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.
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.
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.