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Virgil C. Wenger
Army
Virgil
C.
Wenger
DIVISION: Army,
8th Army
Apr 23, 1925 -
BIRTHPLACE: Powhattan, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Mar 1, 1946 -
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Aug 12, 1947
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation

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I Virgil Wenger was deferred to the farm of my Father's during the war. I helped my neighbors and uncles do farming, butchering hogs and beef. At the end of the war I was drafted and sent to Japan during the occupation. I helped build the road from Tokyo down to Yokohoma. This was where I was stationed.

Dale E. Wenger
Army
Dale
E.
Wenger
DIVISION: Army,
129th Infantry
Apr 19, 1926 - Jun 1, 1945
BIRTHPLACE: Powhattan, KS
HIGHEST RANK: PFC
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Aug 8, 1944 -
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HONORED BY: Brother, Virgil Wenger

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Dale Wenger served in the infantry on New Guinea. He was killed on Luzon in one of the hardest fought battles in one of the valleys of Luzon. Honored by brother Virgil Wenger

KILLED IN ACTION
Alvin R. Wenger
Navy
Alvin
R.
Wenger
DIVISION: Navy
Apr 5, 1927 -
BIRTHPLACE: Powhattan, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Mar 5, 1945 -
0
Jul 30, 1946
0
HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation
Louis H. Wenzel
Army
Louis
H.
Wenzel
DIVISION: Army
Oct 5, 1911 - Dec 20, 1983
BIRTHPLACE: Champaign, IL
THEATER OF OPERATION: China Burma India
SERVED: Jan 1, 1942 -
0
Jan 1, 1946
0
HONORED BY: Grandson, Robert G. Wenzel

BIOGRAPHY

My grandfather bought a star sapphire in India during World War II, which he gave to me on my 18th birthday. Stationed in India

Charles F. Wernette
Navy
Charles
F.
Wernette
DIVISION: Navy,
U.S.S. Wright
Nov 15, 1921 -
BIRTHPLACE: Clay Center, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Dec 12, 1939 -
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Dec 29, 1945
0
HONORED BY: Wife, Vera; Children, Mike, Monica, Jon and Jean Wernette

BIOGRAPHY

I enlisted in the US Navy for a six-year hitch. I had two older brothers in the service; John was in the Navy submarine service and Eugene was in the Air Corp. My father was the Commander of the Civil Air Patrol during W.W. II in Clay Center, Kansas, and my mother was also a member of the C.A.P. After my boot camp training at the Great Lakes Training Center, I shipped out on the U.S.S. Antares for Pearl Harbor to catch the ship that I would call home for the next 4 � year, the U.S. S. Wright, a seaplane tender. I was assigned the 2nd division aboard the ship, which was a deck division. My General Quarters station was powder man on the five-inch, 51-foot gun. The main responsibility of our ship was to anchor at one of the islands: Johnson, Wake, Midway, Palmspree and Christmas as well as others. Seaplanes would fly in and anchor by our ship and fly out again in the morning a search planes. After their missions were completed, they would fly back to Pearl Harbor and our ship would follow. Our last trip to Wake Island, we transported several Marines; all were either killed in action or captured and spent the rest of the war as P.O.W.'s in Japan doing forced labor. We left Wake Island November 30, 1941 for our return trip to Pearl Harbor. Arriving in Pearl Harbor on December 6, 1942, we found the submarine nets were already in place at the Harbor entrance, so no ships were allowed to enter or exit. That night, we ended up having to anchor outside the Harbor. The next day, December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked and since our ship was not in the Harbor area, we were not hit. It was a very sad sight to see the devastation and destruction of the great and beautiful ships being damaged and sunk. It was horrible, what was happening to those men and women and a horrific and sickening feeling that I'll never forget. One of the Marines that we had just taken over to Pearl on our last trip was a boy from my home town. We had several good visits aboard the U.S. S. Wright and in Honolulu before I left the island. He ended up being wounded and captured after a 16-day defense of the island. After the war, this young man came home and ended up marrying one of my sisters (who had lost her first husband, an air force pilot earlier in the war.) Eventually, an order came through that stated anyone with 30 months overseas was due to return to the United States. It actually took me two weeks to get to Marc Island, California, as we had to find our own way back home. After my discharge, I came home to Clay Center, Kansas and married Vera LaRue Gibbs in 1949. We had five children and have been blessed with several grand and great grandchildren.

Edward B. West
Navy
Edward
B.
West
DIVISION: Navy,
USS Windham Bay (CVE92)
May 9, 1925 -
BIRTHPLACE: Ozark, AR
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Jan 19, 1943 -
0
Jul 4, 1946
0
HONORED BY: Wife, Mildred Asa West

BIOGRAPHY

In June 1943, I quit High School and enrolled at the College of the Ozarks, Clarksville, Arkansas in order to qualify for enlistment in the Navy V-12 program. After one semester I was called to active duty in the V-12 program at Arkansas A & A College, Monticello, Ark. After 4 semesters of College work I was sent to Pre-Midshipmen School, Asbury Park, NJ: Midshipmen School, Columbia University; NTS Deck, Miami, FL; U.S.S. Windham Bay (CVA.92) for duty in the Pacific. On board I served as Assistant Division Officer, Division Officer, Ship's Gunner, Assistant Gunnery Officer, Top Deck Officer, in port and under way, Gunnery Officer.

Upon discharge at Great Lakes, I returned to Missouri Valley College to finish work on my BS degree, completed in Jan, 1948. After getting married that same month to Mildred Asa of Dexter, MO I began teaching mathematics at MO School of Mines and Metalergy, Rolla. After about 2 years I transferred to Missouri University where I taught and earned my Masters Degree in Mathematics. After graduation we moved to Beaumont, Texas with our first of the three children to teach Higher Mathematics at Lamar College. Two years later we started a 30 year career with IBM.

I retired from IBM in 1953 with 3 children and 7 grandchildren. We spend our time traveling in our RV and volunteering in our community.

William D. Wetzel
Army
William
D.
Wetzel
DIVISION: Army,
201st M.P. Company
Dec 28, 1921 -
BIRTHPLACE: East Liverpool, OH
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Mar 9, 1943 -
0
Dec 28, 1945
0
HONORED BY: Widow, Nancy L. Wetzel

BIOGRAPHY

William served in England, France and Germany in the 201st Military Police Company. This company was the inner security guards for General Eisenhower's Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF).

John F. Wheeler
Navy
John
F.
Wheeler
DIVISION: Navy,
Aviation
Apr 10, 1925 -
BIRTHPLACE: Salina, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: Apr 6, 1943 -
0
May 17, 1946
0
HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation

BIOGRAPHY

Enlisted in Navy V-5 aviation program in 1943 in Kansas City, Missouri. Joined Navy V-2 Unit at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas in 1943. Pre-flight training at Iowa City, Iowa. Soloed, washed out of flight training in C-stage. Sent to Naval Air station in Jacksonville, Florida for gunnery training. Seaman 1/c air crewman on PB4y2 (also known as B-24). Carrier Aircraft Service Unit 26 in Jacksonville, Florida. Honorable discharge in May 1946 point system.

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