Image
WWII,DDE
Image
Ike Logo
Image
DDAY
Image
Ike Logo

Stories from the Greatest Generation

Image
D Day
Image
Ike Logo

A Virtual World War II Honor Roll

Search

Filter Your Results

empty

empty e. empty empty

empty

EMPTY
E.
EMPTY
EMPTY

Jan 1, 2000 - Jan 1, 2000
BIRTHPLACE: empty

SOLDIER DETAILS

HIGHEST RANK: empty
DIVISION: empty,
empty
THEATER OF OPERATION: empty
SERVED: Jan 1, 2000 -
DISCHARGED: Jan 1, 2000
BATTLE: empty
MILITARY HONORS: empty
HONORED BY: empty

VIDEOS

empty

BIOGRAPHY

empty
empty

Search Results

Showing Results 49 - 56 of 1446

Vernon S. Atwood
Army
Vernon
S.
Atwood
DIVISION: Army
May 11, 1916 - Jan 11, 1980
BIRTHPLACE: Brush Creek, TN
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jul 13, 1936 -
0
Jan 31, 1957
0
HONORED BY: Children: Carol Atwood Walker, Stephen Francis Atwood

BIOGRAPHY

Vernon S. Atwood enlisted in the horse cavalry at Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia at the age of 20. His first assignment outside of the continental United States occurred when he re-enlisted in 1937 and was attached to the Coast Artillery Corps and sent to Panama. He came up through the ranks. In 1942 Vernon applied for OCS and was sent to Ft. Riley, Kansas becoming one of the fabled '90-day wonders.' Upon completion he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. He took part in WWII's bloodiest battle, the Ardennes: Battle of the Bulge. Vernon proudly served in the famed 9th Armored Division, 89th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (mechanized) participating in the capture of the Remagen Bridge on March 7, 1945. He received his first Bronze Star in 1945 which read in part: {Capt. Atwood was decorated for his work in Germany last April, when he led reconnaissance troops ahead of a tank battalion spearheading through enemy territory. His mission was to keep driving forward, gathering information and uncovering enemy strong points. According to the citation, 'the success of the operation was due largely to the brilliant leadership and keen foresight exercised by Captain Atwood.'} His military campaigns included Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. He was awarded the following medals: Bronze Star Medal with 2 bronze oak leaf clusters; Meritorious Service Medal; Air Medal; American Defense Service Medal; American Campaign Medal; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 bronze service stars; World War II Victory Medal; Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp; National Defense Service Medal; Korean Service Medal plus the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. When war in Korea broke out, Vernon served with the 70th Heavy Tank Battalion, Company B, Ft. Knox, Kentucky. After 20 1/2 years of military service, Vernon retired in January 1957 with the rank of Major. Three of his brothers also served their country during the war years by enlisting in the Merchant Marine, Army and Seabees. In 1941, he married Margaret McKean of Rossville, Georgia. They were married 38 1/2 years when he passed away in 1980. He is buried in the Chattanooga National Cemetery. Vernon and Margaret were the parents of two children. Their living heritage includes four grandchildren, Heath Walker, Adrienne Poteet, Stephanie Atwood and Mary Fields; plus two great-grandchildren, Isis Fields and Tanner Poteet.

Ralph C. Ausherman
Army
Ralph
C.
Ausherman
DIVISION: Army
Sep 16, 1918 - May 13, 1990
BIRTHPLACE: Dickinson County, Kansas
THEATER OF OPERATION: Other
SERVED: May 17, 1944 -
0
0
HONORED BY: The Eisenhower Foundation

BIOGRAPHY

Cleason "Ralph" Ausherman was born in Dickinson County, KS. He was working in Garden City, KS when he registered for the draft on 10/16/1940. Ralph served in the Navy during World War II.  Ralph returned to Kansas and married Irene Kallestad and worked as a salesman at the Ausherman Manufacturing company in Wichita, KS. One item the company made was high speed streamed line sickle guards. Courtesy of Newspapers.com and The Dickinson County Heritage Center.

