In U.S. Navy, World War II on October 22, 2014 at 1:38 am
Seaman 1st Class Gene Roaf is pictured standing in front of a fighter on the deck of the carrier USS Bennington possibly off Iwo Jima during World War II. He was a plane captain and maintained a Corsair fighter for a Marine pilot. Photo provided
Gene Roaf of Punta Gorda Isles was a plane captain who maintained a single Corsair fighter aboard the carrier USS Bennington during the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa in World War II. He served as a seaman 1st class and part of the Essex class carrier’s deck crew.
In U. S. Army, World War II on October 20, 2014 at 1:38 am
Cpl. George Eyster and his buddies in the 254th Engineering Battalion. This 70-year old photo was taken just prior to the Battle of the Bulge that began in mid December 1944. George is back row fourth from the left. Photo courtesy George Eyster II
George Eyster started off driving a 2 1/2 ton army truck in the 254th Engineering Battalion attached to Gen. Omar Bradley’s 1st Army when it came ashore on Omaha Beach June 6, 1944. He saw the war from the vantage-point of a deuce-and-a-half starting with the invasion beach to the Battle of the Bulge, on to the Remagen Bridge rebuilding along the Rhine and finally into Germany on V-E Day at Lipsick.
In Army Air Corps, U.S. Army Air Corps, Vietnam, World War II on October 15, 2014 at 1:38 am
This is a picture of Sgt. 1st Class Fred Davis taken in 1973 shortly before he retired from the U.S. Army after serving in World War II and two tours in Vietnam. Photo provided
Fred Davis of Englewood, Fal. graduated from high school in 1942 and immediately signed up for the Army Air Corps during the middle of World War II.