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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.

Ora Anderson from Mishawaka

Military branch: Navy, Title: E-6 SK1, Years served: 25
Ora joined the Navy after graduating from Mishawaka High School in 1970. He started as a RadioMen (RM) on the LST USS Tuscaloosa. He was on Active Duty for 3 years and then spent the next 22 years in the Reserves. He retired as a Store Keeper First Class (SK1/E-6) in 1995. Ora passed away in November of 2009. We are very proud of his service and 3 of his children followed his footsteps by joining the Navy and the Army.

Daryl M. Payne Sr. from South Bend

Military branch: Usmc, Title: Sgt, Years served: 6
Daryl has lived and worked in this area his whole life even after joining the usmc at a early age his dream has always been to open a art studio in this area to help vetran and children of abuse though art

Nyeyana Pierre from South Bend

Military branch: Indiana national guard, Title: Prt, Years served: 1
Nyeyana is a life long resident of South Bend Indiana a graduate of Washington high school on Nyeyana 1st birthday her father was murdered in South Bend the case went unsolved for 15 years with the help of St Joe country special crimes & the area crime stopper his murder was solved and she decided to give back to the community by serving in the Indiana National Guard and after a career as a South Bend police officer !

Burl Baber from South Bend

Military branch: Army, Title: 3315 Pleasant St., Years served: 4
This is my Dad. He served during WWII. This picture was taken during leave in Paris, France.

Thomas Kuhn from Greenwood , indiana

Military branch: US Air Force, Title: Korean Presidential Unit Citation , Years served: 4 years
Thomas Joseph Kuhn Sr. 87 passed away March 5,2018 at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis. Tom was born in Indianapolis, IN and raised his children in Greenwood, IN. When he retired 30 years ago, he became a resident of Grand Island, Florida. Tom was surrounded by his loving family at the time of his death. Tom attended Purdue University and proudly served in the US Air Force during the Korean War. Tom received The Korean Presidential Unit Citation Commemorative Medal from Korea. Tom retired from IBM as

Carl K Greulich Sr from Souderton, PA

Military branch: US Army Air Corps, Title: , Years served: 1940-1944
This is my father Carl K Greulich Sr. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII as an aircraft mechanic. I am not sure what rank he finished his military career with. If you ever said he was in the Air Force, he would correct you because during WWII it was known as the Army Air Corps. He lived in Buchanan, Michigan for over 40 years.

Fredrick Hildebrand II from Panama City

Military branch: U.S. Navy, Title: E6, Years served: 21
He knew when he was in ninth grade that he wanted to serve his country. He joined the Navy in 1987 and became a Boatswain's Mate. He deployed 12 times throughout his military career. If needed today, he would gladly serve his country again. Once a Sailor always a Sailor.

Kenneth J. Kelly from Elkhart

Military branch: Army, Title: Technical Sergeant , Years served: 1942 until 1947
Sergeant KELLY served in a 698 engineer petroleum distribution company during World War II he saw service in England Africa Italy Normandie invasion France and Belgium and was awarded three brown stars

Jack Wittey from South Bend

Military branch: Army, Title: Master Sergeant , Years served: 28
This is My dad and I thought it was awesome to have a dad in the army and serving his country and when he was working late end I had to go to bed before he got home that sucked but when he did come home he would share a grandmas cookie with me and have a glass of milk with me too

Louis R. Bagarus from South Bend

Military branch: Army, Title: Technical Seargent, Years served: 1942-1945
Mr. Bagarus entered the U.S. Army in 1942 and attained the rank of T/Sgt. where he was a Platoon Sgt. in France for Co. B, 317 Infantry as a Rifleman NCO. He was wounded in action by a German sniper in Moselle Valley, France on October 8, 1944. He was decorated with 2 Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart during his service as an infantry soldier.

Johnnie moody Sr from Georgia

Military branch: Navy, Title: Seaman, Years served: 1955-1957
Was a chef in the Navy.

Shawn M. Kaiser from Buchanan

Military branch: Army, Title: Sargent, Years served: 9
My husband joined the Army right after graduating from Buchanan High School. He was deployed to Desert Storm for a year. We have 8 kids between us and 12 grandkids. Shawn works as a welder. I am very proud of him and his service!

Delbert and Dustin Rensberger from Plymouth Indiana

Military branch: Army, Title: Sgt, Years served: 5
Hard worker loves their country

Gary Hill from Mishawaka

Military branch: Army, Title: 523 Alice Street, Years served: 1963 - 1968
Staff Sgt. Gary Hill, enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1963. Gary made Sgt.during his second year, and he spent his first 3 years in Frankfort, Germany. In January 1968 after being promoted to Staff Sgt.Gary went to Vietnam. Gary was wounded in action on the 4th day of September and on September 17 1968 at 21:40 hours Gary passed away.

Samuel Bourdon from So bend

Military branch: Army, Title: , Years served: 1955-1970
This is my dad, he served in Vietnam. He passed in 2009.

Jose Montes De Oca from Illinois

Military branch: Army National Guard, Title: E5, Years served: 8years
Military branch: Army National Guard Jose has been enlisted in the US Army National Guard Transportation for 8 years. We are proud and thankful for his bravery and service.

James M Claxton Jr from South Bend

Military branch: U.S.N.R., Title: ARM2/ C, Years served: 1943-1945
Trained at Great Lakes Naval Station Station in Chicago. Served on the U.S.S. Lexington as a crew member on a TBF Avenger with the Torpedo Squadron 94.

DAVID FRAZIER from Osceola

Military branch: ARMY, Title: SERGEANT UNSAG, Years served: 6
David did 2 tours in Vietnam. he received 3 overseas service bars ,sharpshooter, army commendation medal, Vietnam cross of gallantry, the order of the silver rose, 2 purple hearts He is truly missed.

