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The World War I and World War II war years Ilion Citizen and Ilion Sentinel newspaper articles can be found in these fultonhistory.com folders and sub-folders. The names of many, many Ilion servicemen and women appear in these files.

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James Samuel Anderson DDS, IHS 1936 During World War II, Jim enlisted in the United States Army and served with the Army Air Force as a flying officer in the Eighth Air Force. He was a navigator on a B-24 Liberator. After his plane was shot down over France, he was a prisoner of war in Paris for many months. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart. (April 17, 2017)

David A. Doty, IHS 1947 Following college graduation, he spent two years in Nuremburg, Germany, as part of the occupation troops. (April 17, 201)

Kenneth A. Lowe, IHS 1946 joined the U.S. Army in 1952 and was stationed at Fort Gordon, GA. In 1955 Ken received his honorable discharge with the rank of Sargent. (March 19, 2017)

Mr. Paul T. McLaughlin, IHS 1941 served his country during World War II and the Korean Conflict as a member of the US Marine Corps. Paul also played Baritone Horn in the 3rd Wing Marine Corps Band. He was a member of the Marine Corps Reserves for 70 years. His pride in his country was instilled by his father, the first Commander of American Legion Post 920, Dennis J. McLaughlin. (March 12, 2017)

Mr. William E. Mogensen, Sr., IHS 1945 enlisted with the United States Army Air Corps and proudly served his nation until his honorable discharge in 1946. (February 26, 2017)

Edward ( Ed ) Shattuck Jr., IHS 1960 served in the US Navy abroad the USS Barry during the Cuban missile crisis and blockade. (January 14, 2017)

Major Paul Maurice Keddell, IHS 1969 retired honorably as an Air Force Major and earned numerous medals including the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Korean Defense Service Medal. (December 17, 2016)

Robert James Decker, IHS 1964 joined the US Army in 1966 and served two years in Mannheim, Germany in a radar repair unit. He was honorably discharged in Oct., 1969. (December 17, 2016)

Benjamin H. 'Ben' Lawrence, IHS 1947 proudly served his country with the United States Army during the Korean War Era. (December 17, 2016)

Walter L. Smith, IHS 1957 was a veteran of the U. S. Army. (November 24, 2016)

Donald Davis, IHS 1946 - In 1948 Don served his country in the US Air Force from 1948 to 1952 serving in Korea and Japan Don was Honorably Discharged as a Staff Sergeant. (August 28, 2016)

John Edward Kaladjian, IHS Alumnus entered the US Army serving in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1953 attaining the rank of Corporal. (Oct 22, 2016)

Dawes L. Dunham, IHS 1953 was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Dawes honorably served his country during the Korean Era. During his time of duty, he attained the rank of Corporal and was a recipient of the National Defense Service Medal. (July 27, 2016)

James Terry Crandall, IHS 1950 and Elementary Principal enlisted in the US Army, in 1955, and was honorably discharged in 1957. (July 27, 2016)

Dale Anne Boudry, IHS 1975 was a veteran of the United States Army attained the rank of Sergeant and served overseas as part of her service to her country. (July 16, 2016)

Harvey W. Dunckel, Jr., IHS Alumnus was a United States Army veteran during the Vietnam War, enlisting on October 3, 1961 and was honorably discharged on April 2, 1965 with the rank of SP4. His service to his country continued with him being a Drill Sergeant for the Army Reserves. (July 16, 2016)

John R. Wright IHS Alumnus was a retired Command Chief Master Sergeant in the USAF, having served his country for thirty years from 1961 to 1991. During his military career in the USAF he served at Lackland AFB TX, Evreux AB France, Rhein Main AB Germany, Travis AFB CA, Hancock Field NY, Dyess AFB TX, Scott AFB IL, and was retired and discharged from McGuire AFB NJ, as the Wing Senior Enlisted Advisor.(May 29, 2016)

Anthony (Simi) J. Simonette IHS Alumnus entered the U.S. Air Force serving for four years. During his enlistment he was stationed in Korat, Thailand where he taught local children to speak English and how to play baseball.(May 29, 2016)

Glenn William Salsburg IHS 1941 During World War II, Glenn was a member of the 291st Engineer Combat Battalion, the most decorated Engineering Battalion in WWII. The battalion's exploits, including those at the Battle of the Bulge, have been featured on History Channel specials, and written about in four books. He and was very active with New Hartford American Legion Post 1376. He enjoyed the annual Army reunions with the soldiers of WWII and their families with whom he developed lifelong friendships. (April 30, 2016)

Jame Morris IHS 1939 When World War II broke out Jim left school to enlist and was given a job stateside as a bombsite maintenance instructor. Anxious to go overseas he asked for a crew assignment and got the job as a ball-turret machine gunner in a B-17 Flying Fortress with the 15th Air force, 301st bomb group. His squadron was stationed in Foggia, Italy. They flew 32 missions and crash landed twice. (April 3, 2016)

Carl F. Couchman IHS 1943 joined the Army Air Corp, in 1943, serving with the 489th Bomb Squadron, 57th Bomb Wing, as a tail gunner on a B-25, flying over 70 missions. (April 3, 2016)

Ron Sterling IHS 1967, was a proud veteran serving his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. (March 6, 2016)

Craig Dolan IHS 1968 served in the U. S. Navy from 1972 - 1976 and was assigned to an ammunition ship while in Vietnam. (Feb. 20, 2016)

Joseph 'Joe' F. Urtz, IHS Alumnus was a veteran of WW II, serving in the US Army.. (March 6, 2016)

Everett G. 'Bud' Trombley IHS 1938 served in the US Army in the Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns from 1944-1946.. (Feb 13, 2016)

Frank W. Jennings, Jr., IHS 1958 entered the United States Air Force and attended Air Force Officer Training School ( Class 62-G), being commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in May of 1962. He was then assigned to Pennsylvania State University to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. Upon receiving that degree, he was reassigned to Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana to provide weather forecast services to the Strategic Air Command. Frank served his country during the Vietnam War with the Air Force as a 1st Lieutenant at the Barksdale Forecast Center, providing weather forecast services to one-third of the Strategic Air Command in the United States. Barksdale was the first base to send B-52 bombers to Guam during the Vietnam Conflict. (Jan 31, 2016)

James E. Farley IHS Alumnus enlisted in the US Air Force in 1955 where he served honorably until June of 1958. (Jan 1, 2016)

Mr. Carlton 'Sonny' Brown, IHS 1951 served with the US Army during the Korean War and was Honorably Discharged on March 12, 1953 and was the recipient of the Bronze Star. (Jan 1, 2016)

Robert 'Buddy' D. Lonis IHS Alumnus served in the United States Air Force from 1948-1951. He was stationed in Okinawa. (November 14, 2015)

William "Bill" Fullem IHS 1958 served his country in the Army National Guard. (November 13, 2015)

Kevin Michael O'Connor IHS 1970 enlisted in the United States Navy. He attended the prestigious US Naval Great Lakes Training Center in Illinois and was educated in electrical engineering and graduated from the rigorous program. Kevin was a model Navy man and proudly served his country until being honorably discharged in 1974. (October 14, 2015)

Douglas Hall IHS 1952 was signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers. He played with them for a short time, before being drafted to the Army of the United States on November 21, 1952. He was honorably discharged after two years of service on November 20, 1954. (September 18, 2015)

Edward J. Capes IHS 1962 enlisted Oct 1962 in the US Navy, at US Naval Training Center, Great Lake, IL. He served during the Vietnam War with Heavy Attack Squadron Four on board the aircraft carriers USS Kitty Hawk and USS Oriskany. He earned the Vietnam Service and National Defense Service Medals. He was honorably discharged at USNTC Bainbridge, Maryland in October 1968. At the time of his discharge, he was a Petty Officer/Personnelman 3rd Class. In civilian life, he owned the Jester Room; an establishment frequented by Naval Seabees from Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Port Hueneme/Point Mugu, California. Edward J. Capes died on September 4, 2015.(September 9, 2015)

Jay H. Wilson IHS 1948 was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the US Air Force. (September 9, 2015

Walter D. Martin IHS Alumnus was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, serving in the US Army, and receiving a Purple Heart Award and several other awards and ribbons of honor. (September 9, 2015

Jeffrey Lawrence Hopkins IHS 1957 joined the USMC and was honorably discharged in 1968. (August 18, 2015)

