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

Paul Zolbrod

. . Paul G. Zolbrod of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania was shipped off to the Army during the heart of winter, 1953.  He was twenty, and like so many other young men during the 1950s, Mr. Zolbrod was drafted into a quietly raging military conflict on the Korean peninsula.  Some call it The Forgotten

Peter Zivic

. . Peter P. Zivic Jr. grew up in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a teenager when Hitler invaded Poland and Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, Peter Zivic followed the daily developments of World War II daily. He supported the war effort by training younger pilots; only a close call kept

Al Zimmerman

. . Al Zimmerman was still in high school when Pearl Harbor was bombed, and he still remembers people screaming about what had happened and listening to the radio for more information.  He had an older brother stationed at Hickam Field in Hawaii, and unlike today it took several weeks for

Ernest Ziga

. . Ernest Ziga of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania served with the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946.  After training as a flight cadet at Yale University and earning a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant, Ernest shipped west became a B-17 maintenance officer.  In the South Pacific he served with the 873rd

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

Joe Zablotny

. . During WW II, Joe Zablotny sailed on the destroyer, USS Newcomb (DD-586)–said to be the most attacked ship in the Pacific.  Once they were hit by five Kamikaze planes–four striking the 376 foot destroyer at the same time.  “We took one hell of a beating,” Joe says of the

Milan Yencho

. . Milan Yencho began his military career in 1947 when he entered the US Navy. After serving aboard the destroyers USS Howard (DD-179) and USS Thomas (DE-102) he transferred to the US Coast Guard in 1952 where he sailed aboard 4 other ships.

Alex Yawor

. . Alex Yawor served with the US Marines in the Pacific during WWII. Painter Yawor produces portraits of killed military personnel Your Content Goes Here

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,

Ron Worstell

. . Ron Worstell was drafted into the Army after dropping out of college in March 1968.  He was shipped to Vietnam in September 1968.  After several patrols, he asked for the job of radio operator, which required him to haul a 26-pound radio pack on missions with the First Infantry

Rick Witherell

. . Rick Witherell of Tionesta, Pennsylvania served in the Army at the end of the Cold War, but when his reserve unit was called up during the Gulf War, he deployed to Kuwait. Despite being the first day of spring 2014, it snowed the day we preserved the stories of

Bill Winowich

. . Bill Winowich became a medic in the US Army, but he spent his first couple of days in the army as a patient in the hospital–he had lost consciousness after his arm had swelled to double its size from the tetanus shot he had received. After a harrowing 16 day

John S. Williams

. . Army Captain John S. Williams of Ridgway, Pennsylvania served as a medical doctor with the 104th Medical Battalion of the 29th Division.  Shortly after his daughter Ann was born, he was killed in Normandy in 1944 when his Jeep struck a mine as it rushed to the wounded on

Bob Williams

. . Bob landed at Parris Island at a hard time for the Marines.  The Corps was so short of manpower that the teenage Bob soon became a drill instructor, barking orders at recruits a dozen years older than he.By 1944, Bob had transferred to the new 24th Marine Regiment,

Tom Wiley

. . Tom Wiley flew over 50 missions as a B-17 pilot in the 15th Air Force in Italy during World War II.  He never wanted to be a pilot.  He wanted to be a Marine, like his WWI veteran father.  But, as an ROTC cadet at Ohio State, he was

Rege Wessell

. . Regis Wessell of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania wanted to be a marine, like his uncle who served in WWI, but the recruiter didn’t think the young lad had the right stuff.  “Go join the Boy Scouts,” the gruff Sgt. barked, belittling Regis for his small stature.  Besides, he was only seventeen.

Ed Wenger

. . The scenery was stunning, but the land below was so desolate that their aerial maps were often blank.  For the men transporting supplies and troops from India into the heart of China’s high plateau region, the trip was as dangerous as any combat mission of WW II.  Even without

Leonard Weitzman

. . During WW II Leonard Weitzman served with the Army in Europe. During June 2-3, 2013, we had the fortunate opportunity to hear and preserve the stories of six Pittsburgh area WWII veterans at century old Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum.  As we usually did during our visits

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