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Silas Howell


Silas E. Howell
81st Division
324th Infantry
Company I

Silas Egbert Howell was born in Wayne County, North Carolina on February 12, 1896, son of David Green Howell and Marceline Johnston Howell.   He was inducted into the Army on May 27, 1918. Silas served with the 221st Military Police Company prior to his discharge. He was honorably discharged on June 26th, 1919. After the war Silas served as a trooper in the NC Highway Patrol, retiring after 22 years. (more…)

Arthur James


James I. Arthur
30th Division
120th Infantry
Company H

James Ivey Arthur was born on 23 August 1894 in Carteret County, North Carolina…son of Arendell Everet Arthur and Lydia Gaskins Arthur. He was inducted into the Army on October 10, 1917. James was severely wounded September 29th 1918 in Bellicourt when the Regiment broke through the Hindenburg Line. He was discharged April 18, 1919.


Clarence Walters


Clarence N. Walters
28th Division
112th Infantry
Company M

Clarence Newton Walters was born on June7th 1893 and raised in Royersford, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  He was the first born son of Samuel and Ada Walters.  At the age of 25 he entered the Infantry on April 2, 1918 serving with the 112th Infantry. (more…)

908th Field Artillery


Stanley E. “Jack” Blanchard
83rd Infantry Division
331st Infantry Regiment
908th Field Artillery

Jack Blanchard served his country during WWII. He served with his unit when they landed at Normandy, through Northern France, the Ardennes, the Rhineland and throughout Central Europe. Jack was a light vehicle driver…more specifically he was the driver for his unit commander, Lt. Col. Paul Thompson. Jack was proud of his service, but had a very hard time speaking about it…it made him remember of his friends and comrades, who did not return home. (more…)

356th Infantry


Charlie A. Collins
89th Division
356th Infantry
Company E
American Expeditionary Forces

Charlie “Andy” Collins served during WWI from May 28 1918 to November 4, 1918.  Andy’s nephew, representing the family, received his award during a Veterans Day ceremony. (more…)

Purple Heart 64 years later


Thomas J. Gravley
24th Infantry Division
19th Infantry Regiment
Company C

Thomas Gravley served Korea with the 24th Division at the outbreak of the war. He was wounded during a mortar attack on 16 July 1950 finally receiving his Purple Heart 64 years later. Gravley’s 20 year career also included a tour in Vietnam. (more…)

Philippine Liberation


Simon W. Reynolds
40th Infantry Division
108th Infantry Regiment
Company M

Three sons of veteran Simon Reynolds receive his long overdue Bronze Star Medal at the Veterans Memorial in Garner, NC. Reynolds, who was from Cincinnati OH, was a machine gunner in WWII. (more…)

321st Bombardment Group


Walter S. Mindnich, Jr.
S/Sgt, Army Air Force
321st Bombardment Group
448th Bombardment Squadron

Walter Mindnich served as a small arms weapons mechanic on B-25s in North Africa and the Mediterranean. He settled in upstate New York after the war. The family finally received his awards, several which were overdue. (more…)

Punitive Expedition


Roy E. Treadway
29th Division
116th Infantry
58th Brigade
Company A
American Expeditionary Forces

The 1st Infantry’s history dates back to the 1st Virginia Infantry where on 1 July 1861 was mustered into Confederate service at Manassas.  The 1st was consolidated on 4 October 1917 with the 2d (organized 3 November 1741) and 4th (organized 29 August 1882) Infantry to form the 116th Infantry, an element of the 29th Division. (more…)

5th Marine Division



Wade F. Guy
5th Marine Division
1st Cavalry Division

Wade Guy served with the 5th Marine Division, 27th Marines, 2d Battalion, Company E during WWII. After the war he enlisted in the Army completing the remainder of his 22 ½ years of military service, most notably with the 1st Cavalry Division, 5th Cavalry Regiment during the Korea War. Guy did not receive all the awards he was due. He finally received at a ceremony at his home. Members of the Marine Corps League was in attendance as was Congresswomen Renee Ellmers. (more…)