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Leland A. York
Navy
Leland
A.
York
DIVISION: Navy,
CVB 41
Aug 26, 1926 -
BIRTHPLACE: Harrison County, MO
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: Jul 1, 1944 -
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Apr 1, 1946
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation
Lloyd W. Zenor
Army
Lloyd
W.
Zenor
DIVISION: Army,
112th Cavalry RCT
Jan 2, 1926 -
BIRTHPLACE: Boone County, IA
HIGHEST RANK: Staff Sergeant
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Sep 1, 1944 -
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Oct 1, 1946
0
HONORED BY: Children of SSgt Zenor
Paul E. Zernickow
Army
Paul
E.
Zernickow
DIVISION: Army,
Battery B, 335th Artillery, 87th Division (Golden Acorn)
May 2, 1923 - Aug 24, 1994
BIRTHPLACE: Chapman, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Feb 9, 1943 -
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Feb 2, 1946
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HONORED BY: Wife Harriet Scott Zernickow

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Paul was inducted on February 9, 1943 at Fort Leavenworth Kansas. He was sent to Camp McCain, Mississippi and became a member of Battery B-335th Field Artillery Battalion of the 87th Infantry Division, (The Golden Acorn Division). Since he had been a truck driver he was assigned to be a tractor driver that pulled a 155 howitzer. Following completion of basic training at Camp McCain they were sent to Tennessee for maneuvers. In January 1944, after the completion of the maneuvers, the division went to Fort Jackson, South Carolina for further training. In October 1944, the division shipped out and arrived in Camp Kilmer, New Jersey on October 12 to prepare for shipment to Europe. They arrived in Liverpool, England and then went by L.S.D. to France. They arrived at Metz, France on December 6, 1944. They went into battle in the final days of the Battle of the Bulge and continued to push the Germans back. They moved into Belgium the 29th of December 1945. The Germans were withdrawing and the division advanced to Luxemburg. The division entered Germany in March having crossed the Rhine River. When V.E. day was declared the division was sent back to the states for a 30 day furlough, arriving in New York on July 17, 1945. They were then to take 6 weeks training at Fort Benning, Georgia and then be sent to the Pacific. V.J. day came while they were on furlough. Paul reported to Fort Benning, the division was deactivated and Paul was sent to Fort Dix, New Jersey until he had enough points for discharge. He was discharged February 2, 1946 and returned to Abilene. He went to work for Robson oil station at 1st and Cedar. In 1953, Robson bought a gasoline transport. Since Paul had driven transport for Clyde Haynes before he went to the service, he quit the station. He drove gas transport for Robson for nearly 40 years. He and Harriet were Star Mail Route contractors for 25 years. Paul married Harriet Ellen Stott in August 1944. They had 2 sons, 6 grandsons and 5 great-grandchildren.

Leo V. Ziegler
Navy
Leo
V.
Ziegler
DIVISION: Navy
Feb 11, 1924 -
BIRTHPLACE: Hays, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Aug 11, 1944 -
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Jun 26, 1946
0
HONORED BY: Wife, Rubina (Braun) Ziegler; Children: 1 son, 1 daughter, and 3 stepsons

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I served on the USS Mellena. It was an attack cargo ship. We were in the Hawaiian Islands, Philippine Islands, and we crossed the Equator. We were also in China, Japan, and many more.

Dale Zingg
Army
Dale
Zingg
DIVISION: Army,
460th Engineer Depot Company
May 16, 1921 -
BIRTHPLACE: Leland, IA
HIGHEST RANK: Technician 5th Grade
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jun 13, 1942 -
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Dec 22, 1945
0
HONORED BY: Terry L. Sorenson

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After this enlistment at Fort Des Moines, Tec 5 Zingg was transferred to Fort Sill, Oklahoma for Artillery Basic Training. After this training, he was transferred to Camp Carson, Colorado where the 460th Engineer Depot Company was formed and was training. Tec 5 Zingg was a driver of a 2 1/2 ton truck. His company landed at Oran, Algeria on March 21, 1943. They operated the Oran engineer depot until August 1944. Then his company was part of the invasion force of Southern France (Operation Dragoon), landing on August 25, 1944. The engineer depot opened force supply points for the Seventh U.S. Army during the push north through the Rhone Valley. Then the company established its base camp in the Browning Firearms Factory in Brussels, Belgium.

Tommy Zouzas
Tommy J. Zouzas Mr.
Army
Tommy
J.
Zouzas
Mr.
DIVISION: Army,
82nd Airborne
Sep 19, 1920 - Mar 3, 2015
BIRTHPLACE: Atchison, Kansas
HIGHEST RANK: Private but he was a Sargent but got busted back after several days of unauthorized leave!
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: 1942 -
1
1945
1
BATTLE: Places he served: Casablanca, Morocco Constantine, Algeria Bizerte, Tunisia Naples, Italy Battles he was in: Cassino, Italy Beaches of Anzio Italy Grave, Belgium Battle of the Bulge in Belgium Cologne, Germany to the Elb river where they met the Russians Berlin as occupation troops until the end of the war.
MILITARY HONORS: Purple Ribbon and others. We don't know what the medals stand for.
HONORED BY: His children: Mark Zouzas, Morea Zouzas Charvat, Neal Zouzas, Diana Zouzas

BIOGRAPHY

The following two paragraphs are from Tommy Zouzas's memoirs in 'Tales from a Devil in Baggy Pants'.

"After my jump in Holland, I broke my lower leg. I was sent to England and was a casualty, lying on a stretcher, when a friend gave me two new 6 x 4 foot German flag with a large swastika in the center. As a doctor was looking me over, he saw the flags, and in an excited voice he said, "What would you take for one of those flags?" I instantly answered with "A bottle of Scotch!" Here we were, a hundred miles behind the lines and within a few minutes he retuned with the scotch!"

"On time in Germany, I had some prisoners to move to another location. It so happened that I marched them past a small town that most of them had lived in before. As we went by the town, word got out to their families and friends that we were coming. So the whole village surrounded us -- hugging, crying and making a hell of a scene. I didn't know what to do. My first thought was to start shooting into them or above to scare them off. I was confused so I did nothing which turned out to be the best solution. As far as I could determine after the melee was over I hadn't lost any prisoners that could have melted into the crowd."

"In all of us, there is some of us" (I woke up saying the above. I don't know why or how this occurred,)

Dad was in school at K -State where he was on the football team when the war broke out. He quit school and joined the army. He liked adventure so he decided to become a paratrooper. He loved his choice he made and had lots of adventures! He was very lucky and was able to come home at the end of the war. He went back to his Hometown of Ellsworth where he met Christine Foster. They were married in 1947 and were married for 66 years. They died within 7 weeks of each other. Dad worked in several businesses over the years in Ellsworth. Dad was always a great provider and a wonderful dad to his 4 children. We were lucky to have him as our dad! Our dad was always very proud of his service and the contribution that he and his fellow soldiers made for freedom! He was able to go to Normany, France for the 50th reunion of the invasion of Normandy where he jumped again! A few years ago a young paratrooper took our dad's ashes to Normandy and spread them on the beach!

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Guildhall Address, London, June 12, 1945