Hometown Heroes

Louisburg area Hometown Heroes are proudly presented by the American Legion John P. Hand Post 250, Louisburg Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Louisburg.

These banners, honoring current and past members of the military, will fly on light poles in historic Downtown Louisburg in the weeks leading up to Veterans Day and Memorial Day.

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John Adams served in the Army as a Private First Class in the First Calvary Division from 1968 to 1974 and was stationed in Vietnam from April 1969 to June 1970. He sent a picture of himself in uniform home to his family with the caption “I hate that uniform, but I just can’t help but feel proud to wear it.”

In the Olathe News on Memorial Day 1969 a letter written by him was published when he was near Pleiku in the Central Highlands in which he said:

“I’ll have seen a lot, but I don’t think there is any place in the world to compare with the good old world of home in Kansas in the USA. I guess that is the reason a G.I. can stand it over here a year. Home is worth a year. I don’t know if this war is worth fighting but I know the U.S. A. is worth fighting for.”

Banner sponsored by Heather Adams- Vincent and family.

Jake Allen

A Private First Class in the Marines from 1972-1978, Jake Allen attended boot camp at Parris Island, S. C. He was then sent to Camp Pendleton, Calif., for advanced infantry training. Afterward he was stationed in or based out of Okinawa while he also spent time patrolling the jungles of India and the Philippines, the East and South China seas, and the Indian Ocean. Jake was aboard the USS Okinawa, the USS Inchon, the USS Coronado, and the USS Fairfax County. His next duty station was in Camp Lejeune, N.C. While stationed there, Jake was also sent on patrols of the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the English Channel. 

Banner sponsored by the Allen Family.


Kenny Barnes

Kenny Barnes was in the 11th Armored Cavalry Blackhorse Regiment of the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1966-67. Kenny was a Purple Heart recipient. After returning home, he worked for USD 416 for 27 years and was noted for keeping the grass on the football field in pristine condition. He graduated from Wea High School in 1963.

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Leonard Bauer

Leonard Bauer, born in 1918 and raised in Louisburg, served in the Army Air Force from September 19, 1941 through September 9, 1945. He was assigned to the 446th Army Air Force Base Unit at McChord Field Washington and attended school for airplane mechanics at Kessler Field in Mississippi. Leonard achieved the rank of Staff Sargent in his role as an Airplane Mechanic Crew Chief. He received the Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, and American Defense Service Ribbon. As a lifelong Louisburg resident, Leonard was a member of the American Legion John P Hand Post 250. Leonard was a carpenter for many years and later an insurance salesman before passing away in 1978.

Banner sponsored by Gary Bauer, Karen (Bauer) Flournoy, and Paula Bauer.

Eddie Bauer

Corporal Lawrence Edward “Eddie” Bauer was a Louisburg native and the first man from Louisburg to be killed in Vietnam just 14 days after his 23rd birthday on April 16, 1969. He proudly served in Gun Section 4, B BTRY, 3rd BN, 18th Artillery, Americal Div, USARV Army of the United States. Eddie was a graduate of Louisburg High School and was employed at Taylor Forge in Paola until his National Guard unit was called to active service. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Louisburg and of the John P. Hand Post #250 of the American Legion.

Eddie entered the service in May 1968 and was stationed at Fort Carson, Colo., before leaving for Vietnam on Jan. 24, 1969. On the afternoon of April 30, 1969, Corporal Bauer was serving as a gunner on a self-propelled howitzer, which was moving to a new location near the village of Phuoc Nich, northeast of Tam Ky City, in Quang Nam Province, Republic of South Vietnam. Eddie received a fatal wound when the howitzer detonated a concealed enemy land mine. Eddie was an exemplary soldier who gave his life assisting his fellow man and in the service of his country. Eddie was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Ribbon, Vietnam Service Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Expert Badge with Rifle Bar, and Marksmanship Badge with Automatic Rifle Bar. He served three tours in Vietnam. Information was provided by Trish Ward, American Legion Auxiliary and former Louisburg resident.

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Art Beasley

Art Beasley was drafted in November 1966. His boot camp training and AIT (Advanced Individual Training) was at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. The following May, Private First Class Beasley was shipped to Germany. Of the 187 soldiers in his troop, he was one of 14 who went to Germany while others went to Vietnam. He was a combat engineer with the Flotation Bridge Company and spent much of his service building pontoon bridges on the Rhine. Art’s bride Glenda came to Germany with him and got a job teaching high school on the Mannheim military basis. Art laughed and said Glenda’s job as a teacher had a higher monthly income than Art received! All non-military employees on base were assigned a non-military rank that would be equivalent to a military rank and Glenda’s rank was lieutenant while Art was a lowly private. He was promoted to sergeant while in Germany. During his career, Art landed with Panhandle Eastern Pipeline. He and Glenda were transferred to Louisburg in 1980 and it’s been home ever since. 

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Louisburg native Dean Carpenter served in the Army from 1942-1946

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Theodore (Ted) Cook was born on September 18, 1920.  He was a life-long resident of Louisburg and graduated from Louisburg Rural High School in 1940.  

He entered the U.S. Army on Aug. 4, 1942, in Leavenworth, Kansas.  He was stationed at Camp Sibert, Alabama; Camp Pickett, Virginia; and Fort Dix, New Jersey.  On Nov. 5, 1943, he left New York Harbor on the U.S.S. Fredrick Lykes and arrived in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 17 at which time he boarded a train and arrived in Gloucester, England.  On July 17, 1944, he left Gloucester and 5 days later landed on Omaha Beach, Normandy.  They were force marched to Monteberg, France (34 miles).  He left France on July 26, 1945 aboard the U.S.S. Admiral E.E. Eberle and landed in Manila on September 2, 1945.  He left Manila on November 30, 1945, aboard the landing craft carrier Effingham heading home.  He arrived home Dec. 30, 1945.  He spent much of his time as a cook while he was in the service. He was a Technician Fourth Class when he was discharged.

