12/31/1920 – 3/16/09 Branch: Army Air Corps Rank: Colonel Unit: 8th Air Force Outfit: 2nd Air Division Service Dates: 1942 – 1972 County: Pettis City: Sedalia, MO Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II, Korea,Vietnam. After the attack on Pearl Harbor Puff enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps (which later became the United State Air Force) on Aug 6, 1942 in Des Moines, IA. During his career as a pilot in the USAF he flew B-24’s, B-25’s, B-29’s, B-36’s, B-47’s and B-52’s. He logged over 10,000 flying hours. From 1970 until his retirement Sep 1, 1972 he served as Base Commander at Whiteman Air Force Base. His many awards included Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters, Presidential Unit citation with One Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Story uploaded: Saturday, September 29, 2007 / updated Tuesday, September 19, 2023
10/6/1930 – 1/18/09 Branch: Army Air Corp Rank: Corporal Unit: Military Police Service Dates: 1947 – 1950 County: Pettis City: Sedalia, MO Story uploaded: Saturday, October 27, 2007 Updated Monday, September 18, 2023
2/4/1912 – 10/15/2008 Branch: Navy Rank: Carpenter 1st Class Unit: USS Mattaponi Service Dates: 1942 – 1945 County: Pettis City: Sedalia, MO Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II, Atlantic and Mediterranean Theaters, Casablanca Story uploaded: Friday, September 28, 2007 / Updated: Monday, September 4, 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
10/2/1918 – 11/19/2016 Branch: Army Rank: 1st Class Unit: 861 Anti-Aircraft Service Dates: 1941 – 1945 Veteran Station: South Pacific County: Audrain Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II, Philippines Leyte, Okinawa, Story uploaded: Wednesday, June 6, 2007 / Updated: Sunday July 23, 2023
Victor P Bauer “Vick” 12/12/1922 – 7/5/2013 Branch: Army Air Corp & Infantry Rank: T-5 Unit: Chemical Weapons Service Dates: 1943 – 1946 County: St. Charles City: O’fallon, MO Conflicts/Significant Events: WWII Story uploaded: June 2010 / Updated: July 13, 2023
8/7/1926 – 8/24/2015 Branch: Navy Rank: Seaman 1st Class Unit: USS Wilkes Barre Service Dates: 1943 – 1947 County: Lafayette City: Lake Lafayette, MO Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II, Forward Assault of Okinawa and Japan, Diverted Japan during the invasion of Iwo Jima, Helped rescue the USS Bunker Hill, Present for the Japanese Surrender Ceremony & Occupation Of Japan Story uploaded: Thursday, October 4, 2007 / Updated: Wednesday, July 12, 2023
1/12/1925 – 12/13/2013 Branch: Navy Rank: Lt. Commander Unit: various ships Service Dates: 1943 – 1967 Veteran Station: Franklin County: Franklin Enlisted Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Pacific, Inchon Invasion, Wonsong River Patrol Force Story uploaded: Thursday, June 14, 2007 / Updated: Thursday June 22nd, 2023
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
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