PO3 Clarence W Dabney

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Ship’s Cook First Class Dabney (right) was wounded when Japanese aircraft bombed the LST on which he was stationed in the Southwest Pacific. Two of his shipmates were killed when [Japanese] bombers dropped their ‘eggs.’

We honor you, Clarence Dabney.

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PFC Mario Cian DaRosso

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My father shipped out on the USS Mariposa on July 14, 1943, and arrived in Casablanca, N. Africa on July 21, 1943 as part of a replacement unit with the 34th Infantry Division. By the time he arrived, along with 2,000 other soldiers on his ship, the British and American troops had already driven out the German forces led by Gen Rommel, the Desert Fox.

In September of 1943, he left the Africa bound for and invasion of Salerno, Italy, under Lt. General Mark W. Clark, commander of the 5th army. Because of his ability to speak Italian, his assignment was changed to interpreter. His job was to talk to the Italian civilians to obtain information about the movement of the German troops, how many there were, and where best to cross the rivers. His division became part of the 3rd crossing of the Volturno River, outside the town of Santa Maria Oliveto.

As an interpreter, my father was part of the Headquarters Company. On November 7, 1943, they were bivouacked under Hill 550 eating lunch and getting ready to advance into the town. They could see German troops marching around and across the field. Without warning, the Germans shot 88’s from cannon, which exploded around their campsite. His Captain was hit, and as my father went to assist him, shrapnel struck him on his chin. He lost part of his chin, which was open and bone was showing. An ambulance evacuated him to a field hospital in Naples, a 2-hour drive away. He spent 3-4 days there and then was flown to a hospital in Bizert, Tunisia for surgery. They cut the scar that had formed and closed the hole with a skin graft from his arm. They pulled 2 of his teeth for space for a feeding tube, and then wired his jaw shut. He stayed like that for 2 months. He was 165 pounds when he entered the army, and while on the feeding tube, went down to 80 pounds.

After crossing back to the US by hospital ship, he spent the next 27 months moving to various hospitals. His first stop was Nashville, Tennessee, in January 1044. In February 1944, he was sent to Valley Forge, PA, which was a major plastic surgical center. Here he had reconstruction on his chin by Colonel Dr. James Barrett Brown, noted plastic surgeon and founding father of modern plastic surgery. After a year there, in  February 1945, he was sent to Ft. Sill in Oklahoma, then on to El Paso, Texas, where he had more surgery to cut down his scar tissue. On February 21, 1946, he was honorably discharged from the army.

We honor you, Mario Cian DaRosso.

(#Repost @National Purple Heart Hall of Honor)

 

 

Lt Col Fred Durant Bartleson Jr.

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Fred served in the Air Force in Headquarters, 315th Air Division. In addition to being awarded the Purple Heart, Captain Bartleson was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster) by distinguishing himself under heavy mortar and recoilless rifle fire during a Viet Cong attack on Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Republic of Vietnam on 13 April 1966. Although wounded in the left leg by shrapnel, Captain Bartleson refused medical aid and continued to supervise the remove of aircraft. In doing so, he saved seven C-130 aircraft from destruction.

We honor you, Fred Bartleson Jr.

(#Repost @National Purple Heart Hall of Honor)

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)

Doug Holland

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National Guard, 1963-1971

Doug did his Basic Training at Fort Ord in Seaside, California where he worked Maintenance in the 115th Ordinance. Doug has fond memories of fishing with some of the crew he worked with and trading their daily catch with the head cook at the mess hall for steaks. Doug worked on constructing roads and maintaining such equipment from Bear River to Evanston. Rumor has it that Doug also took out the power to four different states while at lunch? However, this he declined to elaborate on.

We honor you, Doug Holland.

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

LT Joseph King Naftel

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Joseph was drafted into the Army in 1941, and he served until 1946. He was part of the 503rd Parachute Regimental Combat Team. Joseph spent time in Australia, New Guinea, the Dutch East Indies, the Philippines, and the Pacific Theater.

We honor you, Joseph Naftel.

(#Repost @Veteran’s History Project)

Ron Bell

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Ron served three years, 1950-1953. He was a Rifleman in the 2nd Infantry Division. Ron earned several emblems of honor and the Combat Infantry badge was just one.

We honor you, Ron Bell.

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