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Paul Arensman
Navy
Paul
Arensman
DIVISION: Navy
Aug 10, 1925 - May 1, 1989
BIRTHPLACE: Ellsworth, KS
HIGHEST RANK: Seaman 1st class
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: Dec 18, 1944 -
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Jul 29, 1946
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MILITARY HONORS: Alnav 161-46 Victory Medal American Campaign edal
HONORED BY: Paula, Arensman, Debbie Sanders, Pam Arensman, Cragi Arensman (Children of Paul

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Paul was born and grew up on the farm in the Great State of Kansas . He came of age in the Great Depression witnessing the giant dust bowls and swams of grasshoppers. After enlisting in the Navy, Paul applied to the pilots school, bur that was already full so he became a tall gunner. His thinking was that he could get some of them before they would get him. Fortunately the war ended as his training was finishing up because most would have been sent to the Pacific Theater for the invasion of Japan.

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Raymond E. Armstrong
Navy
Raymond
E.
Armstrong
DIVISION: Navy
Feb 21, 1926 -
BIRTHPLACE: Larned, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: May 19, 1944 -
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May 10, 1946
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HONORED BY: Children William Ray Armstrong and Elizabeth L. Price

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My ship the USS Hinsdale was hit by a Japanese Suicide plane on Sunday April 1, 1945. I drove Landing Crafts to shore at Iwo Jima. I saw the Flag on the hill raised. The Hinsdale received two Battle Stars for World War II. I was a Coxswain-This is the person who pilots the boats that carry the men to shore. My boat (Duck) would carry 36 men or 12 men and a jeep. The hardest thing was backing out to go to shore. Because if you didn't back out perfectly straight the waves (sometimes huge) would hit the side of the boat and turn it sideways-once the boat was sideways, you were stuck. Another function of the boat I piloted was for a Refueling station. The Ducks could drive out to 500-1000 yards from shore and refuel when needed. My ship the USS Hinsdale APA 120 was named after Hinsdale County Colorado. Life on the ship wasn't too bad. We had a place to eat, sleep and a Canteen in which we could get cigarettes, candy or just about anything we needed. To send mail and receive, was only when we were docked every couple of weeks. Communication was limited. I was in the Pacific Ocean two years 1944-1946. I went through the Panama Canal 3 times. I was 3 months in New York while my ship was being repaired.

Jack R. Armstrong
Army
Jack
R.
Armstrong
DIVISION: Army,
593rd Amb. Co. MTRN
Dec 21, 1924 -
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jun 16, 1943 -
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Jan 2, 1945
0
HONORED BY: George J. Green

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Jack was born on 21 December 1924 in Columbia, MO but grew up in East St Louis, IL. In his first half year as a senior in East St Louis High School, he and his best friend bob Williams went to Chicago to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. Bob was accepted, but Jack was rejected because he was Color blind. On June 16th, 1943, Jack was inducted in the Army of the United States and to active service on 30 June 1943. Due to his color blindness he was, after 3 months of basic training at Camp Grant, IL, sent to driver's school and then assigned to the 593rd Ambulance Company. On 12 February 1944, he departed the United States and arrived in England on 23 February 1944. He participated in the Normandy Landings as an Ambulance Driver. He named his Ambulance 'Yvonne' for his wife. His duties involved driving the wounded from the clearing station to the evacuation hospital. He was also responsible for maintaining his vehicle. He served in the battles of Northern France, the Battle of the Bulge, Rhineland and Central Europe. Drove over all kinds of terrain in all kinds of weather. He spent almost two years overseas and returned to the United States on 28 December 1945. He earned American Theater, 3 overseas bars, European African Middle Eastern with 4 Bronze Battle Stars, Good Conduct and World War II Medals. He was honorable discharged at Camp Grant on 2 January, 1945.