George F. Capes, IHS 1958 enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in Dec. 1958 and went through Parris Island and Camp Lejeune becoming an Artillery Radio Operator. He then achieved the high honor of being selected to go to MC Base Quantico for Marine Corps Embassy Security Group school. He was posted to the U.S. Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay, S. America from 1961-1963. He was Honorably discharged from the USMC in Aug. 1963 as a Corporal. (died Dec. 5, 2014). (June 18, 2015)

Donald G. Dack IHS 1961 joined the Air Force in 1961 and served in Vietnam. (June 13, 2015)

James A. (Jim) Noffer IHS 1951 proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. (May 31, 2015)

Gordon R. Disotelle IHS 1957 honorably served his country by enlisting in the United States Army. (May 31, 2015)

Gary Keith Kidder IHS 1950 went on to serve in the Air Force, including Korea and Vietnam, retiring in 1976 as Chief Master Sergeant. Gary led major military personnel automation initiatives for the Air Force and, afterwards, in corporate and civil service programs, retiring a second time from Federal Civilian Service in 1997. (April 27, 2015)

James S. Remis IHS 1957 served in the US Navy. (April 18, 2015)

Herbert Spencer Mead IHS Alumnus enlisted in the US Navy during World War II. He served with U.S. Fleet Hospital #111 as a Pharmacist's Mate, and was a Heavy Equipment Operator while stationed on the island of Guam, in the Pacific Theatre from 1942­1946. (April 18, 2015)

George E. Gettle Jr. IHS 1977 served in The US NAVY for over 21 years retiring at the rank of First Class Petty Officer. (April 18, 2015)

Donald H. Fitch IHS 1967 joined the Army, serving in Vietnam in 1970 and 1971. Don left the Army in 1976, having reached the rank of 1st Sgt. (April 18, 2015)

Brian J. Rex IHS Alumnus was a veteran, serving in the US Army. (March 30, 2015)

Raymond Gordon Garlock IHS 1936 joined the United States Army 10th Mountain Infantry Division 87th Company I Ski Troop and was a World War II Vet. He entered the service on May 21, 1942. Served in the European and Pacific theaters of operation; at the Aleutian Islands, North Apennines and Po Valley, Italy with the headquarters, 10th Mountain Infantry Division and the 87th Mountain Infantry Division, Company I. Ray earned the Specialist Infantry Badge and was awarded the Purple Heart, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and lapel button issued. He was honorably discharged on September 29, 1945 in Fort Dix, NJ with rank of Technical Sergeant. (March 30, 2015)

James Edward Snedeker IHS Alumnus served in the European Theater during World War II. (February 22, 2015)

Duane R. Runyon IHS 1956 was a veteran serving in the US Navy. (February 22, 2015)

Donal (Sam) Moynihan IHS Alumnus served in the US Army from July 13, 1961 to June 21, 1963, serving in Germany at the Berlin Wall. (February 22, 2015)

Jay Mogensen IHS Alumnus entered the United States Army after graduating from high school. (February 22, 2015)

Mr. Ronald C. Leonis IHS 1956 proudly served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Norris DDE 859 in Norfolk, Virginia, from 1956 until his honorable discharge in 1959. (December 22, 2014)

Richard 'Dick' Morris IHS 1940 was a veteran of World War II. He piloted a P51D Mustang named "Mart's Cart" in combat with the 77th Fighter Squadron of the Eighth Air Force over Western Europe. He volunteered for duty in the Army Air Corps in 1942. Victories piloting "Mart's Cart" included 3 planes in the air and 6 more planes and 3 railroad trains on the ground in Germany. At one point, the eldest five Morris brothers were serving in the military during WW II. He joined the 414th Civil Affairs Army Reserve Unit in Utica and was activated twice during the Korean War and Vietnam Conflict to train other units in Military Government functions. He temporarily moved his family to Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia after the Cuban Missile Crisis and remained in the Reserves for 20 years. He attained the rank of Major. (December 20, 2014)

Edward 'Ed' J. McKenna IHS 1944 was a veteran of WW II, serving in the US Navy. (December 20, 2014)

Hiram Skinner IHS 1943 was an honorably discharged US Air Force veteran of World War II. (Nov 11, 2014)

Frank Marsden IHS 1942 was a WW II Veteran who served 2 1/2 years in the Army in Northern Africa and Italy. (December 20, 2014)

Raymond 'Mike' Brayton IHS 1974 joined the Army, honorably discharged in 1980. His service in the Medical Corp led him to pursue a career in nursing. (August 9, 2014)

William I. 'Burkie' Burke IHS 1966 was a United States Army veteran, enlisting on March 4, 1968, and was honorably discharged on Feb. 23, 1970, and re-enlisted on Feb. 2, 1981, and was honorably discharged on June 19, 1981, with the rank of second lieutenant. (July 5, 2014)

Nelson A. Pardee IHS 1943 received his diploma following his military service. Nelson served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, obtaining the rank of T/Sgt. While serving overseas in the 8th Air Force, 100th Bomb Group, 350th Squadron, his plane was shot down over Berlin, on his 26th mission; he was captured and held prisoner and spent nine months in Stalag Luft IV as a POW. He was part of what was known as the Black March. They were forced to march under guard of German troops while sleeping in barns and fields and eating whatever food they could find. The march lasted approximately 86 days until they were liberated by the British. He was awarded the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters and received a Purple Heart. Nelson Pardee was featured in the book, The Star in the Window: Select Stories of World War II Veterans under the chapter - 'Ball Turret Gunner/The Black March'. Nelson was a former commander of Ex POWs, a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. (July 5, 2014)

Fr. Edson Jerome Wood O.S.A., IHS 1964 was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Chaplain Corps of the United States Navy in 1985 [honorably discharged in 1991]. Beginning in 1993, he served first as Assistant Chaplain and then as Brigade Chaplain at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. (April 24, 2014)

Mr. James Arthur Gregory IHS Faculty served with the US Navy during the Korean War and was Honorably Discharged on April 10,1953. (April 12, 2014)

J Robert 'Bob' A. Hitchcock IHS Alumnus served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956; he spent one and a half years overseas during the Korean Conflict. He received the National Defense Medal. He was a member of the American Legion. (Sept 5, 2013)

John Monohan IHS 1944 and Faculty member 88, served in the US Army in the South Pacific during World War II. (July 11, 2013)

William Gerald Venema IHS 1941 91, was a veteran of World War II. (July 3, 2013)

Henry J. Scott IHS Alumnus 85, was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the U.S. Air Force. (April 21, 2013)

Harold A. Waite IHS Alumnus 92, served in the South Pacific (Villa LaVella, Solomon Islands) with the US Marines during WW2. (April 21, 2013)

Mr. Bruce G. Clark IHS Alumnus 79, served with the US Air Force during the Korean War and was Honorably Discharged on November 4, 1954. (March 24, 2013)

Curt Henry Christian Preische Jr. IHS 1955 75, was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. (March 10, 2013)

Warren E. Beckwith IHS 1939 94, was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US Army. (Jan 1, 2013)

Ronald P. Unsinn IHS Alumnus 91, was a veteran of World War II, and served proudly in the United States Navy aboard the USS Hornet. (Jan 1, 2013)

Gerald 'Jerry' Singleton IHS 1942 89, served in the United States Army. (Nov 2, 2012)

Thomas H. Brown Jr. IHS Alumnus 75, served with the United States Army from 1958 to 1962. (Oct 7, 2012)

Paul G. Raymond IHS 1940 entered the U. S. Army Air Force and served with the 549th Fighter Squadron during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1945 at the rank of Sergeant. (Oct 7, 2012)

Charles 'Charlie' A. Noll IHS 1954 75, served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. (Sept 23, 2012)

William S. Fay IHS 1939 91, served his country serving in the US Navy during WW2. (Aug 9, 2012)

Albert 'Al' A. Pestar IHS 1964 67, was a Navy veteran who served in the Mediterranean and Vietnam. (May 30, 2012)

Don Taylor IHS 1947 82, enlisted in the US Army on February 9, 1951 and was honorably discharged on October 16, 1956. (May 30, 2012)

Theodore E. Leonard IHS 1936 91, was a World War, II and Korean War U.S. Army Veteran, serving in the 10th Armor Division under General George Patton, taking part in several battles in Eastern Europe including, the Battle of the Bulge, D-Day Invasion, Rhineland and the Ardennes. Ted also was one of the first U.S. soldiers who liberated Germany's Dachau Concentration Camp. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in battle. (Sept 17, 2007)

