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Harold F. Arnold
Army
Harold
F.
Arnold
DIVISION: Army,
A.G. Div.
Jul 4, 1921 -
BIRTHPLACE: Newark, NJ
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Aug 20, 1942 -
0
Mar 25, 1946
0
HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation

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I played on the SHAEF Football team, SHAEF invaders in France and Germany. I also made the All Star Team in Europe.

Edward Arzinger
Navy
Edward
Arzinger
DIVISION: Navy,
USS Clarence K. Bronson (DD-668) and USS Wickes (DD-578)
Jul 16, 1925 -
BIRTHPLACE: Philadelphia, PA
HIGHEST RANK: Petty Officer 3rd Class
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Sep 1, 1942 -
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MILITARY HONORS: Navy Unit Citation
HONORED BY: Witness To War, Ike's Soldiers and the Eisenhower Foundation

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Arzinger served on the destroyer USS Bronson when it was newly commissioned, making him a plank owner on that ship. Upon arrival at Pearl Harbor, Arzinger was transferred to the Fletcher-class destroyer USS Wickes as a Torpedo Striker. On the Wickes, he participated in the battles of Corregidor and Okinawa. Following Okinawa, they returned to San Francisco where they celebrated the end of the war. He was then assigned to shore patrol in New York City for eight months. He was discharged in 1946. He considered rejoining the Navy but they wanted him to start over at the rank of Seaman. At the urging of a friend, Arzinger joined the Army Air Corps as a 'buck sergeant,' a rank equivalent to his Navy 3rd class rank. This was during the time of the Berlin air lift when the Americans were dropping food and supplies. Reluctant to be transferred to Germany and possible war with Russia, he was transferred to Smoky Hill Air Base in Salina, Kansas. He met his future wife on a blind date in Wichita, Kansas. His next assignment was a photo lab technician at Hickam Field in Hawaii until his discharge when he returned to Kansas to be married. Next came a move to New Jersey where Arzinger enrolled in an Aircraft and Engine certification course. He joined the Naval Reserves and got called up as a torpedo man during the Korean War. Thankfully, that war ended before he got to Korea. He and his wife then returned to Wichita, Kansas, where they have lived ever since.

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Raymond R. Ascher
Army
Raymond
R.
Ascher
DIVISION: Army
Dec 26, 1917 -
BIRTHPLACE: Junction City, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Mar 3, 1942 -
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Nov 3, 1945
0
HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation

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Raymond Roland Ascher was born 12/26/2017 to Louis and Emilie Ericksen Ascher on a farm in eastern Geary County seven miles east of Junction City, Kansas, where he grew up and also attended school. After farming several years, he was called into the service and served in the Army. During this time he spent nearly a year in Europe, of which most of this time was spent in Germany and France on the front lines. On July 28, 1945, he married Ruth Etta Pettyjohn.

Lawrence R. Ashton
Navy
Lawrence
R.
Ashton
DIVISION: Navy,
USS Fuller
Sep 26, 1920 - Feb 28, 1998
BIRTHPLACE: Fairview, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Dec 5, 1944 -
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Apr 1, 1946
0
HONORED BY: Wife, Grace Ashton Children Shirley, Susan, Wanda, Randy

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Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal

Vernon S. Atwood
Army
Vernon
S.
Atwood
DIVISION: Army
May 11, 1916 - Jan 11, 1980
BIRTHPLACE: Brush Creek, TN
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jul 13, 1936 -
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Jan 31, 1957
0
HONORED BY: Children: Carol Atwood Walker, Stephen Francis Atwood

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Vernon S. Atwood enlisted in the horse cavalry at Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia at the age of 20. His first assignment outside of the continental United States occurred when he re-enlisted in 1937 and was attached to the Coast Artillery Corps and sent to Panama. He came up through the ranks. In 1942 Vernon applied for OCS and was sent to Ft. Riley, Kansas becoming one of the fabled '90-day wonders.' Upon completion he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. He took part in WWII's bloodiest battle, the Ardennes: Battle of the Bulge. Vernon proudly served in the famed 9th Armored Division, 89th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (mechanized) participating in the capture of the Remagen Bridge on March 7, 1945. He received his first Bronze Star in 1945 which read in part: {Capt. Atwood was decorated for his work in Germany last April, when he led reconnaissance troops ahead of a tank battalion spearheading through enemy territory. His mission was to keep driving forward, gathering information and uncovering enemy strong points. According to the citation, 'the success of the operation was due largely to the brilliant leadership and keen foresight exercised by Captain Atwood.'} His military campaigns included Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. He was awarded the following medals: Bronze Star Medal with 2 bronze oak leaf clusters; Meritorious Service Medal; Air Medal; American Defense Service Medal; American Campaign Medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 bronze service stars; World War II Victory Medal; Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp; National Defense Service Medal; Korean Service Medal plus the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. When war in Korea broke out, Vernon served with the 70th Heavy Tank Battalion, Company B, Ft. Knox, Kentucky. After 20 1/2 years of military service, Vernon retired in January 1957 with the rank of Major. Three of his brothers also served their country during the war years by enlisting in the Merchant Marine, Army and Seabees. In 1941, he married Margaret McKean of Rossville, Georgia. They were married 38 1/2 years when he passed away in 1980. He is buried in the Chattanooga National Cemetery. Vernon and Margaret were the parents of two children. Their living heritage includes four grandchildren, Heath Walker, Adrienne Poteet, Stephanie Atwood and Mary Fields; plus two great-grandchildren, Isis Fields and Tanner Poteet.

