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John P. Bailey
Army
John
P.
Bailey
DIVISION: Army
BIRTHPLACE: Jersey City, NJ
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: May 1, 1943 -
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HONORED BY: Wife, Peggy Bailey, children and grandchildren

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Jack was drafted into World War II with his St. Peter's Prep graduating classmates of 1943. A Golden Gloves champion boxer, he proved to be a superb driver and sharpshooter. He was assigned to the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces (SHAEF), serving his country as driver and bodyguard to General Dwight D. Eisenhower. He lived and traveled with General Eisenhower on Hitler's former train, guarding Prime Minister Churchill whenever he visited. He protected Generals Eisenhower and Bradley, as well as British General Montgomery, when, two days after the invasion into Normandy, the Generals headed to France together on one small ship. He guarded Generals Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley when they viewed the first concentration camp liberated by American forces, outside Gotha, Germany. He drove French General Charles de Gaulle, escorted Mrs. Patton to General Patton's funeral, and guarded President Truman during a conference with Stalin and Attlee in Potsdam. While stationed with General Eisenhower in Coombe Manor just outside London, Jack was wounded in an attack (earning a Purple Heart). Although wounded, he still managed to save three British civilians. For Jack's heroic actions, the Lord Mayor of Kingston-on-Thames honored Jack at a ceremony outside London on September 11, 2001; this was at the same time that the terrorist attacks in the United States were taking place. Jack spent much of his career as a salesman for Rheingold Breweries. During the heady years of the 'Miss Rheingold' contests, Jack and Peggy's loving and stable presence was rewarded with the honor of chaperoning the contestants. Luckily, Jack and Peggy's lessons on avoiding moral turpitudes were better received by their children and grandchildren. Jack spent his retired years writing his memoirs of WWII, accompanying Peggy on her daily adventures, and indulging his love of dogs by spending fun times at the dog park at Fleet Peeples Park on Lakemont. He volunteered with St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Winter Park, enjoyed lunch on Thursdays with his friends from the Stag Club, and was active in the University Club of Winter Park as well as the Irish-American Cultural Society of Central Florida, the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. Jack was married to Margaret A. (Peggy) Bailey for 60 years. They had seven children, Carol Faas (Mike), Chip, Craig (Lynn), Brian, Keith (Pat), Merrell (Ralph Reichard), and Dwight Bailey. He also had seven grandchildren.

Gayle C. Bainter
Army
Gayle
C.
Bainter
DIVISION: Army,
76th Infantry Div.
Mar 30, 1920 -
BIRTHPLACE: Dresden, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Feb 25, 1942 -
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Dec 31, 1945
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation

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I consider it an honor to have served under General Eisenhower, and General George Patton in the European Theatre. I first saw action in the Battle of the Bulge, having landed in the same place the invasion forces did, and walking, it seemed, most of the way to Belgium. When the war in Europe ended my unit was just outside of Leipzig, Germany, but had to move back west because we were in the area designated the Russian Sector. The ship that I came home on landed in New York Harbor on Christmas Day, 1945.

Robert R. Baker
Army
Robert
R.
Baker
DIVISION: Army
May 29, 1927 -
BIRTHPLACE: Everett, PA
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jun 7, 1945 -
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Oct 29, 1946
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation
Lamoine L. Baldock
Army
Lamoine
L.
Baldock
DIVISION: Army
Apr 27, 1919 - Dec 29, 2011
BIRTHPLACE: Delphos, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation

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He lived on the Baldock family farm near Delphos, Kansas all his life except for his years in the army. Lamoine served his country during World War II. He was drafted and left for duty in July of 1941 and was discharged in October 1945 after 35 months overseas with the 3rd Heavy Ordinance Maintenance Company where he was stationed in Africa, Sicily, France, and Germany. Lamoine received a Medal of Merit for his outstanding service during the war. Lamoine was also a lifelong farmer in the Delphos area, and custom harvester for many years. Lamoine's passion and recreation were his guns, trap shooting, and rifle shoots. He was a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association and the Kansas Trapshooting Association. He was very active in the Amateur Trapshooting Association where he became president of the national organization for the 1989-1990 term after many years of working in other offices and committees. On a local level he belonged to the Kansas State Rifle Association, and was a hunter safety instructor for many years.

Ralph A. Baldwin
Army
Ralph
A.
Baldwin
DIVISION: Army,
202nd Automotive Ordinance Depot
Mar 2, 1921 -
BIRTHPLACE: Galesburg, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Apr 22, 1942 -
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Nov 16, 1945
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HONORED BY: Wife, Irene Baldwin; Children, Carol Stephens, Dwight and Kenneth Baldwin

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I left England and went into Normandy across Omaha Beach on Day 6. We crossed France, Belgium, Germany, and Czechoslovakia before coming home. I served in five major battles --- Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe.

Walter 'Wally' F. Balzerick Jr.
Marine Corps
Walter 'Wally'
F.
Balzerick
Jr.
DIVISION: Marine Corps
Aug 6, 1925 -
BIRTHPLACE: Wichita, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Nov 10, 1943 -
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Apr 1, 1946
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HONORED BY: Daughter, Mrs. Brenda Banta

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Wally was recalled to service in Korea and again served with the 1st Marine Division from Nov 1950 through 1953.

Carl E. Barnes
Army
Carl
E.
Barnes
DIVISION: Army,
Company K, 334th Infantry
Sep 13, 1921 -
BIRTHPLACE: Hancock, MD
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Nov 29, 1939 -
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Dec 20, 1946
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HONORED BY: Wife, Matilda Barnes and son, Cloyd Barnes

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Carl E. Barnes was a member of Company K, 334th Infantry. He obtained the rank of Technical Sergeant. He received the following decorations - Purple Heart, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, American Defense Service Medal.

Melvin Barnes
Marine Corps
Melvin
Barnes
DIVISION: Marine Corps
SERVED: Mar 9, 1942 -
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation
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Guildhall Address, London, June 12, 1945