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William A. Appleman
Navy
William
A.
Appleman
DIVISION: Navy
Feb 9, 1925 - Jun 7, 1965
BIRTHPLACE: Abilene, KS
HIGHEST RANK: Seaman 3rd class
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
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HONORED BY: The Eisenhower Foundation

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William Appleman was born Feb. 9, 1925 in Abilene, KS. He attended naval training at Farragut, Idaho before being assigned to duty in the South Pacific. He served as a Chief Warrant Officer. Courtesy of the Dickinson County Heritage Center and ancestry.com

Blane C. Archer
Army
Blane
C.
Archer
DIVISION: Army
Apr 21, 1919 - Oct 6, 2003
BIRTHPLACE: Leedey, Oklahoma
HIGHEST RANK: Private First Class (PFC)
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jul 20, 1942 -
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Aug 23, 1945
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MILITARY HONORS: Purple Heart 4 Battle Stars Distinguished Unit Citation Badge
HONORED BY: Blane's family: Steve Archer, Janice Rains, and Cody Miller

BIOGRAPHY

Before entering the Army, Blane Archer worked as a farmer with his father on a 460 acre farm in western Oklahoma. The farm raised cotton, corn, alfalfa, wheat, oats, and he drove a tractor and other equipment including: combine, plow mowing machine, lister, corn planter, wheat drill, harrow, disc and cultivators. In addition, the farm had 100 head of beef cattle and 50 head of hogs. Blane Archer enlisted the U.S. Army July 20, 1942, and entered his service August 1, 1942, as a Private (PVT) Infantryman. After four months, he was promoted to Private First Class (PFC) rifleman where he served for two years. After being wounded in combat as a rifleman, he was made a truck driver for the final five months of his service. Blane's military occupation listed on his Army Separation Record is "Truck Driver, Light." He drove a 2 1/2-ton truck, hauling bombs and supplies over all types of roads during all kinds of weather. Blane made minor repairs on his truck, greased and washed the truck, hauled rations and ammunition. He served a total of 29 months overseas in England, North Africa, Sicily, France, Belgium and Germany. He received the Purple Heart, four Battle Stars, and Distinguished Unit Citation Badge. Adapted from Army Separation Record, see attached documents.

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Eugene E. Arensman
Navy
Eugene
E.
Arensman
DIVISION: Navy
Jan 2, 1922 - Sep 6, 1990
BIRTHPLACE: Ellinwood, KS
HIGHEST RANK: Carpenter's mate first class
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Sep 25, 1942 -
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Feb 19, 1946
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MILITARY HONORS: Point System Victory Medal WW II American Area Ribbon European-African Middle Eastern Area Ribbon Navy Good Conduct Ribbon
HONORED BY: Richard and Sue Arensman

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Paul Arensman
Navy
Paul
Arensman
DIVISION: Navy
Aug 10, 1925 - May 1, 1989
BIRTHPLACE: Ellsworth, KS
HIGHEST RANK: Seaman 1st class
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: Dec 18, 1944 -
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Jul 29, 1946
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MILITARY HONORS: Alnav 161-46 Victory Medal American Campaign edal
HONORED BY: Paula, Arensman, Debbie Sanders, Pam Arensman, Cragi Arensman (Children of Paul

BIOGRAPHY

Paul was born and grew up on the farm in the Great State of Kansas . He came of age in the Great Depression witnessing the giant dust bowls and swams of grasshoppers. After enlisting in the Navy, Paul applied to the pilots school, bur that was already full so he became a tall gunner. His thinking was that he could get some of them before they would get him. Fortunately the war ended as his training was finishing up because most would have been sent to the Pacific Theater for the invasion of Japan.

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Everett P. Arensman
Navy
Everett
P.
Arensman
DIVISION: Navy,
Motor Machinist - Served on the USS Tetonkaha
Dec 28, 1919 - Feb 4, 1997
BIRTHPLACE: Copeland, KS
HIGHEST RANK: Motor Machinist Mate Second Class
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jan 8, 1942 -
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Dec 12, 1945
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HONORED BY: Daughters -Diane Whitehead , Kathie Landis & Linda Spain

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Arensman completed his Naval training at Norfolk, VA.

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Harold Armold
Navy
Harold
Armold
DIVISION: Navy
BIRTHPLACE: Chapman, KS
HIGHEST RANK: Lt.
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
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HONORED BY: The Eisenhower Foundation

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Harold Armold of Chapman, KS was taked as prison of war during World War II. He was captured in the Philippines and was taken to the Zenusi Prison Camp. Armold wrote a few letters to his sister Mrs. W. A. Smiley in Junction City, KS during his capture. Armold was captured in January and Mrs, Smiley received cards in August, September and October. At one point a short wave radio broadcast was sent with the speaker stating he was Harold Armold. In the broadcast he spoke of another serviceman from Clifton, KS. They both were doing well and he sent good wishes to his brothers and the Delta force. The war department ruled it propaganda as they could not verify it was Harold Armold speaking or any of the information. Another card was received by Mrs. Smiley from the Red Cross stated of Armold's release. Mrs. Smiley went to California to greet her brother upon his arrival back to the states. Armold was to receive medical treatment and evaluation but he worte his sister he felt fine and hoped to continue on home and enjoy Christmas. Courtesy of The Dickinson County Heritage Center. 

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Hugh R. Armstrong
Army Air Corps
Hugh
R.
Armstrong
DIVISION: Army Air Corps,
415th Hq Squadron Larado AB 1943
Aug 14, 1922 - Dec 17, 2000
BIRTHPLACE: Ekalaka, Montana
HIGHEST RANK: cpl
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Nov 3, 1942 -
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Feb 2, 1946
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Larado, Texas Air Base, England Oct 1942, 1944 France, Dec 25, 1945 New York, 1946 Ft Lewis discharged

Jack R. Armstrong
Army
Jack
R.
Armstrong
DIVISION: Army,
593rd Amb. Co. MTRN
Dec 21, 1924 -
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jun 16, 1943 -
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Jan 2, 1945
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HONORED BY: George J. Green

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Jack was born on 21 December 1924 in Columbia, MO but grew up in East St Louis, IL. In his first half year as a senior in East St Louis High School, he and his best friend bob Williams went to Chicago to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. Bob was accepted, but Jack was rejected because he was Color blind. On June 16th, 1943, Jack was inducted in the Army of the United States and to active service on 30 June 1943. Due to his color blindness he was, after 3 months of basic training at Camp Grant, IL, sent to driver's school and then assigned to the 593rd Ambulance Company. On 12 February 1944, he departed the United States and arrived in England on 23 February 1944. He participated in the Normandy Landings as an Ambulance Driver. He named his Ambulance 'Yvonne' for his wife. His duties involved driving the wounded from the clearing station to the evacuation hospital. He was also responsible for maintaining his vehicle. He served in the battles of Northern France, the Battle of the Bulge, Rhineland and Central Europe. Drove over all kinds of terrain in all kinds of weather. He spent almost two years overseas and returned to the United States on 28 December 1945. He earned American Theater, 3 overseas bars, European African Middle Eastern with 4 Bronze Battle Stars, Good Conduct and World War II Medals. He was honorable discharged at Camp Grant on 2 January, 1945.

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