He received the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal; European African Middle Eastern Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal; World War II Victory Medal; Philippine Liberation Ribbon; and American Service Medal.

He married Betty Stephenson on May 16, 1949.  They made their home in Louisburg and raised 5 children – Steve, Jan, Dennis, Lori and Paul.  He enjoyed carpentry, gardening and music.

Ted worked at Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company for 28 years.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church and also a member of John P. Hand Post No. 250 of the American Legion.  He passed away on Sept. 22, 1987, at the young age of 67.

Banner sponsored by Steve Cook, Jan Vohs, Dennis Cook, Lori Cook & Paul Cook

Richard Chandlee

Richard Kenneth Chandlee joined the Navy in 1941 at the age of 17. He served on the USS Minneapolis for the entire six years he spent in the Navy. By the end of the war, the Minneapolis was tied for second place with its sister ship, the USS San Francisco, for most World War II battle stars, with 17. Only the carrier USS Enterprise had more. Richard was just leaving Pearl Harbor on his carrier when the bombing started. He observed the enemy planes flying over. On Dec. 10, he entered Pearl Harbor to take on supplies. He always said it was a sight he would not forget. He obtained the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

He is the husband of Lorraine Chandlee and father of Denise German, Donna Casement, and Debbie Chandlee. He and his family have called Louisburg home since 1971. Richard passed away in 2005.

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Dustin Crawford

Lieutenant Commander Dustin Crawford, a native of Louisburg, enlisted in the Navy in 1996 where he volunteered for submarine duty. He made two deployments onboard USS Cheyenne as a conventional machinist mate and went on to become an instructor in San Diego, teaching submarine firefighting and damage control. In 2003 as a First-Class Petty Officer, he was selected for the Seaman to Admiral-21 Program. He obtained his commission in 2008 after graduating with a bachelor’s in finance from Jacksonville University.

After receiving his commission, he served onboard USS Farragut as the Strike Officer where he made two deployments and earned his Surface Warfare Officer pin. The first deployment was in support of Counter-Narcotics Operations in the Caribbean and South America and the second was with the Eisenhower Strike Group where he conducted Anti-Piracy Operations as the flagship for Combined Task Force-151. He then became the Navigator onboard USS Robert G. Bradley where he navigated the ship to numerous West African and Mediterranean ports during an African Partnership Station deployment. As a department head, LCDR Crawford served as the Combat Systems Officer and Operations Officer for LCS Crew 213 onboard USS Omaha and USS Jackson.

LCDR Crawford attended the Defense Language Institute earning an associate degree in Spanish and attended Navel Postgraduate School where he earned a master’s in Operations Research.

LCDR Crawford’s awards include three Navy Commendation medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the Outstanding Volunteer Service medal as well as various unit and campaign awards. A 1995 graduate of Louisburg High School, he is married to Angie Crawford, a physical therapist.

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William David Dodson served in the U.S. Air Force from December 1961 through December 1965. He attended basic training from December 1961 to April 1962 at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He then served in the 35th Tactical Fighter Squadron 8th Fighter Wing from May 1961 to November 1963. He was stationed at the Itazkue Air Force Base in Japan. From December 1963 to his discharge, Bill served in the 351st Combat Defense Squadron, 351st Strategic Missile Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

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Brandon Drew

Brandon Drew joined the U.S. Navy on February 18, 2009. He attended boot camp in Great Lakes, Ill., a 4-week Naval Aircrew School, the five-week Aviation Rescue Swimmer School in Pensacola, Fla., and then a two-week brutal SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape) school. He graduated Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 2, also known as the “Fleet Angels” in Norfolk, Va., before joining Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22 (HSC-22) Crusaders “Sea Knights” where he served from 2010 – 2015.

Brandon deployed to the 5th fleet on USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) during Operations Enduring Freedom. During this deployment he received a Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal (NAM) for outstanding professional achievement in the superior performance of his duties, acknowledging that he demonstrated outstanding leadership and management abilities along with technical knowledge.

His next deployment was to the 5th fleet on the USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8). During this sea duty, he earned three Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

In 2016, he was selected for HSC-2 Naval Aircrewman Instructor duty. While serving in this position from 2016-2019, he developed the HSC-2 Fire Scout (UAV) program for aircrew payload operations and earned two more Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

Brandon has spent the last 4 ½ years continuing to serve as a Search and Rescue Swimmer (SARS) in Norfolk, Va., in Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 9 “Tridents”. HSC-9 is attached to Carrier Air Wing Eight and deploys aboard USS Gerald R. Ford.

Brandon’s great-grandfather, Walter Fred Barnes, served in the Army Air Force during WWII.

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Jeremy George

Jeremy N. George enlisted in the U.S.  Air Force in November 1996 and graduated from Air Force basic military training in May 1997. From June 1997 until July 1998, Jeremy attended technical training schools in Arizona and Florida to become a certified Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) operator. Upon graduation from tech school, Jeremy was shipped off to Elmendorf Air Force base in Alaska for his first duty station. From July 1998 until January 2001, Jeremy served as a proud member of the 381st Intelligence Squadron performing strategic intelligence operations. In 2001, Jeremy transferred to the 150th Fighter Wing at the New Mexico Air National Guard. He was sent back to technical training school to become a database administrator and data analyst. In 2008 Jeremy transferred to the 302nd Airlift Wing in Colorado Springs, Colo. After serving two years in Colorado, Jeremy was selected for a special duty assignment to be an instructor at the Defense Nuclear Weapons School at Kirtland AFB New Mexico. From 2012 to 2015, Jeremy served as the cyber systems superintendent and traveled all over the country teaching courses on radiological incident response. It was during his time at the Defense Nuclear Weapons School that Jeremy earned the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. In late 2015, SMSgt George was selected for another special duty assignment. From 2015 to 2017, he served as a regional liaison for the U.S. Air Force’s Civil Air Patrol Southwest Region. In the summer of 2017, and after 20 years and 6 months of service, SMSgt Jeremy George decided it was time to shift his focus and priorities to spending more time at home in Louisburg Kan., with his wife and three daughters and retired from the U.S. Air Force.

