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Honoring Our Veterans – Seaman William “Bill”Bice

By Kelly Alexander William “Bill” Bice, is native Missourian from the St. Louis area and was 17 when he did what his father did and joined the Military. Bice had been married to his wife Terrie already a month when he enlisted and speaking to the first military representative at the recruiting office led him in the direction of the US Navy. Young Bice served aboard the USS America CV 66... 

Honoring Our Veterans-Captain Harry Scoville

By Kelly Alexander Harry Scoville entered the Navy Reserves in 1952 and went through training at Great Lakes, Illinois while he was still a junior in high school in Madison, WI. As part of that training in the reserves, he was able to sail aboard ship in the Great Lakes area. “That was a total disaster,” he said. “I was sea sick for two solid weeks.” He remembers that he could do nothing... 

World War II Veteran Dean Hollis

Dean Hollis Dean Hollis (R) is pictured with Carl Landing from Sullivan. Guam April 1945 By Kelly Alexander Courtleigh “Dean” Hollis was born in Kansas City, MO, but raised on a farm in Japan, MO. He had been working at International Shoe Factory when he was drafted and readied for war at 18 years old. He says he doesn’t remember too much about it anymore. “I was called and I... 

CMSGT Robert Thomas Copeland

Story and photos submitted by Charlene Copeland In memory of my husband CMSGT Robert (Bob) Thomas Copeland Born in Homestead, PA: 1 September 1936 Entered Air Force in Palo Alto, CA: 29 December 1954 Passed Away: 25 August 2002 Served 27 years, 9 months, 2 days; Retired 30 September 1982. He was a Korea and Viet Nam Veteran and Graduate of NCO and Senior NCO Academy. Copeland Wedding 1966 Copeland... 

Honoring Our Veterans – The Bacon Family

The Bacon siblings are pictured together. L-R: Oram “Buzz” Leroy Bacon-Army; Raymond “Butch” Franklin Bacon-Marines; Charlene Rae Bacon Copeland-Air Force; and oldest sister Alice Bacon Nye. Photo by Kelly Alexander. By Kelly Alexander Three out of five Bacon siblings agree that basic training definitely made them wonder about their choices to enter the military. They share stories and comparisons... 

Honoring Our Veterans – Richard Paul Bartle

By James B. Bartle If you ever visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, panel 10E and Row 131, you will see the name of Army SP4 Richard P. Bartle, born on October 19, 1943 to Paul and Mary Jo Bartle and brother of William, Charles, Michael and Stephen Bartle. Richard P. Bartle was fatally wounded on September 22, 1966, he was my Fathers brother and my Uncle Dick, that I often heard stories about... 

Corporal Emmet Fink

CORPORAL EMMET FINK MR. EMMET FINK AND HIS WIFE, JEANE. By Carmin Ball I recently had the pleasure of meeting Corporal Emmet Fink, a 99-year-old resident of the St. James Veterans home. Fink was born on July 5, 1916, to Lucas and Adele Bishop Fink. His father was a well-known musician who moved his family to a farm in Beaufort, MO where he opened a music store and the first dance hall and movie theater... 

Honoring Our Veterans-Ruby Hendryx

By Kelly Alexander Ruby Hendryx is one of a handful of women that reside at the Missouri Home for Veterans in St. James. It is the oldest operating veterans home, founded in 1896 as the State Federal Soldier’s Home of Missouri. The current facility was built in 1996 and houses up to 150 veterans. Nine months ago, Hendryx suffered a stroke and was left unable to walk. It is the challenge she seems... 

Honoring Our Military-Honoring Our Military

By Kelly Alexander According to Tonya Hall, it doesn’t take a special person to live the kind of life she lives. To her it’s just how life is when you’re married to a military man. Her “roll with the punches” attitude is presumably just a small part of why Hall was nominated for and voted in as the United States Military Spouse of the Year sponsored by Armed Forces Insurance. Hall... 

Honoring Our Veterans Tom Buhrkuhl

By Kelly Rose Tom Buhrkuhl was 25 years old and teaching Industrial Arts high school in Sedalia, Missouri when he was drafted into the Army in 1969. In the middle of the school year, he’d been plucked out of life and literally thrown into the wild. After basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, and advanced training in Fort Ord, CA, he was sent off to Vietnam. “It was tough, and lots of times... 
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