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John T. Thorpe
Army
John
T.
Thorpe
DIVISION: Army,
4th Inf. Division
May 20, 1917 - Sep 9, 1974
BIRTHPLACE: Grandview, Indiana
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
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HONORED BY: Jon R Thorpe
Wayne E. Thurman
Army Air Corps
Wayne
E.
Thurman
DIVISION: Army Air Corps,
15th Air Force, War Department
Oct 11, 1910 - Jul 25, 2008
BIRTHPLACE: Oconto, NE
HIGHEST RANK: Colonel
THEATER OF OPERATION: European, American
SERVED: Oct 5, 1938 -
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Apr 1, 1968
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HONORED BY: Nieces and Nephews

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Wayne Thurman graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Agricultural Engineering in January 1936. Two years later he entered U.S. Army pilot training in San Antonio, earning his wings and a commission as 2nd Lt. Wayne was privileged to fly 38 types of military aircrafts at several different bases of assignment before flying overseas to Europe in September 1942. The over-the-Atlantic-ocean flight to Prestwick, Scotland was accomplished in a combat ready B - 17 Flying Fortress with 12 crew members, loaded machine guns and all the baggage needed in the European Theater of operations. Wayne successfully completed 50 air combat missions over Europe as a Pilot in a P - 38 and B - 17 during his 18 months in Europe and Africa in World War II. In this time he photographically mapped the air route from West to East in Central Africa; commanded a heavy Bombardment Group of B-17's (2500 officers and enlisted men), including acres of support equipment, gasoline and bombs. He was pilot of the lead Bomber of several 15th Air Force missions over Europe. One of the largest formations of B-17's and B-24's he led on a bombing target (an enemy aircraft factory) was 98 Bombers and 50 Fighter aircrafts. After completing 50 missions and before leaving for the U.S.A., he had been promoted to the rank of Lt. Colonel which was awarded in September 1943. Lt. Col. Thurman was assigned to General Marshal's Chef of Staff Office as assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff, General Thomas T. Handy, where he was promoted to full Colonel. He remained in this position after the war when General Eisenhower was Chief of Staff. Col. Thurman was the Senior Pilot on General and Mrs. Eisenhower's South American Goodwill Tour, August 1-19, 1946. He was also in General Eisenhower's official party when General Eisenhower spoke at the Nebraska State Fair on 30 August, 1946. A command pilot for 22 years, Col. Thurman logged over 6,000 hours of pilot time, 1,000 hours of which he piloted subsonic and supersonic fighter aircrafts. He flew supersonic F-101, F-102, F-104, and the F-106 beyond the speed of sound. (The F-104 flies twice the speed of sound, 1400 miles-per-hour.) Col. Thurman's career decorations are the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 9 Oak Leaf Clusters, Presidential Unit Citation, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 7 Battle Stars, American Theater Medal; World War II Victory Medal; National Defense Medal; The Air Force Longevity Service Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster, and the War Service Medal, presented by the Brazilian Government. The photo shows Col. Thurman with General Eisenhower, as well as a portion of the War Department organizational charts. Wayne Thurman passed away in 2008 in McPherson, Kansas, at the age of 97.

Robert G. Tills
Navy
Robert
G.
Tills
DIVISION: Navy,
Patrol Squadron 21
Mar 9, 1918 - Dec 8, 1941
BIRTHPLACE: Manitowoc, WI
HIGHEST RANK: Ensign
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
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HONORED BY: Sister, Jean Aplin

