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LEST WE FORGETBy David Hayesdhayes@isspress.comRandy Harrison is fascinated by history.The well-read, 69-year-old Squak Mountain resident is especially inter-ested in Homers The Iliad.Everybody knows about Achilles, Ajax, Agamemnon and Paris. All the characters you hear about, Harrison said. Every now and then, if you read Homer, theres one guy mentioned, one soldier who did something, not the big characters.I thought maybe if I kept a good record of this, maybe in 500 years someone will stumble across this, in a safe somewhere, and say, Wow, heres a daily firsthand thing, by this guy.So, Harrison kept a journal during the Vietnam War. Never mind that was verboten for an intelligence offi-cer in the U.S. Armys Special Opera-tions Group.It wasnt the first time the brash, young man that Harrison was skirted the Armys regulations. The son of a career Air Force pilot, growing up in a military culture, Harrison had always wanted to follow his fathers path.He was my role model, my hero, Harrison said.Unfortunately, the Air Force Acad-emy required perfect vision for pilots. Harrisons hovered around 2,400 uncorrected.The tip of the spearAfter years adrift taking college courses, Harrison decided to steer his life right and enlist in the Army infantry.If I cant be on the tip of the spear, I dont want anything else, he said. The tip of the spear for the Army is the infantry.He didnt tell his parents until after he enlisted and he didnt tell the sec-Wednesday, May 21, 2014Fortunate sonBy DaviD HayesRandy Harrison hugs his dog Burfoot inside his Squak Mountain home. Over his shoul-der is a print commemorating one of Harrisons missions that went wrong yet garnered a Congressional Medal of Honor for helicopter pilot James Fleming, who evacuated Harrisons squad under heavy fire from North Vietnamese. See HARRISON, Page B8ContriButeDRandy Harris goes on patrol through the jungles of Vietnam.Randy Harrison emerged from the Vietnam War unscathed, but with a new appreciation for lifeBy Peter Clark pclark@isspress.comCol. William Geil has a great memory though he says its hard to forget getting captured by Germans behind enemy lines.The 89-year-old Squak Mountain resident has seen his fair share of service in a career spanning more than three decades. He served over-seas in World War II and two tours in Vietnam. His time in the United States Air Force is only made more impres-sive by the three degrees he earned outside the military. Still, he plays it humble.I dont like bragging, Geil said about his time as a prisoner of war. Speaking plainly, he said he didnt find it anything worth bragging about. I had a cousin that finished 25 mis-sions, while I finished my time in the war in a prison camp.Now comfortably retired, Geil and his wife Fran split their time between an Is-saquah residence and one in Phoenix, Ariz. Geil first German POW earned freedom, three degreesThe whole damn town was coming out. When I saw their eyes, I knew I was in deep kimchi. I figured Id had it. William GeilWorld War II and Vietnam veteran William GeilBy Neil Piersonnpierson@sammamishreview.comIn a small box thats usu-ally tucked away in his home library, Issaquah attorney Jerry Pearson has several keepsakes from his three-year stint in the U.S. Marine Corps.Among the items are a set of dog tags made to com-memorate three of his fellow Marines; a brass dragon head he found in a village; and the two Purple Hearts he was awarded for combat-related wounds in Vietnam.The dragon head, in par-ticular, brings back a flood of memories for Pearson, who was born in Seattle before moving to Issaquah as a small child in 1951. He associates it with Ron Dexter and Lester Bell, two members of the Fifth Marine Division who were shipped to the jungles of Southeast Asia and never came home.In some ways, you feel really proud of having served, and in other ways you feel all of these losses and confu-sions, Pearson said.He graduated from Is-saquah High School in 1964, when the Vietnam War was gaining traction in America, and his modest 2.6 grade-point average reflected his disinterest in school. He dropped out of the University of Washington after one quar-ter, and didnt last long at The Boeing Co.Thats when he found the Marines and a chance to con-nect with his family heritage, which has military connec-tions dating to the Civil War. Pearsons father was in the Army Air Corps during World War II.The veteran thing, to me, is almost like a connec-tive tissue kind of issue, he explained.Among his memorabilia is a 1965 article from the Hono-lulu Advertiser. Pearsons unit arrived in Hawaii aboard the USS Iwo Jima, and he and several Marines were walk-Marine Corps, Vietnam shaped Jerry Pearsons servant natureBy Christina Corrales-Toynewcastle@isspress.comDag Garrett knew he wanted to fly.Its why during the tail end of World War II, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps as a fresh-faced 18-year-old.Over the course of a year, Garrett transformed into a well-versed navigator, more than eager to hit the skies in support of his country.He would have to wait though, because just as he was about to deploy, the war came to an end.They gave up. They heard we were coming, he joked.Garrett was rather disap-pointed he missed the bulk of the war, but the Timber Ridge at Talus resident would see his fair share of action during a 23-year military career.The aftermathHe initially remained grounded, serving as an in-structor in Louisiana, before By neil PiersonIssaquah native Jerry Pearson, surrounded by legal texts at his Pearson Law Firm office, is more than 40 years removed from his duties as a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.By CHristina Corrales-toyDag Garrett holds a poster of newspaper clippings and photo-graphs from his stranded-at-sea ordeal in 1947.Issaquah veteran recalls the sacrificesFlintofts Funeral Home and Crematory is proud to honor our communitys veterans.See GEIL, Page B8See PEARSON, Page B8 See GARRETT, Page B7The Issaquah PressThe Issaquah PressThe Issaquah Press B2 Wednesday, May 21, 2014 The Issaquah Press Robert WatsonStaff sergeant, U.S. Army Air Force, 375th Bomber Squadron, 308th Bomber Group, Heavy; reported MIA between January and April 1944; crew of plane was never found. Tablets of the missing are at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.John Raymond SmartSecond lieuten-ant, U.S. Army Air Force,443rd Bomb Squadron, 320th Bomb GroupMIA Oct. 23, 1943, over the Tyrrhenian Sea near Giannuitri Island. The crew of the downed B-26 was seen in life rafts but Air-Sea Rescue boats could not locate them, and no one from the crew was ever seen again. Tablets of the missing are at Florence American Cemetery in Florence, Italy.Robert PhilpStaff sergeant, U.S. Army Air Force, 589th Bomb Squadron, 387th Bomb GroupShot down near Mayan, Germany, where his crew was attacking a railroad viaduct, on Dec. 23, 1944.Jack McQuadePrivate, U.S. Army Air Force, 481st Service Squadron, 46th Air Service GroupBorn: Nov. 28, 1920 Killed April 18, 1945, in acciden-tal bomb explo-sion. Buried in Hillside Cemetery.Emmett R. McDonaldCaptain, U.S. Air ForceBorn: July 27, 1939,MIA May 31, 1966, Declared dead: Feb. 11, 1975Missing in air loss/crash in North Vietnam. (Remains never recovered.)Laurence J. LortieSecond lieutenantU.S. Army Air Force45th Fighter Squadron, 15th Fighter GroupMIA June 1, 1945, some-where between Iwo Jima and Osaka, Japan; weather may have been the reason for the loss.George C. LarsenPrivate first class, U.S. Army,infantry,Born: Feb. 17, 1926 Died: June 14, 1945184th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. KIA by a grenade attacking Hill 181 in Ryuku, Okinawa, Japan. Buried in Arlington National Cemetery.Peter EricksonPrivate, U.S. Army, 18th Engineer RegimentDied: Aug. 10, 1918Buried in Suresnes American Cemetery, in Suresnes, France. From the Sept. 27, 1918, Press: A large congregation attended the memo-rial service Sunday afternoon at Issaquah in honor of Peter Erickson, the first of the boys from Issaquah to die in the service of his country. The oration delivered by the Rev. S. V. Warren touched a high note of patriotism.Elizabeth EricksonWoman Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs)Died in a train-ing exercise over Sweetwater, Texas, in May 1944. Buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Seattle.Because WASPs were considered civilians, she never received a military burial. She was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by President Obama.James Patrick BradyCorporal, U.S. Army, Scotch Platoon, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry DivisionBorn: March 7, 1949Died: June 18, 1969KIA in Tay Ninh, South Vietnam. Buried in Greenwood Memorial Park, Renton.Robert BaskettSergeant, U.S. Army, 8th InfantryApril 7, 1925 July 15, 1944Graduated from Issaquah High School in 1943.KIA in Normandy, France. Buried in Hillside Cemetery.Paul Alfred AmbrosePrivate, U.S. Army,701 T.D. BattalionJuly 9, 1924 May 31, 1944Graduated from Issaquah High School in 1942. KIA in Anzio, Italy. Buried in Hillside Cemetery.Robert ArndtCorporal,U.S. Army,C Company, 3rd Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry DivisionDied at age 21.Born: May 6, 1946 Died: July 29, 1967 He was shot in early 1967, but recovered; was back in action only a few days when he was killed in Dinh Tuong Province, South Vietnam. Buried in Hillside Cemetery.Freedom isnt free. Since the birth of this country, men and women have been willing to fight and die for Americans to be free to live their lives as they choose. And the number of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice is staggering. More than 1.3 mil-lion men and women have died in wars fought by or on behalf of this country since 1775.Men and women have also been willing to sacrifice their personal time, by serving in times when war was not on or immi-nent. They have done all types of jobs that people in the civilian sector do, but instead did them in service to this country while they stood ready to defend our lives, liberty and the pursuit of happi-ness.We at The Issaquah Press salute, honor and thank the men and women from our community who have paid all types of sac-rifices to keep themselves, their families and everyone else free. We hope you will do the same.We honor the 19 who gave the ultimate sacrifice Information is incomplete and/or conflicting for the 19 local veterans killed while serving in wartime. Photos also could not be located for three of them. If you have information or photos, email editor@isspress.com or call 392-6434, ext. 227.Louis PetersenFlight officer, U.S. Army Air Force, 422nd Bomb Squadron, 305th Bomb GroupKilled Aug. 6, 1944, when the B-17 he was co-piloting was hit by flak and crashed near Vollradisroda, Germany.Interred in Germany; later brought home to Greenwood Memorial Park, Renton.Joseph Albert TondreauFireman first class, U.S. Navy/Naval ReserveMIA or buried at sea Dec. 18, 1944.Tablets of the missing are at Manila American Cemetery in Manila, Philippines.Carl Albert LarsonCorporal, U.S. Army 361st Infantry Regiment, 91st DivisionDied Oct. 9, 1918Buried in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, in Romagne, France.