Operation: Honor Force Honorees



Name Hometown Branch Rank Years Contributor
Bob Emery Tucson Air Force Active Duty King & Queens League, Tuscon
Jim Myers Tucson King & Queens League, Tucson
Jamie Beecroft Tucson King & Queens League, Tucson
Jason Beecroft Tucson King & Queens League, Tucson
Katherine E. Herney San Diego Army Sgt. Major 24 San Diego 600 Club
Duties included: Two years in Okinawa and Japan, in charge of enlisted women at Long Binh, Vietnam – USARV WAC Detachment Special Troops at 1968 “TET Offensive.” Katherine received the Army Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and four Bronze Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, eight Good Conduct Medals, and two Oak Leaf Clusters.
Robert Edmund Brown
Bakersfield Navy Pharmacist 4 Bette Addington
He’s special because, well, he’s my Dad but also because he was very proud of his years of service in the U.S. Navy in World War II. After his years of service were over he went to USC to get his pharmacutical license and practiced for many years as a local pharmacist.
Elmer E. Lent San Diego Army 2nd Lt. 5 Shirley O. Schmardel
Received Distinguished Service Cross. Killed in action, April 8, 1943 (should have received Congressional Medal of Honor for duty beyond the call).
Timothy John Ryan Hawthorne Navy Yeoman Chief 20 Phyl Knoll
Tim and his best friend, Tim Moore enlisted in the U.S. Navy April 18, 1975, immediately following graduation from Junipero Serra High School, Gardena, California.

He served our military well. In 1975 he advanced from Seaman Recruit to Seaman Apprentice to Yeoman Seaman Apprentice. In 1976 he was awarded Yeoman Seaman & Yeoman 3-Class in 1977; Yeoman 2-Class 1978; Yeoman 1-Class 1981.

Tim was assigned to Atsugi, Japan for over three years and was attached to the helicopter detail aboard the U.S.S. Oklahoma, the Flagship to the Seven Fleets.

After returning stateside, Tim attended 2-Class Dive School & became a 2-Class Diver 1984; 1-Class Dive School, advancing to 1-Class Diver in 1987 and earned the rank of Chief Petty Officer (DV). In 1991 he attended and graduated from the Instructor Training Dive School.

His Navy Service Ribbons include Navy Recruiting Service Ribbon; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Star; National Defense Service Medal; Good Conduct Ribbon with Three Bronze Stars; Navy “E” Ribbon with Two Bronze Stars; Meritorious Unit Commendation with Bronze Star; Navy Achievement Medal.

With 20-Years of service, Tim retired as Yeoman Chief (DV) on June 28, l995.

Having spent much of his free time of retired life working with youngsters, mostly in the game of soccer, Tim was a wonderful candidate for his current job as Contract Coordinator for the students who enroll at San Diego State University.

I proudly present this donation of $50.00 on behalf of my son Tim, who will celebrate his “50th Birthday” on June 1, 2006.

