Proud to serve his country, World War II veteran Chuck Childs spent 22 years as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. After dropping bombs on Germany from his B-17 Flying Fortress, and three years later flying C-54s during the 1948-49 Berlin Airlift, he and other pilots delivered supplies to over 2.5 million people who were former foes. Lt. Col. Chuck Childs flew 37 bombing missions. He and his crew…
Maj. Wyatt Edward Hansen served 27 years in the South Dakota Army National Guard as an engineering officer. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was the commander of the 842nd Engineer Company in Baghdad; as well as the force protection officer of the 196th Maneuver Enhancement Bridge in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Proud to have served his country, U.S. Marine Lance Corporal David Cutshall served as a machine gunner during the Vietnam War. Growing up in Rapid City, David, the oldest of five children, was the best big brother you could have. Having been wounded twice during combat, Cutshall was killed in Vietnam at the age of 21 when he fell on a grenade to protect his fellow Marines.
History comes alive when Lueteniant Colonel Hillary P. Cole talks about the A–20 and squadron mates from the 416th bomb group with the Army Air Corps during World War II. Luetenient Colonel Cole flew 65 combat missions and piloted an A–20 bomber over Normandy Beach on D–Day, June 6th, 1944. He tallied 4000 flying hours and received 10 air medals and the distinguished flying cross. Retired as a…
Proud to serve his country in the U.S. Air Force is Technical Sgt. Eric Bauer. Eric served as an E-6 weather operator. Deployed seven times, Eric received many awards including the Commander's Award for Excellence; was promoted to tech sergeant while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, received the NATO Medal with service in NATO operations in relation to the former Yugoslavia. Eric,…
U.S Air Force Staff Sgt. Pam Ramp served our country during the Cold War era as a weapons control systems mechanic and computer operator. She enjoys her family, husband Jim who also served in the Air Force, and their two children, Jeremy and Chris.
U.S. Navy Radio Man First Class John Terrel "Terry" McCalla served our country during the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. Terry says that being aboard submarines was exciting and that he was stationed with some of the best shipmates you would ever want.
Gillette, Wyo., resident Dean l. Merrington served our country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Dean was a machinist mate, third class USNR. As a husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Dean, now 87, brings a special presence and lasting legacy to the lives he's touched.
"Thankful and blessed to have served our country, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. John H. Wayne served during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Desert Storm, Bosnia United Nations Protection Force Forward and Bosnia Implementation Forces.
Custer native Brandon Snyder left his home to serve his country in the Marine Corps. Corporal Snyder served from 2006 to 2011, during the Global War on Terrorism, anti-piracy operations, security of national and naval asset and more.
Born as an Air Force brat during the Suez Crisis at Wheelus Air Force Base, Tripoli, Libya, Bruce Raisch followed in his family's footsteps and enlisted in April 1975 as a combat engineer with the Army National Guard.
U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Daniel J. Mendez is proud to have served his country for 22 years. This includes having served in the first and second Gulf Wars, as well as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
South Dakota National Guard Specialist Dennis G. Jensen l proudly served his country for three years including one tour in Operation Enduring Freedom, earning him the Bronze Star. Dennis was killed in Afghanistan at the age of 21 on Aug. 16, 2011.
The Ginsbachs, brothers four from Harding County. S.D., left their home and family to serve and defend our country. Three brothers served during World War II, the fourth in the Korean War. To the joy of many, each soldier returned home safely, to start their own families and begin their legacy.
As a special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigation, Technical Sgt. John Carpenter provided covert and technical surveillance support. While at Ellsworth Air Force Base, Carpenter was a communication navigation missions system craftsman on the B-1b that took part in the early stages of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
North Dakota National Guard combat engineer E-4 Joshua Klempel served our country during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His unit, Task Force Trailblazers destroyed more than 300 IEDs during Iraq's first free elections.
U.S. Navy Dental Technician Kim McCoy is no stranger to serving her country. Kim served on the USS Cape Cod during Desert Storm, also on the USS Coronado and at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Kim's husband Kevin is a U.S. Army veteran.
U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. James Ramp served our country as an offensive avionics systems technician on B-52G and B-1B bombers. Ramp served 28 years defending our freedom during the Cold War Era, Ukrainian crisis and the Operation Enduring Freedom.
South Dakota Veterans Home resident Darrell Custer served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Dean Foucault considered himself lucky to get into naval air, serving on the USS Philippine Sea during the Korean War. U.S. Army veteran Thomas Clements spent time in Korea and earned the distinguished honor of being the personal assistant to Major General James Gavin.
Ola Mildred Rexroat was looking for a way to do her part in the war effort in the 1940s. Being a riveter seemed too dangerous so she opted for a different path: being a military pilot. Rexroat goes by "Millie" today, but "Rexy," or "Sexy Rexy," as her old chums call her, served in the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II.
The Page family has proudly served in the U.S. Army. Private Daniel B. 'Dan' Page served as a demolitions engineer during World War I. Drafted in 1917, Private Page served 21 months; most of it stationed in France, surviving the 1918 flu pandemic. His sons Dennis and George served in the Army as well.