(no photo available)Robert HoskinsLance corporal (mortarman),U.S. Marine Corps, H&S Company 5, Mar 1 Mar DivBorn: Sept. 14, 1949 Died: Nov. 25, 1968KIA in Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam). Buried in Hillside Cemetery. (no photo available)Harold GleasonPrivate first class, U.S. Army, 301st Infantry Regiment, 94th DivisionBorn: Feb. 6, 1916 Killed March 2, 1945, while serving as a medic near Serrig, Germany. Buried in Hillside Cemetery. (no photo available)Clifford BensonSecond lieuten-ant, U.S. Army Air Force, 737th Bomb Squadron, 454th Bomb GroupShot down in Croatia on April 21, 1944.In loving memory of SSgt. Dale and Lt. Alice LeeBy Susan ErlandWorld War II veteran Hugh Preston was in the U.S. Navy well before he should have been.He went behind his fathers back and enlisted and came back and said, Im gone, his daughter Isabella Tobiason said. He wanted to serve. He wanted to fight for his country.He was just 17.He was extremely proud of his service, Tobiason said. He loved nothing more than sitting around and talking about the war, talking about the ship, this happened this day, that happened that day. He had a photograph-ic memory.Preston, who died May 1, 2014, served in the Pacific Theatre on a picket ship off Okinawa near the end of the war with Japan. It was the USS Aaron Ward the third, a distinction he emphasized, because there were two prior ships named Aaron Ward.The ship came under attack off Okinawa on May 3, 1945, and was hit six times by kamikaze planes that crashed into its decks, towers and engine rooms. Three of the planes car-ried bombs that detonated just seconds before the planes crashed, causing explosions and fireballs on impact.At the time of the attack, Preston was on watch in the wheelhouse. Once the approximately 25 Japa-nese planes began their onslaught, the men operat-ing defense were able to destroy 10 of the oncoming planes, and all others not wounded and many who were did everything possible to keep the ship under power. They put out fires and tried to get the guns sighted on the next wave of suicide bombers. The entire attack lasted just over an hour.When the attack ended, the ship was without pow-er, listing to one side, and only several feet above the water. The deck of the ship was in ruins, fires were still raging and strewn everywhere were masses of red-hot twisted steel. There was a frantic effort by the crew and officers to douse the areas still burn-ing from spilled jet fuel or bombs. They were also dodging exploding am-munition above and below deck. Any place relatively undamaged was used to care for the wounded.Several Navy ships had arrived on the scene to assist with transfer of the wounded and provide cover in case of a renewed attack. One of those, the USS Shannon, was even-tually able to secure a towline to the Aaron Ward and begin a 45-mile trip to Kerama Retto, to assess damage and attempt to regroup. Upon arrival, the officers and crew refused to leave their ship and in-sisted on staying on board to care for her.Preston said the ship was made seaworthy enough to make the 7,000-mile trip to the Navy Yard in New York, where it was decom-missioned Sept. 29, 1945. Commanding Officer Wil-liam Sanders received the Navy Cross and said he told them that he wouldnt accept it just for himself, but said all of us deserved it, too, Preston said.He loved that ship, and I think it was because of the journey back home, and how it was destroyed, his daughter said. He always talked about the Aaron Ward.He remembered so many details, she said of his military service. He would talk to anybody who would listen about it.He talked to a lot of people about it. He would tell us about his friends. He would give us a lot of detail about things.In the book Brave Ship, Brave Men, writer Arnold S. Lott shares the rest of the story. Sanders took the home addresses of every member of the crew and wrote a letter to each, quoting the citation for the Navy Cross as signed by the Secretary of the Navy, John L. Sullivan. He then added these words: Al-though the above citation was presented to the C.O. of the Aaron Ward, he feels that by their heroic con-duct all the personnel of that vessel merit the honor and takes pleasure in commending you for your magnificent performance during that period and stating that you and your shipmates share equally in the award bestowed in the name of the President of the United States.The ship and crew also received the Presidential Unit Citation award, stat-ing, By her superb fight-ing spirit and the courage and determination of her entire company, the Aaron Ward upheld the finest tra-ditions of the United States Naval Service.After the war, Preston attended Arizona State University and then the University of Mexico City. He got married and had three children. After seven years, they divorced.He was a great single dad, Tobiason said.I would look at him and I was amazed that he went through all the things he went through and he survived, she added. I always thought he was a hero, not just because he was in the military, but be-cause of the kind of father he was.Preston never married again. But he took his children all over the world, teaching them about other cultures and how to speak three languages.The day before Preston died, Tobiason, knowing the end was near, talked with him about how she felt about him.I thanked him for rais-ing us, and I told him he was the best father ever.Susan Erland is a volunteer at Providence Marianwood who does one-on-one nurturing visits with residents. Press Managing Editor Kathleen R. Merrill contributed to this story.Brave ship remembered by brave manPHotos ContriButeDThe Aaron Ward III is shown in photos before it was bombed (above) and after (right).THANK YOUTo the people who made individual con-tributions to make this section happen, we thank you.Karen AbelBob BrockFred ButlerCarson WoodworksArlene CarterCory ChristensenJim HarrisKen KonigsmarkChad MagendanzTola MartsHamilton and Maureen McCullohIn honor of Keith MerrillDona Mokin Mark MulletCrash and Kristen NashJim RockstadRobin SpicerBryan WeinsteinIn memory of the Swanson boys George, John and MiltContriButeDThis photo of Hugh Preston and his mother was taken in 1941, when he was 17 years old. He enlisted without his parents permission. The Issaquah Press Wednesday, May 21, 2014 B3Archie AdairBorn: May 5, 1911Died: Feb. 18, 1985Branch of service: U.S. ArmyWhere served: Germany in World War IIDetails of service: While with the 83rd Infantry Division in Germany, was award-ed the combat infantrymans badge for displaying exemplary conduct in actionAllen Sherman Anderson Highest rank achieved: E-3Branch of service: U.S. NavyDates of service: Dec. 2, 1972 to April 7, 1977Details of service: Hull tech, was on the USS Samuel Gompers, USS John Paul Jones, USS Kitty Hawk; was off the coast of Vietnam from late 1973 until mid-1975; finished enlistment in dry dock at Bremerton shipyard overhauling the Kitty HawkBuford R. (Bud) AmbroseDeceasedHighest rank achieved: SK2 (store keeper second class)Branch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: South Pacific USS Saginaw BayDates of service: Feb. 15, 1943 to Feb. 5, 1946Gilbert R. AndressHighest rank achieved: Carpenters mate third class Branch of service: U.S. Navy, SeaBees Naval Construction Wounded in action: Gun explosion caused tinnitus Where served: Pacific Ocean, Hawaii, Guam, OkinawaDates of service: July 7, 1943 to March 6, 1946William Ernest ArndtHighest rank achieved: Baker second class Branch of service: U.S. Navy Where served: Pacific Dates of service: March 1943 to December 1945Daniel T. AndersonBranch of service: U.S. NavyHighest rank achieved: ET2Where served: Atlantic Theater two years aboard USS Pocono, flagship of the Atlantic FleetDetails of service: Served as electronic technician (UHF specialist); President Truman was often aboard the ship, using my radio shack and equip-ment.Years of service: 1946-1948Albert AndersonBorn: Feb. 28, 1892Died: Oct. 1969Highest rank achieved: Fireman Second ClassBranch of service: NavyWhere served: U.S.S. New YorkDates of service: May, 17, 1917 to May 7, 1918Rodney Albert AndersonBorn: Apr. 16, 1925Died: Nov. 16, 2000Branch of service: ArmyWhere served: EuropeDetails of service: served in World War II in the 97th Infantry Division and drove a jeepVern G. AndersonBorn: Nov. 23, 1927Died: May 16, 2008Highest rank achieved: CorporalBranch of service: Navy and ArmyWhere served: Fort Lewis, Fort Lawton, Whittier (Alaska), Port of Embarkation in SeattleDates of service: 1946 (Navy) then discharged after eight months, drafted again in 1951Details of service: in Seattle, was a military police officer at the main gate, in Alaska unloaded shipsVigo E. AndersonBorn: Sept. 1, 1944Highest rank achieved: 1st Lieutenant Branch of service: Marine CorpsWhere served: motor transportation, First Marine DivisionDates of service: March 1967 to June 1970Details of service: spent 25 months in VietnamEdward E. AuthierHighest rank achieved: Lieutenant colonelBranch of service: U.S. ArmyWhere served: Germany, Korea, Vietnam and U.S.Dates of service: 1960 - 1980Details of service: Was a senior Army aviatorJohn ArnoldHighest rank achieved: Lieutenant Commander Branch of service: U.S. Navy Where served: U.S., Cuba, three tours in Vietnam Dates of service: August 1955 to January 1982John Michael BarryHighest rank achieved: CorporalBranch of service: U.S. Marine CorpsWhere served: Vietnam Details of service: 1st Marine Air Wing, 3rd Marine Division; served in combat at Khe Sahn Combat Base during Tet and the Siege of Khe Sahn in February 1968; I Corps below the DMZ; in combat in Vietnam from December 1967 to August 1969Dates of service: February 1966 to February 1972Harry G. BehrensHighest rank achieved: LTJGBranch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: Served in Korea for one yearDates of service: 1953-1955Details of service: Was landing craft control officer on the USS LoganDavid Hardman Black Sr.Born: Nov. 5, 1945Died: Feb. 24, 2008Highest rank achieved: SP5 E-5 (T) Feb 1969Branch of service: U.S. ArmyWhere served: Thailand (1966-68) Korea (1970)Dates of service: 1965 to 1977Details of service: Served in Vietnam in 1972 and was exposed to Agent Orange; received the National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal (second award), two overseas bars and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm; buried at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville, Ky.William BentzHighest rank achieved: Staff sergeant Branch of service: U.S. Army Where served: South Pacific, New Guinea Philippines; Fort Lawton, Wash. Dates of service: 1943-1946, 1948-1949Paul Eugene BartholomewHighest rank achieved: Corporal; airman second class Branch of service: Air National Guard/Air Force Reserve/U.S. Naval Reserve Where served: United StatesDates of service: Jan. 23, 1946 U.S.N.R to June 4, 1946; June 1948 A.N.G. to June 1952; May 1, 1951 U.S. Air Force to Dec. 20, 1951Angelo BoniBorn: Dec. 26, 1926Died: July 24, 2006 in IssaquahHighest rank achieved: PrivateBranch of service: ArmyDates of service: June 22, 1945 to Nov. 11, 1946Dan BoniBorn: Aug. 25, 1924Branch of service: NavyWhere served: Motor machinists mate second class unitDates of service: Sept. 17, 1943 to March 31, 1946Details of service: served in combat in the South Pacific for two years; Ship PGM8 received two letters of commendation for services in Northern Solomons and the PhilippinesGreg BemanBorn: Aug. 17, 1948Highest rank achieved: E4Branch of service: Marine CorpsWhere served: Dong Ha, Vietnam; six miles south of the DMZDates of service: 1966-1970Details of service: combat engineer, 3rd Marine Division, served in combat, gunshot wound, received Purple HeartFlorence BlankenshipBorn: 1922Highest rank achieved: Storekeeper First ClassBranch of service: NavyWhere served: Washington, D.C., Bureau of Ships Dates of service: 1944-46Roger Lee BrownHighest rank achieved: Army PFC and Navy MR3Branch of service: Army and NavyWhere served: 41st Infantry Division 146 Field Artillery (Army); USS Ticonderoga; USS Coral SeaDetails of service: Multiple cruises with Pacific Fleet to the Far EastDates of service: Army 1955-58; Navy 1958-62Christopher Brown Sr.Highest rank achieved: ABH 3rd classBranch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: CVN 68 USS NimitzDetails of service: Served in Atlantic Fleet with multiple cruises to the Mediterranean areaDates of service: March 1979 to March 1983Christopher Brown Jr.Highest rank achieved: SergeantBranch of service: U.S. ArmyWhere served: 2nd Infantry Division, 3rd Stryker BrigadeDetails of service: Fought in every major battle in Iraqi Freedom, including Fallujah, Mosul and Baghdad; received two Purple Hearts, Commendation for Stryker Vehicle Commander under hostile engage-ments; Personal Commendation Medal for Operation Iraqi FreedomDates of service: November 2004 to presentDavid Wayne BrackenBorn: 1917Died: 1979 (in Issaquah)Highest rank achieved: PFCBranch of service: U.S. ArmyWhere served: Aleutian IslandsDetails of service: Signal CorpsDates of service: 1942 to 1945Carl B. Bridges Deceased (at age 70)Branch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: Stationed on the USS BraineDates of service: 1952-1956Paul Thomas BooneBorn: Sept. 26, 1924Died: Oct. 7, 2009Highest rank achieved: Flight officerBranch of service: U.S. Air ForceWhere served: P-51 pilot in combat in the Philippines, New Guinea and other places in the South PacificDetails of service: He was in Japan after the bomb was dropped, and ferried numer-ous planes from the islands to storage areas.Dates of service: 1943-1946Walter Lee BrazeltonHighest rank achieved: First sergeantBranch of service: U.S. ArmyWhere served: 508th MP BN, Military Police; Fort Lawton, Wash.; 61st MP Co., France; 62d MP (RAFP) Co.; USAREC, Bloomington, Ill.; Special Forces Thailand-Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam; 1st Infantry Division Fwd., Germany; and Fort LewisDates of service: October 1956 to December 1977Michael BlochBorn: Oct. 25, 1939Highest rank achieved: Airman First Class Branch of service: Air ForceWhere served: Hahn Airbase, GermanyDates of service: 1960-64Details of service: assisted in base chapel and forecast-ed weather for pilotsJohn BrookeBorn: 1933Highest rank achieved: Specialist SP3Branch of service: Army infantryWhere served: HawaiiDates of service: 1955-56Details of service: worked as a guard for prison duty and combat trainingFred