2013 Inductees

Members

  • Aguilar, Deodoro


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    Born in Lordsburg, New Mexico in 1936. Active duty Sergeant, U.S. Army, five years; Arizona National Guard, seven years. Resident of San Manuel, Arizona. Former Deputy Sheriff, Yuma County Sheriff’s

  • Barnes, William Croft


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    William Croft Barnes was born at San Francisco, California on June 21, 1858. He earned the Medal of Honor while serving in the Signal Corps at Fort Apache, Arizona, on September 11, 1881 during the In

  • Brock-Perini, Rita


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    Born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1938. Commissioned First Lieutenant, Air Force Nurse Corps in 1968 with service in Texas (where she was promoted to Captain) and Arizona until 1971. Resident of Mesa, Arizo

  • Cronk, James (Jim)


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    Born in Syracuse, New York in 1942. Active duty Major, U.S. Air Force, F-4 Phantom fighter pilot with 480 combat missions during the Vietnam War; retired in 1986 as Chief, Inspections/ Evaluations, 83

  • DeFrain, Dennis


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    Born in Fairbury, Nebraska in 1943. Active duty for twenty years, US Army, including service in Vietnam. Lieutenant Colonel, US Army, Retired in 1985. Resident of Goodyear, Arizona. Since 2005 he has

  • Derryberry, Mary Ann


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    Born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1949. Mary Ann, Corporal, USMC, served at Fleet Marine Force Atlantic Communications in Norfolk, Virginia, 1969-1972. Resident of Anthem, Arizona. A Lifetime member of Dis

  • Drumheller, Gary


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    Born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania in 1944. Specialist 4, US Army, served in Vietnam and Colorado. Resident of Sun City, Arizona. An active member of Elks Lodge 2559, Sun City, Gary since 2009 has become

  • Ferguson, Viginia Ann


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    Born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1940. Second Lieutenant, US Army Nurse Corps, with service in Texas and South Carolina, 1966-1967. Health care professional. A resident of Chandler, Arizona for over 30 yea

  • Goins, Glenn


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    Born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania in 1947. Major, US Army, Retired, including service in Vietnam (Aviation). Resident of Chandler, Arizona. Senior Army Instructor, Carl Hayden Community High School

  • Green, Ronald (Ron)


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    Born in Aberdeen, South Dakota in 1936. Lieutenant Colonel, US Air Force, retired in 1980, including three tours in Vietnam as a fighter pilot. Former Operations Research Senior Technical Specialist,

  • Johnston, James


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    Born in Prescott, Arizona in 1934. Petty Officer Third Class, US Navy, with service in the Korean War, 1952-1960. Employee, Ralston-Purina Company, Flagstaff, Retired. Resident of Chino Valley, Arizon

  • Morre, Lynnise


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    Born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1950. Sergeant First Class, US Army, Retired in 1997 as Personnel Management Supervisor. Retired Admissions and Marketing Assistant, Life Care Center, a long term care fa

  • Napoliello, Daniel


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    Born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1944. Captain, US Army Nurse Corps, 1964-1977; served in Vietnam. Commander, US Public Health Service (Phoenix Area Indian Health Service, Assistant Chief, Hospitals and Cl

  • Rafanelli, Gene


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    Born in Seattle, Washington in 1941. Active duty in the U.S. Army (Infantry) from 1963–1993 with service in Vietnam, Korea and Europe. Attained the rank of Colonel. Gene directed a Junior ROTC progr

  • Seago, Anna Lea


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    Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1941. Sergeant Major, US Army, Retired. Resident of Surprise, Arizona. Lea is a docent at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, donating over 6,600 hours of volunteer work. She chair

  • Smith, Ronald


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    Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1947. Staff Sergeant, US Marine Corps, 1965-1969, with service in Vietnam. Resident of Fountain Hills, Arizona. An active member of Kiwanis International, Ron has bee

  • Strom, Roy


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    (1932 - 2012) Born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1932. Brigadier General, US Army, Retired 1985. Was a resident of, and rancher in, Hereford, Arizona. A leader and mentor to adults and young people alike,

  • Taylor, Donald


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    Born in Snicarte, Illinois in 1932. Sergeant, US Marine Corps,1952-1955, with service in the Korean War. Resident of Tempe, Arizona. A dedicated volunteer in the community since 1966 (47 years and sti

  • Thomas, Raymond


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    Born in Paulding, Ohio in 1943. Staff Sergeant, US Army, 1967-1969 with service in Vietnam. Resident of Tempe, Arizona. An active member of the VFW since 1989, Ray has been a selfless volunteer and ad

  • Urrea, Oscar


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    Born in Morenci, Arizona in 1949. Specialist FIVE, US Army, 1969-1971, with service in Vietnam. Resident of Gilbert, Arizona. For seven years Oscar volunteered for Junior Achievement, speaking to stud