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Charles Golba

Charles L. Golba enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on Aug. 2, 1965. He was sent to Lackland AFB for basic training. He was then sent to Lowry AFB for training in the munitions field. In January 1966, he went to Hill AFB in Ogden, Utah, where he x-rayed the Minute Man missiles.

He was given leave to go home for 30 days in November 1966 before being sent to Bien Hoa AB at Bien Hoa, South Vietnam. He handled thousands of tons of munitions that were loaded onto aircraft for bombing and air support missions after arriving in Bien Hoa in December.

In December 1967 he was assigned to Peterson Field, which is currently Peterson AFB, where he delivered supplies to the Cheyenne Mountain Complex in Colorado Springs.

He left the “regular” Air Force in January 1969 and joined the Air Force Reserves where he served for two years at Richards Gebauer AFB in Kansas City, Mo.

Chuck has a couple of memories that stand out during his time in service. “About four days before I left Vietnam, I was able to see the Bob Hope USO Show at Bear Cat, South Vietnam, on Christmas Day. Bob Hope, along with Raquel Welch, Phil Crosby, Barbara McNair, and Miss World Reita Faria of India, were guests. They brought a lot of joy and great entertainment for a couple of hours to the troops.

“Prior to that, in November 1967 during Thanksgiving, I was able to take an R&R trip to Hawaii. It helped that I had cousins living there who gave wonderful tours. The best memory was I finally was able to call my parents for the first time in 11 months!” 

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Oren Goldstein

Oren Goldstein grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and proudly served his country in a career that spanned 27 years, two branches, in active duty for both the Navy and Air Force, the Navy and Air Force reserves, and the Air National Guard. Oren began his journey in September of 1993 where he attended Navy Boot Camp at RTC Orlando. From there he was trained to operate the Stinger Missile and assigned to the USS Monongahela AO-78 stationed at Norfolk, Virginia, where he served to provide point defense and ship security. During this time, the USS Monongahela was deployed to the Mediterranean in support of Operation Provide Promise during the Bosnian conflict. Upon completion of his tour, Oren came off active duty as a E-3 Seaman in order to pursue a college degree and moved to Maryland. During this time, he transitioned to the Naval Reserves, serving in a Beachmaster and then joined Air Force ROTC at the University of Maryland where he received his commission and re-entered active service as a Second Lieutenant. Oren was assigned to Randolph AFB in Texas where he served as a Manpower Officer, performing force determination ensuring optimized manpower capabilities for Air Force wide functions. Oren served in similar capacities at both Nellis AFB in Nevada and Scott AFB in Illinois. During this time, Oren was also hand-selected to serve in a flying unit as the commander’s executive officer, to support commander in making operational decisions. In 2008, Oren came back off active duty and briefly pursued a career as a hotelier, working at a 5-star hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. But the desire to serve got in his blood and re-entered service in the Air Force Reserves, cross training to become an Intelligence officer and being granted some of the highest security clearances in order to protect his country and support the mission. To accomplish this, Oren attended a year-long school at Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo, Texas. Upon completion, Oren served at the 547th Intelligence Squadron at Nellis AFB. At the 547th, Oren served into multiple roles such as Scenario Chief for Red Flag exercises, the Air Forces premier live-fly exercise, Air Defense Analyst, and Assistant Director of Operations.

It was while at the 547th that Oren volunteered to deploy to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving for 9 months at Balad AB, Iraq as a Surveillance and Reconnaissance Collection Manager supporting Special Operations Command.

After serving at the 547th from 2009-2015, Oren, having moved to Kansas, transferred to the Air National Guard, serving at the 131st Bomb Wing at Whiteman AFB in Missouri, serving at the command headquarters in the Plans and Programs section, designing vital training exercises to prepare the Wing for state and national emergencies.

Oren retired from service in July of 2020 and still currently supports the military by serving in an active Army unit at Fort Leavenworth as a contractor and works on efforts to design the Army’s Command Posts 30 years in the future to prepare for any future fights.

Oren’s fondest memories and experiences during his time in uniform were the ability to visit many European countries while in the Navy, meeting his wife while in San Antonio, serving as the flying unit executive officer, which earned him the ability to take a flight in an F-15, which he described as “blissfully violent”. He was proud to have volunteered for his tour in Iraq. He felt it was extremely important to take his turn in harm’s way, after so many had gone before him with some not making it home to their families. Most of all, he appreciated how the military helped shape his love of country and understanding of how precious it is to live in America.

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Chuck Golladay

Chuck Golladay, Naval Reserve, DT2, joined the service on Nov. 10, 1967, and was released from active duty July 10, 1971, and retired from the service on Nov. 10, 1987. He went to Dental Technician Class A School in October 1968. From July 10, 1969-July 10, 1971 he served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger CVA-61 and made two tours in Vietnam from October 1969  to June 1970 and October 1970 to June 1971. He remained in the U.S. Naval Reserves attached to a hospital mobile unit until retired in November 1987 after 20 years of service. He began his teaching career in August 1971. Chuck was an educator and principal in Louisburg schools for 37 years. In 2004 he was named Kansas Middle School Principal of the Year.

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James W. (Jim) Gray was a life-long resident of Louisburg, Kansas after being born in Kansas City, Missouri, on Nov. 4, 1947. Jim graduated from Louisburg High School in May 1966. At that time, President Lyndon B. Johnson was ordering a massive build-up of U.S. Armed Forces into the Republic of Vietnam, also known as the RVN, or South Vietnam. Jim joined the Kansas National Guard with the rank of Private (Pay Grade E-1) on May 13, 1968, serving part-time as a “Citizen Soldier” after entering into marriage with Cheryl A. (Watrous) Gray on April 8, 1967. Jim’s National Guard unit, based in Paola, Kansas, was federalized for active duty and was deployed to the RVN on Feb. 1, 1969. At that point, Jim was promoted to Private First Class (PFC) and a pay grade of E-3. Once in-country, Jim was assigned to an artillery unit, HHB Battery of the 6th Battalion of the 27th Artillery (6/27), whose unit nickname was the “Cannon Kings”. Jim was also again promoted to the rank of Corporal (E-4) on March 31, 1969.

