Thursday, February 25, 2021
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Owen was born On August 10, 1920 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Joseph McAllister and Vera Bennion. He had two brothers Warren, and Gerald and one sister Bella.
In 1940 Owen was in his first year of college at the University of Utah. He enlisted on September 29, 1941 and took flight training at Cal-Aero and Victorville pilot training schools in California. In April of 1942 he received his commission and in August was assigned to the South West Pacific...more
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
James Albert Mabante was born on July 25, 1920 in Nogales, Arizona. His parents Rufino Mabante and Constanza Romero were born in Mexico and California, respectively. His father was a steelworker.
James had 2 brothers, Charles and Frank and 2 sisters, Carmen and Virginia. By 1940 James was in his third year of high school was 19 years old and working at Callahan Lead and Zinc Mining, Washington Camp.
He enlisted June 3, 1942 at Nogales, AZ and was attached to the 15th USAAF, 348th Bombardment Squadron, 99 AAF Bombardment Group (heavy) as a (Gunner 5) waist gunner...more
Friday, January 29, 2021
Aubrey was born August 4, 1920 in West Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, one of three brothers including Hodge and Edward. His father L. Carsey Garrett, born in Alabama was a blacksmith for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, his mother, Connor a homemaker born in Louisiana.
In 1940 Aubrey had already graduated from Ouachita Parish High School and was a locomotive fireman for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. He married Lillian Martha Marhefka on August 1, 1939 and their daughter, Diane was born in 1942.
Aubrey enlisted in the Army Air Corps on February 15, 1942...more
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Wayland D. Campbell - U.S.S. Indianapolis
Wayland Campbell was born on the 28th Of October, 1921 in Rosedale, OK in Okfuskee county.
His father was Alph Campbell, farmer, his mother was Rabie a homemaker. Wayland had one sister, Velva and one brother, Billy. Wayland was a member of the FFA (Future Farmers of America) as was his sister, Velva. Wayland won several awards for his prized hogs and farming ability.
He worked for the NYA Boys Resident Project in Okmulgee, OK
Wayland enlisted in the Navy on the 3rd of September 1942 in Oklahoma City, OK By the 8th of November 1942 he was aboard the USS Henderson sailing out of San Francisco to Pearl Harbor...more
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Friday, January 15, 2021
I wrote about the project here, on July 7th 2020 and soon joined as a biographer of some of these heroes. I chose to profile the 45th Division Thunderbirds out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma because I happen to live in Oklahoma at the present time. What an honor it has been to learn and write about these seemingly very ordinary people who were asked to do extraordinary things, and didn't hesitate.
We are now going to start biographing the heroes of D-Day at Normandy, France code name Operation Overlord. Too many heroes died at Normandy, they were from the 1st Infantry Division, the 4th Infantry Division, the 29th Infantry Division, the 82nd Airborne Division, the 101st Airborne Division, and the 2nd Ranger Battalion to name a few.
In the meantime I'm going to share some of the profiles I have written, maybe it will inspire you to join our group of writers and researchers, or to learn about these people that made sure we are free, the cost: their lives.
The very first biography I did was about a young man named James Mabante, I hope you enjoy his story.
James Mabante - 49 Missions, Almost Home