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Richard J. Verlinden
Army
Richard
J.
Verlinden
DIVISION: Army,
Company D, 3118 Signal Service Group
Jul 20, 1923 -
BIRTHPLACE: Detroit, MI
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Mar 4, 1943 -
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Mar 23, 1946
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HONORED BY: Wife, Jean M. Verlinden
Gerald P. Vermilyea
Army
Gerald
P.
Vermilyea
DIVISION: Army,
1st Infantry Div, 18th Inf Reg
Apr 24, 1922 - Mar 23, 1943
BIRTHPLACE: Pennsylvania
THEATER OF OPERATION: Other
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HONORED BY: Scott Vermilyea

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Awarded Silver Star

KILLED IN ACTION
Orlene 'Jackie' M. Voelkl (nee Skaggs-Ijas)
Women's Army Corps (WAC)
Orlene 'Jackie'
M.
Voelkl (nee Skaggs-Ijas)
DIVISION: Women's Army Corps (WAC),
SHAEF
Dec 28, 1921 -
BIRTHPLACE: Dinuba, CA
HIGHEST RANK: 1st SGT
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Dec 1, 1942 -
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HONORED BY: Self.

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I heard about the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps that had started in December, 1942. Being eligible at 21, I was sworn in. I was ordered to Des Moines, Iowa, for basic training, and then sent to Arkansas to attend Army Administration School. Shortly thereafter, I attended (NCO) Non-Commission Officers Training School. Upon completion of the course, I was appointed “Acting First Sergeant.” A few months later I became First Sergeant. Also, during my time in Alabama I was appointed the first woman Sgt Major of Cadets at an Advanced Single Engine School. Then I volunteered to go overseas. From New York we sailed across the North Atlantic Ocean to England where I was assigned as secretary to the Base Commander of Service and Supply. During the D-Day operations, many other WACS and I worked in SHAEF, the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force. While the “Battle of the Bulge” raged on and no planes could aid the troops there due to the heavy fog, I returned to London to await assignment in France. The fog lifted in December and we flew to Paris. From there seven WACS and I commandeered taxis to General Eisenhower’s headquarters in Versailles. I was assigned as secretary to Brigadier General Robert A. McClure, who was Chief of Psychological Warfare Division with offices on Champs Elysees where I worked until the end of the war on May 8, 1945. After celebrations with thousands of G.I.s and French people, I believed I would be going home to America. Instead, our organization’s name was changed to “Information Control Division (ICD).” We moved to Germany to take over all the radio stations and newspapers in Germany. We set up offices in Belgium, Holland, Denmark, and Norway, One of our jobs was to publish thousands of brochures showing the horrors of the concentration camps operated by the Germans, and photos of their scrawny captives. These brochures were dropped from planes for the German populace to see. In October 1945, I received orders to return home and be discharged. With 10,000 other soldiers, we sailed on the Queen Mary. We received a great welcome in New York. ['Veteran's Voices' interview by Bill Thomas, September 9, 2011, Sun Newspapers. Jackie Voelkl was 90 yrs. old.]

Edgar M. Vogel
Army
Edgar
M.
Vogel
DIVISION: Army,
1811th Ordnance Company
Dec 9, 1920 - Jan 1, 1961
BIRTHPLACE: Stuttgart, KS
HIGHEST RANK: Tec 4
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Aug 19, 1942 -
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Jan 12, 1946
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HONORED BY: His many nieces and nephews

