Veterans Day 2020  -  Virtual  Tribute to County Veterans

We proudly pay tribute to the Veterans living in our County who have served our country in the U.S. uniformed and armed services. We also solemnly remember and pay tribute to the County’s fallen service members who have died in service to our country on our  Fallen Heroes site.

Veterans Day Honoring All Who Have Served


The records show these men and women as enlisting, being originally from, or having at one time lived in Montgomery County, MD. We consider the U.S. Department of Defense home of entry records as the official designation of military residency.

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Global War On Terror -  Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) / Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) / Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) / Operation Freedom's Sentinel (OFS) / Operation New Dawn (OND) (September 11, 2001 - Present)

 

Jason Gruver

Jason Gruver

Jason Gruver served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years. He joined the military in 1999 to be a morse code operator/signal analyst. In 2006, he cross trained to be an intelligence analyst. He deployed four times to Iraq during the Global War on Terror. Gruver grew up in Littlefield, Texas. He was stationed in Fort Meade, Maryland from 2001 to 2004. He was then stationed in South Korea from 2004 to 2005. After that, he returned to Maryland from 2005 until his retirement in 2020 as a Technical Sergeant. Gruver currently lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland with his wife Carrie, daughter Kayli, and son Chase. 

Robert Koffman

Robert Koffman

Retired Navy Captain Robert Koffman, MD, MPH, is the Vice Chair for the Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs. To better care for Veterans in his lifelong mission of suicide prevention, Dr. Koffman serves as a PREVENTS Ambassador, volunteering under Executive Order 13861 (The President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide).  A passionate advocate for Animal Assisted Therapy for Veterans, Dr. Koffman is also the Senior Medical Advisor for Warrior Canine Connection. A decorated Veteran, he completed a 32-year career as a naval Medical Officer in 2015. Operationally oriented, he has deployed to Desert Storm in (1990/1991); Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003); and Operation Enduring Freedom (2009/2010).  A board-certified psychiatrist, he provided behavioral health care services for service members in a multitude of maritime, combat, and peace keeping operations. He is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious USSOCOM Patriot Award for significant and enduring support for USSOCOM’s wounded warriors and their families. He and his wife reside in Silver Spring.

Casey McCabe

Casey McCabe

Casey McCabe is an Army  Veteran turned Park Ranger. While enlisted in the Army, she was the Communications Property Manager with S6 (radios, computers, antennas, etc.). During deployment to Iraq, she installed radios in vehicles and ensured Communications were running properly. The skills she learned while serving in the military helped pave the path for her career with the National Park Service (NPS). Casey began her NPS career, through the Pathways Program, as an Administrative Support Assistant, for Rock Creek Park in  2015.  McCabe recently took on the new role of Supply Management Specialist at National Mall and Memorial Parks in D.C. McCabe grew up in Montgomery County, graduating from the Academy of the Holy Cross in 2005 and earning her Associate degree from Montgomery College.  View full profile

Trinity Nelson and York, Service Dog

Trinity R. Nelson

Trinity Nelson served during the Global War of Terrorism era as a Gunnery Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. She enlisted in May 2000 and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina.  She graduated from 4 th  Battalion, November Company, Series 4024, Platoon 4025. Her Military Occupational Skill (MOS) was 5831, Corrections Specialist.  This MOS entailed in-taking, supervising, and releasing military prisoners from all branches and ranks of every service. Nelson was medically retired from the Marine Corps in February 2015 after 14 ½ years of service. Her husband, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jody R. Nelson (Ret.), passed away in March 2015 from Neuroendocrine Small Cell Carcinoma. Together they have one son, Caleb. Nelson and her son currently live in Damascus, Maryland. Pictured with Nelson is her service dog York, whom she received from  Hero Dogs View full profile

 

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LaMont Nowlin

LaMont A. Nowlin

LaMont A. Nowlin served in the U.S. Navy in OIF and OEF. He graduated from John F. Kennedy High School, Montgomery College, and University of Maryland University College.

Senator William C. Smith, Jr.

Senator William C. Smith, Jr.

The Silver Spring resident is a lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserves and is a Maryland State Senator. In 2019, Senator Smith deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, serving in Kabul, Afghanistan. Senator Smith is a graduate from the College of William and Mary, earned a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a law degree from William and Mary. Senator Smith was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in November 2014 and was appointed to the Maryland Senate in December 2016. He is a member of the Senate’s Legislative Black Caucus and in December 2019 was appointed chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.  View full profile

Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina and subsequently served as an Infantryman and Scout Sniper with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines (1989-1993) in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  From 1994 to 2010, Wilson served in both the North Carolina Army National Guard and Virginia Army National Guard (VANG) as a Military Police Officer, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and Operations Non-Commissioned Officer.  During this time, he was deployed to Kosovo in 2004 and deployed in 2008 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he served with the VANG as a Military Police Platoon Sergeant supporting the training mission of Iraqi Police Officers. Wilson retired in 2010 as Sergeant First Class. He currently is an appointed Commissioner with the Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs and is a member of the Gaithersburg-Rockville (MD) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.  Wilson is currently a resident of Germantown, Maryland.  View full profile

Zhao Zhang

Zhao Zhang

Zhao Zhang enlisted in the U.S. Army as an Airborne Cavalry Scout. After completing basic training at Harmony Church, Ft Benning, Georgia, Zhang was assigned as a Scout Javelin Gunner with 1st Combat Brigade, 82nd Airborne. In 2016, Zhang deployed with the 82nd to Kabul, Afghanistan, as a Team Leader, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance Manager, and Operations Officer in support of Operations Freedom's Sentinel. After his active service separation, Zhang transitioned into the Maryland National Guard (MDNG) Officer Candidate Program and earned his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. Zhang is currently serving as a Military Intelligence Officer with the MDNG. Zhang immigrated from China to Montgomery County with his family in 2003. He graduated from Quince Orchard High School and earned his Criminology and Criminal Justice Degree from the University of Maryland College Park in 2014. Zhang currently works for Aging and Disability Services under the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services. He resides with his wife in Germantown, Maryland.


