Issue #94 | June 2022
In This Issue of
Saving Military History One Soldier at a Time
Welcome to the Memorial Day 2022 Newsletter.

While you enjoy your three day weekend hopefully with family and friends take a few moments of silence to reflect, give thanks and honor those killed in action throughout history. We may know a few of their names and faces, but there are thousands for which we owe much.

So let us introduce you to some of those heroes who you may not have heard of... They are part of our world-class collection. We are proud and very humbled to be preserving the family heritages of many who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to the country. Please take a few moments with each in this issue.

Thank You.

So read on ...

Thank you for all of the artifact donations we have received last year; a remarkable quantity and quality of history has been entrusted to our care.

We want to send out a special thank you to all of our volunteers who have been helping us on many projects. We could not have accomplished so much without your assistance!

Thank you for your support!

Artifacts help tell the stories, money makes the engine run, please

We tell history! Saving Military History One Soldier at a Time.

Remember those that made the #ultimatesacrifice #mia #pow #kia #sonsofliberty. #patriots #army #navy #marines #aircorps #airforce #coastguard #spaceforce #merchantmarine; all those that have worn the cloth.

Join us on this journey.

In Their Memory,
Robert Coalter, Jason Weigler
Executive Directors

"Saving Military History One Soldier At A Time".SM 
"Saving History One Soldier At A Time"SM
If you are looking to volunteer with a non-profit we would welcome your assistance. We have a need to transcribe over 150,000 of these index cards. Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Soldiers Medal, Bronze Stars and Purple Heart. Getting this information into our database will allow us to make this data searchable. Contact us to get started!

We are also looking for General Orders of World War II, digital copies are welcome; volunteers to transcribe this data.
Missing in Action & Buried Unknowns
There are still thousands classified as Missing in Action or as Buried Unknowns. In our partnership with the MIA Recovery Network we have established data on our websites regarding MIAs.

The quest to account for those of our nation's Missing in Action is one of the most noble of endeavors. There are also a large number of recovered remains that are buried in ABMC cemeteries where the identity is unknown. These are known as X-Files.
The recovery of MIAs pose a number of challenges. For example, Navy or Merchant Marine ships that were sunk are unrecoverable and thus ship manifests are the primary and often only source of names for those that have perished but are still accounted.
Each conflict has had its own challenges. At the end of World War II the military had established more than 360 temporary cemeteries, but the dead were being found continually in farm fields, forests, small church cemeteries, isolated graves and the shores of combat zones. These dead were collected and the remains consolidated into the fourteen permanent European, Mediterranean, and North African Cemeteries maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission along with two permanent cemeteries in the Philippines and Hawaii.

Monetary donations are needed and very welcomed to support these efforts to create case files.

Please consider a DONATION today. Thank You.

Case of Buried Unknown X-00427

Hautot-sur Mer, France

These remains were originally buried during the German Occupation. Later, the German cemetery was taken over by the French military, and finally the Canadian Forces. It became primarily a Canadian Forces project between 1945 through 1950. The Germans had done an orderly and apparently accurate job of identifying the dead and this was reflected after the war, in 1950, when the identification of 00427 was attempted by the US Graves Registration teams.

At that time an identification of X-00427 was believed imminent, but when the anthropological measurements were compared with the IDPF of the soldier believed to be buried d there, the measurements did not satisfactorily match those of the man in the IDPF. 

On further archival research, it was learned that during the postwar cleanup and landscaping of the cemetery, the land was banked, existing crosses and identifications done by the Germans were removed and the identifications were transposed in reverse order. This did not become evident until the 1950 attempts at identification were thwarted.

It is important to realize that though they were enemies, the Germans held record keeping of fallen warriors to be an honor.

At conflict's end, hundreds of temporary cemeteries needed to be consolidated at central points toward the final permanent cemeteries in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Italy and Luxembourg. Before the age of computers and relational databases, the task was daunting and invariably mistakes occurred. The only way these cases can be resolved today is by the use of DNA. Families need to be aware of this and where possible, donate the DNA reference samples needed by the Defense Department so that these cases can be moved toward conclusions.

