (SS-337) SUBPAC in Pearl Harbor, learning operations, maneuvers on the surface, and underwater exercises. He also spent a week at Hickum AFB at the Military Encampments training on several aircrafts. He graduated from Molokai High School and traveled to the mainland to attend Milwaukee School of Engineering. While attending college for mechanical engineering, he was notified that he was to be drafted. He originally planned to join the Navy to serve on submarine due to his previous scout submarine experience, but there was there was no Navy Recruiter in the Milwaukee office, so he went next door to join the Air Force instead. Si was stationed at Francis E. Warren AFB in Cheyenne, Wyoming with the 90th Strategic Missile Wing, Head Quarters Section 809th Combat Support Group; Strategic Air Command. While in the Air Force, he had the opportunity to travel to Japan, Philippines, and several Pacific Islands during the Vietnam War. He never had the opportunity to be directly involved in Vietnam since his duties as an administrative specialist were to get the military personal and financial records in order for the Vietnam assignments. He saw many of his friends sent off to the war, and it bothered him that he was not sent off to the war with them. Si informed Colonel E.G. Daily of his concerns and he and his wife reassured him how important it was to support and assist the families of the Officers, NCO’s, and Airman who were serving in Vietnam, especially if they did not return from the war. The Colonel and his wife were dedicated to making sure the families of

those who did not return received all of their benefits and help in relocating the families to civilian life. He reinforced the fact that Si’s leadership and networking abilities in his administrative position were vital to accomplishing their overall mission of supporting his fellow soldiers and their families at home and abroad. Toward the end of his time in the Air Force, he worked part time at the McDonald’s in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Upon his discharge, he became the store manager. He met his wife, Corina, who was an English Teacher in Cheyenne. They were married in 1970 and moved to Eugene-Springfield, Oregon to supervise the opening of the new McDonald’s restaurants in that area. In 1973, Si and Corina moved to Wenatchee to open the first McDonald’s. They later owned and operated McDonald’s in Moses Lake, East Wenatchee, and Leavenworth as well. Their daughter, Cori, was born during that time. Si was dedicated to serving our community in countless ways over the decades. Si retired in 2002 and continues call Wenatchee home. He served as the Chairman of the North Central Educational Service District Board for 25 years, chaired the Central Washington Hospital Board, and served the community through many other organizations like Rotary and Wenatchee Applarians. His time in the Air Force had a great impact on him. Many of the core values he learned translated into him becoming a business leader in our community, with a passion for motivating people, and giving back to so many people around North Central Washington. Thank you, Dad, for your great service to our nation and our community. Si’s banner and story was proudly submitted by his daughter, Cori Bautista.

Jay Bean

U.S. Navy Commander 1947–1976


ay Bean, Commander, USN (Ret.) began his naval career in 1947, enlisting in the reserves while attending Seattle’s Queen Anne High School. On graduation from Stanford University in 1952, he received his commission as Ensign, USN, and reported for duty aboard the USS O’Bannon (DDE 450), beginning his long naval career as a proud “tin can sailor” serving on destroyers. Ensign Bean’s first job was as the O’Bannon’s Radiological Defense Officer in Operation Ivy, the first thermonuclear test off Eniwetok. The ship returned to escorting carrier task forces in combat air operations off the Korean Peninsula and Bean was soon made Assistant Engineering Officer. In 1955, when Lt. (j.g.) Bean was released from active duty, he was the O’Bannon’s Engineering Officer. Lieutenant Bean was reappointed to the U.S. Navy Reserves and returned to Seattle. By 1959 he was serving on the USS Charles E. Brannon, (DE 446), Seattle’s Naval Reserve Training ship, as Senior Watch Officer, Operations Officer, Training Officer and Navigator.

By 1961 Lieutenant Bean was serving as the Brannon’s Executive Officer. The ship was mobilized during the Berlin Wall Crisis, was attached to the 1st Fleet and sailed to Pearl Harbor. Thinking they would serve the duration of their activation in Hawaii, most of the officers moved their families to Honolulu. But instead, after testing in which the Brannon was awarded the Battle Efficiency “E” Pennant, she was attached to the 7th Fleet and deployed to the west Pacific to patrol the coast of Vietnam. In 1962 the Brannon was detached from active duty and Lieutenant Commander Bean and his family returned to Seattle. Commander Bean served as Commanding Officer of the Brannon from 1965 until 1968 when he and his family moved to Wenatchee. He served in Wenatchee’s Naval Reserve Surface division as the Leadership Training Officer and attended the Naval War College in Newport, RI. He retired from naval service in 1976. Jay’s story was proudly submitted by the Jay Bean family.

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Dan Bertrand U.S. Marines 1951–1953


an graduated from Okanogan High School in 1948. After a short stint with the U.S. Forest Service, Dan enlisted with the Marines in 1951. He served his country well in the Korean Conflict “War” until 1953 when he was honorably discharged. Dan rarely spoke of his service, but never wavered in his commitment to the Marine Corps or his country. He was a member of the Marine Corps League, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Probably the most important item Dan attended to before leaving for his deployment, was to marry his high school sweetheart, Claudine Webb.

Dan attended Wenatchee Valley Community College from, 1954-1955, where he received the nickname “crazy legs” while playing football. He then

attended WSU focusing on a Forestry Management degree. Dan had a few jobs, including Chief of Police in Republic, Washington., security for Boeing in Moses Lake, and Alcoa Wenatchee Works. Dan worked for Alcoa for 32 years and was heavily involved with the Union. One of Dan’s proudest moments was to be named to the Board of Trustees for Wenatchee Valley College. He served on the board for a number of years both in Wenatchee and was instrumental in establishing the Omak Campus. In his retirement Dan loved to fish, hunt and spend time with his wife at Jump Off Joe Lake north of Spokane. Dan’s story was proudly submitted by Matt Bruggman supported by Plumb Perfect.

Thomas ‘Allen’ Biddle U.S. Army 1993–2011


homas “Allen” Biddle was an all-American boy, literally. He was born December 6, 1972, the son of an Air Force Sgt and lived across the USA. Allen was born at Homestead, AFB, Florida and his journey lead to Alaska, Oklahoma, Florida, Texas, Wyoming, California, South Dakota and graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1991. During his high school years he enjoyed football, joined the Civil Air Patrol and loved to ski and hike. He was a devoted brother to sister Melissa and brothers Christopher and David. I miss him everyday! Al joined the Army as a Mechanized Infantryman in 1993. Allen’s intelligence, competence and patriotism led him to the United States Army Special Forces Regiment where he was first assigned to A Company, 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in 2006 at Fort Carson, Colorado. His talents were evident and before long he was selected as the Team Sergeant for Operational Detachment Alpha 0316. There he served as a Special Forces Team Sergeant, deploying twice to Operation Iraqi Freedom, once to Operation Enduring Freedom and deployments to Qatar, Turkey and Kosovo. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, NATO medal for Kosovo, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal with Silver Clasp with 1 knot, National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, Iraqi Campaign Medal

with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Special Forces Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and the Driver’s Badge. His Army education includes Special Forces Qualification Course, the Warrior Leaders Course, the Advanced Leaders Course, the Senior Leader Course, the SERE (High Risk) Course, the Psychological Operations Course, the Mechanized Infantry Course, Air borne Scholl, Jumpmaster Course and the Air Force Airlift Planners Course. More significant than Allen’s military service was his love for family. He was a faithful and loving husband, praising his wife Lisa as the most Beautiful think in the world — Creation memories with her that will last forever. He was a dedicated and caring father to Jenna, Cameron, and Hailey. He loved them so much.* (This is from Allen’s Memorial Service Program) Allen died on his 39th birthday in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A Foundation was started in his name three years after his death to assist families that lost their Veteran to PTSD/ Suicide. The Thomas A Biddle Foundation has assisted many families with a variety of needs after their loss. Allen lived and graduated in Wenatchee therefore more people would recognize him in Wenatchee. However, I live in E. Wenatchee now. My first choice would be that his banner hang in Wenatchee but I would be just as honored if it was in E. Wenatchee. Allen’s story is proudly submitted by his family.


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Robert ‘Bob’ Boyd U.S. Navy Reserves 1955–1963


ob was born in Manson Washington in 1938, into a family of wheat farmers. Boyd Road in Manson is named after his family. He played football for, and graduated from Chelan High School. Bob joined the U.S. Navy Reserves in 1955 and served for eight years, earning an honorable discharge. Bob chose a career as an orchardist, growing pears in Peshastin, WA and is still farming there today. He served 12 years as an elected Chelan County P.U.D. Commissioner for District 2. Ever mindful of the sacrifice of U.S. Veterans,

Bob became involved with NCW Vets Serving Vets (The Bunker) based in Wenatchee. He has been instrumental in publicizing this local organization and in raising donations from the generous citizens and merchants of the Upper Valley. Through his and other veterans efforts, NCW Vets Serving Vets provides encouragement and material help for our brave veterans in their transition to civilian life. Bob’s story was proudly submitted by a group of anonymous donors who did this to honor their friend.

Paul H. Branson US Navy 1958 – 1964


aul H Branson joined the US Navy August 25, 1958 and was an E-4 Machinist. His training took him to San Diego, CA. While there, he deployed onto the USS Buck DD-761 and saw the world. His time on the Buck allowed him to see Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, the Philippines, Japan, China, Borneo and Taiwan. They participated in the Tonkin Gulf Incident and the Pony Express.

later. Born to them was Brad (1963, Ken (1965) and Leslie (1967). Paul and Carolyn lived in California, Oregon and Washington before retiring to Arizona. Paul was a long-haul truck driver for most of his life and when the children moved away, Paul and Carolyn started their own company and worked together until retirement. They were married just short of 58 years when Carolyn passed in 2020. Paul continues to live in Yuma, Arizona.

He was honorably discharged in April 1962. After serving our country, he came home and met Carolyn Carpenter. They got married just six months

Paul’s banner and story was proudly submitted by his daughter Leslie Nelson.

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Richard ‘Dick’ Bruggman US Army 1957 – 1959


ick graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1957. Upon graduation he enlisted in the Army. He was placed into the Signal Corps and then transferred into cryptoanalysis. After completing his two years of services, he served four years in the Reserves.

Dick began work after his service with the U.S. Forest service, then a transition to Wells and Wade Hardware for 25 years. Dick then worked for American Silicon Technologies in Rock Island until his retirement. Dick was raised in a family of 8 by a single mom whom immigrated from Europe. Family means everything to him as well as his country. He has been happily married for 57 years, raising two boys. He loves fishing, hunting, and playing cards. Thanks Dad for your service.

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Brant Bruno US Army 1993 – 1997


rant joined the Army right out of high school, and served from June 1993 to June 1997 and Reserves until 2001. He went to Basic Training at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina and his AIT was at Ft. Lee, Virginia. He served with the 406th GS CO at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, until May 1996, then served with the HHD 728th MP BN in Deagu, South Korea from May 1996 to June 1997. His reserve time was with 351 Ordinance Co in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

Brant has been serving as a defense contractor for the Air Force from 2003 to present. He is married

to Beth, and has two sons (Robbi and Logan), and a daughter (Sarah). Brant and Beth have a Grandson (Kasen Boswell), who is their pride and joy! He and his family are living in Dayton, Ohio. Brant’s son (Logan) is presently serving in the U.S. Army, at Ft. Wainwright, Fairbanks, Alaska as a Behavioral Health Specialists and will be going to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center next spring. Brant’s story was proudly submitted by his parents Ron and Kathy Bruno.

Ronald ‘Ron’ Bruno

US Marines and U.S. Army 1967-1981


on first joined the Marine Corps in 1967, and spent his 18th birthday on an airplane headed to Vietnam. He did his duty while in Vietnam serving with the Marine Air Support Squadron (MASS 2). After serving his time in Vietnam, he was then discharged in 1970, and returned home to Great Falls, Montana. He then went to Bozeman, Montana where he met his wife Kathy. They married in 1972.

After being out of the military for three years and one day, Ron made the decision to go back into the military, but this time he went Army. He was out just long enough that he had to redo basic training. From basic, he was sent to Ft. Lewis for his AIT training and then assigned to the 3/5 Air Calvary Blues Platoon, 9th Infantry Division, after which he was sent to Schweinfurt, Germany, where he served with the 1/30th, 3rd Infantry Division, for two years. He was selected for Recruiting Duty, and returned back to the

states and completed his recruiting training, then was assigned to Wenatchee, from there he then spent some time in Okanogan, covering all of Okanogan County. His first born son (Brant) was born in Montana while Ron was waiting for his orders to Germany, and the other two boys (Greg and Lance) were born in Wenatchee, while Ron was on Recruiting Duty. He was then sent to Fort Campbell, Kentucky to the 801st Maintenance Battalion, where he was promoted to SFC (E7) and assigned as the Battalion Operations Training NCOIC, 101th Airborne Division. From there Ron left the military and returned to Wenatchee. Ron sold cars for Cascade Chevrolet for approximately three years, and then became a U.S. Postal carrier for 25 years. Ron was active with the Boy Scouts when his sons were younger and has been involved with Vets Serving Vets since 2010. Ron’s story was proudly told by his wife Kathy and submitted by fellow Veteran, Wes Hensley III.

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CURTIS DANIELSON U.S. Army 1988–1991


was born in Long Beach, California in 1969 to John and Janet Danielson. I have one older brother, Jon. Our family moved to East Wenatchee in 1978. Shortly after I graduated high school in 1987, I realized I wanted to go to college but couldn’t afford it. My brother was in the U.S. Air Force, and I knew about the GI Bill college money that could be earned by enlisting. However, the Army offered significantly more money and a shorter enlistment term. The catch? I had to join the infantry and serve two years and 14 weeks. We were at peace, so why not?

I entered infantry basic training in June of 1988, followed immediately by AIT and Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV) training, all at Fort Benning, Georgia. After basic, I was assigned to A Company, 1/5 Cav, in the famed 1st Cavalry Division in Fort Hood, Texas. When I first got to Fort Hood, I was a BFV ‘dismount’, an infantryman who would ride in the back of the BFV and dismount the vehicle to provide infantry support. Before too long, I was promoted to driving the BFV. I took care of all aspects and maintenance of the hull and trained on combat driving of the BFV. Within a few month, I was promoted again to be the gunner, firing the 25mm cannon and TOW missiles. Great fun. Training was nearly nonstop as we were in the field for nine months of the year honing our craft of soldiering. Part of that training was at the National Training Center in Barstow, California, where we had three weeks of intense desert training against Soviet tactics. I made that trip two

times in my two years. I was unaware at the time, but the training there foreshadowed things to come. By July of 1990, my two years were up, so I cashed in my vacation and left the Army nearly two months early so I would be ready for fall classes at Wenatchee Valley College. Two weeks to the day I left active duty, Iraq invaded Kuwait, and the U.S. military began to mobilize. Fast-forward 6 months to January 19, 1991. I was recalled along with 20,000 other reserves to serve in Desert Shield /Desert Storm. I reported to Fort Polk, Louisiana on January 31, 1991 to prepare to go to war. I was very fortunate to reunite with my former roommate from my Fort Hood days there. The next day we were bussed to Fort Benning. After about three weeks of training, we were shipped off to Hohenfels Germany where training continued and desert equipment was issued. While live fire training at Grafenwohr, I learned that the ground war had begun and it was a matter of time until we would be heading to Saudi Arabia. Four days later, the war was over and the Army did not know what to do with us. They decided to take those who wanted to go on a couple of bus tours of Bavaria. We saw Munich and the Neuschwanstein Castle on separate trips. I left the Army again from Fort Jackson, South Carolina in March of 1991. After the Army, I used all of my GI Bill money towards my education. I moved to the Seattle area in 1993. I married Sheila Wittgow in 1995 and we had a son, Cort in 2003. We moved back to East Wenatchee in 2007. I am currently working as the Building Superintendent at the Wenatchee Valley YMCA. Curt’s story was proudly submitted by the Wenatchee Valley YMCA.



oy Byron Dickinson, known as Byron Dickinson, was born in Leavenworth, Washington, and raised at Lake Wenatchee. Byron, a natural athlete, began competitive skiing in high school. He was awarded a full scholarship to Seattle University; his 1953/54 ski team was inducted into the Seattle University’s Hall of Fame. He was invited to train with the U.S. Olympic team, but with a family to support, he instead decided to join the Army. Byron became an Army officer specializing in flying helicopters and fixed wing airplanes. He served two tours of duty to

Vietnam. After his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Army, Byron returned to Lake Wenatchee and became very active in the community. He led the formation of the District 9 Fire Station at Lake Wenatchee, and was also instrumental in the creation of the Lake Wenatchee Water District. In both agencies, he continued to serve as a commissioner for many years. Byron’s story is proudly submitted by his daughter, Sue Dickinson.