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Gulf War (August 2, 1990 – February 28, 1991)

Veronica Childers

Veronica Childers

Veronica Childers served as a nurse in the U.S. Army for 12 years. She worked out of Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado. She was promoted to Captain during her time in the Army.  Childers has lived in Montgomery County since 1997. She has lived in Takoma Park, Silver Spring, and Olney and currently resides in Gaithersburg. She works for the Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC) of Montgomery County. 

Christopher Freeman

Christopher Freeman

Christopher Freeman served as Sergeant and Tank Gunner in the U.S. Army in the Thunder Run which resulted in the fall of Baghdad. He named his tank California Dreaming for his home state. Freeman was also deployed to a peacekeeping mission in Bosnia. He currently lives in North Potomac, Maryland with his wife and two dogs. He is employed as a civilian librarian for the Carderock Naval Warfare Station in Bethesda. 

John Paul LaVelle

John Paul LaVelle

Inspired by his Marine father's and uncle's Vietnam military service, John Paul LaVelle spent his teenage years performing search and rescue operations for lost hikers in the Civil Air Patrol. After high school, LaVelle joined the U.S. Army completing Basic Training at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri and then went on to Airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He served two years in the 101st Airborne Division with the 2/17th AirCav Scout Brigade training for combat reconnaissance operations. Once LaVelle became a civilian, he spent 9 months at college but got reactivated for Desert Shield and Storm. This reactivation was due to the advanced desert training he received in the Mojave desert. He left the service proud to have served as a Corporal. He is often quoted as saying, "I did not serve with any particular distinction. I had the distinct honor to serve." LaVelle is now a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivor and a proud new resident of Rockville, Maryland.

Joyce Tabb

Joyce Tabb

Joyce Tabb served Active Duty Army from 1975-1978 as a Finance Specialist at Fort Hood, Texas, with honorably discharge in December 1978 as Sergeant.  She immediately joined the Army Reserves in January 1979 serving in Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia and later Riverdale, Maryland, serving until retirement in 1996 as Sergeant First Class.  While assigned to the U.S. Army Reserves in Riverdale, Tabb served in Operation Desert Storm during the Gulf War at Fort Meade, Maryland, in 1991.  During her 21 years of service she worked as a Finance Specialist, Administrative Specialist, Payroll Clerk, Supply Specialist, and Training Specialist and received numerous rewards for her service.   Tabb has worked in Management and Budget for the Montgomery County Police Department since March 2014 as a Fiscal Assistant and Accountant/Auditor.

Laurence Zimmerman

Laurence J. Zimmerman

Laurence J. Zimmerman served  in the Air Force from 1965 to 1980, being promoted to Captain in 1969.  During his service he was assigned to Germany and Thailand where he served during the Vietnam War. Zimmerman also served  in the U.S. Army from 1981 to 1995. He was promoted to Major in 1990. During his service he was deployed to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq during the first Gulf War. Zimmerman was born in Baltimore and attended Parkville High School. He earned his BA and MA from the University of Maryland. He has been a resident of Montgomery County since 1972 and currently resides in Rockville.  


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Vietnam War and Vietnam-Era (November 1, 1955 – April 30, 1975)

 

Jean Aker

Jean F. Aker

Jean F. Aker served in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1973. He did one tour of Vietnam in 1968 and was assigned to HHD, 145th Combat Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade and worked as an Air Traffic Controller (ATC), VFR Tower Operator. His ATC towers call sign was Spartan tower, and it commanded all the airspace in the vicinity of Bien Hoa, Republic of Vietnam. He also worked as an ATC at Fort Rucker, Alabama at various times during his enlistment. A few years after being discharged from the Army, Aker joined the District of Columbia Air National Guard (U.S. Air Force), 231st Combat Communications Squadron, and worked as an ATC assigned to Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. He recently retired after a 32-year career with the Civil Service. Aker grew up in Kensington, Maryland from the mid-1950’s to the late 1980’s. He attended Pleasant View Elementary School, Newport Junior High School, and graduated from Einstein High School in 1966. He currently resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  

Michael Algeo

Michael J. Algeo

Judge Michael J. Algeo is a decorated Vietnam Veteran having served at Phan Rang Air Base in 1971 and is an Agent Orange disabled Veteran. He was appointed a Judge by Governor Glendening to the District Court in 1999 and by Governor Ehrlich to the Circuit Court in 2005. He served as a Judge for 15 years. Judge Algeo currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the American University Washington College of Law where he teaches Trial Advocacy. He has been married to his wife, Susan, for 42 years and is the proud dad of Shannon, Molly, and Patrick. 

Douglas

Douglas "Lamar" Allen, Jr.

