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May 2017

American FlagOn Memorial Day of 2006 I resolved to give a brief accounting of those who sacrificed for their country in military service. Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice are designated throughout the website with gold stars (Gold Star) and those who served during war are designated with blue stars (Blue Star). All who served in combat zones are memorialized below, grouped by conflict in reverse chronological order:

Persian Gulf War, Operation DESERT STORM (1991)Top

Gold StarThomas Allen Jenkins, LCpl, USMC

Killed by friendly fire while repelling an Iraqi incursion into Saudi Arabia at Khafji, February 1991. Age 21.

Vietnam War (1964-1975)Top

Gold StarJimmy Lee Fisher, Cpl, USA

Long An, Southern Vietnam, November 15, 1967. Age 20.

Blue StarDennis James Blissard, USAF

Korean War (1950-1953)Top

Blue StarWalter Day Beaman, Jr., USAF

Veteran of World War II and personnel technician with the 6131st Tactical Support Wing, 8th Fighter-Bomber Group; served at the Battle of P'ohang (Aug 1950) and advanced with the Group to P'yongyang until its fall on December 1, 1950.

Blue StarLawrence "Lars" R. Wargin, USMC

Aerial Navigator with Marine Transport Squadrons

World War II (1941-1945)Top

Gold StarWilliam V. Converse, CPT, USA Air Corps

Killed in action, presumably as a B-17 bomber pilot, over Holland, May 18, 1943. Age 24.

Gold StarOliver Albert Goodwin, Jr., USN

Died during the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, July 1945. Age 33.

Gold StarRobert G. Guglielmetti, USN

Died in an airplane crash during training over the Pamlico Sound, Florida, November 1942

Gold StarGeorge Lewis Magatelli, USN

Died on April 12, 1942, in Solano County, California following contraction of measle and pneumonia while serving with the U.S. Navy. Age 20.

Gold StarHerbert Dennis Shaw, CM1C, USN

Died during the sinking of the U.S.S. Houston (CA-30) by the Japanese in the Sundra Strait of Indonesia off the island of Java, March 1, 1942; 638 of the crew of 1,008 perished and the rest were taken prisoner by the Japanese. Herbert was about age 37.

Gold StarHarry Theodore Taylor, GM2c, USN

Served as a gunners mate and killed aboard the U.S.S. Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawai'i, December 7, 1941. Age 23.

Blue StarDoyle Sherman Beaman, USA

Served with the 1st Ranger Battalion in Sicily and Italy; captured at either Anzio or Cisterno and held as a prisoner of war through the rest of the war.

Blue StarWalter Day Beaman, Jr., USA

Served as an infantryman in the Philippines at the end of World War II and with the 7th Infantry during the occupation of Korea following the war. Reenlisted with the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean War.

Blue StarWilliam F. Bellon, USA

Blue StarWarren G. Epps, Sergeant, US(MC)

Served in Saipan, Okinawa, and Korea; awarded the Purple Heart on June 20, 1945, after being wounded at Okinawa

Blue StarMichael Magatelli, USA

Served in the European Theater.

Blue StarCharles J. Marci

Blue StarJerome J. Marci, PFC, USA

Served in the Philippine Islands as a light scout machine gunner; twice awarded the Bronze Star and earned a Purple Heart

Blue StarHerbert Archie Miller, GM1C, USN

Served aboard the U.S.S. Detroit (CL-8) at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, afterward the U.S.S. La Vallett (DD-448) and U.S.S. Franklin (CV-13), and as a reservist until 1975

Blue StarLouis Wayne "Bill" Thomas, USN

Served with the Navy Seabees in Okinawa

Blue StarLawrence "Lars" R. Wargin, USMC

Aerial Navigator with Marine Aircraft Groups

World War I (1917-1918)Top

Blue StarCornelius Ted Bellon, Sgt, USA

Enlisted with the 307th Field Artillery Regiment, presumably at Camp Dix, New Jersey, under the 78th Infantry Division. Reassigned to an as yet unidentified company prior to the Division's deployment to France in May. Reportedly served overseas from 1918 to 1919 and was promoted to corporal and sergeant. Honarably discharged on April 26, 1919, at Camp Mitchel Field (now Mitchel Air Force Base) on Long Island, New York.

Blue StarGeorge Leonard Converse (Jr.)