#neverforget #bringthemallhome
Sons of Liberty Museum

The Sons of Liberty has hundreds of uniforms and thousands of other artifacts in our collection from the U.S. Revolutionary War to Present day. Our web presence now numbers in excess of 365,000 pages. We continue to accept new material for education and research programs.

Our collection includes memorabilia from the front line soldier to the rear echelon clerk. Drivers, infantrymen, pilots, tankers, seaman, medical, artillery, armorers, engineers, quartermasters and much more. Those that were drafted or volunteered; those that did a single tour or made it a career. Those that returned with all types of injuries and those that gave their full measure being killed in action (KIA). All MOS are welcome from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marines.

We are Saving Military History One Soldier At A Time. We are honoring the service of the Citizen Soldier.
1LT Dana Randolph Barker
KIA 13 February 13, 1969

US Army, Headquarters Headquarters Company Aviation Section, 198th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division (23rd Infantry Division).

He was Killed In Action (KIA), on 13 Feb 1969 in Kontum Province, II Corps, South Vietnam and his wall location is Panel 32W - Line 24.
WO1 John Ernest Anderson
KIA July 21, 1969

U.S. Army. Troop C, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. He was Killed In Action (KIA), on 21 Jul 1969 in Phuoc Long Province, III Corps, South Vietnam and his wall location is Panel 20W - Line 27.
S/Sgt James Ray

Today on this Memorial Day please take the time to remember Jimmy Ray! I can't tell you what James means to me. It runs far deeper than just a name. In 1972-73 time frame we were stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. during the Vietnam War. Our family was especially in tuned with the times as my father had come home from Vietnam in 1968. Our family would help raise money for POW/MIAs. We sold bumper stickers and bracelets on base to help support those families affected by their loss.

The POW/MIA bracelet I received as a young child was to a US Army soldier name James M. Ray. I have worn his bracelet since that time. Not knowing much about him or his story until the internet. I wear his bracelet with honor and pride, praying someday he will be found and returned home to his family. Since FB started I have had the great opportunity to become FB friends with his brother C.J.Ray who also served in the USMC in Vietnam! 

This is the reason we take this time to remember their sacrifice on Memorial Day ! Never to be forgotten and always in our hearts! Please say a prayer for all our military who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country... especially for James! 

May the Lord bless them all !
Jason Weigler, May 30, 2022
Arnold Lovins
KIA August 9, 1971

B Co, 1st BN, 6th Inf., 198th Inf Brigade, 23rd Division. KIA August 9, 1971.Quand Tin Province, South Vietnam. Panel W3, Line 126.
BG General William "Billy" Bond
KIA April 1, 1970

Commanding the 199th Infantry Brigade in South Vietnam. General Bond also served in World War II with the Army Rangers and was a prisoner of war.
S/Sgt Mikey Rickard
KIA June 17, 1944

Killed on Saipan
Lieutenant Paul Schenk
KIA May 27, 1945.

US Navy, Patrol Bombing Squadron 133 (PVB-133)

We need volunteers to transcribe award and roster documents. You will place the material into a spreadsheet where it will be added to our database and website. We welcome new dedicated volunteers to work from home and help us with this project!

Interesting Links & Resources


We welcome donations of monies for operational costs. Artifact donations are sought in the form of papers, books, photos, gear, uniforms, jackets, medals, ribbons, weapons, equipment, scrapbooks, biographies, diaries and more. Please Contact Us

Revolutionary War, War if 1812, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Cold War, Gulf War and current conflict donations accepted. From small to large multi-item donations, they all tell a story.

We need you ! We need your help to further our mission of preserving and bringing this history to the public. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit your qualifying donations are tax deductible.

Army Air Corps Museum

The Air Corps Museum online presence encompasses over 355,000 web pages with thousands of photos and other materials. Our artifact collection contains hundreds of uniforms, albums, logs, medals and more from the Army Air Service, Army Air Forces and U.S. Air Force.

