Fred Trapp – The Torpedo Man

  Fred Trapp World War II U.S. Navy 2nd Class Torpedo Puerto Rico/Stateside Mr Fred felt like his service was not that important, but before I interviewed him, I made sure he realized that it took everyone’s contribution during the war to achieve victory.  As you will see, his presence in the Caribbean and Gulf of…

Helen Ricketts Hooks Rownd – Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP)

November 27, 1920 – October 3, 2016 (Age 95) Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) 319th Army Air Force Flight Training Detachment WWII  Regrettably I learned of Mrs Helen’s passing too late to attend her memorial service, but I am fortunate to have seen her one last time in the hospital before she passed in October….

John Alexander – “…Very Much Like M*A*S*H”

Sgt. John Alexander U.S. Army – Vietnam  101st Airborne, 326th Combat Engineers, Company A John Alexander is an active member of local military organizations and is the current commander of VFW Post #3652 in Hammond, LA. He served in Vietnam as a parts clerk for the 101st Airborne Combat Engineers. As he describes his military…

John Nutefall — The Air Traffic Control Scholar

Master Sergeant John Nutefall U.S. AirForce Air Traffic Control  NKP (Nakhon Phanom, Thailand) , Madrid, United States   Mr. John Nutefall had a successful career as an air traffic controller during and after the Vietnam War. He obtained two bachelors’ degrees, two masters’ degrees, and learned Castilian Spanish before serving in Madrid. Unfortunately a brain…

L. James Siracuse – “I KNEW I Wasn’t Coming Back”

Cap. L. James Siracuse World War II – Army Air Corps Pilot – 9th Air Force ,416th Bomb Group, 668th Squadron,  Were you drafted or did you enlist in the service? “I enlisted.” When was that? “Well when I was a young kid – like eight years old, nine years old – I was playing touch…

“Red” Larkin – “I Was There, Present…”

GMCS Hector Harold “Red” Larkin Gunner’s Mate, Senior Chief  USS Fletcher DDE 445, USS Intrepid, USS Kitty Hawk Korea – Vietnam  Mr. “Red” Larkin spent 20 years in the Navy. Like Forrest Gump, he seemed to find himself at critical moments in history — witnessing the first hydrogen bomb test and picking up one of…

Dr. A.L. Palmer – The Seabee

   SF3 Abraham Lincoln Palmer Naval Construction Battalion “Seabees” 3rd Class Shipfitter WWII – Europe and Philippines Dr. A. L. Palmer passed away on October 28, 2015 at the age of 93.  Thank you for your service, Dr. Palmer! Dr. Palmer has been a Baptist preacher for almost 70 years, but before he served his church…

Sal Lamonte – One of the “Chosin Few”

Cpl. Salvador Lamonte US Army – 92nd Armored Field Artillery Battalion – “Red Devils” Korean War – Battle of the Chosin Reservoir Presidential Unit Citation Mr. Sal is a proud veteran and, he should be.  He served through the Chosin Reservoir Campaign in Korea and lived to tell the tale. The Battle of the Chosin Reservoir in…

John Prien — The Indispensible Accountant

Chief Master Sergeant John Prien Accounting and Finance – United States Air Force Korean War, Vietnam War, Career Air Force  Where were you when you enlisted, or were you drafted? I was graduating from the university in Huron, South Dakota — a church school. They were calling me in for the draft — for the…