"Athens" Gallery: Military men & women


World War II

Robert Pugh: Robert Pugh was captured by the Germans and held as prisoner until March 1945.


NOTE: Interviews were originally recorded on cassette by the Montgomery County Historical Society, 1990-1999.

World War II

J Estel Bell: Bell was assigned to the 29th Infantry Division, 175th Regiment. He received the Bronze Star in 1945.

Eugene Brooks:  Brooks was one of only 17 men from Company I who survived the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.

Lawrence Brown: Brown was in the 247th combat engineers, where his official job was as a carpenter.

William Clark: Clark's unit surrendered to the Japanese on April 9, 1942 and was forced to march 80 miles on the Bataan death march.

Albert Delano: Delano was a prisoner of war in Germany during World War II.

Carl Downen: Downen was captured during the Battle of the Bulge, and held at Stalag IV-B as a prisoner of war from December 1944 until April 1945.

William Hawley: Hawley entered the Army Air Corps on Valentine's Day, 1942, and was a communications officer in the 490th Bomb Squad.

William Morgan: Morgan was assigned to the destroyer USS J. William Ditter. He was in the Pacific fighting the battle of Okinawa when his ship was hit by a kamikaze pilot.

Roxie Remley: Remley was stationed in England in 1944. While she was serving in London, Remley met Queen Elizabeth II.

Raymond Swick: Swick flew nine bombing missions over Germany. On his last mission, his plane was shot down. 

Phil Ward: Ward enlisted in the Marines two days before his eighteenth birthday. He served in Japan and fought in the battle for Iwo Jima.

Floyd Wells: Wells was stationed in Italy with the 302nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Batallion during the war.

Fred Whittington: Whitington  joined the Army July 7, 1941. He served in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy.

Dwight and Doris Williams: Williams enlisted in the Navy on March 20, 1942, and served as the Chief Petty Officer aboard the ship LSM 173 during the Okinawa campaign.

Patricia Wilson: Wilson volunteered to go overseas. Her service took her to Australia, New Guinea, and Leyte. 

Donald Wingert: Wingert served in the Army Air Force and received the Distinguished Flying Cross for 51 round trips resupplying the Army Air Forces based in China


NOTE: Interviews were originally recorded on VHS tape by the Montgomery County Historical Society, 1990-1999.

World War II

Don Backe: Backe served on New Caledonia, Guadalcanal, and the Solomon Islands.

Ralph Barker: Barker was drafted late in World War II and served in the Philippines and Japan.

J. Estel Bell: Bell was drafted in 1944 and was sent to Europe shortly after D-Day. He fought in the Battle of Brest in France, and in Germany and Holland. 

Eugene Brooks: Brooks was drafted in 1942 and was sent first to Leyte in the Philippines. He was injured in battle on Okinawa Island.

Bill Broshears: Broshears enlisted in the Air Corps and served in the Pacific during World War II. After the war was over, he helped deliver supplies to prisoner of war camps in Japan.

Charles Bunnell: Bunnell was an aerial gunner in the Air Force and served in Europe during World War II.

Bob Campbell: Campbell was drafted in 1942 and was sent first to Alaska with the combat engineers. He was then sent overseas and fought in Normandy on D-Day.

Mark Caress: Caress enlisted in 1942 and was assigned to the Air Force. He served in the Pacific Area in World War II.

Clare Chamberlain: Chamberlain joined the Navy in 1943 and trained as an aviation machinist. He was in the Navy V-12 program and was sent overseas to Japan and China in 1945.

William Clark: Clark joined the New Mexico National Guard and was sent to the Philippines in 1941. He fought in the Battle of Bataan and was taken prisoner and forced into the Bataan Death March by the Japanese after the American surrender.

Marion Cooper: Cooper was a captain in the Army and served in France in World War II. He was awarded a Purple Heart, Silver Star, and Bronze Star for his service.

Chuck Courtney: Courtney worked in the Navy Civil Service and served in the Navy in World War II.

Helen Cross: Cross served as a nurse in Europe during World War II.

Paul Cummings: Cummings was with the Air Force based in Italy during World War II. He also served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

Hubert Danzebrink: Danzebrink recounts his experiences as a child growing up in Nazi Germany.

Kenneth Davidson: Davidson served in India and Burma during World War II. He was transferred to the Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.).

Albert Delano: Delano served in the Army in World War II. He was captured in France by the Germans and sent to Stalag VII A.