ButlerWayne E. BusbyBorn: 1920Died: 1995Highest rank achieved: Aviation Machinists Mate Second Class; ratings held S1c, AMM3c, AMM2cBranch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: NRAB Seattle, NRAB Pasco, Hed Ron 14-2, FAW-14, Hed Ron Fleet Airwing Six-FAW-4Dates of service: April 1942 to October 1945Jean-Michel ChristopherHighest rank achieved: EM2 (electricians mate second class)Branch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: USS City of Corpus Christi Dates of service: August 1992 to August 1998Joseph Elmer ChevalierBorn: Aug. 3, 1925Highest rank achieved: Coxswain on the USS PGM19Branch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: Okinawa and RyukyusDates of service: August 1942 to January 1946Theodore Vernon Colbert Sr.Born: Jan. 22, 1922Died: Jan. 6, 2012Highest rank achieved: PFC/ Special Weapons GroupBranch of service: U.S. Marine CorpsWhere served: World War II, in the Pacific Region and fought in the Russell and Solomon islands, on Rendova Island, and in Guam and the Guadalcanal Islands, and stormed many beachesDates of service: Nov. 12, 1942 to May 5, 1945Details of service: awarded the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon 1 star for New Georgia Group OperationsRobert R. CowardBorn: June 6, 1939Highest rank achieved: Adjutant 3Branch of service: Navy, Aviation Machinist MateWhere served: air-craft carriers, U.S.S. Kearsarge CVA 33 U.S.S. Oriskany CVA 34Dates of service: Sept. 10, 1957 to Sept. 10, 1961Highest rank achieved: ColonelBranch of service: U.S. ArmyWhere served: Vietnam, Germany and U.S.Dates of service: Jan. 8, 1963 to Jan. 31, 1990Bud ButterfieldBorn: Oct. 17, 1934Highest rank achieved: Chief Petty OfficerBranch of service: NavyDates of service: 1951 to 1971Details of service: first served aboard the USS Saint Paul Heavy Cruiser, sta-tioned in many loca-tions from San Diego to Alaska, retired upon returning from service in VietnamThomas Strander CarlisleBorn: March 28, 1923Deceased: 2007Branch of service: Marine CorpsDates of service: 1943-1946Highest rank achieved: 1st LieutenantDetails of service: In 1942, enlisted as aviation cadet; in 1943, completed flight training, receiv-ing his aviator wings and commission as 2nd LieutenantDonald (Bud) Wayne CochranBorn: Dec. 1, 1921Highest rank achieved: Staff SergeantBranch of service: ArmyWhere served: 634th Ordinance Ammunition; Oro Bay, New Guinea; Manila and Lati, Philippines; Hirasaki, JapanDates of service: May 1942 to January 1946Details of service: served in combat; Buds transport to the WWII Pacific war zone began in San Francisco, where he boarded the David C. Shanks with nearly 5,000 other G.I.s. While serving in New Guinea, he was burned with mustard gas. He landed in Japan with the first American invasion forces where he remained until the end of the war.The Issaquah Sportsmens Club salutes our local veterans.Phillip James ConwayBorn: Feb. 22, 1926Highest rank achieved: Coxswain on the USS RenshawBranch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: World War II Solomon Islands, Marianas, Marshall Islands, Saipan, Tinian, GuamDetails of service: He was the coxen charged with ferrying the big shots to shore and transporting work crews around the ship or to shore in a gig.Dates of service: 1943 to 1946Milton BronsdonHighest rank achieved: Interior Communications Second ClassBranch of service: U.S. Navy Where served: served on U.S.S. Grand Canyon AD28, traveled to Mediterranean countries, England, Norway, CubaDates of service: 1955-1958Louis BoniBorn: Nov. 24, 1918Died: 2003 in IssaquahBranch of service: Navy, water tenderDates of service: April 3, 1942 to Nov. 29, 1945, and the Korean WarDetails of service: served in combat in the Pacific during World War II and the Korean WarJim BriodyHighest rank achieved: Specialist 5 (E-5)Branch of service: U.S. ArmyWhere served: U.S. Military Liaison Mission, West Berlin and Potsdam, East GermanyDates of service: 1961-1964Gaius Sunday BuxtonHighest rank achieved: Signalman third classBranch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: Signalman on staff of Commander Transport Division 60 in the Pacific area on the USS Grimes; Okinawa Campaign, initial occupation of Tokyo Bay Area and Nagasaki, JapanDates of service: 1944-1946William Michael CooperBorn: April 25,1940Highest rank achieved: Master sergeantBranch of service: Air Force, Marine CorpsWhere served: served in combat, Vietnam Conflict, first Marine platoon to land, stayed until 1967Dates of service: USMC September 1958 to June 1967Details of service: also in the Air Force and then the Reserves from 1980 to April 2000, retired after 29 years; from the Air Force: Meritorious Service Award, Commendation Medal, Outstanding Unit Award, Nave Unit Commendation, Air Force Training Ribbon; from Marines: Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign MedalGeorge W. Croft Jr. (Bud)Highest rank achieved: E9 (master chief petty officer)Branch of service: U.S. ArmyWhere served: Pacific Theatre, WWIIWounded in action: In Pearl Harbor hospital recovering from appendectomy when the Japanese began bombing Pearl Harbor. Ran out to veranda to see the entire Harbor as it was being bombed. Read his story in the military section on AncientFaces.com.Dates of service: 1941-1971James R. DarstBorn: Jan. 1, 1927Died: Oct. 27, 2011Branch of service: U.S. NavyDates of service: 1945-1947Details of service: served aboard a land-ing-craft carrier in the Pacific Theater during World War IIJames Gerard DayBorn: July 24, 1953Highest rank achieved: CorporalBranch of service: Marine CorpsWhere served: Marine Corps Aircraft WingDates of service: 1972-74Details of service: ranked as a pistol and rifle sharpshooter, received the National Defense Service MedalDallas CrossHighest rank achieved: PFC, U.S. Army Infantry (twice achieved)Branch of service: U.S. ArmyWhere served:Fort McNair, Washington, D.C., and Fort Meyer Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Va.Dates of service: Active service, Sept. 11, 1957 to Sept. 10, 1959; Army Reserve, 1959-1962Details of service: Drill platoon in The Old Guard Regiment, 1957; worked with the Secret Service as bayonet-guarded cordon lines to limit access to the President and visiting heads of state B4 Wednesday, May 21, 2014 The Issaquah Press Lee CookBorn: Mar. 14, 1941Highest rank achieved: Master Chief Petty OfficerBranch of service: NavyWhere served: all over the world, Europe and the Far EastDates of service: 1961-88W.J. (Joe) DodgeDied: June 3, 1982Highest rank achieved: Private (infantry)Branch of service: U.S. Army (Samuel Company)Where served: Georgia, not deployedDates of service: Discharged May 3, 1919Alice L. DavisHighest rank achieved: Petty officer first class Branch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: San Diego; Great Lakes, Ill.; Pearl Harbor; Camp Lejeune, N.C.Dates of service: Aug. 11, 1994 to present Gerald Patrick DarstBorn: March 17, 1932Highest rank achieved: CorporalBranch of service: ArmyDates of service: 1951-1952Details of service: served in combat in KoreaWilliam DixonHighest rank achieved: Bosn mate second classBranch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: Mediterranean and Pacific TheatresDates of service: October 1942 to January 1946W.J. (Joe) Dodge Jr.Highest rank achieved: AO3 (aviation ord-nance man third class)Branch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: USS Hancock CVA-19, Southeast AsiaDates of service: October 1961 to November 1963Raymond C. DavisBorn: July 8, 1941Highest rank achieved: Radarman third classBranch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: Far East, Pacific, Guantanamo Bay, CubaDetails of service: Served on the USS Washburn and USS CabildoDates of service: 1959 to 1963Jack DompierBorn: Dec. 1, 1946Highest rank achieved: RM3Branch of service: NavyDates of service: 1966-1970Details of service: served in combat; the first tour to Vietnam was aboard the Destroyer USS Chevalier off the Vietnam coast in 1967-68. The last 2 1/2 years was spent on PBRs (River Patrol Boat) at PBR Mobile Base 1, north of Danang. One river that was patrolled was the HUE river.Thomas D. DoneganHighest rank achieved: Lieutenant colonelBranch of service: U.S. Army Where served: Panama, England, Europe, KoreaWounded in action: Suffered machine gun leg wounds while leading a rifle pla-toon into Germany in February 1945Dates of service: January 1940 July 1946, July 1952 to January 1965Charles DorianBorn: Sept. 27, 1921Highest rank achieved: CaptainBranch of service: Coast GuardWhere served: North Atlantic, Washington, D.C.; San Francisco; Great Lakes; World War II Greenland, New YorkDates of service: June 1942 to March 1972Details of service: served on seven ships in the North Atlantic, Caribbean, Great Lakes, North Pacific and South Pacific Oceans; was Chief Coast Guard Communications from 1964-67 and Deputy Director, Office of Telecommunications, in the U.S. Department of Transportation from 1967-72; is one of the fathers of the current satellite com-munication system for shipsBob DoyleBorn: Jul. 29, 1931Highest rank achieved: CaptainBranch of service: Army Special ForcesWhere served: KentuckyDates of service: August 1952 to March 1955Details of service: never left the statesNorma Ernsting-EmmonsHighest rank achieved: Storekeeper Second Class Branch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: Milledgeville, Ga.; and Bremerton, Wash.Dates of service: March 2, 1943 to July 12, 1945Duane W. EnglundHighest rank achieved: SergeantBranch of service: Army EngineersWhere served: Europe, Philippine IslandsDates of service: July 1943 to January 1947Tauno L. EricksonHighest rank achieved: Technical sergeantBranch of service: U.S. Army Signal CorpsWhere served: Southwest and Central Pacific theatersMedal awarded: Bronze Star Dates of service: May 1942 to October 1945Ralph Carl EikenberryHighest rank achieved: Staff sergeantBranch of service: U.S. Marine Corps infantryWhere served: Served in a combat zone in Korea for six months in 1950 in the 7th Marines; was wound-ed at Chosin Reservoir and was air evacuated to JapanDates of service: 1946-48; 1950-51Joel EsteyHighest rank achieved: E-5Branch of service: U.S. ArmyWhere served: Served in combat in I Corps South Vietnam, Da Nang Chulai; mostly in the field throughout tour of duty; American 196th Light InfantryDetails of service: Wounded by booby trap; earned a Purple Heart and two Bronze StarsDates of service: 1967-1969William Falkenstein Born: Dec. 22, 1913Died: Dec. 18, 2001Highest rank achieved: Master sergeantBranch of service: U.S. ArmyWhere served: WWII New Guinea; Korean War Seoul, KoreaDates of service: 1940-1960David T. EvansBorn: Oct. 2, 1943Died: 2002Highest rank achieved: 1st LieutenantBranch of service: U.S. ArmyWhere served: Tour of duty was from 1967-1969 in Heidelberg, GermanyDates of service: 1967-1969Details of service: Military Police and Criminal Investigation DivisionPete FaviniBorn: 1894Died: 1977Branch of service: NavyDates of service: World War IDetails of service: served in WWI aboard the USS Theodore, where he made seven trips to France, and then crashed on the reefs of FranceStanley Pete FaviniBorn: March 7, 1923Died: Aug. 25, 1987Branch of service: NavyWhere served: USS Monterey aircraft carrierDates of service: World War IIDetails of service: served on USS Monterey aircraft car-rier, ship was on the Japanese coast ready to attack when the Japanese surrenderedDelbert E. FlemingHighest rank achieved: Chief petty officerBranch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: Vietnam on various ships and commandsDates of service: 1957-1977Barry A. FederHighest rank achieved: Lieutenant colonelBranch of service: U.S. Army, retiredWhere served: Fort Polk, La., active duty; reserve units in Oregon and Washington; active duty for six months during Desert Storm (first Gulf War) Dates of service: Commissioned in 1969; active duty 1973-1975; reserves 1975-1995Luther E. FranklinHighest rank achieved: LieutenantBranch of service: NavyWhere served: continental USA and GTMODetails of service: naval aviatorYears of service: active duty, 1953-57; active reserve: 1957-58; inactive reserve 1958-73Ray GiaudroneHighest rank achieved: MM 1st ClassBranch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: Navy Post OfficeDates of service: 1941-1945Louis Charles GiraldinHighest rank achieved: Radioman second classBranch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: North Pacific Ocean Dates of service: April 12, 1944 to Feb. 21, 1946Wayne GeigerHighest rank achieved: E4Branch of service: U.S. Marine CorpsWhere served: 1st Marine Division; served in combat in Danang, Vietnam, from May 1969 May 1970Dates of service: November 1968 to May 1970William Daniel GilleyHighest rank achieved: Sergeant Branch of service: U.S. ArmyWhere served: Panama; Fort Columbia, Wash.; and Fort