Lauren O. Tustin Ft. Morgan Army 4 Mr. and Mrs.
John M. Sodia, Jr.
Lauren served in WW II, where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and received the Purple Heart. He passed away in 1995.
Anthony Sours Grand Lake Las Vegas League
Anthony is serving his country in Iraq. To risk his life, leave his family and job as a reservist, is honor beyond words.
Edward E. W. Martin Denver USMC Corporal 10 Greater Denver USBC
Mr. Martin fought on Guadalcanal and Pelileu in the Palau Islands, where he received the Purple Heart. He remained in the reserves and was recalled during the Korean conflict, but never had to go.
Felix DeHerrera Pueblo Army PFC 2 Greater Denver USBC
Served two years, but developed a medical problem and was given an honorable discharge.
Samuel David DeLaney Wellington Navy Seaman 1 Greater Denver USBC
Sam is serving on the USS Ronald Reagan on the fire fighting staff. He’s only 19 years old and has wanted to serve his country since he was a little boy.
Joshua Klohr Arvada USMC Pvt. 1 Pioneer I, Western Bowl, Arvada, CO
Josh worked at Western Bowl where he was a willing helper in all aspects of the operation, and we feel sure that he will make an outstanding US Marine.
Henry Fredericks Bayonet Point Army Sgt. 3 Mergers Bowling League
Henry went to Pearl Harbor the day after the bombing to help make necessary repairs.
Mary Ann Hogue Jacksonville Navy 4 Jacksonville Women’s Bowling Association
Mary Ann was a very dedicated person who assisted in the medical field. The Jacksonville Women’s Bowling Association is honoring her for her service to our country. She is a former JWBA Board member and is unaware of Operation Honor Force, and will be surprised when she receives the acknowledgment!
Jean Rhoden Jacksonville Navy 4 Jacksonville Women’s Bowling Association
Jean was a very dedicated person who assisted in the medical field. A proud Vet. The Jacksonville Women’s Bowling Association is honoring her for her service to our country. She is a former JWBA Board member and is unaware of Operation Honor Force, and will be surprised when she receives the acknowledgement!
Danny McFarland Blue Ridge Army E-5 2 Blue Ridge Men & Womens Bowling Associations
Danny served our country for two years and is willing to proudly do it again if necessary.
David Wade Blue Ridge Army E-4 8 Blue Ridge Men & Womens Bowling Associations
David proudly served our country for eight years and served in Viet Nam.
Kenneth Pittman Blue Ridge Marines PFC 3 Blue Ridge Men & Womens Bowling Associations
Kenneth served our country in the Korean war.
Kristian Duffey DeWitt Army Nat’l Guard Sgt. 1st Class 14 Saturday Night Mixers
Serving in Baghdad, Iraq at the presidential palace providing communications for peace keeping efforts.
Jeremy Jon Coates Wheatland Army Nat’l Guard Spec. 21/2 Lucky Strike League and Saturday Night Mixers
He is special because he is the brother and son to members of our league. He is stationed in Iraq and Kuwait during Operation Enduring Freedom. He is a Chinook helicopter mechanic with the U. S. Army National Guard. We love and miss him!
Donald Farley DeWitt Iowa Nat’l Guard SSgt. 32 Lucky Strike Bowling League
Donald is very special because he has left so much behind, also he is one of the oldest men in his unit, only months from retiring. But he chose to go and protect his country and what he believes in.
Scott C. Reeder Eldridge Navy PO 2nd class IT2 5+ Lucky Strike League
Andrea Baker, mother
First of all he is my son. I am very proud. He has accomplished a lot in a short time, has proven supervisory positions. His superior officers have a lot of confidence in him. He has great morals.
James J. Juniper Keota USAF PC S54 Washington Women’s Bowling Assn., Inc.
Currently in Italy
Charles Dennis White Washington MSG – 389th Engineer Bn. 30+ Washington Women’s Bowling Assn., Inc.
Called up to Iraq. Owns our bowling lanes – and was called up in February 2003.
Trevor Barnett Brighton USAF 436 APS 3+ Washington Women’s Bowling Assn., Inc.
Was in Kuwait and is now in Turkey.
Jason Brock Washington U.S. Army Reserves, 308th Quartermasters Washington Women’s Bowling Assn., Inc.
Deployed to Iraq.
Amanda Douglas Washington Iowa National Guard, 109th Medical Washington Women’s Bowling Assn., Inc.
Serving in Kuwait – left behind toddler daughter that grandma brings to bowling on Monday night and Thursday afternoon.
Nathan Allen Reighard North Liberty Army, 501st Airborne Paratrooper 3 Washington Women’s Bowling Assn., Inc.
Now serving in Afghanistan.
Bonnie M. Holl Dubuque National Guard E7 Master Sgt. 22 Freeway Babes Bowling League
Bonnie has served 22 years in the National Guard while working full time and raising 3 children. When the war in Iraq erupted she was pressed into duty and was away from her family for an extended time. She has always been dedicated to her duties with the National Guard.
Nathan A. Reighard Washington Army Airborne S. Sgt. 7+ Washington Iowa USBC Association, Inc.
Nathan Joined the Army right out of high school and took paratrooper training. He spent 10 months in Afghanistan. As a paratrooper, his job was searching the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan for Bin Laden. He spent three years in Louisiana training troops going to the Middle East and is now a drill sergeant training recruits at Ft. Jackson, S.C.
C. Dennis White Des Moines Navy/Army Reserve Master Sergeant 39+ Washington Iowa USBC Association, Inc.
Served four years in Navy and 35+ years in Army Reserve. Served in Viet Nam while in the Navy from 1964-1966. Served overseas duty in Granada in 1983 and Iraq in 2004. Continued in the Department of Civil Defense 2005-2006 after retiring from the Reserve in Nov. 2005.
Shannon Anderson Marshalltown Army Spec. E4 1 Marshall Co. USBC Youth Bowling Association
Shannon has been with youth bowling since she was five years old. When she graduated High School, she went to college to be a nurse. She worked at a nursing home before she went into the service. Now, she is a nurse and is stationed at Fort Bliss, El Paso Texas. She will be deployed February 2010 to Afghanistan. She is still bowling on a league on post. Attending PA school is her goal.

We think Shannon deserves to be honored in this way because she has had some hard times and she has chosen to represent and honor the United States of America and has chosen to do something positive with her life. We wish her all the best.

