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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 -
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Jul 4, 1946
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HONORED BY: Wife, Mildred Asa West

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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 -
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Dec 28, 1945
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HONORED BY: Widow, Nancy L. Wetzel

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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 -
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May 17, 1946
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation

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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.

Travis A. White
Army Air Corps
Travis
A.
White
DIVISION: Army Air Corps
Feb 17, 1945 - Feb 18, 1989
BIRTHPLACE: Doniphan
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation
Warren A. White
Navy
Warren
A.
White
DIVISION: Navy,
USS LCI (FF) 998
Apr 11, 1926 -
BIRTHPLACE: Rural Graham County, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Mar 1, 1944 -
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Apr 1, 1946
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HONORED BY: Wife, Jean M. White

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The only way I could be assured of going to the Navy instead of the Army was to join before I turned 18. So in late March 1944, I went to Kansas City, MO, to join on a delayed program which allowed me to finish high school. Five days after graduation I was called to active duty. On 5 Oct 1944, I reported aboard the USS Landing Craft Infantry 998, in San Diego harbor. Right after going aboard, the ship's captain told me to get more clothes. As I was flat broke, I had to wire home for money to get enough clothes to go to sea. The ship went to sea on 10 Oct taking 10 days to get to Pearl Harbor. That was my first experience on BIG water. On 1 Jan 1945 I was sent ashore to a radar school while radar equipment was being installed on my ship. Three days after returning to my ship, it left for the Marshall Islands. Our ship, now a staff ship for the Coast Guard Commander, was his command post and we were outfitted with the latest radio equipment for his convenience. As the ship left Pearl Harbor, carrying the 3rd Marine Division, the sea was rough and did I ever get sea sick. I had never been that sick before and it lasted about 24 hours. The invasion of Iwo Jima Island started on 19 Feb 1945. About 6 hours out, we could see the flashes from the big guns on the battle ships and heavy cruisers pounding the beaches of the island. About 2 hours out we could feel the concussion from the big guns. The 4th day, the Marines left our ship in the 3rd wave. Our commander wasn't very good about staying on station as he wanted to see and be seen. As a result, when the 1st US flag was raised on Mount Suribachi, our ship was just below the mount (about 200 yards away) and we could see the whole action very plainly. The surface of the harbor was covered with debris and litter of one sort or another. The first night our ship stayed in the invasion area all night, Japanese swimmers were reported in the water. Trying to blow up the ships with explosives attached to the hulls, they would get under some debris to stay out of sight while swimming. I was put on watch that night with a submachine gun on the bow and it was pretty frightening. I shot at everything I saw. The ship was at Iwo Jima 7 days and then left for Saipan and Leyte Harbor, Philippine Islands. We took on supplies and equipment and the 2nd wave troops for the new invasion. We left Leyte Harbor on 25 Mar 1945 and 6 days later we were participating in the invasion of Okinawa on 1 Apr 1945 (my 19th birthday). The Japanese 'Kamikaze' planes were very active here; one hit the ship next to us and some of our people were hit by shrapnel. We landed our troops and equipment on the second day. After the 8th day, we took our flotilla and left for the Caroline Islands, arriving on 17 Apr. On 1 May 1945 my rating for 3rd Class Radarman came through (it made little difference except for a little more pay). We left the islands on 7 Jun for Saipan again, arriving on 10 Jun 1945. I was allowed to go ashore and stay overnight with Don Billips, a close school buddy. I really enjoyed seeing someone from home. I got to see him twice more before we left for Leyte Harbor. There, we went on invasion maneuvers again, this time carrying the initial troops for the invasion of Japan proper. As the initial staging area, the harbor was completely full of ships and troops preparing for the invasion (over 2000 ships were at Leyte alone). On 10 Aug 1945 Japan announced their surrender. When the announcement was made that evening, the whole harbor went wild and the ships began shooting off their flares and pyrotechnics and spraying water from fire hoses into the air all night. When dawn came not one ship in the harbor had any flares or pyrotechnics left aboard. Japan signed the official surrender papers on 2 Sep 1945 aboard the Battle Ship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. Our ship, with our flotilla, left Leyte Harbor for Sasebo Harbor, Japan (a large Japanese Navy Base heavily damaged

Lawrence A. White
Army
Lawrence
A.
White
DIVISION: Army,
Battery E., 2nd Battalion, 501st C.A. (A.A.)
Jan 15, 1910 -
BIRTHPLACE: Oneida, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: May 23, 1942 -
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Dec 15, 1945
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HONORED BY: Wife, Elaine E. White; Children: Donna Catron, Dennis White, Dreda Smith, Danny White
Robert C. Whitebread
Marine Corps
Robert
C.
Whitebread
DIVISION: Marine Corps,
VMFA/232; MAG-12; HMR-264
Apr 1, 1925 -
BIRTHPLACE: Abilene, KS
HIGHEST RANK: Lieutenant Colonel
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Mar 13, 1943 -
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Oct 1, 1966
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HONORED BY: Wife, Lorette Toro

BIOGRAPHY

Bob Whitebread was born and raised, along with his younger brother Jack, in Abilene, Kansas. Before he even graduated from high school in 1943 he enlisted in the Navy. In October of 1943 Bob went to Navy College Training at N.W. Missouri State College and to pre-flight and flight training in 1944 and 1945, respectively. His flight training was in Norman, OK, Pensacola, FL and Corpus Christi, TX. He received his wings and was commissioned in Pensacola in September 1945 as Second Lieutenant of the Marine Corps. He got his first squadron in Cherry Point, NC. During the Korean War, Bob served on the USS Badoign Straights carrier, flying Corsairs (F4U). Upon returning from Korea, Bob was stationed at various bases on the East and West coast. He met and married Lorette Toro and was father to two girls. Bob also served in Japan and Hawaii. He became a flight instructor and also went to helicopter training. He flew rescue missions and was based on different aircraft carriers. After serving for 23 years Bob retired as Lt.Col. at Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, DC in 1966. American Airlines in Ft. Worth, TX became Bob's new focus. He was a flight instructor for American Airlines and then was manager of Flight Administration before his retirement in 1988, after 22 years. He now resides in Arlington, TX and enjoys traveling.

James R. Whiteman
Army
James
R.
Whiteman
DIVISION: Army,
Infantry
Jul 31, 1925 -
BIRTHPLACE: Atlanta, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Sep 6, 1944 -
0
Feb 5, 1946
0
HONORED BY: Wife, Verla Whiteman Children James Ronald Whiteman, Linda Bartel, Darlene Flegler

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He fought and was wounded in the Okinawa campaign. He was wounded the last day of fighting on that island in 1945.

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Guildhall Address, London, June 12, 1945