Stevens, Ore. (the forts guard-ing the mouth of the Columbia River)Details of service: Hurt very seriously in an accident as they fired one of the 10-inch disappear-ing guns at Fort Columbia early in 1942. Was unable to serve afterward and was discharged.Dates of service: 1936-1942Doris GrossHighest rank achieved: Link instructor, involved in American Legion, first woman vice commander Branch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: Corpus Christi, Texas Dates of service: 1941-1945Brandon Christopher GalvanBorn: Jan. 8, 1990Highest rank achieved: Private First ClassBranch of service: ArmyWhere served: 1-1 Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, First Infantry Division, Combat Aviation BrigadeDates of service: May 2013 to presentDetails of service: just returned home May 5, 2014, from combat service in Kandahar, Afghanistan; received Gold Coin of HonorDurward M. GarrettHighest rank achieved: Lt. Col.Branch of service: Air Force (retired)Where served: ser-vice included WWII, occupation forces in Japan, troop carrier duties from Guam covering the entire South Pacific, the Berlin airlift, the Korean Conflict, and The Cold War era including Vietnam while serving in the Strategic Air Command (SAC)Dates of service: enlisted in the Army Air Corps as an avia-tion cadet in June 1943 and retired in June 1966Details of service: served on B-17, B-29, F-2,C-54, KB-29, KC-97 and KC 135 aircraft and was instructor navigator/master navigatorWilliam Clinton GeilBorn: Jan. 16, 1925Highest rank achieved: Colonel Branch of service: ArmyDates of service: World War II, 1943 to 1974Details of service: plane crashed in Germany and he was a POW for 44 days, received $44 in com-pensation and bought his wife a watchDavid GermaniBorn: July 26, 1947Highest rank achieved: Staff Sergeant Branch of service: Marine CorpsWhere served: Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego; Okinawa; Vietnam; Camp Pendleton in CaliforniaDates of service: 1965-71 and 1975-77Details of service: served in Vietnam in 1967, at An Hoa and Hill 55 in the 155mm Artillery Battery, Third Battalion 11th Marines, First Marine Division, I Corps; received the Combat Action Ribbon and meritoriously pro-moted to Sergeant in VietnamSabatino GermaniBorn: Dec. 19, 1922Died: 1998Branch of service: NavyWhere served: Repair Facility Guam, Shore Patrol, USS Hector, USS Yellowstone and Fleet Reserve Dates of service: 1939-63Details of service: electronic technician in World War II, Korea and VietnamMark W. GilliamBorn: Feb. 3, 1959Highest rank achieved: Engineman Second ClassBranch of service: NavyWhere served: served on the USS Ketchikan and at the Naval Torpedo Station, Keyport, Wash.Dates of service: 1976-82Details of service: four-year Good Conduct awardJoseph L. GroveBorn: March 16, 1942Highest rank achieved: Sgt. First ClassBranch of service: four years active duty Air Force, six years Navy Reserve, 10 years Army National GuardWhere served: served four years at the Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; six years with the Navy Reserve in Alaska and Arkansas, and 10 years with the Arkansas Army National GuardDates of service: 1960-1964; 1985-2002Details of service: active duty Air Force 5040th Supply Squadron, US Navy Reserve and Army National Guard 875 Combat EngineersKenneth Lee HamptonBorn: Nov. 12, 1931Highest rank achieved: Staff sergeantBranch of service: U.S. Army Security AgencyWhere served: KoreaDetails of service: Served until the truce was signedDates of service: 1952 to 1955Gordon HansonBorn: 1926Highest rank achieved: PrivateBranch of service: Canadian Army Where served: Chilliwak, British ColumbiaDates of service: March 1945 to September 1945Details of service: engineering divisionJudson Burns HarperBorn: Dec. 8, 1936Highest rank achieved: Gunnery sergeantBranch of service: U.S. Marine CorpsWhere served: Korea and VietnamDetails of service: Awarded Combat Action Medal, two air medals, six good conduct medals, Navy commendation, served as aerial gunman on CH-46 helicoptersDates of service: Dec. 10, 1953 to June 30, 1973Robert C. HarperHighest rank achieved: Corporal Branch of service: U.S. Army Signal Corps MOS 1187Where served: U.S. and GermanyDates of service: December 1952 to November 1954Randolph (Randy) Carter HarrisonBorn: June 21, 1944Highest rank achieved: CaptainBranch of service: Army Special ForcesWhere served: U.S. and South East Asia (Vietnam/Cambodia)Dates of service: Regular Army active duty: January 1966 to June 1971; Army Special Forces Reserve: March 1989 to March 1993Details of service: enlisted infantry, attended Infantry Officers Candidate School, commis-sioned as second lieutenant, completed basic airborne train-ing, Special Forces Qualification, Special Forces Officers Intelligence Course, Defence Language Institute Course/Vietnamese, two tours of duty in Republic of South Vietnam totaling 27 months in countryDavid HayesHighest rank achieved: Journalist first classBranch of service: U.S. NavyWhere Served: USS Simon Lake; Diego Garcia; USS Kittyhawk; Naval Station Sandpoint, Naval Station EverettDates of service: 1987-1998 Roger L. HericDied: 1994Highest rank achieved: SergeantBranch of service: U.S. ArmyWhere served: Germany, 749th Tank BattalionDetails of service: The 749th fought with the 76th Division, April 7-30, 1944; was wounded in actionBrown Bear Car Wash and Pearson Law Firm honor our veterans.James Thurston HogansonHighest rank achieved: Sergeant Branch of service: U.S. Army, infantryWhere served: 40th and 24th Infantry Divisions in KoreaDetails of service: Served in combat in Korea as a medical techDates of service: May 1953 to March 1955Ron HowatsonHighest rank achieved: CD3Branch of service: U.S. Navy SeabeesWhere served: Korea 1952-1954Colin Corbett Born: Jan. 14, 1931Highest rank achieved: Sergeant Branch of service: ArmyWhere served: northeastern France and CaliforniaDates of service: six years in the 1950sDetails of service: supply depot, toured Europe, Nike missile base in San Francisco, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Chemical Corps, small corps gas masks and chemical training for chemical warfareJohn E. FloodHighest rank achieved: LieutenantBranch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: Supply CorpsDates of service: Three yearsTyler Lenwood Fraker Born: June 11, 1970Highest rank achieved: E-4, fuels specialistBranch of service: U.S. Air ForceWhere served: Spain during Desert Shield and Dahran, Saudi Arabia, during Desert StormDetails of service: 406th TFTWDates of service: October 1990 to October 1994 The Issaquah Press Wednesday, May 21, 2014 B5Roy InuiHighest rank achieved: T5Branch of service: U.S. ArmyWhere served: Was an allied translator, interpreter section; served in combat in the Philippines for two monthsDetails of service: Received Presidential Unit Citation, Congressional Gold Medal (2011), Philippine Liberation Medal, othersDates of service: 1944-1946Shirley Beining HilgemannHighest rank achieved: E5/SP5Branch of service: U.S. ArmyWhere served: 9th Adjutant General Fort Lewis; HQ U.S. Army Element, Brunssum, The NetherlandsMedals awarded: Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Joint Services Commendation MedalDetails of service: We married one year before joining the U.S. Army. Would do it all over the marriage and serving. Dates of service: 1975-1980Ewert HilgemannHighest rank achieved: E5/SP5Branch of service: U.S. ArmyWhere served: 9th Adjutant General Fort Lewis; HQ U.S. Army Element, Brunssum, The NetherlandsMedals awarded: Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Expert (M16) Details of service: Married my high school sweetheart one year before joining the Army. She convinced me that serving together would be fun. It was.Dates of service: 1975-1980Reed W. JarvisDied: April 1, 2012Highest rank achieved: Colonel Branch of service: U.S. Army and U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, Washington National Guard, Washington State GuardWhere served: Korea, Persian GulfDetails of service: Active and reserveDates of service: March 1951 to June 2001Erik Johnson Highest rank achieved: Second class petty officer Branch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: IraqDates of service: 1994-2006Daryl E. JohnsonBorn: December 1927Died: October 2009Highest rank achieved: Seaman first classBranch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: Washington, D.C.Dates of service: 1945-1946Donnas D. JohnsonHighest rank achieved: YN1Branch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: Mare Island Naval Shipyard; Alameda Naval AirbaseDates of service: 1950-1954Bonnie Eugene Johnson Jr.Born: July 5, 1925Died: March 29, 2012Highest rank achieved: ETM 3CBranch of service: U.S. NavyDates of service: Jan. 1, 1944 to May 31, 1946Details of service: Great Lakes Naval Air Station in Radio Training School, radio operator, World War II veteranSteve Johnson Highest rank achieved: Sergeant Branch of service: U.S. Army Where served: VietnamDates of service: August 1967 to August 1969Gene KlineburgerHighest rank achieved: Corporal Branch of service: U.S. Army Where served: Utah, California, ArizonaDates of service: 1942-1945Rolland R. Kiefel Highest rank achieved: Storekeeper second class (SK2) Branch of service: U.S. Navy Where served: Atlantic, Mediterranean, Gulf of Mexico aboard USS Exultant, USS Rigel, USS Des Moines, USS ConwayDates of service: June 6, 1958 to June 6, 1964Larry R. Kulin DeceasedHighest rank achieved: Yeoman Third Class Branch of service: U.S. Navy Where served: Japan, Hawaii, PhilippinesDates of service: 1959-1963Ken Konigsmark Born: 1956Highest rank achieved: Lieutenant colonelBranch of service: Army and Air Force ReserveWhere served: West Point, Korea, Fort Lewis, Guam, HawaiiDates of service: 1974-2000Details of service: Military Intelligence officer; six years active Army and 17 years in Air Force ReserveArthur E. Landdeck Born: April 25, 1921 Died: March 9, 2003Highest rank achieved: SergeantBranch of service: U.S. Army, 1393rd Engineer Construction Battalion; entry and training Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Ark. Where served: During WWII, in the Pacific Theater In the Philippines was in the Battle at LuzonDates of service: June 15, 1942 to Dec. 23, 1945Howard E. LanddeckHighest rank achieved: AX3 (aviation antisubmarine warfare technician, third class)Branch of service: U.S. Navy Where served: Ream Field, Imperial Beach, Calif.; USS BenningtonDates of service: Nov. 17, 1961 to Aug. 31, 1965Margaret (Slate) LarsenBorn: April 12, 1930Highest rank achieved: Staff sergeantBranch of service: U.S. Air ForceWhere served: KoreaDetails of service: As one of very few female radio repair technicians, she worked to prepare Presidents Trumans and Eisenhowers planes for flights in the Pacific.Dates of service: 1951-1954Edward Prior LeahyBorn: April 1, 1923Highest rank achieved: Lieutenant JG Branch of service: U.S. Navy/ Marine CorpsWhere served: 4th Marine Division Iwo Jima, Marshall Islands, Tinian, SaipanDetails of service: Injured and taken to the hospital on the third day of attacks on Iwo JimaDates of service: 1942 to 1945Bruce LeavittBorn: Nov. 20, 1925Highest rank achieved: Signalman Second ClassBranch of service: NavyWhere served: European Theatre, Asian TheatreDates of service: December 1941 to December 1946Details of service: visited North Africa, Italy, Scotland, Wales, England, Okinawa and the Pacific IslandsIvan A. LeeHighest rank achieved: Lieutenant commanderBranch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: Patrol Squadron 46 (VP-46); Vietnam 1972-1974Dates of service: July 1969 to September 1974Steven W. Lewis Highest rank achieved: CorporalBranch of service: U.S. Marine CorpsWhere served: VietnamDates of service: 1966-1972D.C. Duke LivingstoneHighest rank achieved: CaptainBranch of service: MarinesWhere served: continental U.S.Dates of service: 1956-64Scott Wayne JohnsonHighest rank achieved: E4 AMH/AMSBranch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: VAQ 129 VikingDates of service: 1978-1988Richard C. LarsonBorn: Aug. 3, 1919Died: Nov. 26, 2010Highest rank achieved: Tech Sergeant 5th GradeBranch of service: U.S. ArmyWhere served: 2nd Armored Division Headquarters Company 66th Armored Regiment Details of service: Fought in World War II North Africa, Sicily, Holland, France, Belgium and Germany Dates of service: February 1941 to July 1945Issaquah Valley Grange #581 and Bellewood Retirement Living thank our veterans.Sean S. Lewis Highest rank achieved: Private first classBranch of service: U.S. Marine CorpsDates of service: 2011 currently servingWilliam Kenneth LokenBorn: Oct. 1, 1930Highest rank achieved: JO3Branch of service: NavyWhere served: Whidbey Island Naval Air Station & Commander Submarine Force Pacific FleetDates of service: Jan. 17, 1951 to Dec. 3, 1954Details of service: JournalistJack