Steven W. Cecil Meridian Army Nat’l Guard SSG 19 Industrial League
Steve has bowled on our league for the past 12 years. His outgoing manner and friendship has been missed this past bowling season while serving in Iraq. We wish him a safe and speedy trip home and thank him for keeping us safe and serving our country.
Joshua D. Hardy Boise Army Sgt. 4 Industrial League, Meridian, ID
Josh enlisted in March of 2002 and has since served 2 tours of duty in Iraq. He is serving with the 101st Airborne out of Ft. Campbell, Key. He truly believes that what he is doing is helping the Iraqi people gain what we already have — Freedom. Josh has been a pleasure to have in the league. His youthfulness and enthusiasm for the game has made it a pleasure to bowl with him. We wish him a speedy return to his home and start bowling in our league again.
Jeffery A. Dries Peoria Marines MGSgt. 23 Patty Finley
Jeff is my brother-in-law, and I am very proud of him. He is one of the best Marines to have ever served. He is hard-working, and completely devoted to the Corps, his country, and his family. He has served two tours in Okinawa, and was in Quwait from January-May 2003. He does his duty without question or complaint. He is a fine Marine.
David L. Summers Milan Navy Draftsman 1st Class 18 Saturday Night Mixers
Dedicated his life to service. Has been in service since graduating. Has served wherever he is needed.
Mayford (Bud) Miller Dekalb Army Korean War Business and Professional League
Bud’s service to our nation earned him the Purple Heart during the Korean War. Bud and most of his family have been bowlers in the Dekalb area for many years. But passed on Feb. 17, 2003 and will be remembered for his support of our nation and the sport of bowling.
E. Donald Lyons Dekalb Navy 2 Business and Professional League
Don served in the Philippines at the end of WWII. Don was life member of the Dekalb Bowling Assn. and a bowler for 50 years. Don passed on in early Feb. 2004 just two weeks before his scheduled induction into the Dekalb Assn. Hall of Fame.
Paul Burnett New Baden USAF T/Sgt. 18 Friday Nite Fun League
He has served four tours of duty in combat zones. He most recently served in Iraq. He has received numerous decorations.
Steve DePyssler Chicago USAF Colonel 38 Early Bird Bowling League
If dedicating an entire adult lifetime to the service of duty and country is the benchmark of honor, Col. Steve dePyssler (USAF Ret.) is the standard-setter. Since 1978, Col. dePyssler has devoted his time, leadership, and compassion to military retirees and active duty members on a full-time volunteer basis. He has assisted over 50,000 military and dependents in receiving their benefits and entitlements from the Department of Defense, Department of Veteran Affairs, Social Security, and health care. He has briefed every airman arriving, separating, or retiring at Barksdale AFB on benefits/entitlements, and his Retiree Office is considered the best in DoD by his peers. Whether spearheading the drive for funding of three perpetual college scholarships, funding and construction of War Memorials in Shreveport and Bossier City, construction of a War Veterans Home in Bossier City, or counseling a widow on casualty affairs, Col. dePyssler demonstrates excellence in service to America’s military. Col. Steve dePyssler is a superlative honoree to be recognized by Operation Honor Force.
Frank, Julio, and Mario Goffo Highland Park Army & Navy 5 Remo Picchietti Bannockburn
These men were my uncles, my mother’s brothers. They all served from 1941 to 1946 – all saw combat and two were wounded. They are gone now but I do remember them.
Joseph DeJonghe Danville USAF Colonel Columbus Women’s Bowling Association, Columbus, OH
Please see the Ohio entry for more information on Joseph DeJonghe and other contributors.
Wilford Henry “Hank” Barbee Louisville Army WWII vet Pat and Betty Sue Speaks McCormick, Oscoda, MI
After over 30 years in a wheelchair, Hank and Joyce attended an Army reunion last year, where he saw friends/buddies that he had not seen since his Army service time.
Andrew D. Bauer Collinsville Army PFC 1 Kahokian Klassic,
Glen Carbon, IL
Andrew has been selected by the Kahokian Klassic bowling league for Operation Honor Force because of his association with our bowling center in assisting us when lanes malfunctioned. Most importantly, we chose to honor him for his work as a paratrooper in the Army Special Forces. Andrew is presently serving his country in the Middle East.
Nancy Long Freeport Navy TD 3 4 Van Wert USBC WBA
John Sommer Rockford Army Vietnam War Elizabeth Montanya
A true gentleman who continues to give to support his fellow veterans.
John Deerr Lafayette Air Force Staff Sgt. WWII 2 Mrs. Sue Thornton
Captured in Jan. 1944, was a P.O.W. until May 1945. Was a tailgunner on a B-17. Flew 5 missions and was shot down on the 5th one. 18 months was a P.O.W. Went from 180 lbs. to 97 lbs. On his liberation, on returning home, went to college on GI Bill and taught Government and P.E., later elementary – retired. 6 of his crew died during war.
George C. Steed McLouth National Guard Tech. Sgt. 4 1/2 Connie Buergin
George participated in battles in France during World War II, moving into Normandy five days after D-Day. He received many honors, including the Purple Heart (bullet went into his helmet!) and a Bronze Star for bravery. Since 1995, has has been battling cancer with the same courage and determination he exhibited while in the service . He continues to bowl when not suffering from the effects of chemotherapy.
Matthew Lewis Wichita Air Force Sr. Airman 5 Roger Dalkin and Elaine Hagin
Willard L. Gauthier Muskegon Private 4 Northway First Timer’s Bowling League
Eddie Hill Henderson Army 4 Henderson Men’s
Bowling Association
Bill Durham Henderson Navy 4 Henderson Men’s
Bowling Association
Jim Cannon Henderson Air Force 4 Henderson Men’s
Bowling Association
Tobias Morrison Canton Army Sgt. 2 Bruce Bohnwagner/
Maureen Morrison
Toby is currently serving in the Army. We are proud of the commitment he has made to his country. We have seen him grow from a kind boy to a mature young man with a great set of values.
Dempsey L. Saunders Buzzards Bay USAF Staff Sergeant Jamey Gabrielle Fletcher/Thursday Night Mixed League, Falmouth, MA
Dempsey L. Saunders April 30, 1927 – July 13, 2005

The husband of Dorothy M. Saunders for 51 years, Mr. Saunders was born in Elizabeth City, NC and graduated from Brooklyn Tech. He was drafted at the age of 17 and served 23 years in the Air Force. He was in World War II (Berlin Airlift), as well as the Korean and Vietnam Wars. After retiring from the military, he was a therapist for 27 years at the Brockton VA. He was a skilled musician, he loved to play the saxophone (tenor and alto). He was a very religious man. I found out only recently that he would pick up children that could not get transportation to the church and bring them not only to the church, but bring them back to his home and feed them. This was not unusual for him to do. And from what I have come to understand, it was something he did on a regular basis. It is my pleasure to be able to honor Mr. Saunders in all that he has done. He may be gone, but he is truly not forgotten. Mama Dot — all who know you LOVE YOU!! Your rock! (Contributor notes that Mama Dot and Saunders’ daughter Pam are the inspiration behind this donation.)

