Veterans Gallery 2020






Veterans Day

A day to honor men and women who have served our country as members of the United States Armed Forces.  


Veterans Day.  More than a day off from school.   A day in November to honor all veterans- men and women in the military who have served.  And the correct spelling  “the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling “  according to an article  “Apostrophe Sparks Veterans Day Conundrum”.  I had to look it up.

Who do you know who has served? Scan and email a photo of a veteran you know, along with name, rank  and service branch and I will add to the post a gallery of veterans.


Leonard Charles Chapman

“My Dad, born November 17, 1915
Served US Navy Seabees during WW II. Built the runway on Tinian that the Enola  Gay took off from with the first atomic bomb
4 out of 5 of his children are also veterans, 2 serving in Vietnam.” 
(father of LTC Linda Dempster, scroll down)





Daniel Martin Burke  02.02.1919

“My dad’s blouse from WW2.    He was in Germany and at Dachau Concentration Camp a couple of days after being liberated to “immunize and vaccinate” the population.   When he called back to the hospital outside of Munich to explain that the population didnt need vaccines – they needed food and water – and when he asked them what they should to as they just kept dying… they said “ we dont know”.   No one has seen anything like this…..  Picture is one he sent my mom walking down the street in Germany.”

“Note was my favorite memory I had it framed for my mother as it was just in a pic book” Eileen Hunt
Michael R. Pace, Studio Portrait prior to being promoted to  Staff Sergeant 948th Air Squadron

S Sgt Michael R Pace was a graduate of Airline Mechanic School and was an Airline Propeller Mechanic as seen in the next three photos sent by his daughter, my friend Vincie.  He served in Sicily, Naples, Rome and Egypt

Michael R. Pace was recruited by the Army but then served in the US Air Force 29 Oct 1941-6 Oct 1945

Vincie’s father is in the front row: second from Right _______________________________________________

Private Frank Candiota, Vincie’s Uncle
Pvt Candiota was a member of the 2nd Armored Division AKA Hell on Wheels


David L. Cooley Airman Apprentice. 1968
White uniform and profile photo (70) I was Ships Serviceman 3rd Class. Photo by truck was Norfolk Va in 1969 I think before I made 3rd Class.





Joseph Anthony Wozniak Born July 4, 1910. Joined the USArny in 1942
Wayne W. Loers, COL US Army (DS)
(and Wayne’s father and mother) In Laurenburg NC before Wayne Jr was born
Air Force, glider mechanic, Sgt. Wayne Loers Sr.


WWII Veteran Robert S Hinkle in Agra, India , February 1945.               Deb Beozzo’s father


Lt. Colonel Kathryn Ingram, US ARMY




Retired Lt. Colonel Linda Dempster( see father’s photo at top of blog)  – she served our Country for many years including a side trip as a very young nurse to Viet Nam and eventually becoming one of the first Army Nurse Corp’s Certified Nurse Midwives ( P.S. I was her Case Study at Fort Knox Kentucky  when expecting my son Mark in 1976- Scroll down to see him in the USMC)


Colonels Rick and Kristin Foerster


Colonel Rose Miller  Afghanistan 2006

Joanne Basden’s Father Top Left Corner

Don Anderson and Ed Kichi Sept 1966

Phu Bai, Viet Nam

Don Anderson and Ed Kichi
Quantico, VA 2011 Reunion TBS-4-66

Mike Kichi USMC   Sent by blog follower and friend and frequent commenter Toni Kichi (RIP)

Martin H Cooper veteran World War II – European Theater –
(My friend and blog follower and frequent commenter Sue Reinfeld’s father)
1st Plt, D Co. 39th OCC
John E. Hilliard Troop Transport 194 Thank you Joyce This was a project I started and it is incomplete.  I am hoping to receive more photographs of Veterans you know and love to add to the gallery.What about Bob?
Orville Lee,who served in France during WWII. Orv is the heart and soul of our weekly retired group we call CAB (Coffee and Bagels). I hear he has beaten his sons climbing a rock wall recently.

From Anne Hamilton- UK-

Charles Albert Kydd                     ” I thought Ruth might like the attached photo of my great uncle, the brother of my English grandmother (the one you met). Charles Albert Kydd was born in 1896. He went missing and I’ve also attached a document relating to this which I found in amongst my gran’s papers. Unfortunately I don’t know anything else – not even what regiment he was attached to.”

