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Mildred Axton
Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)
Mildred
Axton
DIVISION: Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)
Jan 9, 1919 - Feb 6, 2010
BIRTHPLACE: Coffeyville, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: 1943 -
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HONORED BY: The Eisenhower Foundation

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Mildred "Mickey" Axton was born Mildred Tuttle in Coffeyville, KS. 1/09/1919. Mickey was a test pilot during World War II and "one of the first three Woman Airforce Service Pilots to be trained as a test pilot and the firs woman to fly a B-29. Micky Axton's first airplane ride was in a WWI-era Curtiss Jenny biplane when she was ten years old in 1929.

Micky graduated from Coffeyville Kansas Senior High School in 1936 and continued her education at Coffeyville Community College, where she took many classes in science, math and physics. After she graduated from Kansas State University, Micky was selected into the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPT) at Coffeyville Community College. She was the only woman accepted into her CPT class. She earned her pilot's license through the CPT program in 1940. Micky received a letter from Jacqueline Cochran, inviting her to join the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs). In 1943, Micky began flight training with the WASPs at Sweetwater, Tex. She graduated from flight training in November 1943 and was assigned to Pecos, Tex. as an engineering test pilot. Micky was responsible for conducting flight tests on repaired aircraft to ensure they were flight worthy. In March 1944, Micky left the WASPs and returned to Wichita, Kan. to work as a Flight Test Engineer for Boeing Aircraft. On May 4, 1944, Micky became the first female pilot to fly a B-29. When the war ended, Micky returned to teaching. During the war, 38 WASPs died in service to their country. The Commemorative Air Force Jayhawk Wing in Wichita, Kan. restored a PT-19 primary trainer and named it “Miss Micky“ to honor her service. She is the only WASP to have a restored WW II aircraft named after her. "Courtesy of edenpraririe.org"

On May 4, 1944, according to Boeing Aircraft archives, she was one of the crew of nine aboard "Sweet Sixteen" the 16th of 1644 B-29s rolled out from the Wichita plant. Mickey's account of that day.

"I was back in the aft flight blister when Elton Rowley "chief of engineering flight test) called back over the intercom and said. "Micky, how'd you like to come and fly this thing?" I was absolutely in 'hog heaven"! she recalled. "So I put my parachute on my back and crawled through the tunnel which was over the bomb bay to the front. He gave me the left seat and I flew the plane? Axton said. "The problem was, it was so top secret, I could only tell my husband." Rowley did write a letter, however, verifying her feat. Micky Axton had just made history as the first woman to pilot a B-29" (Courtesy of Boeing Frontiers May 2006 Volume 5, Issue 1

Micky married David Axton June 1, 1941 and taught at East High School in Wichita from 1958-1969.

Micky's brother Ralph "Tut" Tuttle was a World War II fighter pilot who flew an estimated 250 missions and earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses and a Silver Star.

Leonard A. Baer
Army
Leonard
A.
Baer
DIVISION: Army,
Co. D 34th Tank Battalion, 5th Army
Feb 28, 1922 -
BIRTHPLACE: Melrose Park, IL
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Sep 25, 1942 -
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Nov 1, 1945
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HONORED BY: George J. Green