U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Douglas "Lamar" Allen, Jr., a current resident of Burtonsville, piloted Huey and Scout helicopters for Delta Troop 1st of the Cavalry for the 4th Infantry Division on search and destroy missions at "tree top" level during his tours in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in Vietnam for flying his helicopter in a monsoon to rescue numerous wounded and injured soldiers who were pinned down after an ambush. He was also awarded the Bronze Star medal, 26 air medals and several other ribbons for his actions in Vietnam.  View full profile

Everett Alvarez, Jr.

Everett Alvarez, Jr.

U.S. Navy Commander Everett Alvarez, Jr., a long-time resident of Rockville, Maryland, was the first American aviator taken captive in Vietnam after being shot down near Hanoi. He became the second longest-held U.S. prisoner of war (POW) in U.S. history. In 1964, Alvarez was a 26-year old Navy pilot based on the USS Constellation aircraft carrier in the South China Sea. He was part of a bombing mission over North Vietnam sent in retaliation after a reported North Vietnamese attack a day earlier on two U.S. destroyers. Alvarez's plane was shot down in the immediate aftermath of what is known as the Gulf of Tonkin incident that marked the start of a significant escalation of U.S. military action in Vietnam. He endured eight years and seven months of brutal captivity by the North Vietnamese at the Hoa Lo Prison, known by fellow POWs as the "Hanoi Hilton", where he was repeatedly beaten and tortured. He was released from captivity on February 12, 1973.   View full profile

Brian Bosch

Brian "Jim" Bosch

Jim Bosch was born in 1937 in Connecticut. He studied History at Duke University and moved on to University of North Carolina where he earned his master’s degree in History. Upon his college graduation in 1960, he joined the Army and was commissioned in Infantry in Fort Ord, California. He initially worked with tanks. In 1964, he joined a new division, Military Intelligence, where he remained as an officer for 26 years until he retired. His new position allowed him to do a lot of travelling. Bosch was stationed in Korea, after the war, and also in Vietnam. As a Military Intelligence officer, he specialized in operations in Latin America. He was assigned to Panama and worked in the Dominican Republic Army Attaché as well as the Defense Attaché in El Salvador. He has also worked at the Pentagon on 3 different assignments. In 1990, Bosch retired from the Army as a Colonel, after serving for 30 years. He and his wife, Polly, have been married for 61 years, and have 2 daughters. They lived in Virginia prior to moving to Chevy Chase, Maryland where they now reside.

Daniel J. Bullis

Daniel J. Bullis

Sergeant Major Daniel J. Bullis served thirty-one years in the United States Army Medical Department as a medic. While serving in Vietnam in 1969 to 1970 he served with the 24th Evacuation Hospital treating casualties, prisoners of war and local children with injuries. During his career he served in numerous leadership positions culminating with his selection as the first Sergeant Major Army Medical Department / senior enlisted advisor to the Surgeon General, U.S. Army and Corps Chief of the Army Medical Department Hospital Corps. Bullis was also appointed as the first Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army Medical Department Regiment. In these positions he was responsible for providing advice concerning the health, welfare and training of 90,000 enlisted medical soldiers in both the active and reserve components.   View full profile

Terrence

Terrence "Terry" Burns

Silver Spring native Terrence Burns was drafted in 1966 at the age of 19 amid the Vietnam War.  He began his basic training at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina for 6 weeks and was then transferred to his MOS  (military occupational specialty)  in Ft. Gordon, Georgia.  Burns was then shipped out to serve in Pleiku, Vietnam for a year (of his 2 year stent in the army) as a member of the 504 Military Police.  He was able to finish his last few months, serving in a prison unit at Ft. Dix, New Jersey in 1968.   He came home and married the love of his life (Mary Burns) in 1969, where they will be celebrating their 51  st anniversary this November.  They continue to reside in Montgomery County, where they had 9 children and currently have 11 grandchildren.

Stephen M. Campanella

Stephen M. Campanella

Rockville resident Stephen M. Campanella was drafted into the U.S. Army on July 17th, 1968, on his 21st birthday. After infantry training, he was assigned to Company C 4/3, 11th Light Infantry Brigade stationed out of Duc Pho, Vietnam in early January 1969. In May 1969, Campanella was wounded. On July 17th, 1969, he was reassigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Company, American Division Headquarters in Chu Lai as the Protocol Driver for the Chief of Staff. He was then assigned as the personal driver for Brigadier General Edwin L. “Spec” Powell and then as the Personal Enlisted Aide to General Powell. Campanella was released from the U.S. Army early and returned to civilian life on February 17th, 1970. Campanella received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam. He was also awarded an Army Commendation Medal by General Powell.   View full profile

 

Ilmars H. Dambergs

Ilmars H. Dambergs

LTC Ilmars H. Dambergs, USA (Ret). served in the U.S. Army for 29 years, 8 months and 7 days starting on September 23, 1954. He retired in a splendid ceremony at Fort Myer, Virginia on May 30, 1984.  He received his commission as 2nd Lieutenant Infantry by graduating from Infantry Officer Candidate School (OSC) at Fort Benning, GA on May 29, 1956.  In May 2019, Dambgers was elected to the Infantry OCS Hall of Fame. Dambergs service, besides tours in the USA, includes nine years with Army units and staff in Europe and two tours in Republic of South Vietnam -- first tour 1964-65 as Senior Advisor to 22nd Vietnamese Ranger battalion, and the second in 1967-68  with 101st Airborne Division and as staff officer at 24th Corps. Dambergs was born in Latvia in moved to America in March 1950 with his parents as Displaced Persons from Germany. He and his wife Vera nee Binders, daughter Maija and son Robert moved to reside in Rockville in December 1979.  He currently lives in Silver Spring. View full profile

