CPL Paul Alexander Steppe, Jr.

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War:  Korean War, 1950-1953
Branch:  Marine Corps
Unit: 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division
Service Location:  Camp Pendleton, California; Korea

Paul Steppe, a Marine infantry corporal serving in Korea, saw fierce action, punctuated by long nights when he and his foxhole buddies alternated two-hour watches. Wounded by a grenade on Christmas Eve 1951, Steppe was evacuated to a hospital, narrowly escaping death when his transport plane lost its landing gear on takeoff. In his memoirs, An Everlasting Watch, Steppe notes that American troops are still “on watch” in the Korean peninsula, his war’s resolution still incomplete.

We honor you, Paul Steppe.

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LTC Hubert Menno Amstutz

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“The things that you’ll have to take care of in the Army are things that you will never see any place else.” (Video Interview, 6:52)

War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army
Unit: 97th Evacuation Hospital, 1st Army

At 41, Hubert Amstutz was older than your average enlistee in 1942, but as a practicing physician he had a lot to offer the U.S. Army. He trained at the University of Pennsylvania in surgery on “everything from the neck up.” Amstutz became an important member of the medical team that worked in the days after the Normandy invasion to treat soldiers with wounds in the most vulnerable areas of the anatomy. Interviewed at the age of 101, Amstutz displayed a remarkable memory for the details of those perilous times.

We honor you, Hubert Amstutz.

(#Repost @http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp-stories/loc.natlib.afc2001001.05141/)

SGT William Jennings Arnett

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War or Conflict:  WWII, 1939-1945

Dates of Service:  1941-1945

Entrance into Service:  Enlisted

Branch of Service:  Army

Unit of Service:  818th Tank Destroyer Battalion, 5th Infantry Division and 26th Infantry Division

Location of Service:  Texas; Normandy, France; Germany; European Theater

Battles/Campaigns:  Battle of the Bulge, Central Europe, Northern France, Normandy, Northern Europe

Highest Rank:  Sergeant

Prisoner of War:  No

We honor you, William Arnett.

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CPT Rhona Marie Knox Prescott

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War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Army Nurse Corps
Unit: 3rd Field Hospital; 616th Clearing Company; 85th Evacuation Hospital
Service Location: Texas; Virginia; Georgia; Oklahoma; South Korea; Saigon, An Khe, and Qui Nhon, South Vietnam

We honor you, Rhona Prescott.

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CPL Wendy Marie Wamsley Taines

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War: Persian Gulf War, 1991
Branch: Army
Unit: 15th Evacuation Hospital
Service Location: Fort Dix, New Jersey; San Antonio, Texas; Fort Polk, Louisiana; Saudi Arabia

In 1989, Wendy Wamsley was a troubled 17-year-old high school student with bad grades and an attitude to match. When her policeman father informed her she was joining the Army—or she was moving out of the house—she agreed to enlist. What she couldn’t have anticipated was a tour of duty as a medic during the Persian Gulf War, an experience which definitely provided her with an attitude adjustment.

We honor you, Wendy Wamsley Taines.

(#Repost @http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp-stories/loc.natlib.afc2001001.24791/)

Luke McDermott

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2018 Paralympic Winter Games, Marine Corps, sled hockey

  • First-time Paralympian
  • Served two tours in Afghanistan

Luke McDermott was injured by an IED while on patrol in Afghanistan in June 2010 with the 1st Battalion 6th Marines. He began his sled hockey career while being rehabilitated at the Center for the Intrepid when his physical therapist asked if he would be interested in playing. He made his U.S. national  team debut in 2015.

We honor you, Luke McDermott.

(#Repost @https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/46026/meet-18-veterans-competing-2018-paralympic-winter-games/)