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John M. Watne
Army Air Corps
John
M.
Watne
DIVISION: Army Air Corps,
100th Bomb Group
May 11, 1923 - Apr 10, 2002
BIRTHPLACE: Great Falls, MT
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Nov 9, 1942 -
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Apr 27, 1946
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HONORED BY: Great-grandchildren: Robby and Carys Carver

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John was a pilot who flew the B-17, DC3 and C-47 in England, Germany, and other areas in Europe. He was born to Ole and Cecelia A. (Larson) Watne on 11 May 1923. He had 3 brothers who also served in WWII (2 in the Navy and 1 in the Army Air Corps). We received three Air Medals, EAME (Europe, African, Middle Eastern Theater) Medal and Ribbon, three Battle Stars, and the Good Conduct Medal. After his discharge, he was manager of the Plumbing and Heating Department at Sears and a master plumber for 39 years. He was a member of the Great Falls Lutheran church and served as their treasurer, the 100th Bomb Group, VFW, the Daedalions, and the Cascade County Sheriff's Posse. In addition, his name is listed on the Veterans Memorial, Great Falls, MT. He married the former Mary Scaglione in Tampa, FL on 20 November 1944. They had 5 children: Carolyn, Linda (stillborn), Ronald, Richard, and Christine.

Delmar E. Watt
Navy
Delmar
E.
Watt
DIVISION: Navy
Nov 14, 1924 -
BIRTHPLACE: Talmage, KS
HIGHEST RANK: Machinist Mate 2nd Class
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Aug 17, 1943 -
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Apr 4, 1946
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HONORED BY: Daughters - Toni Jean and Jacquelyn Lee

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Delmar Eugene Watt served in the Navy in the Pacific Theater. He was in the Navy from August 17, 1943 to April 4, 1946. His rank was Machinist Mate, Second Class.

David L. Weatherford
Army
David
L.
Weatherford
DIVISION: Army,
Motor Pool
Jan 26, 1918 -
BIRTHPLACE: Canaan, IN
HIGHEST RANK: Sergeant
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Oct 12, 1943 -
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Apr 21, 1946
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HONORED BY: His Daughter, Nancy (Weatherford) Farley

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David was one of twelve children born to Ruby and Ira Weatherford. He is married to Garnet Weatherford since 27 June 1941. They have two children, Nancy and John and two grandchildren, Brooke and Daniel. David was drafted into the army in October 1943. He served with the 657th Field Artillery; TSFET Motor Pool. He went through basic training and duty at Fort Tilden, NY with the Coast Artillery. In Jan 1944, he was stationed at Camp Rucker, AL in the Field Artillery, B Battery. In Nov 1944, he was sent to Fort Sill, OK and in Jan 1945, to Camp Chaffee, AR. He then went to Camp Kilmer, NJ before heading to Europe on Feb 4th or 5th, 1945. David stayed in Cheltenham, England for a week and then on to Dieppe, France to get 8' guns and other equipment. He set up guns near Pontivy, France to point at Lorient. He dug a fox hole and manned his armor piercing, water cooled, .50 caliber. Belt fed, machine gun from that fox hole. On May 8, 1945, as one of the trucks returning from taking showers passed David's fox hole, the GIs yelled, 'The war is over!' It took a few days to pack their equipment and then his outfit headed to Cologne, Germany. In Cologne, David was given a carbine rifle to take the place of his M-1 rifle. He was then sent to Straubing Germany. While there, he received a letter from his brother, Harvey Roger Weatherford, who was in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia in the 8th Armored Division. Harvey was able to spend 3 days with him in Straubing. They were both excused from all duties for those 3 days by their commanding officers. They both slept in David's pup tent and ate with David's outfit because they weren't allowed to eat in German restaurants. They bathed and washed their clothes in the Blue Danube River. Next, David was sent to Regensburg and there got orders to prepare to go to Japan. Two days later, those orders were put on hold because an atomic bomb was dropped on Japan by the U.S. and soon all of WWII was over. His outfit became an occupational outfit and was moved to Frankfurt, Germany. David was lucky enough to get to work out of the Frankfurt motor pool. The captain was Captain Harrington. David took orders from Colonel Ramsey and 14 other officers under Colonel Ramsey. One of his duties was to go to Paris with thirteen other volunteers to pick up 14 additional cars to bring back to Frankfurt. David was then assigned to Colonel Withers at T.S.F.E.T., the second highest headquarters in Europe. Because he was not officially assigned to the motor pool, his outfit in Wiesbaden thought he had been AWOL for 3 months. David drove Colonel Withers to General Eisenhower's headquarters. There, Eisenhower wrote a note for David to give to the officer in Wiesbaden. It said, 'Give Sergeant Weatherford his records and all his papers at once. He has not been AWOL. He has been driving for the motor pool and our office personnel for the past three months.' Signed Dwight D. Eisenhower. In the middle of March 1946, David found out he had enough points and years of service to be discharged. He rode on a cattle truck to Le Havre, France from Slinging, Germany. He landed by boat at Camp Kilmer, NJ, where he had started his overseas experience in 1945. David was honorably discharged on Easter morning, 1946 at Camp Atterbury, IN. David and his wife, Garnet, went on a four week vacation to California and back to celebrate his safe return after serving his country. He received a Good Conduct Medal and a third stripe before he was discharged.