Gloria White Gardner

Gloria White Gardner

The Rockville resident was a neuropsychiatric nurse, serving in the Navy from 1960-63 at Bethesda Naval Hospital. She has more 35 years of experience working for federal executive agencies in Washington, D.C., and with national and state nonprofit organizations and faith-based institutions. As a contractor for the U.S. Department of Commerce Patent and Trademark Office, she investigated and resolved cases regarding complaints of discrimination.  View full profile

Sheldon A. Goldberg

Sheldon A. Goldberg

Sheldon A. Goldberg enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve in October 1955. He transferred to the U.S. Air Force in April 1956 and served just under five years as an enlisted airman (bandsman – SAC Command Band, USAFE Command Band) before being accepted to Officer Candidate School and receiving his commission in March 1961. Goldberg became a navigator flying transports (C-124, C-141) and later, a weapons systems officer, flying both the F-4 Phantom and the F-111 Aardvark fighters, accumulating more than 5,000 total flying hours. He flew 214 combat missions in Southeast Asia with the 497 th TFS, the only night dedicated fighter squadron in the Air Force. Shortly after his return to the U.S., Goldberg then departed on what became three consecutive tours in Europe – flying F-111’s at RAF Upper Heyford, UK,  USAF Advisor to the Commandant, German General Staff College, Hamburg Germany, finally Air Policy Staff Officer, Hq AFCENT, Brunssum NL. Upon returning to the U.S., Goldberg was assigned to Air University, Maxwell AFB AL first on the faculty of Air Command and Staff College, and later the Associate School, Air War College. He retired from the Air Force on August 1, 1985. Goldberg moved to Montgomery County upon his retirement. He attended the University of Maryland, College Park where he earned two MA’s and a Ph.D.  View full profile

Mervyn L.

Mervyn L. "Bud" Goldstein

Mervyn L. “Bud” Goldstein, MD, served in the U.S. Air Force from 1962 to 1964. He was originally rejected during his draft physical due to having a fractured arm and paralyzed hand, but he applied six months later after he recovered. The draft board was willing to let him serve as long as he provided a waiver that the government was not responsible for any future disability in any way related to the fracture.  Dr. Goldstein spent two years at the Amarillo Air Force Base hospital and was medical officer of the day the night of John F. Kennedy’s speech announcing the Cuban Missile Crisis. He witnessed their base become a fortress as part of Operation Chrome Dome, reflecting the vast number of B-52s filling the sky. Dr. Goldstein graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, with summer sessions at U.C. Berkeley and the University of Colorado.  His medical and professional life was at Montefiore-Einstein. Dr. Goldstein currently resides in Rockville, Maryland with his wife. They moved here after his grandchildren relocated to Montgomery County. 

Elwood Raphael Gray, Jr.

Elwood Raphael Gray, Jr.

The Silver Spring resident served in Vietnam in the 101st Airborne Division from 1962 to 1965. He went to serve as pastor of Peace in the Valley Baptist Church, as president of the Black Ministers Conference of Montgomery County, as president of the National Coalition of Prison Ministries and as a member of the alumni at the Howard University School of Divinity. Dr. Gray is the editor of “The Messenger,” a newsletter published by the National Coalition of Prison Ministries.   View full profile

William

William "Bill" Gray

William Gray was drafted in 1966 and then enlisted in the Army for photography. While in basic training he applied to Officer Candidate School (OCS). He was accepted and went to Infantry OCS at Fort Benning, Georgia. Prior to his Vietnam service, Gray was a Platoon Leader in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was promoted to First Lieutenant in the 4th Infantry Division in the Pleiku area of Vietnam’s Central Highlands. He was awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart for service in Vietnam. Following his combat tour, he was assigned to the 6th Cavalry Regiment at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, and then to the S-4 supply office for the installation.   View full profile

Arthur Holmes

Arthur Holmes, Jr.

An Olney resident, Major General Arthur Holmes, Jr., served almost four decades in the U.S. Army. A highly distinguished officer, the awards and decorations he earned included the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal and the Distinguished Service Medal. He served in Vietnam in 1971. In 1991, he was inducted into the 1999 Ordinance Corps Hall of Fame. Major General Holmes later served for seven years on the Montgomery County Planning Board. For 10 years, he was director of the County's Department of Public Works and Transportation.   View full profile



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Preston Jamison

Preston Jamison

Preston Jamison was drafted into the U.S. Army in October 1965 and attended basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. After graduating from basic, he went to advanced individual training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, in January 1966. He was assigned to the 44 th Medical Brigade in Long Bien, South Vietnam on January 12, 1967.  Jamison lives in Wheaton, Maryland with Sherry, his wife of over 50 years. They have 3 sons, 11 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Jamison is a member of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church located in East Montgomery County. 