Jason Mileo Centerville USMC, 3rd Bn. 4th Rgt. 1st Div. Cpl. 2 1/2 Elaine Hagin
Joyce and Wally Hal
Jason’s unit had been at the front of the attack from day one of the Iraq War. As Sadaam’s statue was being pulled down in Baghdad a TV reporter let Jason use his sattelite phone to call home to share his joy with his family — alas no one was there at that time and so he left a message full of optimism that the war would soon be over and they’d be coming home soon. He was the epitome of a US Marine. Clean cut, upstanding, confident, kind, happy and honest. He had true integrity and was loved by all. He has always been a source of pride to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.
Vincent Dattoli Forest Hill Navy 4 Ladies Three Bowling League
Vincent is in the Navy Reserves on active duty. He spends one month at Andrews A. F. Base and one month in Africa each and every month until 2005. He is newly married and just became a father, so it is not only very hard for him to be away, but even harder on his new family.
Ray Wainwright Bel Air Air National Ssgt. E-5 Ladies Three Bowling League
Served in Desert Storm and re-enlisted after 9/11 to serve in Operation Enduring Freedom. Stationed in Afghanistan for six months.
John Cyran Bel Air Army Sgt. 3 1/2 Ladies Three Bowling League
John has served six months in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne, July of 2002 to December 2002. He left October 1, 2003 for Iraq, is now serving with the 4th Infantry Division in Iraq.
Joseph Gallo Abingdon Army Reserves 2 Ladies Three Bowling League
Joined after 9/11/01. Wants to go into Special Ops and make the Army his career.
Monica Urbaez Baltimore Ladies Three Bowling League
She is a wonderful person – kind and caring! She has been in Kitar since December 2002. A great friend!
Antione Robertson Baltimore Ladies Three Bowling League
He is very special – always comes through when there are problems. A great friend. Been in Iraq since February 2003.
William Carr Ladies Three Bowling League
Leslie W. Cushing Ladies Three Bowling League
Keith Hibner Ladies Three Bowling League
Arthur A. Thompson Detroit Navy Chief Petty Officer 4 Sharon and Roger Schildroth
WWII veteran and best of all – he’s my Dad!
Bill served our country and bowled in an area league. Bill passed away in August so we felt this would be a good way to honor him.
Lowell L. Dibert East Tawas Air Force Colonel 27 Monday Senior Mixed League
A patriotic American, gifted pilot, faithful husband, loving father, true sportsman, loyal friend, and great bowler. Mr. Dibert served in the U.S. Armed Forces for 27 years, first with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and then in the Air Force during the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Earl Glenn Cobeil Waterford Air Force Colonel 12 The Jets Bowling League
POW in Vietnam 1967-1972
Ronald F. Laubon, Sr. Oscoda Air Force 21 Monday Senior Mixed League
Ronald pursued a career in the U.S. Air Force. A 21 year veteran, he served during WWII and the Korean Conflict, retiring in June, 1966. Even though Ron had terminal lung cancer, he would roll his oxygen in for the day and take it on and off when it was his turn to bowl. He rolled up to the week he died. He will be greatly missed!
Ethel Butterson Oscoda Tuesday Rollers Bowling League
She was a dedicated bowler right up to the time of death. She was married to a military man and raised a wonderful family. She loved her bowling time and was team captain for years. She will truly be missed by her teammates and bowling buddies.
Herbert Churchill Schaffer Oscoda Army 3-4 Monday Senior Mixed Bowling League
760 Tank Battalion
Michael Gray Kalamazoo USMC Sergeant 10 Vets League, Paw Paw, MI
Michael served two tours of duty successfully in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Alton W. Conklin Harrisville Army Spec 4 1964-1966 Beverly A. Conklin
Alton served honorably in Vietnam when it was not cool.
Curtis Urness Cambridge Air Force Coffee Cup Bowling League
Curtis Urness was a very special person because he became blind from a farming accident. Despite his many painful surgeries, he always said “there is someone else out there, worse off than me.” He only saw 1 of his 5 grandchildren, so when he passed away, he was finally able to see them all!
Sylvester F. Schively Wabasha USAF T/Sgt 21 ½ Greater Denver USBC
Sylvester served his country in Korea and the Philippines with great honor and pride.
Dennis C. Decker St. Louis Army E-5 27 “Greater St. Louis
Classic Scratch Trio”
Oscar K. Angle, Jr. St. Louis Army Corporal 2 Lynn Angle
A Korean War veteran – Oscar K. Angle served in Courts and Boards Division as a court reporter for court procedures. Since he was proficient in shorthand, he was assigned to that position. He is very patriotic and flies the American flag every day!
Gregory J. Marshall St. Louis Army Specialist 6 L. K. Kayser
As a parent I am so proud of Greg as a son and a soldier. He served at Ft. Bragg, N.C. (home of Special Forces) in 118th Airborne Division. He served one year in the multi-national forces in Egypt, a peacekeeping force formed in 1974. Because of my son and others our country and other countries are safer.