LoppnowBorn: 1921Highest rank achieved: Staff Sergeant Branch of service: Air CorpsWhere served: Iwo Jima and the United StatesDates of service: 1942-46Details of service: all over the United States and Iwo JimaRobert C. LyonHighest rank achieved: Lieutenant commanderBranch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: Served in combat in Korea for 18 monthsDetails of service: On senior ship in Inchon Harbor at the time of the truce in 1953; command-ing officer of USS Lenawee APA 195; navigating officer of USS Lenawee APA 195Dates of service: May 17, 1943 to July 1, 1966Lucille E. LundstromBranch of service: U.S. ArmyHighest rank achieved: First lieutenant Where served: General nursing care on the hospital ship Marigold, Zone of Interior and in the European and Southwest Pacific Theaters of operationDetails of service: Was the youngest nurse on the Marigold at age 22; Bronze Star (4) Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; Bronze Star (2) European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal; Bronze Star (2) Philippine Liberation Medal Years of service: Dec. 31, 1943 to Feb. 1, 1946 Edith Rose MacDougallDeceased (at age 58) Highest rank achieved: Mechanics mateBranch of service: Navy WAVES Where served: Cedar Falls, Iowa; Norman, Okla.Dates of service: 1943-1944mother of former Mayor Ava FrisingerJeremiah Fraser Pitts MacDougallDeceased (at age 76)Highest rank achieved: Lt. junior gradeBranch of service: Navy Where served: South Pacific; AtlanticDates of service: 1943-1945 active duty; reserve to 1954;father of former Mayor Ava FrisingerGladys MacKenzieBorn: May 17, 1918Died: Jun. 14, 2012Dates of service: 1944-1946Details of service: stationed at Harrisburg, Penn., as the store-keep where she met and fell in love with Kenneth MacKenzie; discharged in 1946Kenneth MacKenzieBorn: Nov. 9, 1920Died: Aug. 25, 2003Branch of service: NavyWhere served: USS Memphis and later Harrisburg, Penn.Dates of service: 1943-1946Details of service: served on the USS Memphis, patrolling waters between Brazil and Africa; later stationed at a supply depot in Harrisburg, Penn.Chad MagendanzBorn: May 24, 1967Highest rank achieved: LieutenantBranch of service: NavyDates of service: 1985-1997Where served: SSBN 730 & 729Details of service: Submariner specialty, Navy Achievement MedalLedo J. MalmassariDied: Oct. 25, 1998Highest rank achieved: Sergeant Branch of service: U.S. ArmyWhere served: Korea Third Infantry DivisionDates of service: 1950-1952John A. MarshDeceasedHighest rank achieved: PrivateBranch of service: U.S. ArmyWhere served: 75th Infantry DivisionDetails of service: Served in combat for one year in the European Theatre; received Purple Heart for being wounded during the Battle of the BulgeUrban V. MassetHighest rank achieved: E-7Branch of service: U.S. Coast GuardWhere served: Marine Patrol; Marine Inspection; served in combat in Korean waters marking chan-nels for troop ships for six monthsDetails of service: Served from Korean Waters Bering Sea Patrol ice breaking for dew line; teaching firefighting school at T.I. Coast Guard Academy; and up and down the East Coast all in different groups. Wrote book for Marine Corps on the new Marine Corps in 1985.Dates of service: 1952 until retirementBob McCoyHighest rank achieved: Lieutenant Branch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: USS Forrestal CVA-59, Sixth Fleet (Mediterranean)Dates of service: 1966-1973Ed McKeeHighest rank achieved: SergeantBranch of service: U.S. Air Force, turret gunnerWhere served: Served in combat in 12th Air Force in Corsica, fall and winter of 1944-45; 23 bombing missions over European TheaterDates of service: Sept. 16, 1940 to Sept. 14, 1945Norman W. McLeanDeceasedHighest rank achieved: Seaman first classBranch of service: U.S. Coast Guard Where served: Alaska Dates of service: April 21, 1943 to March 18, 1946Don A. McWhirterBorn: March 1, 1931Highest rank achieved: S/SGTBranch of service: U.S. Air ForceDates of service: May 23, 1949 to Nov. 7, 1952Details of service: HRRCWhere served: Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX, through basic training, perma-nent party at HRRC until dischargedThomas M. MechlerBorn: Feb. 26, 1932Highest rank achieved: Staff SergeantBranch of service: Air ForceDates of service: September 1950 to September 1954Details of service: Airborne radar mechanic, 434th and 464th Troop Carrier WingsKathleen R. MerrillHighest rank achieved: Specialist 4Branch of service: U.S. Army/Reserve Where served: Various states includ-ing Indiana, South Carolina and Colorado Dates of service: March 1983 to December 1989David V. MerrittHighest rank achieved: SFC (sergeant first class)Branch of service: U.S. Army Where served: Okinawa, Vietnam, India, Bolivia, Greece and Afghanistan Dates of service: July 1954 to July 1957; September 1959 to November 1976Leonard MilesBorn: Dec. 16, 1920Died: 2005, (in Issaquah)Highest rank achieved: PFC, washmanBranch of service: U.S. ArmyWhere served: Sitka, AlaskaDetails of service: Received the Victory MedalDates of service: 1945 to 1946John MeekBorn: Sept. 30, 1961Highest rank achieved: Sgt.Branch of service: ArmyWhere served: served in combat, Persian Gulf War (Aug. 22, 1990 to April 1, 1991), one of first 10 Washington Army National Guard reservists deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert ShieldDates of service: Nov. 1, 1984 to May 16, 1992Details of service: Combat Engineer, 317th Engr BN & 116th RAOCMelvin MillerBorn: Nov. 5, 1922Died: April 25, 2010Branch of service: NavyWhere served: Philippine TheatreDates of service: 1942-1945Neal Harley HowardBorn: Oct. 6, 1945Highest rank achieved: Specialist 4th ClassBranch of service: ArmyWhere served: 5th of 46th Light Infantry Brigade attached to 198th Light Infantry Brigade, located in Chulai below DanangDates of service: January 1967 to January 1969Details of service: served in combat in Vietnam, mortar man (killing radius is 50 meters; mortar would go up 5 miles)S. William Hollingsworth Born: 1925Died: 2010Highest rank achieved: PFC (private first class) Branch of service: U.S. Army 100th InfantryWounded in action: Wounded in combat in France, Nov. 1944Dates of service: World War II January 1944 to August 1945Archie HowatsonBranch of service: U.S. ArmyWhere served: Hawaii for 26 months; Served during combat in Okinawa, Japan, with the 892nd Ordnance Heavy Automotive Maintenance Co. in the 10th Army; he was a mechanic who kept the vehicles movingDates of service: Jan. 5, 1942 to 1945 B6 Wednesday, May 21, 2014 The Issaquah Press David John MitmanBranch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: USS Coral SeaYears of service: 1951-1953Details of service: Served as flight engi-neer for top secret Martin Mercator intelligence-gathering aircraft, flying spy missions into Soviet airspace from Port Lyautey, Morocco. During one mission, his plane was fired at by a Soviet surface to air missile. (It missed.)John MizenkoBorn: 1934Highest rank achieved: radar specialistBranch of service: ArmyWhere served: Rhode IslandDates of service: 1955-57Details of service: worked with Nike missile surface-to-air battery control when firedDuncan MulhollandHighest rank achieved: Staff sergeantBranch of service: U.S. Air ForceWhere served: 3595th GIDIST Supply Squadrons; Nellis Air Force Base 1951-52; NCOIC Base Supply Nagoya, Japan, 1952-54Details of service: Received good con-duct medal, National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal and United Nations MedalDates of service: November 1950 to November 1954Kevin J. MurphyBorn: March 17, 1957Highest rank achieved: Lt. ColonelBranch of service: Army and Air ForceWhere served: U.S. and overseasDates of service: June 1979 to June 2000Details of service: Army Infantry and Intelligence, Air Force IntelligenceRichard MurphyBorn: March 10, 1923Highest rank achieved: CaptainBranch of service: Army Air CorpsWhere served: Shemya Air Station, AlaskaDates of service: July 1943 to October 1949Details of service: On his first mission, he flew one of six planes out of 18 that returned from bombing Japan; on his 23rd and last mission, he was shot down Dec. 7, 1944, over Sakhalin Island. Was a POW in Russia.Norman B. Crash Nash Highest rank achieved: CaptainBranch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: Service included two combat tours in A-6 Intruders in VietnamDates of service: 1957-1988Details of service: naval aviator; served in attack squadrons and weapons test facilities, was an aircraft carrier opera-tions officer, squad-ron commandingJohn Norman Naegle Born: May 1, 1942Died: Jan. 4, 1999Highest rank achieved: CommanderBranch of service: U.S. Coast GuardDetails of service: Coast Guard Academy graduate with honors in 1964; Master of Science in engineer-ing, University of Michigan Naval Architecture 1969; Engineering Mechanics 1970; Ph.D. Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering 1980; Dtente Delegation to USSR 1974-75; served on several wind class ice breakersDates of service: 1964-1985Donald NelsonBorn: Jan. 11, 1928Died: 1969Highest rank achieved: SpecialistBranch of service: ArmyWhere served: served in combat in the Korean Conflict for a little more than a yearDates of service: 1950-1953Details of service: Headquarters CompanyGerald A. NelsonBorn: July 26, 1944Highest rank achieved: Specialist 5Branch of service: Army National Guard and Military PolicemanWhere served: CaliforniaDates of service: January 1964 to January 1970Details of service: Outstanding military policeman of our company in 1967Gary C. NewbillHighest rank achieved: Major Branch of service: U.S. Marine Corps ReserveWhere served: Virginia; California; Okinawa, Japan; The Philippines and VietnamDates of service: January 1965 to March 1968 (active duty)Ernest R. NybergHighest rank achieved: Sergeant Branch of service: U.S. Army Air ForceWhere served: South Pacific Tinian IslandWounded in action: B-29 crashed off Iwo Jima, three men survived out of crew of 10, Ernie made 17 missions, some over capital of JapanDates of service: 1943-1945Ruben NietoBorn: May 4, 1946Highest rank achieved: Spl. 4Branch of service: U.S. ArmyDates of service: June 1966 to March 1968Details of service: Radio Operator (RTO), 1st Cavalry Div/1/7th Cavalry Regiment, served in combat, Vietnam, December 1966 to December 1967Michael OConnorBranch of service: Air ForceDates of service: 1962-1966Details: Michael joined the Air Force right out of high school because his older brother did and found out it was the easiest. In those days you either joined a branch of your choice or else they drafted you into the army. Leroy OlsonBorn: Oct. 28, 1921Highest rank achieved: Lieutenant Junior Grade Branch of service: Navy Reserves Air Group IVWhere served: Pacific Theatre during World War IIDates of service: August 1942 to December 1942Details of service: fighter pilot in Air Group IV flying F6F-3 Air Grumman Hellcats; saw action under Admiral Halsey and flew off of the USS Essex, including the first carrier-based raid on Tokyo involv-ing more than 1,200 targets; decorated with Air Medal Citation for meritori-ous achievement, skills and courageCharles D. ParkerDied: Nov. 7, 2010Highest rank achieved: Captain Branch of service: U.S. Marine CorpsWhere served: U.S.; Okinawa, Japan; VietnamDates of service: Sept. 9, 1954 to Sept. 30, 1974Russell D. PeeryHighest rank achieved: Specialist 4th classBranch of service: U.S. Army/ Washington National Guard Where served: Camp Murray, Wash., 181st Support Battalion, Company DDates of service: August 1977 to May 1983Norman PeeryHighest rank achieved: Seaman first class Branch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: Aleutians Islands Alaska; Japan; USS Jarvis DD-799Dates of service: Dec. 16 1943 to May 19 1946Vernon M. Parrett, M.D.Highest rank achieved: CaptainBranch of service: U.S. Army, medicalWhere served: Served two years in the Valley Forge Army Hospital in officers ward, tuberculosis unitDates of service: 1944-46 and 1952-54Gerald Francis PetersenBorn: Sept. 15, 1925Highest rank achieved: Air cadetBranch of service: U.S. Army/Air ForceWhere served: Various bases in the U.S.Dates of service: 1943 to 1945Elmer John Petett Highest rank achieved: Pharmacists mate second class Branch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: USS Alshain in the Asiatic Pacific and PhilippinesDates of service: July 1943 to March 1946Philip PitruzzelloHighest rank achieved: Aviation Radioman Second Class Branch of service: U.S. Navy Where served: Atlantic Fleet, Pacific FleetDates of service: June 1942 to September 1945Meindert PillieDied: March 10, 2010, at age 95Highest rank achieved: Sergeant Branch of service: U.S. Army Air CorpsWhere served: Instructor at 349th Flexible Gunnery Training Squadron, Tyndall Field, Fla.Dates of service: Oct. 21, 1941 to Sept. 17, 1943Sarah PommerBorn: Dec. 12, 1943Highest rank achieved: