Veteran Stories







 
     

TERRANCE J. COLLINS

Sep 05 2014
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Sgt. Maj. Terrance James Collins was a very proud Marine and Vietnam veteran, serving two (2) tours of duty there. He was also deployed and at sea when the Iran Contra Affair broke out. Early in his career Sgt. Maj. Collins served as a drill instructor in South Carolina and held his Sgt. Maj. rank for 18 years with several accommodations. 

GEORGE E. PECK

Sep 05 2014
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George Peck, my grandfather, was a World War II veteran, who served in the Pacific and fought in major battles on the Islands. He did what we would now consider Black Ops; because, he was a demolition expert and spent most of his time behind enemy lines blowing up bridge and things.

PHILIP TERENCE ELMORE

Sep 05 2014
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Philip T. Elmore is currently serving in Germany. His unit processes the paperwork and orders to transition members of the military from war zones back to the United States. He began his career as a Gunner's Mate with the Seventh Fleet aboard the USS Wichita, in the Pacific, just prior to the Gulf War.

JAMES R. WICKER

Jul 15 2014
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My father, Lt. Col. James R. Wicker, was a B-17 pilot in WWII and after surviving a plane crash was interned as a POW in Stalag Luft I.  He returned home in July of 1945 and continues to serve in the USAF as a pilot until his retirement in 1963.  He passed away in 1990, always my hero! - Jill Gooding

JUANTREA T. BRADLEY, Sr.

Jul 15 2014
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I will be voting in honor of my husband, SSG Juantrea T. Bradley, Sr. He was in the Army for 9 years and served his country to the fullest. On March 12, 2008 my husband was killed in action while in Iraq serving with the 7th Sustainment Brigade special troops battalion. Thank you for giving me the chance to honor him on this day. Love and miss you honey. HaaHoo! - Ava Bradley

WILLIAM CLYDE HENRY

Jul 15 2014
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I am writing to honor a Veteran on Election Day. It will be in honor or memory of William Clyde Henry. Your flyer says in honor; however, William Clyde passed away on January 14, 1999. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was in the 104th Division, Company G, and he was in the timber wolves. Thank you for your contributions to our veterans.  - Patsy Mathis

ROBERT MICHAEL CASEY

Jul 15 2014
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I would like to respectfully request that my vote in the November 4, 2008 General Election be recorded to honor a friend who along with 691 other Hospital Corpsman gave their last full measure to their country.

HM3 Robert Michael Casey and 691 other Navy Hospital Corpsmen Colleagues listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the NAVY CROSS posthumously for extraordinary heroism on 16 May 1968 while serving as a corpsman with Company "G", Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, 1st Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam.

JEAN and BARNEY LEON RENTZ

Jul 15 2014
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Thank you for allowing me the honor of telling my family’s story about our United States Air Force Veterans’.

Mother, Jean and Father Barney Leon Rentz, met and married in Florida, where my father flew for the Hurricane squad. In the 1950’s when a man and woman met, fell in love then married, both could not stay in the service. Uncle Sam could not promise to keep the two together when transfer time came. Thus, my mother got out, and married a simple GI. Not that long after, 2 years, their first born, a daughter came into their lives. Struck with polio, and my dad knowing how much medical bill where to come, they made a choice to make the air force his carrier(I should say our carrier). He switched from flying to working on those big birds as he called them. 2 years later, I came along, then 5 years my younger sister. (during which they had two other children that did not make it).

KYLE REID BEAVER

Jul 15 2014
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October 1st would have been my father's 76th birthday, however, he passed away in 1987 from cancer, which we feel was related to his years of service as a firefighter for the City of Salisbury.

I would like to vote this year in honor of my father, Kyle Reid Beaver.  He served in the US Army in the 1950's.  Many times he told us, that he wished he had made the Army his career, but he went on to serve our community in a honorable way in the fire service.

JAMES PRESTON STALLINGS

Jul 15 2014
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I choose to honor my father, James Preston Stallings, with my vote. Daddy was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US Navy, assigned to the USS North Carolina Battleship. Oh, how he loved her!! Oh, how he loved this country!

Following the horror of December 7, 1941, it was virtually impossible to find an American male who was not ready to fight for our country; or so I've been told. My maternal Grandmother watched as 2 of her 3 sons went away to war. The oldest to the Coast Guard. The middle son was a pilot in the Army Air Corps, and served in the European theater. The youngest who was 4 years younger than my mother, and the "baby" of the family , could not join his older brothers during the war, but still joined the Navy when his age allowed. My Grandmother, I'm told, would sing her way through every day---- until her sons went off to war; and then the reason to sing, she could no longer find.

Dedication

Let's have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.

Abraham Lincoln