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CplMarvin
H. Marvin Bastian
Army Air Corps
H. Marvin
Bastian
DIVISION: Army Air Corps,
592nd AAF
Jul 15, 1920 - May 24, 2008
BIRTHPLACE: Danbury, Nebraska
HIGHEST RANK: Corporal
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: Dec 30, 1942 -
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Jan 18, 1946
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HONORED BY: The Bastian Family

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Our dad, Marvin, grew up in Atwood, Kansas. For his senior year in high school, he attended Kemper Military Academy in Missouri. He then enrolled in the University of Kansas (KU), majoring in business administration and completing two years in the Army ROTC program. In the fall of 1942, following his third year at KU, Marvin decided to move to Wichita and join the Cessna Aircraft Company. He received training in blueprint reading and became a chief dispatcher in the production control department. At the time, Cessna was building the CG-4, a military glider, and Marvin aspired to join the Army’s Glider Corps. Perhaps fate was on his side as he was turned down due to his poor eyesight. The gliders, being made of inexpensive wood and metal, proved to be perilous to those who flew them in the European theatre. Three weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Marvin was inducted into the Army Air Forces at age 22. He served for three years and 18 days. Most of his time was spent training pilots in a “Link Trainer,” a flight simulator made famous during World War II as a key pilot training aid by almost every combatant nation. Created out of the need for a safe way to teach new pilots how to fly by instruments, more than 500,000 U.S. pilots were trained on Link simulators, as were pilots from Australia, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Japan and the USSR. Marvin became certified as a Link Trainer Instructor in both instrument flying and celestial navigation. He was assigned to several stations: Chanute Field in Illinois (130 miles south of Chicago); Geiger Field, in Spokane, Washington; and Peterson Field, near Colorado Springs. Following the Japanese surrender in September 1945, Marvin, perhaps out of a desire to do greater good, joined the Army’s Counter-Intelligence Corps and received special training in Camouflage, Demolition, and Mines at Holabird Signal Depot in Baltimore. We remember him sharing how, in the middle of a class session, a man ran in, fired a 45 automatic pistol several times at the instructor and ran out. The instructor, who had collapsed on the floor, rose to his feet and said, “OK – write down the details of what you just witnessed.” Marvin explained, “We learned some Japanese, how to cover our tracks when doing counter-intelligence work, and other ‘cloak and dagger’ secrets.” When his service ended in 1946, Marvin returned to Wichita and went to work in his father’s mortgage finance business. Over the next 60 years, he transformed the family business into Fidelity Bank, which today is in its fourth generation of Bastian family ownership with his grandson, Aaron, at the helm.

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Leroy F. Bates
Army
Leroy
F.
Bates
DIVISION: Army
SERVED: Oct 14, 1940 -
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation
Carl F. Bauck
Army
Carl
F.
Bauck
DIVISION: Army,
137th Infantry
Jun 24, 1918 - Jul 28, 2006
BIRTHPLACE: Leoti, KS
HIGHEST RANK: Private First Class
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Feb 27, 1941 -
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Sep 28, 1945
0
HONORED BY: Constance J Barnum

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Carl was stationed in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. The island was Adak Island where he was a truck driver After his discharge, he returned to farming near Leoti, KS. He also attended Hutchinson Business School for a couple of years. There he met his future wife, Laura Violet Rome. After the marriage, they returned to Leoti to farm. Three children were born, Constance (Bauck) Barnum, James Bauck and Nancy Bauck.

James C. Bauernfeind
Army
James
C.
Bauernfeind
DIVISION: Army,
80th Division
Jun 17, 1918 - Nov 20, 2000
BIRTHPLACE: New York
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
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HONORED BY: Patricia, James, and Mary Ellen

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Between the beach at Normandy to a small town in Austria, our father and his closest friend Pete Schreiner, fought their way through Europe with the Army's 80th Division. Carrying the BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) and wounded several times, through the fields of France, Belgium, Germany and Austria they marched and fought. The Battle of the Bulge, the freezing winters in Belgium, the concentration camp at Dachau, and finally a drunken drive in a tank through an Austrian town after the war ended, he served his country with honor. His wife and daughter waiting for him at home, worried after receiving several Red Cross messages about his injuries, he along with thousands of others persevered. Never one to discuss his service time, he lived his life in a manner that to this very day we, his children, still remember him with love and devotion.

