During field ceremonies in Korea, Marine Private First Class John E. Hunter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Hunter, Wichita, displays the Purple Heart Medal awarded him for wounds received in action. Mr. Hunter is also the owner of Hunter and Son Construction in Wichita.
Three generations of our family, WWI US Army Harry Schwemmer, my grandpa; MST Sergent Clearence Gibb Schwemmer US Air Force, Korean War, my father; SPC US Army Tyler Bland Iraq, my son. I am very proud and grateful they choose to serve and protect our country in combat, and I'd like recognize and thank them for their sacrifice. Location: Kansas Date: WWI, Korean War, Iraq war
Petty Officer Ron Trevino (USN), prepares to fly out to the outskirts of Baghdad to cover a news mission with American Forces Network. Army Blackhawks in the background flew journalist to photo sites. Location: Green Zone-Baghdad, Iraq Date: Aug. 29, 2007
Lance Corporal Ron Trevino attached to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines on a training mission in South Korea. After a five-day mission in the field, helicopters from the (LPH) USS New Orleans are inbound to fly back to ship at sea. Location: Pohang, South Korea Date: May 1976
Corp Merton Shuyler, US Army. Merton was my father-in-law. He was with the initial wave of members of the 45th Infantry Division that liberated the concentration camp at Dachau on April 29, 1945. It was a scene he would never be able to forget. Location: Germany Date: March 1945
Corry Keller grew up in Wichita and graduated from Wichita North High School in 1998. Enlisted in the Navy and went to U.S. Navy basic training in August of 2000. Worked as a Navy recruiter in Wichita, 2006-09. He joined the elite Blue Angels flight demonstration team in 2009 and is now a Crew Chief and an Aviation Mechanic. Crew chiefs are in charge of inspecting the aircraft (F/A 18 "Hornet", before and after each flight to make sure it's safe for the pilots to fly and start the jet up before the first flight of the day to check for any problems. AM1 Keller currently resides in Pensacola, FL with his wife and two boys, 6 & 12. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist, 2nd Class Ron Trevino, USN). Location: NAS Jacksonville, FL Date: Sept. 23, 2010
Petty Officer Ron Trevino covering a story in the Abu Ghraib district in Baghdad about a logistic warehouse for the U.S. Government for American Forces Network. Location: Abu Ghraib District of Baghdad Date: Aug. 12, 2007
On the left is my Dad, Dale Albert Donecker, and on the right is Dad's younger brother Lewis Harold (Hap) Donecker. Both home on leave, Dale returning from Italy and Hap from Alaska. I had Dad and five uncles serve in WWII, from the Pacific to Europe. All returned safely. Location: Utica, Kansas Date: Late 1945
My grandfather, Alfred Meditz, a proud member of the United States Navy serving on the U.S.S South Dakota during WWII.
He passed away Oct. 30, 2009, and is missed every day. In this photograph, he was 18 years old.
Wichita, KS Location: U.S. Naval Training Station, Farragut, Idaho Date: Sept. 15, 1943
This picture with its caption hangs in all 44 Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburger restaurants. I was the photographer. To me, Dad's service was symbolic of the "Ask what you can do for your country" attitude of the Greatest Generation. Growing up, we learned a great reverence of country and inherited an attitude of gratitude to all who serve. Dad still flies the flag daily in his front yard in Wichita. Location: Leyte, Philippines Date: October 20, 2004
This is a picture of my grandfather Army S/Sgt. William Henry Jacobs of the 33rd Division being awarded the Silver Star in Northern Luzon by General Clarkson. My grandfather's service means the world to me. Every time I read the articles and look at his pictures, I get very emotional. Unfortunately, my grandfather never spoke a word of his service. He kept his uniform, scrapbook, medals and a few newspaper clippings. (Luckily, I have most of this.) He passed away when I was 10, so I was never able to ask him about his service. My grandfather was a hero!