William A. Owens IHS 1947 85, enlisted in the US Navy serving until July 13, 1946. (April 21, 2012)

Arthur 'Art' Kerber IHS 1942 age 87, was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps. (Mar 3, 2012)

Robert 'Bob' Bluett IHS Alumnus age 88, was a WW II Veteran in the US Army Air Corps. (Jan 14, 2012)

William L. Hendrix IHS 1952 age 77, joined the New York National Guard in 1950 and graduated from Ilion High School with the class of 1952. Following graduation, Bill enlisted in the United States Marine Corp retiring in 1973. Bill was most proud of his service as a drill instructor at both Paris Island and San Diego, training over 630 recruits. In 1967 Bill was commissioned as an officer. He served two tours in Viet Nam. Bill was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat 'V' for valor, a Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon with 5 stars for additional awards, the National Defense with 1 star, Viet Nam Service Ribbon with 3 stars, the Drill Instructor Award with 7 stars, and the Viet Namese Presidential Unit Citation. Bill loved being a Marine. (Sept 7, 2011)

Mr. James W. Wallace Sr. IHS Guidance Counselor age 82, served with the US Navy during World War II. (August 28, 2011)

Louis A. Patrei IHS Alumnus age 83, served in the US Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater and was honorably discharged July 7, 1946. (August 28, 2011)

Richard Burling IHS 1968 age 62, enlisted in the US Air Force serving during Vietnam. (August 28, 2011)

Howard Willliam Hess II IHS Alumnus age 88, joined the U.S. Navy in 1940 - 1946, serving in the Pacific Theater during WW II. He was an electrician's mate, class II. He served aboard the NTS Newport, USS Brooklyn, USS Black, USS PC - 1188, and USS Pheasant (AM 61). He was a charter member of VFW Post 6392 in Dolgeville and served as post commander in 1965 and 1966. (August 7, 2011)

Gary C. Vogel IHS 1962 age 66, served in the US Navy following high school. (July 16, 2011)

Christopher S. Brockway IHS 2005 US Army Specialist Christopher S. Brockway age 24 enlisted in the US Air Force and was honorably discharged in August of 2006. In December of 2008 he joined the US Army. He had served overseas in South Korea and more recently at Fort Leonard Wood where he was a Patient Admissions Specialist at the base hospital. (July 14, 2011)

Allen H. Russell IHS 1941 age 87, served in World War II and received the Purple Heart. (July 14, 2011)

Mr. Francis Cunningham IHS Faculty age 84, served in the army in the Pacific in World War II and was a member of Crowley-Barnum American Legion Post 25 in Mohawk. (June 22, 2011)

Dr. Raymond H. Russell IHS 1942 age 86, served with the Air Force, during the Korean War, and was discharged as a captain. (April 29, 2011)

Mr. Richard 'Dick' Pettengill IHS 1953 age 75, served in the Naval Reserve from January 1953 until January 1961. (April 26, 2011)

Leland E. Fort IHS 1939 age 92, was a veteran of WWII serving in the US Army. (April 11, 2011)

Francis 'Bucky' DeJohn IHS 1956 age 72, served in the US Air Force. (April 11, 2011

Aldon T. Ingersoll IHS 1941 proudly served on the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-12 class) during World War II. He was a radioman/gunner in dive-bombers used in the South Pacific campaign. During his service in the Navy, he had been awarded the Air Medal, Asiatic Pacific 5 Stars Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the American Theatre & World War II Victory Ribbon. Al joined the Navy on June 7, 1942 and was sworn in on the Capital steps in Albany, NY as an 'avenger of Pearl Harbor.' (March 21, 2011)

William E. Reese IHS 1962 age 66, proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy. (Feb 10, 2011)

Joseph H. Pickett Sr. IHS Alumnus age 91, served with the Army Air Corp during WWII. (Jan 15, 2011)

Joseph 'Joe' J. Geloso, IHS Alumnus age 86, was a Veteran of World War II. (Jan 10, 2011)

Robert J. 'Bob' Reynolds IHS 1941 age 86, was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy, and received the Purple Heart for being wounded at the landing of Omaha Beach on D-Day. (Jan 1, 2011)

Kevin Donald Ferguson IHS 1973 age 56, served his country in the United States Air Force from January 1974 to March 1994 when he was honorably discharged. (Jan 1, 2011)

Theodore L. Trombley IHS 1963 , age 65, was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. (Dec 24, 2010)

Burton E. Hawkes, IHS 1958 age 69, - During his high school senior year he enlisted in the Naval Reserve and served on active duty with the Navy from 1958 to 1960. (Dec 15, 2010)

Dr. Carlton E. Lints IHS 1948 served his country during the Korean War, serving in the Navy. (Dec 11, 2010)

Margaret Mary (Kennedy) Clayton IHS 1936 age 92, served in WWII as an army nurse in England and France. (Nov 28, 2010)

Ronald L. Tanner IHS 1939 served overseas in World War II as an Army staff sergeant.. (Nov 28, 2010)

Richard A. Riddell IHS Alumnus age 80, joined the U.S. Army, serving from 1948-1950, including a tour in Japan and then with the U.S. Army Reserve. (Oct 24, 2010)

Robert Carter Jr. IHS 1939 age 90, served in the US Navy during World War II, on the USS Eastland. During his service he was involved with several notable amphibious landings and battles including the Philippines and Okinawa and a visit to Tian Xin, China, courtesy of the US Navy. (Oct 3, 2010)

Andrew 'Andy' G. Bugal IHS 1962 age 66, was a veteran of the Vietnam era, serving in the U.S. Air Force. (Sept 23, 2010)

Philo B. Baker IHS Alumnus age 96, served his country during WW II, serving in the US Army. (Aug 29, 2010)

Robert John Hoffman IHS 1933 age 94, served with the US Coast Guard. His service from 1938 until 1947 included pre-war time patrolling the Northeastern United States and then service in both the Atlantic and Pacific arenas during WWII; most notably aboard the USS Wakefield and in the Philippines. (July 3, 2010)

John 'Jack' Kiley Sr. IHS Alumnus age 82, joined the U.S. Merchant Marines serving during WWII. . (July 3, 2010)

Louis Edward Sheffield IHS 1943 age 83, served the United States in the 3010th Army Air Force Base Unit and was stationed in Kingman, Arizona and Camp Bullis, Texas where he trained as a waist gunner in the B-17 Flying Fortress, a plane he loved throughout his entire life. In 1946, Private First Class Louis Edward Sheffield left the United States Army at Fort Dix, New Jersey. He was honored with the American Campaign Medal as well as the World War II Victory Medal for service to his country. (July 3, 2010)

Robert S. Eddy IHS 1943 and 1946 age 84, was scheduled to graduate with the class of 1943. He postponed his graduation to enlist in the Navy Seabees, serving in the Pacific Theatre for 2 years. After honorably serving his country during WW II, he returned and graduated from Ilion High School in 1946. During his tenure with the Navy, he was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Area Ribbon (2 Stars), the WW II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. (April 25, 2010)

Thomas Laverne Hoffman IHS 1962 age 65, was a veteran of the Navy. (Dec 14, 2009)

Arthur H. Applegate, M.D. IHS 1936 enlisted in the United States Army and was assigned to the 69th Infantry Div. Because of his fluency in French and German, he was chosen to serve with the Central Intelligence Corps in Europe, and was awarded two bronze stars. He was honorably discharged at the end of World War II. (Nov 24, 2009)

John Francis McGuiness IHS 1941 age 87, was a US Army veteran. (Nov 24, 2009)

Dennis Prior IHS 1969 age 58, enlisted in the US Navy serving in the Seabees earning the rank of Chief. (Nov 11, 2009)

John Morris IHS 1936 age 91, was a veteran of WW II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps. (Oct 23, 2009)

Raymond Pettengill IHS 1942 age 85, enlisted in the US Navy. He served aboard the USS Housatonic in Casablanca, North Africa, Algeria and French Morocco. He was honorably discharged on March 15, 1946, attaining the rank of Machinist's Mate Second Class. (Oct 23, 2009)

Lewis R. Eddy IHS 1945 age 81, served in the United States Air Force, and was stationed in Biloxi, Mississippi before becoming a radio receiver operator at Keesler Air Force Base in Washington. . (Sept 27, 2009)

