. . Francis “Frank” Hynds was born in The Bronx, New York City. By his own admission, Frank wasn’t a very good student but he was smart enough to know that joining the Coast Guard in the 1950s would be a good job for a kid looking for his start in
. . Russ Henderson Russ Henderson was born in England, but he grew up in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. At 99, Russ can still vividly recall his time serving in US Army during WWII. He was drafted in May 1941 and served five years, first as an enlisted soldier and then an
. . George Haught George Haught of Monaca, Pennsylvania served with the US Marines during the Vietnam War. He was one of the few marines to endure the entire Battle of Huế City in 1968--one of the bloodiest and longest battles of the Vietnam War. George shares his story with
. . Leonard Hammonds II Leonard Hammonds followed a long and proud family tradition of military service by serving in the Marine Corps from 1997 to 2005 in MP Co. B, HQ Service Bn., 4th Force Service Support Group. That experience infused Leonard with a deep commitment to service,
. . Harold Hall During WWII, Harold Hall went from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Tech (now called Carnegie Mellon University) to flying long-haul Army Air Corps transport planes throughout Alaska, Canada, and the northern United States. It wasn’t exciting duty, Harold recalls, but it was, nonetheless, important to the overall war effort.
. . Dick Guenther Dick Guenther entered the US Army in February 1943. He was an infantryman in the 3rd Army and fought in Northern France. He landed on Utah Beach, Normandy on July 1 as a replacement. Before leaving the Army, he received the Purple Heart among other medals.
. . Warren Goss Warren G. Goss entered the US Army in 1943 where he served as a rifleman fighting in Europe and participating in the Normandy invasion. Mr. Goss was a member of the 531st Special Brigade, which was one of the earliest units to land at Utah Beach. In
. . 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
. . Joseph Goldbach Far out in front of the infantry—sometimes forward of the front line itself—are the forward artillery observation units. During WW II, Joe Goldbach served in such a unit, working his way deep into Japanese territory ahead of the advancing American forces. He carried a machine gun
. . Fred Garrow During WWII, Fred Garrow, Jr. left his home in Uniontown, Pennsylvania and served as an infantryman in Europe with the 79th Division. He would spend a career in the army. He was twice sent to Korea during that war, but when the Vietnam War broke out
. . Dick Gardner Dick Gardner served in the Army during WW II. He spent most of his time in the Pacific patrolling the Philippines. On one assignment he was given a secret code machine and taught to send and receive cryptic messages. “And here’s a .45 pistol,” he was told.
. . Josh Galiyas Josh Galiyas of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania served with the 101st Airborne Division and US Southern Command from 2001-2008. He was in army basic training during the 9/11 attack and in 2003 he was among the first troops to enter Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While
. . Bob Gale After graduating from Dartmouth College in May 1942, Bob Gale applied to become a Navy cryptographer. He failed the physical because of his glasses and a shoulder injury. He volunteered for the Army Air Corps and eventually was assigned to the Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC). He
. . People tend to think of the Vietnam War as a ground and air war—jungle skirmishes, napalm, villages aflame, rice patty strafing. But the navy’s surface fleet played a significant role in the war effort as well. Some sailors served in the demure but omnipresent “brown water navy,” patrolling the
. . Thomas Franus Thomas Franus of Ellwood City, Pennsylvania was almost out of the Army. One month to go and he’d be home for Christmas 1963, closing out an exhausting tour of duty with the Army’s elite Honor Guard in Washington DC. One month on an easy down slope.
. . Charlie Frank Charlie Frank, Sr. of Rochester, Pennsylvania was drafted in late 1942, picking up the 94th Infantry in Kansas for a year of training. He finally came ashore in Europe D+94 at Omaha Beach, “still littered with helmets and rifles.” Charlie and The Pilgrim Division would then endure more
. . John Francis John Francis of Blairsville, Pennsylvania was an engineering student at Penn State during WWII. Sign up to join the army now, an ROTC commander urged him, and he’d get some credit for his schooling before being drafted. It seemed like a deal. After basic and artillery
. . Reid Feather During WWII, Reid Feather of Moon Township, Pennsylvania served as a Navy sonarman aboard PC-1265, a new anti-submarine patrol ship that worked the Eastern seaboard from the Caribbean to Canada. Upon entering the service, Reid trained in Great Lakes, Illinois and then shipped to Key West,
. . Ed Ernst US Senator Howard Baker, Secretary of State Warren Christopher, actor Jackie Cooper, talk show host Johnny Carson, and Ed Ernst were among the select men who entered military service through the Navy’s prestigious college to commission program called “V-12.” Ed officially entered the Navy in 1943,
. . Rick Erisman Rick Erisman of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania joined the navy, serving as a radioman from 1969 to 1973. As to why he enlisted in the service after graduating college in North Carolina he admits, “I really didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I did want to