Anthem of the United States of America
FROM THE PAST!
America will never be destroyed from the
outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because
we destroyed ourselves. - Abraham Lincoln
May 17, 2008 was Armed
Forces Day and May 26, 2008 is Memorial Day. We would like
to take this opportunity to thank those men and women who have
served and who are currently serving in our nation's military
service. Below are pictures of classmates and members of
their families who have given service to our nation, some family
stories, and links to interesting websites and information.
US Army Creed
US Navy Creed
US Air Force Creed
National Guard Creed
Air National Guard Creed
US Merchant Marines
Francis (US Navy), Isy (US Marines) (Randy's Mom and Dad) and
Randy (US Air Force)
Beck (US Navy) and Leon Beck (US Navy) - (Jill's and Randy's Uncles)
McInturff - WWI - (Father of Jill's mother's friend) and James
Edward McInturff - Korean Conflict - (Jill's mother's friend)
Ted - Staff
Sergeant, E-6, US Army National Guard, Company B, 1st Battalion,
Taylor - (Gary's son) -U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Honor Roll for Class Members, Family and Friends
(Please feel free
to Contact Us
to add a name to the list)
- US Army and US Marines - cousin of Jerry and Deb - just
returned from 2nd tour of duty in Iraq.
US Marines - cousin of Deb serving his
duty in Iraq.
Crist -Army National Guard, Company B,
1st Battalion, 293 Infantry.
Nelson - Served in Vietnam.
Gard - US Army.
Mangas - US Army -
served in Chu
Chi ,Vietnam 1966-1967. One of Vietnam's major tourist
stops are the Chu Chi tunnels. The Viet Cong had
underground tunnels (miles of them) under/around this U.S.
- US Marines - friend of Greg and Jana. Served in Vietnam.
- US Army - Served in Vietnam.
Pitman - US Army,
signed-up for the draft in Cincinnati, Ohio. Served
from 1943 to 1949.
- US Army. Served in WWII. Wounded, shot in
the leg, while parachuting out of a plane and he still has
the bullet in his leg.
Alvin Staggs -
US Army, 20
year veteran. Served in Desert Storm.
- US Marines - Served in Vietnam.
- US Navy.
- US Army.
- US Army - Served in Vietnam.
- US Navy - Served in WWII. Father of Greg.
- US Air Force - Served in WWII. Uncle of Greg.
Paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country on March 24,
1945 after being shot down while on his 17th mission over
J. Born - US Army - Served in WWII.
Uncle of Greg. Captured by Germans and spent a few
months of the war in a POW camp.
US Army - Uncle of Greg. Fought in the Battle of the
US Army - Uncle of Greg.
- US Army - Served in WWII. Great Uncle of Greg.
HONOR A HERO - THANK A VETERAN! Freedom
isn't free, so the next time you see a serviceman or woman in
uniform, make a special effort to thank them for their service.
Chances are, they also have families that sacrifice every day so
we may enjoy freedom!
Ever wonder how to say thank you when you see a military person
in uniform? See a simple way to do it from across a room or as
you are passing by. Click on the link to learn how.
Faces of Indiana's Fallen
Human Statue of Liberty
picture was taken in 1918. It is made up of thousands of
men preparing for war in a training camp at Camp Dodge, Iowa,
and was designed to assist in selling war bonds. A gift
from our grandfathers. Imagine how long these men had to stand
in that one spot to set it up correctly. This took an
enormous amount of planning, patience, positioning and
determination to send their message to us - and to the world.
Their love of country speaks loud and clear.
follow this link for further information on this photograph and
to see more exciting human photos created by Mole & Thomas
by Deb Durbin
Roy Durbin, (who was not my dad YET when this happened) was
drafted into the Army for WWII at the ripe age of 35. You see
my dad was still single! Anyway, he ran /owned a gas station in
Winchester at the time. The bus picked up the recruits in
Winchester and headed to Indianapolis to be sworn into the
service. However, on the way the bus was in a wreck. Actually,
I recently discovered a newspaper clipping that said a horse
drawn wagon pulled into the path of the bus. The horse was
killed instantly it said!
stories over the years I was told my dad had just switched seats
with George Daly and was sitting in a seat with the wheel
cover. On impact the metal wheel cover broke and almost cut my
dad’s leg off below the knee. George helped secure a band
around my dad’s leg and stayed with him until help arrived.
Probably saving his life!
had his leg removed above the knee because of infections. He
spent about a year in the hospital and/or in rehabilitation.
The point of this story is that because my dad had not been
“officially” sworn into the army, the government did not want to
pay any benefits. Supposedly, his case went to the Supreme
Court, where he was finally declared a war veteran with
in the fall of 1967. He never talked about his disability or
how it happened. My story has been pieced together from
different conversations with family and friends over the years.
Some of it may not be correct, but this is what I’ve heard.
rest of the story, as Paul Harvey used to say…………He married my
mom at the age of 40, she was 24 and they had three daughters
Dana, Debbie and Deanna.
biggest regret is that my dad did not live long enough for me to
appreciate what he did for our family and be able to tell him.
He worked four jobs for much of my life. He worked full time at Overmyer Mould in the factory. His part time jobs were picking
up the mail at the depot each day when the passing train dropped
it off and taking it to the post office. On Saturday nights he
bartended at the American Legion, plus he sold advertising items
out of the back of our station wagon. He was a busy man. Maybe
that’s why I didn’t get to know him. I only know he never let
his disability stand in his way or used it as an excuse!
by Lola Pitman
Ralph J. Pitman, U.S. Army, signed-up for
the draft in Cincinnati, Ohio. Served from 1943 to 1949
and was going to re-up thinking he couldn't get a job. Mom
said "The Army or us!" He work on Herman Slacks' farm and drove
a taxi cab in Winchester until one of his fares told him about Overmyer Mold hiring. Dad was a Mold Maker from 1951 till
he died in Sept. 1968. I miss my parents so much. Mom died in 2005. That
fare was Maxine Cook Kidwell that ended up in 1967 as becoming
one of my aunts by marriage. Dad had ended up getting a
blister on his foot from new boots during a march overseas. The
blister burst and infection spread to both feet and
finally both of his hands yet he served. He ended up
getting a disability check of $18.00 a month. Dad had open
heart surgery in 1963, a hole in his heart the size a quarter
and a vein out of place, that was a birth defect. You could hear
dad's heart beating all over the house at night when he was
asleep. Mom crawled into bed with me after he would go to sleep
and if you would go to the end of the bed the bed moved with
every beat. The years 1963-1965 was a hard one for our
family. Lonnie was going to Indiana University in 1963 but quit
to come home and started work at Anchor Hocking. Mom
got a job a J.C. Penney during the day while Jerry and I went to
school. Evenings we would go to Dayton, Ohio to
visit dad at Good Samaritan
Hospital where he was from September 1963 till January 1964.
Jerry and I would do our homework while mom and Lonnie would
visit dad. Remember the Indiana Maps
we had to do? Mine was rolled up and rolled out so many times.
We would get home at 1 or 2 o'clock in the mornings and everyone
would get up for work &/or school the next morning.
Christmas of 1963 was a skirt and blouse for me, Jerry slack and
and we were happy to get them. Overmyer Mold was
really good to us, they took up donations to help our family.
It was Wilbur Snyder who brought the donations to us, he ended
up being my uncle by marriage in 1967. HA! Dad never
talked about the war yet I have picture postcards that he
brought back from France. I used them for a report on
France that I did in school believe 7th or 8th grade.
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