John J. Kenney

John. J. Kenney

John J. Kenney served in the military during the Vietnam-Era from September 1972 to December 1974. Following Boot Camp at Fort Dix, New Jersey, “Jay” was assigned to the U.S. Army Agency for Aviation Safety (USAAVS) at Fort Rucker, Alabama, as a Research Psychologist. He spent the next two years conducting research in human-factors engineering focusing on ways to improve rotary wing aircraft (helicopter) and pilot safety. He was also active in the Catholic Youth Organization and the Special Olympics for Army dependents and the local community.   View full profile

Isiah Leggett
Isiah Leggett

From January to December 1969, Isiah “Ike” Leggett served as a captain in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, first in combat with a Military Advisory Unit attached to the Army of the Republic of Vietnam and then as a public affairs officer with the 7th Support Battalion/199th Light Infantry Brigade. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Vietnam Service and Vietnam Campaign Medals. He was the first African American to be elected to the Montgomery County Council, serving four terms starting in 1986. His colleagues elected him as Council President three times. He introduced legislation that created the Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs in 2008 and he led the dedication of the County’s Vietnam War Memorial in May 2018.   View full profile

Tom Lucas

Tom Lucas

Tom Lucas served in the Marine Corps as a Corporal in the Third Marine Amphibious Force (III MAF) during the Vietnam War from 1965 to 1966. He served in various duties including supply, admin, and perimeter security detail in Danang, Vietnam, and then mustered out at G-3 Operations/Henderson Hall, Virginia. Lucas  graduated from Walter Johnson High School and Eastern Academy with a degree in Police Sciences. He spent many years in law enforcement and established a security company providing the community with sales and services for security hardware. Lucas is  a lifelong resident of Montgomery County and currently resides in Colesville. 

E. Jane McCarthy

E. Jane McCarthy

Captain Jane McCarthy joined the Army Nurse Corps in 1968 while she was attending Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing. After the six weeks of basic training in Texas, she was stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for ten months in the Recovery Room/Intensive Care Unit. Then, at age 22, with that minimal experience under her belt, she was shipped out to the 95th Evacuation Hospital in DaNang, South Vietnam where she worked in the pre-operative and receiving area as a triage nurse, separating patients based on severity of injuries and what medical treatments were needed. Sometimes, all she could do was hold a soldier’s hand as he breathed his last breath.   View full profile

Charles McGee

Charles McGee

Brigadier General Charles McGee is a retired pilot who was one of the Tuskegee Airmen and a career officer in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years who flew a total of 409 combat missions in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. McGee has been recognized for his combat and military service with a number of awards including: Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, Air Medal with 25 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Congressional Gold Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, Hellenic Republic World War II Commemorative Medal along with related campaign and service ribbons. He is a member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame.   View full profile

Wayne L. Miller

Wayne L. Miller

Wayne L. Miller graduated from Albert Einstein High School.He joined the US Marine Corps in June 1968 at the age of 17.. He served in Vietnam December 17, 1968 to July 4, 1969. He served with Kilo Company 3  rd Battalion, 7  th Marine regiment, 1  st. Marine Division in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam I Corps.. He was severely wounded and discharged February 1, 1970. He still resides  in the County.with his wife and family.  He is the Director of the Silver Spring Vet Center and serves as Chair of the Montgomery County Commission on Veterans Affairs.   View full profile

Thomas D. Murphy

Thomas D. Murphy

Murphy enlisted in the U.S. Army in Vietnam as a PFC in the 25th Infantry Division. He enlisted in June 1968 after President Lyndon Johnson had ended all graduate school deferments a few months before. he Tet offensive had just taken place and the Army needed soldiers. Virtually every one of his college buddies was in the same precarious situation of getting drafted even before the summer of 1968 ended. He enlisted that June rather than wait for the dreaded draft notice to arrive in mailbox. In June 1969, his unit was on patrol in an area known as Parrot’s Peak, close to the Cambodian border. While out on combat patrol missions “You just wore a shirt, boots and as much ammunition as you could carry and slog through the triple-canopy jungle,” said Murphy. “That has, in effect, ruled who I am… And there isn’t a day that what happened to me, either subconsciously or very consciously, affects me.”   View full profile

Bob Norton

Bob Norton

After graduating college in 1966, Bob Norton enlisted in the U.S. Army. While in basic training he applied and was accepted to attend infantry OCS at Fortt Benning, Georgia. Norton was commissioned a 2Lt in August 1967 and was deployed to Vietnam in August 1968 after completing a civil affairs assignment in Fort Lee, Virginia. Norton was promoted to 1LT in country and was assigned as a civil affairs platoon leader attached to the S-5 of the 196th Infantry Brigade in I Corps. After completing his tour of duty in 1969, Norton transferred to the U.S. Army Reserves and began a career as a high school English teacher on Long Island, NY.   View full profile

 

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Bradley Post

Bradley Post

Bradley Post proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War conflict from 1966 to 1972. For the duration of his service, he served aboard a Guided Missile Cruiser, USS Columbus (CG-12). Post was with the Executive Division aboard the ship and ended his career as a 3rd Class Petty Officer. After his service, he worked 40 years with the printing industry in Washington, DC, and worked for 10 years with the Montgomery County Department of Recreation. Post is currently a member of the Washington-Rockville Elks and American Legion Post 268.  He has lived in Montgomery County, Maryland all his life and grew up in Chevy Chase, Rockville and Silver Spring.

Charles A. Ray

Charles A. Ray

Enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 1962. After service in Germany, Ray attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and was commissioned 2d Lieutenant.  He served again in Germany, then served two tours in Vietnam (1968-1969, 1972-1973), and two tours in South Korea (1973-1976 and 1979-1981). Ray completed Special Forces training in 1967 and Intelligence training in 1969. He retired as a U.S. Army Major. After retirement, he joined the U.S. Foreign Service and served as diplomat (including two postings as a U.S. ambassador in Cambodia and Zimbabwe), and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW/Missing Personnel Affairs. Ray has been a Montgomery County resident since 1988.
Donald Reamer

Donald Reamer

Montgomery Village resident Donald Reamer was drafted into the Vietnam War in 1966 at the age of 19. Before his draft draft, he enlisted in the U.S. Army for three years and began his basic training at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina. Reamer joined the 9 th Infantry Division, 15 th Engineering Battalion and was shipped to Vietnam in September 1966 to build a home base at Camp Bear Cat near Siagon. For the last four months of his tour, Reamer transferred to an engineering batallion near the Cambodian border to support infracture building. For his remaining 15 months, he was stationed at Ft. Bliss, Texas as a personnel specialist. Upon returning home, he attended American University and the University of Maryland earning a MS and PhD in Chemistry. During his career he worked in the chemisty, software development, and IT health care fields. Reamer has lived in Montgomery Village for the last 35 years and in Maryland since 1972. He has four children and 5 grandchildren.  View full profile

Vernon H. Ricks, Jr.

