In U.S. Air Force, World War II on November 19, 2014 at 1:38 am
This was Lt. Wallace Spencer of Tangerine Woods subdivision in Englewood, Fla. in his 20s shortly after graduating from Air Force boot camp during World War II. Photo provided
1st Lt. Wallace Spencer of Tangerine Woods in Englewood, Fla. was on his 28th and last combat mission on March 24, 1945 when the B-24 “Liberator” four-engine bomber he served as bombardier in was shot out of the sky at 20,000 feet by anti-aircraft flak while bombing a railroad marshaling yard in Münster, Germany.
In U.S. Marine Corps, Vietnam on November 14, 2014 at 1:38 am
Lance Cpl. Randy Smith of Venice, Fla. shakes hands with Ambassador Graham Martin during the Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the American Embassy in Saigon on Nov. 10, 1974, a year before the United States pulled out of the Vietnam War. Photo Provided
Randy Smith of Venice, Fla., who served as a 19-year-old Marine Corps guard at the American Embassy in Saigon 40 years ago, is returning to Ho Chi Minh City, its new name, in a couple of days.
In U.S. Marine Corps, World War II on November 12, 2014 at 1:38 am
When this picture was taken on Dec. 20, 1943 Bob Porter of Venice, Fla. was just graduating from boot camp at Parris Island, S.C. He was 17 and about to be turned into an amphibious landing craft mechanic who would fight on Iwo Jima during World War II. Photo provided
Bob Porter of Venice, Fla. served as a sergeant with the 5th Marine Division in World War II. He was with the first U.S. Marines killed or wounded at the Battle of Iwo Jima during the closing days of the Second World War.