It is a great honor to host a veteran for the Trail of Honor and a sad day when we lose one of these special individuals. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Larsen, David R.

Navy Cross Recipient / Navy, Vietnam
(Trail of Honor VIP: 2022) (Passed Nov. 2, 2022) Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Gunner’s Mate Third Class David R. Larsen, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism ...Read More

Whitehead, Doyle

Chief Master Sargent USAF / Air Force, Vietnam
(1936 – Sept. 4, 2022) As a steward on Airforce One, Doyle Whitehead directly served Presidents: Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson.  

McGee, Charles Edward

Tuskegee Airmen / Army Air Corp, WWII, Korea, Vietnam
(Dec. 7, 1919 – Jan, 16, 2022)  Served as a fighter pilot in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, amassing 409 combat missions. He became a command pilot with over 6,300 total hours and held commander positions in the Philippines, Italy, Vietnam, and at Richards-Gebaur ...Read More
Ronald Rosser

Rosser, Ronald E.

Medal of Honor recipient / Army, Korean War
(Oct. 24, 1929 – Aug. 26, 2020) Cpl. Rosser, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty. While assaulting heavily fortified enemy hill positions, Company L, 38th Infantry Regiment, was stopped by fierce automatic-weapons, small-arms, artillery, and mortar fire. Cpl. Rosser, ...Read More

Adkins, Bennie G.

Medal of Honor recipient / Marines, Vietnam
(Feb. 1, 1934 – April 17, 2020) Citation: Sergeant First Class Bennie G. Adkins distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an Intelligence Sergeant with Detachment A-102, 5th ...Read More

Lehner, Willet

Pearl Harbor Survivor / Navy, WWII
(?1921 -Jan. 5, 2020) Will Lehner, of Stevens Point, Wisconsin was only 20 years old in 1941 and serving in the Navy, where he was assigned to the USS Ward. Patrolling the entrance to Pearl Harbor. Lehner, a mess cook and number four gun ammunition handler, ...Read More

Woodward, Daphne

Royal Naval Air Service (WREN) / Air Force, WWII
(July 13, 1920 – Feb. 8, 2023) The Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS; popularly and officially known as the Wrens) was the women’s branch of the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy.  First formed in 1917 for the First World War, it was disbanded in 1919, then revived in 1939 ...Read More

Cole, Richard E. “Dick”

Distinguished Flying Cross / Army Air Corp, WWII
(September 7, 1915 – April 29, 2019) Doolittle Raiders – Lt. Richard E. “Dick” Cole, Copilot to Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle in the lead plane of 16 B-25B bombers that boldly raided targets in Japan on April 18, 1942.

Jackson, Joe M.

Medal of Honor / Army Air Corp, WWII, Korea, Vietnam
(Mar. 14, 1923 – Jan. 12, 2019 )  Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Medal of Honor for actions on May 12, 1968 for his part in the evacuation of Kham Duc while under fire.  CITATION: For ...Read More
Glenn Frazier

Frazier, Glenn D.

Bataan Death March Survivor / Army, WWII
(December 1, 1924 – September 15, 2018) Glenn Dowling Frazier was born in the rural town of Fort Deposit, Alabama on the first of December, 1924. At age 16, restless and desirous of adventure, he lied about his age and enlisted in the peacetime Army. ...Read More

Holiday, Samuel T.

Navajo Code Talker / Marines, WWII
(June 2, 1924 -June 11, 2018) Born in Monument Valley in 1924, Holiday attended boarding school in Tuba City before enlisting in the United States Marines Corps and training as a Code Talker. He served in the 4th Marine Division, 25th Regiment, H and S ...Read More

Willie George Sr

Navajo Code Talker / Marines, WWII
(1925  – December 5, 2017) Became a Marine and Code Talker in 1943 serving as a private with the Second Marine Division, 10th Battalion. He participated in the Battle of Okinawa, delivering and receiving coded messages using the Navajo language. (Past Trail of Honor VIP ...Read More

Gray, Leo

Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Congressional Gold Medal / Army Air Corp, Tuskegee Airmen WWII
(May 30, 1924 – September 23, 2016) Lt. Col. Leo Gray, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen who fought in the skies over Europe during World War II. Awards: Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster, a Presidential Unit Citation, the Mediterranean Theatre of Operation ribbon ...Read More

Toledo Henry Bill

Navajo Code Talker / Marines, WWII
( March 29,1924 – May 5, 2016) Enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1942 and following boot camp in San Diego, he attended Navajo Code Talker School at Camp Elliot, Calif.  Upon completion he was assigned to the 3rd Marine Division and shipped ...Read More

Kirk, Theodore “Dutch” Van

Member of Crew B29 Enola Gay / Army Air Corp, WWII
(1921 – Jul. 28, 2014) Navigator of the 509th Composite Group, WWII, B29 Enola Gay when it dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

McMullen, Milton L.

POW / Army Air Corp, WWII
(Jan. 2, 1921 – Dec, 1, 2014)   U.S. Army Air Corps. and served in the Pacific Theater during WWll as an in-flight mechanic on B-17 bombers with the 27th Bomb Group. He was a prisoner of war of the Japanese, spending 3+ years in the ...Read More

Barfoot, Van Thurman

Medal of Honor recipient / Army, WWII
(June 15, 1919 – March 2, 2012) Citation Second Lieutenant Barfoot’s official Medal of Honor citation reads:   For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on 23 May 1944, near Carano, Italy. With his platoon heavily ...Read More

Keller, Leonard Bert “Len”

Medal of Honor / Army, Vietnam
(February 25, 1947 – October 18, 2009) Sergeant Keller’s official Medal of Honor citation reads: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sweeping through an area where an enemy ambush had occurred ...Read More

Lucas, Jacklyn Harrell “Jack”

Medial of Honor recipient / Marines, WWII Iwo Jima
(February 14, 1928 – June 5, 2008) The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JACKLYN H. LUCAS UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVEfor service as set forth in the following CITATION: For conspicuous gallantry and ...Read More