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Carl E. Wiltfong
Army
Carl
E.
Wiltfong
DIVISION: Army,
98th and 25th Div.
Feb 19, 1923 -
BIRTHPLACE: Dellvale, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Aug 5, 1944 -
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Aug 12, 1946
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HONORED BY: Wife, Maxine; Children: Doug, Scott, Beverly

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I took basic training in Camp Hood, Texas and then shipped overseas in January 1945. I attended cooks and bakers school in Hawaii and was then assigned to the 98th Division Officers' Mess. I arrived in Japan in September 1945 with the occupational force. Later, I was assigned to the 25th Division Officers' Mess and became a private cook for General Brown and Mullin. I was thrilled and honored when General Eisenhower ate in my dining room during his visit with the troops in Osaka, Japan in 1946.

Herman A. Woff
Army
Herman
A.
Woff
DIVISION: Army,
33rd Hospital
Jul 14, 1912 -
BIRTHPLACE: Wakeeny, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jun 15, 1942 -
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Nov 28, 1945
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HONORED BY: VFW Post 1714

BIOGRAPHY

Had 100th birthday at VFP Post 1714 on July 14, 2012.

Harold R. Wolf
Army
Harold
R.
Wolf
DIVISION: Army
SERVED: Apr 13, 1942 -
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation
Robert L. Wolford
Navy
Robert
L.
Wolford
DIVISION: Navy
Dec 4, 1927 -
BIRTHPLACE: Leroy, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Nov 10, 1945 -
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Oct 25, 1947
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation
Clyde L. Wonder
Army
Clyde
L.
Wonder
DIVISION: Army
SERVED: Nov 12, 1942 -
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation
Clyde E. Wood
Army
Clyde
E.
Wood
DIVISION: Army
Mar 7, 1918 - Apr 9, 2005
BIRTHPLACE: Solomon, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Feb 14, 1942 -
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Dec 15, 1945
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HONORED BY: Harvey Wood, Jr, Charles Wood, Raymond Wood, Betty Butler, Elsie Napier, & Ruth Bernard

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Clyde Earl Wood was born at Solomon, Kansas on March 7, 1918, the son of Harvey and Amanda Wood. He graduated from the Solomon High School in 1936 and Brown Mackie College in Salina, Kansas. Clyde Wood was drafted into the Army at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, on the 14th day of February, 1942. He was there special duty for a month. From Ft. Leavenworth, he was sent to Ft. Warren in Cheyenne, Wyoming where he was in training for 7 weeks. He was then sent to San Francisco, California where he boarded a ship to be sent overseas. It was the 'Americana' which was the United States largest passenger ship which later was renamed the 'Westpoint'. He went 10,000 miles in 15 days - destination Melbourne, Australia. He was sent there to receive troops and work with the Australian government. He was there approximately 1 and 1/2 years and then was sent to Ora Bay in New Guinea where he was Chief Clerk of the Intelligence Department. Serving in New Guinea for about 6 months, he then was suppose to be sent to Manila in the Philippines. At this point, the Colonel of the base asked Clyde to stay in New Guinea and be his Chief Clerk for the island. The Colonel told Clyde if he would stay he would make him a Master Sergeant - which he did. He was there for another year. For those of us not familiar with this part of the world, Clyde said that it is 'down under' the equator, and is hot day and night. Miserably hot - no place for humans to live. He said a lot of our boys got 'jungle rot' and had to be sent back to the States. He remembered eating mostly 'C' or 'E' rations, and having fresh meat or vegetables about once a month when a ship would come to supply them. Having no refrigeration on the island, they had to eat what fresh food they had immediately as it would not 'keep'. The only way to cool off was swimming in the ocean. From New Guinea he was sent to Cebu in the Philippines. It is a small island 10 miles wide and 30 miles long. Cebu was a town on the island with a population of 50,000 people. All of the buildings in the town had been destroyed by U.S. airplanes except for three. The U.S. took the island back from the Japanese. Clyde said, 'I found out the American Division was on the island an Curtis Armour, a cousin, was with this outfit and I got to visit with him.' He left Cebu and was sent to the island of Leyete, also in the Philippines. He served our country in Intelligence for the rest of the war. On November 20, 1945, He was sent back to the United States where he was discharged at Ft. Logan, Colorado on December 15, 1945. He was on the ship coming home for 22 days. Three days the ship and all on it were in a Typhoon. He remembered bouncing around a lot. Clyde was in the Army in the United States for 3 months, and 13 days, and overseas for 3 years, 6 months and 20 days. For his service, he received the following awards: Asiatic/Pacific Service Medal, Philippines Liberation Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.

Bruce F. Woodcock
Army
Bruce
F.
Woodcock
DIVISION: Army,
79th Division
BIRTHPLACE: Medicine Hat, Alberta
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
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HONORED BY: Bruce Fremont Woodcock, Jr.

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My Dad, a naturalized American born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, landed in France D-Day + 10. He was hit by a hand grenade in November, 1944. He was in a hospital in France when I was born December 26, 1944. Returning to Texas, he led a responsible life supporting his wife and two children. His war injury resulted in several back fusions over the years. He died at age 83.

Donald E. Woods
Army Air Corps
Donald
E.
Woods
DIVISION: Army Air Corps,
4th
Mar 5, 1927 -
BIRTHPLACE: Carlton, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: Jul 15, 1945 -
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Mar 17, 1947
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HONORED BY: Wife and children
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Guildhall Address, London, June 12, 1945