The 6/27 consisted of 6 Batteries of artillery using a combination of 155mm and 175mm Howitzers and M115 8-inch Guns. The 6/27 had several fire bases in the RVN, including one outside the village of Quan Loi, where Jim was sent. Quan Loi was in Binh Loc province, 60 miles north of Saigon and just 10 miles from the Cambodian border. The Fire Base was created at the site of a former rubber plantation owned by the Michelin tire company before the war, when Vietnam was a French colony. The massive buildings and other amenities built by Michelin came into use by the 6/27, including an outdoor swimming pool and even a tennis court. As the occupation of the plantation ensued, eventually an airstrip was constructed for use by cargo aircraft loaded with ammunition and other supplies. The airstrip was also home to a variety of small reconnaissance aircraft and a rest stop for helicopter crews evacuating wounded from nearby battlefields.

Jim’s Military Occupation Specialty (MOS), or essentially his job classification with the 6/27, was 13E. This designation is formally entitled “Cannon Fire Direction Specialist”. Jim also had training as an RTO, or Radio Telephone Operator. A soldier with this training would be able to receive requests over the radio from units under attack on the ground or from in-flight Forward Air Controllers observing ground­based combat. The map coordinates where artillery fire would be needed along with the range and elevation calculations needed to adjust each cannon were communicated to the men in each Battery that fired the cannons. Jim’s position could be likened to a civilian 9-1-1 operator today. If you were in command of soldiers under fire, you radioed for artillery or an air strike. In Jim’s case, these soldiers in need would receive help in the form of an artillery barrage on the attacking enemy.

Jim’s tour of duty at Quan Loi and the RVN overall came to an end after 10 months and 1 day. Jim’s National Guard unit was returned from federal service back to control of the State of Kansas on December 12, 1969. When Jim returned to Kansas, he was still obligated to continue his military service with the National Guard for another 2 years, 3 months and 3 days, with his obligation coming to an end on March 14, 1972.

The 6/27 overall had 14 members Killed-In-Action during the 6-year period it fought in the RVN. As an example of the harrowing level of activity the 6/27 endured, during seven of the 10 months Jim was at Quan Loi, a total of 87,233 artillery shells were fired to support 26,355 fire missions. That averages out to every day getting 125 calls for help and every day 413 shells were fired. The damage caused by this artillery fire included 192 confirmed enemy killed with 92 possible dead. Over 614 bunkers and other enemy structures were destroyed. During this same seven-month stretch, Quan Loi endured 194 mortar and rocket attacks on the base, killing 3 U.S. soldiers and wounding 95.

Jim survived his tour of duty in the RVN with decorations including the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. His tour of duty on earth ended on Oct. 10, 2022, with the titles of Vietnam Veteran, husband of 55 years, father and grandfather.

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John W. Hahn

John joined the Air Force in 1955 and completed basic training at Sampson AFB  in Geneva, NY. He was stationed at Lowry AFB in Denver for tech school. In 1956 he was stationed at Eglin AFB in Ft. Walton Beach, FL. While there, he was a weapons specialist on the F-102 plane. It was during his duty at Eglin that John met and married Louisburg native Margaret Haefele, who was also in the Air Force stationed at Ft. Walton. His next assignment was at Spangdahlem AFB in Germany attached to the F-102 and F-104. At each base, he was a weapons specialist. He also spent time in Libya, Africa, on three 30-day tours. His next station was at Seymour-Johnson AFB in North Carolina. From there he went to Adana, Turkey, then a year in Thailand during the Vietnam War. His next station was at George AFB in California. Margaret said they were stationed there a good three years with John serving as a crew chief. Uncle Sam next sent John, Margaret, and their three children to Tehran, Iran, from 1970-1972. After Iran, they returned to Denver where John was an instructor at the tech school at Lowry AFB. He was next sent to Korea where he continued to work in weapons. While on a 30-day leave home, John decided his family was growing up too fast and decided to retire from the military after 21 years 2 months & 16 days in September 1976. While on leave he had talked to Chuck at Chuck’s Market located on the west side of Broadway just off Amity and got a job. When he returned to Korea, he told his commander that he was retiring and had a job lined up at the market back home. John followed the grocery when it moved across the street. When that store closed John applied for and was hired on the spot as a night custodian at the old high school. John spent 20 years working for USD 416 with time at LHS and Circle Grove. During retirement, John drove a van for the Louisburg Senior Center. John, who grew up in Pennsylvania, settled with Margaret in her hometown where they raised their family. John was a member of the Louisburg VFW and the Knights of Columbus.

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John P. Hand

John P. Hand was the first Louisburg area resident to die in a foreign war. Army Private John P. Hand, who was assigned to Company K, 60th Infantry, 5th Division after his enlistment, was killed in action on Oct. 14, 1918, not long after he landed in France and just 28 days before Armistice Day. His family was not notified of his death until about two weeks after Armistice Day. Private Hand is buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, located in the Meuse region of Northeastern France.

John enlisted in the Army on June 5, 1917. In April 1918, John along with a Louisburg buddy, Lawrence B. Connor, left for training at Camp Funston, located at Ft. Riley. John and his buddy were separated shortly after arriving at the camp. John soon received his orders and went to New York, where he transferred to Company A of the 49th Infantry and was then shipped out to the European front. The soldiers landed in France in August 1918. He fought in the Meuse-Argonne offensive which took place Sept. 26, 1918, under the command of Gen. John J. Pershing. Troops attacked German soldiers along the Meuse River and the Argonne forest.