Vernon H. Ricks, Jr.

The Potomac resident served in the Air Force’s 341st Wing, Strategic Air Command, from 1961-65 as a missile technician and teletype/crypto specialist. He went on to work for Xerox, where he rose to become the manager of field services. Throughout his career, he devoted his time to serving as a mentor to young African Americans. Mr. Ricks was the first black elected municipal official in Montgomery County, serving as councilmember and mayor pro-term in the City of Takoma Park from 1972-82. He is a member of the Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Georgetown, the oldest African American congregation in Washington, D.C., where he serves as chair of the Trustee Board.  View full profile

Lawrence James Stark

Lawrence James Stark

Lawrence James Stark was working for the Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. when he was invited to go to Vietnam and work for a consortium of contractors (RMK-BRJ) under contract to DoD. Stark accepted the invitation and went to Vietnam in April 1966 and spent a year with RMK-BRJ before returning to the United States. After a couple months, Stark returned to Vietnam and was hired as a U.S. Navy civil service employee. Stark was later assigned to work in the city of Huế in December 1967. In the early morning hours of January 31, 1968, a division-sized force of the People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN) and Viet Cong (VC) soldiers launched a coordinated attack, known as the Tet Offensive, on the city of Huế. After fighting off attacks for two days with practically no ammunition left with which to defend himself, Stark was finally captured on February 1, 1698. Stark was one of only two Department of Defense civilian employees who were captured.   View full profile

Michael L. Subin

Michael L. Subin

Captain Michael L. Subin enlisted in the Naval Reserve in April, 1970 and was commissioned an Ensign in September, 1971 and received orders to USS Shreveport (LPD-12). While onboard Shreveport, Subin served as Ship’s Boatswain, Combat Information Center Officer, Nuclear Weapons Officer, Intelligence Officer, and Squadron Boat Group Commander. He also served as an Underway Officer of the Deck (Fleet) and Command Duty Officer. Subin qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer, Air Control Officer and LCM8 driver. During his tenure on Shreveport, the ship made several deployments to the Caribbean, several to northern Europe, and six months to the Mediterranean Sea. He served in Desert Shield from August 1992 to December 1992. Upon being released from active duty, Subin immediately became an active Naval Reserve Officer. He retired in 2003 with the rank of Captain.   View full profile



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Willie Vaughn

Willie Vaughn

Willie Vaughn enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Active Duty at Fort Polk, Louisiana; Fort Meade, Maryland; Fort Monroe, Virginia; Germany, Korea, Vietnam (2 tours) and  finally at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), Washington, D.C.   During his military career he served in logistics and received the Good Conduct Medal Bronze Clasp with 5 loops; National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Stars; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; andExpert (Rifle M-14 and M-16).  Upon completion of military service, Vaughn entered the Federal government as an employee of the Logistics Division, WRAMC and retired in 2002 from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. He lived in Silver Spring, Montgomery County, for over 30 years with his wife Cheryl and two children. Vaughn passed away in 2006.

Ernest Walker

Ernest Walker

Ernest Walker served in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam as a Torpedoman’s Mate Third Class, from September 3, 1965 to September 2, 1969. He served aboard the USS Perkins (DD-877) with two tours to the Western Pacific and Vietnam and one tour to the same areas aboard the USS Robert L. Wilson (DD-847). Walker currently resides in Kensington, Maryland.

Hubert Clifford Walker, Jr.

Hubert Clifford Walker, Jr.

Colonel Hubert Clifford Walker, Jr., arrived at Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base in Thailand on November 28, 1967, and began flying combat missions for the 41st Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron. He was shot down six weeks later on January 14, 1968. All seven on board were successfully ejected. Walker along with three others landed in a valley where they were immediately captured by the North Vietnamese. According to the prisoners, they were transported separately to Hanoi by foot, bamboo raft and jeep. As they neared the city, each man’s treatment grew worse. The civilians abused the men as they were paraded like trophies through towns and villages along the route. Once in the prison system, they were beaten by guards during military interrogation. There was never enough food and water, and medical treatment was rare. Walker spent 1,886 days or 5 years and 2 months in captivity and was released on March 5, 1973.   View full profile

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1966 and served as a Specialist E-4 a year after he graduated from Good Counsel High School in Wheaton. His assignment was working on a boat that ferried supplies up and down the Mekong River. Walsh says, “We received our fair share of fire from the shore. The Mekong River in places is very narrow and there are a lot of hair pin turns.” But it’s what happened to Walsh on the very day he went home that still haunts him. “There’s a place where we used to go when we were off duty. And the day I left it was hit pretty hard. I don’t know what the total number of guys killed was but four guys that I had lunch with that day were dead,” says Walsh. Walsh says he received his orders a week early. Under normal circumstances he probably would have been in that bar with his buddies when they were killed.   View full profile