Dean A. Ausherman
Army Air Corps
Dean
A.
Ausherman
DIVISION: Army Air Corps
Sep 7, 1919 - Nov 15, 2017
BIRTHPLACE: Industry, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: Other
SERVED: Jun 1, 1944 -
0
0
HONORED BY: The Eisenhower Foundation

BIOGRAPHY

Dean A. Ausherman was born in Industry, KS. He grew up in Abilene, KS and western Kansas attending and graduating from Scott City Hight School. He had been employed by Boeing in Wichita, KS before enlisting into the Army Air Corps. He entered the Army at Fort Leavenworth, KS on 6/1/1944. After his military service, he returned to the Manchester, KS. area. He married Lita Dennison on April 18, 1982 and was employed by KP & L Courtesy of the Abilene Reflector Chronicle.

D. Austin
Donald D. Austin
Army
Donald
D.
Austin
DIVISION: Army,
101 st Airborne Division 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Feb 16, 1921 - May 30, 1993
BIRTHPLACE: Apponaug, RI
HIGHEST RANK: Sergeant
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
0
0
BATTLE: Normandy, Battle of the Bulge
MILITARY HONORS: Purple Heart
HONORED BY: D Thomas Austin, son

BIOGRAPHY

Donald Austin was born and raised in Rhode Island. He an athlete and played some professional baseball. He served in the Army from 1941 -1046. Donald enlisted and parachuted into France during the Normandy, D-Day invasion abd fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Donald later was wounded, spending some time in a Military Hospital.

Other Service Documents

Ray Avila
Army
Ray
Avila
DIVISION: Army
Mar 15, 1925 - Dec 20, 2020
BIRTHPLACE: Wichita, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Jan 24, 1943 -
0
0
BATTLE: Normandy, Battle of the Bulge
MILITARY HONORS: Purple Heart, Bronze Star, French Legion of Honor
HONORED BY: The Eisenhower Foundation

BIOGRAPHY

Ray Avila was born in Wichita, KS the third of eleven children. He was employed at Gridley Motor Co. at the time he signed up for the draft. Avila was indicted into the Army on January 24, 1943 and was stationed in Europe. He was taken as a prisoner of war but escaped, walking until he found American Troops in Czechoslovakia. Courtesy of fold3.com and KSN news.

PRISONER OF WAR

VIDEOS

Mildred Axton
Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)
Mildred
Axton
DIVISION: Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)
Jan 9, 1919 - Feb 6, 2010
BIRTHPLACE: Coffeyville, KS
THEATER OF OPERATION: American
SERVED: 1943 -
1
1944
1
HONORED BY: The Eisenhower Foundation

BIOGRAPHY

Mildred "Mickey" Axton was born Mildred Tuttle in Coffeyville, KS. 1/09/1919. Mickey was a test pilot during World War II and "one of the first three Woman Airforce Service Pilots to be trained as a test pilot and the firs woman to fly a B-29. Micky Axton's first airplane ride was in a WWI-era Curtiss Jenny biplane when she was ten years old in 1929.

Micky graduated from Coffeyville Kansas Senior High School in 1936 and continued her education at Coffeyville Community College, where she took many classes in science, math and physics. After she graduated from Kansas State University, Micky was selected into the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPT) at Coffeyville Community College. She was the only woman accepted into her CPT class. She earned her pilot's license through the CPT program in 1940. Micky received a letter from Jacqueline Cochran, inviting her to join the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs). In 1943, Micky began flight training with the WASPs at Sweetwater, Tex. She graduated from flight training in November 1943 and was assigned to Pecos, Tex. as an engineering test pilot. Micky was responsible for conducting flight tests on repaired aircraft to ensure they were flight worthy. In March 1944, Micky left the WASPs and returned to Wichita, Kan. to work as a Flight Test Engineer for Boeing Aircraft. On May 4, 1944, Micky became the first female pilot to fly a B-29. When the war ended, Micky returned to teaching. During the war, 38 WASPs died in service to their country. The Commemorative Air Force Jayhawk Wing in Wichita, Kan. restored a PT-19 primary trainer and named it “Miss Micky“ to honor her service. She is the only WASP to have a restored WW II aircraft named after her. "Courtesy of edenpraririe.org"

