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Richard C. Wyatt
Marine Corps
Richard
C.
Wyatt
DIVISION: Marine Corps,
1st Bn, 7th Mar - 1st Mar Div.
Mar 4, 1924 -
BIRTHPLACE: Sterling, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: May 14, 1943 -
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Jan 23, 1946
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HONORED BY: Ray & Joan Wyatt

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Richard Curtis Wyatt was born in Sterling, KS, March 4, 1924; attended the Sterling Grade School and High School, graduating in 1942. He attended Sterling College prior to service in World War II with the 1st Bn, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division through New Britain and Okinawa, followed by occupation duty in China. Upon returning home, he attended the University of Kansas specializing in accounting. Wyatt was recalled for the Korean War with the U.S. Navy from 1950-1952 on the U.S.S. Okanogan (APA 220) and the U.S.S. Fort Marion (LSD 22). Richard Wyatt and Anna Lou McAllaster were married on April 5, 1947 in Sterling, KS and have two sons, Ray, now of Abilene, KS and Rex, living in Martinez, CA. They have four grandsons, one great-grand son and one great-granddaughter. Richard Wyatt was employed by Peoples Savings and Loan Association, Sterling, KS on January 1, 1953 and was elected President of the Association in May, 1959. He was instrumental in a merger with First Federal Savings & Loan, Dodge City, KS on July 1, 1983, and became Sr. Vice President-Treasurer of Landmark Federal Savings & Loan Association. He served on the Board of Directors of the associations from 1959 until his retirement in 1991. During his tenure with Peoples Savings, Richard served as President of the Midwest Savings Conference in 1962-1963; served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka which supervised the states of Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Colorado from 1968 to 1972, and served as President of the Kansas Savings and Loan League during the year 1975-1976.

Wyatt has remained active in church work. Richard and his wife, Annie, served as Treasurer of the United Presbyterian Church in Sterling for 15 years, and Richard served as a ruling elder of the session. He was chairman of the building committee for the planning and construction of the new Sterling United Presbyterian Church which was dedicated in 1971. Since moving to Dodge City in 1983, he has remained active in church work and is currently Treasurer of the First Unite Methodist Church. Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt have been involved, since 1963, with the Experiment in International Living (now World Learning), an international exchange program, and have hosted over 250 international visitors in their home. Richard has been a Rotarian since 1948 with the Rotary Clubs of Sterling and Dodge City and has enjoyed a perfect attendance for over 53 years since returning from the Korean War. Other activities which Richard has enjoyed were serving as Clerk of the Board of Education of the Sterling schools for 18 years, and working with the athletic departments of both Sterling High School and Sterling College in officiating, scorekeeping, and doing the public address announcing for most home football games from 1952 to 1983. He has also served on the Dodge City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Arlys H. Wycoff
Navy
Arlys
H.
Wycoff
DIVISION: Navy
May 26, 1921 - Jan 11, 2010
BIRTHPLACE: Radium, KS
SERVED: Sep 18, 1942 -
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Jun 13, 1946
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HONORED BY: Daughters, Linda Terry and Susan Willis

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Arlys Harold Wycoff served in the FAW-16, Hed Ron, Recife, Brazil; Air Ferry Service, squadron 1, NAS, New York, New York; and Air Ferry Service, squad 1, Fort Worth, Texas. He received the American Area Medal, WWII Victory Medal and a Good Conduct Medal.

Gustave F. Yeager
Army
Gustave
F.
Yeager
DIVISION: Army
Aug 19, 1921 - Sep 18, 1944
BIRTHPLACE: Pittsburgh, PA
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Nov 29, 1942 -
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HONORED BY: Parents, Gustave & Mathilda Yeager, Siblings, Elizabeth, Charlotte, Ruth, Edward, Shirlley, Norma

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My brother Gustave Frank Yeager enjoyed going over the state line into West Virginia to attend dances with his friends. He was a red haired gentleman who cared very much for family and carried a clipping of his baby sister's hair with him at all times. He served 22 months for his country, 18 of them overseas. He served in England, Africa, Sicily, France, Belgium and Germany. He died at Strassburg, Germany, September 18, 1944. Upon his death he was buried in Flose, Belgium until he returned home on April 10, 1949.

