David “Ted” Eyre

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Ted grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming, graduating from Cheyenne East High School. He attended Brigham Young University and San Bernardino Valley College, where he received his degree in Aviation Science.

Ted had many passions. His zeal for life was infectious. Two of his greatest passions in life were aviation and people. Both guided him to achieve all of his accomplishments. After enlisting in the U.S. Army, Ted served a tour in Vietnam where he flew a U-21 Ute transport aircraft in the aviation division of the Signal Corps. While attending flight school in Northern California, he met Ruth Peters and fell in love with his sweetheart. Together they built a life of love and support for each other, which would include a 40-year marriage and raising four children.

Ted followed his childhood passion for aviation by becoming an airline pilot for both Western and Delta Airlines. He excelled as a pilot, holding the position of captain for many years before retiring after a 30-year career. Ted’s zeal for life continued after the airlines, first by accepting the call to serve as bishop of the Meadows Ward of the Murray Utah South Stake, a calling he loved deeply because of the people he served. His humility and dedication to serving others made him approachable and beloved by his congregation.

On January 7, 2014, Ted was elected by the people of Murray City to become their mayor. Ted’s love for the city, its heritage, people and future lead him to become one of its most beloved servants. His impact on the city of Murray both publicly and privately will always be felt.

We honor you, Ted Eyre.

(Submission by: Ninzel Rasmuson. #Repost @Jenkins-Soffe.com)

MAJ William V. Loncaric

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William served with the 250th Field Artillery Battalion. He lightheartedly described his contribution during WWII as: “…I was the man who carried the maps…”

On D-Day, William Loncaric’s assignment was to land at Omaha Beach and to help get Corps Headquarters operational by D + 1. “Corp Forward” had to command Omaha and Utah Beach, coordinating the infantry, artillery, and Air Force. Loncaric also participated in the liberation of Dachau prison camp. He had never seen anything like it in his life.

We honor you, William Loncaric.

(#Repost @Veterans History Project)

CPT Phyllis M. Gervais

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Phyllis enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps in 1943. She served in the 51st Evacuation Unit and in the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) Unit during WWII. She spent time in the European Theater, Africa, England, France, Germany, and Italy. She continued her service with the with the Army Nurse Corps through the Korean War, until 1955.

We honor you, Phyllis Gervais.

(#Repost @Veterans History Project)

COL Jesse G. Ugalde

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Colonel Ugalde was most well known for his dedication and service to the U.S. Army and support for veterans from all branches of the military. He devoted 33 years of his life protecting and serving this country and continued to give his service to many related organizations even after he retired. During World War II, he fought in Africa, Sicily and Italy. In Sicily at age 21, he personally received an on-the-spot promotion to Captain from General Patton. He later served in the Korean conflict and on the Joint Staff of the Pacific Command during the Cold War. He was Senior Advisor to the Vietnamese Army during the Vietnam War. He was one of the original Green Beret officers and an Army aviator qualified to fly both planes and helicopters. He was appointed as the Director of the California Department of Veterans Affairs in 1985. As director, he helped aid many veterans and their dependents, including a $3 billion home loan program, as well as, a 1,500-bed veterans home and hospital. Jesse’s most memorable motto was “You can always get the job done, if you don’t care who gets the credit.”

We honor you, Jesse Ugalde.

(#Repost @The San Diego Union-Tribune)

COL Martin L. Fackler

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Life during wartime is often full of unexpected events, and not surprisingly, Colonel Martin Fackler’s career in military medicine during the Vietnam era took many twists and turns. Beginning in the Navy as an intern, he wrangled a coveted residency through an auspicious conversation with a high-ranking patient. Transferring to the Naval Support Hospital in Da Nang, Vietnam, in 1967, he cultivated skills in both trauma surgery as well as the German language. His exposure to Army medical systems during his time in Vietnam led to a transfer of branches, and service with the Army in Germany during the Cold War. Returning stateside, he developed a wound ballistic lab at the Army’s Medical Training Center, where he studied the impact of different types of bullets and ballistics on the human body.

We honor you, Martin Fackler.

(#Repost @Veterans History Project)

SGT Norman S. Ikari

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On January 20, 1942, 44 days after Pearl Harbor, I was drafted into the Army. I reported to the Reception Center at Ft. McArthur, And Pedro, CA and was shipped east to Camp Grant, Illinois, an MRTC (Medical replacement Training Center) for basic training.

Shortly after the beginning of my basic training, the draft was closed off to further induction of Americans of Japanese ancestry. Then I was informed that my family had been evicted from their homes as a result of EO 9066, signed by President Roosevelt, which authorized the mass eviction, evacuation and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans into 10 Relocation camps, behind barbed wire. [Most of my family was] shipped to the Poston camp in Arizona.

In November, 1943, I requested transfer to the newly formed 442nd Regimental Combat Team (composed largely of Americans of Japanese ancestry, volunteers from Hawaii and the mainland).

My transfer request was granted but I was demoted to Private. I repeated basic training and was then transferred to Company E, 2nd Battalion. I found myself constantly coping with being an “odd man out” in units which had been training together for over 10 months. April, 1944 – the entire Combat Team, with the exception of the original 1st Battalion which had been depleted to a few hundred men due to being sent out as replacements to the 100th Infantry Battalion in Italy, shipped out from Newport News, Virginia.

On July 17, I was wounded by enemy gun-fire just below the ridge-line, east of Pisa. Both legs were shattered by the enemy bullets, resulting in compound comminuted fractures of the left femur and right lower leg. I was rescued from the forward slope of the hill by our medic, Kelly Kuwayama, and another volunteer from my company, as mortar rounds began to explode around me.

After having been classified as PLA – permanent limited assignment, I was assigned to the 15th Medical General Laboratory [for several months]. After a 20-day furlough, we reported to Camp Ritchie, Maryland. We were confronted with an outlandish request to wear captured Japanese uniforms, demonstrate Japanese enemy infantry tactics to troops training at infantry replacement training centers, for the on-going war against Japan. Shocked and dismayed at this request, we refused. Shortly after, [the atomic bombs were dropped and] we were no longer needed! I was discharged from the Army on October 28, 1945. I had served 3 years and 9 months of wartime duty.

We honor you, Norman Ikari.

(#Repost @Veteran’s History Project – excerpts compiled from his memoirs)