2017 Inductees


  • Baeza, Jose L.

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    Born in Miami, Arizona in 1950, Jose “Joe” Baeza served in the National Guard and retired from the Marine Corps. His civilian careers included schoolteacher, guidance counselor, and coach – socc

  • Bailey, Harry H. Jr.

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    Born in Lynchburg, Virginia in 1931, Harry Bailey served in the U.S. Air Force, 1952-1982, retiring as Chief Master Sergeant (Aircraft Maintenance Manager), Luke AFB; later retiring from the U.S. Post

  • Bershader, Harvey A.

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    Born in Monticello, New York in 1937, Harvey Bershader is a US Army veteran with Combat Engineer service, 1959-1962. He is retired from the oil and gas industry. An active member of the Jewish War V

  • Bowen, Harry E. Sr.

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    Born in Elmira, New York in 1941, Harry Bowen enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1961 and retired in 1983 after 21 years of service as Chief Warrant Officer 3 – Electronic Warfare Technician. From 2003-

  • Chase, John L. (Jack)

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    Born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1942, John “Jack” Chase is a sixth generation Navy sailor who served as a boatswain’s mate for six years, after which he served in the Navy Reserve until retirement.

  • Crego, Eugene C. (Gene)

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    Born in Glendale, California in 1948, Gene Crego served in the US Marine Corps including two tours in Vietnam, retiring as a Gunnery Sergeant with 21.5 years of service. Relocating to Arizona, Gene wo

  • Culin, Helene F. (Billee)

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    Born in San Antonio, Texas in 1946, Billee Culin was a secretary to General Westmoreland in the Pentagon during the Vietnam Era. After her Army service, she joined the Vietnam Veterans of America (VV

  • Dalpe, Robert J. (Bob) III

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    Born in Newton, Massachusetts in 1958, Bob Dalpe is a U.S. Air Force veteran weather technician (forecaster) and a retired engineering technician and member of the Veterans Group, Intel Corporation, C

  • Field, Mark

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    Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1964, Mark Field served in the US Navy as a storekeeper on submarines. Mark is a branch manager at a mortgage loan company, and also publisher and editor of National Vet

  • Fontana, John B.

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    Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1938, John Fontana served as a machinist petty officer in the US Navy, 1957-1962. John worked in sales and marketing, and co-founded a multimillion-dollar California print

  • Haegele, Kevin W.

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    Born in Kewaunee, Wisconsin in 1960, Kevin Haegele proudly served in the United States Navy, including the Gulf War, and medically retired in 1998, an Electronic Warfare Senior Chief. Moving to Mesa

  • Irby, Anthony

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    Born in San Jose, California in 1969, Anthony Irby served in the US Army, Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. An employee of the US Department of Veterans Affairs,

  • Jones, Andrew R.

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    Born in Poway, California in 1981, Andrew Jones is a Marine Corps Combat Veteran, 1st Marine Division, Operation Iraqi Freedom, including the Shock & Awe Campaign of 2003. Back home, he struggled

  • Kalauli, Mitchell D. K. II

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    Born in Rehoboth, New Mexico in 1968, Mitchell Kalauli served in the Utah Army National Guard, including deployment to Germany in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. A member of the Arizo

  • Mahon, Christine M.

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    Born in Mount Vernon, New York in 1948, Colonel (Ret) Christine Mahon served in the US Army Reserve for 33 years. She is an Army War College graduate. She served as a Chief Nurse during Operations D

  • Mancini, Brian S.

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    (1979-2017) Born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1979, Brian Mancini enlisted in the Army, serving as a senior medic in Honduras and Iraq. Sustaining injuries from an explosive device in Iraq in 2007, Brian m

  • Mandrell, Darrell D.

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    Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1965, Darrell Mandrell first served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS BLUE RIDGE homeported in Japan, and then in the Army National Guard until retirement in 2014. Da

  • Mangan, Edmund L. (Ed) III

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    Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1943, Ed Mangan is a US Air Force veteran who served from 1961-1979 as an Avionics Technician and Aircraft Maintenance Officer, including tours in Thailand and Vietnam. F

  • McClymonds, Roy A.

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    Born in Newport, Rhode Island in 1944, Roy McClymonds is a retired US Air Force Master Sergeant (Services Supervisor), 1962-1985, including Vietnam and Greece (Iranian Evacuation, 1978). Roy’s civi

  • Price, Donald L. (Don)

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    Born in Springerville, Arizona in 1937, Don Price served in the US Marine Corps for over thirty-three years including three combat tours in Vietnam. He retired as a highly decorated infantry colonel i