LieutenantBranch of service: NavyDates of service: 1966-1969Details of service: USN Nurse Corps, hospital nurse, amputee specialistWayne PommerBorn: Jan. 1, 1943Highest rank achieved: SGTBranch of service: Air ForceDates of service: 1966-1970Details of service: administrative spe-cialist; 941stMAG, 97stMAS, 62nd SPSHugh Asher Preston Jr.Born: April 29, 1924Died: May 1, 2014Highest rank achieved: Seaman First ClassBranch of service: NavyDates of service: Feb. 11, 1942 to Feb. 19, 1946Details of service: At 17, Hugh fudged his age and was accept-ed into the Navy. He served four years during World War II on the USS Aaron Ward III in the Pacific Theatre. He was on watch at the wheel-house when the ship was attached off Okinawa on May 3, 1945. Twenty-five planes attacked and six kamikaze planes crashed into its decks, towers and engine rooms. The attack lasted just under an hour and left the ship in dire condition with many wounded. Hugh was one of many heroes on board the ship that day.Gilbert PurschwitzBorn: April 16, 1939Highest rank achieved: PfcBranch of service: ArmyDates of service: July 16, 1957 to July 15, 1959Details of service: communications, 1st Army Division (Big Red One)Jay Robert RodneHighest rank achieved: Lieutenant colonelBranch of service: U.S. Marine Corps/still serving in the U.S. Marine ReserveWhere Served: Persian Gulf War (1991); Somalia (1992-93); Operation Iraqi Freedom, Kuwait & Iraq (2003)Dates of service: 1990-presentReuben Allen RichardHighest rank achieved: SP4Branch of service: U.S. ArmyWhere served: Co. E 122nd Mnt. Bn. USAREURDates of service: January 1968 to December 1969Don RiggsBorn: Seattle, 1936Highest rank: PFCBranch of service: ArmyWhere served: OkinawaDates of service: October 1959 to January 1962Details of service: producer for The Voice of the United Nations Command, broadcasting propa-ganda radio programs to North Korea and China; returned in time to work at the 1962 Worlds FairRobert Howard Rockwell (Rocky)Highest rank achieved: PFC (private first class) Branch of service: U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Recon, RTO (radio telephone operator) call sign Papa Kilo, nickname Crash Where served: Vietnam 1969-1970 (The Blackscarfed Gunslingers)Dates of service: 1968-1970Hugh Gordon RossNo photo availableHighest rank achieved: Petty officer 2Branch of service: U.S. Navy, cryptograph techWhere served: Strategic nuclear deter-rence in South China Sea during Vietnam War; Combat Zone vet, 1972-1973; nuclear submarine forceDates of service: January 1971 to January 1977Born: Sept. 17, 1917Highest rank achieved: Lieutenant Branch of service: NavyWhere served: USS Wedderburn DD684Dates of service: 1942-1945Details of service: served in combat in the Pacific for three years and three months, survived three tornadoes while at sea and one kamikaze attackHelen SabinBorn: April 10, 1923Highest rank achieved: Radioman Third ClassBranch of service: Coast GuardWhere served: New York, New Jersey, SeattleDates of service: 1943-45Details of service: attended boot camp in Florida, worked in communications, one sister was an Army nurse and the other a nurse cadetElmo Jerome SagedahlHighest rank achieved: Corporal Branch of service: U.S. Marine CorpsWhere served: Pacific areaDates of service: May 26, 1944 to Aug. 31, 1946Dave SaoHighest rank achieved: Staff sergeantBranch of service: U.S. Air ForceWhere served: Strategic Air CommandDates of service: March 1966 to March 1970Details of service: Munitions specialist, sent to Anderson AFB in Guam and Utapao AFB in Thailand, team chief of a team that was responsible for loading hundreds of bombs each day on B52 bombers in sup-port of the Vietnam War, and loading and caring for nuclear weapons stateside.Edward SchaeferBorn: June 10, 1911Died: 1986 in SpokaneHighest rank achieved: Technician fifth grade (Tec 5)Branch of service: U.S. ArmyWhere served: Served in combat in the European Theater, February 1944 to November 1945; 3429th Ord Mam Co.Details of service: A man who loved his countryDates of service: 1943-1945Frank Valentine SchroederBorn: Feb. 10, 1894Died: Sept. 6, 1977Branch of service: U.S. ArmyDetails of service: Fought in France during World War IJohn SchroederBorn: Feb. 23, 1888Died: Jan. 10, 1973Highest rank achieved: privateBranch of service: U.S. ArmyDates of service: Muster out telegram Nov. 16, 1918, according to dis-charge papers. Start date unknown.Details of service: Last assigned school for cooks and bakers. Was a cook at Camp Lewis, now known as Fort Lewis. Gale Robert SchroederBorn: March 1935Deceased: June 2005Highest rank achieved: Master SergeantBranch of service: ArmyWhere served: last unit 409th Engineer Company, ReserveDates of service: 1954-1963 and 1976-1994Details of service: airplane mechanicMarket Well, Imelda Dulcich PR & Social Media, Eastside Family Dentistry and NAPA Auto Parts of Issaquah honor our veterans.Daniel S. SegonHighest rank achieved: Private Branch of service: U.S. Army Where served: GermanyDates of service: 1966-1967William Edward SeilDeceased(at age 66)Highest rank achieved: Colonel Branch of service: U.S. Air Force Where served: World War II, Korea and VietnamDates of service: 1944-1975Michael M. RisteDeceased Highest rank achieved: SP5/E-5Branch of service: U.S. Army, transportationWhere served: 1st Cavalry DivisionDetails of service: Served three tours of duty in VietnamYears of service: Oct. 25, 1966 to Nov. 15, 1983Robert PlossHighest rank achieved: CaptainBranch of service: U.S. Air Force (B-17 pilot, physician U.A. Air Force medical)Where served: 11 combat missions over Germany; POW Mission Austria to France; two food drops to the Dutch; flew Atlantic twiceDates of service: 1943-1952John A. Tony McIntoshBorn: Jun. 8, 1942Highest rank achieved: Sergeant Branch of service: ArmyWhere served: Second Battalion, Second Infantry, Fifth Division; Headquarters Company, Third Brigade, 50th Armored Division Dates of service: 1964-66Details of service: served in combat for 10 months in 1966Alan Ray MilesBorn: July 18, 1947Highest rank achieved: CorporalBranch of service: U.S. Marine CorpsWhere served: VietnamDetails of service: Received the Purple Heart for shrapnel in the leg, Presidential Unit Citation, 2nd Battalion and 9th Marine DivisionDates of service: 1967 to 1968Michael Dean Miles Born: Oct. 10, 1951Highest rank achieved: Lance corporalBranch of service: U.S. Marine CorpsWhere served: OkinawaDetails of service: Meritorious Unit Citation and National Defense Service Medal, 5th Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force PacificDates of service: 1970 to 1972Louis OrtizHighest rank achieved: Petty officer second class Branch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: In the Pacific, aboard the carrier USS Lexington, as radio gunmanWounded in action: Received Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Purple HeartDates of service: 1942-1945Jeston J. PhillipsBorn: Feb. 9, 1923Highest rank achieved: WT3/CBranch of service: NavyWhere served: USS Ludlow during World War IIDates of service: 1944-1946Details of service: served in combat in World War II, American Area, Victory medal, Asiatic Pacific Charles Edwin Runacres Jr.The photos in this section are mostly in alphabetical order. However, photos that came in late are at the end of the section. We accept photos and information about veterans all year. Email them to editor@isspress.com. The Issaquah Press Wednesday, May 21, 2014 B7Cody D. SortebergBorn: Feb. 25, 1992Highest rank achieved: E4 (corporal)Branch of service: Marine CorpsWhere served: Afghanistan 2012, Japan/Korea 2013/2014Dates of service: January 2011 to presentDetails of service: weapons company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, served in combatJack Richard SteidlHighest rank achieved: PFC (private first class)Branch of service: U.S. Army Air CorpsWhere served: Jackson, Tenn.Dates of service: 1941-1944William Britton StrikerBorn: Dec. 12, 1907 Died: Oct. 1, 2003Highest rank achieved: T-4, sergeantBranch of service: U.S. Army, Big Red 1Where served: Omaha Beach Normandy, Sicily, Tunisia, European African Campaign, Middle Eastern front ArdennesWounded in action: Leg wounds, shrapnel, received Silver Star and Bronze StarDates of service: July. 6, 1942 to Sept. 2, 1945Ernest Milton SwansonHighest rank achieved: Aviation machinist first classBranch of service: Coast GuardDates of service: Oct. 21, 1941 to Dec. 23, 1946George H. SwansonDied: 1992Branch of service: U.S. Army Air CorpsWhere served: United States Dates of service: 1943-1945John SwansonDied: 2001Highest rank achieved: Staff sergeant Branch of service: U.S. Army Air CorpsWhere served: Missouri and Alberta, Ferry Command Post planes to Russia Dates of service: 1942-1945Alonzo Lee SweetBorn: Nov. 18, 1938Died: 2003Highest rank achieved: CorporalBranch of service: U.S. NavyDates of service: April 27, 1956 to Oct. 16, 1959Henry D. (Hank) ThomasBorn: April 21, 1944Highest rank achieved: lieutenant commander, unre-stricted lineBranch of service: NavyWhere served: nuclear power submarines and surface combatantsDates of service: February 1963 to March 1983Details of service: nuclear qualified, qualified in subma-rines, surface warfare qualification, Navy Commendation Medal recipientFrank R. TroutmanDeceasedHighest rank achieved: Colonel Branch of service: U.S. Army/Air ForceWhere served: Pacific, Italy Dates of service: May 1940 to January 1984Details of service: APTO-US-MTOGeorge Van LeeuwenBorn: May 18, 1921Died: 2012Highest rank achieved: LieutenantBranch of service: Army/Air ForceWhere served: served in combat in the South PacificDates of service: 1943-1945Details of service: pilot, flew C46Jay Anthony VanniHighest rank achieved: Petty officer third classBranch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: two six-month tours to Persian Gulf on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson as catapult officerDetails of ser-vice: Letter of Commendation; grad-uated from Central Washington University with degrees in sci-ence and business; (lived in Issaquah for 36 years)Dates of Service: 1993-1997Dallas L. WaggonerDeceased(at age 76)Highest rank achieved: Tech sergeant Branch of service: U.S. Army Where served: Europe, Italy, North AfricaWounded in action: Purple Heart awardedDates of service: 1941-1945David S. WaggonerHighest rank achieved: Lieutenant colonel Branch of service: U.S. Army Where served: Vietnam, Central America, U.S.Wounded in action: Purple Heart awardedDates of service: 1968-1993Dwight Eldon WaggonerBorn: August 23, 1922Died: Oct. 9, 2009Highest rank achieved: Seaman third classBranch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: South PacificDetails of service: American Area Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal, WWII Victory MedalDates of service:April 1943 to November 1945Joe WallisBorn: Oct. 2 1931Highest rank achieved: CommanderBranch of service: Navy ReserveWhere served: Korean WarDates of service: January 1954-57Details of service: spent 22 years in the reserve on the USS Thomas 833 destroy-er in Iwo Jima, Japan and Hong KongGeoff WarrenHighest rank achieved: CDRBranch of service: U.S. Coast GuardDates of service: 1992 to currentDetails of service: continues to serve in the Coast Guard Reserve; is the senior reserve officer for Sector Puget Sound in Seattle; has mobi-lized for national disasters such as the Deepwater Oil Spill, the Haiti Earthquake and Hurricane Katrina; flew C-130s while stationed at Kodiak, Alaska, and Elizabeth City, N.C.Austin Vickery WigginsBranch of service: U.S. Marine Corps Where served: Saipan in the Mariana IslandsDates of service: 1942-1946James H. Van WinkleDied: Feb. 9, 2008Drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944, one month before high school graduation.Deployed to Japan and in transit, the Japanese surrendered before he arrived. James went from front line duty to a clerk typ-ist in the office due to termination of the war. Stayed in Japan in civil service and returned stateside from Kanagawa, Japan, on Nov. 5, 1946Neil (Sol) WinikoffBorn: March 31, 1920Died: Oct. 11, 2013Branch of service: ArmyWhere served: North Africa and EuropeDates of service: February 1942 to November 1945Details of service: served in North Africa and Europe as a cryptographic technician, served in ETO with signal outfit encoding and decoding classified messages by means of army codes and devices; familiar with Army means of main-taining signal security and proper storage of secret documents; languages: English, Yiddish, Italian, French, German and some RussianGeorge WestlakeBorn: Feb. 21, 1919Highest rank achieved: ColonelBranch of service: ArmyWhere served: 1941-1945 France and D-Day Dates of service: Retired 1972 Details of service: Colorado, Fort Lawton William James WeatherfordBorn: March 8, 1925Highest rank achieved: MAM 2CBranch of service: NavyWhere