The Trail Of Honor has been host to many veterans who have been Medal Of Honor Recipients, Ex-POWs, Navy Cross Recipient and surviving members of previous wars such as the, Tuskegee Airman WWII and Pearl Harbor WWII.  It is such a great honor to have these gentlemen and ladies educate us on their experiences during combat. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten.

The American Civil War marks the first time that a Medal of Honor was issued. It is the highest military decoration presented by the United States government to a member of its armed forces. To receive such an honor, a recipient must risk his or her own life and go beyond the call of duty in action against an enemy of the United States.

The Trail Of Honor is host to the following veterans during this year’s events.

 

Hardy, George

Congressional Gold Medal, “Tuskegee Airman” dated “1941-1949.” / Army Air Corp, Tuskegee Airma, WWII
George, Hardy, began his military career as a member of the 99th Fighter Squadron, flying 21 combat missions over Germany during the final two months before V-E Day in World War II in a P-51 “Mustang” fighter plane.

Wetzel, George Gary

Medal of Honor Recipient / Army, Vietnam
Born: September 29, 1947, South Milwaukee,  Gary George Wetzel, is a former United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military’s highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Vietnam War.   Wetzel joined the Army from Milwaukee, Wisconsin at age 18, and by January ...Read More

Freeman, Bradford “Brad”

/ Army, WWII
Mississippi Native, Bradford “Brad” Freeman, Easy Company, Second Battalion, 506th, Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.  The book “Band of Brothers”, is based on the harrowing events that made-up their military careers and later on became the popular HBO miniseries. http://www.theredstonerocket.com/news/article_73002bb0-148b-11e7-9532-773a58560b69.html https://www.warhistoryonline.com/instant-articles/living-legacies-real-band-brothers-vets-just-wont_quit.html

Stewart, Harry

Distinguished Flying Cross / Army Air Corp, Tuskegee Airmen, WWII
At 17, Stewart signed up for war service, volunteering before being drafted. He was called up promptly after turning 18 and passed the exams to qualify to train to become a pilot, and heading off shortly after to Tuskegee Army Air Field for initial flight ...Read More

Whitehead, Doyle

Chief Master Sargent USAF / Air Force, Vietnam
As a steward on Airforce One, Doyle Whitehead directly served Presidents: Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson. http://countryroadsmagazine.com/art-and-culture/history/doyle-whitehead/  

Lane, Michael C.

Silver Star / Air Force, Cold War 1964-1988, Vietnam War 1966-1973 (POW)
Mike Lane was born in 1941 in New Haven, Connecticut. He was commissioned through the Air Force ROTC Program at the University of Notre Dame on February 1, 1964, and went on active duty beginning June 6, 1964. Lt Lane completed Undergraduate Pilot Training and ...Read More

Arcuri, William Y.

Distinguished Flying Cross w/Valor Citation / Air Force, Cold War 1965-1976 Vietnam War 1972-1973 (POW)
Bill Arcuri was born in 1947 in Tallahassee, Florida. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on June 7, 1965, and after completing basic training he attended the Air Force Academy Preparatory School. He received a congressional appointment to the U.S. Military Academy in June ...Read More

Lewis, Keith H.

Bronze Star Medal w/Valor Citation / Air Force, Cold War 1963-1991 Vietnam War 1965-1966, 1972-1973 (POW)
Keith Lewis was born in 1940 in Cleveland, Ohio. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Findlay College in Findlay, Ohio, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on November 1, 1963, and completed basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas, in January 1964. He then entered ...Read More

Conetto, Al

Operation Hump Survivor / Army, Vietnam
Al Conetto spent more than five years on active duty including 17 months in Vietnam. He left the Army as a captain and is now retired and lives in Walla Walla, Washington. Operation Hump, the first major battle between the U.S. Army and the Viet ...Read More
Al Agnew

Agnew, Al

Ex-POW / Navy, Vietnam
Al Agnew was born in 1940 in Mullins, South Carolina. He entered the Naval Aviation Cadet program on March 3, 1961, and was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1962. Agnew then completed WC-121N Super Constellation replacement pilot training before joining Airborne Early Warning Squadron ...Read More

Crandell, Charles

Ex-POW / Navy, U.S.S. Pueblo Incident
On January 23, 1968, the U.S.S. PUEBLO was attacked by North Korean naval vessels and MiG jets. One man was killed and several were wounded. The Eighty-two surviving crew members were captured and held prisoner for 11 months. The U.S.S. Pueblo remains a commissioned vessel ...Read More
Thomas J. Curtis

Curtis, Thomas J.

Ex-POW / Air Force, Vietnam
Tom Curtis was born in Teague, Texas, in 1932. He enlisted in the Aviation Cadet Program on October 30, 1952, and was awarded his pilot wings and commission in the U.S. Air Force on December 18, 1954. Lt Curtis was next trained as a helicopter ...Read More
Quin Herlik

Herlik, Quin

Ex-POW / Army, Vietnam
Quin Herlik was born in 1932 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve on September 10, 1954, and was commissioned a 2nd Lt of Artillery through the Army ROTC program at St. Norbert College, Wisconsin, on June 5, 1955. Lt Herlik ...Read More
Navy Cross

Larsen, David

Navy Cross Recipient / Navy, Vietnam
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Gunner’s Mate Third Class David R. Larsen, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism on 2 August 1969 as a member of River ...Read More
Bill Robinson

Robinson, Bill

Ex-POW, Air Force Cross Recipient / Air Force, Vietnam
Bill Robinson was born in 1943 in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on November 22, 1961, and was trained as a helicopter maintenance technician at Sheppard AFB, Texas. His first assignment was as an H-19 Chickasaw crew chief at ...Read More
Ronald Rosser

Rosser, Ronald

Medal of Honor Recipient / Army, Korean War
Cpl. Rosser, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty. While assaulting heavily fortified enemy hill positions, Company L, 38th Infantry Regiment, was stopped by fierce automatic-weapons, small-arms, artillery, and mortar fire. Cpl. Rosser, a forward observer was with the lead ...Read More
Woody Williams

Williams, Woodrow ‘Woody’ Hershel

Medal of Honor Recipient / Marines, WWII
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as demolition sergeant serving with the 21st Marines, 3rd Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 23 February 1945. Quick to ...Read More