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Jay County Heroes, Veteran's Day November 11th 2010


We at WPGW would like to recognize our Jay County Heroes.  These Heroes gave their lives to serve and protect our country during times of war and conflict.  These names will be presented in a special ceremony at Freedom Park in Portland on Veteran's Day Novemeber 11th at 10 a.m.


World War I

World War II Cont.

World War II Cont.

Guy Ayers

William E. Hildreth

Victor W. Wise

Fred Barr

Glenn Hummer Jr.

George A. Yeager

Ralph Burgess

Dorwain G. Hunt


Lowell Butcher

Harold E. Imel


Claude Flahie

Lee B. Jones

Fred A. Brenner

Merrel Ford

Charles R. Jones

Stanley L. Calhoun Jr.

James Garringer

Dorwin M. Keller

John S. Fields

Harry Gray

Otis Kelley

Henry A. Franks

Roy L. Gray

Lewis C. Landauer

H. Bishop Hamilton

Arthur Hunt

Leo W. Landess

Fredrick W. Hanlin

John Layman

Milo Ludy

Cassius E. Johnson

Albert Lindlay

Wayne Matchett

Orval D. Johnston

Noah Renner

Paul E. May

Dorwin J. Jones

Otis Thompson

Cedric McCanless

Elvin M. Lee

Russel Tucker

Robert McFadden

Albert F. Martin

David Whipple

Charles R. McLaughlin

Carl E. Martin

Ralph V. Williamson

Ernest O. Minch

Robert D. Pontius


Max Myers

Harvey E. Steveson

World War II

George Neil


Kenneth R. Beason

Donald L. Nelson


Farrell T. Blankenbaker

Fred Newton Jr.

Larry W. Barrett

Walter Bond Jr.

Ralph W. Nichols

Larry L. Boice

Darious Borton

Chauncey M. Nixon

John A. Bryan

James W. Bradley

Ernest Norris

Larry G. Burkholder

Amos V. Brosher

Robert C. Norton

George K. Farris

Clyde P. Brunson

Hubert Priest

Manuel S. Flores

Melville Bryan

Henry Ramsey

Rowland E. Gibson

Arthur M. Bryan

Adolph L. Rigby

Alva D. Henthorn

Herbert Bubp

Virgil Robinette

Rick E. McFarland

John W. Carder

Daniel Runyon

Olen B. McLaughlin

Jacob C. Clough

Melvin Shauver Jr.

Dennis E. Morgan

William Curts

William F. Shepherd

John C. Thomas

Herbert Dailey

Lyle P. Shifflet

Jeff H. Upp

John Denton

Charles Slack Jr.

Donald L. Valentine

Chester Derringer

Donald Smiley


Richard Farber

Loren E. Smith


Harden Farling

Wallace Smith

Andrew Whitacre

Gerald W. Foltz

Louis A. Sommers


Orville Franks

Edwin E. Stanton


Robert H. Frederick

Ora E. Strait


John Frost

Robert Swank


John W. Gardner

John D. Teeters


James Garringer

George F. Theurer


Frank Gaunt

William A. Trumbo


Everett Glendenning

Paul A. Walmer


Lowell Golder

John F.H. Weaver


Richard Grafmiller

Lewis O. Whipple


Raymond O. Haines

Roy L. Whiteman


Robert C. Hare

Harry L. Whitesall


Henry C. Hatch Jr.

William E. Williams


Charles L. Hathaway



We salute all our soldiers in uniform who have sacrificed so much for so little. Thank you for everything you've done for your families, your hometowns, and your country. Listen to the WPGW Breakfast Club on Veteran's Day November 11th for a very special broadcast as we recognize our veterans here in Jay County with a special show just for them. A big thanks to the folks at Ponderosa Steakhouse for allowing us to invite our Jay County Veterans for breakfast, and helping us give something back to the men and women who have served to keep America free.



Graphics from www.wikipedia.com.  Click on the graphics to see official sites of these branches.


Facts about branches of our United States Military 

 United States Army

United States Navy

United States Marine Corps

United States Air Force

Date Established:

June 14, 1775

Oct. 13, 1775

Nov. 10, 1775

Sept. 18, 1947

*This was the date the Air Force became its own entity, there were aeronautical divisions of the Army prior to 1947, during WWI and WWII.*


Varies with the type of uniform.


Combat: Camo

Officer/Enlisted: Army Green

Formal Dress: Blue

Blue and Gold

Scarlet and Gold

Ultramarine Blue & Yellow


"This we'll defend" 

“Non sibi sed patriae” 


(Not self but country)


*There isn’t technically an official motto for the U.S. Navy.  However, this is an unofficial motto according to the Naval Historical Center.*

“Semper Fidelis”


(Always Faithful.   Also known as Semper Fi.)

"Aim High...Fly-Fight-Win."


*This is the new motto adopted by the Air Force in Oct. 2010.*


Official March:

“The Army Goes Rolling Along”

“Anchors Aweigh”

“Semper Fidelis”

“The U.S. Air Force”

History Links:







Rare Facts and Events of the U.S. Military
Provided by Roy Leverich of Portland, U.S. Navy (Ret)

At one time, every boy scout was required to know Morse Code; a series of dots and dashes for letters and numbers. (Don’t confuse this with Datsun dashes. We’re not running quick errands here in a small car.) And until 1992 all new ham radio operators were required by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to know Morse Code. Certain Navy & Coast Guard communications technicians must remain proficient for ship-to-ship blinker light transmissions. In 1990, over 10,000 code messages were sent/received by the U.S. Coast Guard station at Chesapeake, Virginia. This fell to only two in the Coast Guard Morse Code message from a Comm. Station in Guam, thus ending this nation’s transmitting or receiving of high seas distress signals in code. At $30,000 per vessel, all U.S. flagged passenger ships and any freighter over 300 tons are now required to have automated distress capabilities linked to a satellite system monitored by the Coast Guard in (of all places) Martinsburg, West Virginia.

The largest U.S. navel ammunition depot in the U.S., covering 110 square miles and containing an incredible 1,600 storage bunkers for live ammo, is located 35 miles southwest of Bloomington, Indiana. It’s also the only national site for extracting deadly white phosphorous from old munitions, which is then converted into phosphoric acid.

As of December 2008, six states have naval militias; Alaska, California, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas. All, except Ohio, maintain small armed vessels. New York has the most members at 6,500 and Ohio, with a rear admiral in charge, the least at 30. Also, the Ohio Naval Militia is the only one that can not be called into federal service. All six states continue to have minor jurisdiction and authority conflicts with the U.S. Coast Guard.

In regards, to the Secretary of the Navy, a fast food chain (Burger King) has been promoting a “cup of Joe” in it’s restaurants. Josephus Daniels, Secretary of the Navy from 1913 to 1921, established General Oder 99 on June 1st, 1914 banning all alcoholic beverages aboard ship; replacing it with coffee. A near mutiny insued as the sailors, in a negative salute, would have a “cup of joe” (I doubt if the Burger Kind headquarters or the general public are aware of this Navy connection.)

Nor is the public aware the second largest U.S. Naval base during the Civil War (1861-1865) was located at Cairo Illinois. And be informed, Civil War General Ambrose E. Burnsides, born south of Richmond in Liberty, Indiana was known for the bushy hair in front of his ears. We reversed his name and now sideburns are part of the English Language.

For those who are not scholars of military history and prefer total escape that may prove difficult. Indiana is laced with constant reminders. Of our 92 counties, at least 34 have namesakes of past warriors: 14 generals, 6 colonels, 8 captains, 2 commodores, 2 majors, and 2 sergeants.