World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Cold War, Gulf War and current conflict donations welcome!


We need volunteers to transcribe documents, placing the material into a spreadsheet. We welcome new dedicated volunteers to help us with this project! Work from home.

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We welcome donations of papers, books, photos, gear, uniforms, jackets, medals, ribbons, weapons, equipment, scrapbooks, biographies, diaries, letters and more. Please Contact Us

You can make monetary donations. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit your qualifying donations are tax deductible.
SSgt Robert Duvall
KIA April 28, 1944

Assigned to the 42nd Bombardment Group (B-25 Mitchell) in World War II.
Harold Braun
KIA July 27, 1944

301st Bombardment Group
Sgt Robert Adams
KIA July 4, 1944

97th Bomb Squadron, 47th Bombardment Group, 12th Air Force.
Lt Edward Piergies
KIA August 9, 1944

466th Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force.
Lt. Colonel Walter Kingsley Selenger
KIA May 16, 1951

HQ Squadron, 49th Fighter Bomber Group.
Andrew Sziich
KIA May 22 1944

Killed while piloting his P-38 while assigned to the 37th Fighter Squadron, 14th Fighter Group. 
Lt John Ryan
KIA August 1, 1943

376th Bombardment Group in World War II
2nd LT John Melcher
KIA September 9, 1944

Assigned to the 17th Bombardment Group in World War II.

Items have a story, what tale do yours tell?

Museum Expenditures-Donations
As a non-profit it's important to let our patrons know where some of their money is going.

This riker-mount display box is one of the most important pieces that we use. They contain ribbons, medals, patches, pictures and other small memorabilia items.

Last year we purchased 534 of these items. We will fill them all in less than 12 months.

Constant Contact charges us $1200 annually to create, store and send this newsletter.

Our web servers, domains and hosting cost $7100 / year.

The annual total for just these three components is $13,3000. Naturally, we have other expenditures, but 100% of monetary donations go to operations. All staff and directors are volunteer.

Monetary donations are needed and very welcomed to support these efforts.

Please consider a DONATION today. Thank You.

Memorial Day 1919
Memorial Day 1919
By Thomas Lamlein

By Memorial Day of 1919, most American combat troops had returned from their service in World War I and were able to enjoy the holiday in the comfort of their homes, in the company of the family and friends. Unfortunately, this was not the case for the American troops committed to the North Russia intervention, fighting for their lives in the frozen north, while tasked with an uncertain mission in a nation plunged into the madness of civil war.

The American troops stationed in and around Archangel knew had little idea of why they
were positioned in between the Bolshevik Red Army and the former Czarist White forces. Truth be told, their field commanders knew little more and their leaders in Washington DC even less. One thing was readily apparent, the Russian civil war was a bloody mess, and the American forces, along with their British, French, and Canadian allies, had already suffered plenty of casualties in their firefights with communist forces. The Americans had recently fought their last major battle with the Bolsheviks in early April.  

On Memorial Day, the 339th Infantry uncased their regimental colors for the first time since deploying to North Russia, and together with Old Glory they marched from Archangel town to the outskirts of that community, gathering with an honor guard at the Allied cemetery established there. The Americans honored their nearly 170 dead, and immediately after the first US troops boarded a transport ship for the long journey home. Within a month, most of the rest of the 339th had left for France, and then the USA. By the end of September, the Allied intervention in North Russia was over, and despite the many brave sacrifices, it became little more than footnote in military history. Still, the Stars and Stripes flew there, Americans fought and died there, and Memorial Day was celebrated in Russia during 1919. The little Allied cemetery still exists near Archangel, and a few brave Americans remain buried there. A century has passed, but our hearts still remember on Memorial Day. 
1) Memorial Day 1919, Archangel, Russia: The colors of the 339th
Infantry Regiment are uncased for the first time since the unit's deployment to North Russia. The Memorial Day parade proceeded through Archangel to reach the Allied cemetery outside of town. Color Sergeants (left to right) are Richard Winters and Anthony Choike.
2) The US Honor Guard firing a salute at the Allied cemetery at
Archangel-Memorial Day 1919. The men are equipped with American-made Russian 3-Line rifles (chambered in 7.62x54mmR), originally manufactured for the Czarist Russian government by New England Westinghouse and Remington.

