Herndon HS Family WWII Memorial page

(The image below titled 'D-Day' is borrowed from nps.gov)

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  • Leo  J. Miller : Leo J. Miller was a Petty Officer 1st Class and served aboard the USS LST 355. The ship was involved in the invasions of North Africa, Sicily, and Normandy on D-Day. He died in 2017 at the age of 96. 

  • Robert F. Peterson : Lt. JG Robert F. Peterson served in the US Navy in the South Pacific, assigned to the  USS Burden R. Hastings, a Destroyer Escort. His work was in the field of Radar and the Combat Information Center responsible for receiving, evaluating and plotting all information from sonar, radar, bridge, lookouts, radio signal lights and other pertinent items. This ship was designed, armed and programmed to escort convoys and troop transport ships from the US Mainland and/or Hawaii to the Pacific Theater of operations and also to search for and destroy enemy submarines. On June 16, 1944, in the vicinity of the Marshall Islands, the USS Burden R. Hastings found a Japanese submarine and, after launching a vigorous attack, sunk the submarine. 

  • John George Wagner : John George Wagner was a Corporal in the U.S. Air Force.  His plane crashed in Bari, Italy returning from his first bombing run in Austria.

  • James J. Brizzolara : Master Sergeant James Brizzolara served in the US Army with the 3112th Signal Service Batallion. He was in the second wave that landed on Utah Beach.  He was involved in five campaigns through Europe- Normandy Campaign, Northern France Campaign, Ardennes-Alsce Campaign/Battle of the Bulge, Rhineland Campaign, and the Central European Campaign.

  • Carl Vogel : Carl Vogel was a bomber pilot on D-Day; he flew 33 combat missions.

  • Eugene Thompson : Staff Sergeant Eugene Thompson served in the Army Corps of Engineers, and helped create materials for fighting in the war such as resources to help make bridges. 

  • James  Cary : James Cary was involved in the invasion as part of an artillery unit, and served as Technician 5th grade (forward observer) with Battery B of the 733rd Field Artillery Battalion. 

  • Frank C. Rose : Frank C. Rose was a bomber pilot in the B24 Liberators flying "Suzanne."  This third bombing mission was D-Day. He was a captain in the US Army Air Corps, a B24J Aircraft Commander who performed 25 aerial combat missions.  His third mission was the D-Day Invasion. He was shot down on his 13th mission, but landed safely in England. He served in the Eighth Air Force, 491st Bomb Group "Ringmasters" missions over France and Germany from June 2, 1944 until April, 1945. 

  • Charles  Moseley : Charles Moseley was a Staff Sergeant assigned to the 11th Anti-Aircraft Weapons Group, and was active throughout Europe until the end of the war. He was at Utah Beach in Normandy on D + 1 (June 7th).  Charles passed away on June 21, 2017 at the age of 94.

  • William L. Lane : Staff Sergeant William L. Lane served in the U.S. Army Air Corps.  He was an radio operator in B-17s and C-46s. 

  • Carroll S.Rankin : Carroll S. Rankin  was a Major in the US Army Air Corps.  As a navigator, he flew 29 missions in the South Pacific.  He was later a navigational instructor. His photographs as a teacher were featured in Life Magazine on Sept 28, 1942. 

  • Lawrence Paul Monahan, Jr. : Col. Monahan, US Army, attended Harvard University until called to active duty in the Army in 1943. He served in WWII in the 346th Inf. Reg. entering France through the Normandy landing point, not long after D-Day and fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. Paul also participated in the Ardennes-Alsace and Rhineland campaigns in Europe.  He was called back to the United States in 1945 to attend West Point where he graduated in 1949.  He later served in both Korea and Vietnam and retired after 32 years of service.  Paul died in 2012 at the age of 88 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.  

  • E. Clinton Stokes : Lt. E. Clinton Stokes received his pilot certification prior to taking Basic Flying School at Lackland Air Base and was deployed to England in April, 1944.  He served as a C-47 pilot in the Ninth Air Force. Clinton graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in agricultural commerce and ran the agriculture program for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for three decades post-war. He was known as “Clinton” to his family, and “Smokey” to everyone else.

  • Bert Haneline : Military Branch -  Army

  • Harry Franklin Haneline : Harry Franklin Haneline served in the U.S. Army Tank Command. He was in the tank when it got hit; the explosion flipped the tank over and broke Harry's back.  Harry  recovered and returned to farming in Graves County, KY.