Edward L. Weaver St. Louis Marine Corps Corporal 1951-1953 Glenda Weaver
Ed was in the Korean War from 1951-1953. Saw Action on the front line. One of his many duties was dismantling bombs that did not explode. He is worthy of this honor.
Gary L. Beshears Festus Army Sgt., MP 1961-1963 Glenda Weaver
Gary was stationed in Munich, Germany for two years.
Matthew J. Paul St. Louis Navy MA1 – Active (NCIS) 7 STL BVL 2003 Tournament
Matthew is the son of Maria J. Gray and Robert J. Paul. He is stationed in Yokusuka, Japan for five years and is in the NCIS of the Navy! Matthew is a credit to his country and to the Navy!
George J. Renner IV St. Louis Army Sgt. 1st Class 11-½ STL WBA 2003 BVL Tournament
John Renner, as he is known to his family and friends, is the son of STL WBA Vice President Dorothy Renner. He served in Germany and Iraq (Desert Storm) for eleven and a half years.
Gina R. Porter St. Louis Army Tech. Sgt. E6 20 Kathleen J. Maessen
She has made the armed forces as her career. Gina’s attitude and dedication is one to be proud.
Michael Fiscella St. Louis Marines Sgt. 3 DuBowl Jewels Bowling League
Two tours of Iraq – invasion of Baghdad and occupation in Fallujah. He was in the 1st Marine tank division.
Fred B. Feutz Kansas City Army Greater Kansas City Bowling Proprietors Association
Fred Served in the U.S. Army in Viet Nam in 1969. He was an avid bowler and was inducted into the Greater Kansas City Hall of Fame in 1986 for Superior Performance. Fred passed away July 30, 2007.
James G. Russell Kansas City Navy/Air Force Master Sgt. Greater Kansas City Bowling Proprietors Association
James served in the U.S. Navy and then retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Master Sergeant. He served in World War II and Viet Nam.
Jereld E. Westphal Kansas City Lance Cpl. Greater Kansas City Bowling Proprietors Association
Lance Corporal Jereld E. Westphal was killed in action on June 3, 1967 while serving in Viet Nam.
Jason Black Rowan Mooresville USBC Association, Salisbury, NC
Jason was a youth bowler in the Rowan Mooresville USBC in North Carolina before leaving to serve in Iraq with the Golden Eagles.
Harvey P. Kelley Omaha Army Captain 13
Killed in Vietnam.
Waldo Olson Omaha Army Staff Sergeant 1942-1945 Karen Moore
Dad served in World War II in Germany. He was wounded a couple of times and received the Purple Heart. He was proud to serve his country and fight for our freedom. He is a great man. Dad bowled up till the time he turned 80. He is now 84.
Johnny Petraglia Manalapan Army Specialist 5 2 Elaine Hagin
Johnny is truly one of the nicest fellows I know, and one of the most accomplished bowlers! He’s always willing to give his time or his talents to those around him. Most importantly, however, he has not only served his time for our country in Vietnam, but he has always remained committed to his fellow veterans. Through his own tournament in New Jersey each year, and through his work with the BVL, he has given tirelessly of himself. Thank you, Johnny, I salute you!
Johnny Petraglia Manalapan Army Specialist 5 2 Elizabeth Montanya
One of our finest heroes to serve. Thanks, Johnny, for all you’ve done and continue to do for our veterans!
Matthew Niedzwiecki W. Milford Navy Lieutenant 10 Ladies Three
Bowling League
Matt graduated from the Naval Academy in May, 1994. He and Andrea married in November, 1994. In January 1995, Matt went to flight school in Pensacola where he earned his wings and trained on CH46 Sea Night helicopters. His first Overseas tour was in Guam for three years. Matt was one of the first to transition to the CH60F helicopter. Thirteen days after the birth of their second son, Matt is now deployed aboard the USS Detroit headed for Iraq to serve and protect our freedom.
Robert W. Van Sciver Riverside USAF CMSgt. 32 Greater Denver USBC
Not only did Robert serve 32 years in the military, but the last several years he has served as head of the Department for Retiree Affairs at Buckley AFB as a volunteer. He gives 25-30 hours a week.
Martin Baur Brooklyn Navy WWII 3 Ed Baur
Natalino C. Matt Niagara Falls USMC Corporal 5 Roger and Karen Matt
Our son, when after two years leaving the Marines, returned immediately when contacted on a presidential voluntary recall. Our pride in him and all the others is shown in all we do and especially what they do.
Michael S. Sheen Lindley Marines LCpl. 3 Las Vegas League
Michael took time to volunteer for the U.S. Marine Corps to protect our freedom by serving his country. He is a friendly, compassionate, caring person that will help anyone. He often has fellow Marines over to his home where he and his wife will offer food and friendship. His fellow Marines look up to him, and his superiors respect him.
Donald Gilbert Cook Brooklyn Marines Colonel Astoria Federal Mixed Bowling Leagu
On 31 December 1964, then Capt. Donald G. Cook was an advisor to the 4th Battalion, Vietnamese Marine Corps station at Binh Gia, South Vietnam. Capt. Cook and the Vietnamese unit he was advising were engaged in a fierce firefight with Viet Cong (VC) guerillas on a small, but steep jungle covered mountain. During the battle, Capt. Cook was wounded in the leg and captured.

