3/9/1949 – 4/26/2016 Branch: Army Rank: E5 Outfit: 9th Service Dates: 1967 – 1970
3 Purple Hearts, A Silver Star, A Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Combat Infantry Badge, 7 Air Medals and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. He was a Gunner and Scout Helicopter Cambodia Wrote the Book “Tattletale” Story uploaded: Friday, August 14, 2009 / Updated: Friday, May 26, 2023
9/14/1930 – 8/31/2021 Branch: Marines Rank: Sgt. Unit: 7th Outfit: 1st Service Dates: 1948 – 1951 County: St. Louis Conflicts/Significant Events: Nik joined the Marine Corps in November 1948 and was wounded in Korea, December 3, 1950 sustaining leg and head injuries, losing his eye as well as suffering severe frostbite of his extremities. He received a Purple Heart for his injuries. Nick was honorably discharged from the Marines in September 1951. His name is engraved on The Chosin Few Monument in Forest Park, St. Louis next to the Korean War Veterans Association Memorial. Story uploaded: Friday, September 25, 2009 / Updated May 7, 2023
3/19/1932 – 8/27/2021 Branch: Air Force Rank: Airmen 3C Service Dates: 1951-1953 County: Saline Conflicts/Significant Events: Korea, Saw General Eisenhower Candidate For President Story uploaded/modified: September 11, 2008/December 24th, 2021
9/30/1979 – N/A Branch: Army Rank: Sgt Outfit: 160 Spec Ops Medic, Aviation Regiment Airborne “Night Stalker” Service Dates: 1997 – 2006 Veteran Station: Falujah Iraq, Operation Red Wings, Bagram Afghanistan, County: Greene Conflicts/Significant Events: Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom Story uploaded/modified: Saturday, June 30, 2007, Updated September 9th, 2021
“Children of varying ages ran around the coffins, playing and yelling, not yet old enough to understand the sacrifices these warriors made. A Taliban high-value target (HVT) sat tucked into the corner away from them all, guarded by other soldiers.
“Three war-weary escorts — one of them a SEAL and the other two Night Stalkers Daniel Bell and Chris Eicher — sat off to the sides, grimly staring off into space. They were exhausted and angry with the mistake the U.S. Air Force had made when they allowed Space-A seating to be filled on this leg of the flight home.“
Flew more than 600 combat missions; 40 earned military medals including 33 Air Medals, 4 Distinguished Flying Crosses and the Navy Commendation Medal for Valor and Heroism.
Shot down while co-piloting a rescue helicopter … and returned to the combat zone to rescue a fellow marine.
Piloted the “hoovering” Harrier jet aircraft 5,000 hours, more than any other person in history (with its capacity to “park” in mid-air like a helicopter);
Flew the Harrier in scores of airshows – cumulatively totaling millions of people viewing — in Independence Day celebrations, the VP airshows at the St. Louis Arch, and other locations events and venues throughout many years;
He describes the joys of flying for Veterans Airlift Command, taking wounded military men & women and their families all over the country … free. Their website about Wounded Warriors: … “They’ve got heart … They need wings!” See veteransairlift.org
1926 – N/A Branch: Navy Service Dates:Enlisted 1943 – 1946 Conflicts/Significant Events: WWII, transported to the Philippines and the South Pacific Islands on The Queen Mary Story uploaded/modified: Was an original pilot interview for the our project in 2006
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