Col Edward “Eddie” Rickenbacker

Eddie Rickenbacker was a WWI world-famous pilot and war hero. He also drove a race car and was very skilled. During WWII, “Eddie was off in a B-17 bomber plane” and had planned to go to Hawaii with his crew: Hans Adamson, Bill Cherry, Jim Whittaker, John...

SP5 Karen Irene Offutt

In the late 1960s, Karen Offutt was a teenager and considered herself very patriotic. She got chills whenever she heard “The Star-Spangled Banner.” At 18, she dropped out of nursing school and enlisted in the Army and was deployed to Vietnam. “I felt...

SFC Kenneth W. Westbrook

Army Sergeant First Class Kenneth W. Westbrook was looking forward to retiring from the military in November, a long-cherished milestone that would allow him to spend more time with his wife and three sons. Then came the call to Afghanistan and one final tour of duty....

SGT Marshall A. Westbrook

Before Marshall A. Westbrook was deployed to Iraq, he installed a new door on his family’s home. It was the start of many home improvement projects he wanted to get done. Recently, about 20 community volunteers from at least eight local businesses, including the...

SGT Arthur Thomas Robb Jr.

In 1917-1918, Mr. Robb served in France as a sergeant with the 308th Infantry. He was severely gassed during the Oise Marne offensive on August 28, 1918 and spent five weeks in the hospital at Tours before returning to his infantry company on October 17, 1918 during...