Rob Sauder from Baroda

Military branch: Army, Title: Staff Sargent, Years served: 5 1/2 Years
Rob did one tour in Afghanistan and 1 1/2 years in Iraq where he received a Purple Heart. Rob and his wife Christina have two children and are living in Bridgman.

Barry Dreibelbeis from South Bend

Military branch: Army, Title: ST4, Years served: 2
The Veteran that I am submitting is my Father. He was a hero during Vietnam and he is still our hero to this day!

Bobby D Hodges from Mishawaka

Military branch: Marines, Title: MGY SGT E9, Years served: 1966-1985
See obit

Richard "Dick" Walter Behnke, Sr. from Niles, Michigam

Military branch: US Navy, Title: 1st class petty officer, Years served: 1960-1972
Dad served as an aviation store keeper from 1960-1972. He served on several aircraft carriers including the USS Oriskney, USS Saratoga, USS Ranger, and the USS Kennedy. He also served share assignments at NAS LeMoore, California, NAS Rota, Spain, Camn Rhan Bay, South Vietnam (1968-1969), and Virginia Beach, Virginia. We lost Dad in 1990. We are proud of his service. We love him and miss him.

Benj McClanahab from

Military branch: Marines, Title: , Years served:
Benj was an Iraq vet. He was given the purple heart for his services. He was full of life. He past away a few years after he was medically discharged from the marines

CMVA 14-3 from Granger Northern Indiana

Military branch: Army, Title: , Years served:
I Would like to honor all the veterans and auxiliary of CMVA 14-3 of Michiana. This group of Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association is an awesome group of veterans that help other veterans in any way they can! I would trust any of these vets with my life! Words cannot express how awesome they are! It's an honor to know them!

Kevin from Buchanan

Military branch: Army, Title: E3, Years served: 1 1/2
Kevin is proud to serve his country and is especially happy to represent his home town of Buchanan where ever he goes.

Michael Swayne from Buffalo, NY

Military branch: Navy, Title: E 5, Years served: Feb 1988 to Feb 1998
Served on the USS Santa Barbara in the Gulf War and traveled to many different countries during his 10 years.

Alvin Redmon Sr from Chicago Illinois

Military branch: United States Army, Title: staff sergeant , Years served: 1977-1987
We are all so very proud and thankful for your service.

Lonnie A Baldwin Sr from Niles,Mi

Military branch: U.S Army, Title: Private First Class, Years served: 1966-1968
PFC Baldwin was awarded the Bronze Star for his act of heroism in Vietnam on February 15th 1967.

Richard Walters from Beloit, Wisconsin

Military branch: Navy & Air Force Reserves, Title: Tsgt, Years served: 24 Years
He has served his country with pride and honor. He served 4 years in the Navy and 20 years in the Air Force Reserves. He is not only a terrific dad to our children who are now grown, but also the love of my life. He has been my love for almost 39 years now and I wouldn't change a thing. His love for the LORD and his country gives me not only great joy, but pride as well knowing of the strong values he had then and still has to this day. We have 4 wonderful grandchildren whom we love with all of our he

James (Buster) Cox from Plymouth, Indiana

Military branch: Army, Title: Description on picture., Years served: 4
Uncle Buster gave his life for our country in April of 1945. He is buried in the Margrauten military cemetery in the Netherlands.


Military branch: NAVY, Title: E-5, Years served: 6

Jack Dean from Goshen

Military branch: Army, Title: Pvt, Years served: 3
Spent most of his time in Germany during the Korean Conflict.

Richard M Stump, Jr from Goshen

Military branch: Army, Title: Spec 5, Years served: 1968-1971
Basic training at Ft. Knox then shipped to Vietnam. He served two tours in Vietnam as a Communications Security specialist and was discharged as a Spec 5.

Mike Coy from Syracuse

Military branch: U.S.Air Force, Title: Sgt., Years served: 4 years
Mike served as a Crew Chief on a B-57 Bomber.Mike was stationed in Malmstrom AFB in Great Falls,Montana,and seved on temporary duty wherever his plane was flying missions

Gerald Doty from ELKHART

Military branch: Army, Title: 510 jefferson streer, Years served: 1940s
I never got the chance to know my grandfather except through stories. I have been told he loved serving his country and was a very honorable man who was also wounded in action.

Erin Prodonovich from East liverpool,ohio

Military branch: U.S. Army, Title: Specialist , Years served: 3 years
Gone but not forgotten . She left this,earth way to early . She is missed by her family ...

Lorin dannet from Pietceton,in.

Military branch: Usmc, Title: , Years served:
He was a good family man and a great American. He will be missed.....

Todd danner from Princeton, in.

Military branch: U.S. Army, Title: , Years served:
He served his country , a family man and loved to race cars.....

Lorin danner from Pierceton,in.

Military branch: Marine, Title: , Years served:
Was a great family man , best father in law , and served his country .

Loni Preston from South bend

Military branch: National guard , Title: , Years served: 2 yrs
Elon I Preston active duty stationed in Florida I’m her aunt I want to honor her

John W. Anglin from Leesburg, Indiana

Military branch: Air Force, Title: , Years served: 4
My father, John W. Anglin, was a veteran of World War II. His two older brothers were enlisted in the service and as the only remaining son at home he didn’t have to enlist. However, he wanted to serve his country so he secretly enlisted in the Air Force without telling his parents of his intentions. His mother was very upset that all three of her sons would be fighting in the war. My father enjoyed his time served and had many stories to share over the years. Thankfully, all three brothers returned ho

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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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