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Lenny, as he was known to all of his friends, was born on 28 February, 1922 in Melrose Park, IL. He was inducted in the Army of the United States on 25 September and activated 9 October 1942. He took his basic training at Camp Grant, Ilinois. He was sent to Tank and Mechanic school where he was assigned as a driver of a light tank. Participating in several training maneuvers and Camps in the United States as a tank driver with Company D, 34th Tank Battalion, 5th Armored Division. The 5th landed on Utah Beach on 24 July, 1944. They participated in the attack with the 3rd Army in early August in the breakout at Avrancehs, France. By August 8th they were in LaMans, fought in the battle of 'Falaise Gap,' then headed east and on August 20, 22, 23, and the 24th, the 5th Armored Division was all over the Seine River and headed to Paris where they paraded on through by the end of August heading nort east with the 1st Army. By September they were at Sedan where the 5th was the first unit across the Meuse River. Attacking east the 5th crossed the Our River and was also the first American Troops in Germany to reach the Siegfried Line. Heading north they were in St Vith in mid November and when the Battle of the Bulge started they fought at Monschu, Rotgen, Maubach, & Widen. On Lenny's 23rd birthday, February 28th, the 5th was in Hornbroek and heading north for 'The Ruhr' and crossed the Rhine at Wesel. The end of March they were at Munster and rapidly advancing, on the 12th of April they reached the Elbe River, and the 5th became the nearest American Division to Hitler's Berlin. On 23 April, Lenny's Company D, after two days of fighting at Tangermunde, raced 55 miles north to the Klotze Forest and fought the Von Clause Division. A newspaper article quoted Lenny. 'We lined up, and they started coming out of the woods at us and we were knocking them off, let me tell you. But they had a lot of stuff in there---armor, infantry, bazookas, oh, that 88 was something. It could go through a tank like putting your finger through a paper. They had horses, too, and a lot of those poor horses got killed. I guess they finally just said 'This is crazy' and gave up.' Klotze Forest was the last fight for Lenny and the 5th. Lenny told me that he had been blown out of two tanks in his fighting across Europe but no Purple Hearts. Two weeks later the war ended. His 4 battle stars are for Northern France-Ardennes-Rhineland and Central Europe. He was awarded European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with four Bronze Stars, two Overseas Service Bar, one Service Strip Good Conduct, American Theater, WWII Victory Medal. On 26 September, 1945 he boarded a transport for the USA and on 15 December, 1945, he was separated from the Army at Fort Sheridan, Illinois.

David A. Baier
Army
David
A.
Baier
DIVISION: Army,
595th Signal Air Warning Battalion
Nov 24, 1920 -
BIRTHPLACE: Elmo, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Oct 13, 1942 -
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Feb 2, 1946
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HONORED BY: The Baier Family

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David A. Baier was inducted into the army at Ft. Leavenworth on October 13, 1942. He attended boot camp in Missouri followed by radio school in Washington, DC. In January 1943, he was sent to radar school and diesel motor school in Florida. Later in the year, he was promoted to Sergeant and was part of the company cadre training new recruits. In July 1944, he took a troop train from Tampa, Florida to San Francisco, California to be deployed to the Pacific. He arrived in New Guinea on August 9. He was with the 595th Signal Air Warning Battalion. He was transferred to Biak Island about the time of the Battle of the Caves. He later rejoined the 595th in New Guinea. In August 1945, David was loading equipment onto LST's in New Guinea when they received the news that the atomic bomb had been dropped. He was on a ship in the Coral Sea sailing to the Philippines when Japan surrendered. While in the Philippines, he was promoted to Staff Sergeant. He was sent back to the States on December 12, 1945 and was discharged at Ft. Logan, Colorado on February 2, 1946. He re-enlisted in the army reserves and was home two hours before his wife, Corlia, died of tuberculosis. Shortly after, he had an X-ray taken and discovered that he had tuberculosis. He was hospitalized in Leavenworth, KS, and underwent experimental surgery. The doctor collapsed part of David's lung to try to stop the disease. David was one of the first to survive the surgery. Not long after, they began experimenting with antibiotics which proved to be a more successful treatment for TB. After recovering in Springfield, MO, he was discharged from the reserves in 1949 and returned to Abilene. He married Thelma Lee in 1951 and moved to the farm south of Abilene, at Donegal, where he resides today.

Dean F. Bailey
Navy
Dean
F.
Bailey
DIVISION: Navy
Jul 9, 1925 -
BIRTHPLACE: California
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Sep 9, 1943 -
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May 6, 1946
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HONORED BY: Marlene Bailey

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Served on the USS Mississippi Battleship in the South Pacific, Victory medal-Asiatic Pacific, Campaign medal-6 stars, Philippine Liberation Campaign Ribbon-2 stars

John P. Bailey
Army
John
P.
Bailey
DIVISION: Army
BIRTHPLACE: Jersey City, NJ
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: May 1, 1943 -
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HONORED BY: Wife, Peggy Bailey, children and grandchildren

