Raymond A Campli served as a Seaman First Class in the US Navy from October, 1944 until February. 1946. Ray served on the USS Ruchamkin, an amphibious assault transport operating along the east coast and in the Caribbean. For his service Ray was awarded the American Theater Ribbon and the Victory Medal.
Former resident, the late Edward Dawson served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 and became a bombardier. He served in the 5th Air Force, 90th Bomb Group, 320th Bomb Squadron (“The Jolly Rogers”). Dawson received the Philippine Liberation ribbon with 1 bronze star, the Air Force Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater ribbon with 5 battle stars.
Talmadge Epps compiled over 600 hours of combat during 109 B-25 missions in the Pacific during World War II. He was a Technical Sargent with the 345th, 500th Bomb Squadron (known as the Rough Raiders). The Squadron participated in nine major campaigns in the Asia-Pacific Theater. Epps was awarded the Air Medal with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Asiatic-Pacific Medal and the Philippines Liberation Ribbon.
Ted Freas enlisted in the US Navy in 1945 and served through 1947. He was an Electrician’s Mate aboard the USS Proteus, a submarine tender.
Lawrence P. Froio served in the China-Burma-Indian Theater in WWII as a Sargent in the Air Force. The China-Burma-Indian Theater was often referred to as WWII’s Forgotten Theater. Froio served in the medical department attached to the Air Transport Command from November 1942 until February, 1946. Larry earned the Asiatic Theater Ribbon with two bronze stars.
Sergeant Clarence (Jake) Haldeman served during WWII in the US Army from 1942 to 1945. He fought in five campaigns in Europe with the 83rd Infantry Division. They were nicknamed “the thundering herd from the eighty-third” because their path through Europe resembled a thunderbolt. Among the many awards he received for his service were the Silver Star for bravery and the Purple Heart.
Corporal James W. Rapp served with the 243rd Combat Engineer Battalion in the European Theater. He earned three Battle Stars while serving in Central Europe in the Rhineland, Alsace-Ardennes: Battle of the Bulge and other fronts. Rapp served from 1943 to 1946.