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Margaret C. Amoroso
Women's Army Corps (WAC)
Margaret
C.
Amoroso
DIVISION: Women's Army Corps (WAC),
Major Hqs, Communications Zone
Sep 11, 1913 -
BIRTHPLACE: Lawler, IA
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jan 1, 1943 -
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Jan 1, 1946
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HONORED BY: Children: Victor Jr., Marshall, Andrew, and Marta

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Margaret was a WAC (Women's Army Corps) serving at Major Headquarters in North Africa, Italy, and France from 1943 to 1946.

Victor Amoroso Sr.
Army
Victor
Amoroso
Sr.
DIVISION: Army,
Hqs 3rd Port Transportation Corp
Feb 19, 1920 -
BIRTHPLACE: Bronx, NY
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Mar 10, 1942 -
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Jan 30, 1946
0
HONORED BY: Children: Victor Jr., Marshall, Andrew, and Marta

BIOGRAPHY

Victor served as a top secret control officer and counter intelligence officer in the North African and the European-Middle Eastern Theaters of Operations. He earned two battle stars and attended the Army Intelligence School and Army Maintenance School. Victor served in General Eisenhower's Headquarters in Algiers and in the North African invasion of November 1942, and various Headquarters in Italy and France. He earned the World War II Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He served on active duty from March 10, 1942 to January 30, 1946.

Verl 'Andy' D. Anderson
Army Air Corps
Verl 'Andy'
D.
Anderson
DIVISION: Army Air Corps
Feb 7, 1922 -
BIRTHPLACE: Agenda, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Feb 22, 1943 -
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Oct 18, 1945
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HONORED BY: Wife, Dorothy Glenda Anderson

BIOGRAPHY

Verl Dean 'Andy' Anderson had attended College of Emporia at Emporia, KS, for 2 years on a football scholarship when he was inducted into the Army Air Corps on February 7, 1943. Following gunnery school at Kingman, AZ, he was sent to Carlsbad, NM, where he completed Bombardier-Navigator School. He was assigned to the 8th Air Force, 2nd Air Division, 453rd Bomb Group, 733rd Squadron out of 'Old Buckenham' airfield two miles southeast of Attleborough, Norfolk, England, and later served with the 466th Bomb Group, 786th Bomb Squadron based there. He was the bombardier-navigator on a B-24 Liberator, 'One Meat Ball', which was shot down over Germany. After making their way back to France, moving at night and with the help of sympathetic Germans, the crew was assigned to 'Hot Stuff', another B-24 Liberator. His crew flew 30 missions over enemy territory. Many of these missions were led by Group Operations Commander Jimmy Stewart, actor and war hero, in whom the men had complete confidence and respect. Verl remembers that when the crew reported for briefing prior to a mission and saw him in flight gear handling the briefing, they knew they were going into an especially dangerous assignment-and all attended chapel prior to the mission. Besides strategic operations, they engaged in support and interdictory missions, bombed V-weapon sites, airfields, and gun batteries prior to the invasion of Normandy, bombed German communications during the Battle of the Bulge and took part in the airborne assault across the Rhine in 1945. Battles and campaigns were Rhineland, Central Europe, and Ardennes. He received the Air Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters and was discharged as a 1st Lieutenant at Fort Leavenworth. After his discharge, he enrolled at The University of Kansas, where he was a member of the baseball team two years (1945-47) and had the great pleasure of being in legendary basketball coach Phog Allen's class and playing golf many times with him. Verl received his BS and Masters in Education from KU and then taught and coached one year in WaKeeney (1947-48); was a coach, teacher, Principal, Assistant Superintendent of Schools and Superintendent of Schools in Russell from 1948-76; and Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Abilene 1976-88, retiring after 41 years in the field of Education.

Jesse W. Anthony
Coast Guard
Jesse
W.
Anthony
DIVISION: Coast Guard,
C G Army Manning Detachment
Jun 30, 1920 -
BIRTHPLACE: Hartford, AR
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Sep 19, 1941 -
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Jun 26, 1946
0
HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation

BIOGRAPHY

Jesse was authorized to wear the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; Philippine Liberation Ribbon; American Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; American Defense Ribbon; Good Conduct Medal. He completed 21 months of sea duty.

Louis P. Antolini
Army
Louis
P.
Antolini
DIVISION: Army,
Military Intelligence Research Section - Attaches Office, London
Oct 6, 1918 -
BIRTHPLACE: Greensburg, PA
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jan 30, 1942 -
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Nov 5, 1972
0
HONORED BY: Hilda Antolini, Linda Myers, David Antolini, Aimee Myers, Nathan Myers, Matthew Myers, Chelsea Myers

BIOGRAPHY

Louis P. Antolini was drafted into the Army in 1942 following graduation from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. Louis attended Intelligence School at Camp Ritchie, MD for a month before transferring to the Pentagon, where he worked on the project named Order of Battle Intelligence. He then received orders for overseas assignment as Assistant Military Attaché, Embassy, London, England, where he continued to work for Army Intelligence, mapping Axis forces, mainly in Italy and North Africa. This time stationed in London also included trips with members of SHAEF Headquarters and another with Eisenhower's staff to Casablanca. Immediately following the war, Louis was instrumental in setting up the Enemy Intelligence Document Library at Fort Ritchie. Louis spent the following 27 years as part of the Army Reserves. He continued working in the intelligence field as Instructor of Army Intelligence at schools at Fort Halibird, Fort Meade, Fort Bragg, the Pentagon, and D.I.A. From 1969 to 1972 he served as Commander of the 443rd Military Intelligence Detachment of the University of Pittsburgh US Army Research Unit where he received the ranking of Lieutenant Colonel and retired from military service in 1972. Louis spent 40 years as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent of schools in Westmoreland County in Western Pennsylvania until his retirement in 1985. He and his wife, Hilda, reside in Jeannette, Pennsylvania.

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

BIOGRAPHY

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.

Raymond E. Armstrong
Navy
Raymond
E.
Armstrong
DIVISION: Navy
Feb 21, 1926 -
BIRTHPLACE: Larned, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: May 19, 1944 -
0
May 10, 1946
0
HONORED BY: Children William Ray Armstrong and Elizabeth L. Price

BIOGRAPHY

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.

Gene V. Arnold
Army
Gene
V.
Arnold
DIVISION: Army
Sep 14, 1922 -
BIRTHPLACE: Elmo, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: Jan 1, 1943 -
0
May 16, 1955
0
HONORED BY: Daughter, Jeanne Batha

BIOGRAPHY

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.

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Guildhall Address, London, June 12, 1945