Gene V. Arnold
Army
Gene
V.
Arnold
DIVISION: Army
Sep 14, 1922 -
BIRTHPLACE: Elmo, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: Jan 1, 1943 -
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May 16, 1955
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HONORED BY: Daughter, Jeanne Batha

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Gene was born in Elmo, Kansas to Benjamin and Alla (Rutz) Arnold. After graduation from Abilene High School, Gene attended college in Wichita. While in school he began working for Southwestern Bell Telephone as a part time coin collector. In October, 1942 he married Willetta F. Irby of Wichita. As he was completing his enlistment papers, Gene was drafted into the Army in January 1943 and completed basic training at Camp Polk, Louisiana. Because he had completed nearly 2 years of college, Gene rose through the ranks very quickly. After basic he was sent to Miami, where he decided to transfer to the Army Air Corps. He began pilot training in Bozeman, Montana. On November 20, 1944, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant while stationed in Santa Maria, California. Because of his skill as a pilot, his commanding officers kept recommending him for further training on newer and bigger planes so he was never deployed overseas. His last assignment was as a pilot on a B-29. After leaving the service he returned to work for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, retiring in 1979 as an Assistant Vice President of the Rates Department. He is the father of 2 daughters (Jeanne Batha and Linda Ingram), grandfather of 3 and great grandfather of 7. He currently resides in Abilene.

Harold F. Arnold
Army
Harold
F.
Arnold
DIVISION: Army,
A.G. Div.
Jul 4, 1921 -
BIRTHPLACE: Newark, NJ
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Aug 20, 1942 -
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Mar 25, 1946
0
HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation

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I played on the SHAEF Football team, SHAEF invaders in France and Germany. I also made the All Star Team in Europe.

Edward Arzinger
Navy
Edward
Arzinger
DIVISION: Navy,
USS Clarence K. Bronson (DD-668) and USS Wickes (DD-578)
Jul 16, 1925 -
BIRTHPLACE: Philadelphia, PA
HIGHEST RANK: Petty Officer 3rd Class
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Sep 1, 1942 -
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MILITARY HONORS: Navy Unit Citation
HONORED BY: Witness To War, Ike's Soldiers and the Eisenhower Foundation

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Arzinger served on the destroyer USS Bronson when it was newly commissioned, making him a plank owner on that ship. Upon arrival at Pearl Harbor, Arzinger was transferred to the Fletcher-class destroyer USS Wickes as a Torpedo Striker. On the Wickes, he participated in the battles of Corregidor and Okinawa. Following Okinawa, they returned to San Francisco where they celebrated the end of the war. He was then assigned to shore patrol in New York City for eight months. He was discharged in 1946. He considered rejoining the Navy but they wanted him to start over at the rank of Seaman. At the urging of a friend, Arzinger joined the Army Air Corps as a 'buck sergeant,' a rank equivalent to his Navy 3rd class rank. This was during the time of the Berlin air lift when the Americans were dropping food and supplies. Reluctant to be transferred to Germany and possible war with Russia, he was transferred to Smoky Hill Air Base in Salina, Kansas. He met his future wife on a blind date in Wichita, Kansas. His next assignment was a photo lab technician at Hickam Field in Hawaii until his discharge when he returned to Kansas to be married. Next came a move to New Jersey where Arzinger enrolled in an Aircraft and Engine certification course. He joined the Naval Reserves and got called up as a torpedo man during the Korean War. Thankfully, that war ended before he got to Korea. He and his wife then returned to Wichita, Kansas, where they have lived ever since.

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Raymond R. Ascher
Army
Raymond
R.
Ascher
DIVISION: Army
Dec 26, 1917 -
BIRTHPLACE: Junction City, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Mar 3, 1942 -
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Nov 3, 1945
0
HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation

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Raymond Roland Ascher was born 12/26/2017 to Louis and Emilie Ericksen Ascher on a farm in eastern Geary County seven miles east of Junction City, Kansas, where he grew up and also attended school. After farming several years, he was called into the service and served in the Army. During this time he spent nearly a year in Europe, of which most of this time was spent in Germany and France on the front lines. On July 28, 1945, he married Ruth Etta Pettyjohn.

Lawrence R. Ashton
Navy
Lawrence
R.
Ashton
DIVISION: Navy,
USS Fuller
Sep 26, 1920 - Feb 28, 1998
BIRTHPLACE: Fairview, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Dec 5, 1944 -
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Apr 1, 1946
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HONORED BY: Wife, Grace Ashton Children Shirley, Susan, Wanda, Randy

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Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal

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