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 has been host to the following veterans over they years, many of which will be present at this year’s events.

 

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
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

Adkins, Bennie G.

Medal of Honor recipient / Marines, Vietnam
Citation: Sergeant First Class Bennie G. Adkins distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an Intelligence Sergeant with Detachment A-102, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces, during ...Read More

Livingston, James

Medal of Honor recipient / Army, Vietnam
Citation For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Commanding Officer, Company E, in action against enemy forces. Company E launched a determined assault on the heavily fortified village of Dai Do, ...Read More

Morris, Melvin

Medal of Honor recipient / Army, Vietnam
Citation: The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor to: MELVIN MORRIS United States ArmyFor conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk ...Read More

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

Norris, Tomas R.

Medal of Honor recipient / Navy, Vietnam
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a SEAL Advisor with the Strategic Technical Directorate Assistance Team, Headquarters, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. During the period 10 to ...Read More

Crandall, Bruce Perry

Medal of Honor recipient / Army, Vietnam
Citation: On February 26, 2007, Crandall was awarded the Medal of Honor by President George Bush for his actions at the Battle of la Drang. For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty: Major Bruce ...Read More

Lemon, Peter C.

Medal of Honor recipient / Army, Vietnam
Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company E, 2d Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. Place and date: Tay Ninh province, Republic of Vietnam, April 1, 1970. Entered service at: Tawas City, Mich. Born: June 5, 1950, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the ...Read More

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.

Jefferson Alexander

Purple Heart / Army Air Corp, Tuskegee Airmen WWII (POW)
Served with the Red Tail, 332nd Fight Group, 301st Fighter Squadron as a P-51 fighter pilot in Ramitelli, Italy. Flew 18 missions before being shot down and captured as a German Prisoner of War.

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

Freeman, Bradford “Brad”

Band of Brothers / 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

Daphne Woodward

Royal Naval Air Service (WREN) / Air Force, WWII
The Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS; popularly and officially known as the Wrens) was the women’s branch of the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy.  First formed in 1917 for the First World War, it was disbanded in 1919, then revived in 1939 at the beginning of the Second World War, ...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)
Silver Star Citation reads: For the Period December 1966: This officer distinguished himself by gallantry and intrepidity in action in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force during the above period while a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. Ignoring international agreements on ...Read More

Yuill, John H.

Distinguished Flying Cross w/Valor / Air Force, Cold War 1954-1979; Vietnam War 1970-1973 (POW)
Distinguished Flying Cross w/Valor Citation reads: Lieutenant Colonel John H. Yuill distinguished himself by heroism while participating in aerial flight as a B-52 Aircraft Commander over Southeast Asia on 21 December 1972. On that date, Colonel Yuill participated in high-priority bombing missions against vital military ...Read More
Herschel Ryan

Ryan, Herschel

Silver Star Recipient / Army, Vietnam
Herschel Ryan served in Vietnam from 1967 until 1968, commission as a 2nd Lieutenant, a helicopter pilot. Ryan lost his left hand in Vietnam when he was shot by a 50-caliber round.

Arcuri, William Y.

Distinguished Flying Cross w/Valor Citation / Air Force, Cold War 1965-1976 Vietnam War 1972-1973 (POW)
Distinguished Flying Cross w/Valor Citation reads: First Lieutenant William Y Arcuri distinguished himself by heroism while participating in aerial flight as a B-52 Copilot near Hanoi, North Vietnam, on 20 December 1972. On that date, while engaged in one of the largest conventional bombing raids ...Read More

Lewis, Keith H.

Bronze Star Medal w/Valor Citation / Air Force, Cold War 1963-1991 Vietnam War 1965-1966, 1972-1973 (POW)
Bronze Star Medal w/Valor Citation reads: For the Period 6 February 1973 to 29 March 1973: This officer distinguished himself by heroic actions against an opposing armed force while a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam during the above period. With complete disregard for his ...Read More

Crandell, Charles H.

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

Larsen, David R.

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
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
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
Bill Robinson

Robinson, William “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

Herlik, Querin E.

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

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