 John was born April 5, 1892, on the family farm near Louisburg the only son of C.E. and Belle (Cole) Hand. He had seven sisters. He was a 1911 graduate of Louisburg Rural High School. The local American Legion Post is named in Private Hand’s honor: The John P. Hand Post 250.

Lois Rosner, who would be John’s niece, traveled to France to the cemetery in 1999 following in the steps of her grandmother Belle Hand who traveled to France as a Gold Star Mother in 1930 to see where her son was buried. Lois kept records of her preparation for the trip and noted that 116,000 Americans died in France during WW1 and more than 14,000 of them are buried in the Meuse-Argonne Cemetery.

Information was provided by his great-niece Sharon Rosner Wise. John was a brother to Sharon’s grandmother Nelle Hand Jones.

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Robert “Bob” Heck grew up in Wyandotte County and graduated from Washington High School in 1950 where he enjoyed athletics. Bob joined the Coast Guard in 1952 where he was a storekeeper on a ship. He was stationed out of Boston. He was discharged in 1956 and met his future wife Elaine the day after his discharge. They moved to rural Louisburg in 1994 and lived near their second son, Randy. They also had four other children, Robert Jr., Rick, Rusty and Rosalie (Heck) McDonald.

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Earl Eugene (Gene) Kern

Gene and three Louisburg high school friends enlisted in the USAF after graduation in 1963.  They attended basic training at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas.  After basic, they did not see each other again until four years later when they were honorably discharged from service. Gene completed training at Amarillo Air Force Base, Texas, an aircraft maintenance school, and was certified as an aircraft mechanic for C130 aircraft. His assigned permanent station was Dyess Air Force Base.  He served in Okinawa, Vietnam, Thailand, France, and England.

After his Air Force service, he attended TWA commercial aircraft school in Kansas City but he decided to work at General Motors, then for the Boilermakers Union, and later, Behm Corporation.

In 1974 he enlisted in the US Army Reserve Unit at Olathe Naval Base as an aircraft mechanic for Chinook and Hewey helicopters.  He was also employed as an Army civilian aircraft mechanic full-time at the base.  He traveled extensively for training, prepping helicopters for shipment overseas, and flew on new Chinooks to Panama for model upgrades during the Noriega siege.  Gene served for 26 years until 1996 when he retired.

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Eddie joined the National Guard in 1955. He served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War and was part of the Military Assistance Command (MAC V). While in the service, he earned the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Sharpshooter Badge. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 13, 1969, as a Specialist 4th Class.

Eddie was a member of the Louisburg American Legion Post 250 and enjoyed gardening and going to dirt track races.

Eddie passed away in June 2016 and was interred at Arlington National Cemetery in May 2017.

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Henry Kircher

Henry attended boot camp in Colorado as a basic airman. He went to F.E. Warren AFB in Wyoming in April 1953 to be an installer cableman. In late 1953 he was sent overseas and was stationed in Germany as a lineman. While in the Air Force, Kircher earned three medals: National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal & Army Occupation Medal (Germany). He was honorably discharged in 1956.

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Arthur Knop

Arthur Knop served during WW1. He was the father of five sons, four of which later served in times of war, including Walter and Welby, who are also recognized with a Hometown Hero banner.

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Walter Knop

Walter W. Knop was a sergeant in the 130th Infantry, RQT squad leader. He served in the Battle of Luzon in the Pacific Theatre, the second largest battle in the Pacific during WWII. Walter was awarded the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Gold Star, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, and the WWII Victory Medal.  He was a charter member of the Louisburg American Legion John P. Hand Post 250. His grandfather Arthur served in WWI and his son Wayne served in Vietnam.

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Wayne Knop

(Arthur) Wayne Knop was a Specialist 4 with the 155th Tras. Co and was a 62M20 equipment operator and 11B20 infantry training. He trained at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., and Ft. Polk, La. He served in Vietnam from January 1970 to April 1971. He was awarded the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal 2/0S Bars. His grandfather Arther served in WWI and his father served in WWII. He is a lifetime member of the Louisburg American Legion John P. Hand Post 250.

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Welby Knop

Welby Knop was a Tec 4 with the U.S. Army 3119th Signal Service Battalion. He was a radio operator and served in the Battle of Luzon, the second largest battle in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. He was awarded the American Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, WWII Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. His father Arthur served in WWI.

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Ralph Kueser

Ralph Kueser, Shortie, as he was known, enlisted in the Army in 1943. He served as a Corporal in Italy and was headed to Japan when they received notice that the war was over and the ship turned around to come home. His first tour ended in 1946. Then in 1948 Shortie volunteered for active duty as an Escort with the Graves Registration Unit of the Army. This was the first time that the government was sending home the remains of all who had died or been killed in WWII. His job was to accompany the remains of the deceased from the quartermaster depot to the assigned funeral home.

Most assignments were for 5 days: 1 day for delivery, 3 days at the destination, and 1 day to return home. He usually had one assignment per week. That year of escort duty was one of the most learning experiences of his life. He served as an escort for one year in 1948-1949. Shortie was a proud veteran and a member of the Louisburg American Legion for many years. He served as a Chaplain for Post 250 as long as he could.

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Clarence Lewis

Clarence Lewis grew up a farm kid in the Wea community and graduated from Louisburg High School in 1965. After high school, he enlisted in the Air Force in 1968 and became a C-130 Hercules pilot.

First Lt. Lewis’ plane, from the 21st Tactical Airlift Squadron, 374th Tactical Airlift Wing, 7th Air Force, was struck by an enemy rocket while on a resupply mission at the Kontum Airfield. Three of Clarence’s fellow crewmen died in the crash on May 17, 1972. Co-pilot Lewis was rescued and evacuated to a U.S. Army hospital in Japan where he died of his injuries on May 21, 1972. Information is taken from The Wall of Faces from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund website.

