2008 Inductees


  • Anders, William

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    (1940-2010) Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 1940. Entered U.S. Navy in 1960, trained as Corpsman, attached to U.S. Marines in Vietnam. Appointed as first Command Master Chief for Naval Medical Clinic

  • Bradley, Lewis (Lew)

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    Born in East St. Louis, Illinois in 1933. Entered U.S. Marine Corps in 1950. Served as crew chief in Air Sea Rescue in Korea; discharged from active duty in 1954 with rank of Sergeant. Began employmen

  • Browning, Ralph (Tom)

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    Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1941. Graduated US Air Force Academy in 1964. Shot down over Vietnam in 1966; was held as a POW until 1973. Retired as Commander of the 58th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, i

  • Castle, Tris

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    Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1942. Enlisted in US Air Force, 1964–68 with service in Vietnam as a Medical Corpsman. Graduated from Physician Assistant School. Served in US Army as Physician Assistant

  • Darnell, Lloyd

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    (1947–2008) Born in Taft, California. Enlisted in US Army in 1968. Served in Vietnam, discharged in 1978 with rank of Staff Sergeant. Began employment in commercial landscaping, but took special pri

  • Delker, Robert (Bob)

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    (1931-2017) Born in Portland, Oregon in 1931. Joined Oregon National Guard in 1947, entered U.S. Army in 1949. Served in Korea, discharged in 1958 with rank of Warrant Officer. Continued in California

  • Finnegan, Thomas (Tom)

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    Born in Richmond Hill, New York in 1944. Entered the U.S. Army in 1965, served in Vietnam, retired at Ft. Huachuca in 1993 with rank of Colonel. Earned BS degree in accounting under the Army bootstrap

  • Iosue, Carmine

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    Born in Staten Island , New York in 1948. Enlisted in U.S. Army in 1969, served in Vietnam, discharged in 1970 due to disabilities. Employed in public relations and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program

  • Kaplan, Bernard (Bernie)

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    Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1929. Entered U.S. Army in 1951, served in Korea, discharged in 1953. Opened a grocery store in New Jersey; served as President of the Chamber of Commerce. Create

  • Kohrs, Rollin

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    Born in Salina, Kansas in 1934. Served U.S. Army 1953–56, reenlisted in 1960 retired in 1977 with rank of Master Sergeant, served in Vietnam. Assisted in establishing a drug intervention program for

  • MacDonald, Bruce

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    (1921-2016) Born Medford, Massachusetts in 1921. Graduated Tufts University 1943 and Commissioned Ensign, served in WWII. Separated in 1946 at the rank of Lieutenant JG. Employed as Sole Prop., Partne

  • Manring, Gene

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    Born Springfield, Ohio in 1932. Commissioned from ROTC in 1954, served in Vietnam. Retired in 1975 with rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Served on Board of Supervisors and Director of Dispute Resolutions f

  • Nemerov, Jack

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    (1917-2015) Born Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1917. Enlisted U.S. Army in 1942, commissioned First Lieutenant in 1945, survived landing at Omaha Beach, France, on June 6, 1944. Helped to liberate Dachau

  • Pakinkis, William (Bronco Bill)

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    Born Paterson, New Jersey in 1944. Entered US Marine Corps in 1962, discharged in 1984 with rank of Gunnery Sergeant. Served in Arizona Army National Guard for five years. Past Silver Spur Rodeo Event

  • Sloane, Arthur (Art)

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    Born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1935. Served in Air National Guard, 1952-1954, USAF 1954-1961, Air National Guard, 1961-1966; U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, 1966-1995, retired as Command Enlisted Advis

  • Spruce, Edwin

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    Born Waco, Texas in 1930. Entered US Navy in 1948, served in Korea, discharged as Hospitalman Petty Officer in 1952. Manager and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient in the insurance industry in Texas

  • Stern, Harold

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    Born Morrison, Illinois in 1932. Entered Medic, U.S. Army in 1952, discharged in 1954 with rank of Corporal. Employed 20 years in vending; retired in 1997 from Sands Motor Company. Served five terms a

  • Swietek, Paul

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    Born Passaic, New Jersey in 1951. Entered US Air Force in 1972, retired in 1987 with rank of Tech Sergeant. Following employment with Arizona Department of Corrections and Arizona State University, be

  • Valenzuela, William

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    (1933 – 2012) Born Tucson, Arizona in 1933. Entered US Marine Corps in 1949, discharged in 1952 with rank of Private First Class. Began employment in drywall installation; formed Valenzuela Drywall

  • Wallace, William (Bill)

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    (1922-2017) Born Tempe, Arizona in 1922. Graduated U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1944. Served in WW II, discharged in 1947 as Lieutenant (JG). Began employment with Salt River Project; formed Wallace In