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Arthur W. Tedder
Army Air Corps
Arthur
W.
Tedder
DIVISION: Army Air Corps,
Royal Air Force, SHAEF
Jul 11, 1890 - Jun 13, 1967
BIRTHPLACE: Glenguin, Stirling, Scotland
HIGHEST RANK: Deputy Commander of SHAEF
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
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BATTLE: Planning of Operation Overlord, Italy, Sicily, North Africa
MILITARY HONORS: 1st Baron Tedder of Glenguin, Knighted in 1942
HONORED BY: The Eisenhower Foundation

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Arthur William Tedder, 1st Baron Tedder, (born July 11, 1890, Glenguin, Stirling, Scotland—died June 3, 1967, Banstead, Surrey, England), marshal of the Royal Air Force and deputy commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force under U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower who contributed significantly to the success of the Allied invasion of Normandy (June 6, 1944) and the German defeat on the Western Front during World War II. Tedder joined the British Army in 1913 and transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1916. Remaining in the Royal Air Force (RAF) after World War I, he became RAF commander of the Far East Command (1936–38) and thereafter director of research and development. Appointed head of the RAF Middle East Command in 1941, he later took control of all Allied air operations in North Africa and Italy. He was knighted in 1942. Tedder contributed to the German defeat in North Africa and the success of Allied landings in Sicily and Italy (1943) by cooperating with other Allied forces, interdicting enemy supply lines, and giving tactical support to Allied ground troops.A ppointed Eisenhower’s deputy in early 1944 and responsible for coordinating all Allied air operations in western Europe, Tedder repeated his earlier successes by sealing off the Normandy beaches from the air and keeping German reinforcements from reaching the Allied beachhead. His bombing of the German transportation network significantly sped the Allied advance during the final months of World War II. He was elevated to the peerage in 1946 as 1st Baron Tedder of Glenguin, and he became the first peacetime chief of the air staff and senior member of the air council, serving until 1951. He wrote With Prejudice (1966), his account of World War II. Courtesty of Britammica.com/air-force and nationalww2museum.com..

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Marvin TESHKA
Army
Marvin
TESHKA
DIVISION: Army,
36th combat engineers
May 28, 1923 - Feb 11, 2004
BIRTHPLACE: michigan
HIGHEST RANK: Corporal
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
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HONORED BY: Kurt Teshka
Robert L. Thatcher
Army Air Corps
Robert
L.
Thatcher
DIVISION: Army Air Corps,
15th AF, 455th Bomb Group
Apr 21, 1922 - Aug 18, 2012
BIRTHPLACE: Tempe, Arizona
THEATER OF OPERATION: European, Other
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HONORED BY: Sally Smith Thatcher

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Thatcher, Robert Louis, 90, a Dana Point, California resident, passed away quietly on August 18, 2012. Born April 21, 1922 in Tempe, Arizona, he served as a B-24 Squadron Leader, Group Commander and Assistant Operations Officer with the 15th Air Force, 455th Bomb Group, 742nd Squadron in Italy. He was severely wounded during his 19th mission over Augsburg, Germany and awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, European Theater Ribbon with 3 Bronze Stars and Silver Star for the Air Offensive Europe, Air Combat Balkans and Rome-Arno campaigns. Following his discharge, he received his Bachelor's Degree and JD Degree from the University of Southern California. As a prominent Newport Beach attorney, he developed a successful practice while owning a successful cattle ranching operation in Northern California and Oregon with his wife, Sally Smith Thatcher. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sally Smith Thatcher, along with his son, Jeffrey Thatcher and two other grandsons from his daughter, Wendy Thatcher Mabile, who preceded him in death.

Orville J. Thomas
Army
Orville
J.
Thomas
DIVISION: Army,
776th Chemical
Oct 20, 1920 -
BIRTHPLACE: Blue Rapids, KS
HIGHEST RANK: SGT
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: Sep 10, 1942 -
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HONORED BY: Wife, Ila Marie Thomas; daughters: Sheryll, Darlene & Joyce