On May 4, 1944, according to Boeing Aircraft archives, she was one of the crew of nine aboard "Sweet Sixteen" the 16th of 1644 B-29s rolled out from the Wichita plant. Mickey's account of that day.

"I was back in the aft flight blister when Elton Rowley "chief of engineering flight test) called back over the intercom and said. "Micky, how'd you like to come and fly this thing?" I was absolutely in 'hog heaven"! she recalled. "So I put my parachute on my back and crawled through the tunnel which was over the bomb bay to the front. He gave me the left seat and I flew the plane? Axton said. "The problem was, it was so top secret, I could only tell my husband." Rowley did write a letter, however, verifying her feat. Micky Axton had just made history as the first woman to pilot a B-29" (Courtesy of Boeing Frontiers May 2006 Volume 5, Issue 1

Micky married David Axton June 1, 1941 and taught at East High School in Wichita from 1958-1969.

Micky's brother Ralph "Tut" Tuttle was a World War II fighter pilot who flew an estimated 250 missions and earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses and a Silver Star.

Dorothy Ayers
Women's Army Corps (WAC)
Dorothy
Ayers
DIVISION: Women's Army Corps (WAC),
Nurse
Mar 25, 1906 - Sep 8, 1992
BIRTHPLACE: Tescott, KS
HIGHEST RANK: Capt.
THEATER OF OPERATION: European
SERVED: Nov 14, 1942 -
0
Jul 6, 1943
0
MILITARY HONORS: Legion of Merit
HONORED BY: The Dickinson County Heritage Center and The Eisenhower Foundation

BIOGRAPHY

Dorothy Ayers was born in Tescott, KS. She enlisted in the Army, November 14, 1942 and was a nurse in World War II. Ayers was stationed in England, France and Germany and worked up to the level of Captain. Back in the US she worked as a registered Nurse at Wesley Hospital in Wichita, KS. Courtesy of Findagrave.com and Fold3.com.

George H. Ayre
Army
George
H.
Ayre
DIVISION: Army
Nov 25, 1906 -
BIRTHPLACE: Gage County, Nebraska
THEATER OF OPERATION: Other
0
0
HONORED BY: The Eisenhower Foundation

BIOGRAPHY

George Ayre was born in Gage County, Nebraska. In 1911, while living in VA, he purchased a section of land in Washington County, KS, writing the paper to rave about the fine farmland in Kansas. Ayre was living in Talmage, KS December 23, 1940 when he registered for the selective service. Ayre was inducted into the Army February 19, 1941. Courtesy of the Dickinson County Heritage Center, Fold3.com and newspapers.com

empty

empty e. empty empty

empty

EMPTY
E.
EMPTY
EMPTY

Jan 1, 2000 - Jan 1, 2000
BIRTHPLACE: empty

SOLDIER DETAILS

HIGHEST RANK: empty
DIVISION: empty,
empty
THEATER OF OPERATION: empty
SERVED: Jan 1, 2000 -
DISCHARGED: Jan 1, 2000
BATTLE: empty
MILITARY HONORS: empty
HONORED BY: empty

VIDEOS

empty

BIOGRAPHY

empty
empty

The mission of Ike's Soldiers is to honor Dwight D. Eisenhower's legacy through the personal accounts of the soldiers he led and share them with the world.

Image
Sunset
"Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in blood of his followers and sacrifices of his friends."
Image
Eisenhower Signature

Guildhall Address, London, June 12, 1945