Spanish-American War (1898)Top

Gold StarHenry Lee Bond, Pvt, USA

Served in the Philippine Islands and Philippine Insurrection (~1898-1902); died on January 26, 1941, at the Veterans' Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico following decades of complications from malaria and dysentary contracted during his service

Blue StarThomas James Goodwin, USN

Enlisted as a Navy fireman following the explosion aboard the U.S.S. Maine; after his discharge he worked at the Philadelphia Navy Yard as a stationary engineer and died there 30 years later in an explosion, September 1, 1931

Civil War, Union (1861-1865)Top

Gold StarHenry B. and George W. Converse

Brothers Henry and George Converse are said to have died in the service of the Union Army

Gold StarWilliam A. Chapman

Died at Petersburg, Virginia on March 25, 1865, (Union or Confederate?), age 22

Gold StarAnderson C. Ragsdale

Died at the U.S. General Hospital, Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee, Janaury 24, 1865, age 33

Blue StarErastus D. Andrews, Pvt, Illinois 91st Infantry, Company "E"

Blue StarAllen Chapman5, Iowa 37th Regiment Volunteer Infantry, Company E

Allen and "the Graybeard Regiment" performed guard and garrison duty during several deployments in the Mississippi Valley

Blue StarBenjamin Franklin Chapman, Iowa 11th Regiment Volunteer Infantry, Company A

The 11th Iowa served in the Army of the Tennessee and engaged in the Battle of Shiloh, the Mississippi Campaign, and March to the Sea in Georgia

Blue StarCharles Wesley Chapman, Iowa 19th Regiment Volunteer Infantry, Company F

The 19th Iowa served with the Army of the Frontier and saw combat in northwest Arkansas and the Vicksburg Campaign. After the victorious Seige of Vicksburg the regiment was routed at the Battle of Stirling's Plantation in Louisiana and marched to Camp Ford, Texas, where they were imprisoned. It is not yet known if Madison and Charles were captured and taken prisoner.

Blue StarFrancis Marion Chapman, Pvt, Ohio 8th Independent Sharpshooters

Blue StarMadison Green Chapman, Iowa 19th Regiment Volunteer Infantry, Company F

Blue StarWilliam Anderson Chapman, Cpl, Ohio 8th Independent Sharpshooters

Blue StarErastus Taylor Converse, Pvt, Iowa 6th Cavalry, Company "I"

Served in Brigadier General Sully's Expedition against the Sioux Indians in the Dakota Territory

Blue StarJohn Jackson Fisher3, Pvt, Iowa 7th Cavalry, Company E

Served first year at home with the mumps; returned for service, August 1864-August 1865, and then deserted on 29 August

Blue StarFrancis Marion Kester, 2CPL, Iowa 22nd Infantry, Company "A"

Blue StarIsaac Dennis Miller7, Pvt, Iowa 24th Regiment Volunteer Infantry, Company D

Wounded in the right leg at the Battle of Champion's Hill (May 16, 1863) on the road to Vicksburg, Mississippi and again a year later at the Battle of Opequon Creek (September 19, 1864) on the road to Winchester, Virginia, leaving his right leg crippled. Age 20.

Blue StarStephen Wilbur Poole, Rhode Island 10th Regiment Volunteers, Company G

Blue StarAbram Van Wormer, Pvt, Ohio 96th Infantry, Company "D"; wounded.

War of 1812 (1812-1815)Top

Gold StarArnold Snider, Pvt, Simonton's Company of Riflemen

Died at Fort Meigs, Ohio, following the seige of the fort

Blue StarPaul Kester2, Lanier's Independent Battalion of Ohio Militia

Killed upon return home to Preble County, Ohio

Revolutionary War (1775-1781)Top

Blue StarJames Chapman3, Pvt, Virginia Militia

Served under Maj Boice at the Battle of Camden, South Carolina, 16 August 1780, and later at the Battle of Yorktown, October 19, 1781

Blue StarJohn "Jack" Chapman, Virginia Militia

Served in the Seige of Charleston, South Carolina, and second battle for Charleston

Blue StarJohn Ulrich, Pvt, First Partisan Corps ("Armand's Legion")

Likely served in Gen Kazimierz "Casimir" Pułaski's Legion (1778-1779) before Col Charles Armand ("Colonel Armand") Tuffin, Marquis De La Rouërie, took over the legion after Pułaski's death at the Battle of Savannah (October 11, 1779) and renamed it as the First Partisan Corps; "altercations" in 1782 on the return, presumably to New York following Cornwallis' surrender at Yorktown, Virginia (October 19, 1781)