BIOGRAPHY

Sergeant Thomas received his basic training at fort Leavenworth, KS. Then, he was transferred to St. Petersburg, FL for advanced basic training in Chemical warfare. While in St. Petersburg, he was billeted in the city's hotels. One hotel was the Vinoy. Three men occupied one room using the hotel's furniture from which they enjoyed an ocean view. The Vinoy was a far-cry from ordinary Army housing on a military base. As a squad leader, Sgt. Thomas recalls marching his troops from the hotels to training on a prepared field outside of St. Petersburg. The marching was on the streets, through town and in traffic. Oral commands were needed to guide his squad through the city's congestion. Sgt. Thomas remained in the States for his entire enlistment. His primary MOS, 870, was to train troops in the discipline of poison gas warfare. Beyond St. Petersburg he was stationed at Lincoln Army Airfield, Lincoln, NE; Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH; Kelly Field, San Antonio, TX; Tinker Field, Oklahoma City, OK and Victoria Airfield, Victoria, KS. On one occasion, while at the Lincoln Army Airfield, Sgt. Thomas arranged a training exercise that involved tear gas mixed with phosgene (smells like cut, green corn). When the gas canisters were activated, the troops were to break to the sides of their formation and move upwind from the gas. This time a trooper broke ranks and ran down wind with the expelled gas. He was seen to have outrun an unsuspecting rabbit that was caught in the maneuver. Sgt. Thomas recalls another training drill that involved familiarizing the troops with gas mask procedures. When the command, 'Gas!' was given, a soldier was to put on his mask and leave it in place until the, 'All clear!' was heard. The soldiers were not to remove their masks, however, until a prescribed series of steps were taken to insure that no gas was present in their area. The steps were: 1. Squat on heels in place. 2. With a finger pull part of the mask from face. 3. Take a quick sniff of gas to determine its type. 4. Clear the mask by exhaling. Even when the leader called, 'All clear!,' a soldier was to determine if gas was present in his area before removing the mask. The reasoning was that gas might be present in one area and not another, according to Sgt. Thomas. Sgt Thomas, now 88 years old, has not suffered any ill-affects due to proximity and handling of warfare gasses. He attributes his well-being to the thorough training he received from those who schooled him in chemical warfare. Sgt Thomas is Honored by his wife: Ila Marie Thomas; daughters: Sheryll Jean, Darlene Kaye and Joyce Ilene; Grandchildren: Dawna, James, Ryan, Lindsay, Emilie and Rachelle; and Neighbors: Lyle & Janice Brooks, David & Melva Sanner, Al & Jean Singleton, Jon Marks, and Kenneth & Susan Steinfort.

James W. Thomason
Navy
James
W.
Thomason
DIVISION: Navy
BIRTHPLACE: Emporia, Virginia
HIGHEST RANK: Fire Controlman 2-c
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Oct 10, 1940 -
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HONORED BY: Stuart Wade Jr. - Nephew

BIOGRAPHY

James Thomason was born in Emporia, Virginia. He volunteered to join the Navy in October 1940. Thomason was stationed in the South Pacific and took part in many major engagements. After the war he return to Emporia, VA and led a normal life. He had three bothers that served in World War. Robert, Howard and William.

Robert U. Thomason
Army
Robert
U.
Thomason
DIVISION: Army
BIRTHPLACE: Emporia, Virginia
HIGHEST RANK: Private First Class
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Dec 18, 1942 -
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HONORED BY: Stuart Wade - Nephew

BIOGRAPHY

Thomason was born in Emporia, VA. He joined the US Army December 12, 1942. Thomason basic training was at Camp McCoy Wisconsin. He left for the European Campaign October 1943. Robert was KIA in June of 1944 and is buried in the American Cemetery in France. Thomason and his three brothers, James, Howard and William, all served in World War II.

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Howard R. Thomason
Navy
Howard
R.
Thomason
DIVISION: Navy
BIRTHPLACE: Emporia, Virginia
HIGHEST RANK: S 2-c
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: Sep 23, 1943 -
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HONORED BY: Stuart Wade Jr. - Nephew

BIOGRAPHY

Howard Thomason was born in Emporia, Virginia. He followed his brothers footsteps and enlisted in the Navy on September 23, 1943. He took his boot camp training at Bainbridge, Maryland and served at the Fleet Position in San Francisco, CA. Howard returned to Emporia to live after the war. He had three other brothers  who served in WW II. Robert, James and William.

William E. Thomason
Navy
William
E.
Thomason
DIVISION: Navy
BIRTHPLACE: Emporia, VA
HIGHEST RANK: S 2-c
THEATER OF OPERATION: Other
SERVED: Sep 30, 1943 -
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HONORED BY: Suart Wade Jr - Nephew

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Thomason was born in Emporia, VA and entered the Navy September 30, 1943. His boot camp was at Bainbridge Maryland. Thomason was stationed in the  Atlantic on the USS Caux. After the war Thomason returned to Emporia to live out his life. He had three brothers that served in WW II, Robert, James and Howard.

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