1/14/1923 – 8/18/2011 Branch: Navy Rank: GM 3C Service Dates: 1942 – 1945 County: Cole Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II, Gunners Mate, Third Class, Pacific and ETO Story uploaded: Saturday, December 13, 2008 / updated: Monday, November 20, 2023
11/8/1924 – 10/14/2013 Branch: Army Rank: Staff Sgt. Outfit: 90th Division Service Dates: 1944 – 1945 County: Cole Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II, 2nd wave at Normandy on D-Day, later served under General Patton at The Battle of The Bulge, Including Bastogne. Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart w/ 2 Oak Leaf Clusters Story uploaded: Saturday, December 13, 2008 / updated: Tuesday, November 14, 2023
4/2/1922 – 1/26/09 Branch: Army 25th Tank Battalion Rank: T-5 Corporal Service Dates: 1942 – 1945 County: Benton Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II, ETO, Battle of Rittershotten Story uploaded: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 / Updated: November 12, 2023
4/14/1920 – 6/21/2009 Branch: Army Rank: Corporal Unit: 2nd Armored Outfit: 195th Auto Weapons Battalion Service Dates: 1942 – 1945 Veteran Station: D-Day plus 5 – Omaha Beach County: Pettis City: Sedalia, MO Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II. Amazing story about a hometown friend of his who became a POW! Story uploaded: Thursday, September 27, 2007 / Updated Friday, November 3, 2023
3/16/1921 – 8/17/2010 Branch: Army Rank: Corporal Unit: 438th Outfit: AAA Battalion Service Dates: 1942 – 1945 Veteran Station: ETO City & County: Branson, Lawrence Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II, Invasion of Normandy Interviewed at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mt. Vernon, Mo. Story uploaded: Thursday, May 3, 2007 / Updated July 31, 2023
3/3/1922 – 3/9/2015 Branch: Army Air Corps 12th Air Force Unit: 350th Fight Group Outfit: 347th Squadron Service Dates: 1942 – 1945 Veteran Station: Mediterranean Theater County: Johnson, Mo. Conflicts/Significant Events: Was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for flying 141 missions in World War II in North Africa, Casablanca, Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, Southern France. He recalls one particular mission, Christmas Eve, over the Po Valley in Italy, where he destroyed an enemy fighter airstrip and planes, crippling the enemy’s air power. On another occasion, he bailed out over the ocean when an engine malfunctioned, qualifying him as a member of the Caterpillar Club, or those who had “hit the silk” in a bailout and survived. Story uploaded: Thursday, May 24, 2007 / updated: Monday April 24th, 2023
Glen Warren Francis 8/24/1920 – 10/6/2007 Branch: Army Air Corps Rank: Sergeant Unit: B-26 “Marauders” Outfit: 669th Bomb Squadron Service Dates: 1942-11 – 1945-10 County: Cape Girardeau Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II, 6 Air Offensive Campaign Bronze Stars Interviewed at Missouri Veterans Home Cape Girardeau, Mo. Story uploaded: Friday, June 22, 2007 / Updated Thursday, April 20, 2023
8/9/1922 – 3/14/2012 Branch: Army Rank: Lieutenant/Captain Unit: 3rd Division – Followed General Patton through ETO Outfit: Nurse Corp Service Dates: 1944-02-08 – 1946-03-05 Veteran Station: Clinton County County: Clinton Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II, In The Battle of the Bulge She was surrounded by the Germans when 101 Paratroopers came to rescue them. The First Paratrooper she saw was from her hometown home church.
Interviewed at Missouri Veteran Home In Cameron Missouri. Story Uploaded: Friday, May 18, 2007 / Updated: Tuesday April 11, 2023
3/21/1924 – 1/15/2011 Branch: Army Rank: PFC Unit: Paratrooper Outfit: 82nd Airborne Service Dates: 1940 – 1946 Veteran Station: Fort Bragg, North Carolina Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II Paratrooper – Battle of the Bulge, Battle of Casino, Holland, England (Hinkley and Lestershire), Sicily (Palermo) Interviewed at Missouri Veterans Home In Mexico, Missouri. Story uploaded: Wednesday, June 6, 2007 / Updated: Saturday April 1, 2023
1/7/1921 – 1/25/2022 Branch: Army Air Corps Rank: Lieutenant Unit: 766th Squadron Outfit: 15th Air Force 461st Heavy Bombardment Group Service Dates: 1942 – 1944 County: St. Louis City: St. Louis, MO Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II, POW, Shot Down Over Italy on 13th Mission Story uploaded: Sunday, November 11, 2007 / updated: Tuesday, March 14, 2023
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