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Salute to Veterans 2021
Amy Cotta of Franklin, Tenn., submitted several pictures of her father, the late Duel Stanfill, who served with the US Army for two years and the Army Reserve for another four.
Cindy Cherry of Crystal City submitted a photo of her father-in-law, the late Hanley E. “Gene” Cherry, who lived in Festus for many years before his death in 1981. “He served in the Army during the Korean War as a medic, stationed locally in San Antonio, Texas, and later in Paris, France,” s…
Meaghan Portell of Festus sent a photo of her father and brother, both Army veterans.
On Christmas Day 1947, the Herculaneum Public School erupted in flames in an early morning fire. At the time there was not an organized fire department in the town. Volunteers from around town and St. Joe Lead employees responded to the fire with the fire hose carts but found their equipment…
Mark Vilbert of Crystal City submitted a photo of his son, retired Army Maj. Johnathan Vilbert of Festus, who spent about 18 years in the Army. From 2003 to 2005 he was on active combat duty in the Iraq War, flying many missions in the Black Hawk helicopter. After returning from Iraq, he ear…
UL Frances Clements of Pevely just celebrated his 95th birthday. “He’s one of the last World War II vets,” said his daughter, Tracy Thomasson, who submitted this photo of her dad.
Diana Wright of Hillsboro sent in several photos of family members who have served or are now serving.
Elaine McKinney of Crystal City sent in two snapshots of her husband, Jim. “The ‘then’ picture was taken in July 1962 of Army Pvt. James T. McKinney as a young man of 18,” she said. “In 1963, Jim shipped to Kaiserlautern, Germany. He completed his tour of duty in July, 1965. The ‘now’ photo …
Teri Shirah of Pevely submitted photos of her husband, William Frank Shirah, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1977 to 1986.
The late Earnest Pinkley joined the Air Force in 1952 at age 20. That same year, he married his high school sweetheart, Alta Bailey, while he was stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Verlon Govro, 91, of Festus joined the Army in 1949 at 19 years of age, serving in the Korean War until 1952. “He was wounded in 1951 and was awarded the Purple Heart,” said his daughter, Margaret Jones. “In 1953, he married the love of his life, Lorraine Smith, and they had five children.”
Joann Thompson of Festus submitted photos of grandfather Paul Thompson, and grandson Kyle Paul Thompson.
Master Sgt. Michael Sandknop of Festus spent a year in Iraq with the Army as a videographer.
Amy Hagedorn of Barnhart sent in a photo of her father, Raymond “Ray” Walls of Arnold, who served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
Tammy Hittler of Pevely sent in this snapshot of her father, Larry Greene of Imperial. “He was a sergeant in the Marine Corps from 1972 to 1976,” she said. “I would like to honor him for Veterans Day.”
Dianne Ehrlich submitted photos of her father, Bill Ehrlich.
Jerri Birsinger of Arnold and her brother, Gary Mills, submitted photos of their father, Thomas “Sonny” Mills of Arnold, who served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
Steve Laramore of De Soto submitted this photo of himself in uniform.
Jane Heckman of Grubville submitted photos of her late husband, Lawrence H. “Larry” Heckman, who served in the Army during the Vietnam War.
Sharon Majoros of Imperial submitted this photo of Staff Sgt. Charles “Chuck” Venegoni, taken in November 2020 in Washington, D.C. “He is a crew chief on Black Hawk helicopters, as well as various other helicopters during his career,” she said. “While in the Marines for eight years, he was d…
Tiffany L. Marler of Arnold says her military service sparked her interest in family advocacy.
While Tom Oplt’s official job in the U.S. Army was heavy equipment repair and welding, Oplt also was a scrounger.
Brian Westrich of Arnold submitted photos of his father, the late Herman Westrich, who served in the Korean War.
Klint Oldham says his service in the Navy led to a commitment to serve fellow veterans through the Amvets organization.
Robert “Bob” Young, 94, of De Soto wrote the letter, below left, to his sister in 1945. It reads:
Jay Fulbright sent in this photo of his grandfather, the late Charles W. Fulbright. “He was drafted while the Korean War was on,” Jay said. “That is where this photo was taken sometime during the winter of 1951 or ’52. After the cease-fire between North and South Korea, he was sent to Fort C…
Patricia Borgfield of Festus submitted photos of her husband of 66 years, Tech. Sgt. Harry G. Bergfield (USAF, Ret.), 89.
Alexander Horvat of Barnhart served two years with the Navy aboard the USS Oriskany.
Janis Smith of De Soto had just graduated from high school in the Bootheel in 1955. “My sister, Cherry Jo Davis, lived in De Soto,” she said. “She came down home to visit and wanted me to go back with her to see if I could find a job. I lived on a 40-acre farm and picked cotton, so I moved t…
Chyrle Arens of Arnold submitted photos of her husband, Stephen R. Arens, 76, who served with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.
Angela Guyott sent in this photo of her father, the late Robert W. Woods, who served with the Army in Vietnam. Guyott’s mother, Lana Woods of Imperial, provided the picture of her husband.
Sovratana “Sunny” Cheng, 34, of Arnold served with the U.S. Navy on active duty and then another four years in the reserves.
Vietnam veteran Larry Potter of House Springs puts out this sign on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, honoring the memory of some of the men he served with in the Navy.
Michael Thompson of Hematite sent in this photo of himself, center, with Army combat infantry buddies Robert Marrioti and Butch Klotz in 1969. Thompson graduated from Ritenour High School in 1968 and enlisted three weeks later. He served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. “We were getting ready t…
Peggy Allen of Arnold sent in this picture of her father, the late Raymond George Baum, in his Army Air Corps flying uniform.
Bill and Quincy Myrick of House Springs, both Army veterans, have been married seven years.
Michael Klein of Fenton served with the Army in the late 1960s. “I was trained as an electronics technician but was made an M.P. (military police) when I got to Vietnam,” he said. “The picture of me with the car was taken Aug. 7, 1970, the day before I got out of the Army.”
Heather Mullins of Arnold submitted photos of her father, Larry Boyce, 75, who served with the Army during the Vietnam War.
Sue Ziegler of Arnold sent in photos of a family friend, the late Sgt. Edward W. Forrest Jr., who was killed in Iraq in 2009.
Major John Parker (USAF Ret.) of High Ridge sent in photos of himself and his Navy son, Tom.
Frank L. Mehrtens of High Ridge served more than 20 years in the Air Force. “He was an engine mechanic stationed at the Nha Trang Air Force base in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968,” said his wife, Evelyn.
Judy Walls Lowe of Festus says she was just 4 months old in 1941 when her parents heard the news over their tall Philco radio of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that brought the United States into World War II.
Dennis J. Wengert of Eureka submitted this photo of himself as a Marine Corps PFC, taken in 1968 in Dong Ha, South Vietnam, by a fellow Marine. The vehicle he is driving is a 1-ton personnel carrier, supplied by the Marine Corps Motor Transport. “The view was beautiful but the roads were rou…
Roland Doyle of Cedar Hill submitted this photo of himself with his wife of two months, Lavern, while home on leave from basic training in 1957. After basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Roland spent most of his two years in the Army at a supply depot in southwest France driving a 3/4-ton t…