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Donald E. Woods
Army Air Corps
Donald
E.
Woods
DIVISION: Army Air Corps,
4th
Mar 5, 1927 -
BIRTHPLACE: Carlton, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: Jul 15, 1945 -
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Mar 17, 1947
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HONORED BY: Wife and children
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
0
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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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
0
HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation
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 -
0
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
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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.

Leo V. Ziegler
Navy
Leo
V.
Ziegler
DIVISION: Navy
Feb 11, 1924 -
BIRTHPLACE: Hays, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Aug 11, 1944 -
0
Jun 26, 1946
0
HONORED BY: Wife, Rubina (Braun) Ziegler; Children: 1 son, 1 daughter, and 3 stepsons

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I served on the USS Mellena. It was an attack cargo ship. We were in the Hawaiian Islands, Philippine Islands, and we crossed the Equator. We were also in China, Japan, and many more.

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Guildhall Address, London, June 12, 1945