Loyd L. Baughman
Army Air Corps
Loyd
L.
Baughman
DIVISION: Army Air Corps,
368th Fighter Gr, 396th Fighter Sq.
Jul 12, 1921 -
BIRTHPLACE: Howard, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jul 21, 1942 -
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Nov 1, 1945
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HONORED BY: Son, Kenton L. Baughman

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I served in the Armament Section loading the .50 caliber machine guns on the P-47 airplanes.

Clayton Baum
Army
Clayton
Baum
DIVISION: Army,
268th Field Battalion
BIRTHPLACE: Ohio
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
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MILITARY HONORS: Knight in the order of the Legion of Honor
HONORED BY: The Eisenhower Foundation

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Clayton Baum was born in 1943 and lived in Ohio. In 1943 he was drafted into the Army and few days after D-Day he entered France at Utah Beach, in Normandy.

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Clayton Baum
Army
Clayton
Baum
DIVISION: Army,
268th Field Armillary Battalion
Jun 19, 1923 -
BIRTHPLACE: Becksville, Ohio
HIGHEST RANK: Tech 4th Grade
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: 1943 -
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1946
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MILITARY HONORS: EAME Campaign Medal with 4 star World War II Victory Medal Good Conduct Medal French Knight on the Order of the Legion of Honor
HONORED BY: The Eisenhower Foundation

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Technician 4th Grade Clayton B. Baum, U.S. Army, was born in Cleveland, Ohio in June 1923 into a family with one brother, Kenneth. He later moved to Brecksville, Ohio where he graduated from Brecksville High School in 1941. After a semester at Kent State University Clayton was drafted into the U.S. Army in February 1943 in Cleveland, Ohio. His did basic and Advanced Training in Vancouver, Washington and Camp Sutton, North Carolina respectively. He deployed to England in October 1943 where he was an Arms Instructor. In mid-June 1944 he landed at Utah Beach in Normandy, France and served with the Service Battery of the 268th Field Artillery Battalion which carried 8 inch guns. Outside of Paris during the liberation he was invited by a French family for dinner. His campaigns included Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe. Clayton was discharged from the Army in December 1945 at Indian Town Gap, Pennsylvania. Clayton attended Hiram College part time and briefly worked with his father in the grocery business in Ohio, then moved to California in 1947. There he had stints in the grocery, real estate and advertising business as well as a sales manager before retiring in 1987. He married his wife Eleanor in August 1946 after proposing to her on Valentine Day and their union lasted 74 years until her passing. They had three children. Baum is credited with 8,000 volunteer hours to the La Mesa police department. In 2023 he was presented with the French Knights on the Order of the Legion of Honor, created by Napoleon Bonaparte, for his part in helping to free France in World War II. Baum said at the ceremony " I love America. Its one of the greatest countries. Take care of it, be proud of it, don't run it down." Courtesy of losangeles.consulfrance.org.

Edwin T. Bauman
Army Air Corps
Edwin
T.
Bauman
DIVISION: Army Air Corps,
529 Sqd, 311th Grp, 14th Air Force
Jun 14, 1921 - Feb 10, 2004
BIRTHPLACE: Pickrell, NE
THEATER OF OPERATION: China Burma India
SERVED: Jan 1, 1942 -
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Jan 1, 1946
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HONORED BY: Daughter, Marcia Emal

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Towards the end of the war, Edwin flew with a less experienced ambulance airplane pilot on a mission to retrieve bodies in China. They made a forced landing in a rocky riverbed. Chinese nationals surrounded them: only one - a lady whose husband was a professor - spoke English. Edwin spent two long days walking and one day hiding under bamboo in a sampan to reach his base. Edwin said, 'Everyone has an angel and the English-speaking lady was mine.'

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Guildhall Address, London, June 12, 1945