Capt. Cook was being one hundred percent uncooperative with the Viet Cong. He refused to write anything since his capture, even his name. In his view, writing violated the Code of Conduct. Donald Cook paid dearly for his commitment to adhere totally to the Code of Conduct. He received less food than the others and spent more time in solitary confinement. After a forced march, the other POWs believed even the VC came to admire him, subsequently, they seemed to accord him more respect and better treatment.

Donald Cook died on 8 December 1967, probably from malaria seizure while in captivity. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his devotion to other POWs, Duty-Honor-Country and the Code of Conduct. On 3 May 1997, a newly commissioned guided missile destroyer was christened the USS Donald G. Cook, DDG-75, in his honor.

Joseph A. Schmardel Staten Island Navy POI/E6 24 Shirley O. Schmardel
Served 20 years on submarines.
John Dietz Falconer, NY USMC & US Army E-4 5 USMC / 7 US Army Erie District Bowling Association
Christian D. Gurtner Ohio City Marines PFC 10 mo. Van Wert WBA
Christian lost his life on April 2, 2003 while serving in Iraq, in his words, “so kids over here can have the freedoms we know in America.”Christian was very active in the youth bowling programs. He always helped anyone that would ask and was always very upbeat and happy in everything he did.
Joseph DeJonghe Danville, IL USAF Colonel Columbus Women’s Bowling Association, Columbus, OH
Additional contributors for Joseph DeJonghe:
Joe & Joni Halpin Willow Run Ladies Tuesday Golf League Leah Sperry Shirley Thomas Wednesday Bridge Club Mr. & Mrs. John RutledgeBuckeye Women Bowling Writers Robert & Ann Phelps Robert J. KeckThe Rainbow LeagueThe Rainbow League (second contribution) Allen, TXJohnstown, OHFithian, ILWesterville, OHWesterville, OH Westerville, OHMontpelier, OHWesterville, OHWesterville, OHColumbus, OHColumbus, OH
After 4 years of ROTC at the University of Illinois, Joseph was commissioned 2nd Lt. in U.S. Army Signal Corps and studied radar at Harvard and MIT for 4 mos. before deployment to New Guinea and the Philippines on a Radar Maintenance Team. He was part of the invasion of Luzon in WWII. Two years later he transferred to USAF Reserve and worked at Wright Patterson AFB in Flight Test Div. for 5 years when he was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. He served a tour of duty in Flight Test at Muroc AFB, CA, 1951-52, another assignment at Wright Patterson, 1953-59, becoming a charter member of “The Wright Stuff” organization. He helped develop the Minuteman Missile at Patrick AFB, FL, 1959-64, Engineer in R&D at Pentagon, 1964-68, and Andrews AFB, MD, 1968-72.
Linda Gilmore Dayton Billy’s Trip League,
Beavercreek, Ohio
David Caskey Xenia Army INF SP 5 4 Wayne and Diane Remner, Mentor, OH
David served during the Vietnam War and received the Bronze Star, Vietnam Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and National Defense Service Medal. He received an honorable discharge. He suffered from Agent Orange and was on dialysis. He always came to watch me bowl when I was in the area of Beavercreek. He owned and operated his own upholstery business and made special chair coverings for the elderly in his hometown. He was a very loving and caring husband and father of two. He was my cousin and he went to heaven on December 18, 2006.
Robert (Bob) H. Caskey Eaton Navy 4 Diane Remner, Mentor, OH
Bob was a U.S. Navy Vietnam War veteran and served his country well. He used to live in Xenia, Ohio and when Diane was bowling in the state tournament in Beavercreek, Bob always came to watch. He and his brother, David, did this for many years and Diane says she will never forget it. Notes Diane, “I will miss his smile, kindness and generosity to his friends and family, that being the love he had for everyone.”
William Pontius, Sr. Van Wert Army Sgt. 1st Class 10 Van Wert USBC WBA
Helped with the flood of 1959. Sharp shooter in the National Guard. Bill bowled for at least 45 years. Father of six children, he and his sons, Mike, Bill, Jr., and Dean bowled together in the Tuesday Night Industrial League.
Calvin Rhodes Van Wert Army Ohio Nat’l Guard/
16 Van Wert USBC WBA
Calvin began his military career in 1992 as a combat cannon crewmember. He served in the Army until the fall of 1995.
In 1996, he joined the Army Ohio National Guard with which he still serves today. His career has included a tour in Iraq and serving as an instructor in several different capacities. In 2008, he left for a tour in Egypt where he currently serves with the Multi National Force Organization. Calvin started bowling at age 7. During his military career, he has bowled in Germany, Italy, Egypt, Kuwait and Iraq.
William Kerr Toledo Navy Greater Toledo USBC Youth
Bill was born in Toledo on March 19, 1924. He was a Navy submarine veteran of WWI and the Korean War. He was employed at Ohio Bell, from where he retired after 36 years. He was an active member of the Holland community, serving as a volunteer firefighter, treasurer of the original Strawberry Festival, council member, and Springfield school bus driver. He was also a 50-year member of the Northern Light Masonic Lodge #40 and the Telephone Pioneers of America. Bill passed away on July 15, 2009.
James Leon Halbert Shattuck Navy Seaman 8 Greater Denver USBC
James served in the US Navy on the Destroyer USS Buck DD761 and later spend four more years in the Naval Reserve. He is now retired from Keebler Bakery after 44 years.
Steven Jones Pittsburgh Army SSgt. 16 “Movin On Up
Mixed League”
Joan Sprague Pittsburgh Navy 2 Wednesday Morning Gutterdusters Bowling League
Joan has served as BVL Chairman for several leagues and for several years. In the Wednesday Morning Gutterdusters League she has had white elephant sales – 50/50 and a red bag out every week for donations.
Mary D. Mullen Stroudsburg Air Force Reserve E-8 SMSgt. 25 1/2 Monroe County WBA
Senior Master Sergeant with the Air Force Reserves.
MWR/Services Field for over 25 years. Pocono Medical Center Bowling League member for >30 years, including 8 years serving as Secretary/Treasurer. She is a member of the National 600 Bowling Club. Mary is presently serving her third term on the Board of Directors of the Monroe County Women’s Bowling Association.
Harold W. Webb Topton Army Sgt. 4 Moonlighters Bowling League
My dad served in WWII – was a POW – kept the spirit of the prisoners up by playing baseball in camp and interpreter due to his knowledge of Pennsylvania Dutch language.
Raymond A. Carlson Erie Army SP-4 3 yrs. 4 mos. Erie District Bowling Association
Raymond served from October 1958 to February 1962 and began his basic training in Ft. Jackson S.C. Raymond completed advanced training as a combat engineer at Ft. Leornard Wood, Mo. He was assigned to the 94th Engineer Battalion (const) H & S Company (Supply S-4) in Nellingen Germany. He spent over two years in Germany with a four month extension because of the construction of the Berlin Wall.
Donald S. Oaks Erie Army Sergeant 3 yrs. Erie District Bowling Association
Sgt Oaks was killed in Iraq on April 3, 2003 while serving his country in Iraq.
Leo Frawley Erie Marines Cpt. 4 yrs. Erie District Bowling Association
James A. Kyle III Erie Air Force SSGT 4 yrs. Erie District Bowling Association
Robert L. Hubler North East PA Navy ETC. 20 yrs. Erie District Bowling Association
Thomas B. Whitford Erie Army E-2 4 yrs. Erie District Bowling Association
Thomas was Army due to his beliefs of freedom and feels that all people should provide at least two years in service to our country
Greg Kindle Erie USMC Cpl. 4 yrs. Erie District Bowling Association
Eric Vogan Waterford USMC E-2 5 mos. Erie District Bowling Association
Eric served in electronic intercept, high security. He said, “I always wanted to make a difference in the world.”
Buddy Malone Erie Navy HA 2nd class 10 mos. Erie District Bowling Association
Sherry Cunningham New Castle USAF Sgt. 4 yrs. Erie District Bowling Association
Andrew Richard Langer Harbor Creek Army Ssgt. 10+ yrs. Erie District Bowling Association
Our oldest nephew just got back from Afghanistan, and has also done two tours in Iraq, as well as a tour in Bosnia and Kosovo.
Norman Brumberg Philadelphia USAF Crew Chief 1947-1949 Thunderbird Lanes Bowling Centers, Philadelphia, PA

Don Carter Family Lanes Group, Rockford, IL

Bowland Centers, SW Florida
Pat and Lisa Ciniello

Wally and Joyce Hall
Hall Bowling Centers, MD

Bill Kratzenberg
Wark Parkway Lanes
Kansas City, MO

Brumberg’s meritorious service came from not only his service to our country, of which he was honorably discharged, but more so from his dedication to our veterans and active duty personnel today.