John 'Jack' Winslow IHS 1966 age 61, was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving from November 1966 to December 1970. Jack was in the Security Police Squadron, stationed at Tan Son Nhut Air Force Base in Vietnam and he received many distinguished awards. Among those, he was selected as "Airman of the Quarter" from among 900 service men, earning him a five-day furlough from his duties in Saigon. He had previously won the title in his own 377th Security Squadron. In the citation, he was honored for his "outstanding professionalism in the performance of his duties, which leave nothing to be desired." (Sept 27, 2009)

Donald 'Don' Judson IHS Alumnus age 76, was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the U.S. Navy. (Sept 27, 2009)

William 'Bill' Reed IHS 1956 age 71, was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Germany. (July 25, 2009)

Walter 'Walt' P. O'Connor IHS French Teacher age 82, served in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater of War, where he attained the rating of Cryptanalytic Specialist (Q) First Class. (July 11, 2009)

Mr. Thomas A. 'Tom' Urtz IHS 1969 age 58, enlisted in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in July of 1974. (June 9, 2009)

Gary E. Hailston IHS 1969 age 59, was a member of the Air Force from 1971-1975 and 1977-1993, and attained the rank of Tech Sergeant, stationed at various Air Force bases internationally. Gary was a veteran of the Vietnam War and also served in support of Operation Desert Storm. (May 23, 2009)

Harold Joseph McIntyre IHS 1944 age 82, enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II. (May 23, 2009)

Joseph E. Plunkett IHS 1941 age 87, was especially proud of his service to his country as a veteran of World War II in the 8th Forward Artillery Observation Battalion. (Feb 22, 2009)

Edward O. Wood IHS 1938 age 88, fought in the 87th Infantry Division during World War II in the European theater. (Feb 22, 2009)

Silas 'Si' Garnsey IHS 1943 age 83, proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. (Feb 22, 2009)

Frances K. Sullivan IHS 1937 age 89, was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. (Jan 20, 2009)

Donald E. Doxtader IHS Alumnus age 71, was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, serving in the U.S. Army. (Jan 20, 2009)

Donald S. Hathaway IHS 1949 age 78, served in the United State Airforce during the Korean War. (Dec 14, 2008)

Carlton Davis IHS 1958 age 71, was a veteran of the US Air Force. (Dec 8, 2008)

Palmer E. (P.G.) Gregg 1962 age 65, served with the Navy from 1968 through 1977, servicing submarines. (Aug 15, 2008)

Bertrand 'Bert' Warner Jr. IHS 1948 age 78 - After graduation, Bert joined the military serving in the US Air Force. (Nov 24, 2008)

Harry A. Couchman IHS Alumnus age 90, joined the United States Army on Aug. 26, 1942 and served with the 2011 Ordinance Company in the European African Theater, receiving the World War II Victory Medal and Ribbon, the European African Eastern Campaign Medal and Ribbon with four bronze service stars and the soldier's medal. He also received a conspicuous service commendation from the state of New York. He was discharged as tech fifth grade on Nov. 23, 1945. (Nov 24, 2008)

Charles R. 'Dick' Baker IHS 1939 - In 1942, Dick enlisted in the United States Army, earning the rank of sergeant. He served with the 81st 'Wildcats' Division in the Pacific Theater and was part of the Battle of Peleliu and Anguar and the occupying force in Japan until he was honorably discharged in 1945. (Oct 12, 2008)

Charles G. Squire Jr. 1950 age 74, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed in Germany during the Korean War and worked as a photographer. (Aug 15, 2008)

Lloyd C. Schafer IHS 1935 age 91, served in the Marines during WWII in the South Pacific. (July 13, 2008)

William 'Bill' Davis IHS 1946 age 79 was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the United States Navy. (July 13, 2008)

John R. Braren IHS 1945 age 81, enlisted with the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. (June 6, 2008)

John (Jack) Brewer IHS 1943 age 82, was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Coast Guard receiving Asiatic Pacific and European Middle Eastern Campaigns Medals. (June 6, 2008)

Louis J. White IHS Alumnus age 85, served in the US Army during WWII. (Apr 13, 2008)

Mr. Frank Acquaviva IHS Alumnus age 83, enlisted with the United States Army and served until Dec. 23, 1945 when he received an honorable discharge, holding the rank of Quarter Master Tech. Sergeant. (Apr 18, 2008)

Jack H. Carter IHS 1943 age 83, was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. Jack was awarded the Bronze Star with a V device for valor. His unit was at the liberation of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp in Austria. (March 7, 2008)

Alvin H. Bluett IHS 1950 78, was a veteran of the Korean conflict, serving in the U.S. Army. (Dec 15, 2007)

Helen E. (Kennedy) O'Halloran IHS 1940 age 84, was a World War II Navy Wave veteran, serving in the Pentagon as a yeoman second class for three years. (Nov 14, 2007)

Paul L. Montalone IHS 1956 age 70, served in the U.S. Marine Corps. (Oct 30, 2007)

John L. Pugh IHS 1933 age 92, was a veteran of the U.S. Navy Seabees during World War II, serving in the Pacific islands. (Oct 26, 2007)

John H. (Jack) Chesebrough Ilion Alumnus age 88, Jack enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1940, before the attack on Pearl Harbor and was fighting in the Philippines when Bataan and Corregidor fell. He was captured by the Japanese forces and survived the infamous 'Bataan Death March,' which covered 104 miles in 5 days. He remained a prisoner of war for three and a half years from April 1942 until September 1945. Upon his release, Jack wrote his father a letter in which he stated 'I wish I could describe how I feel but all I can say is it's wonderful. I hope to be with you very soon. To see you and the family and friends will make this deliverance a complete heaven on earth.' We believe he has been reunited once more with his family and friends. Jack was awarded the Bronze Star for his service. Jack will be buried with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007 at 9 am. (Oct 26, 2007)

Harold J. Casey IHS 1937 age 87, served with the United States Army in the 36th Infantry Division, having served in Central Europe, Naples, Foggia, Rhineland, Rome-Arno and Southern France, and engaging in battles in Casino, Rapidro and Anzio. Haroldreceived the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star medal, the Kame Service medal, Good Conduct medal and the World War II Victory medal. (September 12, 2007)

Benjamin A. Russell III IHS 1957 age 67, was a veteran of the Army and served as a member of a Special Military Intelligence Advisory team (SMIA) in Vietnam. (August 19, 2007)

Hubert H. (Rudy) Hess IHS Alumnus age 84, was a gunner in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and a former member of the VFW in Ilion. (August 19, 2007)

Robert K. 'Bob' Roe IHS 1939 age 86, as a proud veteran of World War II (1942-1946), serving as a Sergeant with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of War. He was awarded the following decorations and citations in recognition of his service to our country. The American Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, Good conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. (June 27, 2007)

Edward M. Couchman IHS 1937 age 90, joined the C.C.C. before he entered the U.S. Army and served during World War II. (June 27, 2007)

Harold P. Mogensen Jr. IHS 1942 age 83, was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. in Burma and Indo China. (June 27, 2007)

Lawrence M. Manion Sr. IHS 1942 age 84, served with the US Army's 99 Infantry in Europe during WWII. (May 13, 2007)

Leroy T. Button IHS 1932 age 92, Rangeroy served with HQ Company of the elite 5th Ranger Battalion. He participated in the H-Hour landing at Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with two clusters. He will be interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on June 6, 2007, Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. (May 13, 2007)

Robert Lynn Coyle IHS 1941 age 84, was a veteran of World War II, serving with the US Army. (April 13, 2007)

Richard H. Brown IHS 1941 age 84, served in the South Pacific with the Navy during World War II. (April 13, 2007)

Donald Edward Thom IHS 1954 age 71, was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army. Mr. Thom was affiliated throughout the years with the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. (April 13, 2007)

George 'Shorty' Comins IHS 1943 age 80, was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Navy. (Mar 26, 2007)

Earl Eugene Huyck IHS 1940 enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 and was assigned to a premeteorology program at Brown University. He was trained as a cryptographer and served with the Signal Corps attached to the Army Air Forces in the South Pacific. He served in the Philippines and occupied Japan following World War II. (Mar 26, 2007)

