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 By Larry Nelson    Community    February 17, 2017

Lee R. Foster

Lee R. Foster had obtained a year of college at the University of Nebraska in the early 40s. He recalled that when the bombing at Pearl Harbor was going on, he was waiting tables at the women’s prison. His brother received a college scholarship...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Community    February 10, 2017

Richard L. Sherard Chief Warrant Officer · USMC & US Army · 1981 – 2013

Richard Sherard joined the United States Marine Corps before graduating from high school in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He had relatives who had been in the US Army and in the USMC. His thought was that if he had to go to war, he wanted to get the best...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Community    January 27, 2017

Floyd Watson, Jr.

F loyd Watson Jr. came from a family consisting of his parents and six children. The family lived in Durham, North Carolina. Floyd was an athlete in his high school years (football and track) and...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Community    January 20, 2017

Thomas L. Potton Captain · US Air Force · 2004 to 2011

Thomas Potton, “Tom” grew up in a family of people with strong military backgrounds. He also loved to fly and had his private pilot’s license by the time he was 17 years old. He lived in Alaska since 1982. His father was a commercial pilot and...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Community    January 13, 2017

Jmyle I. Koretz: Petty Officer 1st Class · US Navy · 2007-2011

Jmyle Koretz left high school at graduation time then moved about the country doing many jobs, getting training in several subjects, but seemingly not setting down any roots. At age twenty-three, he needed a job. He went one of many US Navy...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Community    January 6, 2017

Dennis W. Joynt Petty Officer - 2nd Class - U.S. Navy 1968 -1974

A situation that happened in several homes in the late 1960’s… a person who has graduated from high school wants to set out on his/her own course in life…his/her parents have a different plan. Dennis Joynt completed a semester of college in...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Community    December 30, 2016

William E. Simmons Lt. Commander - U.S. Navy - 1966-1987

Having a parent who had served in the US military (Navy) for over 30 years would have an influence on a young man. Upon graduation from high school, William Simmons (Bill) pretty much knew what he was going to be doing the next few years. He had...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Community    December 23, 2016

Murice J. Schaefer Sergeant - WWII - Jan. 1945-Nov. 1946

The Selective Service System (Draft Board) in the Fleming, Colorado area was close to being aggressive in late 1944 and into 1945. Maurice J. Schaeffer turned eighteen in March 1944. Before the year was out he was drafted. The Draft Board allowed...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Community    December 16, 2016

David M. McElwain Commander - U.S. Navy - 1989-2010

At age thirty-four, David McElwain was recruited into a Navy Reserve unit near Battle Creek, Michigan. A friend, who was already in the Reserve unit, knew of an opening and knew of just the right man...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Community    December 9, 2016

Lee H. Maddox Sergeant - U.S. Army - 2001-2009

Lee H. Maddox had graduated from high school and had completed a year and a half of college. He wasn’t real confident that his studies were helping him get to where he wanted to be. He thought his situation over carefully. He was in Memphis, TN att...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Opinion    December 2, 2016

Herbert J. Clark

VETERAN'S HISTORY PROJECT At about 20 years of age, Herbert Clark (Herb) was on a student deferment that enabled him and others to continue college studies. Each evening, the newscasts reported young men of his age being killed or wounded. Herb felt...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Community    November 23, 2016

Daniel N. Rouse Lt. Colonel - U.S. Army

From his early childhood, Daniel Rouse (Dan) wanted to be a soldier. During elementary school classes, the question to the students was: "what do you want to be when you grow up?" Most of the kids' an...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Community    November 18, 2016

Keith A. Hansen Master Chief - U.S. Navy - 1968-1990

In February 1968, Keith A. Hansen was still in high school when he enlisted in the US Navy. On the deferred enlistment program, one could pass the physical, take all the tests, and sign on the line. He/she was allowed to finish high school before...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Community    November 4, 2016

Charles Ray Livermont CWO II - U.S. Army - 1966-1968

Charles Ray Livermont (Ray) was a twenty year old kid who had graduated high school and had completed some college at South Dakota State University. One of the courses he enrolled in was the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). After a year and a...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Community    October 28, 2016

Richard L. Kaysen Staff Sgt. - U.S. Army - 1969-1971

In the late sixties, young men facing the draft had decisions to make. Many figured that about every third person drafted into military service was going to become a US Marine. That worked for some....

 
 By Larry Nelson    Community    October 21, 2016

Dustin G. Lara Corp. - U.S. Army - 2006-2011

In Long Beach, California Dustin Lara was the fifth of six sons born to his parents. The four brothers older than him each joined the US Army. The oldest was deployed to Kuwait and would call home when he could. At age 12, Dustin was in on the phone...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Community    October 14, 2016

Christine C. Mason Spc. 4 - U.S. Army - 1992-2001

In 1992, Christine Mason was a twenty two year old woman who had joined a hospital unit of the US Army Reserve. She had been slotted as a medical technologist. Christine had been going to college, was living alone and had a son. She was doing pretty...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Community    October 7, 2016

Donald C. Larson Staff Sgt. - U.S. Army - 1942-1945

By Larry Nelson Veteran’s History Project As was the case much of the time, the Cheyenne County Selective Service System was doing its job, drafting young men to help fill the ranks of the Army, mainly. After the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor,...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Community    September 24, 2016

Michael A. Farella Aviation Electrician 2nd Class

Michael Farella (Mike) had reached the age of twenty-four and since high school had done work in several different fields. He wasn’t sure where he was headed in life. He had worked three years in the electrical field. He called the US Navy recruiti...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Community    September 17, 2016

Staff Sergeant Kenneth W. Mueller

Kenneth Mueller (Ken) has been a part of this community for nearly all his ninety-four years! He was raised on a farm north of Potter, NE. He graduated high school and knew of the war raging in Europe and in the Pacific. Right out of high school, he...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Community    September 10, 2016

Sergeant Yuri Barilo

This particular Veterans History Project story is not like most of the others.It'll be told in three segments, like a good Clint Eastwood movie, "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." The Good: Yuri...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Community    September 3, 2016

Lt. Winifred Johnston Nichols

There was resident in Sidney named Winifred Johnston Nichols. She was only 94 years of age and lived with some assistance at Sloan Estates. She moved to Colorado to be closer to family members. She was very engaging and has quite a history of...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Community    August 20, 2016

Master Sergeant Hurshel Payne Wade Jr., Ret.

After WWII, the Army-Air Forces became the US Air Force. Keeping in mind the bureaucratic process involved, change wasn't really noticeable right away. Among other things, there was quite a surplus...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Community    August 6, 2016

Melvin D. Turner, Major, US Air Force - 1992-2013

When a young man or young woman graduates high school, that person should take a personal assessment of a few things. One of the biggest questions is whether he or she is mature enough to know what...

 
 By Larry Nelson    Community    July 16, 2016

Capt. Jodi L. Smith, U.S.A.F. Wyoming Air National Guard 2002

The Veterans History Project is about gathering and preserving the stories of those people who have given so much of themselves while in military service to the United States of America. The subject of the interviews could have been at Omaha Beach...

 

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