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Michael Drollman US Navy 1969 - 1975


ike was born in Deadwood, South Dakota, to Joe and Marietta Drollman, the eldest of four siblings. His family moved to Wenatchee in 1955, and Mike went through Wenatchee schools, graduating from WHS in 1968. Mike enlisted in the Navy in April, 1969, with delayed entrance in June. Boot camp was in San Diego, where he was selected for the thankless position of Recruit Chief Petty Officer. Basic Electronics School, also in San Diego, was the next requirement of Mike’s Communications Technician rate. This was followed by two years at the National Security Agency in Laurel, MD. In 1972, Mike was “volunteered” for the newly created Electronics Warfare rate. That school was located on Treasure Island, in San Francisco Bay. One year later, Mike flew home to Wenatchee for the weekend, to marry his high school sweetheart, Teresa Kunkel. He brought her back to San Francisco for the last three weeks of EW school. From there Mike was assigned to the USS Little Rock, CLG4 (guided missile cruiser, carrying Talos missiles.) Mind you, Mike’s first four years in the Navy were all on land, while he was courting Teresa 3000 miles away… but as soon as they got married, he got sea duty! However, the Little Rock was the flagship of the Sixth Fleet, homeported in Gaeta, Italy, during the Mid-East crisis and the Cyprus crisis. Although the honeymooners developed an instant dislike for emergency recalls to the ship on lazy weekend mornings, they made the best of a rather tense military situation. When the Admiral was aboard the flagship, he made many port calls around the Mediterranean. The Sixth Fleet Band and Music Show - including Teresa,

much to Mike’s delight – provided entertainment at each diplomatic destination. Because the Navy was entirely male during this era, the men rode the ship, and the women were flown in on C-130 cargo jets. One interesting departure from “no women on the ship” was an exceptional daylight cruise of several hours from Malaga, Spain to Tangier, Morocco. Women were not only allowed aboard, but Teresa was photographed for a Navy magazine while “driving” the ship! Mike’s favorite memories at sea included climbing high up on the mast to do maintenance on the ESM antennas while the ship was rocking to and fro; also, watching the stars at night when the ship was rolling with the waves while crossing the Mediterranean. One unforgettable moment was being catapulted off the USS Forrestal, going from 0 – 150 mph in 1 ½ seconds, in order to make it back to Gaeta in time for the birth of their first baby. Mike and Teresa saved all his leave time to take a month-long camping trip through much of Europe with their 10 month old daughter, Domenica. Other Navy benefits, besides the opportunity to travel, were acquiring valuable career skills, by which Mike was able to support Teresa and their 8 children as the sole breadwinner; the GI Bill for educational advancement; and the zero down VA home loan, which they used in 1985, and again in 2017. Mike was separated from the Navy as an EW2 (E5) at Sand Point Naval Air Station in August of 1975, completing 6 years and 2 months of enlisted duty, and meriting a National Defense Medal and a Good Conduct Medal, “for 6 years of undetected crime.” Mike’s banner and story was proudly submitted by Teresa, his lovely wife of 48 years.

Mike England US Marines 1977 - 1979


ike was born in Tonasket, WA to Bob and Louella England. He joined the Marine Corps in January 1977 and attended basic training at MCRD San Diego, California. After boot camp he served as a Recruiters Aid in Wenatchee where he met his wife, Terri Pruitt. He received schooling as a Hydraulic Mechanic in Memphis, TN (completing; Aviation Fundamentals, Aviation Structure Mechanic F/RF-4B/J), Primary MOS; 6054 Aircraft Hydraulic/Pneumatic Mechanic. In March 1978 he obtained the rank of Lance Corporal (E-3). He was assigned to VMFA-323, MAG-11, 3dMAW, MCAS El Toro, CA where he worked on the Phantom F-4 jets. Upon completion of the military Mike and Terri lived in California where he worked for Parker-

Bertea Corporation making hydraulic components for Boeing and McDonald Douglas until returning to the Northwest. He began working for ALCOA in Malaga in 1984 for 32 years until their shutdown in 2017. In 1995 he attended Big Bend Community College and received an AA degree in Welding and attended Wenatchee Valley College in 2018, receiving an AA degree in Industrial TechnologyElectronics. He began working at Bitmain in the cryptocurrency industry in 2018 as a Computer Technician until retiring in 2021 and now enjoys time with his grandchildren Wyatt and Laine. Mike’s banner and story was proudly submitted by his veteran wife Terri.

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Terri England

US Marine Corps 1977 – 1980


erri was born in Wenatchee to James & Joan Pruitt; the oldest of two daughters. She joined the Marine Corps in 1977 at 18 years old and was sent to MCRD Parris Island, SC for boot camp. She had a brief assignment as a Recruiters Aid in Wenatchee where she met her husband Mike England, also a Marine. From there she went to Twentynine Palms, CA for the Field Radio Operators Course. After training she was assigned to a ground unit as a Radio Operator at Marine Air Base 11, Marine Air Group 11, 3rd Marine Air Wing, Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, CA. While there she was

assigned as the Training NCO and Legal NCO, attaining the rank of Sergeant. Upon completion of the military Terri and Mike lived in California before returning to the Northwest. She started her career at the Wenatchee Police Department as a Dispatcher and retired after 38 years as the Accreditation & Administration Coordinator. Terri and Mike raised their daughter in Wenatchee and now enjoy time with their grandchildren Wyatt and Laine. Terri’s story was proudly submitted by Frank Kuntz, CPA.

Donn Etherington III US Marines 2010 - 2014


onn Etherington III (Donnie) was born in Seattle, WA on Pearl Harbor Day in 1984 and moved to Wenatchee, WA when he was seven years old. He was active in many sports and activities, including lettering in football, and graduated from Wenatchee High School in 2003. After attending a few different colleges, Donnie moved to Leavenworth, WA where he was employed by the United States Forest Service as a wild land firefighter. Then in 2010, at the age of 25, Donnie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After completing boot camp and infantry school near San Diego, CA, Donnie was permanently stationed on the island of Oahu. In 2011, Donnie was deployed with the 1st Battalion 3rd Division, also known as lava dogs, to the Helmand Province in Afghanistan for a seven month deployment. Stationed at the most remote base in the Marine Corps with no electricity or running water, Donnie and his squad provided protection and assistance to the neighboring villages. There was no

shortage of difficult times during his deployment, but Donnie arrived home safely on Thanksgiving Day in 2011- a day his family will never forget. Additionally, a non-combat deployment brought Donnie to Asia in 2013 where he spent six months with the Navy performing training exercises with other militaries from around the world. Since being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 2014, Donnie completed his Bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University. He worked seasonally as a park ranger law enforcement officer in both Sequoia National Park and Glacier National Park before ultimately returning to Wenatchee and accepting a firefighter position with Douglas County fire district #2. Donnie works summers in the family cherry orchard, is married to his wife, Stephanie, and the proud father of two little girls. Donnie’s banner story is proudly submitted by his family.


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Steven M. Featherkile US Navy 1974 - 1994


teve was born on March 14th, 1947, in Bellingham, Washington. He was raised in Wenatchee, attending Wenatchee High School and Wenatchee Valley College. As a youth, he was active in Boy Scouts, band, and the Civil Air Patrol. He was in the Marine Corps ROTC at the University of Idaho. Steve enlisted in the US Navy in 1974 and served as a Hospital Corpsman. He considered the apex of his Naval career to be when he was appointed Officer of the Deck Underway, charged with commanding the ship in the absence of the CO from the bridge, as an enlisted sailor. He reluctantly retired from the Navy in 1994 then attended Stanford University becoming a Physician’s Assistant. He practiced medicine primarily in Deer Park, Washington. After retirement, he appointed himself “Chief Executive Officer and Gandy Dancer at Washington Idaho & Montana Railway Company,” building an extensive railroad in his backyard. Steve’s banner and story was proudly submitted by his daughter, Sarah Featherkile Brown.


U.S. Army — German POW 1941–1945


onald Flick was born 1914 in Bedford Iowa. During the depression, many of Don’s Aunt’s, Uncles, and cousins started moving west. Some settled in Boise while many moved to the Wenatchee area. Don followed family to Boise, and then on to Wenatchee, Washington. Family was very important, and the whole extended family stuck together helping each other through the depression years. Don was drafted into the army from Wenatchee, Washington in March of 1941. He went to Fort Lewis and from there to Fort Knox and assigned to the First Armored Division, Company C, Combat Engineers. He received radio training and qualified as a radio operator, sending and

receiving Morse code and voice. He also trained as a rifleman, machine gunner 30 and 50 caliber. He built and destroyed bridges, laid and removed mine fields. His unit was deployed to England in June of 1942 and then to North Africa in November, where they participated in Operation Torch. Torch was the debut of the mass involvement of U.S. troops in the European North African Theatre. For more on Don’s POW experience go to: Don’s amazing story was proudly submitted by his grandson and sponsored by Heather Hill.

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Manuel “Manny” Garcia US Navy 1942 - 1967


aster Chief Manuel Carmona Garcia “aka Manny” served his county in 3 wars, earning a battle ribbon in each. WWII, Korea & Vietnam. He enlisted in the Navy while still in high school in Bellarmine High School, San Jose, California, immediately after Pearl Harbor. His mother had to sign his enlistment papers. Starting with the battle of Midway, Manny served in combat in every major battle theater in the Pacific, serving first as a gunner on the Destroyer Escort, then a merchant vessel and finally as an anti-aircraft gunner aboard a “jeep” aircraft carrier. Although his ship was never hit by a Kamikaze plane, he saw several go down around him. At the conclusion of WWII, Manny was assigned to Naval Air Station-Alameda and switched from surface vessels to aircraft and flew as a crewman in Korea on Mars Seaplanes delivering supplies. And later, on P3-Orions during the early stages of the Vietnam War.

Manny always said his happiest days in the Navy were as a “round hand-CP) First Class.” He served at both NAS Almeda and Treasure Island - both Navy bases are in San Francisco Bay. It was during that time he was promoted to Chief and gave up his “round hat” for one with a brim. Manny was “gung-ho” Navy all the way. In late 1964 he was selected to become a Naval Recruiter in Brooklyn, NY just prior to the start of the World’s Fair in New York City. It was during his 3 years in NYC that he was recognized as the top Navy recruiter in the US Navy based on the number of qualified enlistees. He was also promoted to the rank of Master Chief. Manny retired after 25 years in the Navy but remained active in the San Francisco Navy League until his death in 2012. Manny’s banner and story was proudly submitted by Buell Hawkins.

CPO. HARVEY GJESDAL U.S. Coast Guard 1989–2015


arvey Gjesdal Was born in Kennewick, Washington. He graduated from Kennewick High School, and later, with his Masters Degree from Central Washington University. He joined the U.S Coast Guard in 1989. He was trained as a Maritime Law Enforcement Specialist. While in the U.S., he was part of teams tasked with enforcing maritime laws and conducting search and rescue missions. In 1991, when Operation Desert Storm broke out, he was shipped to Saudi Arabia to protect allied ports. He was a machine-gunner and an engineer on a Coast Guard patrol boat. In 2003, when Operation Iraqi Freedom started, he was shipped to Iraq as part of a unit charged with protecting an oil discharge platform. He was moved to the unit armory where he maintained the unit‘s weapons and acted as a small arms instructor for other Coastguardsmen. He also served after 9/11 guarding a Navy ammunition facility and in 2010 in Mobile Alabama During the BP oil spill.

During his service, Harvey rose to the rank of Chief Petty Officer (E-7). He traveled the world including Saudi Arabia, Iraq, South Korea, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He retired in 2015 after 26 years of service. Harvey enjoyed serving his nation in the Coast Guard. His philosophy about the service is that every good man should give some time to his country. His favorite bible verse, Isaiah 6:8 says it best: Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said “Here am I. Send me.“ Harvey is married to the love of his life, Jennifer Gjesdal. They have four children: Emily, Alex, Jordan and Nick. Harvey is the retired Sheriff for Douglas County, Washington. Jennifer is a teacher at Orchard Middle School. Harvey’s story was proudly submitted by his wife Jennifer.


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Jerry Gutzwiler US Army 1967 - 1997


erry was drafted on July 7, 1967. After Basic Training, Jerry entered Officer Candidate School in November 1967, graduating in May 1968 as a Combat Engineer. He went to Ordnance School in Fort Mead Maryland. In 1969 Jerry was assigned to duty in Korea for 13 months, being discharged in April 1970. Nine Months later Jerry was reactivated to the Army Reserves. While working as a Forester for Weyerhauser, he spent the next 25+ years in the Reserves. Jerry was called to active status in 1989 to serve in Panama during the Noriega conflict. He also had assignments to the Solomon Islands, Tonga and the Marianas to develop natural disaster plans. Jerry became the Commander of the Civil Affairs unit at Fort Lewis as a Lt. Col. Retiring in 1997 as a Colonel. Jerry’s story was proudly submitted by his sister Marion and Brother Richard.

Sgt. Norman P. Gutzwiler US Marines 1966 - 1970


ollowing basic training, at Camp Pendleton, California, he attended the helicopter tech. training center in Memphis and advanced helicopter training at Camp Pendleton before being assigned to Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 367 MAG 36, 1st Marine Air Wing in Vietnam. During his Vietnam tour, July 1968September 1969, he was a Crew Chief on a UH-1E gunship. During his tour he received the Silver Star Medal, two Air Medals (Bronze Star and Gold Star), the Purple Heart, and 58 Strike/Flight Awards. Following his military service he returned to Wenatchee and resides here with his wife Myra, four children and 10 grandchildren. Norm’s story was proudly submitted by his sister Marion, Brother Richard and Brother Jerry.

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Philip Gutzwiler US Air Force 1969 - 1973


hil received basic training at Lackland AFT, Texas in 1969 and completed his Precision Photo Processing Specialist Training at Lowry AFT, Colorado in 1970. His 548th Recon Tech Group was stationed at Yokota AFT Japan and relocated to Hickman AFT, Hawaii where he completed his service and was honorably discharged in 1973. Philip’s Banner and story was proudly submitted by his wife Darlene.

Anton Harley U.S. Army 1942–1945


orn in Germany in 1906, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1927. His signature is still on the books at Ellis Island. From there he took a train cross country to Ephrata, Washington. For the next two years he worked for his uncle and aunt on their homestead ranch on Sagebrush Flats. From there he moved on to Aswell, Washington to work with his two brothers Carl and Frank. When the war broke out he enlisted as he was too old to be drafted. He said that he owed this country for allowing him to enter and become a citizen. During the war he was assigned to the

5th Army Air Force in the Pacific theater. After the war, he and his two brothers started Harle Brothers Construction. Two of their most well known projects were the Catholic Church in East Wenatchee and the ski lodge at Mission Ridge. He and his wife “Josepha” also adopted five children during their marriage. To them he is a hero and a truly honorable man. Anton’s story was proudly submitted by his wife and children, Mary, Mark, Mike, Marti and Monica.


