WGCU

WAYNE O. SMITH (BORN 1943)  1st Lieutenant, United States Air Force Now a Naples resident, 1st Lt. Wayne O. Smith was forced to eject over North Vietnam while flying his 90th combat mission on Jan. 18, 1968. On that final mission,

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DR. TOM GILLASPIE (BORN 1943)  Captain, United States Army Veterinary Corps  After graduating from veterinary school, Tom Gillaspie was drafted to the 175th U. S. Army Veterinary Detachment in Chu Lai, Vietnam in 1971. At the height of the Vietnam War

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RICHARD HEIN (BORN 1948)  Lance Corporal, United States Marine Corps A Cape Coral resident, Richard Hein was just 19 years old when he joined the Marine Corps in 1968. He trained as a radio operator in an infantry company at Camp

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RICHARD E. CARR (BORN 1937)  Major General, United States Air Force From the age of 6, retired two-star Air Force Maj. Gen. Richard E. Carr wanted to fly airplanes. Pursuing this passion, Carr flew his first solo flight on his 16th

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  Grace Chicken (1914) Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Air Force, Retired Port Charlotte resident Grace Chicken served as an Air-Evac nurse in the US Army Air Force during WWII and the Korean War. After the Korean War ended, Grace continued her service

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  John Weliver (Born 1930) Gunnery Sergeant, United States Marine Corps, Retired Fort Myers resident John Weliver served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. Deployed after the beginning of the war, he was assigned to squadron VMO6

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Joe L. Dinish (Born 1935) Chief Master Sergeant, U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division, Retired Port Charlotte resident Joe L. Dinish had just finished his first year in college when he was drafted to Korea where he served two and a half

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Grace Chicken (1914) Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Air Force, Retired Port Charlotte resident Grace Chicken served as an Air-Evac nurse in the US Army Air Force during WWII and the Korean War. After the Korean War ended, Grace continued her service in

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John Weliver (Born 1930) Gunnery Sergeant, United States Marine Corps, Retired Fort Myers resident John Weliver served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. Deployed after the beginning of the war, he was assigned to squadron VMO6 as

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Bernie Lenhart (Born 1928)  Staff Sergeant, United States Marine Corps, Retired North Fort Myers resident Bernie Lenhart served in the 1st Engineer Battalion of the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. One of the survivors of the infamous

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