2005 Inductees


  • Althoff, David

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    Born in Effingham, Illinois, in 1932. Served in Arizona National Guard, U.S. Navy, and commissioned in U.S. Marine Corps in 1954. Served in Korea and flew 1,080 combat missions in Vietnam. Retired as

  • Brody, Melvin (Mel)

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    Born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1932. Served in the U.S. Navy, 1951-55. Following discharge, graduated from college and began a 34 year career with Nutone, Inc. Sustained lifetime commitment from Cub Sc

  • Brofer, Duane

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    Born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, in 1929. Enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1948, completed OCS in 1955. Highly decorated in Vietnam, retired as a Colonel of Infantry in 1980 at Ft. Huachuca. Received Real Estate

  • Fox, Lowell (Ed)

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    Born in Amity, Oregon, in 1944. Served in U.S. Navy; retired from U.S. Air Force as Lieutenant Colonel in 1993. Former Director of Agency Relations for United Way in Fresno, CA. As a life member of Mi

  • Gannon, Michael

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    (1923-2008) Born in New York, New York, in 1923. Enlisted Army Air Corps following Pearl Harbor. Trained as navigator, shot down over Germany, held as prisoner of war for one year. Retired from U.S. A

  • Gervase, Nicholas (Nick)

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    Born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1932. Served in U.S. Marine Corps in Korea, medically retired in 1953. Returned to insurance work and joined the Lincroft Volunteer Fire and First Aid Squad where he res

  • Grombacher, Gerd

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    (1923-2005) Born in Germany and naturalized 1943. Served during WWII in U.S. Army Europe, as well as U.S. Army in Korea and Vietnam; retired after 39 years with rank of Major General, and Commander of

  • Lay, James (Jim)

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    (1922 - 2013) Born in Owensboro, Kentucky, in 1922. Served in U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division in WWII. Graduated from Michigan State University with a Masters Degree in Agriculture in 1951 and recei

  • McComb, Dennis (Denny)

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    Born in Van Nuys, California, in 1943. Graduated and Commissioned in 1965 at United States Naval Academy. Retired 1988 as Captain with 23 years of active and reserve service in submarines. Graduated V

  • Minor, Richard (Dick)

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    Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1936. Entered U.S. Army in 1959, served in Vietnam, retired 1990 with rank of Colonel. Served three years as Inspector General, Arizona National Guard causing a long-t

  • Ong, Henry

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    Born in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1922. Inducted 1942, U.S. Army. Crewman of B-17 shot down over Germany, captured and held prisoner for nine months when liberated by the British 8th Army in Augu

  • Rodriguez, Albert (Al)

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    (1927-2013) Born in Douglas, Arizona in 1927. Enlisted U.S. Navy, 1944–46; served in U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne, 1948–50; enlisted U.S. Army Reserve 1950; active duty commissioned 1962. Served multi

  • Schaefer, Thomas (Tom)

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    (1930-2016) Born in Rochester, New York, in 1930. Entered U.S. Air Force in 1953 following a year as Cadet Group Commander, Lehigh University AFROTC, and trained as a B-47 and B-52 pilot. Graduated Ge

  • Tapia, John

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    (1922-2012) Born in Ajo, Arizona, in 1922. Served in U.S. Army, 1942-45, WWII; Arizona National Guard, 1947-48; active duty 1948-65, 70th Armor Regiment, Korea. Recruited and organized a National Guar

  • Tercero, Ildefonso (Al)

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    (1930-2017) Born in Fort Davis, Texas, in 1930. Served in U.S. Air Force, 1950-70. Active for twenty-five years in Boys and Girls State program of American Legion, Commander of Prescott Post for six t

  • Ullman, Leland

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    Born in Marietta, Ohio, in 1928. Enlisted U.S. Navy in 1945, served in Korea. Retired in 1965 and relocated to Goodyear, Arizona. Worked for U.S. Post Office and joined the Goodyear Volunteer Fire Dep

  • Waara, Ralph

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    Born in Paynesville, Michigan, in 1928. Enlisted in U.S. Army, served in Vietnam, retired Lieutenant Colonel in 1972. Returned to St. Ignace, Michigan in insurance sales. Joined U.S. Coast Guard Auxil