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William McClintock

William McClintock was a Private First Class in the Army and served in Germany from 1944-1946 during WWII.

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John Paul McEwen

John Paul McEwen was born on June 7, 1983. He was raised in Louisburg Kan.. attended the USD 416 school district and graduated from Louisburg High School in 2002. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2003 and did his basic training in San Diego at the MCRD Depot. He served in New Orleans in 2005 when Katrina struck. He was deployed and stationed at ECP1 (Entry Control Point #1) in Fallujah, Iraq, during the surge from August 2006 until April 2007. He was deployed to Central and South America in 2008 and 2009. He drilled out in 2009 with the rank of Lance Corporal and was in inactive status for 2 years following. 

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Sarah McMullen

Colonel (R) Sarah A. McMullen was first introduced to the Army in the winter of 1986 at Ft. McCoy, Wisc. when she volunteered to be a ski instructor for an ROTC cadet event while she was a college student at the University of Wisconsin Stevens-Point (UWSP). She enjoyed the experience so much that she discussed it with her parents and decided to join. While still a student at UWSP, she served as a cadet at her local reserve unit until she was commissioned as an officer in 1988. Sarah served in numerous locations and various positions (active and reserve) over her long career including Ft. Knox, Ky.; Ft. Lewis, Wash.; Spartanburg, S.C.; Ft. Gordon, Ga.; Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., and Salt Lake City, Utah. She was deployed to Egypt and Kuwait. In total, she served in the Wisconsin Army Reserve, the Kansas Army National Guard, and the Kansas Army Reserve in addition to serving on active duty during her career. The opportunity to serve her community and country while also serving her family as a mother and wife has been the honor of a lifetime for Sarah. Sarah retired from active duty at Ft. Riley, Kan., in August 2020, having served 34.5 consecutive years of service.

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Bill Murphy

William “Bill” Murphy attended Marine Corps boot camp in San Diego, Calif., in 1994. While serving in the Marines, Bill was stationed in Kane’ohe Bay, Hawaii; Quantico, Va.; Joplin, Mo.; and Camp Pendleton, Calif. He deployed to Japan, South Korea, Alaska, Kuwait, and Iraq. Bill earned many awards throughout his military career. While stationed in Iraq, Bill was injured which eventually ended his active duty career in the Marines. Bill was medically retired from the Marines in July 2007.

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Stephen Pierce

Colonel (Retired) Stephen Pierce was deemed a Distinguished Military Student and Graduate and was commissioned as a Regular Army Officer in 1971 from the Pittsburg State University ROTC Program. Colonel Pierce served a total of 30 years commissioned service on Active Duty, US Army Reserve, and Kansas National Guard. He served 3½ years in Germany in an Air Defense Artillery Chaparral/Vulcan Battalion. His duties included Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer. He was promoted to Captain while attending the Air Defense Artillery Officers Advanced Course and was assigned as a Battery Commander in the 101st Airborne Division at Ft Campbell, KY. 

After leaving active duty, Colonel Pierce joined the Kansas Army National Guard where he served until his retirement in 2001. While in the Kansas Guard, his key assignments included Executive Officer and Battalion Commander in the 169th Support Battalion, Plans Officer in the 35th Infantry Division, Executive Officer in the 69th Infantry Brigade, and, finally, as the 35th Infantry Division Chief of Staff until his retirement.

Colonel Pierce attended multiple military schools including Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS, and the US Naval War College for senior military officers in Newport, RI.

He was promoted to Second Lieutenant, on July 30, 1971; First Lieutenant, on July 31, 1974; Captain, on July 31, 1976; Major, on March 29, 1984; Lt. Colonel, on Oct. 17, 1991; and Colonel, on Sept. 26, 1997.

Col. Pierce and his wife Sue retired to Louisburg to enjoy small-town living.

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Bud served in Army during World War II and was stationed in Normandy, France. He entered the service just before Christmas Day in 1940 and was discharged as a CPL-Field Lineman in October 1945. 

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Ron Pope

Ron Pope moved to Louisburg in 1958. He graduated from LHS in 1966. He received his draft notice and was inducted into the Army on March 19, 1968. He did his basic and advance training at “Tiger Land” at Ft. Polk, Louisiana. He often said training was done there to get troops used to the heat, swamps, and mosquitoes.

After a month leave, he headed to Vietnam on Aug. 29,1968, his wife Virginia’s birthday. He was in the 199 LIB, Company B, Battalion 3. He served in Vietnam until October 21, 1968. By staying two extra months in Vietnam, he was eligible to discharge immediately on return to the states instead of staying in the service for six additional months. Ron was a sergeant when he was discharged.

Ron received the National Defense Service Medal;  Vietnam Service Medal; Vietnam Campaign Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge; and the Army Commendation Medal while serving in Vietnam.

Ron passed away in February 2013 from kidney and liver failure, both side effects from Agent Orange used in Vietnam.

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Billy Dean Pottorff

Billy Dean Pottorff, born July 5, 1951, was a life-long native son of Louisburg. Ks. graduating from LHS in 1969. In December 1968, at the young age of 17, he volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army. Billy served 2 tours in Vietnam with the 162nd Aviation Helicopter Co. known as “The Copperheads.”

On April 26, 1970, Billy suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns on over 25% of his body when the helicopter he was aboard crashed near the Mekong Delta over the capital Province of Ben-Tre, South Vietnam. In June 1971, after a year’s recovery state-side, Billy deployed for his 2nd tour in Vietnam where he once again courageously and heroically served his country. During his two tours, Billy served as Door Gunner, proceeding to Maintenance Repair before his advancement to Crew Chief. During the span of his two tours, Billy was awarded 2 Purple Hearts, numerous “Awards of the Air Medal”  and  Bronze Stars.

After proudly serving his country in Vietnam from 1969-1972, Billy enlisted in the Kansas National Army Guard. While serving with the 127th Alpha Battery, Billy reached the rank of E-6 Staff Sargent, completing his 12 years of military service to his country. 

