6/11/1919 – 5/24/2012 Branch: Army Rank: Combat Engineer Outfit: 106th Infantry Division Service Dates: 1943 – 1945 County: Greene Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II, Captured in the Battle of The Bulge, POW in Germany until the end of the War. His story was featured in the book “Hell Frozen Over” Story uploaded: Thursday, August 20, 2009 / Updated: Monday, May 15, 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
7/31/1922 – 1/11/2017 Branch: Army Air Corps Rank: Aviation Cadet Unit: Tuskegee Airman Service Dates: 1942 – 1944 County: St. Louis City: Florrissant, MO Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II
In 1943, Ward joined the U.S. Army and trained to become a pilot at Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama, which produced the 99th Pursuit Squadron, an all-black fighter squadron in the then-segregated military. He spent five months at Tuskegee.
When Ward did not qualify as a pilot, he declined an offer to train as a bombardier or navigator and joined a regular Army unit, he said in a 1996 interview with The Advocate. He was in the Philippines when the war ended.
Story Uploaded: Sunday, November 11, 2007 / Updated Saturday, April 8, 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
07/10/1921 – 09/01/2016 Branch: Navy Rank: Lt. Service Dates: 1943 – 1946 Veteran Station: Pelelliu, Okinawa County: Boone Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II, Courier For Top Secret Communication Story uploaded: Saturday, June 30, 2007/Modified: Wednesday March 1, 2023
4/23/1923 – TBD Branch: Navy Rank: First Class Petty Officer Outfit: Waves Service Dates: 1943 – 1945 County: Pettis City: Sedalia, MO Conflicts/Significant Events: Radio Navigation and Instrument Instructor in World War II Story uploaded: Saturday, December 8, 2007/modified: Monday, February 6th, 2023
9/16/1923 – 1/3/2010 Branch: Army Air Corps Rank: Active Cpl – Army, Chief Warrant Officer – National Guard Unit: Army Air Force and National Guard Outfit: State Headquarters Service Dates: 1943 – 1978 Veteran Station: Phelps County: Phelps Medals: 5 Battle Stars, Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II Two years as an Active Corporal in the Army Air Force, 33 years as a Chief Warrant Officer in the National Guard Story uploaded: Friday, June 15, 2007 / Modified: Monday, January 30th, 2023
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