Thankfully he did survive the war and lived into old age!


To include those currently serving in the military  This photo sent by Sally Nauer of her son’s unit (Jonathan Nauer) neighbors at Ft. Knox in the seventies

In Afghanistan, (Back in USA 2012)
“I hope you got the pictures of my favorite veterans – the first was my brother, Michael Cooper, who served in Vietnam in 1968” – contributed by Sue Reinfeld
Lt. Robert A. Bard, US Navy (22 yrs, 7 mos total service)




WWII, on the left my father’s brother Alan Ray Hendricks who “observed his 28th bday by flying a bombing mission  over Japanese-held Koror Island in a 7th AAF Liberator on which he is a gunner”.(old yellowed newspaper clipping)  Received the Distinguished Flying Cross.
My Uncle Alan Ray Hendricks (USA). Uncle Harold Hendricks My grandfather Floyd and grandmother Mary Alta and my father Roy J Hendricks

Uncle Harold “Butch”  Hendricks (USN)

and my son Mark


Suzanne sent me her father-in-law and father and that sparked the idea.  rutheh (at) gmail (dot) com

Suzanne Colvin- “I’m attaching a photo of my dad, shot in Italy, where he served. His name was William Key (1921-2005); he was a Captain in the 5th Army in Italy.
Below are memorabilia from my son-in-law’s grandfather and father

James holds his wings






                                                           Sp4 Ricardo Weston


These next photos are from my DIL Erika’s side of the family.

Her mother Marlene’s father Frank Simok was in the Navy in WWII.

Frank Simok, US Navy


Andrew Payer was a gunner, flew out of Africa.
Donald Payer’s Father Andrew Payer US Navy,  My DIL’s grandfather
Erika’s father Donald Payer, US Navy

Donald Payer after returning from Bicentennial Cruise in the Mediterranean, my DIL Erika is the little one in her mother Marlene’s arms. 

Daniel McDonald US Navy 1965-69 Served in Vietnam

Charles W. Mosher, Jr
(Amy McCall’s Uncle)
Ken Klucsor
2nd Lieutenant
U. S. Air Force, 1969-1972
p.s. Today is also my mother’s birthday. She was born on November 11, 1914. Happy birthday, Mom!
Official U. S. Air Force photo, January 29, 1970:

13 thoughts on “Veterans Gallery 2020

  1. Dear Ruth….I have been thinking about all of the veterans. Then I remembered your yearly tribute to them. It felt so good to open your link and see the photo of our father. I am going to pass your tribute on to our family. Thank you so much.

  2. I’ve seen our family pic before but did not know the newspaper quote. That’s awesome. God bless all who served. Jim

  3. All heroes! Thank you for including my father and brother. It brought a smile to my face!

  4. I always look forward to your Veterans Day blog!!!! This lived up to expectations! 🙂
    Didn’t you send TAPS one year? I heard it playing in my mind as I scrolled through this!!!!
    Love Erica

  5. Ruth – Thanks for posting my Air Force photo. I appreciate people thanking me for my service, but there’s more to my story which people may find of interest. Three of the guys I went to high school with died in Vietnam while I was still in college, including one of my best friends. I was VERY actively opposed to the Vietnam War, and I almost got court-martialed for wearing my Air Force Officer’s uniform to two anti-war demonstrations in San Francisco. That was in the summer of 1971. The Air Force brass were really, really, REALLY angry about my anti-war activities (all of which were legal). They wanted to court-martial me, and give me a Dishonorable Discharge. I told them I’d take them to a civilian court if they did. They didn’t want the negative publicity. They could just picture the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle: “Air Force Officer Court-Martialed for Opposing the Vietnam War!” They eventually decided that I was just a pain to deal with, and they gave me an Honorable Discharge in December, 1971. I’m proud to have played a small part – a very small part – in ending the Vietnam War.

  6. Thanks so much for remembering and honoring our veterans every year with your gallery. Appreciate it.

  7. I appreciate your annual tribute to the men and women who have served. The variety of these images tells a powerful story.

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