Carl Streng Jr.: A cook and a butcher


Carl Streng served from 1943-1946 as a cook aboard the USS Kadashan Bay (escort carrier) in the Pacific. He worked as a cook and a 40-mm gun loader.

Amon Reinhart: Royal Order of Blue Nose


Amos Reinhart did 26 months of duty aboard the USS North Hampton. He traveled the world, from Norway to the Mediterranean to the Arctic Circle.

George E. Owen: MASH as it really was


George Owen received a Purple Heart for his service in the Korean War, which included his involvement in combat battles at Pork Chop Hill and Triangle Hill.

Edward N. Murray: Two wars, nine medals


Ed Murray served in the Navy during World War II as well as the Korean War. He received nine medals for his service, including one from the people of Korea.

Paul A. Loeffler: A valued clerk


Paul Loeffler spent the Korean War as a clerk, was assigned to the famous 2nd Infantry Division and was involved in battle at Heartbreak Ridge.

Jerry Juliano: Witness to death, destruction


Death, destruction, and total devastation is how 98-year-old WWII veteran Jerry Juliano describes his impression of landing on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944.

Claude H. Choate: An ominous start


Claude Choate served with the US Army from June 1944 to April 1946. His service began on an ominous note when his troop train to basic training derailed.

Pete Balma: Trying to stay alive


When Pete arrived in Korea,  fierce fighting was still going on, back and forth for inches of ground. He spent 14 months there before returning home.

Jess B. Holcomb: A life-saving Bible


Jess Holcomb served in Korea and was part of the second landing near Inchon. He received three Purple Hearts because he was 'shot once and blown up twice.'

Bill Lillwitz: 210 missions in 6 months


Bill Lillwitz flew 210 missions, received the Bronze Star and 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses. He was shot down once and had to bail out twice.

Joe McCormack Jr.: Dental assistant


Joe served from November of 1951 to September 1952 in Korea as a dental hygienist. He found out about the job after he talked to a pretty receptionist.

Erwin Rabin: Aloha and Mahalo


Erwin Rabin served in the Army from 1953 to 1955. He spent six months in Korea at the end of the war. He was then assigned as a Company clerk in Hawaii.

Al Vosylius: Back in Germany


Al Vosylius, a native of Lithuania, served in the Army from 1952 to 1954. He worked with the artillery testing team of the US Army 5th Corps.

Wally P. Wienert: Getting ready to fly


Wally Wienert served in the Navy from 1948 to 1952. He was assigned to the USS Boxer CV21, a carrier that made four trips back and forth to Korea.

Lawrence Facchinello: A sense of duty


Lawrence served as a heavy equipment operator in Korea. He helped rebuild the Han River waterway and worked with Korean contractors who spoke no English.

Andy Dziagwa: Trumpeter of the band


Andy was in combat operations code-named Killer and May Massacre, received the Purple Heart, and is in the International Polka Association Hall of Fame.