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JU.S.erry L. Harlow Air Force 1956–1964


was born Nov. 18, 1934 in Kansas City, Kansas. After attending Argentine High School in Kansas City, I joined the Air Force in May 1956. My basic training was at Lockland Air Force Base located in Amarillo, Texas. After basic training, I was then stationed at Larson Air Force base in Moses Lake. My assigned duties were “Metal Procession Specialist” for the 62nd Field Maintenance Squadron. In 1960, our Squadron was transferred to McCord Air Force Base in Tacoma, at which time I re-enlisted for another four years. While stationed at Larson Air Force Base, I met Louise Sutton who became my wife. We married March 14, 1958 at The Emanuel Baptist Church in Wenatchee. While serving, the first two of our children Terry and Sherrie, were born at Larson Air Force Base. The next two, Barry and Gary were born at McCord Air Force Base. After honorable discharge

in June 1964, we moved to Wenatchee where we bought a small orchard on Burch Mountain Road. It is here, where we had the last two of our six children, Larry and Kari. I owned a welding shop business for many years which was located on our property. After I sold my business, I joined IBEW from which I retired. Louise and I still own our land, live in the same house (56 years) which we purchased in 1964. Today, you will find us living on “Harlow Lane.” We proudly have nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Sunnyslope Elementary School has been blessed with four generations of us starting in 1944 through 2019. I am honored to have served our country for over eight years. Gene’s story was proudly submitted by his daughter Sherrie.

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E ric D. Hedeen U.S. Air Force Lieutenant 1987–1991


ric was born in 1963 in Everett, Washington and grew up on his family’s orchard in Malaga. He enjoyed hunting and fishing while working in the orchard alongside horses and a pair of memorable Dalmatian dogs. He attended Wenatchee schools and graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1982. He was also a member of Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue. Eric continued his education at Washington State University, where he joined ROTC and was president of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He graduated with a degree in architecture and worked for a local architect when he designed the Wenatchee downtown pavilion. In 1989, he married Susan, and moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where he was stationed at Eaker Air Force Base. During the Gulf War in 1991, he was stationed with the 97th Bombardment Wing at Diego Garcia in the middle of the Indian Ocean, serving as an Electronics Warfare Officer onboard a B-52

bomber. On February 3, 1991 while returning from a mission, the aircraft lost an engine and all electrical power. The six-member crew bailed out under 2,000 feet. Three crew members were rescued from the ocean amid burning wreckage. The next day Eric’s body was found attached to his life raft. Eric was interred at Evergreen Memorial Park in East Wenatchee, with full military honors and a B-52 flyover. His parents created a scholarship at the WSU College of Engineering and Architecture in his name. Eric was intelligent, thoughtful and funny, and he displayed these traits with everyone he knew. Eric’s story was proudly submitted by his brother Kurt Hedeen and sister Valerie Hedeen McInnes in whose memories Eric remains animated and laughing. Also supported with the sponsorship from 3J’s Orchard


U.S. Air Force Lieutenant 1953–1957


erry was born in 1931 and raised in a St. Paul, Minnesota suburb. He spent considerable time on his grandparent’s farm using draft horses to power equipment. He joined ROTC and graduated from St. Thomas College with a cartography degree. His love of flying and country was realized as an Air Force Fighter pilot. While stationed in Olathe, Kansas in 1956 he met Dee and made her his bride three months later. Following his Air Force service he served as a civilian liaison with the military contributing to the design of radar installations. His work required frequent moves to Michigan, Arizona, California, Alabama and Washington. Living in Everett Jerry was to attend a meeting in Wenatchee. Sheets of rain poured as he drove to the top of Stevens Pass when the clouds parted to sunny skies. That event prompted a career and lifestyle change. Jerry and Dee purchased a small orchard filled with ancient winesap, pear and cherry trees on which stood an old tilted farmhouse. Jerry worked fulltime as Director of the Community Action Council to support the family while working all

his off hours building the orchard business and repairing the house. He was a voracious reader and instilled values of hard work and love of God, family, nature and country in his three sons and daughter. A favorite saying to support his instruction was “it builds character.” He provided a ranch life for his family that included horses, dogs, hunting and fishing, hockey on a frozen lake and countryside rides in a WWII Willys Jeep. Jerry volunteered on many community and church boards and projects throughout his life. His hard work eventually allowed the purchase of additional property and son Kurt joined the orchard operation as partner. Jerry worked in the orchard daily into his mid-80s and missed it greatly when he could no longer participate, but continued to watch the skies and the variety of planes that fly in our area. He died in September 2019 and was buried with full military honors. Jerry’s story was proudly submitted by son and daughter Kurt Hedeen and Valerie Hedeen McInnes. Supported with the sponsorship from 3J’s Orchard.


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LYNN M. HEMINGER U.S. Air Force 1956–1962


ynn Heminger graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1952, and attended Washington State College. He graduated in 1956 with a degree in Horticulture and a Commission of 2nd Lieutenant, having completed four years of USAF ROTC. He went on active duty in 1957 and began flight training at Malden Missouri, learning to fly the T-34, then the T-28. After marriage at the end of 1957, he and Joan moved to Enid, Oklahoma where he received jet training in the T-33 and was awarded his pilots wings. Next was training in Valdosta, Georgia, in the T-86L all weather interceptor. Moses Lake was his first duty station in the 322nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron. There they transitioned to the F101B Voodoo. The squadron moved to Klamath Falls, Oregon where he completed his active duty 1 Oct 1962. He

was blessed to serve in between the Korean and Vietnam wars, serving only in peace time. He returned to Wenatchee in 1962, with his wife Joan and their two sons Kent and Barry to take over the family Orchard. He continued serving in the Air Force Reserve for an additional 22 years retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Lynn enjoyed orcharding for over 30 years. He was a member of the Eastmont School Board for 12 years, serving as President for two terms. He also served as Douglas County PUD Comissioner for 24 years and was elected President of the Washington State PUD Association in 2009. He has also been a long time member of the Wenatchee Apollo Club. Lynn’s story was proudly submitted by his Wife Joan and his three children and their families.

CPL. MATTHEW HEPNER U.S. Marines 1999–2003


atthew was born in Redmond, Washington in 1980 and raised in the Covington area of Washington. Upon graduation from Kentwood Hight School Matthew shipped out for basic training the day after graduation in the summer of 1999. Initially under an infantry contract he was transferred to the Air Wing as an Aviation Electrician and he was stationed with VMA-513 attack Squadron “the Nightmares” in Yuma, Arizona. Cpl. Hepner was selected for a secondary billet as well and was one of the first Marine Corps martial arts instructors at Yuma Air Station. After 9/11 Matthew and the 513 nightmares were sent to Afghanistan from 2002-2003. While there Matthew received the Naval Commendation Medal for his work teaching

close combat, hand-to-hand and knife fighting. After being stop losssed, Matthew was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps. After his military duty Matthew moved to the Wenatchee Valley and joined the electrical apprenticeship, where he completed a program and became a journeyman wireman. Working closely with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers he helps draft policies to benefit working families. He was elected to East Wenatchee City Council in 2017 and is currently still actively serving his community where he lives with his wife Jennifer and daughter Haven. Matthew proudly submitted his story.

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Maria Garcia Hernandez US Army 1989 - 1992


PC Maria Garcia-Hernadez joined the Army in May 1989 and was a 76C an Equipment Records, and Parts Specialists and was stationed at D Co 124th SB, 2nd Armored Division, Ft Hood Tx. 2nd Armored Division was deployed when Sadaam invaded Kuwait and was attached to another Division during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. The 76C and 77C, we were assigned to inactive 2nd Armored Division and turn equipment and supplies over to 4th ID. Maria completed her enlistment with HHC 16th Signal Battalion, 1st Calvary Division. When Maria left the Army in May 1992 she lived in Traverse City, MI and worked for the Secretary of State (Department of Licensing) for many years. Maria, her husband Jesus along with her children moved to Wenatchee, WA in November 2004 and

Alfy Hersel US Navy 1949 - 1953


lfy joined the Navy in 1949 and spent a couple of those years at sea. His last tour was in Japan while serving on the USS Cunningham. He left the military in 1959.

Alfy’s banner and story was proudly submitted by his brother and fellow veteran Marvin.

she started working with WorkSource Wenatchee Valley in February of 2006 and in November of 2018 she became the Consolidated Veteran Service Representative and has really enjoyed helping out our veterans in need of individualized intensive employment services, referrals to the Veteran resources, training, and education services in the Wenatchee Valley. Maria also networks with employers to hire our Veterans and joins forces with our local and state Veteran organizations and agencies to hold two Job and Resource fairs (Spring and Fall) at Pybus Public Market. Maria’s banner and story were proudly submitted by Jesus Hernandez and JH Construction and Sons, LLC.


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Brad Hersel U.S. Army 2008–2013


rad joined the U.S. Army in 2008 as a MOS 11C infantry mortarman. He went to basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia. After 4 ½ months of basic training he was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. He was placed in the 1st Infantry Division, 2nd Battalion 16th Infantry Regiment also known as “Rangers.” He was deployed to Iraq from 2009–2010. Then Brad was deployed to Afghanistan from 2012–2013 where he earned a combat infantry badge. Brad got out of the Army in 2013 after four years and 11 months of dedicated service. Brad’s story was proudly submitted WayneHersel.

Duane Lee Hersel US Army 1974 - 1978


uane graduated from high school in 1968. He then tried college and that didn’t work, so he joined the military in 1974 and served through 1978. He had many wonderful adventures while in Europe. Duane spent two years in Germany where he learned to love the people and found a town called Hersel, Germany. Duane’s banner and story was proudly submitted by his brother and fellow veteran Wayne Hersel.

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Jerry Hersel US Navy 1960 - 1966


ulius “Jerry” Daniel Hersel was born in 1941. Jerry was picked up with a friend who had taken his brother’s car without permission. He spent a couple of days in Lock Up and then his dad went down and picked him up. He took him directly to the Navy recruiter and signed him up at 19 years of age. His last deployment was in Japan on the USS Bonhomme Richard where he helped pilot and land planes. He left the military in 1966. Jerry’s banner and story was proudly submitted by his brother and fellow veteran Marvin.

Marvin Hersel U.S. Navy 1952–1971


arvin served in the U.S. Navy from 1952–1971. He served on the USS Cunningham during the Korean War. He also served on: USS Hamul USS Swenson USS Bryce Canyon USS Navasota USS Isle Royale USS Hector. He retired as a Chief Gunner’s Mate.

Marvin’s story was proudly submitted by Wayne Hersel.



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Norman Hersel US Navy 1958 - 1962


ayne joined the Navy in 1958. His last deployment was aboard Bremerton-Hamill. He made two trips to Japan and on his last trip home he married the sister of fellow veteran Marvin’s wife. Two veteran brothers married to two sisters. Norman’s banner and story was proudly submitted by his brother and fellow veteran Marvin.

J. Colin Hill U.S. Army 2002–2011


ept. 11, 2001 inspired J. Colin Hill to enlist in the US Army. He married Heather J. Hobart Dec. 22, 2001, and they both “honeymooned” at Fort Jackson, South Carolina for Basic Training. Colin and his wife graduated from Basic Training on his birthday, April 4, 2002. He spent his next birthday April 4, 2003 participating in the battle for the Bagdad Airport with Fort Steward’s 3rd Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom’s initial invasion of Iraq. Colin again deployed to Qatar in 2004-2006 in support of operations in Iraq. He and his team were to be secondary to the primary Satcom team in Iraq, but quickly assumed responsibility of being the primary Satcom team supporting communications for the 3rd Infantry Division. Colin was also selected to apply for the White House Communications Agency (WHCA). After passing a rigorous background investigation, Colin was notified that he would be relocating to Washington, D.C. to work for WHCA. He received word of this assignment in November 2006 when

he was stop-loss to deploy to Iraq December 2006. The White House was the only assignment that outweighed the 3rd ID’s need for his support during the deployment. Colin worked under the Bush and Obama administration at WHCA from 2007 to 2011. Colin excelled in the U.S. Army and quickly caught the attention of leadership due to his calm demeanor and ability to execute difficult tasks under extreme pressure. He was promoted to E7 in seven years due to his dedication and discipline as a soldier. Colin was medically retired from the Army on December 28, 2011. He is the proud father of three children: Noelle (13), Allyson (7), and Michael (2). He now is employed with Costco Wholesale and works at their Data Center as a Data Center Analyst. He also humors his wife by owning a small hobby farm where he raises hay/alfalfa, chickens, ducks, geese, goats, horses and one mini cow. Collin’s story was proudly submitted by his wife Heather.


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kennetH l. Hinners US Navy 1976 - 1998


en was born and raised in Connersville, Indiana. After graduating high school in 1976 and shipping off to bootcamp later that summer, it was his desire all through high school to join the Navy and sail the world. The Navy fulfilled his desire as he was able to circumnavigate the world once by sea and twice by air to support the mission assigned. Guy, like his brother, Gene, chose to serve their country in the US Army. He served 12 1/2 years of sea time while serving on the USS Glover, AGFF-1 and FF-1098, the USs Leftwich DD-984 and the USS California CGN-36. As a SONAR Technician, he completed many technical and leadership courses. Two shore duty assignments, Submarine Base Pearl Harbor HI and Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit (MIUWU101) in Everett, Washington. While on shore duty in Hawaii, Ken completed 2 associate degrees, one in Management and one in Electronics. On his 2nd shore duty assignment, he was able to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business

My Dad, James H. Stevens, was a very proud Veteran and served in the US Army in the Korean War. He left us in September at the age of 90.

Ken’s banner and story was proudly submitted by his friend Buell Hawkins.

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Administration with an emphasis in Management just prior to retiring. Completing 5 deployments to the Middle East during his career with an abundance of memorable encounters, such as being “in theater” during the capture of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, and the successful elimination of Saddam Hussein’s ole smuggling operations. It was during this deployment that he achieved “Combat Veteran” status. After his retirement from the Navy, Ken joined the U.S. Postal Service in Seattle. He completed his career as an Electronic Technician serving almost 20 years in Wenatchee. While working in Seattle, Ken met his future wife Joji. Soon afterward they moved to Wenatchee where she joined the Postal Service and has been a City Letter Carrier for more than 16 years.


