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Wall of Honor

Walter Scott Hawkins from Marion, IN

Military branch: United States Coast Guard, Title: Petty Officer 2nd Class, Years served: 1940 - 1945
Trained at Great Lakes Naval Station in Chicago. Deployed to Honolulu, HI after Pearl Harbor attack. Guarded ships and troops at Pearl Harbor for the duration of WW II.

John from Indianapolis

Military branch: Army, Title: SSG, Years served: 8
Dan has been enlisted in the US Army for 8 years and has seen several tours abroad. We are proud and thankful for his bravery and service.

Kenneth Byrd Jr. from South Bend

Military branch: United States Air Force, Title: Sr Airman, Years served: 7
Our son has served for nearly 7 years in the United States Air Force with tours in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. We’re very proud of our Airman and thankful for his service to our country.

Michael Gdula and Elizabeth (Phelan) Gdula from Albany, NY & Horton, MI

Military branch: US Army, Title: Sergeant First Class & Captain, Years served: 13 & 2
Michael served from 1993 - 2006 and Elizabeth has been serving in the US Army Reserves since her commissioning on April 1, 2016.

Theodore F. Ward Jr. from Elkhart IN

Military branch: United States Army, Title: Tec 4, Years served: 1943-1946
Trained at Camp Atterbury, IN, and fought in the Ryukyus Islands campaign battle against the Japanese. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal w/Bronze Service Star, and the Good Conduct Medal. He also earned the MKM Rifle Marksmanship Badge. Our father never talked about his military service and we are not sure why. But our family has always been proud of his service to our country.

Click here to submit a photo of a veteran for our Wall of Honor.

Weigel Broadcasting Co. launched the Wall of Honor on ABC57.com to salute Michiana service members. Members of the military and their families and friends are invited to upload a photo of the military heroes and heroines in their life as a way of honoring their service and sacrifice to our country.

“Everyone knows someone who volunteered for military service. We wanted a way to bring recognition to those who sacrifice so much so we can have our freedoms,” said Aaron Ramey, General Manager of WBND/ABC57, WCWW/CW25 and WMYS/My Michiana 69.

ABC 57’s News Director Kelley Dickens shared her personal connection with the military. “Having been born on an Army base gives me a unique affinity for those who serve,” said Dickens. “The Wall of Honor can help us capture the gratitude and appreciation so many have for those who fight for our freedom.”

Click here to submit a photo of a veteran for our Wall of Honor.

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