Paul Dickson: Dickson was a tank gunner and served in France, Belgium, and Germany. He was wounded in Germany and received the Purple Heart.

Norman Dillman: Dillman served in the Marines in World War II and was stationed in the Pacific islands. He was also in charge of a group of 32 Navajo code talkers.

Lewis Douglas: Douglas enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942 and fought in the Russell Islands and Okinawa.

Carl Downen: Downen was born on February 2, 1916 in Sullivan, Indiana and attended Purdue University. He served in the Army from 1943-1946 and was a prisoner of war in Germany at Stalag 4 B. Mr. Downen moved to Crawfordsville, Indiana in 1954.

Edward Fendley: Fendley served on the USS Enterprise (CV-6) in the Pacific during World War II.

Wesley Greavu: Greavu served at the end of World War II and during the Korean War.

Lawrence Grimes: Grimes fought in the Battle of Guadalcanal.

William Hawley: Hawley was stationed in India and Burma with the 490th Bomb Squadron, known as the "Burma Bridge Busters."

Joe Hinesley: Hinesley was taken prisoner of war and sent to a camp in Germany.

Russel Horner: Horner talks about the automobile business in Crawfordsville between 1933 and 1993.

Robert Hubbard: Hubbard served in the Air Force, flying missions from Italy over Germany. On his nineteenth mission over Munich, his plane was shot down and crashed in the Brenner Pass in Northern Italy. Hubbard was captured by the Germans and was sent to a prisoner-of-war camp in Poland.

Max Johnson: Johnson was in the 926th Army Signal Corps attached to the Eighth Air Force in Europe in World War II.

Laurel Kentner: Kentner served in Japan and the Pacific during World War II.

Allen Kinnaman: Kinnaman was a pilot in the Army Air Corps and served in Europe during World War II.

Marion Kirtley: Kirtley served in the United States Army Medical Corps in Europe.

Alexis Lebedeff: Lebedeff was assigned to the Army Specialized Training Program at Indiana University in 1945 to study Russian. He served in World War II and the Korean War.

Paul Ludwig: Dr. Ludwig served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and Korean War.

Reed MacBain: MacBain enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II.

Harold Manges: Manges served in World War II as a radar specialist with the Air Force in Africa and Europe.

Adrian Marks: Marks was a Navy pilot who rescued 56 sailors from the USS Indianapolis, which was torpedoed and sank in 1945.

Richard McGaughey: McGaughey enlisted in the Air Force in 1942 and served in the Pacific during World War II.

William Morgan: Morgan enlisted in the Navy in 1941 and served as a cook in the Battle of Okinawa and on a hospital ship in Japan.

Bob Morrow: Morrow and his brother Frank enlisted in the Marines near the start of World War II. Morrow went to scout and sniper training, was sent to New Zealand for more training and saw action in New Guinea, Guadalcanal, Guam and Iwo Jima.

Joe O'Rourke: O'Rourke enlisted in 1946 and was sent to Tokyo, Japan.

Joe Pointer: Pointer served in India and Burma during World War II.

Kenneth Pumroy: Pumroy attended Wabash College as part of the Navy V-12 Program.

Roxie Remley: In1942, Remley enlisted in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. She took part in a top secret experiment with a small group of women to see if they were capable of operating radar equipment in antiaircraft batteries.

Ned Rickett: Rickett was a Wabash College student who served in the Pacific Theater.

Jack Roberts:Roberts served as a gunner and bombardier in the U.S. Air Force in Europe.

Andy Robinson: Robinson was drafted in 1943 and assigned to the Quartermaster Corps.

Elton Ross: Ross served in the Army in World War II in the 14th Armored Division. He was wounded in action in France and received a Purple Heart.

Cecil Runyon: Runyon served in the China-Burma-India theater and was detached with Chinese forces under Chiang Kai-Shek during World War II.

Loran Rutledge: Rutledge was a machine gunner with the 103rd Infantry Division in World War II.

Clarence Givan, William Sanders, and John Wommack: All three men were present at the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mr. Wommack also was in the invasion of the Marshall and Gilbert Islands and in the Korean War.

John Servies: Servies was drafted in 1943 and assigned to chemical warfare camp. He was reassigned to cooks and bakers school and was in Manila during Japanese surrender.

Jim Smith: Smith served in France and Germany.