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Robert A. ‘Bob’ Hughes U.S. Navy 1964–1970


ob was born in Spokane to the late Al and Virginia Hughes. At the age of 5, the family moved to Wenatchee. While still in High School, Bob joined the U.S. Navy Reserves in 1964. In February of 1967, he began active duty and in July of that year served in Vietnam for one year. He completed active duty in October 1968 and finished Reserves in 1970. Bob is married to Marilou and they have three grown children; Jeff, Angela and Chris. They have seven grandchildren; Derek, Kamryn, Jerrod, Breanne, Connor, Sonya and Jaxson. In 1969 Bob took a job with the Chelan County Planning Department, advancing to

Planning Director for the City of Wenatchee from which he retired. He then again worked for Chelan County as their Planning Director for three and a half years finally retiring the second time. After retirement, Bob was diagnosed with multiple myeloma which was a result of exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. Bob said he never regretted his service to our country and was known to say “he was raised in Wenatchee but grew up in Vietnam.” Robert’s Hero story is submitted by his very proud wife Marilou

Leandro ‘Lando’ Jasso U.S. Army 2012–2018


ergeant Jasso enlisted in the Army in 2012 and became an accomplished soldier, completing the Basic AirborneCourse, earning the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the much-sought after Ranger tab. Jasso, who was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, was on his third deployment to Afghanistan when he was killed in action on November 24, 2018 during a close-quarters firefight with al-Qaida forces in the Khash Rod District, Nimruz province, dying immediately of his injuries. “Sgt. Jasso was a humble professional who placed the mission first, lived the Ranger Creed and will be deeply missed,” Lt. Col. Rob McChrystal, Jasso’s battalion commander, said in the Army’s official statement. His awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge and Expert Rifle Marksmanship Badge. Lando was born on June 19, 1993 in Brewster, Washington, met his future adoptive family in September, lived in Entiat, North Bend, and Leavenworth where he started his education at Osborn

Elementary School. As a senior, he completed the 2011-2 cycle in the Washington Youth Academy and returned to complete his senior year at Cascade High School, graduating in 2012. Lando wrestled and played football with the Kodiaks. He also played the tuba in Band and had previously taken piano, violin and cello lessons. He played soccer, Little League, swam with the Wenatchee Valley Summer Swim League, skied and snowboarded at Ski Hill, and was active in Scouts through. Pack 28 and Troop 28 where he earned his Life rank. Lando Jasso is survived by his father, Gabe Jasso, Leavenworth; his mother, Betty Palmer, Cashmere; brother, Esai Jasso, Leavenworth; his paternal grandfather, Cecil Jasso, Klamath Falls, OR; maternal grandparents, Frank and Sandra Miller, North Bend, WA, nephew, Ryder Jasso, Cashmere, his Ranger brothers, countless dear friends, and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended families. He will always be remembered in the small town of Leavenworth as a bright, funny, driven and loving friend who made everyone feel special. As the news of his death spread throughout the valley, former teachers and friends recalled a quiet young man who enjoyed the discipline. Lando’s story was proudly submitted by fellow veterans at Wenatchee Valley VFW Post 3617.


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L. Gary Jewett US Army 1965 - 1995


or heroism while participating in aerial flight evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty in the Republic of Vietnam: Warrant Officer Jewett distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on 13 November 1967, while serving as an aircraft commander of a UH-1H helicopter during a combat support mission in the Que Son Valley, Republic of Vietnam. When several helicopters were downed in enemy controlled terrain, Warrant Officer Jewett

made numerous flights into the area to insert infantry troops around the disabled aircraft. Although his aircraft was constantly exposed to the enemy ground fire, WO Jewett continued with his mission. His outstanding flying ability and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. “ Gary’s banner and story was proudly submitted by his daughter Stephanie Jewett.

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Leroy Johnston U.S. Navy 1947–1951


eroy, usually known as Roy was born in Wenatchee, June 28, 1929 to the late Claude and Barbara Johnston. Growing up, there was plenty of work to be done. Working in the orchard and feeding livestock. Much of which had to be done early in the morning before he caught the school bus. Upon graduating from Wenatchee High School, Roy joined the Navy and was sent to San Diego, California for recruit training. After boot camp he was assigned to Hawaii to be an orderly for an admiral who was Base Commander for the Fleet Airwing II. The next two years were spent as a crewman on a PB4YZ Patrol Bomber attached to Squadron YP-22 rotating from Guam to Hawaii. At this time, the Korean War broke out and he and other airmen were assigned to the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Princeton (CV-37). After serving one year in the Sea of Japan, he was honorably discharged and returned home. Roy enrolled at Wenatchee Valley College to study engineering and play football. He graduated

in the class of ’53. Then he attend the University of Washington to earn his Bachelors Degree while working at Boeing. After graduation he accepted a position at General Dynamics Corp. in Fort Worth, Texas. He attended Texas Christian University where he was selected to be an exchange student in Germany. He was awarded a Masters Degree, appointed Admiral in the Texas Navy and also past Master of a Masonic lodge in Texas. Having worked 35 years in aerospace, he decided to retire and return back to Wenatchee to be with family, friends and twin brother Ray. They served together for two years in the same Navy patrol squadron. Roy still lives here in Wenatchee with his lovely wife Patty and enjoys their children and grandchildren (Clayton and Liam). He is a member of Calvary Bible Church and was a member of the Apollo Club. Roy was honored to submit his story.

Lcdr. Raymond johnston U.S. Navy 1948–1978


aymond “Ray” was born and raised in Wenatchee with his twin brother Leroy “Roy.” He graduated from Wenatchee High School and attended Wenatchee Valley College and played on the first organized football team in the fall of 1947. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1948 and enlisted for four years. At the end of his enlistment, the Korean War was in full swing. President Turman froze all enlistments so he was involuntarily extended indefinitely. He then reenlisted for four more years. At the end of that enlistment (eight years total service) he was in China. He then again reenlisted and decided to make the Navy a career. He attended Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. He remained on active duty until 1978 and retired as Lieutenant Commander. The Navy was

his life and he has no regrets. “It was a wonderful experience and career.” Ray served many years in Aviation squadrons, Destroyer Navy, Amphibious Force and with duty aboard cruiser USS Chicago (CG-11). While on active duty he went to night school whenever duties permitted and graduated from the University of LaVerne, CA. He notes the interesting places he went: Hawaiian Islands, Johnston Island, Kwajalein Island, Guam, Midway Island, Okinawa, Japan (Yokosuka, Sasebo, Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe), China (Hong Kong, Kowloon), Vietnam (Da Nang, Rivers), Philippines (Subic, Clark, Manila), Taiwan and Rhode Island.) Ray is a proud veteran and submitted his story.

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Erich Jurges US Navy 2001- 2010


r. Erich Jurges graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer in 2001. He disarmed 198 roadside bombs as a team leader in Iraq and was awarded a Bronze Star with Valor. As Officer in Charge of Mobile Det Marianas, he conducted emergency response and humanitarian demining operations in the South Pacific to dispose of World War II explosive remnants of war. After nine years of active duty, he went back to school to become a dentist and used his GI Bill at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. Dr. Jurges founded and operates Sagebrush Dental to provide oral care for Wenatchee. A continued effort to serve our military and veterans, Dr. Jurges is one of a few local dentists that accepts active-duty military insurance as well as working with the VA Healthcare system to provide dental care to disabled veterans. Dr. Jurges banner and story was proudly submitted by his wife Kerry Jurges.

Sgt James C. Kerr US Army 1968 – 1968


ergeant James Clayton Kerr June 16, 1948 – December 6, 1968, KIA Kien Phong, Vietnam, A Battery, 6th Battalion, 77th Artillery, 9 Infantry Division Panel 37W, Row 51 of Vietnam Memorial Washington D.C. Burial - Holly Hill Memorial Park, Fairburn, Fulton County, Georgia. From Shelia Kerr Entrekin his Wife: “James and I became high school sweethearts and dated all through high school. He joined the Army and was sent to Germany. I was so relieved that he didn’t have to go to Vietnam. After a few months, he felt he had to go to Vietnam. He explained to me that his buddies were there fighting a real war and he was playing war. I could not change his mind. He came home on leave, and we married quickly on February 1st, 1968. We met again on November 4th, 1968, in Hawaii on R&R. I knew when we said goodbye, I would never see

him again. I didn’t until December 17th, 1968, the day his body arrived home. I have lived with this sadness and loos of this great, brave man for 52 years now. It was a very real war and I believe as James did, that it was to protect the freedom of this country and I am so proud of him for giving his life for what he believed in. Thank you, James, for making me proud to wear the Red, White, and Blue. I do it for you!” From Thomas J. Turner: “We called him “Clay” and he was a Sergeant. The night he died he was sharing a gift of goodies from home. That was James, he would have given you the shirt of his back. I remember the moment as if it were minutes ago. I am so sorry for your loss and grieve for my loss too.” James’s banner and story was proudly submitted by his friend Thomas Turner.


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Cheryl ‘Cherie’ Knudson U.S. Navy 1968–1973


heryl “Cherie” enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Aug. 9, 1968 in Pueblo, Colorado. Tours of duty included Bainbridge, Maryland and Naples, Italy where she worked with an international staff at Allied Forces Southern Atlantic Treaty Organization (AFSOUTHNATO) from January 1971 to September 1972. A highlight of this duty was working on then President Richard Nixon’s advance staff when he visited the NATO HQ. In January 1973, she reported to U.S. Navy Recruiting office in Des Moines, Iowa with duty as a Navy Recruiter. She was subsequently promoted to Personnelman First Class (PN1), E-6. Last but not least was duty at the U.S. Navy Recruiting Station in Oakland, California which was a true experience!! Cheri was discharged on Aug. 8, 1975 after seven years of active service. She resides in Wenatchee with her husband and fellow veteran John “Top” Knudson. Cherie’s story was proudly submitted by fellow veteran Mark Harle.

John ‘Top’ Knudson U.S. Army 1966–1993


st Sgt. John Knudson enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard in 1966 from Irwin, Iowa. In 1972, he was discharged and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve. In 1977, 1st Sgt. Knudson enlisted in the U.S. Army. His total service to this country totaled over 26 years. His U.S. Army career took him to many locations: Fort Carson, Colorado; Ford Ord, California; Fort Riley, Kansas. In Des Moines, Iowa he excelled as an Army Recruiter. 1st Sgt. Knudson spent two tours in Germany. In 1990, while at Fort. Riley, the 1st Infantry Division was tagged to be part of the deployment to Iraq to support Dessert Shield/Desert Storm. He went with his unit and served as a 1st Sergeant, and an acting Sergeant

Major. 1st Sgt. Knuds0n returned to Fort Riley in May 1990 with his unit. He retired on May 31, 1993. He received many awards during the 26+ years. The highest of which was a Bronze Star Award when he returned to Fort Riley from Desert Storm. He also received a medal from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia given to all soldiers recognizing their service in the liberation of Kuwait. He has resided in Wenatchee since 2013 with his wife and fellow veteran Cherie. He enjoys fishing in the region and is not planning on moving anytime soon. John’s story was proudly submitted by fellow veteran Mark Harle.


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Joseph M. LaVergne US Army WWII & South Pacific


oseph Majoric LaVergne had a wife and a baby boy at home when he was drafted to serve in the US Army during World War II. He gladly served in the Philippines, New Guinea and in Japan as part of our post-war presence. Corporal LaVergne returned home and in 1953 pursued an American dream by starting his own plumbing business. These skills were passed down to his son, Lowell, who opened his own plumbing business in 1971. Lowell would sometimes take his son, Matt, on calls and Matt would hold the flashlight while his dad repaired pipes. In 2006, Matt opened his own business, Patriot Plumbing Heating & Cooling. Patriot strives to uphold the same standard of dedicated service that Grandpa Joe stood for all those years ago. Joseph’s banner and story was proudly submitted by his Grandson Joe, Owner & Service Manager of Patriot Plumbing.

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Service is our Family Tradition Joseph Majoric LaVergne had a wife and a baby boy at home when he was drafted to serve in the US Army during World War II. He gladly served in the Philippines, New Guinea and in Japan as part of our post-war presence. Corporal LaVergne returned home and in 1953 pursued the American dream by starting his own plumbing business. These skills were passed down to his son, Lowell, who opened his own plumbing business in 1971. Lowell would sometimes take his son, Matt, on calls and Matt would hold the flashlight while his dad repaired pipes. In 2006, Matt opened his own business, Patriot Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. Patriot strives to uphold the same standard of dedicated service that Grandpa Joe stood for all those years ago.

Thank you Grandpa Joe and every veteran. We salute you! Matt LaVergne, Owner & Service Manager. (shown here with sons Oscar and Riley and wife Melanie)


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Charles J. Lawhead U.S. Army 1943–1945


harlie joined the Army in World War II expecting to fight. His original plan was to become a paratrooper, but as happened with so many other GI’s, his plan did not quite work out. One of the tests was to be able to jump out of a moving pickup, roll to a stop and be ready for action. Charlie could do all but the roll. Consequently, he became a dogface and infantryman. After basic training he was assigned as a replacement in the 17th Infantry Division. When he got there, he found them looking for machine gunners. The guys were not measuring up until it became Charlie’s turn. He seized that machine gun, ran out to the firing position, flopped down and let go. The Colonel gave him high marks and from then on he carried a machine gun. Looking back, if he had realized how much that thing weighed, he claimed he might not have put on such a good show. Charlie saw action in Palau. Many tragic things happened on that island. His commanding officer was killed in Palau by a mortar round. Charlie was seriously wounded on Okinawa. Charlie was working his way around a hillock to get behind the

Japanese when a machine gun opened up on him. He was struck by three bullets in a diagonal row across his chest, one bullet shattering and lodging next to his heart. The force knocked him into a rice patty that probably saved his life. They were able to carry Charlie to an aid station. Nighttime was falling so evacuation had to wait until morning. Medics moved the wounded to a nearby cave. The Japanese pushed past the cave that night and Charlie did not get much sleep and could hear them outside. Charlie was struggling to breathe so in the morning he was a priority status to be evacuated and was rushed to the USS Comfort. They removed three bullets and left his chest wound next to his heart open until it could heal more. Charlie was still in the operating room when a Japanese Kamikaze pilot flew his airplane into the ship, hitting and killing seven nurses and five doctors. Only Charlie, his doctor and another man next to him survived. Charlie was taken to Hawaii and spent the rest of the war in a home on the island of Oahu. Charlie was awarded a Purple Heart and passed away in 2000. Charlie’s story was proudly submitted by Wayne Hersel.

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Casey Lawhead US Air Force 1993 - 2000


asey was born in 1971 and graduated from Laguna Beach High School in 1990. He joined the Air Force in 1993 and served 2 ½ years in England where he met his wife. Casey was a part of the 494-fighter squadron where he was a chew chief. He then spent 3 years in Alaska with the 19th fighter squadron. His last year he was assigned to NORAD. Casey’s banner and story was proudly submitted by his uncle and fellow veteran Wayne Hersel.

Charles Lawhead, Jr. US Army 1966 - 1968


huck graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1966 and joined the Army after graduation. He spent 1967 in Vietnam. He then returned to Fort Hustus until he was discharged in 1968. He currently is retired after a successful business in Coeur d’Alene Idaho where he currently resides. Charles banner and story was proudly submitted by his Brother-In-Law and fellow veteran Wayne Hersel.



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Kristopher Lawhead US Army 2010 - Present


ris was born in 1988 and graduated from Coeur d’Alene High School. In 2010 he joined the Army and became a Helicopter Mechanic for 5 years. 2013 – 2015 he went to Japan and liked it. He attended flight school at Fort Rucker Alabama. He spent 3 years at Fort Lewis Ft. Drom, NY 11 years. He is currently still serving. Kris’s banner and story was proudly submitted by his uncle and fellow veteran Wayne Hersel.

Mike Lawhead US Army 1981 - 1985


ike was born in 1955 and graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1974. Mike tried college and other jobs, but nothing seemed to really work for him. He joined the Army to become a helicopter pilot but became a helicopter metal fabricator instead. He was in Korea for a year and spent the rest of his time in the military in Fort Carson, Colorado and Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He enjoyed flying Gyro Copters after his military service ended and owned two. Mike’s banner and story was proudly submitted by his brother-in-law and fellow veteran Wayne Hersel.

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Michael Lawhead Jr. US Air Force 2019 - Present


ike was born in 1998 and graduated from Pacific Grove High School in California. He had traveled to Hungary with his family for a wedding and when he returned home, he joined the Air Force in 2019. Mike got married right after he enlisted and is currently stationed in Patterson Air Force Base in Patterson, Ohio. He is a part of the Special Security Force Unit there today. Mike’s banner and story was proudly submitted by his uncle and fellow veteran Wayne Hersel.

