Gallery of Veterans 2023

Gallery of Veterans 2023


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


Veterans Day. A day in November to honor all veterans- men and women in the military who have served their country.  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 uphere.

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’ll add it to the Gallery of Veterans. rutheh(at)gmail(dot) com

Adding to the Veterans Gallery this year (but not pictured) blog follower Jay S. Carson’s brother –

J. Terrence Carson  USMC in the 1950s  RIP 1997


Connie’s Dad.  Joseph John Hnida

Born:  11Nov1910

Farrell, PA

Mercer County, PA

Died:  29Sep1990, Brookfield, OH

Buried:  Holy Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Hermitage, PA

He enlisted on Feb 26 1942 from Mercer Pennsylvania but actually joined on March 20, 1942 as a meat cutter.  On January 25, 1944 he was sent to Hawaii where he served until November 17, 1945 and was discharged November 25, 1945. Serial number 33164958.  In Hawaii, TSgt Hnida ran one of the Mess Halls (now known as ‘Dining Facilities’) which with his background as a butcher, had the best steaks and became the one that many senior officers chose to eat at even though not assigned there (according to Joe).

One of his stories is that primarily because of his age, and the quality of his Mess Hall, he wasn’t allowed to fly as a crewman on any of the bombers.   He managed to get a crew that ate at his Mess Hall to let him fly on a mission with him in the tail gunners position and on return, was discovered and threatened with a court marshal should he ever do it again.

At wars end, immediately on returning home he saw someone walking down the street wearing one of his civilian suits.  His family told him they didn’t expect him to survive the war . . . so, they had sold all his stuff.

Joe is on the right with the cocked helmet.   RIP TSgt Joseph Hnida

U.S. Army Cpl. Elvern Kletscher, “my father, in the trenches in Korea. (From my father’s photo collection)” contributed by fellow blogger Audrey Kletscher Helbling

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.”  Eileen Hunt sent these photos of her father

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

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

WWII, on the left my father’s brother T Sgt Alan Ray Hendricks, US Army Air Forces 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. Brother Harold Hendricks USN next to him

Harold “Butch” Hendricks

David L. Cooley Airman Apprentice. 1968

David L. Cooley Airman Apprentice. 1968White 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 USArmy in 1942
WWII Veteran Robert S Hinkle in Agra, India , February 1945. Deb Beozzo’s father
Wayne W. Loers, COL US Army (DS)
Wayne Loers father and mother) Air Force, glider mechanic, Sgt. Wayne Loers Sr.In Laurenburg NC before Wayne Jr was born

Robert Ellis Truitt Jr. US Army Volunteered I963 USArmy Ft. Sill, OK Private First Class




Don Anderson and Ed Kichi Sept 1966
Phu Bai, Viet Nam
Don Anderson and Ed Kichi
Quantico, VA 2011 Reunion TBS-4-66
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
_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
Joyce Hilliard’s Father
Orville Lee,who served in France during WWII.
Jonathan Nauer
Lt. Robert A. Bard, US Navy (22 yrs, 7 mos total service)


Retired Lt. Colonel Linda Dempster ( see her 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, US Army
Kristin Foerster’s father Henry Andrew Stich. US Army WWII
Kristin Foerster’s Brother- Andrew Stich US Navy, Viet Nam
Screen Shot 2018-11-10 at 9.38.39 PMColonel Rose Miller, US Army Afghanistan 2006

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

Markand my son Mark USMC

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!

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 James side of the family my son-in-law’s grandfather and father

James holds his wings
Scott Field



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My grandson Charles sits on his Grandfather’s lap (my SIL James’ Dad)

Chuck served in Viet Nam

Update:photo of Charles taken seven years ago

_______________________________ 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 US Navy was a gunner, flew out of Africa.
Erika’s father Donald Payer, US NAVY  served 1972-1982   Flew in the backseat of F4 Phantom VF31

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

Dan McDonald served in Viet Nam
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:


“Picture of a staged Christmas Eve service, 1969, in a camp we called the Zoo, located at Cu Loc on the outskirts of Hanoi.”  Col Howard Hill (see bio below)