When the Russians defaulted on the payment for the rifles, the US Government inherited several hundred thousand of them-most were used for training within the USA. The 339th Infantry Regiment was equipped with the 3-Line rifle for their deployment to North Russia in 1918 and used them in combat against communist Bolshevik forces.

The Allied cemetery in Archangel contained the graves of nearly 170
Americans lost during the mission to North Russia.
3) Heading home on Memorial Day, 1919: Men of Company L of the 339th
Infantry board the transport "Czar" to begin their long journey home. These
were among the first men of the North Russia expedition to go home. The bulk of American troops left Archangel by the end of June 1919, with the final US forces leaving by September.  

Rescued History & Museum Quality
We rescue a lot of military artifacts; items destined for the trash heap. From torn papers and faded ribbons to moth damaged uniforms decades pass and the condition of items deteriorate. These artifacts still have a story to tell.

Many museums only want items in pristine condition, we say differently. Some so called museums only want materials from a well known commander written up in history books or the fighter ace or a man who would fly to the moon or a Medal of Honor recipient.

While we have artifacts such as these we also have the items of the draftee who answered their nation's call and served their tour and then went home. Some were not so fortunate. in our mission of "Saving Military History One Soldier at a Time" it is about all who have worn the cloth of our nation's military. Artifacts help us bring stories to life no matter their condition.

We accept donations of artifacts in ALL CONDITIONS.
This 15th Air Force tunic was recently donated to us by a person, so technically they rescued it. The jacket was left at a fast food restaurant many years ago and the manager kept it hoping the owner would return. Alas, that never happened. Instead of disposing of it, he donated it to us. There happens to be a laundry number in it and we are hopeful that we may be able to determine the serviceman and thus SAVE some more history! Stay Tuned.
The Cinema
The Cinema, another way to describe it is it's our own Netflix.

130 combat films represented by 209 clips and 1436 minutes of footage will keep you watching for hours.

Army, Army Air Forces, Navy, Marines. WW2 and Vietnam. There's something for everyone.

This is a subscription service of $14.95/month.

Take a few minutes and go see what's "Now Showing" and decide if you want to signup and start watching. Go now !

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301st Bombardment Group, B-17 Flying Fortress. England, North Africa, Italy during World War II.
USS Hilbert. Destroyer Escort, DE-742. Pacific Theater of Operations, World War II.

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---- What is Liberty ? ----

"definition. the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior, or political views." 

Merriam-Webster defines it as " the power to do as one pleases, the freedom from physical restraint and freedom from arbitrary or despotic control.

---- So what is a Son of Liberty? ----

In our context and beginning these were the men and women in America who wanted the freedom from the King of England. They desired a right of self-determination for their lives.  They fought for this liberty and codified it in the Constitution of a new country.  To keep this liberty they created a military to ward off the any would-be belligerent. Since the War of Independence until and including the present day the men and women who have worn the cloth of our nation's military are its Sons of Liberty.  They have fought enemies in other nations, they have fought each other and they have stood as sentinels of the watch.
We celebrate the service of these individuals, we tell the historical story of these selfless patriots.

---- The Sons of Liberty Museum ----

Over a decade ago we chose a name for this organization and our sister the Army Air Corps Library and Museum. We believe these names accurately describe these men and women who serve. We will not change any name to satisfy a radical viewpoint or computer algorithm. We don't allow for any revisionist history, we tell the factual stories.

We are Saving Military History One Soldier at a Time.
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I was a navigator in the 459 Bomb Group 758 Bomb Squadron flying B-24's from Torre Giulia Field, tower named 'Coffee Tower', a gravel airfield near Cerignola, on the Foggia Plains of Southeastern Italy during the period August 4, 1944 to May 16, 1945. I flew 50 combat missions over targets in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Yugoslavia and Northern Italy.

