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Bob Weiler was waist-gunner on B-29 bomber shot down over Osaka in WW II

In U.S. Air Force, World War II on September 8, 2014 at 1:38 am
Sgt. Bob Weiler in his 20s when he flew as a waist-gunner aboard a B-29 bomber out of a base on Guam to bomb Japan during the Second World War. Photo provided

Sgt. Bob Weiler in his 20s when he flew as a waist-gunner aboard a B-29 bomber out of a base on Guam to bomb Japan during the Second World War. Photo provided

Bob Weiler was the left waist-gunner on a B-29 Superfortress dubbed “Sky Scrapper,” part of the 61th Bomb Squadron, 39th Bomb Group, 314h Bomb Wing of the 20th Air Force, based on Guam in the Mariana Islands bombing Japan late in World War II.

Billy Willis was an Army sergeant-major who saw action during 3 tours in Vietnam

In U. S. Army, Vietnam War on September 4, 2014 at 1:38 am
Sgt. Billy Willis in his fatigues at Nuremberg, Germany while serving with the 1st Infantry Division in 1959. Photo provided

Sgt. Billy Willis in his fatigues at Nuremberg, Germany while serving with the 1st Infantry Division in 1959. Photo provided

Bill Willis was a Command Sergeant Major, a 30-year-man in the United States Army–a lifer. The 84-year-old retired enlisted man who lives with his wife, Angie, in the massive Jacaranda-Trace apartment complex in south Venice, spent his career in the Army seeing the world from the muzzle of a gun: Berlin, Greece, Vietnam, Alaska and at Army bases all over the U.S. until he retired in 1978.

Sgt. Derek Nelson served 3 1/2 years in Vietnam from 68-71

In U. S. Army, Vietnam on September 1, 2014 at 1:38 am
Nelson didn't want to come home from Vietnam and face the protesters. Photo provided

Sgt. Derek Nelson didn’t want to come home from Vietnam and face the war protesters waiting for him and thousands of other Vietnam veterans on their return from the war zone. Photo provided

Derek Nelson of North Port, Fla. served 3 1/2 years in Vietnam. He first went there in 1967 as an 18-year-old member of the 9th Infantry Division located in the Macon Delta. During his second tour in 1969 he served with the 1st Logistics Command in Saigon. His last 18 months over there he was with the 1st Air Cavalry Division fighting “Charley” wherever they could find him in 14 different engagements.

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