Edward M. 'Ed' Champagne IHS 1942 age 82, was a proud veteran of War World II, serving with the U.S. Navy. Ed enlisted Sept. 2, 1942, and was honorably discharged Jan. 12, 1946, with the following honors; European, Asiatic-Pacific and American Theater Ribbons and the World War II Victory Medal. (Feb 26, 2007)

Harold Edward 'Mac' MacNeill IHS 1941 age 83, during World War II, served in the U.S. Navy in the Battle of the Atlantic. (Jan 29, 2007)

James H. Gorman Jr. IHS Alumnus age 82, served this country during World War II as a sergeant in the USAAF with duty in the Pacific Theater of War. (Jan 10, 2007)

Roy J. Gurney IHS Alumnus age 84, enlisted in Company I 106th Infantry, 27th Division at Mohawk. He was wounded in the invasion of Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Infantry Combat Badge and the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal. (Jan 10, 2007)

Mr. Joseph F. Enjem IHS 1940 age 84, served during World War II in the Army Air Corps and was honorably discharged on March 6, 1945. (Jan 4, 2007)

David A. Dunckel IHS 1963 age 61, was an Army veteran, enlisting on Sept. 9, 1965, and was honorably discharged on Sept. 8, 1967, with the rank of SP5. (Dec 1, 2006)

Stephen P. 'Steve' Tooney IHS 1960 age 64, was a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Vietnam War. (Dec 1, 2006)

Roy Wagner IHS 1944 age 80, entered the U.S. Army. During WWII, Roy served in the European Theater of War as a member of General Patton's 3rd Army, 1st Platoon H Co., 328th Combat Team, 26th Infantry (Yankee Division). He qualified for the Combat Infantry Badge and two Campaign Battle Stars. At the close of WWII, he was transferred to U.S. Forces in Austria (U.S.A.F.). For 10 months, Roy served and lived in an 800-year-old castle in the Austrian Alps taken over by Gen. Mark Clark. The Gmunden Castle served as an enlisted men's rest center. Roy always considered this his "Shangri-La" period. Prior to WWII, the castle was home for an Austrian Forestry School, and during WWII was used by German Soldiers recuperating from wounds and illness. (Nov 5, 2006)

David Paul Vandawalker IHS 1977 age 47, entered the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Capodanno (FF1093) out of Newport, RI. (Oct 12, 2006)

Jon Stephenson IHS 1966 age 58, served with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. (Oct 11, 2006)

Francis Fletcher IHS 1937 age 88, was a veteran of World War II serving in the United States Army Air Corps, 376th Bomb Group from 1942 until 1945. (Oct 11, 2006)

Cynthia J. 'Cindy' Redmond Morris IHS 1974 age 50, served in the US Navy from 1974-1977 in Hawaii. (Oct 3, 2006)

Todd Thomas Hagan IHS 1985 age 39, served in the US Marine Corps. (Oct3, 2006)

Donald E. 'Don' Avery IHS Alumnus age 71, was a proud veteran, serving with the United States Navy from 1956-1962. (September 7, 2006)

Gerald J. 'Joe' Simonette IHS Alumnus age 75, joined the Army in 1952 and served in Korea until 1953. (September 7, 2006)

Donald R. Ferguson IHS 1941 age 83, in 1944 joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he served as a Flight Officer until his honorable discharge in 1946. (September 7, 2006)

Robert E. 'Bob' Whittemore IHS 1939 age 84, was a veteran of World War II, having served with armored divisions in the European Theater, earning five battle stars. (September 7, 2006)

Joseph A. 'Joey' DeRocco IHS 1972 age 52, enlisted in the U.S. Navy proudly serving from 1972 to 1976, and then as a reservist until 1978. (September 7, 2006)

George L. 'Bud' Hendrick, IHS 1947 age 78, served with the Navy during World War II. (September 7, 2006)

Charles McTiernan IHS Faculty age 80, was a U.S. Navy veteran and sailed aboard the USS Macon. (July 14, 2006)

Lewis R. Watson, IHS 1936 age 89, was a WWII Army Veteran. (May 18, 2006)

Charles F. Jennings IHS Alumnus age 94, served in the United States Army from June 1942 to October 1945, attaining the rank of Sergeant. During World War II, he fought in North Africa, where he was briefly held captive by the German Army, Sicily and Normandy, where he was severely wounded. For his service he was awarded the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal. Mr. Jennings was a Life Member of the Utica Stars and Stripes Disabled American Veterans. (May 18, 2006)

Joyce L. (Smith) Degenshein IHS 1948 age 88, was a veteran of the Korean conflict, serving in the U.S. Air Force. (April 12, 2006)

Russell J. Chesebrough IHS Alumnus age 75, served with the U.S. Navy during WWII in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. (April 6, 2006)

Joseph F. Bates IHS 1942 age 81, was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1945. (April 6, 2006)

Lawrence G. Kasper IHS 1965 age 58, served two tours in the United States Army from 1969-1972 during Vietnam and received two Purple Hearts. (Feb 28, 2006)

Frank A. Marley IHS 1944 age 78, was a veteran of WWI and served with the US Navy. (Feb 28, 2006)

Norman Lawrence Hess IHS 1941 age 82, was veteran of World War II and he served in the U.S. Navy Air Corps as a Combat Aircrewman aboard the U.S.S. Lexington in the Pacific Theatre. (April 6, 2006)

Dr. Joseph Anthony Leistyna IHS Valedictorian 1948 age 74, was a captain in the United States Air Force and was Chief of Pediatric Services, Rhein Main Air Force Base in Germany. (Feb 28, 2006)

Gerney F. Butler IHS Almunus age 91, enlisted in the National Guard of the United States, where he was a rifleman with the 10th Infantry. He served until Feb. 2, 1939, when he was honorably discharged, attaining the rank of corporal. Then in World War II, he again answered the call of his country in 1942 by enlisting in the U.S. Navy, where he served with the Sea Bees, attaining the rank of seaman first class. He was honorably discharged in 1946. (Feb 28, 2006)

Andrew L. Tjeerdsma IHS 1960 age 64, served his country in the U.S. Army for six years. (Jan 18, 2006)

Thomas R. Morath IHS 1952 age 70, was a United States Army veteran, enlisting in 1956 and was honorably discharged in 1958 with the rank of corporal. (Jan 7, 2006)

Grover W. Radley Jr. IHS 1933 age 90, was a veteran of World War II, serving as first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, where he was with the Medical Administration Corps. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge, and was a recipient of the Purple Heart during his tour of duty. (Jan 7, 2006)

George E. Gettle Sr IHS 1947 age 76, was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. (Nov 14, 2005)

Bernard R. Smith IHS Alumnus age 76, was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. (Oct 15, 2005)

Lewis A. Bouck IHS Alumnus age 80, was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US Army from 1943 until 1945. (September 10, 2005)

Jack 'Herbie' Reyome IHS 1945 age 77, joined the United States Air Force. (August 8, 2005)

John J. Mullen IHS 1941 age 81, was a US Army Staff Sergeant of WWII. (August 8, 2005)

John R. Durkin IHS Alumnus age 88, was a US Army Air Corp veteran serving in the Pacific Theatre from 1942-1946. (May 28, 2005

Raymond F. 'Pete' Bleau IHS 1936 age 87, a veteran of WWII, Pete served with the US Army Air Corps in the European Theater of War. (May 25, 2005)

Charles W. G. 'Andy' Anderson IHS 1941 age 81, was a veteran of the US Army. (April 25, 2005)

Thomas E. 'Tom' Lester IHS 1939 age 84, was a proud WWII Veteran serving with the US Navy from 1942-46 as an Aviation Machinist Mate Third Class with the VPB 209 Squadron. He was the recipient of the Combat AirCrew Insignia, American Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and on October 3, 2004 was presented the NYS Medal of Merit at his VFW Post. (April 9, 2005)

George T. 'Keoki' Harris MAJ USAF (Retired) IHS 1940 age 81, was a pilot in the Army Air Corp, a veteran of WWII, and an original founding member of the Hawaii Air National Guard. He later served as Chief of CERAP, Guam and finally retired from civil service as the FAA Area Manager of Guam. Harris received the Federal Aviation Administration's Meritorious Service Award and is in the FAA's Hall of Fame, Washington D.C. He also participated as a pilot in the movie "From Here to Eternity" simulating a 'zero' attack aircraft. (April 9, 2005)

Alfred J. Maury IHS 1936 age 88, was a proud veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army 253 Combat Engineers. (April 3, 2005)

