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Bert B. Allinder
Army Air Corps
Bert
B.
Allinder
DIVISION: Army Air Corps,
8th Air Force
May 14, 1942 -
BIRTHPLACE: Noel, MO
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Aug 1, 1943 -
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Oct 1, 1945
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HONORED BY: Grandsons

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Bert was a B-17 gunner from 1944-1945.

Mitchell L. Allmon
Marine Corps
Mitchell
L.
Allmon
DIVISION: Marine Corps,
HQ Co. 1st BN
Oct 4, 1925 -
BIRTHPLACE: Campbell, TX
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Feb 17, 1944 -
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Aug 13, 1946
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HONORED BY: The Allmon Family

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Mitchell Allmon was inducted into the United States Marine Corp on Feb. 17, 1944 at San Diego, California. He attended boot camp in San Diego and attended communication school at Camp Pendleton at Oceanside, California soon after. On September 11, 1944, he was assigned to the HQ Co. 1st Marine Division. His theater of operation was in the South Pacific. On April 1, 1945, Mitch and his battalion landed at Okinawa known as L-Day, and was there until August 1945. Mitchell participated in the occupation of China from October 10, 1945 to July 16, 1946. Mitchell's duties were message center-radio man-communications chief. His rank was Sergeant USMC. On August 13, 1946, he was given an honorable discharge at the Marine Corp Base in San Diego, California. His pay rate was $100 a month as Sergeant USMC. Mitchell married Mary Joyce Wester on April 4, 1949. They had 4 children; Garry, Sharon, Jeff and Rhonda. Mitch and Joyce now reside in McPherson, Kansas where they both are retired. His service time was spent in the South Pacific

Garland H. Allred
Army
Garland
H.
Allred
DIVISION: Army,
12th Photo Recon Sqdn, 12th AF
May 28, 1922 -
BIRTHPLACE: Greensboro, NC
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Oct 30, 1942 -
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Nov 21, 1945
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HONORED BY: Wife, Ann Morris Allred

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Howard Allred is one of Four Brothers who all served in World War II (William Boyd Allred, James Rex Allred, and Walter Lee Allred). A fifth brother, 1st Lieutenant Samuel Aaron Allred served in the Korean Conflict. Howard graduated from flight training in the Class of 44E at LaJunta, CO. He was trained to fly the B-25 medium bomber. Just as he graduated, his Commanding Officer announced that since he was trained to fly twin-engine aircraft, he and several of his class would be shipped to Coffeyville, Kansas, to transition and fly the P-38. Then, since they could fly the P-38, several of classmates were assigned to fly the photo version: F-5. Guns were removed from the nose and cameras installed. They were taught to photograph targets while flying above 20,000 feet. Howard's first assignment was in Bari, Italy, to the 15th Air Force to support the missions of the B-17s. He was then assigned to the 12th Air Force, in Florence, Italy, to support the medium bombers---B-25, B-26. He flew 53 combat missions, and was awarded the Air Medal five times, and also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Howard was in the 12th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, 3rd PR Group, 90th PR Wing, 12th Air Force. After the war Howard was soundly converted in his Methodist Church, answered the call to preach, graduated from Guilford College, AB, 1949, the Divinity School, Duke University, Master of Divinity, 1952, and received the honorary Doctor of Divinity, 1990, from High Point University. He served 43 years in the Western North Carolina Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church as a pastor and District superintendent. He received 5 Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Howard retiren in 1991. He has three children, six grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

James R. Allred
Army Air Corps
James
R.
Allred
DIVISION: Army Air Corps
Oct 3, 1923 - Feb 4, 2003
BIRTHPLACE: Greensboro, NC
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Nov 1, 1942 -
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Oct 1, 1945
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HONORED BY: The Allred Family

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James Rex Allred is one of four brothers who all served in World War II (Garland Howard Allred, William Boyd Allred, and Walter Lee Allred). A fifth brother, 1st Lieutenant Samuel Aaron Allred served in the Korean Conflict. Rex Allred joined the Army Air Corps in November 1942. He served for three years. He was stationed in Rapid City, South Dakota; Grand Forks, Idaho and Hawaii. Rex left the military in 1945 and established himself as an outstanding Brick Mason in Greensboro. Rex Allred was well known as a leader in Alcohol Rehabilitation in the State of North Carolina and spent more than 30 years working with AA.