Laron L. Leedy US Navy 1954 – 1984


n 1954, Laron was one of 7 Wenatchee grads to enlist in the Navy. After boot camp, his first duty station was in Davisville, Rhode Island. After 30 years that he was serving our country, Laron was stationed in many countries, including French Morocco, Antarctica, Newfoundland, and multiple states. Locations include Gulfport Mississippi, Great Lakes Illinois, Pensacola Florida, Oxnard California and Pacific Beach Washington. He was serving in Guantanamo Bay Cuba during the Missile Crisis and with the State Department in the Philippines, Hong Kong and South East Asia. Laron received many medals during his time of service including, the Good Conduct medal 7 times, Navy Expeditionary, the National Defense medal 2 times, Antarctic Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. Laron’s Hero story is submitted by a very proud wife Helen Leedy and daughters Wendy Navone and Toni Mann.



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Richard Leonard U.S. Navy 1965–1968


ichard was born and raised in Wenatchee, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in February 1965. He was stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas for his first year, going through Fire Controls/Weapons Department Training. He was then assigned to the USS Coral Sea for two years and nine months. After discharge in December 1968, he attended Wenatchee Valley College for two years and worked as a boiler maker until his retirement. He is now residing in Wenatchee and is associated with various veterans groups in the area. Richard is a proud veteran and submitted his own story.

Alfred J. Luberts, Jr.

US Army 1957–1965 & 1973-1998 Reserves


n July 9th, 1957, at the age of 19, Al volunteered for the draft and became a Private attending basic training at Fort Ord, CA. While at Fort Ord, Al also attended 4 months advanced individual training with the 52nd Army Band. Al was shipped out to the 232nd Army Band at Fort Sam Houston, TX after finishing basic. As a bandsman, he soon became the first chair Tenor Sax player, put on music theory classes for other bandsmen and wrote music that was used on the Fort Sam Houston float in the San Antonio Fiesta parades. Al extended his enlistment after his two-year tour for another year. Shortly after, he met and married Gloria at a WAC at Fort Sam Houston. Al decided to make the Army his career and relisted for six additional years. He was transferred to Germany along with Gloria. He was assigned to the 3rd Armored Division Band at Drake Kaserne in Frankfurt, Germany. Al and Gloria’s first daughter, Elaine, was born in Frankfurt. While in Germany, Al attended the 7th Army Non-Commissioned Officers Academy in Bad Toelz to gain a promotion to Sergeant. When the promotion did not materialize, Al put in for a transfer to the infantry and went to the 36th infantry in Kirchgoens, Germany. While in the 36th Infantry, Gloria went back to her family while expecting their second child in McAllen, Texas – As an NCO Academy graduate, Al was given leadership opportunities and was shipped back to the United States by a troopship and assigned to the 283rd Army Bank at Fort

Benning, Georgia to resume his music career as an Army Bandsman. Al was able to get to Texas in time for his second daughter Jackie’s birth in June 1962. The family moved to Georgia where Al was assigned and their 3rd child Alfred John Luberts, III was born in 1963. Al was named “Soldier of the Month” during this time and eventually decided to get out when his tour was up on May 13th, 1965. Al applied for Personnel Staff NCO (PSNCO) position (E7) and got the job serving the MP battalion for several years. While there, he was promoted to Sergeant FirstClass (E7) and attended a 5-week course for Personal Senior Sergeant at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. Al then got the job of E7 in the Inspector General’s office and attended a Senior Sergeant Course. When Al returned from this course, he was promoted to Master Sergeant E8. Al found a new job in the Headquarters, 124th USARCOM called Deputy Chief of Staff Information Management. The position was later made into a senior sergeant E8 position, and this is where Al worked until he retired. During Al’s 33-year career in the US Army, he received nine medals, including the Good Conduct Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (2) and the Meritorious Service Medal (2), as well as the Expert Marksman Badge. Al served a total of 8 years in the Regular Army and 25 years in the Reserves and retired at the age of 60, the mandatory retirement age. Al’s banner and story was proudly submitted by 3J’s Orchard.

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Maria G. Luberts U.S. Army 1958–1991


umsies” as she is lovingly know as, joined the Women’s Army Corp at the age of 22 beginning her service at Fort McArthur in Alabama. Maria was a typing school administrative specialist. She soon became the Major’s secretary moving to Fort Sam in Houston, Texas. There she met Alfred John Luberts, Jr. and they married. They received orders to Germany where Maria served as the only woman in her office. Maria was in Germany when “the wall” went up. She stood guard at the entry to Frankfurt, Germany. Maria had her first daughter, Elaine in Frankfurt and at the time, she was an E4 Specialist when she had to discharge because women with children weren’t allowed in the

Army at the time. Maria was soon going to have her second daughter, Jackie and moved “back home” to Texas where Jackie was born. In 1965, women with children were allowed in the Army and Maria joined the Army Reserve in which she served until she was 55 years old retiring as an E7 Sergeant First Class. Maria also began working as a civilian Naval employee in the 70s where she was a secretary. Maria became the first woman intelligence analyst and also became a ship building quality assurance specialist retiring at 65 years old. Maria’s story was proudly made possible with the sponsorship from 3J’s Orchard, along with Precision Waterjet and Plumb Perfect.

Charles A. ‘Alan’ Ludwig U.S. Air Force 1988–1994


lan graduated from High School in Enumclaw in 1987. After high school he went straight to work and got his first full time job doing data entry at a bank in Seattle. What he really wanted was to be able to afford to go to school and marry his high school sweetheart Jodie Hand, and he saw the Air Force as a chance to do both. So, in 1988 Alan enlisted and went to Arabic language training at the Presidio of Monterey. During Christmas break that same year, Alan and Jodie were married. Alan eventually completed his technical training and was assigned to duty at RAF Mildenhall in England. He arrived in England in June 1990, and in August 1990 Sadam Hussein ordered elements of the Iraqi Republican Guard to push south across the boarder into Kuwait and “liberate” the 19th province of Iraq. Shortly thereafter Alan was deployed in support of Operation Proven Force. During the Gulf War Alan flew 26 combat and combat support missions over Northern Iraq identifying and jamming enemymilitary radio communications. For this he was awarded the Air Medal. Over the next three years Alan was deployed to use his language skills to support the U.S. military mission in Iraq many times. By the time he departed

England three years later he had spent two of those years deployed. After his enlistment was up in 1993 Alan and Jodie returned to the United States. Alan got his degree in mathematics along with a teaching certificate and Jodie completed her nursing degree. They returned to Washington in 1997 and started their career and family. They have three children. In 1998, Alan started work at Microsoft where he works today. Jodie, after working as a labor and delivery nurse and the raising their children, recently returned to work as an elementary school nurse. They have been married 31 years and counting Alan would say our community and our nation has done a good job of recognizing his service, and he’s grateful for the recognition. But Alan would also be the first to point out that for every soldier, airman, and seaman who served in harm’s way there are family and friends at home who sacrifice as well. They don’t put up banners or award medals for the loved ones. So, the next time you see the mom, dad, or spouse of a servicemember who supported them from home, thank them for their service too. Alan’s story was proudly submitted by NCW Appraisal.


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James C. Lynch U.S. Navy 1943–1946


ames entered the U.S. Navy on March 3, 1943 in Spokane. His father had to sign consent papers at the Navy Recruiting Station as he was just 17 years old at the time. James admitted he took one look at a huge wood pile left in his front yard and knowing he was going to be expected to cut it, he got a ride with the mailman going to Spokane where he attempted to enlist. He was sent to Farragut, Idaho Naval Training Center where he was assigned to the Radio School Training Center and the Electrical Engineering Center. These assignments were chosen because of his ability to type. He had learned to type at Tonasket High School. He was awarded the Ranking of Radioman 3rd Class and assigned to San Francisco as Radioman 3rd Class on a small ship known as a “Tuna Clipper” by the crew. It was communicating with ships in the Theater of the Pacific Fleet. He mastered Morse Code and had a successful tour of duty prior to the attack on Hawaii in 1945. The Battle of Borneo was high in his memory of visiting small islands in the Pacific Theater. Accommodations awarded were: • The Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal • The Philippine Liberation Medal • Good Conduct Medal

• World War II Victory Medal • The Foreign and Sea Service World War II Honorable Mention In his discharge papers on March 18, 1946 was asigned statement from Omar N. Bradley, General Army Administrator. James then attended and graduated from Gonzaga Law School and established a law practice in Wenatchee. He held office in the Prosecuting Office while establishing his professional office of Lynch, Kuntz and Hamilton. In 1976, he ran for Mayor of the City of Wenatchee. He successfully served for four terms totaling 17 years! He then became a Chelan County Commissioner where he served a four-year term. He also served as a Chelan County Superior Court Judge. James believed in service to his community and enjoyed his time in serving in these capacities. He and his wife Grace shared a family of 10 children and used to joke that “life was never dull.” James died in 2005 and left us all laughing and crying with his wonderful Irish jokes. James story was proudly submitted in collaboration with is loving wife Grace and fellow veteran and former law partner Wes Hensley.

Don Mann

US Army 1967 - 1969


on was born on July 12th, 1946, in Kirkland, Washington. He graduated from high school in Kenai, Alaska in 1964 and attended Central Washington College until 1967. After returning to Alaska in April of 1967, he received his draft notice and reported to Fort Lewis for training in July. Upon graduating from Basic Training, he was sent to Fort Polk, Louisiana for Advanced Leadership Training, assigned an MOS of 11B20 (infantry) and graduated from advanced infantry training in December 1967. Assigned to the Americal Division, he was directed to report to Schofield Barracks, Oahu, Hawaii in January of 1968 to train in helicopter combat assault in preparation for assignment to Central Vietnam. He flew 57 combat assault missions, serving as rifleman, team leader and squad leader as part of Charlie Company, 4th of the 21st, 11th Brigade, Americal Division. During his tour of duty, he was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, The Blue Braid, several mission medals and two Bronze Stars, one with the “V” device for “heroism in ground combat” and the other for “outstanding meritorious service in connection with military operations against a hostile force.” He was honorably discharged with the rank

of Sergeant in April of 1969 and returned home to Wenatchee. From there he got a job in Chelan, Washington with the U.S. Forest Service. While in Chelan, he met and married his wife Jerri Lynne Trinkle, and they recently celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary this past April. He also ran and was elected to the Lake Chelan School Board, where he served for eight years, four of those as Chairman of the Board. He also teamed up with four of his fellow Forest Service employees and friends to complete in the Lake Chelan Harvest Festival bin race which they won three years in a row and had a great time! In 1985, Don was transferred to Wenatchee with the Forest Service, where he concluded his career as a Supervising Contracting Officer in 2003 with 34 years of service to the Federal Government. During those years, he received several awards for community service, which meant a lot to him and his family. Don and Gerri Lynne were blessed with a daughter, Kelly, their son-in-law Mike Stanicar and a beautiful granddaughter Emily, all of whom are the love and joy of his life. Don’s banner and story was proudly submitted by his wife Gerri Lynne.

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Robert A. Millar US Army 1942 - 1945


obert “Bob” Millar served in the 15th regiment 3rd Division under General George Patton from 1941 – 1945. His tours included Algeria, Morocco, the Rhineland, Sicily, Tunisia, Naples, and southern France. Bob was the son of Irish & Scottish immigrants and served proudly for our country. During his service, he became great friends with Audie Murphy, one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II, who later had a 21-year acting career. Bob instilled the Family Service Tradition in his children and his son (Sherry’s father), Robert “Andy”

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Millar. Robert served in the Army during Vietnam and grandson (Sherry’s brother), Robert Millar also served in the Army in the 1990’s. Sherry’s husband Paul also served in the Navy on the USS Missouri Recommissioning Tour as a photojournalist in the 1980’s. Sherry is proud to have a family who have served this great country! Robert’s story was proudly submitted by his granddaughter Sherry Erickson. Owner and Operations Manager of Patriot Plumbing who supported this banner.

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Sherry’s Grandpa, Robert “Bob” Millar, served in the 15th regiment 3rd Division under Gen. George Patton from 1941 - 1945. His tours included Algeria, Morocco, the Rhineland, Sicily, Tunisia, Naples and southern France. Grandpa Bob was the son of Irish & Scottish immigrants and served proudly for our country. During his service, he became great friends with Audie Murphy, one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II, who later had a 21 year acting career. Grandpa Bob instilled the Family Service Tradition in his children and his son (Sherry’s father), Robert “Andy” Millar served in the Army during Viet Nam and grandson (Sherry’s brother), Robert Millar also served in the Army in the 1990’s. Sherry’s husband Paul also served in the Navy on the USS Missouri Recommissioning Tour as a photojournalist in the 1980’s. Sherry is proud to have a family who have served this great country!

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Joshua R. Mcalvey U.S. Marines 2003–2007


oshua Ross McAlvey was born and raised in Chelan. Friday, Dec. 21, his mom remembers the day, his eyes wide open gazing at her that evening just after 7 p.m. All growing up Josh was very active, into all sports and very athletic. He had a passion for football and baseball, he was very good at sports as well. He was always honest, loving, kind and loyal. He was also a very good brother to his only sister Erin, who was also his best friend growing up. Josh enlisted in the Marines as soon as he graduated high school in 2003. He served for four years, and spent time in Iraq as a Lance Corporal on the EOD security team. After his tour in Iraq he became a MP in California where he finished out his time as a Marine. He later moved back home to Washington where he met his wife Kendal in March 2011. She was also a born and raised Chelan girl. He taught his passion for fishing to her, and they fell madly in love. They spent the first several years going on fishing trips. He helped raise her son Hayden who was 2 at the time. They made it official

April 8, and would marry the same day seven years later. Josh and Kendal decided to have more children and were expecting their first child together, Jordyn, during the wedding ceremony. Josh was prince charming and treated his wife like a queen, he loved to cook gourmet dinners for the family. Cooking was also one of his many talents and passions. He was an extraordinary husband and loving father who was always playing with the kids and teaching them everything he knew about sports and the ways of the world. The kids adored him, as did his wife. Josh passed away in 2020 at the age of 35. His wife was expecting his unborn son at the time who she name Royce in July 2020. Josh had picked out that name for a boy. He is solely missed by his parents, sister Erin, his children; Jordyn, Hayden and Royce, his wife Kendal, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, and many friends he made along the way. Josh’s story was proudly submitted by his wife Kendal and supported by the Biddle Foundation.

Teddy Robert Montgomery US Navy 1962 - 1966


eddy R. Montgomery was born in McAlester, OK on October 5, 1942. He enlisted in the US Navy on September 16, 1962, and after boot camp, had 6 months training for Electricians Mate Rate. Ted was then ordered to the U.S.S. Midway CVA-41. Over the next two and a half years, the Midway was sent to Hawaii, Japan, Hong Kong, and Subic Bay in the Philippines. The ship was en route to the Far East when the news of President Kennedy’s assignation was announced on the Stars and Stripes radio station on November 22nd, 1963. Ted recalls that one winter the city of Hong Kong had lost electricity after a big storm. The U.S.S. Midway, which had 8 huge generators, was sent to generate power to the city on Christmas Day. In 1964, the U.S.S. Midway was ordered to the Gulf of Tonkin. After Vietnam, the Midway was sent back to its home port in Almeda, CA to be rebuilt. Teddy R. Montgomery, Electrician›s Mate Petty Officer 3(EM3), completed his active

duty aboard the U.S.S. Coral Sea and U.S.S. Hancock. On September 16, 1968, Ted was honorably discharged from the US Navy and went to live in San Francisco. Between 1968 and 1985, Ted worked for Continental Western Corporation, living in San Francisco, Arkansas, Las Vegas, and Marin County. On New Year›s Day, 1986, he found himself learning to ski at Squaw Valley Ski Resort. He was hooked and spent 150 days on the hill that first season. Ted called Lake Tahoe home for the next 30 years and moved to Wenatchee in 2015 to be closer to family. He continues to ski and hike while making friends at every turn. Ted, your family, community and country are grateful for your heart, your humor, and your service. Thank You! Teddy’s banner was submitted by his sister Jan Herman and the story was compiled by his niece, Lindsay Breidenthal.