Leonard A. Baer
Army
Leonard
A.
Baer
DIVISION: Army,
Co. D 34th Tank Battalion, 5th Army
Feb 28, 1922 -
BIRTHPLACE: Melrose Park, IL
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Sep 25, 1942 -
0
Nov 1, 1945
0
HONORED BY: George J. Green

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Lenny, as he was known to all of his friends, was born on 28 February, 1922 in Melrose Park, IL. He was inducted in the Army of the United States on 25 September and activated 9 October 1942. He took his basic training at Camp Grant, Ilinois. He was sent to Tank and Mechanic school where he was assigned as a driver of a light tank. Participating in several training maneuvers and Camps in the United States as a tank driver with Company D, 34th Tank Battalion, 5th Armored Division. The 5th landed on Utah Beach on 24 July, 1944. They participated in the attack with the 3rd Army in early August in the breakout at Avrancehs, France. By August 8th they were in LaMans, fought in the battle of 'Falaise Gap,' then headed east and on August 20, 22, 23, and the 24th, the 5th Armored Division was all over the Seine River and headed to Paris where they paraded on through by the end of August heading nort east with the 1st Army. By September they were at Sedan where the 5th was the first unit across the Meuse River. Attacking east the 5th crossed the Our River and was also the first American Troops in Germany to reach the Siegfried Line. Heading north they were in St Vith in mid November and when the Battle of the Bulge started they fought at Monschu, Rotgen, Maubach, & Widen. On Lenny's 23rd birthday, February 28th, the 5th was in Hornbroek and heading north for 'The Ruhr' and crossed the Rhine at Wesel. The end of March they were at Munster and rapidly advancing, on the 12th of April they reached the Elbe River, and the 5th became the nearest American Division to Hitler's Berlin. On 23 April, Lenny's Company D, after two days of fighting at Tangermunde, raced 55 miles north to the Klotze Forest and fought the Von Clause Division. A newspaper article quoted Lenny. 'We lined up, and they started coming out of the woods at us and we were knocking them off, let me tell you. But they had a lot of stuff in there---armor, infantry, bazookas, oh, that 88 was something. It could go through a tank like putting your finger through a paper. They had horses, too, and a lot of those poor horses got killed. I guess they finally just said 'This is crazy' and gave up.' Klotze Forest was the last fight for Lenny and the 5th. Lenny told me that he had been blown out of two tanks in his fighting across Europe but no Purple Hearts. Two weeks later the war ended. His 4 battle stars are for Northern France-Ardennes-Rhineland and Central Europe. He was awarded European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with four Bronze Stars, two Overseas Service Bar, one Service Strip Good Conduct, American Theater, WWII Victory Medal. On 26 September, 1945 he boarded a transport for the USA and on 15 December, 1945, he was separated from the Army at Fort Sheridan, Illinois.

David A. Baier
Army
David
A.
Baier
DIVISION: Army,
595th Signal Air Warning Battalion
Nov 24, 1920 -
BIRTHPLACE: Elmo, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Oct 13, 1942 -
0
Feb 2, 1946
0
HONORED BY: The Baier Family

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David A. Baier was inducted into the army at Ft. Leavenworth on October 13, 1942. He attended boot camp in Missouri followed by radio school in Washington, DC. In January 1943, he was sent to radar school and diesel motor school in Florida. Later in the year, he was promoted to Sergeant and was part of the company cadre training new recruits. In July 1944, he took a troop train from Tampa, Florida to San Francisco, California to be deployed to the Pacific. He arrived in New Guinea on August 9. He was with the 595th Signal Air Warning Battalion. He was transferred to Biak Island about the time of the Battle of the Caves. He later rejoined the 595th in New Guinea. In August 1945, David was loading equipment onto LST's in New Guinea when they received the news that the atomic bomb had been dropped. He was on a ship in the Coral Sea sailing to the Philippines when Japan surrendered. While in the Philippines, he was promoted to Staff Sergeant. He was sent back to the States on December 12, 1945 and was discharged at Ft. Logan, Colorado on February 2, 1946. He re-enlisted in the army reserves and was home two hours before his wife, Corlia, died of tuberculosis. Shortly after, he had an X-ray taken and discovered that he had tuberculosis. He was hospitalized in Leavenworth, KS, and underwent experimental surgery. The doctor collapsed part of David's lung to try to stop the disease. David was one of the first to survive the surgery. Not long after, they began experimenting with antibiotics which proved to be a more successful treatment for TB. After recovering in Springfield, MO, he was discharged from the reserves in 1949 and returned to Abilene. He married Thelma Lee in 1951 and moved to the farm south of Abilene, at Donegal, where he resides today.

Dean F. Bailey
Navy
Dean
F.
Bailey
DIVISION: Navy
Jul 9, 1925 -
BIRTHPLACE: California
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Sep 9, 1943 -
0
May 6, 1946
0
HONORED BY: Marlene Bailey

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Served on the USS Mississippi Battleship in the South Pacific, Victory medal-Asiatic Pacific, Campaign medal-6 stars, Philippine Liberation Campaign Ribbon-2 stars

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Guildhall Address, London, June 12, 1945