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Jack was drafted into World War II with his St. Peter's Prep graduating classmates of 1943. A Golden Gloves champion boxer, he proved to be a superb driver and sharpshooter. He was assigned to the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces (SHAEF), serving his country as driver and bodyguard to General Dwight D. Eisenhower. He lived and traveled with General Eisenhower on Hitler's former train, guarding Prime Minister Churchill whenever he visited. He protected Generals Eisenhower and Bradley, as well as British General Montgomery, when, two days after the invasion into Normandy, the Generals headed to France together on one small ship. He guarded Generals Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley when they viewed the first concentration camp liberated by American forces, outside Gotha, Germany. He drove French General Charles de Gaulle, escorted Mrs. Patton to General Patton's funeral, and guarded President Truman during a conference with Stalin and Attlee in Potsdam. While stationed with General Eisenhower in Coombe Manor just outside London, Jack was wounded in an attack (earning a Purple Heart). Although wounded, he still managed to save three British civilians. For Jack's heroic actions, the Lord Mayor of Kingston-on-Thames honored Jack at a ceremony outside London on September 11, 2001; this was at the same time that the terrorist attacks in the United States were taking place. Jack spent much of his career as a salesman for Rheingold Breweries. During the heady years of the 'Miss Rheingold' contests, Jack and Peggy's loving and stable presence was rewarded with the honor of chaperoning the contestants. Luckily, Jack and Peggy's lessons on avoiding moral turpitudes were better received by their children and grandchildren. Jack spent his retired years writing his memoirs of WWII, accompanying Peggy on her daily adventures, and indulging his love of dogs by spending fun times at the dog park at Fleet Peeples Park on Lakemont. He volunteered with St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Winter Park, enjoyed lunch on Thursdays with his friends from the Stag Club, and was active in the University Club of Winter Park as well as the Irish-American Cultural Society of Central Florida, the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. Jack was married to Margaret A. (Peggy) Bailey for 60 years. They had seven children, Carol Faas (Mike), Chip, Craig (Lynn), Brian, Keith (Pat), Merrell (Ralph Reichard), and Dwight Bailey. He also had seven grandchildren.

Gayle C. Bainter
Army
Gayle
C.
Bainter
DIVISION: Army,
76th Infantry Div.
Mar 30, 1920 -
BIRTHPLACE: Dresden, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Feb 25, 1942 -
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Dec 31, 1945
0
HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation

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I consider it an honor to have served under General Eisenhower, and General George Patton in the European Theatre. I first saw action in the Battle of the Bulge, having landed in the same place the invasion forces did, and walking, it seemed, most of the way to Belgium. When the war in Europe ended my unit was just outside of Leipzig, Germany, but had to move back west because we were in the area designated the Russian Sector. The ship that I came home on landed in New York Harbor on Christmas Day, 1945.

Robert R. Baker
Army
Robert
R.
Baker
DIVISION: Army
May 29, 1927 -
BIRTHPLACE: Everett, PA
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jun 7, 1945 -
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Oct 29, 1946
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation
Lamoine L. Baldock
Army
Lamoine
L.
Baldock
DIVISION: Army
Apr 27, 1919 - Dec 29, 2011
BIRTHPLACE: Delphos, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation

BIOGRAPHY

He lived on the Baldock family farm near Delphos, Kansas all his life except for his years in the army. Lamoine served his country during World War II. He was drafted and left for duty in July of 1941 and was discharged in October 1945 after 35 months overseas with the 3rd Heavy Ordinance Maintenance Company where he was stationed in Africa, Sicily, France, and Germany. Lamoine received a Medal of Merit for his outstanding service during the war. Lamoine was also a lifelong farmer in the Delphos area, and custom harvester for many years. Lamoine's passion and recreation were his guns, trap shooting, and rifle shoots. He was a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association and the Kansas Trapshooting Association. He was very active in the Amateur Trapshooting Association where he became president of the national organization for the 1989-1990 term after many years of working in other offices and committees. On a local level he belonged to the Kansas State Rifle Association, and was a hunter safety instructor for many years.

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Guildhall Address, London, June 12, 1945