Walter Sobel, despite already being an accomplished architect from Chicago, signed up for the Navy prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, experiencing attacks by kamikaze pilots on the deck of the USS New Mexico in Lingayen Gulf.
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After graduating high school, David Greene enlisted in the Marine Corps., training as a Radio Operator for the 5th Marine Division, before being sent to the Pacific Theater of Operations, specifically Iwo Jima.
Like many of his generation, Stephen Wolf's decision to join the Army came from the terrible events of September 11th, 2001, as well as his time in ROTC during college; he deployed to Afghanistan in 2009, and as a platoon leader, he patrolled the Kunar…
Serving the military for over 10 years, Jeremiah Crise first enlisted in the Nation Guard, before moving his service to the Air Force, and volunteering to go to Korea; there, he was assigned as a Staff Sergeant to a F-86 crew, as a part of the 51st Fighter…
Dr. Henriette Kaplan served with the Women's Army Corps. (WAC) during World War II.
A graduate of Yale Medical School, Dr. Lee H. Strohl was drafted into the army during the Vietnam war, where he served as a Battalion Surgeon near the DMZ.
John Mateyko enlisted in the Army in 1963, eventually training as a helicoptor pilot, before being sent to Vietnam as a part of the 1st Armored Division, 118th Helicopter Company.
Samuel Gevirtz, who grew up on the West Coast during the Depression, enlisted at the age of 18, ending up on the USS Bunker Hill, where he witnessed intense fighting and the horrors of war during the invasion of Okinawa.
Dr. Eugene Narsete enlisted in the Army after the attack on Pearl Harbor and went to basic training at Fort Custer. He was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska as a flight surgeon during WWII.
John Swiderski was drafted into the Army after completing an accounting degree at Loyola University; he served in Long Binh, Vietnam, as a part of the Vietnam
Glenn E. Kersten enlisted into the U.S. Navy, serving on various Submarines in the late 70s.
David Markow enlisted in the Army just before the United State's involvement in World War II; he helped prepare artillery weapons by testing them at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, before being sent as a part of the 44th Ordnance Company,1st Engineering Special…
After completing four years of college, Wayne Fischer was drafted in 1965, becoming a Marine aviator during the Vietnam War, participating in insertion, extraction, and MEDEVAC missions--including during the Tet Offensive.
Kent Bubel worked his way up from Navy ROTC recruit at the University of Illinois, to a commissioned officer stationed in the Persian Gulf during the Iraq war, planning trips for high visibility VIPs, including General Petraeus, President Barak Obama,…
Major General James H. Mukoyama, has had a long and illustrious military career, which includes combat patrols in Korea, commanding an infantry company and advising South Vietnamese Army units in the Vietnam War, and being the youngest general in the…
Ruth Berger, who longed for adventures beyond her Evanston, IL home, enlisted in the Army in the summer of 1944, and was sent to the European Theater of Operations as a 1st Lieutenant and assigned to the 34th Hospital Train based out of Paris, France.…
Ronald Grafstrom enlisted in the Air Force at age 20 and ended up supporting the 428th Fighter Bomber Squadron during the Korean War.
James Mulvaney, who joined the Infantry as an officer after graduating from DePaul University's ROTC program, was stationed at a camp on the Korean DMZ in 1957.
Lawrence Littel was drafted into the Army (160th Infantry Regiment, 40th Division) during World War II , given eight weeks of heavy training as a rifleman, and sent to the Pacific Theater of Operations.
In addition to being a part of "Operation Nordwind" in France's Vosges Mountains, Jack Herman also served as a messenger, a translator for German POW's and civilians, and a rifleman, as a part the 70th Infantry Division--rising to the rank of Sergeant…
Colonel John Mikos, who joined the army through his university's ROTC program in 1985, witnessed the fall of the Berlin wall during his first overseas deployment, and was involved with Corps level logistics planning for the invasion of Iraq during the…
Staff Sergeant William J. Reed served as a cook for a Combat Engineering Unit stationed in Europe during World War II.
After enlisting in the US Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet Program in 1942, Donald Casey flew combat missions over Europe, where, on his 25th mission, he was shot down and taken as a P.O.W. to Stalag Luft III.
Richard T. Lockhart, who enlisted in the army from Purdue University's ROTC program in 1942, was captured by the German Army when his unit was forced to surrender during the Battle of the Bulge.
George Havelka, who served as a Military Police Officer (MP) from 1966 - 1968, experienced heavy combat during his service in Viet Nam, including with the Tet Offensive.
Irving Ellis fought as an infantryman throughout the European Theater of Operations of World War II and served as a training officer during the Korean Conflict.
Father John McNalis served as a military Chaplain on Air Force bases between 1973 and 1997, completing brief assignments on bases in Germany and Japan.
Daniel Devine, served with the U.S. Marine Corps from September, 1968 to March, 1975, facing communist insurgents around the world.
Colonel Stetson M. Siler served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force from July 8, 1976 to July 31, 2006.
World War II veteran James Lanz served in the U.S. Navy departing from Pearl Harbor 2 years after that infamous attack to serve in the Pacific Theater of Operations on an LST-34.