  • JT Tidwell : JT Tidwell served in the US Army. Military Branch: Army -  Murrell's Marauders

  • Gerald Goodman : Jerry, US Navy, was a Fireman First Class on the USS LST 510, and drove one of the landing boats in the first wave.  He made it back to his ship but delivering troops on the second wave the boat was hit. For his outstanding achievements, he was awarded the American Theatre Medal, the European Theater Medal, the WWII Victory Medal, and the medal of the French Legion of Honor.

  • Harris Weinstock : Harris was on a minesweeper just prior to the initial invasion.  When the first wave started, his ship's mission was to rescue soldiers whose landing crafts were blown up before reaching Omaha Beach.  He would tell the story of retrieving bodies for days after the invasion was completed.  His ship also sunk a German submarine; 30-40 years after the war at one of the ship's reunions, their guest was the captain of the German submarine.

  • John Joseph Gormley Jr. : Johnny was a student at Catholic University when he registered for the draft.  He enlisted in February 1943 and served until December 1945.  He was a lieutenant in the navy and was the executive officer on a LCI (Landing Craft Infantry). During the invasion his LCI made multiple runs transporting troops from the ships to the beach.  They would load troops from the ships further out that couldn't get close to the beaches and drop the troops near the shoreline, then go back for more. The LCIs traveled about 10-12 mph and were open on the top so that water often splashed in and got the troops wet. Johnny knew morse code and semaphore. Johnny died in 2004 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery with his wife Mary Ellen. 

  • Mark Johnson : Mark Johnson was a Private First Class, U.S. Army, 10th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division, the "Red Diamond."  He died on July 31, 1944, and is buried at the American Cemetery at Coleville-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach.

  • Stephen F. Jancich, Sr. : Stephen F. Jancich Sr. served as a Tech 5 in the US Army, 6th Armored Infantry Battalion, 1st Armored Division. He saw action in the African, European, and Middle Eastern theaters, and was involved in the following battles and campaigns: Tunisia, Naples-Foggia, Anzio, Rome-Arno, North Apennines-Po Valley. He was wounded three times during his combat tour of duty and would return to the United States on 30 April 1945.

  • Lawrence Albers : Corporal Lawrence Albers served in the U.S. Army.

  • Charles Calvin Kayl : Charles Calvin Kayl served in the US Navy as a Signalman Second Class on the USS Case DD-370 in the Pacific Theater.   

  • James W. McGuire : Second Lieutenant James W. McGuire served in the US Army Air Forces. He was a pilot, 349th Bomber Squadron, 100th Bomber Group, Heavy.  From Colorado, his B-17 was named "The Denver Doll." He was awarded the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. James died on April 28, 1944 when he was shot down near Cherbourg, France. He was only 26 years old.

  • Frederick William Claybrook III : Sergeant Fred Claybook served in the 63rd Infantry Division "Blood and Fire," US 7th Army, 100th Infantry Division, and Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force. Among his recognitions is the  Combat Infantryman's Badge -- which means he saw close action and was exposed to grave danger. He aimed artillery, and could do the calculations in his head to aim well.

  • Louis Bernard Blivess - US Army, Corporal (Tec 5), Served in North Africa; Sardina and Corsica, Italy; and France under combat conditions;  Awarded 2 Bronze Battle Stars for the Rome-Arno and Rhineland campaigns.  Dates of Service = April 11, 1941 to October 18, 1945.

  • Curtis L. Ingram : Curtis L. Ingram was career army. He joined right after WWI. He was a Master Sergeant in WWII. He was not a young pup compared to many others that day.

  • John William Baxter : Private J.W. Baxter served in the US Marine Corps.   He was in B Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, assigned to the 3rd Marine Division. He fought against the Japanese in November 1943 in the Battle of Bougainville in the Solomon Islands. J.W. was my great grand uncle.

  • Otto Laurence Wilson : Otto Wilson was a Sergeant in the US Army , Top A, 106th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron who served in Belgium, Germany, and France.  He earned a medal issued by France to US soldiers that fought there and a Bronze Star for meritorious service. 

  • Edwin Bartholomew : Edwin Bartholomew was a Sergeant in the Army and fought in the Pacific Theater of War during WWII.  

  • Rodney Baird : Rodney Baird was a Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps (Air Force).  He was stationed in the U.S. during WWI. 

