2007 Inductees


  • Ashby, Robert (Bob)

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    Born in Yemasse, South Carolina in 1925. Entered the U.S. Air Corps in 1944. Graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1945 as one of the original Tuskegee Airmen. Service includes a combat tour in Korea. Reti

  • Brown, Lawrence (Larry)

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    Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1946. Entered U.S. Marine Corps in 1964. Served in Dominican Republic and Vietnam; discharged from active duty in 1968. Served as Active Reservist from 1969 to 1974. Past D

  • Copsey, R. Dale

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    (1927-2014) Born in Kimberly, Idaho in 1927.  Served in Army Air Force 1946–1947, U.S. Air Force 1950–51. Received Bachelor of Theology in 1953, Bachelor of Divinity in 1957, and Doctor of Minist

  • Coyte, Helen

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    (1922-2015) Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1922. Served as Yeoman Second Class in the U.S. Navy WAVES; "Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service" from 1943 to 1946. Attended Purdue Universit

  • Crandall, Bruce

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    United States Army, Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airborne).  Born Olympia, Washington in 1933 and cited for action on 14 November 1965 in the la Drang Valley,

  • Culbertson, Caroleen (Carol)

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    Born Honolulu, Hawaii in 1943. Enlisted in Navy Reserve at Pearl Harbor in 1962. Commissioned Ensign in 1967. Active duty in San Diego supporting antisubmarine warfare training. Retired as Navy Captai

  • Gannon, F. Virginia

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    (1929-2016) Born in Washington, D.C. in 1929. Entered U.S. Army 1951, first woman to attend the regular course at the Army War College, advisor to the South Vietnamese Women’s Armed Forces Corps. Re

  • Hessler, Thomas (Tom)

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    Born in Cincinnati in '37. Commissioned in the U.S. Army in '59, served in Vietnam, retired as Colonel in '85. More than 20 yrs of public service including two four-year terms as Sierra Vista Mayor. R

  • Johnson, Claudie

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    Born in Sumrall , Mississippi in 1931.  Enlisted in U.S. Army in 1952, served 12 years in communications at the White House under Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson; served in Vietna

  • Jones, Donald

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    (1929-2008) Born in Miami, Florida in 1929. Entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 1946, served in Vietnam, retired in 1976 with rank of Master Sergeant. While employed by Mountain Bell, he served as an Ari

  • Mills, Raymond

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    (1926 – 2012) Born Chicago, Illinois, in 1926. Entered U.S. Army 1944, served in Europe; discharged in 1946 with rank of Corporal. Supervised construction of the Sears Tower; supervised construction

  • Nilsen, Nils

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    (1937-2010) Born in Staten Island, New York in 1937. Entered U.S. Air Force in 1956, discharged 1967 with rank of Tech Sergeant. While on active duty, taught basic electronics and radio repair to inne

  • Romley, Richard (Rick)

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    Rick was born in Tucson, Arizona in 1949. He enlisted with the United States Marine Corps in 1968 and served as a combat infantry squad leader in Vietnam until he was severely wounded during ground op

  • Saputo, Anthony (Tony)

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    Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1925. Enlisted in U.S. Army in 1945, served in Germany, Korea, and Vietnam. Attained rank of Master Sergeant and was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer, retired in 1974

  • Schluter, Charles (Chuck)

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    Born in New York City in 1946. Enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1965, served in Vietnam, separated in 1969. Enlisted in the New York Army National Guard 1972; transferred to the Connecticut Army National

  • Staker, W. Keith

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    (1923-2009) Born in Woodward, Iowa in 1923. Entered U.S. Navy in 1944, and served on a mine sweeper, including Nagasaki Harbor following the dropping of the bomb, discharged in 1946. Became active in

  • Tang, Thomas

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    (1922–1995) Born in Phoenix, Arizona. Served in U.S. Army 1942-46, served in Pacific Theater. Recalled to active duty in Korea in1950, released in 1952 with rank of First Lieutenant. Graduated from

  • Thorsness, Leo

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    (1932-2017) Born in Walnut Grove, Minnesota in 1932. Cited for action in the skies over North Vietnam.  While on a surface-to-air missile suppression mission, Colonel Thorsness wingman was shot down

  • Urda, Elmer

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    Born in West Braddock, Pennsylvania in 1930.  Entered U.S. Army in 1953, served in Korea and Vietnam, retired 1975 with rank of Staff Sergeant.  While stationed in Korea, helped local citizens diver

  • Whitten, Frank

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    Born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1932.  Entered U.S. Army Reserve in 1951.  Called to active duty 1954, discharged in 1961 with rank of Spec 5.  Began employment as a training instructor at the U.S.