Glen Barry Wolff

Glen Barry Wolff

Glen Barry Wolff enlisted in the U.S. Air Force from 1968 to 1972 as an aircraft maintenance specialist. He served a year in Thailand with the 436th Organizational Maintenance Squadron and the 16th Special Operations Squadron. He worked on various types of fixed-wing aircraft including the C-121 Constellation, C-123 Provider, C-130 Hercules, C-141 Starlifter and the C-5A Galaxy.  Wolff was promoted to Sergeant during his time in the Air Force.  After his commitment to the U.S. Air Force, he completed a Bachelor of Science Degree at Delaware State University and a Master of Art at Central Michigan University. Wolff worked in Federal Government as an auditor for 26 years and retired in 2003. He continued working after his retirement as a security office r with Coastal International Security , a baseball umpire with the Metropolitan Baseball Umpires Association and a substitute teacher for the Montgomery  County Public School System. Wolff is a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and his post is 974. He has volunteered some of his time at Shepherd's Table, the Mid-County Community Recreation Center and with his college alumni association. He currently lives with his wife Brenda in Silver Spring, Maryland.


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Korean War (June 25, 1950 – July 27, 1953)

Jeremiah Floyd

Jeremiah Floyd

The current Bethesda resident served in the Air Force from 1951-68. After leaving the service, he earned a PhD from Northwestern University. He was a secondary school mathematics teacher for 11 years and principal for five. He is a retired associate director of the National School Board Association and formerly served on the Montgomery County Board of Education. Dr. Floyd currently serves as First Vice President of the Montgomery County NAACP.  View full profile

Connie Mitchell

Constance "Connie" Mitchell

Connie Mitchell was born in the Catskill Mountains north of New York City in 1931. Her father was admitted to West Point Military Academy and moved his family across the country to Northern California, where Mitchell attended high school. Upon her graduation in 1949, she joined the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, where she served as an office clerk on Hamilton Air Force Base in California for 3 years. She was proud to work under some high-ranking female officers, who, though ranked above her, embraced her and they became friends. She has fond memories of attending dances on weekends. After completing her third year, she left the U.S. Air Force and became a travel agent. Mitchell was married to her husband, Carl, for 60 years before he passed away. They had 4 boys - Carl Jr, Mark, Michael and Matthew. Her hobbies are crossword and word puzzles, as well as reminiscing with family. She now lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, not too far from her son, Michael.

 

World War II (September 1, 1939 – September 2, 1945)

John Henry Chaney

John Henry Chaney

The current resident of Boyds was drafted into the Marines in World War II and was assigned to the 8th Field Regiment, which was attached to the 5th Marine Division. The 8th Field Regiment unit was formed after President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order in 1941 requiring all branches of the military to accept people of color. Blacks had served in nearly every American conflict before then, but the Marine Corps was the last branch of the military to officially allow them into its ranks. During the war, Chaney, transported ammunition as part of an all-black unit. He witnessed the hoisting of the flag at Iwo Jima. On June 28, 2012, 368 former Montford Point Marines, including Chaney, received the Congressional Gold Medal for their part in desegregating the Marine Corps and the military as a whole. View full profile

Charles Frazier

Charles Frazier

The Germantown resident in 1944 graduated from Lincoln High School in Rockville, the County’s then-only black high school. He was immediately drafted and served in the 8th Field Regiment Unit, 5th Marine Division after training at Montford Point, N.C. The Montford Point Marines were the first blacks to serve in the Marine Corps. On Feb. 22, 1945, Mr. Frazier landed on Iwo Jima. The black unit at first was kept separate from the white Marines, but during battle, they all served together. On June 28, 2012, he was among the former Montford Point Marines to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. View full profile

Martha Lyman

Martha I. Lyman

Martha I. Lyman served for over two years in the U.S. Army during World War II in Naples, Italy, with the support staff for the 5 th Army as a stenographer. She participated in the campaigns of Naples-Foggia and Rome-Arno. Lyman received the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, Good Conduct Medal and WAAC Service Ribbon. Following her military service, she returned to Europe to work 2 years in Frankfurt, Germany as a civilian with the U.S. Occupation Forces. Lyman, maiden name Landon, was born and raised in Marion, Ohio. She moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland, in 2015 to be closer to her family in Bethesda. Prior to moving to Maryland, she lived in Chappaqua, New York, for 50 years. 

Peter T. Magnanelli

Peter T. Magnanelli

Peter T. Magnanelli served in the U.S. Army as a Private during World War II from 1942 to 1945. He was the first resident registered for the draft by lottery in Bethesda, Maryland at the start of World War II. Magnanelli was a combat engineer who fought in North Africa and throughout Europe. He was wounded, received the Purple Heart, and was honorably discharged. Although Magnanelli lives in Frederick, Maryland in retirement, he lived and worked most of his life in Montgomery County, Maryland. He grew up in Bethesda and worked for the US Government as a machinist at the David Taylor Model Basin. He graduated from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School and later married and stayed a resident of Bethesda until about three years ago. Magnanelli is a patriot and proud of his military service to his country and his life-long residency in Montgomery County.  He turned 100 years old this past year.

