Friday, January 29, 2021

Stories Behind The Stars - The Fallen of WWII - Sgt. Aubrey Ford Garrett


Sgt. Aubrey Ford Garrett


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

Stories Behind The Stars - The Fallen of World War II - Wayland D. Campbell

 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

Stories Behind The Stars - The Fallen of World War II



                    Honoring Benedict Frank Axtman -  850th Engineer Aviation Battalion
                                            

 

Friday, January 15, 2021

Stories Behind The Stars - The Fallen of World War II

 

In July of 2020 I ran across an article about The Stories Behind The Stars, a project of telling all the stories of the over 400,000 mean and women who did not come home from World War II. Started by Don Milne as a way to honor those who served and gave the ultimate sacrifice, a noble task, indeed.

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







http://www.thepastwhispers.net/2020/07/