served: NTS Farragut, Idaho, Acorn 21 NAB Navy 825 NAS, Seattle, PSCU 5NB, Bremerton, served in combat in Roi-Namur in the Marshall Islands for 15 monthsDates of service: July 1943 to March 1946Details of service: Awarded Asiatic Pacific Area Campaign Medal 1 star and World War II Victory MedalMatt WinzenBorn: Jan. 22, 1925Highest rank achieved: MM1CBranch of service: NavyWhere served: Panama Canal, South Pacific Fleet Dates of service: 1943-45Details of service: enlisted at 18, assigned to nucleus crew for USS Dennis in Panama Canal; participated in many invasions, most nota-bly the battle of Leyte Gulf; ship picked up 445 survivors from the aircraft carrier St. Louis; served on the destroyer escort the President flew in and protected carriersRobert Edward WolahanBorn: Nov. 23, 1932Deceased: Dec. 10, 2010Highest rank achieved: PNC (chief)Branch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: Korea and VietnamDates of service: 1950-1970James WoodBorn: May 8, 1950Highest rank achieved: RM3Branch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: Vietnam, three toursDetails of service: Radio Teletype Task Group operator, Yankee StationDates of service: 1968 to 1972Winston Matthew YourglichHighest rank achieved: PhM3c (photogra-phers mate third class) Branch of service: U.S. Navy Where served: South PacificWounded in action: After his ship, the USS Houston, was torpedoed, Winston swam in shark-infested waters in the China Seas for four hours before being picked up.Dates of service: Oct. 11, 1943 to April 13, 1946David Les YeisleyBorn: Dec. 23, 1932Highest rank achieved: SergeantBranch of service: U.S. Army, InfantryWhere served: 3rd Infantry Division, Korea and 28th Infantry Division, GermanyDetails of service: Received Bronze Star with V-Device Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Medal with Bronze Service Stars and United Service Medal, National Defense and Army Occupation (Germany) MedalsDates of service: Jan. 22, 1951 to Jan. 8, 1954Jack YusenBranch of service: U.S. NavyWhere served: Pacific Theater: Home Front, Atlantic sub scare, Leyte GulfDetails of service: Served aboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts amid World War II, until Japanese forces sunk the destroyer escort in the Battle of Leyte Gulf the largest naval bat-tle during World War II; some sailors survived the attack only to bob in the shark-infested Philippine Sea until rescuers arrived days laterhe was transferred to a special photo reconnais-sance unit in Japan.Garrett was charged with providing aerial cov-erage of Japan and Korea for use in updating maps since the wars ending.We would fly every day and take pictures. At the time, Hiroshima and Naga-saki had been bombed just a year before, he said. Hiro-shima was really destroyed. I dont see how anything lived there. Seeing what a bomb could do was scary.In 1947, he was sent to Guam, where he was on the crew of a C-54 aircraft as-signed to transport troops and supplies to active mili-tary bases throughout the South Pacific.One such trip, a trek from Australia to Guam, had a very special pas-senger, but Garrett didnt know it at the time.My first wife, Nicky, was on one of those flights from Brisbane, he said. I flew her before I even knew who she was.Nicky was one of the Australian civil workers the United States hired to work various jobs to sup-port military requirements, Garrett said.The two started as friends, socializing among others while she played the piano and he and his fel-low servicemen sang at the local officers club.She was hospitalized for a minor illness September 1947, and Garrett, being the smitten airman he was, offered to drive her home when she was better, assum-ing that his assignment that day didnt have any hiccups.I told her, Hey, Ill pick you up, if our plane doesnt go down, and I sort of laughed it off, he said.It was no laughing matter that same day when his C-54, carrying supplies to Manus Island off the northeastern tip of Papua New Guinea, did crash into the ocean.Stranded at seaAn engine fire forced the six-man crew to make a water landing.When they saw the flames, the men burst into action, making use of their extensive emergency train-ing, Garrett said.While two men tried to extinguish the fire, another climbed into the co-pilots seat, where he initiated emergency procedures. The radio operator declared mayday, and Garrett trans-mitted the groups position to someone that could help.It was such a flurry of ac-tivity, Garrett said he never had time to fear for his life.To tell you the truth, when youre 22, you think youre infallible, he said. Youre so busy preparing for impact, you dont even think about it.In an impressive feat of skill, the pilot safely landed in the Pacific Ocean, 500 miles from nowhere, and only the crews engineer sus-tained anything more than minor bumps and bruises.The group boarded the deployed life rafts and watched from afar as the aircraft disappeared into the water.It somehow gave me a terrible feeling of loneli-ness as the tail sank out of sight, Garrett said.The rafts contained only an emergency transmitter and floppy hats to shield from the sun. Garrett still has his hat, guarding it as a keepsake from his memorable mission.It was Garretts re-sponsibility to identify the groups position, while the radio operator continually transmitted it in hopes that someone would find them.Seasickness began to overcome four of the six crew members, as day turned to night with no sign of help. Garrett was fortunately spared from the illness, but as the group remained stranded, he feared he had transmit-ted the wrong location.If nobody finds us, is there going to be room in the raft for me, because I didnt send them the right position? he thought.Garrett neednt have worried. Later that night, a C-54 from the same squadron found them. The plane was joined by a B-17 aircraft that lowered a boat for the stranded crews use.But the group couldnt find it as they attempted to navi-gate the waters in the pitch-black darkness. They waited for daylight, and the boat was still nowhere to be seen.So began an altogether new waiting game, while dehydration started to set in among the crew mem-bers, Garrett said.Another boat was dropped later that after-noon, and this time, the group managed to find and board it, but the setbacks werent over. The hungry men found only spoiled food on board, and try as they might, they couldnt figure out how to start the engine.Spoiled water, maggots in the rations, that kills your appetite right there, Garrett said.The crew pitched a sail and continued along through the night before a submarine came to the rescue. Once aboard, they feasted on a meal of steak and eggs.The six men received a heros welcome when they returned to Guam, includ-ing a celebration later that night. Garretts date was Nicky, now feeling better and out of the hospital.That was our first date, Garrett said. Four months later, we were married.Remembering sacrificesAnnie, Garretts second wife, remembers reading about the ordeal in the Ho-nolulu papers, where she was living with her pilot husband, George Head.Little did she know, less than 20 years later, she and Garrett would marry, after the deaths of both of their spouses.Head, a military hero in his own right, died in a 1962 plane crash while transport-ing California Congressman Clem Miller. Around that time, Nicky lost her battle with Lou Gehrigs disease.Annie and Dag Garrett met at a California officers club in 1964. Friends prod-ded them to talk to each other, but the two were reluctant. Dag asked her to dance and immediately told her, Im not ever go-ing to get married again.Thats a heck of a thing to say when you just meet someone, Annie recalled, even though she didnt want to get remarried either.The Garretts will cel-ebrate their 50th wedding anniversary June 19. Be-fore that, theyll pause May 26 to remember the men and women who lost their lives on the battlefield.Its so easy to forget all that theyve done, Dag said. Im lucky, Im still here. There are so many that arent. They go through hell and high wa-ter so that we can be here and experience freedom.Garrettfrom Page B1ContriButeDDag Garrett is the co-pilot on a photo reconnaissance unit over Japan and Korea in 1946.Kiwanis Club of Sammamish, Bellevue Honda, Al and Jean Erickson, and Las Margaritas Restaurant thank our veterans for their service.Gordie BlumeBorn: Aug. 25, 1948Highest rank achieved: CaptainBranch of service: Air ForceWhere served: Southeast Asia, Alaska, Europe, Mediterranean, Pacific, U.S.Dates of service: January 1973 to June 1979Lee F. ScheelerBorn: April 10, 1926Highest rank achieved: PFCBranch of service: U.S. Army/Air ForceWhere served: Germany Details of service: 4th Infantry Division Rifleman, 22nd Infantry, chaplin of the Post 79th SnoqualmieDates of service: 1944 to 1946Mary Ellen Holmes SheridanBorn: Sept. 7, 1927Highest rank achieved: LieutenantBranch of service: NavyWhere served: Pentagon; White House; Kodiak, Alaska; Long Beach, Calif.; Kansas City, Mo. (recruiting); Newport, R.I.Dates of service: 1953-1960Details of service: received a letter of commendation from the chairman, Joint Chief of StaffPete SimsBorn: Oct. 28, 1919Highest rank achieved: CaptainBranch of service: Army, infantryWhere served: Germany, France, AustriaDates of service: 1941-46Details of service: served in World War II combat and occupation, received a Bronze Star and Bronze Star Clusters, Company Commander, kept in contact with 17 out of 178Norm Smith Highest rank achieved: ClassifiedBranch of service: Army counter intelligenceWhere served: Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind.Dates of service: 1956-59Details of service: Worked in back-ground investigation and wanted to go to Germany, but was never sent overseasWilliam A. SomsakHighest rank achieved: Boatswains mate third class Branch of service: U.S. Navy Where served: Marshall Islands, USS MidwayDetails of service: Received two med-als; operated landing craftDates of service: 1942-1944ond recruitment center he wore contacts.During a final physical for officer candidate school, however, an astute physi-cian, a captain who hap-pened to be an eye doctor, took one look at his record and asked the obvious, Do you wear contacts?Harrison knew he was busted.I take them out, and I couldnt see the wall, much less an eye chart, he said.The only duty the doctor could approve for Harri-son was quartermaster or judge advocate, any paper shuffling assignment. Just not combat.Undeterred, Harrison tossed his record into the trash bin at the rear of the medical facility.When his first sergeant asked a few days later if he knew where his file was, he answered truthfully, I dont know.The sergeant pulled out a new file, filled in a few blanks, scribbled an illegible signature and put it away.Bingo. Done, said Har-rison, happy he was headed for Airborne training.Dont volunteer for SOGAt a competitive time for officer candidates trying to get into Special Forces Intelligence, he signed up for a one-year course in Vietnamese language that guaranteed a slot in Spe-cial Forces in the Vietnam 5th Group.Preparing to leave, a ser-geant friend with three tours in Vietnam under his belt told Harrison the only thing he had to remember was dont volunteer for SOG.You dont have to know what it is. Just dont volun-teer for it, he told me.A year and a half later, finally in Vietnam in Au-gust 1968, standing in the adjutant generals office, waiting for assignment, he was asked, You speak five languages? Including Viet-namese? You ever think about SOG?I have trained all this time, I dont know what it is, only that I was told if you join SOG you die, Harrison said. Im not going start my time here by chickening out. So, I said, OK.SOGs cover name was studies and observation group. Harrison said it was actually a special operations group that performed deep, recon missions in Cambo-dia, observing the enemys activities across the recog-nized border. Technically, they were illegal missions, he said.When Harrison agreed to take command of the recon company, he said he had the audacity to tell his superiors he would only take the job if he could take missions, too.The motto of infantry school, which is the best leadership motto for cor-porate, family or soldiers, is two words follow me, Harrison said. I cant send anyone into that inferno unless I go myself, to un-derstand conditions, see how individual teams oper-ate and know what addi-tional training they needed or what was not working. They basically said, OK.The six-man squads as-signments were either five-day insertions where they observed an area, or 10-day insertions where they ob-served a river or road.There were times we were so close to the enemy, I could hear them and write down what there were saying, he said.Extremely fortunateDespite his best prepa-rations, Harrison said his unit had the highest