Project Option: 6×9 in, 15×23 cm
# of Pages: 386
IsbnSoftcover: 9781714032860
Publish Date: Dec 12, 2019

Most aircraft of World War II had pictures of sexy girls, tributes to sweethearts, songs and home. The planes were fondly referred to in a feminine manor. That was not the case with this B-17 tail number 42-25233. He was Rigor Mortis.

This is the story of Rigor Mortis and his men who flew over 120 missions from North Africa and Italy in 1943 and 1944.

Project Option: 8×10 in, 20×25 cm
# of Pages: 382
IsbnSoftcover: 9781714727803
Publish Date: Apr 20, 2020

A Novel of MACVSOG in Vietnam. By Gene Pugh a Special Forces Recon Team Member.

Surrender Not an Option

Survivors guilt is not the only thing that is bothering Allen Purvis. He has to relive in his mind the battles in a denied area when he was assigned to MACVSOG the ultimate secret organization during the Viet Nam war. He is put to the test when he commands his friends to sacrifice themselves to save the others of the unit. Wendy Salas, nurse at the 95th Evacuation Hospital sees the horrors of the war everyday. Her pain is personal. A chance meeting on R&R in Hong Kong brings these two people together as soul mates in a hope that one of them can save the other. Purvis like the others wondered why they were saved and the answer was there all the time.

  • Paperback : 312 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1539108333
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1539108337
  • Dimensions : 6 x 0.71 x 9 inches

Gene is a member of our advisory board.
By Tom Laemlein

Tom is a member of our advisory board.

Many of the photos and illustrations in this book, some of them in color, are strong enough to be displayed in full page format. The images deliver the gritty details of USAAF armaments’ use down to their nuts and rivets, and the high-velocity rounds they fired. This is a unique photo-study, with many of the photos never-before published.

U.S.A.A.F. Aircraft Weapons of WWII

This book focuses on the war-winning weaponry of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. With 144 pages containing more than 250 photos it offers stunning visual details of the machine guns, cannons, bombs, and rockets carried into battle by USAAF bombers, fighters, and attack aircraft.Many of the photos and illustrations in this book, some of them in color, are strong enough to be displayed in full page format. The images deliver the gritty details of USAAF armaments’ use down to their nuts and rivets, and the high-velocity rounds they fired. This is the first photo-history of its kind, with many of the photos never-before published.

Combat conditions dictated that many aircraft were adapted into roles for which they were not designed. As necessity is the mother of invention, aircraft were modified in both their roles and their armament. B-25s became ground attackers, A-20s became night fighters, and every wartime USAAF fighter was adapted to carry bombs.

301st Bombardment Group DVD

Enjoy this history of the 301st Bombardment Group in World War II with this discovered archival film footage. The first footage is in North Africa where the 301st moved after a short beginning in England. From Maison Blanche to Biskra, Algeria in 1942-1943 then Lucera, Italy in 1944 and many missions in between. Watch the men on the ground and in the air with both black and white and color footage. There are also some scenes with sound. Listen to the commanders recap the North African Campaign and a crew interview.

Watch the mission to bring back repatriated POWs. View the destruction of war on the enemy at the various targets of the 12th and 15th AF heavy bomber units.

View some great color footage of General Spaatz and General Eaker in the desert of North Africa. Listen to Generals Eisenhower, Spaatz and Doolittle talk about the Tunisian Campaign. Watch the bombs drop on missions including the oil fields and production facilities at Ploesti, Romania. View destruction on the ground. Watch as liberated POWs of the 15th AF are brought back to Italy.

This DVD contains a mixture of black and white and color film footage.
There are a number of minutes that contain sound. Runtime: 218 Minutes (3 hours, 38 minutes). Price: $39.99

By Kenneth Breaux

The author takes the reader on a compelling odyssey, beginning with a wartime mystery which endured for nearly sixty years. A compelling and often gripping story of loss and discovery.

