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George M. Wilber
Navy
George
M.
Wilber
DIVISION: Navy,
75th Battalion
Feb 22, 1913 - Jun 25, 1991
BIRTHPLACE: Westmoreland, KS
HIGHEST RANK: Chief Machinist's Mate
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Dec 19, 1942 -
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Oct 18, 1945
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HONORED BY: Nephew Paul Casey & wife Wanda, Great Niece Linda Hawkins & Husband Tim, Great Nephew Doug Casey

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George quit school at 14 and went to work with road and bridge building crews as a water boy and 'gofer'. Over the next several years he became highly skilled as a bulldozer, grader, crane, dragline and scraper operator. He worked on many construction sites and projects, including the Panama Canal. At the time of Pearl Harbor he was working on the new Army air base by Garden City, Kansas. He joined the Navy Construction Battalion 'Sea Bees'. With his age and experience he enlisted as a Petty Officer First Class. He and his wife Nellie moved their trailer house from Garden City to Wichita, parking it in Nellie's sister's back yard for the duration of the war. Nellie went to work at Boeing as a 'Rosie the Riveter'. George took the train to California for basic training. After a brief leave he shipped out to the South Pacific, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, etc. for the next three years. He was discharged as a Chief Machinist's Mate and returned to Wichita. He worked on many projects throughout Kansas including the missile sites and the 'Big Ditch' flood control channel. He retired in 1977 after a nearly fatal accident in a scraper rollover at a dam project. He and Nellie traveled and enjoyed life for the next fourteen years. George was proud to be an American, proud to be a Sea Bee veteran, and proud of his Operating Engineer career. He was an important member of the 'Greatest Generation'.

William A. Wiley
Navy
William
A.
Wiley
DIVISION: Navy,
Amphibian
May 7, 1926 -
HIGHEST RANK: Signalman 2nd Class
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Sep 9, 1943 -
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Apr 15, 1946
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HONORED BY: Daughter, Diane Wiley Bower

BIOGRAPHY

My father was a senior in high school when he asked his father if he could enlist. His father said, 'Sure, Billy, as soon as you graduate.' That's exactly what he did. He was a signalman 2nd class on LSM 13 that displayed a Black Cat on its bow, drawn by Walt Disney, as a favor to a female in his employ who was dating a sailor on LSM13. He also boasts that his ship was in the Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945, when the armistice was signed on the USS Missouri.

Alan D. Wilkes
Army
Alan
D.
Wilkes
DIVISION: Army
Apr 8, 1911 -
BIRTHPLACE: San Francisco, CA
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: May 14, 1943 -
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Oct 31, 1945
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HONORED BY: Grandson LTC Aaron D. Wilkes and family

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Alan Dale Wilkes was born in San Francisco, California on April 8, 1911. After completing his graduate work in journalism, he worked as a photography editor in New York City. He married his love from South Carolina, Lila Lee Castles, prior to shipping out to war. He was inducted into the US Army on May 14, 1943 to serve as a Public Relations writer and was assigned to C Company of the 712th Tank Battalion. He participated in major WWII campaigns to include Ardennes, Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France, and Rhineland. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, and the Purple Heart for injuries received in combat on August 15, 1944. PFC Wilkes separated from service at Fort Dix, New Jersey on October 31, 1945. After the war, he continued to live and work in New York City. He and Lila Lee had 2 sons named Robin Dale and Timothy Cres. In 1956 he passed away at age 45 in New York City. His six 'Synex' films of General Eisenhower touring Northern Ireland prior to D-Day are located at the Eisenhower Library.

Cecil H. Williams
Army Air Corps
Cecil
H.
Williams
DIVISION: Army Air Corps,
1901st Engineer Aviation Battalion
Jun 6, 1923 -
BIRTHPLACE: Coweta, Wagoner County, OK
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: May 14, 1943 -
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Apr 13, 1946
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HONORED BY: Siblings: Rose, Dorothy, Guy, Pat, Roger, Ronald, Rowdy, Myrna

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Fought in the battle for Okinawa.

Adam R. Williams
Army
Adam
R.
Williams
DIVISION: Army,
11th Bomb Squadron of 341st Bomb Group
Sep 27, 1919 - Nov 8, 1993
BIRTHPLACE: Gastonia, NC
HIGHEST RANK: Master Sergeant
THEATER OF OPERATION: China Burma India
SERVED: Jan 1, 1938 -
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Jul 4, 1945
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BATTLE: Doolittle Raid on Toyoko
MILITARY HONORS: Distinguished Flying cross, Silver Star, Purple Heart, Chinese Army Navy and Air corps Medal.
HONORED BY: The Eisenhower Foundaiton

BIOGRAPHY

Adam Williams was born on September 27, 1919, in Gastonia, North Carolina. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on September 1, 1938, and served in the Field Artillery before transferring to the Army Air Corps in 1939, where he was trained in aircraft maintenance. He served as a B-18 Bolo and then B-25 Mitchell crew chief with the 37th Bomb Squadron at Barksdale Field, Louisiana; Lowry Field, Colorado; and Pendleton Field, Oregon, from February 1940 until he was selected for the Doolittle Mission in February 1942. Sergeant Williams was the flight engineer/gunner on the 13th B-25 to take off from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8) on April 18, 1942, and after bombing enemy shipping and supplies at the Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan, the crew flew to China and bailed out when their aircraft ran out of fuel. After the raid, Sgt Williams remained in the China-Burma-India Theater, and served as a B-25 flight engineer and gunner with the 11th Bomb Squadron of the 341st Bomb Group in India until returning to the United States in March 1943. After returning to the United States, MSgt Williams served with the 334th Bomb Group, 330th Army Air Force Base Unit, and then the 128th Army Air Force Base Unit at Greenville Army Air Base, South Carolina, until receiving an honorable discharge on July 4, 1945. Adam Williams died on November 30, 1993, and was buried at the Hillside Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Plymouth, North Carolina. 

His Distinguished Flying Cross Citation reads: For extraordinary achievement while participating in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland on April 18, 1942. Sergeant Williams volunteered for this mission knowing full well that the chances of survival were extremely remote, and executed his part in it with great skill and daring. This achievement reflects high credit on Sergeant Williams and the military service.

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Thomas E. Williams
Army
Thomas
E.
Williams
DIVISION: Army,
G3 Plans & Operations
Aug 27, 1921 -
BIRTHPLACE: Ladysmith, WI
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Nov 8, 1942 -
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Jan 3, 1946
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation

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After VE Day, I was assigned to the G-5 office of Military Government in Berlin.

Delbert D. Williams
Army
Delbert
D.
Williams
DIVISION: Army
Sep 9, 1926 - Aug 6, 2022
BIRTHPLACE: Greenscastle, MO
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
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BATTLE: Okinawa
HONORED BY: The Eisenhower Foundation

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Williams was born in Greenscastle, MO. He served in the US Army as military police during World War II in Okinawa, Japan and the Philippines. He returned to Missouri and worked as a coal miner before moving to August where he was a dedicated mechanic for August Ford Dealerships.

Richard G. Williams
Navy
Richard
G.
Williams
DIVISION: Navy
SERVED: Jul 26, 1945 -
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation
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