His bowling centers have always welcomed soldiers, past and present, with open arms, always giving a discount in thanks for their service. For the last 4 years Thunderbird Lanes has put all their efforts into raising money for the Bowlers to Veteran’s Link. We’ve raised $17,868.15 for the BVL, half of that was donated by Norman, thru the bowling centers, for games bowled.

Thunderbird Lanes Bowling Centers will continue his legacy of diligently working to help those who have and continue to fight for our freedoms.

“Wonderful supporter of those veterans less fortunate than he — generous and kind to them. Norm was a warm, loving and good person.” – Wally and Joyce Hall

Cassandra Gunter Waterford Army Specialist 8 yrs. Erie District Bowling Association
My daughter Cassandra joined the Army right out of high school and was stationed at Ft. Lewis, WA. She drove a fuel tanker truck during her tour in Iraq. She had three tours in Iraq. During her last tour, she had to leave her 8 month old daughter for 15 months.
Carla Sanchez Añasco Army Nat’l Guard Spec. 4 Aguadilla USBC Youth League, Aguadilla Bowling Center, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Spc. Carla Sanchez enlisted in the Puerto Rican Army National Guard on Dec. 3, 2003. She graduated training on Aug. 31, 2004 as a Combat Medic and was assigned to the 1065th Area Medical Support Company. Spc. Sanchez was deployed to Balad, Iraq in November of 2004. In July of 2006, Spc. Sanchez volunteered for a second deployment with the 130th Engineer Battalion and shipped to Baghdad. Spc. Sanchez worked as a Combat Medic for the Battalion riding out on Route Clearance missions as the mission medic. Spc. Sanchez earned a Combat Medic Badge for her medical interventions on missions and is the medic in her section to ride out on the most missions to a total of 155. Spc. Sanchez was also the Primary medical instructor for the task force Iron Claw Academy. This task force took over and gave training to other soldiers preparing to conduct route clearance missions. Spc. Sanchez was also chosen several times to meet with officials from Washington, DC coming for feedback from troops due to her experience. Spc. Sanchez returned from Iraq on October 29, 2007. She has four more years of service.
Thomas J. Leppert San Sebastian Army Nat’l Guard Chief Warrant Officer 7 Aguadilla USBC Youth League, Aguadilla Bowling Center, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Chief Warrant Officer Leppert started his military career while still in high school as a Junior ROTC member. When he graduated high school, he joined the Air Force and served as a Tactical Air Control member for two years. After completing his time in the Air Force, he joined the Puerto Rico Army National Guard. He served four years as an infantryman and did humanitarian aid missions to South America and to New Orleans to aid with the aftermath cleanup of Hurricane Katrina. In 2006, he attended the Army’s flight school in Fort Rucker, Alabama and is now a Black Hawk pilot with Alpha Company 1-111th General Support Aviation Battalion.
Manuel Ramos Mayaguez Navy Petty Officer 9 Aguadilla USBC Youth League, Aguadilla Bowling Center, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Petty Officer Manuel Ramos joined the US Navy in 2001 as an Aviation Warfare System Operator, with a secondary duty of Rescue Swimmer. He served as a Junior Aircrew supporting the Operation Enduring Freedom in the Arabian Gulf, and as a Senior Aircrew in charge of training junior sailors in the Arabian Gulf. In August of 2005, he worked in support of Hurricane Katrina Relief assisting with roof rescues and the transportation of food and supplies to those affected by the disaster. Petty Officer Ramos is now serving as part of a team of professional recruiters that once gave him the motivation to join what he calls the opportunity of his life and his second family, “The US Navy.”
Christopher Vogle Belle Fourche Army SSgt. 11 1/2 Monday Night Commercial Bowling
Paul Edward Maples Knoxville, TN Charlie “Reece” Maples
From Polly Maples, WIBC Director: “Paul gave his life in Vietnam and he was not only my husband’s oldest brother, he was my husband’s hero.”
V.A. “Chief” Wapensky Arlington Army Chief Warrant Officer 22 Wally and Joyce Hall
“Chief” served as a Warrant Officer in the Army in the administrative area for 22 years –from 1943 to 1965 — in various branches of the Army, including the Infantry, Coast Artillery, Transportation Corps, MASH unit, as well as the Pentagon.

His tour of duty brought him to Germany for six years and France for four years. Following his active duty, “Chief” spent five years with the Association of US Army as Managing Editor for ARMY Magazine.

While in service, “Chief” was also active in organizing bowling leagues. He was the city association president twice in Washington, D.C. He proudly stated that he served as the Executive Secretary of the Women’s International Bowling Congress City Association in Verdun, France.

An avid promoter of the sport, “Chief” also wrote for a number of bowling newspapers and magazines during his lifetime. Wherever he was stationed, he always wrote a bowling column for the military newspaper.

Following his military service, “Chief” served one year as Executive VP of the National Bowling Council and began an illustrious career in 1971 as the Bowling Proprietors Association of America Executive Director.