About the Author:

Kenneth Breaux served as a Naval Officer during the Vietnam era, where he first became acquainted with the plight of MIA's and their families. He spent over twenty years on active and reserve service and retired from the Navy with the rank of Commander.

"Courtesies of the Heart"

In the early morning hours of September 11, 1944, US Army Air Forces P-51 pilot Lt. William Lewis climbed into an overcast sky with the 55th Fighter Group on a mission escorting bombers. He had already flown more than 100 hours of combat over Europe. Over the channel he joined a vast fleet of more than 1,000 airplanes including the B-17’s of the 100th Bomb Group bound for Germany. This day’s combat would be one of the largest aerial engagements of the war, conducted at the very edge of operational range. By the next day, all of the aircraft were accounted for or known to be lost. Among the missing was Bill Lewis, who would remain an MIA for almost sixty years.

A chance discussion in a Texas home on New Years Eve 2001 regarding the movie “Saving Private Ryan”, a renovated Czech schoolhouse in the village of Kovarska, experts from the US Army in Hawaii, and Czech volunteers extended and fulfilled the Courtesy of the Heart begun by a gracious German citizen in September 1944 in the Thuringer Wald of Germany.

This is the fascinating story of how a Tulsa World War II pilot came home on Memorial Day 2004, only a few months short of sixty years from the time he flew his last mission. The book began a new role for the author, whose retirement has since become centered around the families of the missing in action of World War II and the search for their remains, and the origin of a not for profit company called MIA Recovery Network and a second book slated to be released by years-end 2021, called “Known But to God: America’s Twentieth Century Wars and the Search for the Missing”.
By James & Barbara Farrell

"James Joseph Farrell"

James Joseph Farrell was born October 27, 1921 and grew up during the Great Depression. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1939.

He served with distinction in North Africa in 1942-1943 with the 301st Bombardment Group, 32nd Bomb Squadron flying 51 missions as an aerial engineer, top turret gunner.

He earned his pilot wings in 1945. This is his story.
Museum Projects
MIAs - Missing in Action

We have information on over 90,000 MIAs. This includes most all the World War II MIAs and some from World War I, Korea, Vietnam and the Cold War.

With our strategic partners, the MIA Recovery Network, we want to tell the last chapter in the life of these Citizen Soldiers.

We would also like your help in telling the first chapters of the lives of those still Missing in Action. Do you have service photos of a family member that is or was MIA? News articles? Service related material?

Material on Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines MIAs:

Air Corps:
X-Files - Buried Unknowns

There are many citizen soldiers whose body was recovered, but they are unidentified. There are thousands of these unknowns buried in American Battle Monument Cemeteries around the world. They are also known as X-Files.

Material on Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines X-Files can be found:

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Unit Documents

We need you ! A continued big thanks to our fantastic army of volunteers. We have much more so if you can type and have a couple hours each week we can use you !

Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force

We have received material on many units and are hoping to compile much more.

Unit Citations, Awards, Transfers, Rosters

Many groups received unit citations during their particular conflict. The paperwork, in triplicate, would include a roster of all assigned and attached personnel. We are seeking and requesting copies of those roster documents. Please search your papers, talk to your association and help us out with this information and get them to us pronto!
Attention Website Owners &
Veteran Associations

Many WWII veterans organizations have shut. Many these organizations had developed some type of website, some with enormous amounts of data and history. Sadly, many had/have not made provisions for their website to be continued and thus when the bill stops being paid, the website disappears and all the work and information is lost. We want to help and we need you to help us. If you know of a disbanding group, please have them get in contact with us; we would like to bring their website and information under our wing. If they want to continue to maintain it we can give them access to continue that as well. One of our top goals for this and every year is to preserve this history not lose it!

Not a WW2 unit? That's ok. We are also interested in your history and want to help preserve it. Korea, Vietnam and all other conflicts.

If your organization has physical materials such as uniforms, patches, photos and other memorabilia do you have plans for them when you cease operations? We would be honored to be the custodian of your group's history.
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