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May 17, 2008

BLAST 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
    US Marines Creed
  US Army National Guard Creed
   US Air National Guard Creed

 

    US Merchant Marines   

           

Francis (US Navy), Isy (US Marines) (Randy's Mom and Dad) and Randy (US Air Force)

           

Ivan Beck (US Navy)  and Leon Beck (US Navy) - (Jill's and Randy's Uncles)

           

Edmond 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, 293 Infantry

Taylor - (Gary's son) -U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Military Service Honor Roll for Class Members, Family and Friends

(Please feel free to Contact Us to add a name to the list)

  • Rob Clevenger - US Army and US Marines - cousin of Jerry and Deb - just returned from 2nd tour of duty in Iraq.

  • Robert Durbin- US Marines - cousin of Deb  serving his 5th tour of duty in Iraq.

  • Rick Crist -Army National Guard, Company B, 1st Battalion, 293 Infantry.

  • Paul Nelson - Served in Vietnam.

  • Larry Gard - US Army.

  • Mike 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. base camp!

  • Randy Wormer - US Marines - friend of Greg and Jana.  Served in Vietnam.

  • Deiter Leudike - US Army - Served in Vietnam.

  • Ralph J. Pitman -  US Army, signed-up for the draft in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Served from 1943 to 1949.

  • Charlie Virgil Staggs - 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.

  • John Alvin Staggs - US Army.

  • Chuck Thomason - US Army, 20 year veteran.  Served in Desert Storm.

  • Steve Croyle - US Marines - Served in Vietnam.

  • Jerry Williams - US Navy.

  • Lee Morford - US Army.

  • Bob Webb - US Army - Served in Vietnam.

  • Charles L. Herr - US Navy - Served in WWII.  Father of Greg.

  • Kenneth T. Herr - 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 Germany.

  • Harold 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.

  • James Born - US Army - Uncle of Greg.  Fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

  • Robert Born - US Army - Uncle of Greg.

  • Joseph L. Herr - 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.

Thank You

     Faces of Indiana's Fallen   

The Human Statue of Liberty

This 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.

Please follow this link for further information on this photograph and to see more exciting human photos created by Mole & Thomas during WWI.

Camp Dodge

My Dad

by Deb Durbin

My dad, 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!

From 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!

My dad 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 benefits.  

Dad died 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. 

The 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.    

My 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!  

My Dad

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 shirt 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.

Ever wonder if there might be something you could do to help our servicemen and servicewomen overseas?  Click the link below and see what you can do!

 Operation Komando