William 'Bill' F. Weber
Army
William 'Bill'
F.
Weber
DIVISION: Army,
235th Hospital Ship Complement
Dec 22, 1925 -
BIRTHPLACE: Abilene, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Mar 10, 1944 -
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May 9, 1946
0
HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation

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I entered Army service in March 1944 after having turned 18 years old the previous December. After Medical Basic Training at Camp Barkeley in Abilene, Texas, I attended school at O'Reilly General Hospital in Springfield, Missouri and graduated as surgical technician. I was assigned to the hospital ship unit for training at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey, and then to our ship, the 'Frances Y. Slanger' in New York City. We made many trans-Atlantic voyages to England and France to return home wounded U.S. servicemen, and when the war ended, to return German prisoners of war to Europe from the U.S. where they had been held. Our ship had been destined for the invasion of Japan, but when that war ended suddenly following the atomic bomb droppings, the ship was no longer needed and was decommissioned in December 1945. I was assigned back to the Camp Kilmer, N.J. Hospital and was the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Genitourinary Clinic until I was discharged in May 1946. I settled in California and went to college on the G.I. Bill, ending up with a Doctor of Optometry degree from Los Angeles College of Optometry in 1951. I married the former Jeraldine Foresman and we moved to Fresno, California where I practiced optometry until my retirement in 1992. We were blessed with three children: Kim, Kay and Kent. My wife of 59 years died in 2008 and I still reside in Fresno.

Casper Weinberger
Army
Casper
Weinberger
DIVISION: Army,
41st Infantry Division
Aug 18, 1917 - Mar 28, 2006
BIRTHPLACE: San Franciso, CA
HIGHEST RANK: Captain
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
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MILITARY HONORS: Bronze Star
HONORED BY: The Eisenhower Foundation

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Caspar Weinberger was a prominent Statesman and Businessman. He sever for three decades most notably as Secretary of Defense under Ronald Reagan. Weinberger attended Harvard in 1934 and enlisted in the Army in 1941. His time in the Pacific was spent as a Lt. Sargent in Australia, New Guinea and The Philippines. At the end of the war he served on General McArthur's intelligence staff as a Captain. Courtesy of the legion.org and The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw

John H. Weiss Jr.
Navy
John
H.
Weiss
Jr.
DIVISION: Navy,
USS Stanly DD 478
May 17, 1925 -
BIRTHPLACE: Chicago, IL
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Aug 5, 1943 -
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Mar 4, 1946
0
HONORED BY: Brother-in-law, George J. Green

BIOGRAPHY

John was born on May 17, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois and enlisted in the Navy on Aug 5, 1943. He took his boot training at the US Navy Training Center at Great Lakes, IL. Upon completion of training he was sent to the Asiatic Pacific Theater, sailed to Noumeda, New Caledonia and arrived there on October 23, 1944. He was assigned to the Destroyer DD-478, he reported aboard at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides on Jan 29, 1944 and assigned as a Gunners mate on the bow's 40mm Gun. The USS Stanly was with Destroyer Squadron Twenty Three known in the Navy as the 'Little Beavers' commanded by Commander Arligh Burke at the battle of Bougainville, British Solomon Islands. By Feb 15, 1945, the Stanly participated in the Bismarck Archipelago Operation, Palau, Yapp, Ulithi, Woleai Raid, Marianas Operation and the Philippine Sea Frontier. They participated in the Landings of Mindoro, Lyingayen, Philippines, Iwo Jima and Okinawa Gunto. While participating in the Okinawa battle which resulted in the most vicious Kamikazes attack of the war the Destroyers and Destroyer Escorts acting as pickets received the most casualties of the Pacific War. One day while on picket duty the Stanly was attacked by what was called a 'Buka Bomb.' Basically a torpedo with short stub wings and twin tails manned by a single pilot that was flown to the area and dropped by what was called a Betty Bomber. The pilot would dive and aim his bomb at a ship. This day it came right at the Stanly aimed at the bow and struck directly below the 40MM gun mount that John was firing. It went right through the bow into the ocean with out exploding. It was a dud. The Stanly, with five others in the Destroyer Squadron Twenty-Three, received the Presidential Unit Citation for action during the Solomon Islands Campaign. In addition, John received the Asiatic-Pacific with 3 bronze stars, Silver Star, Philippine Liberation with star, American Theater, WWII Victory, and Good Conduct Medals. He was discharged at where he enlisted on March 4, 1946.

James R. Wells
Army
James
R.
Wells
DIVISION: Army,
533rd Battery 'A'
May 11, 1919 -
BIRTHPLACE: Chelsea, OK
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Sep 7, 1942 -
0
Oct 29, 1948
0
HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation

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I landed by ship in Casablanca, Morocco. I served in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Sardinia, Italy, France, Germany and Austria. I served in the Africa Middle East Campaign and have 6 Battle Stars for the following: Naples - Foggio; Rome - Arno; Battle of the Bulge; Northern France; Central Europe; Rhineland. At the end of WWII, I had to re-enlist on 24 hour call and live within 15 miles of a Military Base. My base was Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio until my discharge on October 29, 1948. The picture is of the training camp, Alamagordo, New Mexico. From left to right: Robert Green (Louisiana), Lester Ellenberger (Nebraska), and James Wells (Missouri).

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 -
0
Aug 12, 1947
0
HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation

BIOGRAPHY

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.

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Guildhall Address, London, June 12, 1945