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Walter L. Allred
Army Air Corps
Walter
L.
Allred
DIVISION: Army Air Corps
Jun 15, 1916 - Jun 4, 1989
BIRTHPLACE: Ramseur, NC
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Dec 1, 1941 -
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HONORED BY: The Allred Family

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Walter Lee Allred is one of four brothers who all served in World War II (Garland Howard Allred, James Rex Allred, and William Boyd Allred). A fifth brother, 1st Lieutenant Samuel Aaron Allred served in the Korean Conflict. Walt served in England with the 8th Air Force. There, he worked in the engine repair shop on B-17 Bombers which were instrumental to Allied victory during World War II. After the War, he worked as a plumbing and heating contractor in Greensboro, NC. Walt owned 'Allred & Gardner Plumbing and Heating Company'. He was also active in the real estate business. Later in life, Walt contracted ALS (Lou Gherig Disease).

William B. Allred
Navy
William
B.
Allred
DIVISION: Navy
Jun 3, 1926 -
BIRTHPLACE: Greensboro, NC
THEATER OF OPERATION: European, Pacific
SERVED: Aug 4, 1943 -
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May 20, 1948
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HONORED BY: Wife, 'Tat' Howell Allred

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Boyd Allred is one of four brothers who all served in World War II (Garland Howard Allred, James Rex Allred, and Walter Lee Allred). A fifth brother, 1st Lieutenant Samuel Aaron Allred served in the Korean Conflict. Boyd has the distinction of having served and saw action in both the European and Pacific Theaters. He was aboard the LST 157 in the Normandy Invasion on June 6, 1944. His ship was shot out from under his unit on the third trip across the Channel. Boyd came back to the States and was then sent to the Pacific and the 2nd Marine Division on Saipan, Marianna Islands in November 1944. He made the invasion of Okinawa on April 1, 1945, and then went back to Saipan. On September 23, 1945, Boyd landed in Japan and stayed there until May 5, 1946. He was then sent home for discharge. After the war, Boyd returned to Greensboro, NC and was a general contractor. He owned the BAR Construction Company and still serves as a consultant in that profession. He is a Life Member of the American Legion and 'Honorary Member' of the DAV.

Lawrence C. Altmann
Army Air Corps
Lawrence
C.
Altmann
DIVISION: Army Air Corps
Jul 27, 1914 - Aug 6, 2002
BIRTHPLACE: Dillon, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: Apr 13, 1942 -
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Apr 13, 1945
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HONORED BY: Niece, Betty Altmann Schlesener
Marlin L. Ames
Army Air Corps
Marlin
L.
Ames
DIVISION: Army Air Corps,
907 Signal Depot Co.
Dec 4, 1923 -
BIRTHPLACE: Long Island, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Apr 8, 1943 -
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Jan 30, 1946
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HONORED BY: Wife, Velma Ames

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Radio Repairman, Aircraft Equipment: Inspected, installed and tested transmitting and receiving sets. Also made major repairs on transmitting and receiving instruments. Worked on other equipment in connection with air, ground, or interplane communication systems. Also did repair of antennas, receivers, control boxes and power units. Performed complete tearing down and rebuilding of sets. Worked on radio compasses, interphones and marker beacons. Worked on private sets for special service. Modified and installed aircraft radios for use in ground vehicles. Served 22 months in Italy. Decorations and Citations: World War II Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, EAME Theater Ribbon and one bronze star Meritorious Service Unit Award.

Margaret C. Amoroso
Women's Army Corps (WAC)
Margaret
C.
Amoroso
DIVISION: Women's Army Corps (WAC),
Major Hqs, Communications Zone
Sep 11, 1913 -
BIRTHPLACE: Lawler, IA
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jan 1, 1943 -
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Jan 1, 1946
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HONORED BY: Children: Victor Jr., Marshall, Andrew, and Marta

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Margaret was a WAC (Women's Army Corps) serving at Major Headquarters in North Africa, Italy, and France from 1943 to 1946.

Victor Amoroso Sr.
Army
Victor
Amoroso
Sr.
DIVISION: Army,
Hqs 3rd Port Transportation Corp
Feb 19, 1920 -
BIRTHPLACE: Bronx, NY
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Mar 10, 1942 -
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Jan 30, 1946
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HONORED BY: Children: Victor Jr., Marshall, Andrew, and Marta

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Victor served as a top secret control officer and counter intelligence officer in the North African and the European-Middle Eastern Theaters of Operations. He earned two battle stars and attended the Army Intelligence School and Army Maintenance School. Victor served in General Eisenhower's Headquarters in Algiers and in the North African invasion of November 1942, and various Headquarters in Italy and France. He earned the World War II Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He served on active duty from March 10, 1942 to January 30, 1946.

