George Cahill

. . George Cahill (November 5, 1925 - July 2, 2018) served with the 390th Bomb Group during World War II. He remembers always wanting to fly planes. But he didn’t think he’d become a togglier. Toggliers were enlisted bombardiers—they toggled open the bomb bay door switch. Bombardiers and navigators sat

Peter Zwieryznski

. . Peter Zwieryznski Sr. of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania spent nearly thirty years in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, the air force militia of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  “Every three years when my enlistment was up, I thought what the heck.  Might as well do another three years,” Pete says of

Joe Zalar

. . Air Force pilot Joe Zalar knew how dangerous it was to fly in Vietnam. After more than 220 missions, he became a flight instructor, sending hundreds of young men into combat. How many never came home? He wonders. The sadness is overwhelming. It's really tough to think about. This

Ben Wright

. . Despite having lived all over the world during his long Air Force career, you can still hear the Texas in Ben Wright’s voice.  He grew up in Big Bend Country, as far west in West Texas as you can get.  Now Ben and his wife live in Beaver, Pennsylvania,

Lew Weingard

. . At the tail end of the Korean War, Lew Weingard left Erie, Pennsylvania and wanted to fly planes in the Air Force.  But it was not meant to be.   So, after getting his commission from the enlisted ranks he was sent to post-war Japan and served with the 9th

Gary Schisler

. . Gary Schisler of Moon Township, Pennsylvania served in the United States Air Force from 1969 to 1999.  Lt. Col. Schisler flew C-130 air transports throughout his career while on active duty and as a reserve pilot from 1982-1999.   Growing up in a military family (Gary’s dad was a

Nathan Mallory

. . Nathan Mallory of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, grew up in the rural farming community of Titusville. Not wanting to remain in a small town, Nate enlisted in the United States Air Force in 2000–the first in his family to serve in the military, and as an Eagle Scout, he was well

Stephen Kisio

. . Stephen Kisio Originally from Leetsdale, Pennsylvania, Steve Kisio enlisted in the Air Force and worked as an air traffic controller through the Korean Conflict, Cold War, and Vietnam era.  He served in Okinawa and Da Nang.  In Da Nang he worked with a Vietnamese controller and had to

Larry Googins

. . Larry Googins Larry Googins is a native of Portland, Maine, raised by his widowed mother and grandmother.  As a kid, his family avidly followed the Korean War through radio reports.  A decade later, news about Vietnam came by way of black and white television.  “When I went to

Rudy Golling

. . During Rudy Golling’s long military career, he served first in the Army during WW II and then in the Air Force during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He retired from active duty in 1974, after thirty years of service.  Air Force work is often technical and highly skilled; Rudy’s

Alex Dyga

. . Alex Dyga of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a Pearl Harbor survivor.  He joined the Army just months prior to the Japanese attack on the Islands.  When the attack came, Alex was stationed on Hawaii as a “mule skinner.” He would serve the entire war on Hawaii.  At 92, Alex is

George D’Angelo

. . George D'Angelo George D’Angelo volunteered for the Air Force after graduating from Duquesne University in 1965.  He trained as a fighter pilot and was assigned to the 12th Tactical Fighter Wing at Cam Ranh Air Base in Vietnam, where he flew the F-4 Phantom II fighter-bomber on bombing

Lee Corfield

. . Lee Corfield When Lee Corfield graduated from high school in 1967, the Vietnam War was heating up and the military needed young men.  So Lee wondered when the draft would catch up to him.  It was a matter of time before we was ordered into the Army or