Walter L. Allred
Army Air Corps
Walter
L.
Allred
DIVISION: Army Air Corps
Jun 15, 1916 - Jun 4, 1989
BIRTHPLACE: Ramseur, NC
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Dec 1, 1941 -
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Dec 1, 1945
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HONORED BY: The Allred Family

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Walter Lee Allred is one of four brothers who all served in World War II (Garland Howard Allred, James Rex Allred, and William Boyd Allred). A fifth brother, 1st Lieutenant Samuel Aaron Allred served in the Korean Conflict. Walt served in England with the 8th Air Force. There, he worked in the engine repair shop on B-17 Bombers which were instrumental to Allied victory during World War II. After the War, he worked as a plumbing and heating contractor in Greensboro, NC. Walt owned 'Allred & Gardner Plumbing and Heating Company'. He was also active in the real estate business. Later in life, Walt contracted ALS (Lou Gherig Disease).

William B. Allred
Navy
William
B.
Allred
DIVISION: Navy
Jun 3, 1926 -
BIRTHPLACE: Greensboro, NC
THEATER OF OPERATION: European, Pacific
SERVED: Aug 4, 1943 -
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May 20, 1948
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HONORED BY: Wife, 'Tat' Howell Allred

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Boyd Allred is one of four brothers who all served in World War II (Garland Howard Allred, James Rex Allred, and Walter Lee Allred). A fifth brother, 1st Lieutenant Samuel Aaron Allred served in the Korean Conflict. Boyd has the distinction of having served and saw action in both the European and Pacific Theaters. He was aboard the LST 157 in the Normandy Invasion on June 6, 1944. His ship was shot out from under his unit on the third trip across the Channel. Boyd came back to the States and was then sent to the Pacific and the 2nd Marine Division on Saipan, Marianna Islands in November 1944. He made the invasion of Okinawa on April 1, 1945, and then went back to Saipan. On September 23, 1945, Boyd landed in Japan and stayed there until May 5, 1946. He was then sent home for discharge. After the war, Boyd returned to Greensboro, NC and was a general contractor. He owned the BAR Construction Company and still serves as a consultant in that profession. He is a Life Member of the American Legion and 'Honorary Member' of the DAV.

Lawrence C. Altmann
Army Air Corps
Lawrence
C.
Altmann
DIVISION: Army Air Corps
Jul 27, 1914 - Aug 6, 2002
BIRTHPLACE: Dillon, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: Apr 13, 1942 -
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Apr 13, 1945
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HONORED BY: Niece, Betty Altmann Schlesener
Marlin L. Ames
Army Air Corps
Marlin
L.
Ames
DIVISION: Army Air Corps,
907 Signal Depot Co.
Dec 4, 1923 -
BIRTHPLACE: Long Island, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Apr 8, 1943 -
0
Jan 30, 1946
0
HONORED BY: Wife, Velma Ames

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Radio Repairman, Aircraft Equipment: Inspected, installed and tested transmitting and receiving sets. Also made major repairs on transmitting and receiving instruments. Worked on other equipment in connection with air, ground, or interplane communication systems. Also did repair of antennas, receivers, control boxes and power units. Performed complete tearing down and rebuilding of sets. Worked on radio compasses, interphones and marker beacons. Worked on private sets for special service. Modified and installed aircraft radios for use in ground vehicles. Served 22 months in Italy. Decorations and Citations: World War II Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon and one bronze star Meritorious Service Unit Award.

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Guildhall Address, London, June 12, 1945