Location: Luzon Date: 1945
This picture was taken by a local on one of our last missions in Iraq in 2004. In the picture is the Platoon leadership (Captain Scott Leonard and Sgt First Class Benjamin Livingston) and some of the guys. (I am the one squinting int he front, center, next to our PLT lead mechanic, SGT Jay Thorne.) Location: Ziggurat of Ur, Nasiriyah, Iraq Date: March 2004
My grandfather, Robert Balman, a Kansas native who has lived in west Wichita for the last 60 years. He served medic in the US Navy from 1942-1946 and is a proud World War II veteran. Location: Unknown Date: 1942
My son, Derek Neria (middle of photo) and two members of his unit pose by a mural of Saddam Hussein outside one of the Hussein palaces in Baghdad. Derek has served nine years in the Navy. Location: Baghdad, Iraq Date: June 2009
This is a picture of my son, Army Spec. Ronnie Backhaus, taking a break from patrol, talking with a little Iraqi girl. I am so proud of my son and his service to our country. We are a family of military veterans (husband - Army, me - Navy, oldest son - Navy, daughter - currently in Air Force, and youngest son - Army).
Location: Ramaldi Iraq Date: May 1, 2005
This is a picture of my father, Paul Carrick, who was a First Lieutenant at the time. Paul served in the Air Force for 20 years and retired as a Lt. Col. He was a fighter pilot and served in Korea and Vietnam. Our family lived many places overseas and within the U.S. I am proud of my father's courage and dedication to his country.
strong>Location: Kimpo, Korea Date: 1954
This is my wonderful step-father Harry Thomas, who is a Sea-B in the Navy for 21 years. He retired in 1995. He is a wonderful man and helps whenever he can. He stepped up to be a father to six girls when he married my mom. He didn't have to be there for us, but he want to be. Love you, Harry Thomas. Love, Dorah and family Location: Park Date: 4/10/2010
Harvey Farha EN3 Serving on Swift Boat From 1967 to 1968. Swift Boats were part of the brown water navy. They were used for coastal patrol and river patrol. The boats had a six-man crew, one officer and five enlisted. Harvey was the engineman, responsible for keeping two V12 diesel engines running and fueled and the aft gunner. The swift boats job was to search small- and medium-size craft for weapons, contraband and illegals. Location: Vietnam Date: April 1968
This is a picture of our heavy equipment shop before heading out on a job. Henri Gipson, Craig Walker, Trafton Wieland and Pete Sevart. I had to leave the desert but my "dirt boyz" continued with the mission. -- Msgt Agnew Location: Kirkuk, Iraq Date: 09/24/2010
My father-in-law, Richard Bishop, US Army Retired, giving grandson, Scott Bishop, U.S. Navy, his first salute upon graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy. Location: US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland Date: May 2008
Shortly after his retirement ceremony at Devil Dog Fountain, Master Sergeant Robert Hartman discusses uniform insignia with a young French soldier.
My husband served for 23 years in more than 30 countries, including Iraq. It is no exaggeration to say his service means the world to me and our children. Our pride in him will never wane. Location: Belleau Wood, France Date: May 2007
This is a picture of my dad, John Hemphill, and myself aboard the USS John F Kennedy CVA-67. We were one of few father-sons to be assigned to the first crew (called Plankowners) of the carrier USS John F Kennedy. He served in the Army Air Corp during WWI and the Navy during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam conflict. We were stationed together for two years. He dedicated his life to serving his country. With him being a career Navy man, it was probably the most time I was ever able to spend with him. Sadly, he passed away only seven years after retiring from the Navy.
