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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

Rex C. Arnett
Army
Rex
C.
Arnett
DIVISION: Army
Oct 13, 1912 - Mar 3, 2003
BIRTHPLACE: Dwight, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Other
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HONORED BY: The Dickinson County Heritage Center and The Eisenhower Foundation

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Rex Arnett was born in Dwight, KS on October, 13, 1912. He attended Herington High School and graduated in 1936. He served in the Army during World War II.

Gene V. Arnold
Army
Gene
V.
Arnold
DIVISION: Army
Sep 14, 1922 -
BIRTHPLACE: Elmo, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: Jan 1, 1943 -
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May 16, 1955
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HONORED BY: Daughter, Jeanne Batha

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Gene was born in Elmo, Kansas to Benjamin and Alla (Rutz) Arnold. After graduation from Abilene High School, Gene attended college in Wichita. While in school he began working for Southwestern Bell Telephone as a part time coin collector. In October, 1942 he married Willetta F. Irby of Wichita. As he was completing his enlistment papers, Gene was drafted into the Army in January 1943 and completed basic training at Camp Polk, Louisiana. Because he had completed nearly 2 years of college, Gene rose through the ranks very quickly. After basic he was sent to Miami, where he decided to transfer to the Army Air Corps. He began pilot training in Bozeman, Montana. On November 20, 1944, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant while stationed in Santa Maria, California. Because of his skill as a pilot, his commanding officers kept recommending him for further training on newer and bigger planes so he was never deployed overseas. His last assignment was as a pilot on a B-29. After leaving the service he returned to work for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, retiring in 1979 as an Assistant Vice President of the Rates Department. He is the father of 2 daughters (Jeanne Batha and Linda Ingram), grandfather of 3 and great grandfather of 7. He currently resides in Abilene.

Harold F. Arnold
Army
Harold
F.
Arnold
DIVISION: Army,
A.G. Div.
Jul 4, 1921 -
BIRTHPLACE: Newark, NJ
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Aug 20, 1942 -
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Mar 25, 1946
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation

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I played on the SHAEF Football team, SHAEF invaders in France and Germany. I also made the All Star Team in Europe.

George E. Arnstein
Army
George
E.
Arnstein
DIVISION: Army,
76th Division of Calvary "Mechanized"
Jan 21, 1924 -
BIRTHPLACE: Stuttgart, Germany
HIGHEST RANK: Tech 5
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jan 13, 1943 -
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BATTLE: Battle of the Bulge
HONORED BY: The Eisenhower Foundation

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Born in Germany, George Arnstein and his family immigrated to the United States in 1938 to escape the rising threat of the Nazis. Arnstein had extended family in San Franisco which was needed to immigrate from Germany. Before the family left Germany, his father, as a Jew, was taken to Dachau. After 3 weeks George's Dad was released due to either his time served in WW I or lack of room. The family embarked to US on Christmas Eve. Arnstein finished High School in America. He later served with the U.S. Army’s 76th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop (mechanized) in the European Theater including the Battle of the Bulge. After the war,  Arnstein went on to earn a BA and Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley. Arnstein shares his memories of his early childhood in Germany, his experiences as an "enemy alien" in San Francisco, his service from mounted cavalry basic training to the Battle of the Bulge, and much more. Courtesy of the Friends of the WW II Memorial.

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Edward Arzinger
Navy
Edward
Arzinger
DIVISION: Navy,
USS Clarence K. Bronson (DD-668) and USS Wickes (DD-578)
Jul 16, 1925 -
BIRTHPLACE: Philadelphia, PA
HIGHEST RANK: Petty Officer 3rd Class
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Sep 1, 1942 -
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MILITARY HONORS: Navy Unit Citation
HONORED BY: Witness To War, Ike's Soldiers and the Eisenhower Foundation

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Arzinger served on the destroyer USS Bronson when it was newly commissioned, making him a plank owner on that ship. Upon arrival at Pearl Harbor, Arzinger was transferred to the Fletcher-class destroyer USS Wickes as a Torpedo Striker. On the Wickes, he participated in the battles of Corregidor and Okinawa. Following Okinawa, they returned to San Francisco where they celebrated the end of the war. He was then assigned to shore patrol in New York City for eight months. He was discharged in 1946. He considered rejoining the Navy but they wanted him to start over at the rank of Seaman. At the urging of a friend, Arzinger joined the Army Air Corps as a 'buck sergeant,' a rank equivalent to his Navy 3rd class rank. This was during the time of the Berlin air lift when the Americans were dropping food and supplies. Reluctant to be transferred to Germany and possible war with Russia, he was transferred to Smoky Hill Air Base in Salina, Kansas. He met his future wife on a blind date in Wichita, Kansas. His next assignment was a photo lab technician at Hickam Field in Hawaii until his discharge when he returned to Kansas to be married. Next came a move to New Jersey where Arzinger enrolled in an Aircraft and Engine certification course. He joined the Naval Reserves and got called up as a torpedo man during the Korean War. Thankfully, that war ended before he got to Korea. He and his wife then returned to Wichita, Kansas, where they have lived ever since.

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Raymond R. Ascher
Army
Raymond
R.
Ascher
DIVISION: Army
Dec 26, 1917 -
BIRTHPLACE: Junction City, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Mar 3, 1942 -
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Nov 3, 1945
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HONORED BY: Eisenhower Foundation

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Raymond Roland Ascher was born 12/26/2017 to Louis and Emilie Ericksen Ascher on a farm in eastern Geary County seven miles east of Junction City, Kansas, where he grew up and also attended school. After farming several years, he was called into the service and served in the Army. During this time he spent nearly a year in Europe, of which most of this time was spent in Germany and France on the front lines. On July 28, 1945, he married Ruth Etta Pettyjohn.

Lawrence R. Ashton
Navy
Lawrence
R.
Ashton
DIVISION: Navy,
USS Fuller
Sep 26, 1920 - Feb 28, 1998
BIRTHPLACE: Fairview, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Pacific
SERVED: Dec 5, 1944 -
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Apr 1, 1946
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HONORED BY: Wife, Grace Ashton Children Shirley, Susan, Wanda, Randy

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Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal

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Guildhall Address, London, June 12, 1945