GySgt Rose Marie Noel

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Rose Marie Noël enlisted in the military in 1988, choosing the Marine Corps because, she said, “they’re the toughest.” Following completion of Avionics School, she served as an Aviation Electrician and Instructor around the United States and in Japan, and served as a Drill Instructor at Parris Island for two years. In late 2004, she volunteered to fill an open billet in a unit deploying to Al Asad Airbase in Iraq. On August 27, 2005, an indirect fire rocket impacted the base, and she suffered a shrapnel wound to the cheek. She would later learn that the shrapnel was just millimeters away from her maxillary artery, the main artery in the face. Though her doctor wanted to send her home, she insisted on returning to her unit. As a result of her shrapnel wound, she became the first female Gunnery Sergeant to be awarded the Purple Heart.

We honor you, Rose Noel.

(#Repost @Veterans History Project)


Cpl Harold John Kahler

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Harold was a member of Company A, 7th Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division during the Korean War.  Harold was injured on October 26, 1952. He was awarded with the Purple Heart.

Mr. Kahler’s daughter Julie McCann writes, “My dad left the bunker and went into a trench where he joined fellow Marines, (we know this because he spoke later about witnessing a friend who was positioned next to him be fatally hit) and was hit by a round. He was unconscious and suffered from amnesia for 5 hours. A metal plate was put into place on his skull during surgery and this injury continued to cause pain and fainting spells for the rest of his life, which ended 11 years later due to an injury to the same injury site.” .

We honor you, Harold Kahler.

(#Repost @National Purple Heart Hall of Honor)

Robert Elwood Strouse


Robert Elwood Strouse, aka “Marine Joe,” Marine Corps, 1965-1969

Robert joined the Marines right out of high school and he served in the 1st Batallion, 3rd Regiment. He served in I-Core south of DMZ where there was a lot of heat and fire. 3rd Marines wore more decorations than anyone in the Vietnam War. Marine Joe, thank you for your service and dedication to your Country and all whom call it home.

We honor you, Robert Strouse.

(Submission written by: Lisa Mead, American Legion Post 112)

Norman Williams

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Marine Corps: 1970 – 1973

Navy: 1985 – 2000

Air Force: 2000 – 2008

Norm was stationed at Camp Pendleton where he was a Tank Operator M48A1’s.

Norm also spent some time in Adak, Alaska where he worked as a chaser. During Norm’s time in the Navy, he was part of the Construction Battalion. Norm served a tour in Iraq with the Air Force in the Red Horse Unit (SeeBees). He spent some time in Korea where he earned the Korean Service Medal also. Norm wears a subdued flag on his Legion Riders post 112 vest of which he is currently an active member.

We honor you, Norman Williams.

(Submission written by: Lisa Mead, American Legion Post 112)

Sgt Joseph Dempsey

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Joseph graduated from Enterprise High School in Redding, CA in 2012 and decided to serve his country by enlisting in the Marine Corps. He was an 0612 Tactical SwitchBoard Operator but as soon as he was assigned to a fleet he was a Radio Operator (0621). Joseph was a Radio Operator for the 81 mm Mortar Platoon for two years and then became the head Radio Operator of a Weapons Company for another two years. He served with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines Regiment, 1/3, which is part of the 3rd Marine Division. Joseph served two deployments in Okinawa, Japan.

Joseph was a dedicated and responsible Marine who was respected by his peers. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 2017.

Currently, Joseph is attending college while also working to become certified as an EMT. His future plans are to work in the healthcare industry and continue to care for and serve others.

We honor you, Joseph Dempsey.

(Submission by: Ninzel Rasmuson)

Sgt Zachary Dempsey

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In 2010, Zach Dempsey joined the Marine Corps immediately after graduating from high school.  After completing Basic Training and the Marine Combat Training course, Zach was trained in the Field Radio Operators course.  He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines (2/6).  In 2012, Zach deployed to Afghanistan and served in Helmand Provence.  Zach was also deployed to Okinawa, Japan.

Zach was a Platoon Radio Operator for the Weapons Platoon Golf Company and later for the CAAT Platoon Weapons Company.

Zach was a dedicated and respected Marine who worked diligently to promote to Sergeant before being honorably discharged in 2015.

Currently, Zach is at a police academy and he will soon be wearing a new service uniform, of which we greatly admire his continued service to his country as a veteran.

Zach Dempsey, we honor you.

(Submission by: Ninzel Rasmuson)