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Walter 'Wally' F. Balzerick Jr.
Marine Corps
Walter 'Wally'
F.
Balzerick
Jr.
DIVISION: Marine Corps
Aug 6, 1925 -
BIRTHPLACE: Wichita, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Nov 10, 1943 -
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Apr 1, 1946
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HONORED BY: Daughter, Mrs. Brenda Banta

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Wally was recalled to service in Korea and again served with the 1st Marine Division from Nov 1950 through 1953.

Curtis W. Banks
Navy
Curtis
W.
Banks
DIVISION: Navy
Jun 12, 1924 - Apr 18, 2020
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: May 19, 1043 -
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Mar 15, 1946
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HONORED BY: The Eisenhower Foundation and Talmage Historical Museum & Library

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Curtis Wayne Banks joined the US Navy on May 19 1943. He did training at Farragut, Idaho and Moscow Idaho for radio training. The University of Idaho at Moscow had turned their facilities over to the Navy for this training. Banks left there and was sent to Seattle, WA where he boarded the newly commissioned ship Yakutat. This was a small ship used as a "seaplane tender." From there Banks headed towards Japan stopping at various islands. He was at Okinawa when the Atom Bomb was dropped. Tow months later he was a t Hiroshima where he saw the devastation first hand. He was discharged form the service on the 5th day of March, 1946 at Bremerton, WA. Courtesy of Talmage, Kansas Historical Museum and Library.

Herbert R. Banks
Army
Herbert
R.
Banks
DIVISION: Army,
162nd Medical Battalion
Jul 13, 1916 - Jul 27, 2022
BIRTHPLACE: Dickinson County, Kansas
HIGHEST RANK: PFC
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: May 22, 1942 -
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Oct 8, 1945
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BATTLE: Anzio, Italy
MILITARY HONORS: Good Conduct Medal and the Bronze Service Arrowhead
HONORED BY: Talmage Kansas Historical Society and Eisenhower Foundation

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Private Banks was a litter bearer, 657, and saw service in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater, specifically in Tunisia, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, North Apennines, and Po Valley. He was decorated with the Good Conduct Medal and the Bronze Service Arrowhead. He entered the service on May 22, 1942, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Private Banks was on Anzio beach for three of the four months the allies were pinned down there. He was wounded, having shrapnel in one leg, and was given a VA disability. PFC Banks was discharged honorably on October 8, 1945. Courtesy of the Talmage Historical Museum & Library.

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Robert Barker
Navy
Robert
Barker
DIVISION: Navy
Dec 12, 1923 -
BIRTHPLACE: Darrington, WA
HIGHEST RANK: Lgt.
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: 1943 -
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HONORED BY: The Eisenhower Foundation

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Bob Barker was born in Darrington, Washington on December 12, 1923. One-eighth Sioux and an official member of the Sioux Tribe, Barker spent most of his childhood on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. However, he attended high school in Missouri, and met his high school sweetheart and future wife, Dorothy Jo Gideon, while attending an Ella Fitzgerald there. Barker obtained a basketball scholarship and attended Drury College in Springfield, Missouri. Barker enlisted as war with the Axis became unavoidable, but was ordered by the Navy to remain at college for two years in order to become a naval aviation cadet. On June 9 1943, at the age of 19, Barker reported for duty, and was commissioned as an Ensign. He underwent preflight training, eventually receiving his insignia at Corpus Cristi in Texas. After this he went through basic training and trained as a fighter pilot. However, Barker’s active duty missions were solely training-based. He was posted at Banana River Naval Air Station in Florida, making gunnery runs on US Navy Mariner vessels, to train their crews in response to enemy action. In 1945 Barker made use of his leave to marry Dorothy Jo, and was transferred to Grosse Ile, Michigan to train on the F4U Corsair, but the war came to an end before his transfer to the Pacific Theater could come through. After the end of the war, Barker returned to Drury to complete his studies, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in economics. "Courtesy of Together We Served"

Jerald E. Barnard
Navy
Jerald
E.
Barnard
DIVISION: Navy,
USS Heywood
May 7, 1927 -
BIRTHPLACE: Courtland, NE
HIGHEST RANK: Seaman 1st Class
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
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HONORED BY: The Eisenhower Foundation

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Jerry Barnard was born May 7, 1927 near Courtland, NE. At age 17, he and a couple of buddies volunteered to serve in World War II. Although they enlisted together, they were split up into different branches. Jerry entered the Navy in 1945 and was released in St. Louis in 1946. He was stationed in Okinawa for most of his service time. After the war, Jerry married and started a family. He worked for the Railroad and was a member of the American Legion for 24 years.

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Carl E. Barnes
Army
Carl
E.
Barnes
DIVISION: Army,
Company K, 334th Infantry
Sep 13, 1921 -
BIRTHPLACE: Hancock, MD
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Nov 29, 1939 -
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Dec 20, 1946
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HONORED BY: Wife, Matilda Barnes and son, Cloyd Barnes

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Carl E. Barnes was a member of Company K, 334th Infantry. He obtained the rank of Technical Sergeant. He received the following decorations - Purple Heart, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, American Defense Service Medal.

Melvin Barnes
Marine Corps
Melvin
Barnes
DIVISION: Marine Corps
SERVED: Mar 9, 1942 -
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation
Clyde Barnette
Army
Clyde
Barnette
DIVISION: Army
SERVED: Feb 7, 1944 -
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation
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Guildhall Address, London, June 12, 1945