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Edward J. Abreu
Army Air Corps
Edward
J.
Abreu
DIVISION: Army Air Corps,
101 Airborne
Jun 7, 1920 - Sep 15, 2016
BIRTHPLACE: Oakland, CA
HIGHEST RANK: Sergeant
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jun 30, 2021 -
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Jun 30, 2021
0
HONORED BY: His brother and family

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Edward grew up and attended school in Oakland CA., graduating from Roosevelt High School. He entered the US Army when President Roosevelt declared war on Japan after the Japanese attach on Pearl Harbor. He worked in transportation for Hollywood, transporting Bob Hope, The Andrew Sisters, The Rat Pack etc. Edward also took Paratroopers to fight in Germany on enemy lines and removed dog tags from fallen soldiers.

Lemuel P. Adams
Army
Lemuel
P.
Adams
DIVISION: Army,
242 CAC
Feb 6, 1919 - Aug 10, 1995
BIRTHPLACE: Des Arc, Arkansas
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jan 1, 1942 -
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HONORED BY: Dell J. Rutz (Sister)

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Lemuel was in Patton's Army. He saw Patton once. He arrived on Christmas Day, 1944. He was in the Battle of the Bulge and manned a search light. He remained in the Army for a limited time because he was blind in one eye.

Russell D. Aikins
Army
Russell
D.
Aikins
DIVISION: Army
Nov 8, 2016 -
BIRTHPLACE: St. Paul, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: Oct 3, 1945 -
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Dec 11, 1945
0
HONORED BY: Wife (deceased) and 4 Children
Thomas E. Ainsworth
Navy
Thomas
E.
Ainsworth
DIVISION: Navy,
Hospital Apprentice
Dec 13, 1913 - Oct 23, 1970
BIRTHPLACE: Bay Springs, MS
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: May 12, 1945 -
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Oct 22, 1945
0
HONORED BY: Granson, Brian Maddox

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Tom Ainsworth was working for the Tennessee Eastman Company in Oak Ridge when he entered the Navy in mid May, 1945. He was 31 years old. Nevertheless, this was his opportunity to meet his patriotic obligation. He was sent to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in North Chicago for his basic indoctrination into the ways of the Navy. Once completed, Tom then trained as a hospital corpsman apprentice. Having finished this additional training, his next assignment was at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, California. In due course, Tom's last duty station was his assignment to the recently opened United States Naval Hospital in Dublin, Georgia. There he took care of returning injured and recovering sailors. At the end of his short military duty five months later, Tom eagerly returned to his wife and children and resumed his civilian status. He died on October 23, 1970 at the age of 56. He is buried in the National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Malcolm C. Akey
Navy
Malcolm
C.
Akey
DIVISION: Navy,
Destroyer Escort 303
Jun 24, 1924 -
BIRTHPLACE: Wray, CO
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Sep 7, 1943 -
0
Mar 22, 1946
0
HONORED BY: Family of Malcolm C. Akey

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Volunteered for U.S. Navy. He was sworn in at New Customs Building in Denver, Colorado on September 7, 1943. He was sent home to Wray, Colorado for six days. On September 13 left Denver on train, arrived at Boot Camp in Farragut, Idaho on September 15, 1943. Six weeks training and then home for 2 weeks leave. Returned to Farragut to pick up orders for West Coast sound School. He spent three days riding in a boxcar to San Diego. December 13, 1943 entered Sonar School. He graduated (top of class) on January 15, 1944. He was transferred to Mare Island for duty assignment. He was a plank owner of USS Crowley DE 303, which was commissioned on March 25, 1944. He trained in Pearl Harbor for two months then on to Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. They escorted troop ships from Russell Islands to invasion of Peleliu and Angar and patrolled off shore until November 11, 1944. They escorted one ship with wounded Marines to Hollandia, New Guinea. They joined Task Force 38 as Escort Ship to take troops and supplies to Leyte Gulf. During the air raid, they laid smoke screen to hide the troop ships from the Jap bombers. On December 17, 18, 19, 1944, they spent 72 hours in the eye of Typhoon Cobra (also known as Halsey's Typhoon). Two of the five escort ships in their screen turned over and sank. Waves reached 90' high. The USS Hull and the USS Monaghan disappeared from our screen 30.8. The USS Spence was with another screening group in Task Force 38. It also capsized and sank. These three ships had 790 men lost at sea (Hull: 202, Monaghan: 256, Spence: 317). Following the typhoon, we returned to Ulithi for repair and supplies. They shelled off the coast of Luzon, Indonesia, China and Formosa 1/3/1945 to 1/16/1945. Patrolled Iwo Jima and screened a large battlewagon that was shelling Mount Suribachi from 1/18/1945 to 3/3/1945. Invaded Okinawa 3/23/1945 to 6/15/1945. They were off the coast of Japan from 6/15/1945 to 8/15/1945. It was during this time the atomic bombs were dropped on 8/6 and 8/9 if 1945. While in Tokyo Bay, he took liberty on September 14, 1945 in Yokasuka. They left Tokyo Bay September 16, 1945. They stopped at Eniwetok and Pearl Harbor. He arrived in San Francisco on October 9, 1945. He had six weeks leave at home. He spent Thanksgiving 1945 at Treasure Island. He then did office work reviewing records of returning sailors at Camp Shoemaker, California until March 19, 1946. He was discharged March 22, 1946. Then HOME! He spent 18 months never setting foot on dry land or seeing lights except in the below deck compartment. They traveled 150,000 knots from Hawaii to China coast to the southern tip of Solomon Islands to northern tip of Japan and all the islands in-between.

Roy O. Alber
Army
Roy
O.
Alber
DIVISION: Army
Jan 5, 1917 -
BIRTHPLACE: Guide Rock, NE
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Nov 11, 1941 -
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Aug 3, 1945
0
HONORED BY: Wife Dorothy & Children LaDonna, Sheryl, Roger & Duane & families

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Enlisted in the Army, September 11, 1941 and was sent to Leavenworth, Kansas for a few weeks. Then was transferred to Camp Roberts in California, which was in the process of being built. Our training was preparing us to be sent to Africa, but instead we were sent to the Aleutian Islands. We left the U.S. on June 27, 1943 and arrived in the Aleutian Islands on July 9, 1943. The weather was quite a challenge on the Aleutian Islands as it was very windy, cold and snowy. Telephone poles were braced all 4 ways because of the winds. I was on the island for about a year and a half. Coming home, we were on a ship for 12 days and arrived back in the U.S. on December 16, 1944. Then I was sent to an army camp at Shelby, Mississippi until I was discharged on August 3, 1945.

Cass J. Alesiat
Army
Cass
J.
Alesiat
DIVISION: Army
Mar 2, 1917 - Jan 9, 2001
BIRTHPLACE: Hamtramck, MI
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Mar 18, 1942 -
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Sep 23, 1945
0
HONORED BY: daughter, Sherill

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My dad was in N. African campaign, Sicily, Battle of the Bulge, Normandy; Sicily Naples-Foggia with the 82nd Airborne. The he was transferred to the 194th Glider Infantry. He loved to tell WWII stories.

Raymond C. Allen
Army
Raymond
C.
Allen
DIVISION: Army,
45th Division
Apr 8, 1919 -
BIRTHPLACE: Arcadia, OK
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Sep 1, 1940 -
0
Jan 1, 1945
0
HONORED BY: Widow, Irma R. 'Ree' Allen

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Master Sergeant Raymond C. Allen served in Sicily, Italy, France, and Germany during WWII. We was a Sergeant Major in the 179th Infantry and received the Purple Heart.

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Guildhall Address, London, June 12, 1945