Henry F. Marks IHS 1939 age 83, interrupted his college education to serve his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the local chapter of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge. (Feb 22, 2005)

John 'Yohno' F. Smallwood IHS 1943 age 79, was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army from 1944-46 as a private first class and acting squad leader. John served in Europe, participated in the Battle of the Bulge and received two Purple Hearts. (Feb 20, 2005)

Carl W. Peterson, Jr Valedictorian IHS 1949 entered the U.S. Air Force and served three years in the Judge Advocate General's department. (Feb 20, 2005)

Donald 'Buckshot' L. Bunce IHS Alumnus age 82, was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. (Jan 8, 2005)

Earl F. Derby IHS 1923 age 99, was called to Army service in the draft preceding World War II and was scheduled for discharge the week following Pearl Harbor. His discharge was postponed for four years with Earl serving as Sergeant in the First Armored Division in the Invasion of Africa where he participated in the Battle of Kaserine Pass and then in France. (December 3, 2004)

Emmett J. Gollegly IHS 1946 age 78, was a veteran of the United States Army, having served his country during World War II. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 4, 1946, and upon relief from active duty held the rank of private, first class. His decorations and citations included the Army of Occupation Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and a World War II Victory Medal. (November 2, 2004)

William M. 'Bill' Bunn IHS Alumnus age 84, was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II in the European Theater of War with the 100th Division Field Infantry. (October 1, 2004)

Berton C. Johnson IHS Alumnus age 79, was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Army. (September 6, 2004)

Frederick S. 'Fred' Greyback IHS Alumnus age 82, served with the United States Army during World War II, enlisting on December 30, 1942 and received an honorable discharge on November 26, 1945. He was the recipient of the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. (September 6, 2004)

Richard R. Dick Townsend IHS 1950 age 73, was a proud veteran, serving with the US Navy during the Korean War. (September 6, 2004)

Leo L. Cline IHS Alumnus age 88, was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Navy. He entered the service on Dec. 12, 1942, in Little Falls. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 30, 1945. (July 11, 2004)

Robert L. Zeh IHS 1949 age 73, was a veteran of the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. (June 3, 2004)

Robert MacFarland 'Mac' Torbitt IHS 1968 age 53, enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving around the world as a cryptologic technician for a period of eight years. (March 15, 2004)

Robert Humphrey Salutatorian IHS 1927 age 95, was drafted and entered the Army in the Military Police in 1941. He was shipped to Oran, North Africa, and by sea to Italy, France, Austria and Germany. He was honorably discharged from the Army as a Corporal in 1945. While in the military, he also served as a bugler. (February 19, 2004)

Richard W. Sprague IHS 1939 age 83, served with the US Army during WW II. (February 19, 2004)

Warren A. Crocker IHS Science Teacher age 84, entered the U.S. Army as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Corps in 1941, and served in India during World War II. (January 9, 2004)

William J. Stagg Sr. IHS Alumnus age 78, was a veteran of World War II and Korea, serving with the Army Air Corps and the U.S. Air Force. (December 2, 2003)

Bernard C. Murray IHS 1942 and Ilion Science Teacher age 79, was a member of the Army Air Corps, serving as a Staff Sgt. with the 434 Bomber Squadron in the BCI Theater during WW II. (December 10, 2003)

Frederick C. Reynolds IHS Alumnus age 76, served in the United States Army during WW II. (November 24, 2003)

Myron 'Mike' Bouck, IHS 1947 & Industrial Arts Teacher/Coach age 74, was an Army Veteran of the Korean War. (October 31, 2003)

Steven E. Dye IHS Alumnus age 54, retired from the US Navy. (September 29, 2003)

Paul Ross Wagner IHS 1942 graduated from the Naval Academy in 1945 with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and commissioned as Ensign, starting a career of 22 years in the Navy. (September 29, 2003)

Herbert Charles Senn IHS 1942 age 78,served as a medical technician in the Army. (September 14, 2003)

Harold D. Lyman IHS 1945 age 75, served with the Army Air Corps during WWII. (July 13, 2003)

Archibald 'Archie' McGowan IHS Alumnus age 79, served his country for 30 years with the United States Army. (May 28, 2003)

Wesley 'Wes' Donaldson IHS 1941 age 79, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he was a member of a music unit that entertained fellow servicemen. (May 28, 2003)

Fred C. Kaune IHS Alumnus age 87, served with the U.S. Army during World War II and Korea, retiring with the rank of Sgt. Major in April 1962. He then was employed as an inspector with the Army Corps of Engineers, retiring several years ago. (April 30, 2003)

Douglas E. Bullis IHS Alumnus age 76, served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Asiatic Pacific Theater and then served with the Air Force Reserve until 1952. (April 19, 2003)

Lee S. Couchman IHS 1939 age 82, was honorably discharged World War II veteran. He was a first lieutenant serving with the U.S. Army Air Corps 347th Fighter Squadron, the 350th Group and the 12th Air Force in the Mediterranean Theater, Rome-Arno and the Northern Apennines. (April 18, 2003)

Stephen Lasky IHS Alumnus 1966 age 55, served with the Army in Vietnam. (March 10, 2003)

Arthur F. 'Frenchie' Moreau IHS Alumnus age 66, was a proud veteran, serving with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. (March 3, 2003)

Edwin G. Button IHS Alumnus age 86, served with the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy during WW II in Europe and the Pacific. (February 22, 2003)

Gerald H. 'Squirrely' Sterling IHS Alumnus age 84, was a proud veteran serving his country with the U.S. Army Air Corps 548th Fighter Squadron during World War II. He was awarded the following decorations and citations in recognition of his service. The American Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. (January 17, 2003)

John Duane Currier IHS Alumnus enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Germany and France. (January 16, 2003)

Marshall Victor (Vic) Lewis IHS 1943 age 76, was in the Navy during World War II. (December 29, 2002)

Walter John Oram IHS Alumnus age 77, served with the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific. (December 16, 2002)

Matt O. Williams IHS 1935 age 77, was a veteran of WWII serving in the Army Air Corp., where for 5 years he was stationed in the Galapagos Islands, a place he became extremely fond of. (December 16, 2002)

Harry L. Fike IHS Alumnus was a proud veteran of WW II, serving his country with the U.S. Army Air Corps. (October 14, 2002)

Joseph W. Ferguson IHS Alumnus enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1946. He served through the end of World War II and was honorably discharged in 1951. (August 20, 2002)

Charles 'Chuck' W. Conley IHS 1954 served his country in the Air Force. (August 17, 2002)

Mary J. Williams IHS 1950 age 71, entered the United States Marine Corps, reaching the rank of first sergeant. She retired from the Marines in 1973, after 21 years of service. (July 18, 2002)

Clarence L. 'Mo' Schoonmaker IHS 1940 age 82, was a proud veteran serving his country during WW II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of War. (July 9, 2002)

Mr. Michael F. Skinner IHS Teacher age 61, served with the U.S. Army from 1963 until 1966. (May 30, 2002)

Donald E. 'Don' Walby IHS Alumnus age 84, was a proud WW II veteran serving with the U.S. Amry Infantry in the European Theater of War. He was awarded the following medals and ribbons in recognition of his dedicated service to our nation:Purple Heart Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantryman's Badge, and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. (May 30, 2002)

George L. Trapp IHS 1942 age 78, was an Army veteran of World War II. (May 15, 2002)

Edward J. Winsor IHS 1944 age 77, served in the United States Army Signal Corps in the South Pacific during World War II. (March 29, 2002)

George W. Allen IHS 1940 age 80, served in the Army from 1942-1946. (March 28, 2002)

Donald K. Crouch IHS 1950 age 70, served in the New York State National Guard and eight years in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Maine, Germany and Morocco. (March 23, 2002)

William E. 'Bill' Irwin, IHS 1946 age 74, was a proud veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army. (March 14, 2002)

Maurice U. Goldin IHS 1934 age 88, was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the European Theater with the rank of sergeant. He was in the Battle of the Bulge where he received the Bronze Star. (March 9, 2002)

Salvatore F. 'Sam' Nicolette IHS 1940 age 81, served his country with the U.S. Army during World War II as a member of the field artillery in the European Theater of War. He was honorably discharged in December 1945. He was a 23-year member of the Mohawk American Legion Crowley-Barnum Post 25. (February 14, 2002)