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Frank M. York
Army
Frank
M.
York
DIVISION: Army,
112th Regimental combat Team
HIGHEST RANK: Sgt.
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Mar 24, 2022 -
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Mar 24, 2022
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation

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Frank was an eyewitness to the surrendering of Japan on the Missouri.

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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
Louis Zamperini
Army Air Corps
Louis
Zamperini
DIVISION: Army Air Corps,
372nd Bomb Squadron
Jan 26, 1917 - Jul 2, 2014
BIRTHPLACE: Olean, NY
HIGHEST RANK: Captain
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: 1941 -
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Sep 21, 2022
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MILITARY HONORS: Distinguished Flying Cross
HONORED BY: The Eisenhower Foundation

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Louis Zamperini, was the son of first generation Italian immigrants born on January 26, 1917 in Olean New York. When Louis was a toddler the Zamperini family relocated to Torrance, California. Growing up in Torrance, Louis was noted for a lot of things and running was one of them. Zamperini became known as the "Torrance Tornado" - taking after his older brother Pete who was already a track star Louis began to break records for long distance running. His talent awarded him a scholarship to the University of Southern California. At the age of 19 years old he qualified for the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin Germany. He would compete in the 5000 meter race and place 8th overall but his impressive finish garnished the attention of many spectators.

After the Olympics, Zamperini returned to USC where in 1938, he set a national collegiate mile record that stood for 15 years .In September of 1941, Louis Zamperini enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces serving as a bombardier on the B-24 Liberator "Super Man" with the 372nd Bomb Squadron. After flying several missions, on May 27, 1943 his aircraft went down due to mechanical failure. Stranded for 47 days in the Pacific Ocean, Zamperini and the only other surviving crew member ,Pilot Russ Philips, were captured by the Japanese Navy after their raft reached the Marshall Islands.

"For forty-seven days Louis Zamperini drifted idly in the Pacific Ocean. Armed with a few small tins of drinking water, a flare gun, some fishing line, and a couple of Hershey D-Ration candy bars, Zamperini and two other soldiers struggled to stay alive. Their struggle was exacerbated by vicious sharks, blistering heat, treacherous swells, and Japanese fighter pilots. For most people, this experience would undoubtedly be the most challenging of their lives. For Zamperini, it was not even the most difficult of the war." - US National Archives December 24, 2014

The then-75 pounds Zamperini was held for six weeks on Kwajalein Atoll and transferred to multiple interrogation centers and Prisoner of War camps. For two long years he suffered psychological and physical abuse at the hands of cruel prison guards and the sadistic Sgt. Mutsuhiro “The Bird” Watanabe. He was declared dead to his parents in a June 1943 telegram. Meanwhile, the former track star, Watanabe’s “number one prisoner,” was spared from execution but served as a propaganda tool. When he refused to comply after being forced to make radio broadcasts at the Ofuna interrogation center, he was immediately sent back to Watanabe on the mainland and subjected to more abuse." Liberation finally took place in September 1945. After years of malnourishment and torture, Zamperini could not be a runner anymore. After finding solace in Christianity at a Billy Graham sermon, however, he returned to Japan as a missionary in 1950 and forgave his former captors imprisoned at Sugamo. Watanabe, one of the top 40 war criminals in Japan sought by America, refused to meet him. Zamperini later travelled across the US as an inspirational speaker and established the Victory Boys Camp, a wilderness camp for troubled youths. Fifty years after breaking the National High School mile record, Zamperini made a triumphant return to the Los Angeles Coliseum to carry the Olympic torch in 1984. In 1988, he ran a leg of the Olympic torch relay at the Nagano winter games." Zamperini recounts his story in two autobiographies, both titled Devil at My Heels, published in 1956 and 2003. His story was also documented in Laura Hillenbrand’s biography Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption and the 2014 film Unbroken directed by Angelina Jolie. The University of Southern California dedicated the Louis Zamperini Plaza in honor of the “Torrance Tornado. Courtesy of Vantage Point, Veteran's Administration & WW II Uncovered

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
0
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.

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Guildhall Address, London, June 12, 1945