  • James Bernard Barth : PFC James Bernard Barth served in the US Army. He landed on June 10th, "D-Day plus 4," and was assigned to an artillery unit that supported the infantry soldiers of the 2nd Division. He manned a 105 mm howitzer. From Normandy, the 2nd Division moved to the Ardennes and the Battle of the Bulge.

  • Donald Pinckney Patrick : Donald Pinckney Patrick joined the Army in May of 1941 and was overseas fighting in the war starting in 1944.  He was involved in several campaigns during the war:  Ardennes (including the Battle of the Bulge), Rhineland, and Central Europe. After the war, he transferred from the Army into the Navy, and fully retired in 1972.

  • Adolph Steil : Taken by the Nazis, Adolph Steil was a conscripted Jewish slave laborer forced to help build the Atlantic seawall in Normandy.  He was ultimately shipped to Auschwitz concentration camp just before the landings and was killed by the Nazis.  

  • Joseph B. Finnegan : Joseph Bruce Finnegan was born in Astoria Queens on 4/15/1924. He enlisted on 2/01/1943 and parachuted into Normandy a few days before the invasion.  He was released from duty on 12/01/1945.  He married Helene Blouin and together they had 4 children.  He died on 10/22/1993 and is buried at the Cemetery of the Holy Rood in Westbury, NY. 

  • Henry Paul Scherrer : Henry (Hank) Paul Scherrer participated in the Normandy Beach landing as a member of the 327th Glider Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.  After surviving the invasion of France, he died of wounds on September 22nd, 1944 in Veghel, Holland, during Operation Market Garden. 

  • Curtis Lee Ingram : Master sergeant US army corps of engineer

  • Mark Sears Curtis, Capt. Ret. : Medical Corps, U.S. Navy He served in the Solomon Islands as Fleet Surgeon for a PT Boat Squadron.

  • Ralph Sweeney : US Army, medic; was part of the invasion of Normandy

  • Francis Eugene Hutchinson : Navy, Aviation Store Keeper (AK1), in Truk (Solomon Islands), Guam, Leyete Gulf,

  • Joseph Price Cameron :  Lieutenant, Navy

  • William Hamilton Shaw : Navy- Ensign, PT Boat Executive Officer

  • Albert S. Condie : 7th Corp, First United States Army Combat Engineers receiving the Bronze Star for meritorious service. He also participated in the battle of Normandy, landing on Utah Beach, D. Day plus one.

  • Captain John Lewis Brown : U.S. Army, 4th Infantry Division, Battalion Surgeon

  • John B. Wogan : Commanding General 13th Armored Division - 1942 to 1945. Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit and the Purple Heart

  • Edward Jones : Army T5 - record keeping and POW patrol in the Philippines

  • Gene Warner : US Army

  • Carl Warner : US Army

  • Harley Warner : US Army

  • Fred Tyler : US MC

  • Denny Renn : US Navy

  • Joseph Keane : US Army Transportation Division

  • Donald P. Patrick : Army - Overseas to fight in 1944 (campaigns included Ardennes - Battle of the Bulge, Rhineland, Central Europe)

  • Edward Denning : Army Air Corp - Bombardier

  • Francis Robinson : Army Air Corp - Flight Instructor

  • Nicolas Scollard : US Navy - Was aboard the LST-738 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_LST-738#/media/File:LST-738_and_USS_Moale_DD-693.jpg) sunk in the Pacific by a Japanese kamikaze in 1944. He was rescued after several days in the ocean.

  • Gen. Alexander W. Kreiser Jr. : Marine Corp. Fighter pilot (Pacific campaign)

  • Thomas Jefferson Jenkins : Maritime seaman, taking supplies overseas to England and France.

  • Charles William Jones : Navy, landing craft pilot, battle of Peleliu. Sept 15 ,1944

  • Robert Eugene Jones : Navy, retired after 30 years as a captain.

  • Garland C. Brady : US Army - killed in France AUG 1944

  • Kenneth H. Goff : Army Air Corps - Signal Corps Unit (Pacific Theater)

  • Lawrence Johnston : US Army

  • Armando Gattoni : US Army

  • Harold Kaiser : Army Air Corp - Pilot/Instructional

  • Horace Renfroe : US Army

  • Jorge Velazquez Santos : Army, he was infantry in the Swiss Alps during WWII

  • John Clack Vaughan II : Army Air Corp

  • Andrew Giangreco : Army

  • Walter Stewart : Navy

  • Henry F. Paulich Sr. : Army, served in China/South Pacific, awarded bronze star

  • Michael Victor Kuba : Army

  • James E. Powell : Navy

  • Robert W. Kaufman, Jr. : Army, intelligence

  • Francis L. Mills : Army, taught at war college

  • Raphael Joseph Keffer : US Navy. Served on the USS Audubon 149 near Okinawa.