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Early on the morning of Dec 8, 1941, nine Japanese fighter planes swooped down on Malalag Bay in the Philippines and strafed and sunk two US Navy seaplanes at the very outset of World War II. All of the Americans escaped unharmed except Ensign Robert G. Tills, 23 of Manitowoc WI, who was cut down by machine gun bullets. 'Ensign Robert Tills died in the fusillade of bullets from the Japanese strafers, the first American naval officer killed in the defense of the Philippines,' the Naval Historical Center wrote. Tills' sister Jean was 11 years old at the time. 'Our minister heard over the radio that he was among the missing and called us,' she said recently. 'Then somebody came to the house a couple of weeks later and said he was killed.' But Robert's body was not recovered. Memories were all that Jean and her parents and sister had of their beloved Bob. 'Airplanes and flying, that was his passion,' Jean Aplin, now 78 remembers. 'He wanted to do that from the time he was little. I was just very proud of him and idolized him. He was my hero.' Robert, whom the Navy named a destroyer escort after in 1943, was one of 78,000 Americans still missing from World War II. 'I always thought the Filipinos had probably found him and buried him somewhere over there,' Jean said. She had pretty much given up hope of ever learning what had become of her brother when the Navy notified her this past summer (2008) that his remains had been recovered from aircraft wreckage in Malalag Bay and identified through his dental records. 'Oh, I'm very happy about it,' she said, 'because I'm the only one left, and I've just always wondered, and I'm glad he's finally coming home.' But the story doesn't end there. 'We found the girl he was going to marry, his fiancee, and she is still alive and in good health,' Jean said. Jean, who lives in Colorado Springs, CO, found Vicki Quandt Lee through the Internet, living in Hendersonville, NC. 'She married somebody named Robert E. Lee, and she just couldn't call him Bob, so she always called him Lee,' Jean said. Now 89 and widowed, Vicki hopes to join Jean on March 23, 2009, when Bob Tills is finally laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetary.

Ivanlee I. Timm
Army
Ivanlee
I.
Timm
DIVISION: Army,
Co. I. 318th Inf., 80th Division
Feb 18, 1924 - Dec 1, 2017
BIRTHPLACE: Woodbine, KS
HIGHEST RANK: PFC
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Aug 4, 1944 -
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HONORED BY: Ivanlee Timm family

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IvanLee took Basic Training at Fort Hood, Texas. After completion, he was assigned for overseas duty in Germany. There he joined Company I, 318th Infantry, 80th Division in February of 1945. He was part of this unit when they crossed the Saar River into Germany. Going with them all the way. His rank was PFC.

Lawrence D. Timmons
Navy
Lawrence
D.
Timmons
DIVISION: Navy,
Combined Research Group; Navy Research Lab - Washington, DC
Jun 22, 1922 - Oct 24, 2013
BIRTHPLACE: Trenton, MO
HIGHEST RANK: MMS 2/C
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: Aug 27, 1943 -
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Mar 7, 1946
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HONORED BY: Lawrence Timmons family

BIOGRAPHY

Lawrence Timmons served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. His service was with the combined research group at the Navy Research Lab in Washington, DC. His rank was MMS 2/C. He was discharged on March 7, 1946. He was recalled to Active Navy duty - Korean Conflict - November 10,1950 to February 14, 1952. His duty station was sub-base - Pearl Harbor, T.H.

John E. Tompkins
Army
John
E.
Tompkins
DIVISION: Army,
Company A - 2830th Engineer Combat Battalion
Mar 6, 1920 - Nov 6, 2008
BIRTHPLACE: Coldwater, Michigan
HIGHEST RANK: Private First Class
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: May 1, 1942 -
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Oct 7, 1945
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BATTLE: Operation Torch Operation Husky Operation Dragoon
MILITARY HONORS: Purple Heart Good Conduct Medal African Middle Eastern service Medal with 6 Bronze stars
HONORED BY: George & Diane Tompkins, John & Judy Sherman, Elizabeth & Jerry McLain

BIOGRAPHY

John grew up in Michigan and remembered hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor on the Radio. He was in "shock and disbelief" and wondered what was going to happen. In 1942, at age 21, John signed up for the Army. He did basic training in Camp Crowder. John served in North Africa, France, Sicily and Germany. While in Sicily, John was wounded but returned to his unit. View the attached biography and interview for details.

Frank R. Train
Army Air Corps
Frank
R.
Train
DIVISION: Army Air Corps
BIRTHPLACE: Cheboygan, Michigan
HIGHEST RANK: First Lieutenant
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: 1942 -
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He was born and raised on a farm in Burt Township, Cheboygan County, Michigan. Graduated from HS in 1937. He served as Intelligence Officer in an A-20 squadron, in England and later in France. After the war, he re-enlisted in the US Air Force and was a Flight Engineer on B-29's. Later, he was a Project Engineer for General Dynamics and other companies.

James E. Travis
Army
James
E.
Travis
DIVISION: Army,
U.S.M.P. Air cadet
Feb 3, 1922 -
BIRTHPLACE: Hunter, Oklahoma
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: Sep 5, 1942 -
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Mar 16, 1946
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HONORED BY: James E. Travis

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I am a sixth cousin of General Robert E. Lee. I was made Corporal from Private at a special act of duty at Columbia Air Base in Mississippi. I am also a relative of General Taylor.

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Guildhall Address, London, June 12, 1945