Herman V. Anderes
Army
Herman
V.
Anderes
DIVISION: Army,
1st Army
Nov 27, 1919 - Apr 1, 2015
BIRTHPLACE: Elmo, KS
HIGHEST RANK: Capt.
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
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MILITARY HONORS: 3 bronze stars
HONORED BY: The Eisenhower Foundation

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Herman "Vincent" Anderes was born Nov. 27, 1919 on a farm near Elmo, KS. He attend Hope, KS High School and graduated in 1936. There are two events Vincent Anderes remembers about the war. One is the first bombing raid at Rendova, New Georgia three days after his arrival there and the second was repeated two days later. The first raid was on July 2nd, the 24 year old says he had just returned from the Red cross beach after washing up and was standing in front of his pup tent in only his shoes and shorts. His buddy, Leo McGowan of IA called his attention to some approaching planes. Since we had no warning of an enemy raid we assumed they were our planes and were tying to decide whether they were B-25s or B-26s. They came over at tree top level and suddenly bombs started to fall. I grabbed my helmet and made a dive for my fox hole. It was about half full of water. No sooner did I land in the fox hole than someone landed on top of me. Bombs were dropping one after another and casualties were high. One piece of shrapnel struck my foot but caused only a minor bruise. Two days later they came back. One of our planes had spotted them, so our anti-aircraft crews were prepared. The Japs were over-confident because of the lack of ack-ack on their previous visit. So they again came in at tree-top level. Our gunners were ready for them and knocked down 13 zeros with 85 rounds of fire, establishing a record for hits. It was a beautiful sight to see those planes plunging to the ground and we all felt the Japanese had been well repaid for the damage and death they had inflicted July 2. This air raid happen at Aukland, New Zealand. Anderes liked the scenery in New Zealand and commented they had fresh eggs, steak and ice cream while there. After the war Anderes returned to Elmo to farm, marrying Virginia Baier. They had 9 children. Courtesy of The Dickinson County Heritage Museum, Abilene, KS.

Verl 'Andy' D. Anderson
Army Air Corps
Verl 'Andy'
D.
Anderson
DIVISION: Army Air Corps
Feb 7, 1922 - Mar 26, 2010
BIRTHPLACE: Agenda, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Feb 22, 1943 -
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Oct 18, 1945
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HONORED BY: Wife, Dorothy Glenda Anderson

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Verl Dean 'Andy' Anderson had attended College of Emporia at Emporia, KS, for 2 years on a football scholarship when he was inducted into the Army Air Corps on February 7, 1943. Following gunnery school at Kingman, AZ, he was sent to Carlsbad, NM, where he completed Bombardier-Navigator School. He was assigned to the 8th Air Force, 2nd Air Division, 453rd Bomb Group, 733rd Squadron out of 'Old Buckenham' airfield two miles southeast of Attleborough, Norfolk, England, and later served with the 466th Bomb Group, 786th Bomb Squadron based there. He was the bombardier-navigator on a B-24 Liberator, 'One Meat Ball', which was shot down over Germany. After making their way back to France, moving at night and with the help of sympathetic Germans, the crew was assigned to 'Hot Stuff', another B-24 Liberator. His crew flew 30 missions over enemy territory. Many of these missions were led by Group Operations Commander Jimmy Stewart, actor and war hero, in whom the men had complete confidence and respect. Verl remembers that when the crew reported for briefing prior to a mission and saw him in flight gear handling the briefing, they knew they were going into an especially dangerous assignment-and all attended chapel prior to the mission. Besides strategic operations, they engaged in support and interdictory missions, bombed V-weapon sites, airfields, and gun batteries prior to the invasion of Normandy, bombed German communications during the Battle of the Bulge and took part in the airborne assault across the Rhine in 1945. Battles and campaigns were Rhineland, Central Europe, and Ardennes. He received the Air Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters and was discharged as a 1st Lieutenant at Fort Leavenworth. After his discharge, he enrolled at The University of Kansas, where he was a member of the baseball team two years (1945-47) and had the great pleasure of being in legendary basketball coach Phog Allen's class and playing golf many times with him. Verl received his BS and Masters in Education from KU and then taught and coached one year in WaKeeney (1947-48); was a coach, teacher, Principal, Assistant Superintendent of Schools and Superintendent of Schools in Russell from 1948-76; and Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Abilene 1976-88, retiring after 41 years in the field of Education.

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