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Robert L. Wakefield
Army
Robert
L.
Wakefield
DIVISION: Army,
9th FA
Mar 3, 1918 -
BIRTHPLACE: Snohomish, WA
HIGHEST RANK: Sergeant
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Nov 16, 1939 -
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Aug 30, 1945
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HONORED BY: Daughter, June Coombe, 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren

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Sergeant Wakefield participated in four major beach landings: Ansio, Algerra-French Morocco, Tunisia-Sicily, and Naples-Foggia. He received three Purple Hearts, Soldier's Medal, and Campaign Medals.

Walter D. Wall Sr.
Army
Walter
D.
Wall
Sr.
DIVISION: Army,
60th Field Artillery Battalion, 9th Infantry Division
May 27, 1922 - Jul 19, 1987
BIRTHPLACE: Zebulon, NC
HIGHEST RANK: TEC 4
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Aug 31, 1940 -
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Jun 18, 1945
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Walter served as a cook for the troops in Algeria-French Morocco, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Tunisia and Sicily.

Harry J. Walsh
Army
Harry
J.
Walsh
DIVISION: Army
Mar 26, 1923 - Nov 19, 2006
BIRTHPLACE: Buffalo, NY
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
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DISCHARGED: Jan 9, 1947
0
HONORED BY: Christinia Dykes
Donald M. Walters
Army
Donald
M.
Walters
DIVISION: Army
Jan 21, 1922 - Jun 25, 2002
BIRTHPLACE: Washington, PA
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: 1943 -
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1946
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June Wandrey
Women's Army Corps (WAC)
June
Wandrey
DIVISION: Women's Army Corps (WAC),
Nurse Corps
BIRTHPLACE: Wautoma, Wisconsin
HIGHEST RANK: First Lt.
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: 1942 -
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1946
1
MILITARY HONORS: Eight battle stars
HONORED BY: The Eisenhower Foundation

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June Wandrey Mann (1920-2005) was a First Lieutenant in the US Army Nurse Corps during WW II. She was the author of "Bedpan Commando" an account of her military service in Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germand. She was awarded eight battle stars. Courtesy of American Military History

"An eighteen year old boy is carried into the shock ward and he looks up at me trustingly asking, "How am I doing, nurse?" I just kiss his forehead and say, "You are doing just fine soldier." He smiles sweetly and says, "I was just checking." Then he dies. We all cry in private, But not in front of the boys. Never in front of the boys." June Wandrey.

Herbert E. Washburn
Army Air Corps
Herbert
E.
Washburn
DIVISION: Army Air Corps
Jan 8, 1925 -
BIRTHPLACE: Chanute, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Apr 7, 1943 -
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Dec 7, 1945
0
HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation

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Herbert entered service at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas on April 7, 1943. He did basic training at Sheppard Field Texas. He went to radio school at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He went to Polk Air Base to the 442 Troup Carrier group-North Carolina and shipped to England on March 1944. The 442 Group was part of D-Day, Invasion of Southern France, Battle of the Bulge and crossing the Rhine River.

Cary 'Lang' L. Washburn
Navy
Cary 'Lang'
L.
Washburn
DIVISION: Navy,
UP23, VPB 18
Jul 14, 1918 -
BIRTHPLACE: Livermore, MA
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Jul 1, 1941 -
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Jul 7, 1945
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HONORED BY: Wife, Judy Washburn

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While assigned to Patrol Squadron 23, Cary saw action in New Hebrides, the Solomon Islands (Guadalcanal, Tulagi, the slot towards Bougainville) and bombed Nauru. While assigned to Patrol Squadron 18, he saw action in Saipan and Okinawa. After his tender was hit by a Kamikaze in April 1945, he was grounded and sent back to the States. Cary received the Pacific Area Ribbon with 4 stars and two Air medals.

Anthony (Andy) J. Waskie Sr
Army
Anthony (Andy)
J.
Waskie
Sr
DIVISION: Army,
Medical Detachment, HQ 130th Ordnance/Maintenance Battalion, 8th Armored DivisionAustrian Occupation
Apr 20, 1919 - Sep 11, 2006
BIRTHPLACE: Wilkes-Barre, PA
HIGHEST RANK: Captain
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: 1943 -
1
1946
1
BATTLE: Ardennes Rhineland Central Germany
MILITARY HONORS: Presidential Unit Citation Bronze Star Combat Medics Badge
HONORED BY: The 8th Armored Division AssociationVeterans of the Battle of the Bulge (VBOB; Battle of the Bulge Association (BoBA)Waskie Family

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Anthony (Andy) Waskie, Sr was an orphan who had to leave school in the 10th grade to support his family of mother, and 2 siblings. He served in the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) and was drafted into service in the US Army in 1943. He was sent for medical training and after OCS, was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and assigned to the 8th Armored Division, a training division at Camp Polk, La, His Division was sent overseas in November, 1944 and stationed at Tidworth Barracks in Southern England. On January 1, 1945, the Division landed at Le Havre, France and assigned to the third Army and moved swiftly to the Saar/Mosel front and saw its first action there in the Ardennes Campaign. A transfer to the new 9th Army and deployment in the Southern Netherlands followed. After bloody combat in the Netherlands, the 8th Armored Division entered the fighting in the Rhineland. They crossed the Rhine on March 25, 1945 as the first troops and spearhead of the 9th Army at Wesel. They saw heavy combat in the Ruhr Pocket and raced across Central Germany and reached the Harz Mountain in April, 1945. Elements of the 8th Armored Division were the first US troops to reach the Elbe at Magdeburg. After occupation duty in the Harz, the 8th Armored Division was sent back to the Third Army for occupation duty in the Pilsen, Czechoslovakia until the Division was transferred back home for decommissioning in November, 1945. Individual members of the Division were separated and scattered to other units of the 3rd Army in Occupation duties. Captain Andy Waskie was assigned to command of 'DP' Camps in Austria in Occupation, until relieved and sent home for discharge in March, 1946.

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