Raymond Swick: Swick served in the Air Force as a radio operator. On his thirteenth mission, his plane was shot down and he was hidden by the Dutch resistance.

Roland Tauscher: Tauscher was an army combat engineer during the invasion of Normandy, and transported supplies to the troops across France, Belgium, and Germany.

Russell Thompson: Thompson served in the Pacific Theater, in New Guinea, in the Military engineers.

Jim Tribby: In this interview, Tribby speaks to Southmont High School students about his experiences in World War II (Bataan Death March, Philippines, 1942).

Vaught brothers: Six Vaught brothers were interviewed on July 16, 1993 by Bob Wernle and J. Marion Kirtley on behalf of the Montgomery County Historical Society. Nine of the fourteen sons of Wallace and Marie Vaught served in World War II.

Victoriano Viray: Dr. Viray lived under the Japanese occupation of the Philippines and was liberated by U.S. troops under General MacArthur.

Phil Ward: Ward served with the Marines in the Battle of Iwo Jima and helped raise the American flag.

Richard Ward: Ward was an Ensign with the United States Sixth Fleet. During the war, he patrolled San Francisco Bay in a minesweeper.

Robert Weliver: During World War II, Weliver served with the Indiana National Guard 139th field artillery unit and 38th Army division in New Guinea, Leyte, Bataan, and Japan.

Lloyd Wells: Wells served in World War II in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy.

Robert Wernle: Wernle served as an investigator for the Army and was present at the Teheran Conference.

Fred Whittington: Whittington was drafted and joined the Army July 7, 1941. He served in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy.

Clint Wilkins: Wilkins served in the Army Air Corps as a bomber pilot in Southeast Asia.

Dwight and Doris Williams: Dwight served as a storekeeper in the Navy during World War II and was in the Battle of Okinawa. Doris was with the Selective Service Office.

Patricia Wilson: Wilson served in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines as a record clerk in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps.

Donald Wingert: Wingert served in the Army Air Corps, flying supplies from India to China.

Kenneth Wolf: Wolf served as a tail gunner during World War II, flying missions over Germany. He received the Presidential Unit Citation.


Wilfred  Arola: Arola was drafted into the Army and was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri as a communications instructor. He was later the owner of Uncle Smiley's restaurant in Crawfordsville.

Hank  Coyle: Coyle was drafted in 1951 and served as a medic in a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) in Korea.

Don Hunt: Hunt served with the Marines in Korea.

Michael Hinkle: Hinkle was drafted in 1947 and served as a counter intelligence agent in Germany.

Joe  O'Rourke: O'Rourke was assigned the Troop Information and Education officer at Camp Atterbury. He was waiting for orders to go to Korea when the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed.

James  Stewart: Stewart served in the United States Army Engineers, 44th.

Tommy  Thompson and Loran Rutledge: Tommy Thompson was drafted into the Army and was stationed in Korea in 1955. Loran Rutledge was interviewed by Alexis Lebedeff on behalf of the Montgomery County Historical Society. Rutledge was in charge of the kitchen with his Army unit. He was stationed in Korea for eight months.

Jerry  Walls: Walls served in the Korean War for 11 months and received three battle stars.

Albert  Zentko: Zentko was in basic training when World War II ended and was then stationed in Yokohama, Japan with the 431st Engineer Construction Battalion. Zentko was in the Army Reserves when the Korean War began. He was activated a few days later and served in the 3rd Division, 7th Infantry Regiment, Company G until 1951. He received four battle stars.


Joe  Barton and Gary Bell: Gary Bell enlisted in the Navy and was a medic. He was wounded in action in Vietnam. Joe Barton was drafted into the Army and was a helicopter crew chief.

Larry  Cooper: Cooper was drafted in 1968 and arrived in Vietnam in January 1969.

Michael  Fry: Fry enlisted in the Army in 1967 and was sent to Vietnam in 1968. He was trained in crash and rescue, structural firefighting, and pipeline fires.

Mearil  Martin: Martin was drafted into the Army and was assigned to an artillery unit in Vietnam.

Michael  Martin: Martin was drafted into the Army in 1966 and was sent to Vietnam in 1968.

Ed  Stewart: Stewart was drafted and was a tank commander in Vietnam. He was wounded in action and was rewarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

Sparky  Watts: Watts served in the Air Force. He was a navigator in the Vietnam War.