John F. 'Jack' Fischer IHS 1938 age 83, was a proud veteran of WW II, serving his country with the U.S. Army Air Corps as a Staff Sgt. He was a prisoner of the Japanese for 3 1/2 years during WW II and a survivor of the Battan Death March. (February 7, 2002)

Ralph MacBlain IHS Alumnus was an honorably discharged U.S. Army veteran, he served our country during the Korean War. (December 13, 2001)

Vernon Voige Cool IHS 1940 was a decorated Air Force veteran of 25 years. He retired at Pease Air Force Base, Portsmouth, NH, in 1967, as chief master sergeant. During World War II, he served with the 8th Air Force in England and during the Korean War with the famed 4th Fighter Group H. He was a member of the Air Force Sergeants Association, the Second Air Division Association and a life member of Disabled American Veterans. (September 24, 2001)

John J. 'Jack' Minguela IHS 1972 was a proud veteran and served with the U.S. Army. (September 17, 2001)

David A. Marcil IHS 1984 served in the U.S. Navy from 1987 to 1991. While in the Navy, David was a welder. (September 9, 2001)

Morris J. 'Morry' Kane - IHS 1940 was a proud veteran of World War II, serving his country with the U.S. Navy in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of War. He was presented the American Theater Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Medal and the Victory Medal. (August 4, 2001)

Robert J. 'Bob' Sweeney Ilion Alumnus was a a proud veteran, serving his country with the U.S. Army Medical Corps. (July 14, 2001)

Robert A. 'Bob' List IHS 1967 was a United States Army veteran, enlisting on Nov. 4, 1970 and was honorably discharged on May 9, 1972, with the rank of specialist 4 in the Military Police. (April 10, 2001)

Harry R. Seymour IHS 1941 graduated from Ilion High School in 1941 before entering the U.S. Navy, where he served our country during World War II. (March 1, 2001)

Jim Ortlieb IHS 1963 age 55, served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. (Feb 28, 2001)

Everett H. Colburn IHS alumnus age 86, served as a radioman first class with the Navy during WW II. He was stationed at Guantonamo Bay and also served in the Pacific Theater. (Feb 3, 2001)

Harold E. Whittemore IHS 1934 age 85, volunteered for army service in May 1941, and served until May 1946, attaining the rank of first lieutenant after attending Officers Candidate School. (Feb 3, 2001)

Raymond H. Bedworth IHS 1931 age 88, was a veteran of WW serving with the Corps of Engineers in the U.S. Army in France and Germany. (Feb 3, 2001)

Robert E. Conroy IHS Alumnus age 75, served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. (Feb 3, 2001)

Edward E. Moreau IHS Alumnus age 80, was a veteran of the United States Army, having served our country during World War II. He was honorably discharged, and upon relief from active duty held the rank of staff sergeant. In respect of Mr. Moreau's dedicated service to his country, our government awarded him with a Purple Heart, of which he was very proud. (Decmeber 16, 2000)

Walter D. Bird IHS 1936 age 86, was proud to serve our country with the U.S. Army. (December 4, 2000)

Albert W. Sterling IHS Alumnus age 72, Little Falls, was a veteran of the US Army, entering the service in 1948. He served with the 117th Airborne Division at Camp Pickett, Va. (Decmeber 1, 2000)

Lt. Col. Retired Gertrude Mackin IHS 1942 76, Ilion, passed away Thursday, November 2, 2000, at home after a long illness.

Enaus 'Enie' J. Gelos, IHS Alumnus age 78, was past Commander of the Ilion VFW Post 502.

George E. Webb IHS alumnus age 83, was a World War II Navy veteran, enlisting on June 5, 1944 and was honorably discharged on March 14, included the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations.

William L. Grimshaw IHS 1935 age 82, enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served overseas in the ETO, in several posts, finally as a Staff Weather Officer of the 410th Bomb Group.

Kenneth 'Ken' V. Wright IHS 1961 age 56, was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving his country in Vietnam war.

Harold S. Hemstreet IHS 1937 age 79, was a lieutenant in the Navy, during WWII, assigned to the radiation lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Harold C. 'Hitch' Hitchcock IHS 1939 age 80, was an Army Veteran of WWII.

Vincent D. Connors IHS Alumnus age 85, was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army military police.

Roland M. Yardley IHS 1944 age 76, was a proud veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy as a gunner's mate aboard LCI in the Pacific Theater.

Joseph K. Kenefick IHS Alumnus age 83, served in the U.S. Army from Feb. 1941 to Oct. 1945 in Europe during World War II. He was a member of the 3rd BN. HQ of the 22nd INF. 4th Division. He landed in France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He received the Purple Heart, American Defense Service, European-African-Middle Eastern Service with Arrowhead, Distinguished Unit, Bronze Star and Combat Infantry medals.

Robert Manley IHS 1956 age 61, served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959.

John Seaton McGrath IHS 1934 age 85, served with the U.S. Army during World War II, and was honorably discharged in 1944.

Philo D. (Dee) Williams IHS 1955 age 63, served with the U.S. Army.

Richard E. Maury Jr. IHS 1965 entered the US Navy in 1971, as an aviation technician.

Donald Weller IHS Alumnus was a veteran of the Armed Forces and served with the U.S. Army and later the U.S. Merchant Marines, during World War II.

Thomas A. Morris IHS 1932 84, attended Officer Candidate School during World War II. He served in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy as legal officer and judge with the Allied Military Government. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Knight Order-Crown of Italy from King Umberto.

William J. 'Sarge' Kamp IHS 1942 75, was a career military man, retiring in 1979, with 27 years of service.

Jean M. Risedorf age 81, was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy as a Navy Air Transport Nurse, stationed in Oahu, Hawaii.

Clarence J. 'Bunny' James Ilion Alumnus 86, served with the U.S. Army during World War II, where he received three battle stars and attained the rank of master sergeant.

George W. Smithson IHS 1939 79, was a veteran of the World War II,serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the 555th Squadron of the 386th Bomber Group. Heflew in 55 missions in B-26's, while stationed in Belgium.

David L. Loftis IHS 1945 was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1949-1969.

Vernon Peters IHS 1943 age 73, served in the South Pacific in the Navy during World War II.

Joseph 'Joe' Kinville IHS 1952 age 66, served his country with the US Navy from 1952-1956.

Bernard Egelston Ilion Alumnus age 79, served with the U.S. Army during World War II as a military policeman with the 1208th service command unit and attained rank of sergeant.

Alexander J. Weiss Ilion Alumnus 88, served with the U.S. Navy during World War II.


Wars Remembered

Vietnam Memorial Wall

Sheperd, Thomas Christ Sr (Army/SFC) Panel Id:04W - Line Id: 074
Stone, Daniel Melvin (Marine/PFC) Panel Id:39E Line Id: 067
Moore, Carter Lee (Marine/CPL) Panel Id: 46E-Line Id:048

Korean War

U.S. Military Personnel who died from Hostile Action (including missing and captured) in the Korean War, 1950-1957
Allston, James Hartford - 2LT Air Force

Hammond, Robert T. PFC -- 501102 -- 34 Inf -- Ilion, NY

World War II Yearbook Dedications

1942 - honoring all of the alumni who were serving in the armed forces in 1942
1945 - the Class of 1945 which gave more boys to the armed forces than any preceding class.
1946 - in memory of all the Students who died while serving in the armed forces, during World War II.

World War I

Harold 'Boots' Lever, a former student of the Ilion High School, presented a very beautiful cup, The Lever Cup, to the school in 1924, as a tribute to William Hempstead - Class of 1916, and William Schletterer, former students in the High School, who lost their lives in World War I. This cup is given to the boy who has earned the greatest number of points based on scholastic and athletic work. For a list of honorees, visit The Lever Cup.


Civil War Veteran

Soldiers and Veterans of The 5TH Massachusetts Colored Calvary Regiment
Josephus Prince: Private; Co. 'D'; Residence - Ilion, NY; Farmer; age 19;enlisted Jan. 27, 1864;
mustered in Jan. 29, 1864; mustered out Oct. 31, 1865, as Bugler.
Listed as Josephus Pringe. Buried in Greenwood Cemetary, Oneida, N.Y.

