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Robert L. Wolford
Navy
Robert
L.
Wolford
DIVISION: Navy
Dec 4, 1927 -
BIRTHPLACE: Leroy, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Nov 10, 1945 -
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Oct 25, 1947
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation
Robert Wolverton
Army Air Corps
Robert
Wolverton
DIVISION: Army Air Corps,
3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne
Jun 30, 2022 - Jun 30, 2022
HIGHEST RANK: Lt. Col.
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
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BATTLE: D-Day
HONORED BY: The Eisenhower Foundation

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Robert Lee "Bull" Wolverton (1914-1944) was the commander of the American 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, from 1942 until his death at Saint-Côme-du-Mont, Normandy, on D-Day, June 6, 1944, during World War II. Despite being killed before landing on French soil, Wolverton's legacy endured, particularly on the strength of a prayer spoken to the 750 men in his battalion hours before the D-Day parachute drop behind enemy lines.

"Men, I am not a religious man and I don't know your feelings in this matter, but I am going to ask you to pray with me for the success of the mission before us. And while we pray, let us get on our knees and not look down but up with faces raised to the sky so that we can see God and ask His blessing in what we are about to do: "God almighty, in a few short hours we will be in battle with the enemy. We do not join battle afraid. We do not ask favors or indulgence but ask that, if You will, use us as Your instrument for the right and an aid in returning peace to the world. We do not know or seek what our fate will be. We ask only this, that if die we must, that we die as men would die, without complaining, without pleading and safe in the feeling that we have done our best for what we believed was right. O Lord, protect our loved ones and be near us in the fire ahead and with us now as we pray to you." A few hours after giving this speech, Robert jumped over Normandy and was killed by enemy fire before touching French soil. This true American hero is now resting in peace at the United States Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, New York.

"Courtesy of D-Day Historical Center"

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Clyde L. Wonder
Army
Clyde
L.
Wonder
DIVISION: Army
SERVED: Nov 12, 1942 -
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation
Clyde E. Wood
Army
Clyde
E.
Wood
DIVISION: Army
Mar 7, 1918 - Apr 9, 2005
BIRTHPLACE: Solomon, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Feb 14, 1942 -
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Dec 15, 1945
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HONORED BY: Harvey Wood, Jr, Charles Wood, Raymond Wood, Betty Butler, Elsie Napier, & Ruth Bernard

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Clyde Earl Wood was born at Solomon, Kansas on March 7, 1918, the son of Harvey and Amanda Wood. He graduated from the Solomon High School in 1936 and Brown Mackie College in Salina, Kansas. Clyde Wood was drafted into the Army at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, on the 14th day of February, 1942. He was there special duty for a month. From Ft. Leavenworth, he was sent to Ft. Warren in Cheyenne, Wyoming where he was in training for 7 weeks. He was then sent to San Francisco, California where he boarded a ship to be sent overseas. It was the 'Americana' which was the United States largest passenger ship which later was renamed the 'Westpoint'. He went 10,000 miles in 15 days - destination Melbourne, Australia. He was sent there to receive troops and work with the Australian government. He was there approximately 1 and 1/2 years and then was sent to Ora Bay in New Guinea where he was Chief Clerk of the Intelligence Department. Serving in New Guinea for about 6 months, he then was suppose to be sent to Manila in the Philippines. At this point, the Colonel of the base asked Clyde to stay in New Guinea and be his Chief Clerk for the island. The Colonel told Clyde if he would stay he would make him a Master Sergeant - which he did. He was there for another year. For those of us not familiar with this part of the world, Clyde said that it is 'down under' the equator, and is hot day and night. Miserably hot - no place for humans to live. He said a lot of our boys got 'jungle rot' and had to be sent back to the States. He remembered eating mostly 'C' or 'E' rations, and having fresh meat or vegetables about once a month when a ship would come to supply them. Having no refrigeration on the island, they had to eat what fresh food they had immediately as it would not 'keep'. The only way to cool off was swimming in the ocean. From New Guinea he was sent to Cebu in the Philippines. It is a small island 10 miles wide and 30 miles long. Cebu was a town on the island with a population of 50,000 people. All of the buildings in the town had been destroyed by U.S. airplanes except for three. The U.S. took the island back from the Japanese. Clyde said, 'I found out the American Division was on the island an Curtis Armour, a cousin, was with this outfit and I got to visit with him.' He left Cebu and was sent to the island of Leyete, also in the Philippines. He served our country in Intelligence for the rest of the war. On November 20, 1945, He was sent back to the United States where he was discharged at Ft. Logan, Colorado on December 15, 1945. He was on the ship coming home for 22 days. Three days the ship and all on it were in a Typhoon. He remembered bouncing around a lot. Clyde was in the Army in the United States for 3 months, and 13 days, and overseas for 3 years, 6 months and 20 days. For his service, he received the following awards: Asiatic/Pacific Service Medal, Philippines Liberation Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.

