2003 Inductees


  • Beeler, John

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    Born in Yuma, Arizona in 1934. Served in U.S. Air Force. Currently active in numerous veterans' organizations in Lakeside, Arizona, area including American Legion, VFW, DAV and Korean War Veterans Ass

  • Bohach, Robert (Bo)

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    Born in River Rouge, Michigan in 1933. Retired in 1973 with 20 years’ service in U.S. Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force. Contributions to his fellow man began with support of orphanages in Korea and

  • Bosh, Frank

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    (1923-2012) Born in La Grange, Illinois in 1923. U.S. Army Veteran. Formerly Public Safety Commissioner (1962-1968) and Mayor (1968-1969) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Served as Executive Director, Valley Fo

  • Fleischer, Martin

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    (1920-2004) Born in Brooklyn, New York. Veteran of U.S. Army Air Force. Became a licensed Ham Radio Operator in order to establish a Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) in his own home. Recognized

  • Franqui, Jack

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    (1932-2016) Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1932. Veteran of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division. Relocated to Arizona in 1976. Medically unable to work, joined Disabled American Veterans in 1979, serv

  • Fyffe, Carroll

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    (1936-1999). Born in Louisa, Kentucky. Served in the U.S. Army from 1958 until 1988. Retired as Colonel with 999 combat flying hours in Vietnam. An honorary Kentucky Colonel, he became a resident of A

  • Garavito, Reginald

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    (1927-2010) Born in Whittier, California in 1927. Retired from U S. Marine Corps as Master Sergeant in 1972 with 28 years of service. Moved to St. David, Arizona, in 1986. Established relationship wit

  • Gauthier, Orville

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    (1916 – 2008) Born in Glasgo, Connecticut in 1916. U S. Army veteran of World War II. Resident of Arizona since 1952. Served with Boy Scouts since 1930 in such leadership capacities as Commissioner,

  • Hauser, Henry

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    (1918 – 2006) Born in Kerrville, Texas. Retired as Colonel from U.S. Army in 1961. A college All-American, supported War Bond drives by playing on the Army All-Star football team against professiona

  • Inoshita, Masaji

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    (1919 - 2015) Born in Fresno, California in 1919. Enlisted in U.S.. Army from Gila River Internment Center in Sacaton, Arizona, where his family had been re-located in 1942 and would remain until 1946

  • Kokesch, Grace

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    (1921 – 2014) Born in Lorimor, Iowa in 1921, enlisted in U.S. Army in 1942, discharged in 1946 as First Lieutenant. Taught school for 42 years. Active member of National Education Association for 37

  • Lake, Caroline

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    (1934-2011) Born in Leon, Iowa in 1934. Served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from 1952 to 1954. Resident of Arizona since 1981, she became the first female commander of American Legion Post 1

  • Mahoney, Michael

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    (1921 – 2007) Born in North Kingston, Rhode Island.. Entered service in 1939, medically discharged from the U.S. Army in 1946 for wounds received in World War II. Retired as Captain, recipient of Si

  • Murch, Thomas (Tom)

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    (1933 – 2013) Born in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1933. Retired from the U.S. Air Force as Lieutenant Colonel in 1973. Arizona resident since 1975, Queen Creek since 1985. Credited with having major re

  • Orrantia, Gilbert

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    (1917-2012) Born in Clifton, Arizona in 1917. Served in U.S. Army Air Corps with over 50 missions, 1941-1945. Educator, served as foreign language teacher in local high schools for 14 years; as Profes

  • Pellon, Louis

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    (1926 – 2012) Born in Tucson, Arizona in 1926. Served during World War II in U.S. Navy, 1944-1946. Member, Tucson American Legion since 1946, having served in virtually every capacity including Stat

  • Sackton, Frank

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    (1912-2010) Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1912. Served in U.S. Army for over 30 years, retiring in 1970 as Lieutenant General with Distinguished Service Medal and Silver Star among his many awards. Not

  • Strauch, Donald (Don)

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    (1926-2016) Born in Clermont, Iowa in 1926. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II, 1944 to 1946. Elected to Mesa City Council in 1972, subsequently elected as Vice-Mayor in 1974 and Mayor, 1980-

  • Wallace Henry B. "H.B."

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    (1915 – 2005) Born in Des Moines, Iowa. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Grandfather and father both served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and his father as Vice President of the Unite