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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 - Mar 26, 2010
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.

Blane C. Archer
Army
Blane
C.
Archer
DIVISION: Army
Apr 21, 1919 - Oct 6, 2003
BIRTHPLACE: Leedey, Oklahoma
HIGHEST RANK: Private First Class (PFC)
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jul 20, 1942 -
0
Aug 23, 1945
0
MILITARY HONORS: Purple Heart 4 Battle Stars Distinguished Unit Citation Badge
HONORED BY: Blane's family: Steve Archer, Janice Rains, and Cody Miller

BIOGRAPHY

Before entering the Army, Blane Archer worked as a farmer with his father on a 460 acre farm in western Oklahoma. The farm raised cotton, corn, alfalfa, wheat, oats, and he drove a tractor and other equipment including: combine, plow mowing machine, lister, corn planter, wheat drill, harrow, disc and cultivators. In addition, the farm had 100 head of beef cattle and 50 head of hogs. Blane Archer enlisted the U.S. Army July 20, 1942, and entered his service August 1, 1942, as a Private (PVT) Infantryman. After four months, he was promoted to Private First Class (PFC) rifleman where he served for two years. After being wounded in combat as a rifleman, he was made a truck driver for the final five months of his service. Blane's military occupation listed on his Army Separation Record is "Truck Driver, Light." He drove a 2 1/2-ton truck, hauling bombs and supplies over all types of roads during all kinds of weather. Blane made minor repairs on his truck, greased and washed the truck, hauled rations and ammunition. He served a total of 29 months overseas in England, North Africa, Sicily, France, Belgium and Germany. He received the Purple Heart, four Battle Stars, and Distinguished Unit Citation Badge. Adapted from Army Separation Record, see attached documents.

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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 -
0
Jul 29, 1946
0
MILITARY HONORS: Alnav 161-46 Victory Medal American Campaign edal
HONORED BY: Paula, Arensman, Debbie Sanders, Pam Arensman, Cragi Arensman (Children of Paul

BIOGRAPHY

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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Everett P. Arensman
Navy
Everett
P.
Arensman
DIVISION: Navy,
Motor Machinist - Served on the USS Tetonkaha
Dec 28, 1919 - Feb 4, 1997
BIRTHPLACE: Copeland, KS
HIGHEST RANK: Motor Machinist Mate Second Class
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jan 8, 1942 -
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Dec 12, 1945
0
HONORED BY: Daughters -Diane Whitehead , Kathie Landis & Linda Spain

BIOGRAPHY

Arensman completed his Naval training at Norfolk, VA.

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