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CYANMAGENTAYELLOWBLACK 15 June 30, 2013 • Honoring Freedom • Supplement to Sunday Gazette-Mail Cpl. Walter V. Filipek served with the Sixth Marine Division on Okinawa. While serving under intense fire, thenPfc. Filipek rescued his wounded squad leader and wiped out an enemy machine gun, earning the Bronze Star for his actions. He was twice wounded in Okinawa in 1945, returning to duty the same day both times. He received a Purple Heart in Guam in August 1945 and participated in the ceremony of the surrender of the Japanese military forces in October 1945. This photo was taken during a March 2013 ceremony honoring him in St. Albans. William Alfonzo Parks was a Master Sergeant in the Navy, serving in the 1950s. His hometown is London. M.J. Robertson fought in the Navy during World War II. Deployed in December 1942, he was a member of the 59th Naval Construction Battalion, Co. B, Platoon 2, stationed in Hawaii. His family believes he was an Ensign 3rd Class and a Seabee. Air Force 1st Lt. Andrew F. McClung, of Glen Ferris, was killed while serving in Germany in 1949. Airman Charles A. Hardin III at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. Spec. 5 Gary R. Craig, of Buffalo, served with the Army 157th Signal Corp., attached to the 1st Infantry Division. This photo was taken in April 1970 at an orphanage in Saigon. Pfc. Frankie Perry, of Livinston, served with the Ninth Army, 331st Combat Infantry in the European Theater during World War II. He was killed in action in France on July 20, 1944 at the age of 21. Staff Sgt. Frank S. Hardin Jr. with the 130th Air Wing out of Charleston. 1st Lt. Clarence E. Moran, of Charleston, was a P-38 and P51 fighter pilot, assigned to the 401st Fighter Squadron, 370th Fighter Group in Belgium from December 1944 to November 1945. He flew 27 combat missions, totaling 70 combat hours, which included ground strafing, escort, bombing and tactical reconnaissance missions. John C. Clay, USMC, 4th Eng. Battalion Army Sgt. Joshua S. Ballard, of Hernshaw, served for one year in Afghanistan, where this photo was taken in 2011. He is currently serving in Fairbanks, Alaska, for two more years. BMCM Ret. Robert L. Traugh, of Gassaway, enlisted in the Navy in August 1942. He served on various ships, including the USSS Columbia CL-56, USS Okanogan APA 220, USS Betelgeuse and USS Maury AGS 16. He was discharged after 32 years of honorable service in June 1974. Marine Sgt. Michael D. Taylor, 4th Eng. Battalion. Col. Bryan K. Chapman, of Craigsville, has served in the Army for 23 years and is stationed currently in Hawaii with his family. A Green Beret and Army Ranger, Chapman has served in Korea, Iraq, India, Laos, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Nepal. He has completed the Ironman Triathlon and several marathons and climbed Mount Everest in May 2010. This photo was taken during his promotion to the rank of colonel. Marine Cpl. James David Hudson is a Vietnam-era veteran. James A. Gillespie, of Newell and formerly of Holly in Braxton County, was in the 961st Eng. Const. Co., Camp Picket, Va., from 1951 to 1953. Pfc. 1st Class Frank Hale was stationed in Hawaii before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. His future brother-in-law, Van Kopp, defended his ship during the attack and later became a chaplain. Cpl. Arol C. Squires, son of Dennis and Rhoda Squires of Heaters, is seen in Seoul, Korea, in 1953. He served with the 8th Army Hqs. In the 1st Finance Division. John Bradley, Corps, 1944. Army Sp5 James H. Plumley Jr., of Charleston, served with the 9th Signal Branch as a photographer with the Army in Vietnam in 1968 at Long Binh, Saigon and the Mekong Delta. Air CW4 Eric E. Thomas, U.S. Army Reserves, from Chesapeake, is with the Cross Lanes Detachment and serving his third tour in Afghanistan. This photo was taken during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Army Sp4 Dennis R. Stonestreet, formerly of Kincaid and now living in Glasgow, was with the 802 Combat Engineer Batallion in Korea in 1954. Staff Sgt. Henry Oakes served in the Argonne Forest during World War II. Marine WM Cpl. Marlena Ann Jarrell Carrizales, 4th Marine Air Wing, Cherry Point, N.C. Army Sp2 J. Don McClung served from 1953 to 1955. Marine Pvt. Teddie E. Jarrell Jr. served in Vietnam. Air Force Airman 1st Class Wayne T. Holstein served from 1962 to 1966. Pfc. Milton Oral Taylor, USAAF, 1386 Base Unit, World War II. Sgt. A.B. (Brad) Morgan III, of Cross Lanes, served in the Air Force from 1966 to 1970. He was stationed in Okinawa. Pfc. James H. Plumley, of Charleston, served with the 68th Medical Regiment, Army Company G, during World War II in England, France and Czechoslovakia. He died May 23, 1991. William McKinley Trail (1895-1963) was a private in the U.S. Infantry during World War I. This photo was taken in 1919. Jerome L. Workman Sr., of Longacre, was an Army Major, serving from 1943 to 1947, including World War II. He received two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star and a Silver Star. This 1943 photo is of Herman J. Abbott, a Gunner's Mate 1st Class with the Navy Seabees. Abbott's hometown is Van. CYANMAGENTAYELLOWBLACK Air Force Sgt. Michael McKee, formerly of Charleston and now living in Ripley, served in Phu-Cat, Vietnam, in 1968 and 1969.

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