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Gilbert Raney

Gilbert Raney was drafted along with many others to serve in the Korean War. His basic Army training was conducted at Fort Chafee near Ft. Smith, Ark. After basic training and additional training school, Gilbert departed San Francisco onboard a troopship and headed to Korea. He served with the 48th Field Artillery Battalion during the war. During his deployment to Korea, he attained the rank of Sergeant. After two years of service in Korea, Gilbert returned to the states and reported to Fort Carson, Colo. It was here he was released from active duty service and placed into the standby reserves as part of the XVI U.S. Army Corps. He was honorably discharged from all service in April 1961. During his service to his country, Gilbert received written commendations from his superiors and the following medals: Korean Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.

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Cody Richardson

Specialist Cody M. Richardson was born in Louisburg, Kan., and graduated from Louisburg High School in 2014. He enlisted in the United States Army in December 2014 and served until 2018. Upon graduation from basic training in Fort Benning, Ga., Cody was assigned to the fourth infantry division second brigade 2-12 infantry regiment, Chosen Company. He was stationed in Fort Carson, Colo. His first assignment was as a grenadier, he later became a fire team leader.

Cody was deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in 2016 in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

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Herman Edwin Rosner

Herman Edwin (Ed) Rosner was the first casualty in WWII of the 34 boys on the Holy Rosary honor roll at Wea, Kan.

Seaman First Class, U.S.N.R., Ed was killed in action on July 22, 1945, while onboard the USS Marathon when it was hit by a suicide submarine in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, Japan. Ed was the third son of Herman and Anna (Kelly) Rosner of Wea.

Ed was born Feb. 18, 1926, at home in Wea, where he graduated from Wea grade school and attended two years of high school in Bucyrus. He enlisted in the Navy on June 8, 1944, and received his boot training at Great Lakes, Ill. Following boot training, after his only leave home, he was sent to Camp Perry, Va., and then to the base at Seattle, Washinton. Ed was assigned to a troop and cargo ship and saw active duty in Hawaii, Guam, Saipan, Russell Islands and Okinawa Island.  He received the Purple Heart posthumously. Information was provided by Sharon Rosner Wise, whose father Francis Rosner was Ed’s brother.

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Terry Rucker

Captain Terry Rucker served in the Navy from 1983 to 2010. Captain Rucker entered Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla., in January 1983 and was commissioned a Naval Officer in May 1983. He was designated a Naval Aviator. He flew helicopters aboard multiple aircraft carriers. In 1996, Captain Rucker earned his coveted jump wings at Army Airborne Training at Fort Benning, Ga. Following that, he attended the Army Command General and Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

In August 1997, Captain Rucker served as the Assistant Deputy Director of Operations on Operations Team Three in the National Military Command Center for the Joint Staff at the Pentagon. From June 2000 to June 2003, he served as the Executive Officer followed by the Commanding Officer of Navy Recruiting District Kansas City. From September 2003 to January 2006, Captain Rucker was assigned as the Navigator of the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76). During the aircraft’s homeport transit from Norfolk, Va., to San Diego, Calif., the USS Ronald Reagan became the first nuclear aircraft carrier in the Naval history to transit the Straits of Magellan.

Captain Rucker was assigned as a Navy Liaison Officer in Colorado Springs, Colo., for Navy Network Warfare Command until his retirement.

Terry is a 1973 graduate of Louisburg High School

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Terry D. Scott

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, USN (ret)

Raised in Louisburg, Kans., Master Chief Terry Scott enlisted under the delayed entry program in December 1976. He completed Basic Training in October 1977 and went on to attend Submarine School and Missile Technician “A” and “C” schools. He graduated with academic honors from the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport, R.I., in 1990 and has a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University.

Master Chief Scott served aboard the submarines USS JOHN ADAMS (SSBN 620) and USS JAMES MADISON (SSBN 627) as Missile Division Leading Chief. Additionally, he served as the Squadron Missile Technician at the forward-deployed base in Holy Loch, Scotland, assigned to Submarine Squadron 14 embarked in USS SIMON LAKE (AS 33). He was “Chief of the Boat” aboard the fast attack submarine, USS JACKSONVILLE (SSN 699), and served as Command Master Chief of Strike Fighter Squadron 192 (VFA 192) based in Atsugi, Japan, deploying aboard USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) and USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63).  During his career, he completed a total of 15 deployments and patrols to the Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean, western Pacific, North Atlantic, and the Mediterranean.

Ashore, Master Chief Scott served as Advanced Missile Flight Theory and Checkout instructor for Poseidon and Trident at the Submarine Training Center, Charleston, S.C.; Senior Enlisted Nuclear Weapons Technical Inspector for Commander Submarine Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet; and  Command Master Chief at Naval Security Group Activity, Winter Harbor, Maine. In November 2000, he was selected to serve as the CNO-Directed Command Master Chief for Naval Forces Central Command and Fifth Fleet in Manama, Bahrain (an assignment which included Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan). He served as the 10th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy from April 22, 2002, until July 10, 2006 (a timeframe which included Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom – Iraq)

His personal awards include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (five), Navy Achievement Medal (four), and various service and campaign awards.

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Wayne Scott

Army Private Wayne Scott was a heavy weapons infantryman during the Korean War after training at Fort Lewis, Washington.

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Harry Truman

Harry A. Truman was inducted into the U.S. Army as a private in the 44th Division, 157th Field Artillery Battalion, Battery C in February 1943. He arrived in Cherbourg, France, on Sept. 15, 1944, and saw combat in Northern France, Central Europe, and the Rhineland as part of a 155mm Howitzer crew until VE Day on May 5, 1945. During his enlistment, he rose to the rank of Sergeant and was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Ribbon with 3 Battle Stars, Good Conduct Ribbon, and the WWII Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 19, 1945, in Grandview, Mo. 

