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Wilburn “Bill” Williford: Veteran of the Month | May 2024

By Jamie Gianopulos | May 13, 2024 | Comments Off on Wilburn “Bill” Williford: Veteran of the Month | May 2024

Wilburn “Bill” Williford was the oldest child among seven siblings. He was born in Whitten, Arkansas, in 1917, but his family later moved to the Bootheel of Missouri to search for better employment opportunities. His father worked various odd jobs to support the family, and when Williford was only 7 or 8 years old, he…

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Samuel J. Hughes: Veteran of the Month | April 2024

By Jamie Gianopulos | Apr 12, 2024 | Comments Off on Samuel J. Hughes: Veteran of the Month | April 2024

Samuel Jefferson Hughes, named after his grandfathers, was born in St. Louis in 1947. He is the oldest of two boys. His family never stayed in one place very long. Hughes laughed, saying, “We moved a lot; we were gypsies, I guess.” They always lived in the St. Louis area, but he estimates he moved…

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Glenn Schmidt: Veteran of the Month | March 2024

By Jamie Gianopulos | Mar 14, 2024 | Comments Off on Glenn Schmidt: Veteran of the Month | March 2024

Glenn Schmidt was born in Wilmington, Delaware, in September 1941. He is the oldest among his four siblings. His family has some Pennsylvania Dutch roots and a long history of farming. When Schmidt was nine years old, his father moved the family to Philadelphia, PA, which he wasn’t initially happy about. At a young age,…

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Leon Schell: Veteran of the Month | January 2024

By Jamie Gianopulos | Jan 12, 2024 | Comments Off on Leon Schell: Veteran of the Month | January 2024

Robert Leon Schell was born in the heart of Louisville, Kentucky, in 1927. He preferred to go by Leon, as his mother never wanted him to be called Bobby. Schell had an older sister with whom he shared a very close bond. His father worked at a woodworking plant that, at one point, produced wooden…

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Jim Hubbard: Veteran of the Month | December 2023

By Jamie Gianopulos | Dec 14, 2023 | Comments Off on Jim Hubbard: Veteran of the Month | December 2023

Jim Hubbard was born and raised in north Saint Louis County, the second oldest of three sisters and two brothers. His mother was a homemaker, and his father was a skilled sous chef at Westwood Country Club, who also worked at McDonald Douglas during the Mercury program. The perks of his father’s occupation occasionally translated…

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Jon Moore: Veteran of the Month | November 2023

By Jamie Gianopulos | Nov 13, 2023 | Comments Off on Jon Moore: Veteran of the Month | November 2023

Jon Moore was raised in a typical Red Oak, Iowa household. His father, an electrician, was also a radio instructor during WWII. Moore and his younger brother grew up in town, and when they weren’t in the community pool a few blocks from their house, you could find them playing sandlot baseball or football. After…

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William Peterson: Veteran of the Month | October 2023

By Jamie Gianopulos | Oct 13, 2023 | Comments Off on William Peterson: Veteran of the Month | October 2023

William Peterson was born on October 11, 1933, on a ranch in Corning, California. He was the youngest of four children, with two older brothers and one sister. Growing up on the ranch, his parents had three almond orchards and an olive grove. Young Peterson was raised in an environment of hard work and responsibility,…

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Dwight Henry: Veteran of the Month | September 2023

By Jamie Gianopulos | Sep 14, 2023 | Comments Off on Dwight Henry: Veteran of the Month | September 2023

Dwight Henry, born in May 1950, was the middle child among seven siblings. His upbringing in Jackson, Mississippi, unfolded against a tumultuous era for African Americans. Yet, he was unwavering in his commitment to pursuing a peaceful path. Henry grew up loving music and had an early sense of responsibility. He started assisting with babysitting,…

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Larry G. Smith: Veteran of the Month | August 2023

By Jamie Gianopulos | Aug 11, 2023 | Comments Off on Larry G. Smith: Veteran of the Month | August 2023

Larry Gene Smith was born in April of 1947 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and raised as the oldest child in his family. The Smith family was no stranger to tragedy. Even before Smith’s birth, they had experienced the devastating loss of his older brother, who tragically died at five years old after being hit by…

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Clarence Joseph Davis: Veteran of the Month | July 2023

By Jamie Gianopulos | Jul 15, 2023 | Comments Off on Clarence Joseph Davis: Veteran of the Month | July 2023

    Clarence Davis, a Vietnam veteran, was born in 1954 as the second youngest of seven children in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Growing up, his father worked as a truck driver, frequently relocating the family throughout the northeastern region of the United States. As a young boy, Davis developed a love for fishing and…

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