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Theodore “Ted” Morehouse, Jr. US Army 1946 - 1952


ed was born in 1928 and was raised in Wenatchee, WA. He tried to enlist when 16-17 years old, but the recruiter thought he looked like he was 12 so called his dad, who confirmed his age and denied enlistment. Dad did enlist at 18, was entered in the 8th Engineering Squad and was stationed in Japan for the occupation. He was awardee the Army of Occupation Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. Upon discharge he returned home and enrolled at Washington State University (College then). He was called off of Reserve Duty in 1950 for the Korean War and was stationed at Fort Lewis for the remainder of his service. He completed his degree at WSU once he was discharged and

Ronald O’neal U.S. Navy 1964–1969


onald served in the Navy from 1964-1968, after finishing college and attending officers candidate school.

Ronald served on the destroyer USS Joseph Strauss based in Yokosuka, Japan and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Ronald’s story was proudly submitted by NCW Appraisal.

returned home again and continued his career as a Professional Engineer with the Washington State Department of Transportation, retiring in 1982. He continued to work part time for the City of Wenatchee, FEMA and several contractors for several more years. He married Joyce Paukowich in 1955 and raised 3 children, Greg, Anita and Don. Ted and Joyce were married 51 years, until his passing in 2016. Dad was always proud of his service to his country. He had many fond memories of friends he met and had many stories to tell about his time in the service (and everything). Ted’s banner and story was proudly submitted by his daughter Anita Ashenbrenner.


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Harold O. Peart US Air Force 1951 – 1954

I, Harold O. Peart took my Basic Training in Wichita Falls, Texas and was there for approximately 9 months. I also went to A&E (Airplane and Engine) School to learn all phases of Airplane Mechanic work. I also served at Clovis, New Mexico Air Base doing maintenance on the P51s and later the F86s. I went on to USS Gordon Troop Carrier to Japan where I served nine months. After training, I was flown to South Korea for 2 weeks in 1952 – 1953. I worked on the P51s etc. I then became very ill and was transferred to Komaki Air Base in Japan where I received treatment. The treatment there lasted for approximately three months and then was given an

“Honorable Discharge” as I could not go back into service. I had 5 brothers and my Mother and Dad at home in Wenatchee. All but two of them served in the Military in the Air Force, Navy, Marines and Army. After returning to Wenatchee, Washington, I met my present wife of 63 years and resided in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee. Also other planes during my lifetime. I was also very honored to be sent on the Honor Flight to Washington, DC to see all the Memorials in Arlington National Cemetery. Harold’s story is submitted because of his pride in his service to his country.

Billie R. Philley U.S. Army 1969–1973


illy “Razz” Phillie was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma before relocating with his family to Buckly, Washington. He joined the Army in 1969 and served for four years, stationed in Germany. After returning home he followed his father’s footsteps insulating pipe, including two separate trips working on the Alaskan Pipeline in Prudhoe Bay. At home he and his wife Kay raised three children along with three children from his wife’s previous marriage in Black Diamond, Washington. Razz was an avid outdoorsman,

fisherman, hunter and loved to cross country ski and camp with his wife and kids. At one point in the mid 1990s he held the designation of having taken the eighth largest bull elk in the state of Washington with a bow and arrow. Nicknamed “mountain man” by his children, he spent his later years hiking and exploring the wilderness, first in Alaska and later near Yakima. Don’s story was proudly submitted by his wife Carolyn and supported by NCW Appraisal.

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ricHard ‘rc’ PenHallegon, aka Penny U.S. Army 1945–1948


was born Oct. 3, 1925 in Wenatchee. He was raised by his mother and father along with his two brothers and attended school in Wenatchee his entire childhood. In 1945, WWII was in progress and at the age of 20, “RC/Penny” felt obligated to join the U.S. Army to serve his country. His duties while in the service during this time included being part of “Occupation Force” that secured Hiroshima, Japan after the atomic bomb had been released to insure order in that country. Upon returning to the USA, he became a Heavy Armory Instructor for the U.S. Army until his service was complete. After five years of civilian life and during the outbreak of the Korean War, “RC/Penny” was called back to duty to assist. Upon reassignment he was stationed in Yakima as a Fire Arms Instructor to train the young soldiers that were to fight in the conflict. During his time inYakima, his ability as a leader and a soldier was noticed by the commanding officers and he was assigned to be the General’s Aide. Upon completing his second term of service in a second war, “RC/Penny” returned to his

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hometown of Wenatchee to continue his life. Shortly after returning he became a member of the American Legion Post 10. With his love of music, shortly thereafter he joined the Drum and Bugle Corp playing bugle and bass drum representing the American Legion and the city he loved. (Note: His bass drum is currently hanging on the wall inside the American Legion identifying the years of competitions won.) “RC/Penny” very quickly became involved with the cause of the Legion and in conjunction with fellow member Mr. Bill Kenton, negotiated and purchased the land, negotiated and managed the contract with the contractor to build the “new” American Legion Building as it sits today at 208 Wenatchee Ave. (Note: He was a member of the Legion for almost 70 years). This said, we could not dispute the patriotism and unconditional love he had for his country, his home and his fellow veterans. A true “Home Town Hero.” “Rc/Penny’s” story was proudly submitted by the American Legion Post 10.


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Ronald S. Polly US Army 1967 - 1970


onald AKA “Buttercup” joined the Army in September of 1967. He attended basic training at Ft. Lewis, Washington. He completed 2 AIT (Aircraft Mechanic & UH-1 Helicopter Mechanic) at Ft. Rucker, AL. He then went to Vietnam on June 17, 1968 and was assigned to the 155th AHC. In October, he became a Crew Chief of Stagecoach 6717713. He Flew 877 combat hours and left Vietnam on June 27th, 1969. After leaving Vietnam he was assigned to Ft. Rucker, AL. He spent the last 8 months of his service in Germany with the 42nd H.E.M. Company. He left the military on September 29th, 1970. Ron was a trustee at the start of NCW Vets Serving Vets aka “The Bunker.» He spent 11 years getting Christmas cards signed by other vets and delivered the cards to veteran hospitals and

homes for veterans across Washington State. Ron spent 11 years as a member of CVI (Combat Vets International.) He has a part in the flag retirement program that is now run out of the Wenatchee Valley Veterans Hall with help from the CVI, The Bunker, American Legion Post 10, VFW 3617, and Combat Vets Assn. Ron has a medal for each of his 25 combat flying hours and flew 877 combat hours. He obtained the V for Valor, Helicopter Air Assault Pin, Good Conduct Medal, Aircraft Crew Member Pins, 1 Occupational medal, 7 Campaign Stars for 68-69, and 18 Campaigns from Vietnam. Ron was involved in 7 of the 18 Campaigns. Buttercup’s banner and story was proudly submitted by his fellow Veterans at NCW Vets Serving Vets AKA “The Bunker”.

Barry Port

U.S. Army 1970–1971


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member of the Wenatchee High School Class of 1966, Barry Port was All-American in every way: • Champion wrestler for the Panthers at WHS • Tuba player and member of the Golden Apple Band • Excellent student • Always a better friend • Active with his LDS Church • Played football for the Cougars at WSU • Leader of his peers Barry Port was true, honest and always willing to help another. As a young man, Barry showed great promise for the future, for his community and our country. Losing Barry to the War in Vietnam is an incalculable loss for all of us. Barry is buried in the Wenatchee Cemetery next to his brother Scott. The location is the northwest corner just east of the mausoleum building. Written by Dick Crawley Barry was a soft-spoken but serious individual who was always focused on the task at hand. He neither smoked nor drank, a rarity in our Troop. His balance of judgment was the reason why he was flying as co-pilot to check and evaluate Mark’s performance as an aircraft commander. We were flying South, just east of the Rockpile, a landmark, when I saw, out of the corner of my eye, a fast mover heading directly toward us at the same altitude. “Fox four, nine o’clock, break formation!” (NOTE: Lead ship was supposed to drop altitude, ships two and three were supposed to break left and right respectively and trail was supposed to gain altitude.)

As the jet passed in front of me, I could actually see the rivets in the aircraft, seemingly close enough to reach out and touch each and every one. The flight resumed formation and the chatter began, “Shit!”, “What the hell was he doing so low?” a few expletives and a collective “Phew!” While refueling and rearming at Vandy, I asked if everyone and their aircraft were OK and received a “Roger” from the other ships. It was almost 5 p.m. and we still had 15 minutes to reach the probable launch area which we assumed was on the East-West blue line south of our base at Quang Tri. (Rivers are shown as blue lines on maps, hence the name.) We arrived on site and maintained 2,000 feet AGL and began scooping the area before we sent the “little bird” down for a closer look. Looking at my 11 o’clock, I saw one of the Cobras take an unusual altitude and watched the main rotor separate from the aircraft. The blade struck Barry, the co-pilot, who was in the forward seat and there was a scream over the radio. Immediately dropping the collective, I started to follow Mark and Barry and pick them up as I had done so many times before. Their ship slammed into the ground and an immediate fireball resulted from the fully armed ship with its full fuel tank. The rest was and remains surrealistic to me. I augured into the fireball until my better judgement took control and I pulled out and failed to pick them up and felt I failed for the first time even though I knew it was impossible to go further without killing my crew. This was at 5:26 p.m., March 7, 1971. Barry’s story was proudly submitted by WHS Classmate Russ Speidel.

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james H. Pruitt US Army 1954 – 1956


ames “Jim” was born 1934 in Hiwasse, Arkansas to Viola and Otis Pruitt. He married Joan Pierce in April 1953 in Wenatchee, WA. In 1954 he volunteered for the draft and entered the Army at the age of 19, and completed his basic training followed by eight weeks at the 351st Transportation Highway Group Driver Training School at Ford Ord, California. In July 1954 he was sent overseas to Korea where he led a transport convoy. He always liked to tell the story of getting lost in the dark and crossing over the DMZ, hitting a pole and, making a hasty retreat before being discovered. Their camp was on the border between North and South Korea, where

they often received sniper fire in camp. His next station was in Tokyo Japan to serve as a Clerk Typist and Staff Car Driver. Jim returned home in 1956 and went back to work at Keokuk Electro-Metals Co. in Rock Island, WA until 1970. He leased and eventually purchased an apple orchard in 1963 while at Keokuk. He sold cars for Leonard Evans car lot and then purchased the North End Auto Sales and gas station until selling the business in 1974. He continued farming until retiring in 1976. James story was proudly submitted by his veteran daughter Terri England.

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Loren F. Richard U.S. Army 1953–1956


s his two brothers before him, Loren (Frederick) Richard enlisted in the military in the mid 1950s. He joined the 82nd Airborne to fulfil his sense of adventure. The Green Beret offered military training only experienced by a few select soldiers. When asked what he did as a Green Beret, as a good soldier, he simply answered, “I did what I was told to do.” Today he honors all Veterans by proudly attending local Veteran’s Day Parades. Loren’s story was proudly submitted by his daughter Cindy Pennington and granddaughter Anna Pennington.

Sgt. Edward Rodriguez US Air Force 1987 - 1995


gt. Rodriguez was born in Tamuning, Guam and moved to East Wenatchee, Washington after his father’s separation from the USAF. Edward continued his education in East Wenatchee and graduated from Eastmont High School in 1985. Not long after graduating, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and attended basic military and Security Police Specialist training at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas. His first permanent assignment was with the 832nd Security Police Squadron, at Luke AFB, Arizona. He then transferred to the 6171st Security Squadron in Kwangju Airbase, South Korea; after completing his tour in Korea he was assigned to the 63rd Security Police Squadron at Norton AFB, California. from here he was deployed to Howard AFB, Panama for (Operation Just Cause); then was deployed to Al -Jawf Airbase, Saudi Arabia (Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm). He returned to Norton AFB and then was transferred to his last and permanent duty

station with the 9th Security Police Squadron at Beale AFB, California where he decided to separate from Service. Sgt Rodriguez’s commanding officers in various award citations stated, “Sgt Rodriguez served with dedication, determination and with professionalism”. He was recognized by earning the following awards and citations: Air Force Achievement Medal with 4 devices, Air Force Longevity Service Award with 1 device, Air Force Training Ribbon, Southwest Asia Service Medal with 3 devices, Air Force Overseas Ribbon with 1 device, National Defense Service Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with 1 device, NCO Professional Military Education Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Ribbon, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 2 devices and Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 1 device. Sgt. Rodriguez returned home with his family and settled in East Wenatchee. Edward’s story was proudly submitted by his father Victor Rodriguez.

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S enior Airman Kenneth C. Rodriguez US Air Force 1992 – 1998


enneth Rodriguez like his older brother, Edward Rodriguez entered the service after graduating from Eastmont High School in 1991. His basic training was at Lackland Airforce Base San Antonio Texas and entered Tech School as a Fuels Specialist at Chanute Airforce base, Illinois. After completion of tech school, he came home on leave to marry his high school sweetheart. He reported to the 56th fighter wing Luke AFB, in Arizona, here he continued to excel at his career as fuels specialist and was recognized for his adherence to established environmental directives. After Luke AFB, Senior Airman Rodriguez transferred to the 100th refueling wing, Royal Airforce Mildenhall, England, here he worked as a fuels distribution journeyman where he contributed significantly to the successful refueling of over 6,270 wide - bodied aircraft.

Kenneth was selected for temporary assignment to Istres, France, in support of Operation Joint Guard and was awarded the NATO Medal for service with NATO on Operations in relation to the former Yugoslavia. Another assignment took him to Aviano, Italy and then to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Shield. After his commitment to the USAF ended, he was honorably discharged. Kenneth Rodriguez attended WVC in Wenatchee, Washington and received his AA in Computer Technology. He then decided to relocate with his family to Alaska and work in construction, but his heart was in flying. He entered a flight school and received his pilot’s license. Kenneth currently lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, and fly’s aircrafts for an aviation company providing transportation and hauling fuel to remote locations around Fairbanks. Kenneth’s story was proudly submitted by his father Victor Rodriguez

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Robert ‘Sal’ Salcido U.S. Air Force 1966–1969


al enlisted in the Air Force a fewmonths after high school graduation in Paramount, California. After basictraining in San Antonio, Texas, Sal attended medic training school at Maxwell Air Base near Montgomery, Alabama. His first duty station was at the Strategic AirCommand Base about six miles from Amarillo, Texas, where he saw his first snowfall. In his field — equivalent to a public health inspector — he performed various air quality tests in both buildings and aircraft, such as the mammoth B-52 Stratofortress. He also worked with the local public health sector in tracking down and treatment of service members with venereal disease. After a year at Amarillo he received orders for Wheelus Air Base outside Tripoli Libya. Added to his other duties was off base officer housing inspection. In the early stages of the Six Day War of June 1967 between Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Syria, Sal was in Tripoli with his interpreter, Mamoud, when they both noticed a tension in the village landlords. It turned out to be the first day of the Six Day War and rumors (later proved false) that

Israel had bombed Cairo with American made jets. We made it back to base with little more than shouts and raised fists, but some other airmen were beaten and their vehicles set on fire. All military dependents ended up being evacuated (6,400 of the total base population of 9000) and F-100C fighter jets positioned inside the base gates with their 20 millimeter guns trained on the gates. After an 18 month tour, Sal finished off his last year of service at Hanscom Field, just outside of Boston. The time in Libya was very instructive in learning a very different set of cultural norms, and having the opportunity to travel through Europe on leave; among other things, touching the Berlin wall and touring part of East Berlin behind that wall. Sal and his wife Joni have raised their family here and remain in Wenatchee, where he is approaching the 18 year mark as an employee of the local YMCA. Sal’s story was proudly submitted by the Wenatchee Valley YMCA.