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Mike Waite

Mike Waite graduated from LHS in 1968 and entered the Navy that fall. He did his basic training in San Diego and was stationed on the USS Richard S. Edwards DD-950. He was a boatswain but did a lot of different jobs while onboard including loading guns and weapons. His ship was in Vietnam for about four months. He remembers being on watch for six hours on and six hours off. He joined with his brother Mark through the Navy’s buddy system program. The brothers did not go through basic training together but did meet up later when Mike’s ship, affectionally called the Reddie Eddy, picked up Mark who was in Hong Kong. Mike was discharged in February 1970 and separated from the service during a Reduction in Strength operative. He returned to Louisburg after service and has lived here ever since.

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Chester Watrous

Chester E. Watrous was an Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class (AOM2c), in the U.S. Navy during WWII, 1943-1946

Chester reported for duty on May 24, 1943, at the age of 18 at the U.S. Navy Training Station (USNTS) in Farragut, Idaho, for basic training. Upon graduation, he attained the rank of Apprentice Seaman (AS) and was sent to the Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) in Norman, Okla., for training to become an Aviation Ordnanceman (AOM). Upon completion of this training, Chester attained the rank of Seaman First Class with the AOM designation (S1cAOM) and was transferred to Naval Air Station (NAS) Vero Beach, Fla. Chester’s duties at NAS Vero Beach, as well as at all of his future postings, was to load bombs, torpedoes and install belts of machine gun ammunition on a wide variety of U.S. Navy carrier-based combat aircraft. Chester was promoted to Aviation Ordnanceman Third Class (AOM3c) and was transferred to NAS Hutchinson, Kan., to await orders for transfer to the Central Pacific Theater of Operations. He was eventually assigned to Carrier Air Service Unit (CASU) 32. The members of CASU 32 consisted of a wide variety of sailors with the specialties needed to maintain and arm combat aircraft of the U.S. Navy. CASU 32 was activated on Sept. 1, 1943, and was garrisoned at NAS 27 near the then village of Kahului on the Hawaiian island of Maui. NAS 27 became Kahului Airport after the war with the airport code of OGG. Millions of post-war tourists have flown into this airport not knowing its vital importance during WWII. Chester was still at NAS 27 when the surrender of Japan was announced by President Harry S. Truman on Aug. 15, 1945.

Chester remained at NAS 27 until he had enough points to be mustered out of the Navy, attaining his final rank of Aviation Ordnanceman Second Class (AOM2c). Chester was honorably discharged on April 2, 1946, at the U.S. Navy Personnel Separation Center (USNPSC) in Norman, Oklahoma. Chester was given final separation pay of $87.37 along with a travel allowance of $16.05 for a total of just more than $100.00 to pay for his trip home. Chester’s final service ribbons included the Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal.

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Ron Weers

Ron Weers, Army Staff Sergeant, Gun Captain, was stationed at Fort Carson and served in Vietnam.  He received a Bronze Star for his courageous actions. His military service spanned from 1965-1970.

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Clarence Whitaker

Clarence A. Whitaker was born Oct. 2, 1924, and grew up on the family farm north of Louisburg, near Cleveland, Mo. He graduated from Louisburg Rural High School in the class of 1942. Clarence was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1944, proudly serving his country during WWII, until being honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of T/5 Sgt. 

He was recognized as a lifetime member of the Louisburg American Legion Post #250. His decades of membership in the VFW, NARF, and ALB were flanked by his unwavering reverence as an Honor Guard and Color Guard whether honoring the passing of his fellow War Veterans by firing volleys into the heavenly blue skies or marching down his hometown Labor Day parades carrying our country’s “Old Glory,” he did so with the deepest devotion, respect, and love of his country.

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Karl White

Karl Albert White entered the U.S. Army on April 10, 1944, and was discharged on May 11, 1946. After the service, he was an employee of Panhandle Eastern Pipeline at Louisburg, Kan., for 38 ½ years retiring in April 1975. He also farmed and liked to hunt with his dogs. He was married to Dorothy Windisch. Karl and Vernon White were brothers, and Nick White is Karl’s grandson.

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Keith White

Keith White was in the Army, SP4, Army National Guards of Kansas from 1966-1970. He served in Vietnam from January 1969 to December 1969 in the Vietnam Central Highlands with Battery A, 6th Battalion, 32nd Artillery – Charlie Company. He graduated from Louisburg High School in 1964. In 1979, Keith and his uncle Vernon White opened White’s Muffler and Tire located on S. Metcalf Road. White’s Automotive still operates in the same location by Keith’s son Nick.

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Dale Wise

Louisburg native Dale Wise enlisted in the U.S. Army in December 1943 and served until he was honorably discharged on March 28, 1946.

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Earl Wood

Earl Wood, a lifelong resident of Louisburg, served his country proudly during World War II. Earl received a commission in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 and ultimately flew more than 50 sorties as a B-24 Liberator pilot in the European Theater of Operations. As a result of demonstrated heroism, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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Max Wood enlisted in the Air Force on Dec. 7, 1948. He served at several Air Force bases including, Wichita Falls, TX and Chanute, IL. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant, Sept. 6, 1952. Although this ended his active-duty military career, he went on to work for over 30 years as a civilian employee with the US Air Force at Richards-Gebaur AFB, Grandview, MO. Max was an expert instrument technican and served in various capacities over his work career. 

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Junior York

Junior Lewis York entered into military service with the U.S. Army on Aug. 25, 1950, just 2 months after the start of the Korean War. Junior was eventually sent to Korea and after returning home was assigned to the 9301 TSU Ordnance Climatic Test Detachment and was sent to Yuma Test Site (now Yuma Proving Grounds) in Arizona. The purpose of this unit was to operate and test various new weapons, ammunition, and machinery in the hot desert environment. After a three-year tour of duty, Junior attained the final rank of Technical Sergeant and was honorably discharged Aug. 26, 1953, at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Junior was awarded the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Stars and the United Nations Service Medal.

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