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Honoring Our Veterans – Earl Simmerly

Earl Simmerly Simmerly’s squad bay 3rd Battalion I Company PLT 358. Earl Simmerly was 11 months old when his father saw him for the first time. He was born on main street, grew up, and went to school in Bourbon. He was born into a military family and his father, Junior Simmerly, was serving in Germany at the time little Earl was born. He says most of his family members that could join the military... 

Honoring Our Veterans – Vincent J. “Fly” Mahn

The late Specialist Fourth Class Vincent Jude “Fly” Mahn was born to the late Daniel John Mahn Sr. and Aurelia Catherine (Pendergrast) Mahn on August 7, 1937 in Desoto, Mo. Mahn graduated Desoto High School in 1955 and went into the Army, Missouri National Guard serving from October 24, 1955 through October 23, 1963 an eight year commitment to his country. Mahn served with the 106th Ordinance... 

Honoring Our Veterans – James Cross

Young coupleJim and Neoma James Cross pictured with wife of 46 years Neoma Parker Cross. James E. Cross who also goes by “JC” was born in a boarding house on West Pine in St. Louis. His family lived in Festus for a short time but ultimately settled in Washington Park, IL, where he spent his childhood days. Cross graduated from East St. Louis High School, lettering in track and field and... 

Honoring Our Veterans – Levi Bivens

By Kelly Alexander Levi Bivens grew up in Leasburg and went to school in Bourbon. When he was little, like other young boys, he played “guns” and “war” but had no conscious desire to join the military until the day he actually did it. He woke up to get ready for school on the morning the recruiter was visiting his high school and decided to sign up with the Marines. “I didn’t tell anybody,... 

Honoring Our Veteran’s – Jim Johnson

Jim and Anna Johnson Jim Johnson By Kelly Alexander Jim Johnson is a well known and well loved member of the Sullivan community.  He was known as being very civic minded, helping kids and serving the community as a volunteer firefighter. His wife Anna says, “There wasn’t anything Jim wouldn’t do for you.” Jim and Anna were married in 1959 and have a son James and daughter Jo... 

Honoring Our Veterans – Greg Berry

By Kelly Alexander Greg Berry born in East St. Louis, IL in 1960, moved to St. Charles, MO, where he went to school and graduated in 1978. Berry’s buddy at the time convinced him to checkout Florida and work with him building a boat that he describes as “a 100 foot monstrosity.” Although, it was a lot of fun working with a team of five people and although he was unable to attend the Christening... 

Honoring Our Veterans – Ken Powers

Ken Powers, collector of jackets, displays his VFW Honor guard jacket, the one of which he is most proud. By Kelly Alexander Ken Powers is originally from the state of Massachusettes. Transplanted in his early teens to the New Haven area, he lived with his mom and was involved with the civil air patrol for two years when he was in junior high school. In his junior and senior years in high school,... 

Honoring Our Veterans – Sgt. Franklin Theodore Luechtefeld

Franklin Theodore Luechtefeld FRANK READING THE Missourian. One of his favorite things from home. Frank & Carol LuechtefeldJune 22, 1957 FRANK AT HIS retirement party in 1993. By Christine Hopwood Franklin Theodore Luechtefeld was born on December 18, 1932 to Edward and Elizabeth Luechtefeld in Leslie, MO. He was the sixth of eight children that were raised on a farm. He attended Holy Family Catholic... 

Honoring Our Veterans – Devon Lewis

1st Battalion, 394th Regiment at Camp Van Dorn, MS, 1943. Lewis is pictured in the last row second from right. By Kelly Alexander Going through my old photos, a bittersweet activity I tend to relish around this time each year, I came across some pictures I’ve held on to for over two decades. They are of a man I met sometime in 1993 by the name of Devon Lewis. His name was pronounced not like... 
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