M aurice M. Sanders US Army 1965 - 1968


aurice “Sandy” Sanders enlisted in the US Army in 1965 after completing his bachelor’s degree from PLU in economics and business. He was deployed during the Vietnam war and was there for 11 months. He received special intelligence training and upon discharge from the military, he earned the following: • National Defense Service Medal • Vietnam Service Medal • Army Commendation Medal • Good Conduct Medal (first award) Sandy then earned a master’s degree in Psychology from CWU. He died in April 2021 and is loved and missed by his surviving siblings, children and grandchildren. Sandy’s banner and story was proudly submitted by his daughter Megan Kappler.

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K enneth L. Sandhop U.S. Army 1944–1947


Army 1943-1947 May, Combat Infantryman, 164th Infantry Regiment, Americal Div Sgt., Troop E 5th Cav Reg 1st Cavalry Div, Squad Leader,. Supply Sgt. 9207 PSU TC Port Det Bronze Star with V 1 Cluster, Philippine Liberation, American Campaign, Asiatic Pacific Campaign (Northern Solomon, and Southern Philippines), WW II Victory, Army of Occupation Japan, Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation. Ken was proud of his military service as a member of the greatest generation. Called to serve as a draftee, after having worked for Boeing building B-17s, and working to recover battleships after Pearl Harbor at Bremerton Naval Shipyard. He entered service at Fort Lewis and went to Camp Roberts California for basic training at the Infantry Replacement Training Center, then on to Fort Ord California for additional training. He left San Francisco by boat to the South Pacific and arrived in New Caledonia. He then went to Camp Tweas for training and interviews. He arrived in Bougainville (Solomon Islands). He was among the last three selected and was sent to Company B 164th Infantry, Americal Division. They were sent to Leyte, Philippines and had his 20th birthday while serving. You grew up in a hurry. Trusted those with you, because that’s all you had while sitting in a fox hole. Those men were as close as brothers could be. The 164th were North Dakota National Guard and adopted him as a brother. The man who taught him how to survive was Sgt. Dave Nelson. On scouting patrol, Dave was shot. Ken was

rescuing him when he was awarded the Bronze Star. Ken scouted on patrols and entered caves bringing out Japanese prisoners regularly. Being color blind he was not fooled by camouflage. They then went to Cebu about the time President Roosevelt died. They prepared to invade Japan but atomic bombs were dropped, the war ended and they took over Atsugi Air Field and settled in. A point system determined who would go home first. The result was Ken was sent to the 1st Cavalry and reenlisted for 18 months. He came home to Fort Lewis. While on leave he met his future wife Dorothy LaSalle at Western Union and they married. He separated from the U.S. Army. He then worked as a teamster delivering milk for Meadowgold, Arden and Darigold until retiring. He was a volunteer for Wenatchee Youth Baseball and Exchange Club. He was a longtime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and worked to help other veterans until he passed. For more information, go to the website, www.kensstory. net. It goes from Ken’s birth to the 1990s. Dad was just one man who was in “The greatest generation” for all those men who put everything on hold to make the world a better place. I can only say THANK YOU. Ken’s story is proudly collaborated and submitted by Carl, Ron, Philip, Devin and Loren Sandhop.

A ndrew D. Sandoval U.S. Air Force 1971–1974


ndrew “Andy” Duane Sandoval, was born in Richland in 1952 and grew up on the Wenatchee Heights in Wenatchee. Andy led a life of service to his country starting with his United States Air Force enlistment. Andy would later become a photography teacher, work in law enforcement, become an LPN in the medical field, a juvenile criminal rehabilitation specialist and finally a counselor working with both Recovery Innovations and Catholic Family Charities, before his retirement. While his father was busy fighting with the U.S. Army in Korea and Vietnam, Andy was raising his brothers and sisters back at home. At the age of 16, Andy moved to an army base in Germany, where he played football and began his love of photography and art. Finding his way back to Wenatchee, Andy was the yearbook photographer and was even employed by the Wenatchee Police Department as their Police Photographer. After graduating from Wenatchee High School in 1971, Andy enlisted in the USAF. Photoprocessing Specialist was Andy’s primary specialty, but his passion for Law Enforcement started during the USAF as well which trained him to be a Military Policeman. The first active duty station Andy served with was the 834th Combat Support Group (TAC) and the Security Police Squadron at Eglin AFB. As an MP, Andy enjoyed patrolling and guarding aircraft on the flight line. Later in his service, Andy was sent to Taiwan, where he created a photography exhibit of his own work. Andy travelled with the USAF and continued his work as an MP along with photography, moving after basic training in

Lackland AFB, Texas, to Lowry AFB in Denver, Colorado to Eglin AFB in Western Florida and eventually leading him to Taiwan, in the Republic of China. Andy attained the rank of SGT E-4 on the USAF. Andy completed his USAF service in 1974 and returned to the USA and taught photography at Denver Free University before returning home to Wenatchee and entering the law enforcement field. Photography, music, art and flight were passions of Andy’s and he enjoyed hang gliding, water coloring, playing guitar and going to aviation shows. Eventually, Andy created a family with the love of his life, Beverly, whom he married in 1980 and together raised three children. Central Washington University was Andy’s alma mater and he graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1985. Andy worked for Canyon View Group Home for 20 years and impacted hundreds of lives with his ability to share empathy and his knowledge of recovery. Every year, Andy looked forward to hunting camp with his relatives and especially spending time with his brother Greg. Andy was known to be the funny man along with the photographer at every event, from birthdays, to weddings, to family gatherings. Andy and Bev were married for 40 years and enjoyed life as their children raised several grandchildren. Andy, passed away in June 2020, leaving behind a legacy of a servant’s heart and love for his family, Volkswagens, art and flight. Andy’s story was proudly submitted by his family.


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T ony Sandoval US Army 2001 - 2004


ony was born in Wenatchee on September 10th, 1980, to Andrew (Air Force Vietnam Era Veteran) and Beverley Sandoval. Tony was an active member of the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and eventually earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Tony played football, wrestled, and threw javelin at Wenatchee High School and graduated in 1999. Having enjoyed service in his life, Tony eventually joined the US Army on September 4th, 2001. Turning 21 years old and watching the horror of September 11th, it did not take long to realize that service on an M1A1 Main Battle Tank was going to be more impactful than previously imagined. Tony went to basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky and was then sent to Fort Carson, Colorado where he joined his unit, Bravo Company, 1st of the 68th Armor Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. SFC Terry Gable as the Platoon Sergeant, was Tony’s tank commander and “Army Father-like” figure. In March, 2003, 4th ID deployed to Iraq where 1st of the 68th spent a year from Baghdad, Tuz, Tikrit, Balad, and even the Iran border. After a Global War on Terrorism Service

Medal, a pair of ARCOMs, and an Honorable discharge in 2004, Tony came home to build a life. Although struggles did arise, Tony finally graduated from Wenatchee Valley College and then eventually celebrated the completion of a degree from Central Washington University. Never giving up on the service opportunity, Tony eventually discovered the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs program called Vet Corps. Taking the role as a Vet Corps Navigator for Wenatchee Valley College changed Tony’s life and serving Veterans became a new focus. Since then, Tony assumed the role of the Chelan County Veteran Service Office and continues to work on behalf of all the heroes in Central Washington. In 2019, Tony met and married Jeri, his lovely dream, and they are raising 5 beautiful girls together, Faith, Laci, Scarlett, Rain, and Ruby. Service to this great Nation will forever be a part of Tony’s past and a foundation in the future. Tony’s banner was proudly submitted by American Legion Post 10.

W illiam H. “Bill” Schneider III US Air Force 1957 - 1960


illiam (Bill) H. Schneider III was born Feb 9, 1939 in Lancaster, PA. On April 30, 1957 he joined the Air Force. He attended basic training in Colorado and was stationed at Larson Air Force Base in Moses Lake as well as Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane during his time of service. He was an Airman 2nd Class and served as a Weapons Mechanic. He received an Honorable Discharge on April 29, 1963. While stationed at Moses Lake Air Force Base, he went to a dance following a trap shoot where he met Judy Weaver of East Wenatchee. They were married in June of 1960. They lived in Pennsylvania and Moses

Lake before settling for good in East Wenatchee where they raised their four children, Darcy, William IV (Billy), David and Dotty. Bill worked for Alcoa for 30 years retiring as a shift supervisor. Bill loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his kids and grandkids. He was well known in the softball community where he played for 20 years. He enjoyed camping, hunting, sports and Nascar. Bill passed away March 15, 2018. Bill’s banner and story was proudly submitted by his son Bill.

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D r. Gene Sharratt U.S. Army 1967–1969


ene is a proud military veteran (U.S. Army 1967-1969, Paratrooper, 173rd Airborne, Sgt. E-5; Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal). Like his father, a World War II veteran, Gene believes “freedom is not free,” and military service is one way to honor and defend the freedoms we enjoy. He completed both basic training and advanced combat training at Fort Lewis, before attending parachute “jump school” at Fort Benning, Georgia. From Fort Benning, Gene participated in intensive combat training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina before joining the 173rd Airborne Brigade for deployment in the highlands of Vietnam, from 1967 to 1969. During his time in Vietnam, Gene attained the rank of Sergeant (Sgt.) E-5, and was awarded the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Good Conduct Medal, and the Parachute Badge. The 173rd Airborne Battalion

G uy Sharratt U.S. Army 1968–1969


uy, like his brother Gene, chose to serve their country in the U.S. Army. Guy was a member of the Army 1st Air Cavalry Division and served in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969, before getting severally wounded by enemy shrapnel. He received a Purple Heart, an Army Commendation Medal and won a Bronze Star for his “Heroic achievement in combat.” The Bronze Star Medal is the fourth highest ranking award given to brave or meritorious service. Guy attained the rank of Specialists Four and a member of the 1st Cavalry Division Artillery and served with distinction during his tour in the service and Vietnam. Guy’s brother Gene says, “He is a real hero in our family as far as I’m concerned. He paid a huge price for service to his country.” Guy’s story was proudly submitted by his brother Gene and supported by The Center for Educational Effectiveness who feel honored to support Guy for this banner recognition.

participated in the Battle of Dak To and Hill 875. For their efforts, the 173rd Airborne Brigade was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. While superintendent of North Central Educational Service District, Gene helped organize a lead a POW (Prisoner of War) reunion, Honor by Listening Project, which included publishing the stories of 14 war veterans and former POWs from the Vietnam War. The project resulted in the 2001 publication, Returning with Honor: Stories of American Heroes. This project featured interviews of the POWs by Cashmere High School students and was strongly supported by the greater Wenatchee community. Gene commented, “I am proud to have served my country and thank all of our veterans, daily, for their service.” Gene’s story was proudly submitted by Colin Brine of Be Clearly.


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D aniel A. Simmons U.S. Army 2009–2014


om was born December 6, 1944 in Kalispell Montana. His family moved to Mansfield, Washington in 1948 where they farmed wheat. Tom graduated from Mansfield High School in 1963 and worked on the family farm until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1966. Basic training was completed at Fort Ord, California and he went on to Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana. In his training he received several medals: Sharp Shooter for all weapons available, and good conduct in training. Tom was deployed to Chu Che, Viet Nam on October 28, 1966. About 20 miles west of Saigon. He was stationed with the 116th Assault Helicopter Company (AHC) Hornets, Yellow Jacket Platoon. He was a crew member on the UH-1D Huey helicopter, where he earned 15 Air Medals. 1 medal for each 100 hours of flight service. In his non flight time he performed additional duties operating the company telephone and radio communications system. In 1967 Tom was wounded in action. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Foreign Service Medal, and the Viet Nam Combat Medal. After he was wounded, Tom completed his service at Fort Irwin, California.

Tom returned to Mansfield a Hero in 1968. He worked with his family on the wheat farm. In 1970 he joined the Mansfield Volunteer Fire Department / Douglas County Fire District 5. He spent the next 37 years as a volunteer including 15 years as the Fire Chief. Later that summer Tom married Mary McShane. They had their first of three sons in 1972. It was in 1973 that Tom began working with Douglas County Transportation and Land Services as an equipment operator. In 1991 he was promoted to the Mansfield Area Supervisor, charged with 11 employees. Tom retired from Douglas County in 1999. Tom was elected to the Mansfield City Council in 1978 and became Mayor in 1990. Tom has served 29 years as Mayor of Mansfield, he is still Mayor today and has signed up to be Mayor for the next 4 year term. Among his many volunteer activities, Tom spearheaded the creation and development of the Mansfield History Museum. Tom Snell remains a service oriented, civic minded citizen. Tom’s story was submitted by his proud and loving family

S arabeth Simonson US Air Force 1999 – 2004


s written by Sarabeth herself: “When I graduated high school at 17 years old, I knew I wanted to travel and that I needed help with money for college. That is what led me to pursue an enlistment in the Armed Forces. I interviewed with recruiters from the Army, Navy and Air Force and chose to enter the Air Force as a Security Forces Troop. I went to Basic Training in January 1999 and performed BMT and Tech School at Lackland AFB, TX. Once I completed my training, I got orders to the US Air Force Academy in CO. I enjoyed my time there, but within 6 months I was deployed to Saudi Arabia as a part of a troop surge in case things went south due to computer failure for the changeover. Fortunately, there was no such cataclysmic event and my time in Saudi Arabia was relatively uneventful.

After returning to the States and continuing to serve as a Security Forces Journeyman in Colorado, I chose to cross-train into Financial Management. I found I enjoyed the desk job life more than the patrol and law enforcement aspects. I completed my cross-training and was stationed at Hill AFB, UT until my release in the winter of 2004. I was able to obtain two associates degrees while on active duty and used my GI Bill to obtain my bachelor’s degree after release. I currently work as the Douglas County Veteran Service Officer. I am grateful for the training and the benefits I received due to my Active-Duty time and am glad to help others access those benefits as needed.” Sarabeth’s banner and story was proudly submitted her fellow Veterans and the VFW Post 3617.

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THOMAS LEE SNELL U.S. Army 1966–1968


om was born December 6, 1944 in Kalispell Montana. His family moved to Mansfield, Washington in 1948 where they farmed wheat. Tom graduated from Mansfield High School in 1963 and worked on the family farm until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1966. Basic training was completed at Fort Ord, California and he went on to Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana. In his training he received several medals: Sharp Shooter for all weapons available, and good conduct in training. Tom was deployed to Chu Che, Viet Nam on October 28, 1966. About 20 miles west of Saigon. He was stationed with the 116th Assault Helicopter Company (AHC) Hornets, Yellow Jacket Platoon. He was a crew member on the UH-1D Huey helicopter, where he earned 15 Air Medals. 1 medal for each 100 hours of flight service. In his non flight time he performed additional duties operating the company telephone and radio communications system. In 1967 Tom was wounded in action. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Foreign Service Medal, and the Viet Nam Combat Medal. After he was wounded, Tom completed his service at Fort Irwin, California.

