2004 Inductees


  • Brodie, Alexander

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    (1849-1918) Born in Edwards, New York. Graduated U.S. Military Academy, assigned duty on Arizona frontier. First commander, Arizona National Guard; served with Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders in Cuba

  • Brown, Julius

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    (1917-2013) Born in Ida Grove, Iowa, in 1917. Retired from U.S. Army in 1973 with 30 years' service. Charter and life member, past commander, and current adjutant of Peoria VFW Post 2135. Officiated a

  • Di Giovanni, Dominic (Dom)

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    Born in Batavia, New York in 1930. Served with Task Force Smith in Korean conflict, U.S. Army. Past president, New York State Student Nurses Association, and past Michigan State Chairman of Special Ol

  • Farley, Rex

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    (1923-2016) Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1923. Veteran of the U.S. Merchant Marine and U.S. Army. Lifelong volunteer with Boy Scouts, receiving Silver Beaver Award in 1976. Elected to Arizona S

  • Gersten, Jesse

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    Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1930. Veteran of U.S. Navy. Senior Olympics volunteer and participant. Chosen "Sun Lakes Man of the Year' in 2000 by Arizona United Way. Member, American Legion, DAV and

  • Hanson, Philip (Phil)

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    Born in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1932. Army veteran, retired from U.S. Army Reserve in 1992. Eagle scout; awarded Silver Beaver for distinguished service to youth by Great Salt Lake Council, Boy Scouts of

  • Hayden, Carl

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    (1877-1972) Born in Hayden’s Ferry (now Tempe), Maricopa County Arizona. Commissioned a Major in the U.S. Army during WWI. Sheriff of Maricopa County, 1907-1912. Elected to U.S. Congress, serving fr

  • Hubbard, Arthur Sr.

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    (1912-2014) Born in Tapawa, Arizona, on the Tohono O’odham reservation, in 1912. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Navajo Code Talker during WWII where he trained over 200 men to transmit and rec

  • Kilmer, Lloyd

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    (1920-2016) Born in Stewartville, Minnesota, in 1920. Served in U.S. Army Air Corps in WWII. Active in programs for the aged; led the building of two new Methodist churches in Omaha, NE. Received 1974

  • Othon, Florencio (Lencho)

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    (1919-2014) Born in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1919. Served in U.S. Army in WWII. Former Arizona Department Commander, American Legion: led membership attainment to exceed 3 million members in 1988-89. Past

  • Rowley, Arden

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    Born in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1930. Served in combat in Korea with the 2nd Infantry Division. Chinese Communist Prisoner of War for 33 months. Retired from U.S. Army and Army National Guard with 23 yea

  • Sandvig, William (Bill)

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    Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1927. U.S. Navy veteran, V-5 program and USS Chilton. Former pro bowler and pro baseball umpire. Son and grandson U.S. Naval Academy graduates. Served five years on

  • Schmuck, Frank

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    Born in York, Pennsylvania, in 1966. Graduate of U.S. Air Force Academy, Gulf War veteran, professional pilot. Founder of Voices Take Flight, an annual concert to heighten neurological disease awarene

  • Stephens, Thomas

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    Born in Lawton, Oklahoma, in 1926. Retired from U.S. Army as Lieutenant Colonel. Played major role in obtaining Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Sierra Vista. Active participant in local

  • Trimble, Marshall

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    Born in Mesa, Arizona in 1939. Served in U.S. Marine Corps. Noted author, folksinger and humorist. Named Official Arizona State Historian in 1997. In 2007 the Arizona Office of Tourism presented him w

  • Varona, Marcelino

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    (1910-2000) Born in Nogales, Mexico. Served in U.S. Army. Began displaying, in 1947 on both sides of the border, his special skill of organizing events and inspiring people to give to charity, by prov

  • Williams, Robert

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    (1921-2003) Born in Tallahassee, Florida. Served in U.S. Army. Retired in 1973 as Brigadier General. Introduced “living history” education with costumed volunteers to Maricopa County schoolchildre

  • Wineinger, Harry

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    (1918-2008) Born in Seymour, Indiana, in 1918. Served in U.S. Navy. Active church member as Bible school teacher and on board of directors. Post Honor Guard Chaplain for American Legion Post 36 in Tuc

  • Wudy, Susan (Sue)

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    Born in Quimby, Iowa, in 1946. Served in U.S. Army Women’s Army Corps; medical discharge due to multiple sclerosis. Co-hosts annual Arizona Women Veterans’ Luncheon on Armed Forces Day. Has held o