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Robert A. Byrne
Army
Robert
A.
Byrne
DIVISION: Army,
Medical Corps
Jun 18, 1920 - Jan 2, 2008
BIRTHPLACE: Superior, Wisconsin
HIGHEST RANK: LTC
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
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HONORED BY: MaryAnn Byrne

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Robert A. Byrne served in the US Army Medical Corps from 1938 to 1962. He retired as a LTC. He continued to work for the Army Surgeon General as a civilian until 1989. Col. Byrne was a medic who treated survivors of both Ohrdruf and Buchenwald Concentration Camps. In Korea he was with I Corps and supervised staff at the MASH units. He was very quiet about his time in World War II as it effected him greatly seeing the concentration camp survivors he treated. He was proud of his service and earned two bronze stars during his time in uniform.

Alex Calvi Jr.
Army
Alex
Calvi
Jr.
DIVISION: Army,
430th AAA AW Bn (M)
Jun 10, 1942 - Jan 29, 2001
BIRTHPLACE: Memphis, TN
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jan 29, 1942 -
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Dec 29, 1945
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HONORED BY: Doyle R. Calvi
Rudolph Camarena
Army
Rudolph
Camarena
DIVISION: Army,
149th Combat Engineer
Nov 15, 1924 -
BIRTHPLACE: Salina, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jun 1, 1943 -
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HONORED BY: Wife, Mary; Children: Greg, Bob, Linda, Patti, Cathy, Maria

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I landed on Normandy Beach on 6 June 1945 and received a Presidential citation for the landing

Calvin C. Campbell
Army
Calvin
C.
Campbell
DIVISION: Army,
Corps of Engineers
May 27, 1918 -
BIRTHPLACE: Allendale, MO
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jun 2, 1941 -
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Jul 31, 1961
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HONORED BY: Wife, Carolyn J. Campbell

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Calvin was drafted into the Army on 2 June 1941. He received a promotion to Corporal on 1 Sep, Sergeant on 5 Sep, and Staff Sergeant on 25 Sep 1941. He was then commissioned with a promotion to 2nd Lieutenant on 10 Jun 1942 and the subsequent promotions followed: 1st Lt Feb 1943, Capt Feb 1944, Maj Aug 1945, Lt Col 1952, and Colonel 1961. Calvin participated in all five European campaigns, including Normandy, and was a member of General Eisenhower's staff in London. 12 years of his career were spent in foreign countries: England, France, Belgium, Germany, and Japan. He received ten military awards and decorations. After retirement, Calvin was the general manager of an electronics company. He is married to Carolyn J. Campbell.

Calvin D. Canniff
Army
Calvin
D.
Canniff
DIVISION: Army,
117th Cav. Rcn. Sqdn (Mec)
Mar 17, 1923 -
BIRTHPLACE: Quenemo, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Feb 22, 1943 -
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Dec 14, 1945
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HONORED BY: Frances M. Canniff, wife

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Calvin was a member of the unit that served as security guard for General Eisenhower in Algiers, North Africa in 1943 and also in Frankfort, Germany in 1945.

Laurel L. Carlson
Coast Guard
Laurel
L.
Carlson
DIVISION: Coast Guard
Jul 14, 1923 -
BIRTHPLACE: Minot, ND
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
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HONORED BY: Clifford O. Carlson, son
Alden L. Carney Sr.
Army
Alden
L.
Carney
Sr.
DIVISION: Army,
11th Airborne, 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)
Sep 28, 1914 - Feb 25, 1975
BIRTHPLACE: Abilene, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Jan 21, 1943 -
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HONORED BY: His 7 children and 13 grandchildren

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Alden L. Carney was born and raised in Abilene, Kansas. He married Maxine Joyce Hastings in 1938 and they had two children, Cynthia and Alden Jr., prior to entry in to the 11th Airborne. The 11th Airborne was activated at Camp Mackall, NC February 25, 1943. May 1944 the division sailed from San Francisco to New Guinea where they spent an additional five months training in the jungle warfare in preparation for the liberation of the Philippines. In November 1944 the 11th Airborne landed on Leyte Beach in the Philippines. The 511th PIR was sent to clear the mountains lf Leyte, it was raining the day they landed and continued to rain almost every day of the campaign. The fighting was fierce and unrelenting for the next month. After clearing the mountains of Leyte they began the march onto Manila. Dad's first combat jump was January 3, 1945 onto Tagaytay Ridge. Dad's second combat jump was February 22, 1945 on Los Banos prison camp. This became a textbook combat jump, all 2,147 internees were rescued while all 247 Japanese guards were killed and one US wounded. The fight for southern Luzon continued with the battle for Mt. Malepunyo wrapping up the major fighting in April 1945. The 11th Airborne was preparing for the invasion of Japan when Peace was negotiated and the 11th Airborne was ultimately sent to Hokkaido. Alden received the following citations: Army Good Conduct, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Asiatic Pacific Campaign with four bronze stars Arrow Head, Philippine Liberation with two bronze stars, and WWII Victory. Following the war Alden married H. June Webber and they moved to Indio, CA where they raised five children; Richard, Dennis, Carol, Barbara, and Debra. Dad was very reluctant to speak about the war. However, he was very proud of his accomplishment as a Paratrooper.

Leland L. Carr
Army
Leland
L.
Carr
DIVISION: Army,
3118th Signal Service
Mar 3, 1921 - Feb 1, 2002
BIRTHPLACE: Huckabay, TX
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Aug 29, 1942 -
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Dec 2, 1945
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HONORED BY: Nephew, Jerry L. Carr

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Upon his induction into the Army, Leland Carr scored well on a test which qualified him for special Signal Corps training. He spent over a year at Camp Crowder, Missouri where he learned to operate a teletype machine and was trained to send secret coded messages. Eventually promoted to the rand of Sergeant, Leland was sent to the United Kingdom in March, 1944 on the Queen Mary which had been converted from a luxury liner into a troop transport which could carry as many as 16,000 personnel. After arriving in Scotland, he traveled south to London where he was assigned to the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force. For some time Leland worked in the sub-basement of Selfridge's Department store sending top secret messages, and he narrowly avoided death or serious injury when a V-2 missile hit nearby on 6 December 1944, killing several of his friends who were waiting for him upstairs. Sergeant Carr returned to Texas in December of 1945 where he raised a family.

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Guildhall Address, London, June 12, 1945