Bruce F. Woodcock
Army
Bruce
F.
Woodcock
DIVISION: Army,
79th Division
BIRTHPLACE: Medicine Hat, Alberta
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
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HONORED BY: Bruce Fremont Woodcock, Jr.

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My Dad, a naturalized American born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, landed in France D-Day + 10. He was hit by a hand grenade in November, 1944. He was in a hospital in France when I was born December 26, 1944. Returning to Texas, he led a responsible life supporting his wife and two children. His war injury resulted in several back fusions over the years. He died at age 83.

Alfred L. Woodill
Army Air Corps
Alfred
L.
Woodill
DIVISION: Army Air Corps
Dec 26, 1919 - Aug 7, 2021
BIRTHPLACE: California
HIGHEST RANK: Captian
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
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HONORED BY: His niece Pamela Geller

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Alfred Langford Woodill was a true patriot he joined the Army as a volunteer leaving UCLA in 1941 to serve in the Army Air Force He flew more than 40 missions in the the B-26 bomber over enemy territory. he then became a flight instructor for the B-17 and B-29 for two years. After his discharge, he returned to UCLA and graduated with a Bachelor of Science. In 1947 he became the Executive Director of the American Gem Society for the net 40 years, retiring in 1987. Goodill was a humble man who rarely discussed his tour of duty, but when asked he was more than willing to share his experiences, he was not only a great friend but a person who loved his country and his family. He was a leader, a gentleman and a man of principles.

Donald E. Woods
Army Air Corps
Donald
E.
Woods
DIVISION: Army Air Corps,
4th
Mar 5, 1927 -
BIRTHPLACE: Carlton, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: Jul 15, 1945 -
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Mar 17, 1947
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HONORED BY: Wife and children
Richard C. Wyatt
Marine Corps
Richard
C.
Wyatt
DIVISION: Marine Corps,
1st Bn, 7th Mar - 1st Mar Div.
Mar 4, 1924 -
BIRTHPLACE: Sterling, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: May 14, 1943 -
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Jan 23, 1946
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HONORED BY: Ray & Joan Wyatt

BIOGRAPHY

Richard Curtis Wyatt was born in Sterling, KS, March 4, 1924; attended the Sterling Grade School and High School, graduating in 1942. He attended Sterling College prior to service in World War II with the 1st Bn, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division through New Britain and Okinawa, followed by occupation duty in China. Upon returning home, he attended the University of Kansas specializing in accounting. Wyatt was recalled for the Korean War with the U.S. Navy from 1950-1952 on the U.S.S. Okanogan (APA 220) and the U.S.S. Fort Marion (LSD 22). Richard Wyatt and Anna Lou McAllaster were married on April 5, 1947 in Sterling, KS and have two sons, Ray, now of Abilene, KS and Rex, living in Martinez, CA. They have four grandsons, one great-grand son and one great-granddaughter. Richard Wyatt was employed by Peoples Savings and Loan Association, Sterling, KS on January 1, 1953 and was elected President of the Association in May, 1959. He was instrumental in a merger with First Federal Savings & Loan, Dodge City, KS on July 1, 1983, and became Sr. Vice President-Treasurer of Landmark Federal Savings & Loan Association. He served on the Board of Directors of the associations from 1959 until his retirement in 1991. During his tenure with Peoples Savings, Richard served as President of the Midwest Savings Conference in 1962-1963; served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka which supervised the states of Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Colorado from 1968 to 1972, and served as President of the Kansas Savings and Loan League during the year 1975-1976.

Wyatt has remained active in church work. Richard and his wife, Annie, served as Treasurer of the United Presbyterian Church in Sterling for 15 years, and Richard served as a ruling elder of the session. He was chairman of the building committee for the planning and construction of the new Sterling United Presbyterian Church which was dedicated in 1971. Since moving to Dodge City in 1983, he has remained active in church work and is currently Treasurer of the First Unite Methodist Church. Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt have been involved, since 1963, with the Experiment in International Living (now World Learning), an international exchange program, and have hosted over 250 international visitors in their home. Richard has been a Rotarian since 1948 with the Rotary Clubs of Sterling and Dodge City and has enjoyed a perfect attendance for over 53 years since returning from the Korean War. Other activities which Richard has enjoyed were serving as Clerk of the Board of Education of the Sterling schools for 18 years, and working with the athletic departments of both Sterling High School and Sterling College in officiating, scorekeeping, and doing the public address announcing for most home football games from 1952 to 1983. He has also served on the Dodge City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

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Guildhall Address, London, June 12, 1945