Michael Edward Gordy was born on November 4, 1946, to Ed and Pauline Gordy of Snow Hill, both with deep roots in the Eastern Shore of Maryland. He was the first of five children born into a loving family and attended church with his family who were members of Bates Memorial United Methodist Church in… Read more »
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I served in the Active Air Force from 1961 to 1966. Three of those years were as a navigator/bombardier on B52 nuclear bombers in Strategic Air Command. I was stationed at Loring AFB, Presque Isle, Maine. I left to begin a career in banking with Chase Manhattan Bank where I worked from 1966 to 1985… Read more »
BARNES, Jack Sr.
Lt. Commander Jack Barnes Sr. As a young boy in Dallas, Pa. I remember growing up playing with a Japanese rifle that my Dad had hung on the wall of our basement. It still had a bayonet attached. I knew my Dad was in the Coast Guard during WWII and that they were attached to… Read more »
WIMBROW, Nutter Jerome III
Major USAF [1939-1972] 716th Bomber Squadron 307th Strategic Wing, SAC KIA Vietnam Major Nutter Jerome Wimbrow III was raised in the Whaleyville area of Worcester County, MD. While in elementary school his father had moved the family from Berlin to reside with his grandparents who were in failing health and needed assistance. His father had… Read more »
WISEMAN, James & ZECHMAN, Daniel
JAMES WISEMAN Private, Company I, 76th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, Schuylkill County Volunteers February 1865 to June 1865 DANIEL ZECHMAN Private, Company G, 151st Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, Burks County Volunteers September 1862 to July 1863 (As related by great-grandchildren Nate and Rosemary Pearson) This Harper’s Weekly cartoon exposes the corruption existing under the policy which allowed… Read more »
WHITTINGTON, Mary Louise McCollum
United States Naval Reserve Nurse Corps The United States Navy Nurse Corps was established by Public Law No. 115, H.R. 20471, on May 13, 1908. The following is an excerpt from the section on the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, providing the partial text of the portion relating to women. “The nurse corps (female) of… Read more »
WAGNER, John & Richard and CARPER, William & Christopher F.
JOHN WAGNER & RICHARD WAGNER Union Army | WILLIAM CARPER United States Army |CHRISTOPHER F. CARPER Unites States Air Force (As related by William Carper) When Bill and Mary Carper of Ocean Pines were interviewed for this story, we engaged in an easy going conversation that ranged from early 19th century Prussian immigration through the Civil War, the… Read more »
VILLANI, Francis P. (Frank)
(1923-2002) United States Army Sergeant World War II Experience (1942-1946) Frank Villani graduated from Ocean City High School. He was living at home with his family who owned and operated the Villa Nova tourist Cottages in West Ocean City. In the fall of 1941 he had taken a job on a deep sea fishing vessel… Read more »
WACKER, Willis W.
United States Army (66th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Division) (As related by nephews George Reiswig and Ronald Reiswig) In March 2004 I received the package I had been expecting for almost a year. The package was sent to me by an individual in California whose business card stated he specialized in “Personalized WW2 Historical Research”…. Read more »
VANDERGRIFT, Alexander Archer
United States Marines (Retired) (As related by his great grandnephew, Hunter “Bunk” Mann) When Bunk Mann was a young boy in 1954, he was not very interested in World War II. Bunk and his dad were visiting Uncle Archer at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia that year, and, although the Four Star General was as… Read more »
TYNDALL, E. Jack
(1921-1996) Lt. Colonel U.S. Air Force 414th U.S. Army Air Force-VII Fighter Command Colonel JackTyndall was raised in Berlin, MD. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in June of 1942. He was originally trained for aircraft engine maintenance but signed up for pilot training in 1943. He was trained as a fighter pilot flying… Read more »
TATUM, Arthur James
United States Navy United States Marine Corps Reserve NAVAL AIRCREWMAN’S CREED I am a United States Naval Aircrewman, member of a combat team. My pilot and shipmates place their trust in me and my guns. I will care for my plane and guns as I care for my life. In them I hold a power… Read more »
THORNTON, Luther J
U.S. ARMY – WORLD WAR II 1925-1996 Luther (Luke) Thornton was born and raised in Ocean City, MD. Luke was a senior in Ocean City High School when Pearl Harbor was attacked and the country entered World War II. After his high school graduation he was drafted and served in the U.S. Army’s 33rd Infantry… Read more »
STREAT, Clifton Elliott, JR.
United States Army 3rd Battalion, 422nd Infantry Regiment, 106 Infantry Division – The Golden Lions Military Rules for Prisoners of War The Code of Conduct (CoC) Article I – I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their… Read more »
STARCK, Walter E.
United States Air Force (Retired) 487th Fighter Squadron “The Ruhr will not be subjected to a single bomb. If an enemy bomber reaches the Ruhr, my name is not Hermann Goering: you can call me Meier!” – Reich Marshal Hermann Goering “The day I saw Mustangs over Berlin, I knew the jig was up.” Commander-In-Chief… Read more »