  • Delbert Patterson : US Army. Sergeant. Military Police. Mediterranean Theatre of Operations. 1941 - 1945

  • Rudolph E. Hamilton : US Army 310th Engineer Combat Battalion, Company C in northern Italy from 1943 - 1946

  • Charles Henry Perkins : US Army

  • Julian V Staniec : 797th MP Battalion performing "Zone of the Interior" mission

  • WG Mosley : Merchant Marines

  • Oliver Leidner : US Army 1942 - 1944 - Private - 66 Infantry Division, European Theater of Operations, died of wounds received in action December 25, 1944

  • Lloyd Seckerson : Army - Aircraft & Power Plant Mechanic, France, Germany, England

  • Colonel Louis Gonzaga Mendez Jr. : Colonel Mendez was a highly decorated United States Army officer of the 82nd Airborne Division who in June 1944, as commander of the 3rd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment during World War II, parachuted behind enemy lines into Normandy and was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross for leading an attack that captured the French town of Prétot-Sainte-Suzanne, in the Manche (Basse-Normandie) department. On June 6, 2002, the people of the village honored his memory by renaming Prétot's main square "La Place du Colonel Mendez".

  • David Yeselson : Army

  • Bernard Levin : Army

  • Fred Brenner : Army

  • Richard J. Neach : US Army - Master Sergeant

  • James A. Brown, Sr. : Navy, Seaman Second Class, USS Relief

  • Meyer Platt : Army

  • David Tucker : Army

  • Robert H. Miles : Army Air Corps in the Pacific Campaign

  • John Miles : US Navy

  • James Miles : Army Air Corps

  • James Cecil Lohr : He was a Seaman Second Class on the USS Weaver (DE-741) serving in the Pacific

  • Benjamin Platt : Navy, SeeBees

  • Albert M. Platt : Army

  • Richard T. Erickson : still living, 96 years old, Army

  • Kenneth T. Ethington : Navy

  • James D. Bracken : Army, company clerk

  • Harry Garner : Army

  • John Garner : Army

  • Clarence and Russel Garner : Marines.

  • TSgt Charles Cotrufello : Army Air Force, 817th Air Engineer Squadron

  • Raymond Klimbal, Sr. And Eleanor Klimbal : Army. Eleanor waa an Army Nurse

  • Robert R. Maxwell : US Navy, ART -1 on USS Hornet

  • Frank Martz : Army, South Pacific

  • Donald Q. Stallard : Navy Seabee stationed in the Phillipines, Donald joined the Navy in early 1945 as soon as he was old enough to enlist. He was part of the Seebees and was stationed in the Phillipines.

  • Edwin H. Hoffman : Army, CWO - Serving in England, providing logistics support ordering massive supplies for army troops. He said there was a sudden huge surge in orders from the top brass. They knew something big was going to happen but not when or where.

  • James Clement Van Pelt : US Navy. Awarded Bronze Star with Valor for actions in the Battle of Okinawa

  • Keith Flinn : US Marines

  • Edgar Barnhill Jr. : 100th Infantry Division, Purple Heart Veteran

  • BG Frederick Walker Castle : Led the 8th Air Force on the largest U.S. air strike operation of the war December 24, 1944 (Christmas Eve Day) before being shot down over eastern Belgium. Awarded Medal of Honor, buried at Henri-Chappelle. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Walker_Castle].

  • Stanley DeBois - US Army, Rank unknown, Served in the Continental US in Florida

  • LCDR James W Durham - Ensign on USM(R)194 south of Okinawa. It was sunk May 4 1945. He was rescued and remained in the Navy until retirement.

  • Mildred Durham Duggins - Served with Red Cross following one day behind Pattons army through out the war

  • Rev Hillis L Duggins - Army, Served as a chaplain near Rome Italy

  • Loren H White - US Army, Served in infantry, Alaska and then landed on Utah Beach in Normandy in July 1944. Remained in the army until retirement

  • Vicki White - Served as an army nurse until end of war

  • Col. Ed Geldermann - US Army was in Europe during the war. He served until his retirement.