Tom returned to Mansfield a Hero in 1968. He worked with his family on the wheat farm. In 1970 he joined the Mansfield Volunteer Fire Department / Douglas County Fire District 5. He spent the next 37 years as a volunteer including 15 years as the Fire Chief. Later that summer Tom married Mary McShane. They had their first of three sons in 1972. It was in 1973 that Tom began working with Douglas County Transportation and Land Services as an equipment operator. In 1991 he was promoted to the Mansfield Area Supervisor, charged with 11 employees. Tom retired from Douglas County in 1999. Tom was elected to the Mansfield City Council in 1978 and became Mayor in 1990. Tom has served 29 years as Mayor of Mansfield, he is still Mayor today and has signed up to be Mayor for the next 4 year term. Among his many volunteer activities, Tom spearheaded the creation and development of the Mansfield History Museum. Tom Snell remains a service oriented, civic minded citizen. Tom’s story was submitted by his proud and loving family.



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R obert E. Snyder U.S. Army Air Corp. 1942–1944


ur hero was our father, Robert E. Snyder. Bob was born on May 30,1921 and departed on June 19, 2015. He was a Private of the 501st Signal Air Warning Regiment of the U.S. Army in WWll. He enlisted as a young student of almost 22 years of age in Wenatchee on May 19, 1942. He was an Aviation Cadet from Aug. 28, 1942 to July 3, 1943, and earning an Honorable Discharge on Sept. 21, 1944. He earned the awards of National Defense and Good Conduct. He was the second son born to Burt and Ethel Snyder on May 30, 1921 and after his honest and faithful service to his country, returned to Washington finishing college with a business and accounting degree from the University of Washington. He later became president of the family-owned fruit tree business — Columbia and Okanogan Nursery (C and O Nursery)

which is still in existence over 110 years as of 2018. Robert’s passion was flying, first learning at the original Pangborn Field in East Wenatchee and then transferring to a more advanced training at Boeing Field in Seattle and then back to Pangborn Field. Shortly after he was accepted to the highly prestigous advance training of aeronomics at Miners Field in Bakersfield, California. He married Lottie Laverne Brost of Seatlle on Jan. 15, 1955 and welcomed three wonderful children, Theresa, Brian, and Jim, during their union. They were married over 50 years. Robert served the lord, family and community in so very many ways, as he did his country, as well. He genuinely was a true hero to all that knew him. Robert’s Hero story is submitted by his proud family, Jim Theresa and Brian Snyder.

JU.S.ohn R. Speidel Army 1941–1979


ohn Speidel was born on March 13, 1919, in Gackle, North Dakota, into a German-American farming family. John was raised on a large wheat farm in McLaughlin, South Dakota, with his parents, siblings, uncle, aunt and cousins. In 1941, John was chosen by the Selective Service to serve in the military for five years. The values of hard work and dedication that he learned during the Great Depression assisted him in the military. While John entered the service as a recruit in the infantry, his natural leadership skills enabled him to attend Officer Candidate School. John was promoted through the ranks, and graduated from training on Dec. 31, 1942, without a single demerit to his name. For the next several months, in early 1943, John participated in training in California, South Carolina and Hawaii. His last training site prior to deployment to the Philippines was Australia, where he was part of the troop buildup to discourage Japan from moving on that continent. From Australia, John was deployed to the Philippines. Not long after his arrival in the Philippines, John experienced his first war injury. Though his wound was not serious enough to warrant leaving the South Pacific, he spent time in a military hospital and received the Purple Heart. After his recuperation, John was sent to Okinawa, Japan, from which he had many horrific memories. As a platoon leader in the 96th Infantry Division, Lieutenant Speidel’s leadership was essential to the survival of the men in his care. After 42 days and nights of brutal combat, sleeping in fox holes and stagnant water, John received the wound that sent him home. On April 1, 1945, he was hit in the arm with shrapnel and earned his second Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for his bravery. The wound in his arm needed extensive attention and he was airlifted to Guam, where he was given medical care and round the clock penicillin shots to stave off infection. His injury required that he leave Okinawa, which he remembered as “a murderous place.”

Because John’s injury was too serious to heal within 30 days, he was sent back to the States. John felt many mixed emotions about his military service. Though his faith in his country never wavered, Lt. John Speidel doubted the importance of his contribution, like many veterans. Even though he was a recipient of two Purple Hearts and one Bronze Star, he felt an overwhelming burden of guilt when he stepped off the troop ship in Los Angeles. While the crowd awaiting the returning heroes cheered and screamed, John broke down, feeling guilty to be returning with a lesser injury than several other veterans on his ship. To the end of his life, he expressed remorse for those who did not fare as well as he did in war. Because he had not fully recovered at the time of his pending discharge, he was sent to Harmon General Hospital in Longview, Texas. While recuperating there, he had an experience that shaped his life even more than his war years. John met Evalyn Rawlinson, a recent graduate of Baylor University School of Nursing, who was a Cadet Nurse attached to the U.S. Army. They fell in love and were married in Dallas, Texas, on Oct. 9, 1945. John signed up with the Army Reserve after his discharge and continued his involvement with the service. In 1950, John and Evalyn moved to Wenatchee. John was assigned to the 440th Civil Affairs Company, of which he became Commanding Officer, retiring in 1979 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Lt. Col. John Speidel’s hard work and entrepreneurial spirit, which he credited to lessons learned in the military, led him to open his own business. With the help and support of Evalyn, they owned and operated Speidel’s Department Store on Grant Road in East Wenatchee from 1960 to 1990. After a life well lived, John Speidel died on July 29, 2003, in Wenatchee. John’s story was submitted by his proud children, Jeff, Thom and Russ Speidel and their families.

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A.A. Stevens Minnesota Militia Civil War 1861–1864


A. Stevens served during the Civil War in the Minnesota Militia, Third Regiment, and went south November 17, 1861, “into the Valley of Death” as later described in The Wenatchee World. The Third Regiment took part in many Civil War battles but Stevens was never wounded. Stevens’ Company at one point was pinned down in a fort by cannon bombardment for two days. Only two men of the Company were able to walk out under their own power. Stevens was one of the two. After the Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee, the Third Regiment began cautious movement against Beauregard’s line at Corinth, Mississippi. The Third Minnesota then marched for Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This general forward movement resulted in surrender in 1862. Stevens’ regiment was captured near Murfreesboro and held as prisoners. Following their capture there was an Indian uprising in Minnesota. Indians were attacking towns, slaying women and children. An agreement was effected with the South to exchange the Minnesota Third Regiment prisoners for southern prisoners, allowing the Third Minnesota to go home and battle Indians.

After order was restored in Minnesota, the Third Regiment was reorganized and again went into the southland to battle the Confederates. In 1863 the Third Regiment engaged in the Battle of Vicksburg, Little Rock and others. After A.A. Stevens returned from his Civil War service November 14, 1864, he married Helen Chase in 1866. The family moved from Minnesota to Latah, Washington, in 1888 to engage in the grain business. In 1894 the family left Latah for Wenatchee, traveling by horse and wagon down Badger Mountain and across the Columbia River. Stevens engaged in farming in the Maple and McKittrick Street area. The family raised seven children; many descendents are in the Wenatchee area today. In 1918 Stevens was elected Chelan County Clerk of the Court for two terms. A.A. Stevens, as a veteran of the Civil War, was an active member of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). This group of citizens helped acquire the Civil War era cannon now displayed at the Chelan County Courthouse Memorial Park in Wenatchee. A.A.’s story was proudly submitted by his Great Grandson Mark Booker.

GENE A. STEVENS U.S. Navy 1970–1996


ene A. Stevens was born Nov. 25, 1947 in New Castle, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Orlando, Florida and graduated with a BA degree from USF. In 1970 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He trained as an Air Traffic Controller in Glynco, Georgia. Then he was stationed at Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida. In 1972, Gene was accepted into Officer Candidate School, NAS Pensacola, Florida, and commissioned as an Ensign. After being trained in Georgia at the Radar Intercept School, he was stationed at NAS Oceana, Virginia. and trained in the F-4 fighter planes. He served on the USS Forrestal from 73-74. In 1975 Gene was selected to train in the newest fighter jet, the F-14 Tomcat at NAS Miramar, California. He returned to NAS Oceana, Virginia and made two more Mediterranean deployments aboard USS Forrestal and USS America. In 1978, Gene returned to NAS Miramar as a F-14 flight instructor. While stationed in San Diego, he met Sandy Gold and three years later they married. He was assigned to Squadron VF-2 at Miarmar and made three Pacific deployments on USS Ranger.

Service included: u 1983–1985 Detailer at Naval Air Command, Washington, D.C. u 1986–1992 Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of Squadron VF-51, Miramar Naval Air Station u 1994–1996 Commanding Officer of Naval Support Activity, Naples, Italy. In 1996, after serving his country for 26 years and experiencing so many great adventures, Gene decided to retire. He had his retirement ceremony before leaving Naples, Italy. He returned home to Springfield, Virginia with is wife Sandy and daughter Gina. He earned his Masters Degree in Education from Old Dominion University and became a Special Education teacher at Lake Braddock Secondary School, Virginia. In 2006, Gene and Sandy decided to retire and move to Wenatchee to live closer to her family who had moved here in the ’80s. They love the friendly people and living in this beautiful Valley. Gene’s story was proudly submitted by Mark Moehnert.


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JUSeff “Cliffy” Tontini Marines 1990 - 2013


t Col Jeffrey “Cliffy” Tontini moved to Wenatchee WA in 1976 with his family. Jeff graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1985 and attended Washington State University and graduated in 1989 with both a Bachelor of Arts in History as well as a degree in Secondary Education. He was also a proud member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity during his time at WSU. After completing Officer Candidate School, Jeff was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in January 1990. Jeff served for almost 24 years as a Marine Office and Naval Aviator during which time he amassed over 3,900 hours in both Rotary Wing and Fixed Wing aircraft. During his career he was qualified in the AH-1W “Super Cobra”, CH-46E “Sea Knight”, VH-60N “Black Hawk” and VH-3D “Sea King” helicopters. In addition, Jeff was qualified as a C-12 “King Air 350W” pilot. Jeff served in numerous military commands in a plethora of assignments around the world. Such permanent duty stations included Quantico, VA, Pensacola, FL, China Lake, CA Camp Pendleton, CA, Bridgeport, CA, and Kaneohe Ban, HI. He is a graduate of the prestigious the Marine Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) and Aviation Safety Officer school. He was also designated a Winter Mountain Instructor at the Mountain Warfare Training Center. In additions, he served as a Presidential pilot

for Helicopter Marine Experimental One (HMX-1) better now as “Marine One”. Jeff flew President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush as well as their respective Vice Presidents, visiting Heads of State and other dignitaries. He conducted six overseas deployments during his military career to include four combat tours, which included Somalia, Iraq (twice) and Afghanistan. In addition, He served two overseas deployments to Okinawa, Japan, one of which was the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Special Operations Capable (31st MEU-SOC). After retiring, Jeff flew Emergency Medical Service helicopter flights for one year amassing 173 flight hours and was qualified in the EC-135 helicopter. Currently he is a consultant for the USMC First Marine Expeditionary Force (1MEF) incorporating Live Virtual and Constructive simulation into military aviation exercises. Jeff personal awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Strike/Flight numeral “8”, the Navy and Marine Corps Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2nd Award), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He is married to the former Major Kari Drabick (USMC( of Valparaiso, In. They have two daughters; Sierra and Denali. Jeff and Kari currently reside in Wenatchee. Jeff is a proud veteran and submitted his own story.

William D. Wilson U.S. Navy 1954–1975


illiam “Don” was born in Canton, Ohio in 1931. He probably had a natural affinity for the U.S. Navy, because his father has served in the Navy during World War 1. After college in 1953, he attended the U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School. During his 21 year Navy career, 11 at sea and eight ashore, he treasured every assignment and often said “it’s amazing that I’m paid to do this job that I love.” The following assignments stand out in memory: u Two years on board the USS John R. Pierce (DD753) Operations Officer. u Two years on board the USS JD Blackwood (DE219) Officer in Charge where he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander.

u Two years at Navcommsta Londonderry, North Ireland — Executive Officer. u Two years — Communications Officer Commander Carrier Division 6. u One year in Vietnam — Communications Officer Comrivpatflot 5 Staff. u One year — Communications Staff 0 Cinclantflt, Norfolk, Virginia. After retirement he engaged in small-time homebuilding and then volunteered at hospital and food banks for many years.

Don’s story was proudly submitted by his wife Carolyn.

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JOHN H. WOLFFE U.S. Army 1967–1997


ohn was born in California in 1947. He is the oldest of four and has two younger brothers and a younger sister. John graduated from Homestead High School in 1967. During his senior year, John received two draft notices. Instead of being drafted, John enlisted into the Army in April 1967. John attended basic training in August of that year at Fort Bliss, Texas. 11 months after he signed up, John was sent to Vietnam as a chemical warfare specialist. John spent 18 months in Vietnam in the 101st Airborne Division. It was at this time that John was wounded in battle and was awarded the Purple Heart. After the 18 months were up, John returned to the states where he was stationed at Fort Benning Georgia. During his time at Fort Benning, John worked as a CBR NCO for the 91st Infantry Brigade, Headquarters Company and was sent to Los Angles, California for riot control in November 1969. Once he got back to

Fort Benning, John and his team enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving dinner. In January 1970, John got orders to go to Germany, along the West German border at the Iron Curtain. John returned to the states in August 1970 on the G.I. Bill. He moved to Walla Walla where he attended International Barber College in Pasco. A year later, John moved to Wenatchee and attended Wenatchee Valley College to study forestry. John eventually got a Bachelor’s Degree from Evergreen State College in 1976 where he worked for the U.S. Forest Service. In 1982, John once again returned to the Army and joined the Army Reserves, where he drove semi-trucks hauling fuel and ammo from Yakima. John retired from the Army altogether in 1999. He now lives with his significant other and has two stepdaughters and seven grandkids. John’s story was proudly submitted by his grandson Chase Coleman.

To our men and women in uniform, past, present, and future, God bless you and

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U.S. Army 1988–1994


U.S. Army 2006–2009

RALPH (ALLEN) MCFARLING U.S. Marines 1942–1946


tories were not available for these three veterans. The location of their banners can be found on pages 34-35.


Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center 2530 Chester-Kimm Road Wenatchee, WA 98801 509-663-7615

Veterans Counseling Central Washington Veterans Counseling 610 N. Mission St. #202 Wenatchee, WA 98801 509-667-8828

Veterans Communities and Services American Legion Post 10 208 N. Wenatchee Ave. Wenatchee, WA 98801 509-663-5912

tHank you to our sPonsors:

Veterans of Foreign Wars 211 11th St. NE East Wenatchee, WA 98802 509-884-3617 NCW Vets Serving Vets (The Bunker) 1250 N. Wenatchee Ave. Ste. H #266 Wenatchee, WA 98801 509-885-5559 County Veterans Assistance Program Chelan County Courthouse 350 Orondo Ave. Wenatchee, WA 98801 509-667-6216 Wenatchee Veterans Hall 512 S. Chelan Ave. Wenatchee, WA 98801 509-664-6801

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Jack I. McMahon

Jack was drafted in 1965 right after he graduated from High School in Leavenworth. He first spent a year in Germany then sent To Vietnam in 1967 as an E4 combat solider then a second tour as a Forward Observer. Jack earned the Bronze Star with V Devise For Valor and Heroism in his second tour. In 1969 Jack was chosen as a Honor Guard (he fired a 105 Halitser Gun for the 21 Gun Salute) at the Funeral of President Eisenhower in the President’s home town of Abilene KS. At the time Jack was station at Fort Riley KS. He was Honorably Discharged in 1970.

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The Wenatchee World | Tuesday, November 9, 2021

the wenaTchee world, in partnership with the wenatchee downtown association, is proud to help bring the stories behind these hero’s banners to life. We would like to thank those WHO SERVED AND ALSO Thank those who submitted the stories for the banners