Bernard Patlen

Bernard Patlen

Silver Spring resident and DC native Bernard Patlen graduated in 1943 from Roosevelt High School and enlisted that summer in the U.S. Army.  He began duty in November 1943 with Medical Corps training in Texas for 10 months.  Patlen started overseas in September 1944 as an unattached replacement in southwest England.   In November, he was deployed to France and Belgium.  On New Year's Day 1945, he was attached to the 424th Regiment of the 106th Infantry Division, which remained after the 422nd and 423rd were captured in the Battle of the Bulge.  As a Medical Aid Man (medic), he served in eastern Belgium, including a battle at Medell, then in the Rhine Valley of Germany as a POW guard.  Patlen received a combat medical badge and a Purple Heart.  After the war, he received a B. A. in Education from George Washington University.  He has been a Montgomery County resident for most years since 1953.  

William Harvey Zeigler

William Harvey Zeigler

A Damascus native who still lives in that northern Montgomery community, William Harvey Zeigler was drafted into the Army on Dec. 8, 1941—one day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor—and served through November 1945. He was a private first class in the 329th segregated unit that protected supplies needed on the front lines of Europe. His grandfather escaped slavery in South Carolina in the 1860s through the Underground Railroad. At age 25, Mr. Zeigler returned to Montgomery County and joined the NAACP. He worked as a youth director to help young African Americans and organized a Montgomery County group to attend the historic 1963 March on Washington. Mr. Zeigler, who founded an AMVETS chapter in Frederick, earned numerous honors, including induction into the Montgomery County Human Rights Hall of Fame. View full profile

 

 

Peacetime (Those time periods not designated by Congress as wartime are considered to be peacetime.)

Nelson Markley Bortz, Jr.

Nelson Markley Bortz, Jr.

Nelson Markley Bortz, Jr., served in the United States Marine Corps from June 1957 to June 1960. He went to Parris Island, South Carolina for boot camp followed by advanced infantry training at Camp Geiger, North Carolina. He joined the 2 nd Marine Division in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina with the Fleet Marine Forces-Atlantic. From July 1958 to March 1959 he was deployed to Beirut with the Army from Germany in support of the Lebanese-Christian government. In Summer 1959, he was deployed to open the St. Lawrence Seaway. Bortz was discharged in June 1960 from 2 nd Reconnaise Battalion in Stone Bay, North Carolina, as a Corporal E3 with a Good Conduct Medal. Bortz graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and earned a BS in Agronomy from the University of Maryland. He worked as a Financial Programs Manager for Montgomery County Government and retired in 1992. Bortz currently lives in Olney, Maryland.

Lillian Elaine Fishburn

Lillian Elaine Fishburn

The Rockville resident made history by being the first African-American woman to attain the rank of rear admiral when she was promoted by President Bill Clinton in 1998. This followed her tenures as chief of the Command and Control Systems Support Division in Washington, D.C., and as commander of the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station of the Eastern Pacific. She retired in 2001 with decorations including the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals and the Navy Achievement Medal. View full profile

Ella Mae Gray

Ella Mae Gray

Ella Mae Gray served in the U.S. Air Force as a Senior Airman from 1994 to 1998. As a health services administrator, she worked in various administrative positions within the base hospital including the orderly room, medical library and medical records. She also performed ceremonial duties with the base Honor Guard. Gray grew up in East Tennessee and graduated from Alcoa High School in 1994. She graduated from Troy University, Troy, Alabama, with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology in 2000. She also graduated from LaSalle University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, earning a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling Psychology in 2005. Gray has been a licensed psychotherapist in Montgomery County since 2010. In 2016, she opened Guiding Principles Counseling Services, LLC, in Gaithersburg. Gray is currently a resident of Germantown.

Robert Maydwell, Jr.

Robert Maydwell, Jr.

Robert Maydwell, Jr., served in the U.S. Navy from 1983 to 1987 as an E4 (Submarine Service). He served on board a nuclear powered fast attack submarine as a storekeeper, excelling in ship navigation. Maydwell came to Montgomery County to receive cancer treatment at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland in 2012. He previously worked for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and currently works for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Maydwell resides in Derwood, Maryland with his wife Megan and their daughter Ella.

John Mendez

John Mendez

John Mendez served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps where he participated in Operations Provide Promise-Deny Flight (Bosnia-Herzegovina) and Operation Restore Hope (Somalia) during two deployments with 26 th Marine Expeditionary Unit in the 1990s. During his service, he received two meritorious promotions in rank. Mendez is dedicated to ending veteran homelessness in Montgomery County through his work at Bethesda Cares, Inc., which has garnered national attention for its successful strategies and outcomes. He has also received recognition from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for his work to end veteran homelessness. In recognition of this work and military service, Mendez had the distinct honor of being then-Congressman Chris Van Hollen’s guest at President Barack Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address to Congress. He is also a past recipient of the Dr. Wayne Fenton Memorial Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness for Montgomery County. More recently, he served as the keynote speaker at the 2019 Veterans Day memorial service in Bethesda, Marylan. He is currently the Executive Director of Bethesda Cares and has worked to provide coordinated care to vulnerable homeless populations for the past 20 years. Mendez currently lives in Bethesda with his wife and child.

Daniel Pollak

Daniel Pollak

Daniel Pollak served in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant from 1981 to 1985. He spent 91 days straight underwater as a submarine officer. He currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife.

Jonathan Powell

Jonathan Powell

Jonathan Powell served in the U.S. Navy from 1994 to 2001. He was an Officer on USS Dallas and was also deployed on USS Philadelphia and USS Grayling. He concluded his active duty service as a Regional Director for Admissions at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Powell’s first post-Navy job was working for IBM in Gaithersburg in 2001. He currently lives in Montgomery County with his wife Alexandra. 



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