. . Walter Reddy of Sewickley, Pennsylvania enlisted in the Army Air Corps during WWII, serving in Europe through the end of the war. Since childhood, Walter had been fascinated with airplanes. “I was in love with the sky,” Walt says fondly, “and I always wanted to fly.” When Walt was
. . When Andy Nigut first saw his face after the wounding, he was horrified. A Vietnamese rocket propelled grenade had removed nearly 80% of his jaw and most of his teeth. He breathed through his neck, and his tongue was stitched down. He couldn’t scream, even if he wanted to.
. . During WWII, George Jock and Robert McKnight of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania served aboard the Baltimore-class heavy cruiser, USS Pittsburgh (CA-72). The ship saw intense action in the South Pacific and participated in the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. The Pittsburgh is most known for towing the USS Franklin (CV-13)
. . Dave Lots joined the Navy in 1964, while the Vietnam War was heating up. As an avionics technician, he served as aircrew aboard WW II era P-2 Neptune anti-submarine aircraft. In summer of 2013, Debby Rampolla and director Paula Kelly of Whitehall Public Library contacted us about a group
. . Henry Link took flying lessons as a teenager in the Great Depression near his home in the Banksville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. In 1941, he joined the navy and became a pilot, but instead of being sent into combat he was sent to Texas to train other navy air crews.
. . George Kolsun always wanted to fly. And during WW II he did, but not in the way he expected. “I wanted to be a pilot, but the Army put me into an airborne infantry unit.” Gliders! One of the most dangerous flying contraptions of the war. Worse, he was
. . Howard Pfeifer had never heard of the Merchant Marines when a cousin in the Navy advised him to join in 1943. “You know you’re going to be drafted, and you’ll go wherever they need you,” he said. But, in the Merchant Marines, Howard could call his own shots. Eager
. . David Kennedy David Kennedy entered the US Navy on February 19, 1944 after working in a shipyard in Ambridge, PA for 10 months. He served as an engineer aboard an LST in the Pacific and left the Navy on July 14, 1946. missing video/audio
. . Ed Kelly Ed Kelly was drafted into the Navy after completing his medical internship at Mercy Hospital in 1968. He shipped to Vietnam and served as a field medical officer with the 3rd Marine Division, a job that required him to go out on patrols and order medivac
. . John Justi John J. Justi left his hometown of New Brighton, Pennsylvania to serve as an infantryman in the US Army during WWII. Previously as a high school senior working weekends at the Jones & Laughlin steel mill along the Ohio River, John routinely watched newly-built war-bound LSTs
. . Hartley Johnston Hartley Johnston of Cheswick, Pennsylvania talks about his experiences as an electronics technician aboard a destroyer (USS Wiltsie DD 716) during the Korean War. 2013: Year of the Korean War Veteran The Department of Defense 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee, authorized in the 2011
. . Don Johnson Don Johnson, a second generation veteran, joined the Coast Guard on August 4, 1964, the same day President Lyndon B. Johnson announced that the USS Maddox had been fired on in the Gulf of Tonkin. Don was sent to Vietnam in 1967 and was stationed off
. . George Jock During WWII, George Jock and Robert McKnight of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania served aboard the Baltimore-class heavy cruiser, USS Pittsburgh (CA-72). The ship saw intense action in the South Pacific and participated in the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. The Pittsburgh is most known for towing the
. . 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