LTC Regina H. Schiffman

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Regina graduated from West Philadelphia High School and entered nurses training at the Hahneman Hospital School Of Nursing. Upon graduation, she began as an operating room nurse at the Presbyterian Medical Center in NYC. After three years of Neurosurgical Nursing work there she decided to make a career in the U.S.Army. A year after she enlisted, the U.S. was at war in Korea, & in the summer of 1951 she found herself working in the operating room of the 8063rd. M.A.S.H unit in Korea. Conditions were primitive in both the Operating Room (tent), as well as in her tent for living. A pot-bellied stove for heat, & her helmet for bathing, but she grew strength from the selflessness of her mission & the camaraderie of her fellow nurses, physicians & soldiers.

Before retiring after 21 years of service she served at Brooke Army Medical Center BAMC), Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Letterman General Hospital, San Francisco, Valley Forge General Hospital, Pennsylvania, 8063rd. Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH), Korea, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland, Walter Reed Medical Center, Washington, D.C., Landstuhl & Frankfort Germany, Japan, & Ft. Benning, Georgia. During her career she was awarded The Korean Service Medal, United nations Service medal, National Defense Service Medal W/1 oak leaf cluster, & The Meritorious Service Medal. While serving in the Army, she also completed her Master’s Degree in Nursing at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, & graduated Magna Cum Laude. She retired in San Antonio, Texas where she lived in Windcrest, & finally at the Army Residence Community. During her retirement she traveled all around the world on 56 ocean cruises.

We honor you, Regina Schiffman.

(#Repost @Dignity Memorial)

Maj Corbin B. Willis Jr.

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Corbin grew up in Colorado and with his best friend and sister Betty they had many fun adventures. He graduated from high school and enlisted in the Army Air Corp. He was trained as a fighter pilot and then transferred to the Air Force as a B-17 pilot when the need arose. During WWII while on his 22nd bombing mission over Germany they were shot down and he became a POW. He was liberated at the end of the war, served in the Korean war and in the military until he retired as a Major after 20 years.

He married the love of his life Margaret (Peggy) Taylor in 1949. They traveled all over the world while he served in the military. They are the parents of four children. After military retirement they settled in Alameda, California to raise their family. Corbin worked as the purchasing agent for Alameda Hospital until he retired from that position and they moved to Sandy, Oregon. Together they enjoyed traveling, playing bridge, and reading. Corbin had an continuous thirst for knowledge. He could not go within 200 miles of a museum or a point of interest without taking a detour to see it. He was an accomplished painter and spent many years teaching in schools about the war and his POW experience.

We honor you, Corbin Willis, Jr.

(#Repost @Myers Mortuary)

SGT Joseph Edward Brown

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Drafted by the Army twice, Joseph Brown had two widely disparate experiences in the military. He graduated from high school in June 1945 and went into the Army during the final days of World War II, suffering degrading conditions at a Texas base where he and other blacks were subject to inferior accommodations. In 1950, he was called to serve again in Korea, but this time, he was assigned to an elite unit and attended leadership school. Because Brown had been a pre-med student in college, he was asked to supervise a medical unit; he even had some white soldiers under his command with the 74th Engineer Combat Battalion, Medical Detachment. In only five years, the Army had changed, moving, in Brown’s view, more quickly to integrate its ranks than the civilian world. “During the Korean War, the black soldier began to be accepted on an equal basis as a combat soldier.”

We honor you, Joseph Brown.

(#Repost @Veteran’s History Project)

SSG Ernest E. Gallego

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America was at war in the summer of 1943 when Ernest Gallego graduated from high school. He tried to enlist but had to wait until he turned 18 that November for the Army Air Force to take him. His ambition was to be a pilot but he failed the depth perception test and chose gunnery school because it offered him a faster track to an assignment overseas. From their base in Italy, he and his crew flew more missions than they originally thought would earn them rotation back to the States, because the brass increased the magic number. After V-E Day, Gallego was on a ship headed home, expecting to fly more missions, when he heard the news of the Japanese surrender.

We honor you, Ernest Gallego.

(#Repost @Veteran’s History Project)

LT Gene J. Takahashi

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Gene Takahashi’s experiences in Korea began shortly after the end of the Second World War. He had enlisted in the Army late in that war, after spending most of it with his family in an Arizona internment camp for Japanese Americans. After the Japanese surrendered, Takahashi was sent to Korea for occupation duty for 18 months. Called up from the reserves to serve in Korea, Takahashi found that his language skills with both Japanese and Korean were highly prized. He was named platoon leader of an all-black unit, and he was captured by the Chinese in November 1950 when they entered the war. He escaped, made it back to Seoul, and rejoined the fighting. Wounded by enemy machine-gun fire in March 1951, Takahashi saw his wartime service come to an end while recuperating.

We honor you Gene Takahashi.

(#Repost @Veteran’s History Project)

GySgt Henry “SKI” W. Andrasovsky

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“SKI” as he was always known, grew up in Ohio and joined the Marines, six months before the attack on Pearl Harbor at the age of 17. During WWII he participated in action against the enemy at Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands in 1942; New Guinea Operation in 1943; Cape Gloucester, New Britain in 1943 & 44; and Peleliu Island, Palau Islands in 1944. During the Korean War, he participated in the assault and seizure of Inchon, Korea and the “Chosen” (frozen) Campaign in Northern Korea in 1950. He retired from the Marines in 1961 and retired again from the Post Office in 1982. Everyone who knew him loved his stories, great ‘one-liners’ and jokes.

We honor you, Henry Andrasovsky.

(#Repost @Russon Mortuary)

Lt Col Herman F. Mondschein

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“How’s the weather?” might sound like a mundane question, but it can be a significant one during wartime, particularly for pilots, when passing clouds can obscure a target or an enemy plane. The son of Jewish immigrants from Russia, First Lieutenant Herman Mondschein joined the Army Air Forces even before the US entered World War II, though his dreams of flying ended upon discovering he was colorblind. While stationed at Bradley Field, Connecticut, he became intrigued by weather forecasting, and became a qualified weather observer. In April of 1943, he shipped out to England, where he worked at a number of weather stations, finally serving as Station Chief at a weather station near Fowlmere. He served with the 339th Fighter group in the 18th Weather Squadron. Working around the clock, without the benefit of modern satellite imagery, his team prepared the weather charts that provided critical information on conditions that could make or break a combat mission.

“Forecasting at that time was primitive compared to what it is now… we didn’t have satellites, and furthermore, Hitler didn’t cooperate by giving us weather reports over Germany or occupied France. So the underground, [they] supplied weather reports for us.”

He left the service as a warrant officer in December 1945, served in the Missouri Air National Guard as a second lieutenant, 1946-51, and was recalled to active duty in 1951-52 during the Korean War. At Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, he helped provide weather service for air evacuation of soldiers wounded in Korea. He also prepared and delivered air safety weather lectures to senior and command pilots, for which he received several letters of commendation for their quality and effectiveness. After 40 years of active duty, National Guard and Reserve service, he retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1981.

We honor you, Herman Monoschein.

(#Repost @Veteran’s History Project and @Kansas City Jewish Chronical)