He held that position for 20 years overseeing BPAA’s relocation to Arlington, Tex., celebrating its 50th anniversary, and increasing its membership for 14 consecutive years. In 2001, “Chief” received the bowling industry’s highest honor — the Victor Lerner Memorial Medal — and was inducted into the BPAA Hall of Fame, which he was instrumental in creating during his tenure at BPAA.

For more than 10 years, “Chief” served on the BVL Board of Directors and saw this organization through the tumultuous period of the 1970s following our nation’s anti-war and anti-military movements, as well as through the massive re-structuring of the VA healthcare delivery system.
Additional contributors for V. I. “Chief” Wapensky:
Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl Dublin, CA
“Chief” was a very good friend and he was good for the bowling industry.

Perry Garrett, Jr. Houston Navy Bunker Hill Senior Bowlers
WWI enlisted and served with 62nd Naval Construction Battalion in Pacific Campaign. Received Bronze Star and “Presidential Unit Citation” for invasion and Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. Served briefly on aircraft carrier USS Yorktown before being honorably discharged in 1946. Was wonderful gentleman and friend. Was married to Beatrice Garrett for 56 years who survives.
Charles Nelson Baldwin Lamesa Lt. Col. Army Air Corps 22 Ms. Bernie M. Baldwin
Baldwin served in 9th Air Force, ETO flying P-47 Thunderbolts. Stayed in Reserve and completed 22 years service altogether. Very proud of my brother. Our father served in Army, France, WWI.
Stephen Hunter Oldaker
Powhatan Army, 101st Airborne Corporal 2 Sunday Night Bowling
Like so many young people after 9/11/01, Hunter volunteered and has shown great qualities as a soldier, leader and humanitarian as his tour continues with Operation Iraqi Freedom. Hunter joined our league 9/9/01 and bowled with us til 10/28/01 when he left to join the army. We are really proud of him.
Timothy B. Erickson Yorktown Navy 10 1/2 Southern Belle Bowling League
Third generation Navy – serving in the Submarine Service, presently aboard the USS Hampton out of Norfolk, VA
John William (Jack) Kavanaugh III Portsmouth Marines Captain 28 Portsmouth Women’s Bowling Association
Jack breathed Marines. The Marines were Number One and family was Number Two. Even after retiring from the Marines, he still held them as Number One.

from Koffee Klatchers League:
Jack loved the Marines and was extremely proud of them. He was a devoted and dedicated officer. He and his family moved all over stateside and overseas for most of his career. He was medically discharged after suffering a stroke, which left him paralyzed and only partially able to speak. After the stroke, he loved watching Notre Dame games on TV. He was a dear sweet man and loved by all. He passed away on May 23, 2004, and we felt he would be extremely proud to be recognized this way.

Shane Courville Corinth Army PFC 3 Las Vegas League
He joined because he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his life. Now he loves the Army and the people he has met.
Christopher Ryan Petrie Fort Lewis Army PFC 2 Lane Brains
American Airlines team members
Enlisted in January 2002 knowing that he would probably serve in the middle East. He is 22 years old, and has two children. Ryan (as we call him) would like to go into law enforcement when his tour is over.
Lyle D. Lewis Tacoma USMC Gunnery Sgt. 21 1/2 His children Andrea, David and Cathy and their families
Our father was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The novelist James Michener wrote an article about his service as a scout behind enemy lines in Korea for the military magazine Stars and Stripes. The article was reprinted in newspapers around the country. He was known as the Kandy Bar Kid because he would take a few candy bars and a canteen of water for his overnight missions.

He was awarded the Silver Star and a Purple Heart in Korea and another Purple Heart in Vietnam.

Our father retired from the Marine Corps in Alaska where he worked as a longshoreman and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Roland H. Tetting Milwaukee Navy BM1 24 Milwaukee Women’s Bowling Assn.
Roland Served in three wars: WWII, he enlisted as a 17 year old; Korean War, he was recalled to active duty; Vietnam Conflict, he reentered service thru the TAR Program (Training Active Reserves). He retired 6-30-75 and died 12-18-03 at 79 years. He has two purple hearts, two bronze stars, and a Korean service medal issued by the Korean government.
Jason Sohm Milwaukee US Marine Corps Sgt. 5+ still active Melissa Greupink
My son, who is currently stationed at the U.S. Marine Corps base at Quantico in Fredricksburg, VA. He served in Iraq and helped bring out Jessica Lynch along with several other deceased Marines. He is a wonderful husband to Sarah (1 year May 22) and is an even better big brother to his little sister Kaitlyn – 4 1/2 year old. When home the two are inseperable. I love him dearly and am VERY PROUD of what he is doing for his country.
Donald C. Sohm Oshkosh US Marine Corps Pvt. 1st Class 3 wounded and sent home Melissa Greupink
My dad is a WWII veteran. He was a paratrooper until injured. Now battling lung cancer – my dad is awesome!
Michael D. Sohm Oshkosh US Navy Petty Officer 1st class 20 Melissa Greupink
My brother served for over 20 years in the U.S. Navy and then went on to be a Reserve Recruiter for many years – here in WI. Mike has always been top notch in my book.
Arthur H. Weis Milwaukee US Army The Other League,
Milwaukee, WI
Art served during the Korean War. He was in the U.S. Army and was the recipient of the Bronze Star. He was an avid bowler and a member of “The Other League” for many years. He was a meticulous tradesman and master craftsman in general contracting for over 45 years.
Rudd W. Davis Oak Hill Army E4 2 Judith Davis
My husband was a wonderful person who loved to have fun and kept everyone around him laughing. He was the type of person who brightened up a room when he walked in, he was also a most loving person. After he returned from his tour of duty in Viet Nam (’68-’69), although he tried to fit in again and be the same person, his life had been changed forever. Until his death from complication of the war, he was tortured inside and as hard as it was for him he tried to be happy it wasn’t to be. He has been gone from my life since Nov. 15, 2000. And life will never be the same, again.