sustained casualty rate (unavailability for combat due to injury or death) in American history more than 100 percent.Harrison said in all his time in Vietnam, he was extremely fortunate to avoid the casualty list.Once, he was allowed to return to the states to take care of a Dear John letter situation. Another time, he missed a mission to give the senior officers a briefing. Both times, his replacement took a bullet meant for me.He recently gave a eulo-gy in Spokane and reunited with three fellow soldiers, whod received grievous wounds in Vietnam.Sitting there looking at these guys with permanent wounds, I realized I put in 27 months Vietnam and never got a scratch, Har-rison said.To this day, he wears a bracelet bearing the name Harold W. Kroske. Another friend who was killed in the line of duty, Harrison uses it to remind himself of how things could have turned out differently.Unfortunately, I tend to be impatient, a char-acteristic I guess I have, he said. So, I wear this to remind myself, every day, several times a day, how incredibly, indescribably fortunate I am.On the A-teamHarrison rode the wave of his good fortune to prosper-ous careers, including as a foreign correspondent for the Orlando Sentinel and a 20-year stint in public rela-tions for The Boeing Co.When Harrison came out west to take that position, he didnt know anybody. To find other like-minded souls, and since his kids from his first marriage were out of the house, he decided to give public service back to the coun-try he so believes in. He visited the recruiters office on Gilman Boulevard and at age 44, he enlisted in the Army Reserve, signing on with the Special Forces Group. This time, he had to go in a sergeant, on an A-team.I was a year older than the A-team leaders father, Harrison said. Hey, but one weekend a month, I got to jump out of airplanes, blow stuff up, fire automatic weapons and drink beer.During his tenure with the unit, the first Gulf War ignited. While individual members of his Reserve unit volunteered to par-ticipate in operations, the unit itself was never re-called to active duty. Har-rison said a number of his guys subsequently went on to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan operations as part of civilian security contractors.Im too old for thisIn about 1994, when it was time to re-up, he changed his mind.During a routine night training mission, after jumping out of a plane over Fort Lewis, he looked down.Youre not supposed to look down, but everybody does, he said.It looked like he was head-ing straight for a big tree.Not a good thing, he added.He wiggled his para-chute straps to maneuver around the tree, but only managed to inadvertently turn into the wind, a much worse situation that accel-erated him uncontrollably to Earth.I hit the ground so hard, I knocked myself out. I knocked the webbing out of my helmet, he said. I was out cold.When he finally came to minutes later, the airplane had circled around and was making preparations to drop a second lift of parachutists.He got up, looking for the tree that caused his woes, only to discover he had landed in an empty field. In the low light, he had mistaken something flat and circular on the ground for a tree.I pranged the hell out of myself and thought that this was a sign, Harrison said. Im too old for this.That was his last jump. He decided then and there that the United States Army no longer needed his services.He has since remarried, retired and written a nov-el, West From Yesterday, just to prove he could. These days, among vora-cious reading, he remains active as a master docent for the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and is a chair-man on the citys Develop-ment Commission.Harrison said his jour-nals have been used by other authors, both with permission and without, to good affect and bad. Al-though just one of his sons has asked to read them, he keeps them locked up in a safe, ready to be discov-ered in 500 years, ready to recount the tales of just one little guy who played his part in a big war. The Issaquah Press Wednesday, May 21, 2014 B8Harrisonfrom Page B1By DaviD HayesRandy Harrison looks at his old green beret he wore during the Vietnam War, that he now keeps in his hooray for me room in his Squak Mountain home, wondering how it avoided moths.volunteered for the draft in 1943, only a few months after the attack on Pearl Harbor.I wanted to be a hotshot fighter pilot, Geil said about signing up for the military.He went through about a year of college before he took a test to enlist, ultimately finding himself a plane navigator.The waning days of the war took him to England, where a fateful mission to Berlin and back would change his life. A compres-sion problem caused one of the planes four engines to seize up and Geil said the pi-lot did not react accordingly.A more experienced pilot would have turned back, but he was being stupid, he said. Im busy as hell as a navigator and then the next thing I know we are in a tailspin.The pilot righted the plane, but more engines were lost and the oil pres-sure dropped dangerously. The crew quickly deter-mined they could not get the plane back to friendly borders and decided to bail out while in the air.Bailing out into more troubleGeil told the story with acute recollection of squeezing himself out of the planes hatch with his parachute on his back. He said the opening was small and it took off one of his boots on the way out. He described falling through the air, looking behind him and seeing his boot flying off into the distance.He landed safely on the ground, gathered his parachute and ran to hide in nearby trees. Unfortu-nately, locals noticed the evacuating crew.The whole damn town was coming out, Geil said. When I saw their eyes, I knew I was in deep kimchi. I figured Id had it.That sinking feeling only grew when German soldiers escorted him to a holding cell, removed his sidearm and held rifles to either side of his head while he showed them how to remove the weapons magazine.Afterward, they searched him, finding all the things he had secreted about in his cell in case of escape, and gave him food.They gave me a boiled potato sort of thing, which was not very tasty, he said. But I ate as much as I could. I was starting to learn how to be a prisoner of war.Geil spent 44 days in prison camps around Ger-many, mostly in Moosburg. He spoke of his time there, telling fellow American troops what songs were popular at the time and sleeping on cold floors. He said a clandestine radio existed in the camp some-where, where the prison-ers could hear about the continued Allied success in the war. He suspected it was only a matter of time before the camp was liber-ated. Still, he doubted he would survive.It was a panicky time, he said. Being a POW is a life-changing event. I figured I wouldnt make it.But make it, he did. Gen-eral George Pattons army came through and liber-ated the town. Geil remem-bers seeing a tank use its gun to lift up the gate and break it down.Man, we were all there cheering, about six or eight deep, he said.Pulling him back inHe recuperated and returned home to marry his high school sweetheart and finish college. His life returned more or less to normal and it didnt take long before he considered re-entering the military for further credentials. How-ever, he said a month after he re-enlisted, the Korean War started.I thought, Jesus, Im working this system wrong, Geil said, smiling. When I went out, damned if they didnt pull me right back in.Though he didnt have to go overseas for his service in the Korean War, he ended up traveling abroad for the Vietnam War. There, he flew planes with a variety of functions, from transportation to combat.I finally got to be a fighter pilot when I was 42 years old, he said.Geil retired in 1974, hardly believing he spent so long in service.I left the military with 31 years, one month and 15 days, retiring as a full colonel, he said.Retirement did not slow him down. He went on to earn a Masters in Business Administration and another business degree in construc-tion, graduating the third time alongside his son.He and his wife raised three kids during his long career, and he said he thought his military service helped him and his wife raise a tightknit family.I think our family was closer because we got to travel, he said.He said his time in the military helped him build a life he valued greatly.A lot of times, I think back, and I think a lot of these decisions probably saved my life, Geil said. The military was good to me when I look back on it.ing along the beach from Pearl Harbor to Waikiki when a reporter stopped them to ask questions.In the article, the other Marines ex-pressed some fear and hesitation about their upcoming deployment, but not Pearson: Were all very anxious to get there, hes quoted as saying. Theres a real purpose to going over there, and Im all for it.Nearly 50 years later, Pearson is a bit apologetic, but mainly steadfast toward his feelings at the time.Thats what it was in the moment gung ho, he said. Absolute clarity.Forming connections with men from dif-ferent states, races and religions is some-thing Pearson continues to cherish about his Marine Corps days. One of the deepest connections was with Lester Bell, a young African-American from Miami.Racial strife was consuming the U.S. in the 1960s, but Pearson felt he avoided much of that growing up in Issaquah. Bell and other black Marines had a singing group modeled on The Temptations, and Pearson was invited to join.He taught me how to dance, and I taught my grandkids how to dance the way Bell taught me to dance, Pearson said, strutting around the room.One night, Bell and Pearson were on guard duty in a bunker outside of Da Nang. To pass the time, they pulled a tarp over the bunker so they could turn on a light and play cards.Every once in a while, Pearson said, wed throw a hand grenade out the window, and it would roll down the hill and blow up. And wed get a call from (a superior) going, What the hell is going on out there?Well, sir, we thought we heard some-thing out there.Oh, OK, good men.Wed pull the tarp back down and play cards.Bad times often overshadowed good ones, of course.On the way to Vietnam, the troops stopped in the Philippines to get acclima-tized to the tropical heat and humidity. Pearson saw men throwing coins into a river. It took him a few days to realize it was a river of sewage.They would throw coins in there, and some of the young Filipino kids would dive in to get the coins, he said. Its almost like, if you were from a different culture or a different race, you werent one of them. Then, when we got into Vietnam, it got worse.When Ron Dexter Pearsons friend from South Dakota was killed in com-bat, it spurred an angry outburst from another Marine.The next day, he went through a vil-lage and opened fire on people he should not have opened fire on, Pearson said. The discipline between when to pull the trigger and when not to, its largely based on your training, but its also influ-enced by your emotional life.The war devolved into a cat-and-mouse game, he explained. The Americans would capture a hill, for example, then re-treat and allow the enemy to retake it. That pattern repeated itself, with a few Marines killed every time.After a while, and I dont know how long it took, it became not about American foreign policy, not about the war, it became about sur-vival, Pearson said.It took Pearson nearly 20 years to begin dealing with the psychological effects of Vietnam. His sense of humor evaporated; he wasnt comfortable being in a room with a lot of strang-ers. His intensity sparked a volcanic reaction in others, he said, which contributed to his first marriage end-ing in divorce after 17 years.Working with a Veterans Ad-ministration psychologist, Pearson recounted the gory details that led to post-traumatic stress disorder. It was difficult, he said, because veter-ans dont want to cry, dont want to betray the militarys ultra-masculine culture. But he began to understand the consequences of walking around with unchecked aggression.Today, Pearson specializes in personal injury claims, and works alongside second wife Michele at Pearson Law Firm in Issaquah. They have been married 25 years. His Marine Corps background likely pushed him into law, he said, be-cause of the similarities.Theres something about being able to do something that remedies a problem or prevents a harm, he explained, and then using the information to show people how to do things in a more safe way.ON THE WEBOne of Randy Harrisons more harrowing recon missions into Cambodia is recounted by the helicopter pilot, James Fleming, who won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic efforts to Harrisons squad, at http://yhoo.it/1gkzNb6.Pearsonfrom Page B1Geilfrom Page B1Fischer Meats, Heroic Knight Games, artbyfire and Earth Pet salute our veterans.