Location: USS John F Kennedy CVA-67 Date: Fall of 1968
This is our son, Lt. Col. Norman Prue, who is following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps by serving in the military. We are very proud of him and his accomplishments while serving in the Air Force. Location: Scott AFB, Illinois Date: Nov. 8, 2010
My Dad Melvin C. Seglem served in WWII from 1941-1945. He was on the Amphihous Force in the United States Navy. He was stationed in the South Pacific, North Pacific, Atlantic and Japan. He talks about all his memories of the war and is very proud to be an American War Veteran. I am very proud of my father. Location: Corpus Christi, Texas Date: 1941
This is my dad, E.E. "Bud" Weatherson, on the day he received his commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the Army. Now 89, his 4 years of service in the Transportation Corps during WWII remains one of his proudest accomplishments. Location: New Orleans, LA Date: April 4, 1945
Dale Gregory, D-Day Paratrooper, returns to Omaha Beach. He was wounded and captured in the early hours of D-Day at Carenton. Days later, he and 20 other wounded prisoners escaped to a slate mine in Camount-l'Evente. The Big Red One liberated them days later and took them back to England through Omaha Beach. Just above Omaha Beach is the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where Dale visited the graves of three of his buddies who were killed just before he was wounded. Location: Omaha Beach Date: August 2010
This is a photo of my dad, Leland C. Borgstrom, born in Lindsborg.
Left to Right:
1st Lt. Leland C. Borgstrom, Pilot; T/Sgt. John R. Waldron, Radio Operator; 2nd Lt. Quentin E. Eathorne, Co-pilot; S/Sgt. William Litton, Tail Gunner; S/Sgt. Ed Johnson, Waist Gunner; 2nd Lt. Ralph Sauber, Navigator; S/Sgt. Orville "Bub" Clark, Ball Turret Gunner. Not in the photo: T/Sgt. Jim Prater, Top Turret Gunner & Engineer; 2nd Lt. George Robinson, Bombardier. This photo was taken at Bassingbourn, England in March 1945.
Their B-17 plane was the Ramblin' Rebel. They were members of the 91st Bomb Group (H), 323rd Squadron
Location: Bassingbourn, England Date: March, 1945
This picture was taken of my son, Sgt. Kyle Lloyd, by a fellow Marine while they were in the field training. Sgt Kyle Lloyd is currently on his 2nd enlistment and serving as a Marine recruiter in Bartlesville, Okla. Location: Twentynine Palms, Ca Date: Summer 2007
My father, Captain James V. Elliott. Retired as Lt. Colonel James V. Elliott. Passed away 11/12/2003. We are all very proud of the service our father performed for our country. His dedication and patriotism will be forever remembered in our country and in our hearts. Theresa Elliott Rich and family Location: US Air Corps Date: 1942-1943
This is Tom Valadez of Kingman. Tom was in the Navy as a Seabee. Tom has been married to Gloria for 52 years and has seven children who are very proud of him. His grandchildren are proud as well. Location: When he was in the service Date: Not sure
William (Bill) H. Beckham served in the United States Air Force from Dec. 18, 1959 to Sept. 30, 1980. He was so proud to have served his country and until the day of his passing (Sept. 21, 2010) our veterans were his No. 1 priority. Location: Cam Rahn Bay Viet Nam Date: 1969
My dad, Micheal R. Miller, Navy Petty Officer, 3rd Class, served aboard the USS Paul Revere during the Vietnam War, 1968-1972. He also served in the Air National Guard. His family is very proud of his service to our country. Location: USS Paul Revere Date: 6/11/1970
December 7th 1941, a 17 year old young man from Oklahoma by the name of Coy Miller graduated from Naval boot camp in San Diego along with hundreds of Seamen, and was immediatly put on a ship bound for Pearl Harbor. He arrived two weeks later to find fires still burning in the Harbor. He was assigned to the U.S.S. Pellas AS-14, where he served until his dischage in 1945. He was only one of the 16 million that sacrificed so that future generations enjoy their freedom. Location: unknown Date: 1945
My grandfather, Norman Dorsch, from Bird City, Kan., was a WWII veteran. This photo was taken on a summer day and small family reunion, honoring my grandmother's (his wife) brother Francis Harrison who was also a WWII veteran. Location: St. Francis, Kan. Date: July 2010