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Edgar and his four brothers---Richard, Howard, John, and Edwin----and his four sisters---Edna, Lula, Leona, and Margaret---were born in Phillips County, KS. Their parents were John H. and Margaret Veeh Vogel. The family farmed and they lived at the north end of Chicago Avenue in Stuttgart. The house was white and the big barn was red. Across the unpaved avenue was the school and playground. Edgar's maternal grandfather, George Veeh, had walked west from Marshall County with two other men to have his own land in Phillips County, KS. The family's favorite pets were Schnaps, a dachshund, and Pearly, an Indian pony. Edgar was inducted on August 19, 1942 at Denver, CO. He served with the 1811th Ordnance Company and his military decorations include the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. He also received the Marksman M1 Rifle and the Sharpshooter M'03 Carbine Rifle awards. Edgar attended a Motor Mechanic Course at Ft. Crook, NE and earned a Driver & Mechanic Badge. Crossing the equator on 2 August 1943, aboard the U.S.A.T. Willard A. Holbrook he became a 'Trusty Shellback.' He served in New Guinea as an Automotive Mechanic, obtaining the rank of Tec 4. On the long trip home, he was at sea on Christmas Day in 1945. The next day he was initiated into the 'Domain of the Golden Dragon: Ruler of the 180th Meridian' aboard the S.S. Carlos Carrillo in latitude 30 degrees 16' N longitude 177 degrees 58'W. He had left Manila on that ship, and his troop ship sailed under the Golden Gate, passed Alcatraz, and docked at a pier in San Francisco on 6 January 1946. He was separated from service six days later at Fort Logan, CO. Edgar was the best baseball player in his athletic family. He farmed and had an implement business (Massey-Harris) in Phillipsburg. The cousins remember him as wearing a white tee shirt and khaki slacks when they visited. He loved to play catch with his nephews and nieces, and he had a big dimple in his chin. Edgar died in 1961, and he is buried in the cemetery just east of Stuttgart, as are his parents and many relatives. His picture, taken with his parents, hangs in the gallery at the Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence, KS. Edgar is honored by his nieces and nephews: Virginia Ann, James, Robert, Stanley, Karen, Patricia, Peggy, Douglas, Alan, Carol, Richard, Randy, Nancy, Jerry, Larry, Don, Dale, Steve, Jane, and Warren.

Wesley Vytlacil
Army Air Corps
Wesley
Vytlacil
DIVISION: Army Air Corps,
397th Base Hq & Air Base Sq
Jul 31, 1920 - Sep 3, 2002
BIRTHPLACE: Republic, Kansas
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Aug 12, 1942 -
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Jan 30, 1946
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HONORED BY: Barbara Joyce Chaloupka Splichal and the Vytlacil family

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Wesley Vytlacil was employed by District 115 as a teacher in rural grade schools from 1939 to 1941. While in the Army Air Corps he was trained as an Automotive Mechanic, Armorer, Airplane Armorer and Small-arms Weapons Mechanic. He served 14 months in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. There he was the armament chief of the small-arms repair section and supervised 3 men in servicing, maintaining, and repairing small-arms weapons. While in the service, he earned the Good Conduct Medal and the Marksman Medal. On separation from the service he returned to Kansas and resumed his teaching career. He was a teacher until he retired. He married Laura Chaloupka. They had four children; Steven, Martin, Norman, and Susan Vytlacil Casne.

Robert L. Wakefield
Army
Robert
L.
Wakefield
DIVISION: Army,
9th FA
Mar 3, 1918 -
BIRTHPLACE: Snohomish, WA
HIGHEST RANK: Sergeant
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Nov 16, 1939 -
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Aug 30, 1945
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HONORED BY: Daughter, June Coombe, 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren

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Sergeant Wakefield participated in four major beach landings: Ansio, Algerra-French Morocco, Tunisia-Sicily, and Naples-Foggia. He received three Purple Hearts, Soldier's Medal, and Campaign Medals.

Walter D. Wall Sr.
Army
Walter
D.
Wall
Sr.
DIVISION: Army,
60th Field Artillery Battalion, 9th Infantry Division
May 27, 1922 - Jul 19, 1987
BIRTHPLACE: Zebulon, NC
HIGHEST RANK: TEC 4
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Aug 31, 1940 -
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Jun 18, 1945
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Walter served as a cook for the troops in Algeria-French Morocco, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Tunisia and Sicily.

Harry J. Walsh
Army
Harry
J.
Walsh
DIVISION: Army
Mar 26, 1923 - Nov 19, 2006
BIRTHPLACE: Buffalo, NY
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
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DISCHARGED: Jan 9, 1947
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HONORED BY: Christinia Dykes
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Guildhall Address, London, June 12, 1945