Veterans Today

The Buffalo News features James Morris

IHS 1939 Alumnus, James Morris, was recently featured in a newspaper article by The Buffalo News on January 17, 2016. This is a great story from a 95 year old Ilion World War II Veteran and well worth reading. Veteran recalls going from 'bulletproof' job to dodging flak in a B-17 over Europe. "After serving stateside instructing bombardiers, Jim Morris says, "I wanted a piece of the action," so he went on to 32 bombing missions in Europe." Jim Morris is one of EIGHT Ilion Morris brothers. (March 6, 2016)

1941 Graduate edits book on serving in WWII as a P-47 fighter pilot

Class of 1941 graduate, Col. Jacob L. Cooper USAF, Ret. edited a book of his serving as a P-47 fighter pilot in WW II in the ETO. The book, in its second printing, is entitled "The 493rd Fighter Squadron in World War II. Copies of the book are in the Ilion Library, the Ilion High School Library, and the Frank Basloe Library in Herkimer. The book is published by Southern Heritage Press, P.O. Box 10937, St Petersburg, Florida 33733

1967 Class Alumnus Receives Award

Donald E. Sterling Jr. IHS 1967, past commandant of the Department of New York Marine Corps League, received the Chapel of Four Chaplains Humanitarian award, at the recent state convention. The Legion of Honor award is a public recognition of persons who have rendered selfless service to others. Mr. Sterling is a life member of the Marine Corps League, Military Order of Devil Dogs, and Amvets Post 777. He is a member of the Mohawk American Legion and a recipient of the Loyalty Day Award. He has chaired and organized many Memorial Day parades, ceremonies and dedications, as well as the Desert Storm welcome home committee and parade. He has taught with the post office for five years and spoken to students about service and safety. He participated in many fund-raising efforts. The Chapel of the Four Chaplians award has been presented to presidents, cabinet officers, Congressional members and foreign heads of state.

1969 Alumnus Named Veterans Counselor of the Year....

Ilion alumnus Mary Erin O'Connor Blair IHS 1969 was named Counselor of the Year for the State Division of Veterans Affairs - Northeastern division. She provides benefits counseling and advocacy on behalf of veterans and their families in Oneida and Herkimer Counties. Mary Erin served 11 years on active duty in the Navy and 15 years in the Naval Reserves. She joined the Division of Veterans Affairs in 1994.

1969 Graduate receives the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross Medal

IHS 1969 Graduate, Arthur "Ozzie" Sterling, was presented the highest honor bestowed upon a veteran by the State of New York, the "New York State Conspicuous Service Cross Medal". Assemblyman Marc Butler presented the honor to Ozzie, on Friday, January 30, 1998. The State Legislature sanctioned the award in 1920, to reflect the state's pride and appreciation in the patriotic and heroic service of its citizens. Arthur "Ozzie" Sterling served with the U.S. Marine Corps from August 1969 to 1971, and was stationed with the First Battalion Fifth Marine Division. Ozzie's other awards include the Combat Action Ribbon for his combat service in Vietnam. Ozzie accepted the award in the presence of his wife Mary Bechard Sterling, Class of '75, and their three children.

1973 Graduate receives the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross Medal

IHS 1973 Graduate, Roland 'Rolly' Yardley, was presented the highest honor bestowed upon a veteran by the State of New York, the "New York State Conspicuous Service Cross Medal", January 28, 1998. Lt. Commander Yardley received the medal for his meritorious service while serving aboard the USS Reid (FFG-30) in the Persian Gulf. Rolly now resides, with his family, in Fairfax Station, Virgina.

Congratulations to Roland Yardley - Class of 1973 on his promotion to the rank of commander with the Navy, July 1. Rolly enlisted in the Navy in 1977. He attended the University of New Mexico and was commissioned through officer candidate school. He is a surface warfare officer, serving at sea aboard ships and fleet units. He is currently stationed at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon. He lives with his wife, Chris, and three children in Fairfax Station, Va.

Colonel John Neary Davis IHS 1933

IHS Class of 1933 John Neary Davis
IHS Class of 1933 John Neary Davis

John Davis graduated from Ilion High School in 1933. He studied at Annapolis Training School to prepare for entrance to the West Point Military Academy. He attended, with other West Point cadets, the Inaugural Day parade for Franklin Roosevelt, in Washington DC, on January 20, 1937.

Major John Davis received a serious leg wound while leading his battalion to action in Sicily on August 2, 1943. He spent weeks in Army hospitals in North Africa and finally in Fort Devens, Massachusetts. The wound severed a nerve leading to the foot and Army doctors expected it would take a long time to heal. He was granted a 30-day leave to be with his parents, at their Old Forge Road home. He was awarded the Silver Star Citation and the Purple Heart medal for his actions during battle. He was accompanied from Fort Devens by his wife, the former Alberta Christie. His father-in-law was Colonel A. E. Christie who was a Japanese prisoner of war in Formosa.

Major John Davis Wounded in Battle

Lt. Col. John N. Davis Honored

Korean War - April 9, 1953

The Ilion Sentinel July 28, 1953

Lt. Col. John N. Davis - Medals

Lt. Col. John N. Davis received the Bronze Star in Africa and the Oak Leaf Cluster in Italy. After he was wounded during World War II, he returned to America and attended Ohio State University, where he received his master's degree in military psychology. He taught at West Point and graduated from the West Point command and staff school at Fort Leavenworth. In August of 1952, he left for Korea. Lt. Col. Davis received a second Oak Leaf Cluster for logistical work in Tageu, Korea in April 1953.

1959 Movie - Pork Chop Hill1959 Movie - Pork Chop Hill

The July 28, 1953 Ilion Sentinel reported that Lt. Col. John N. Davis received his third Oak Leaf Cluster. He was congratulated by Maj. Gen. Arthur G. Trudeau. Trudeau was commander of the 7th Infantry Division in Korea. Col. Davis was also appointed acting chief of staff of the 7th Division.

Lt. Col. Davis was a Battalion commander in the battle of Pork Chop Hill during the Korean War. He lost most of his men fighting the Chinese. The battle was featured in a 1959 movie, Pork Chop Hill, starring Gregory Peck. The actor Barry Atwater portrayed Lt. Col. John Davis.

Colonel John Neary Davis, 70, 570-316 Village Place, Longwood, died Thursday December 11, 1986. Born in Bridgeport, Conn., he moved to Longwood from Stuart in 1985. He was retired from the Army, was a retired business professor and was a member of Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Longwood. He was a member of the Academy of Management, the Institute of Management Science and the Association of the U.S. Army. Survivors: wife, Alberta; son, Cmdr. John Phillip, Virginia Beach, Va.; daughter, Patricia D. Pickett, Avondale, Pa.; sisters, Lydia Schaughnessy, Ilion, N.Y., Winifred Metter, Vero Beach; five grandchildren. Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home, Forest City. (May 30, 2016)

Civilian War Efforts

Eleanor M. Brennan, IHS 1924, was co-chairman of the World War II War Bond Campaign, in Ilion, netting over $25 million.

 

Remington Employee War Efforts

Marcellus Hartley - Acquired E. Remington and Sons

Marcellus Hartley founder, president and sole owner of the Union Metallic Cartridge Company, acquired E. Remington and Sons, in 1888, which became The Remington Arms Company.

Marcellus Hartley Dodge - president of Remington Arms

Marcellus Hartley Dodge grandson of Marcellus Hartley graduated from Columbia University. At the age of 22, he assumed the presidency of The Remington Arms Company.

 

World War I

World War I had a huge impact on Remington's position in the international arena. The company hired more than 13,000 new employees, at its Ilion works, between 1914 and 1917. Woodrow Wilson conferred with Marcellus Hartley Dodge just three days before the United States declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917. Remington Arms supplied thousands of rifles to Czar Nicholas, in the days preceding the Russian Revolution. Czar Nicholas placed orders for a million rifles with Remington Arms. The Russians defaulted on their payment, after the death of the Czar. These same Russian rifles were later sold to the U.S. Army for use in World War. These arms helped the U.S. enter the war quickly. Remington Arms supplied American, British and French forces with arms. The company provided Belgium with all of its ammunition. Remington Arms produced 69% of all rifles used by American troops, and more than 50% of small-arms ammunition required by the U.S. and the Allies.

 

Peacetime

In 1933, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company of Wilmington, Delaware merged with Remington Arms. Marcellus Hartley Dodge remained as chairman of the board of Remington Arms.

 

World War II

Top secret meetings with the War Department were held with Marcellus Hartley Dodge during World War II. The company produced over a million rifles and 16 billion cartridges, employing a work force of 82,500 people, during the course of the war.

 

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