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Wheat Ridge Major, U.S. Marine Corps, 1942-1945 Medals and commendations:Navy Cross and Purple Heart His service: Commanded the most decorated infantry platoon to come out of a single engagement in the history of the U.S. as platoon leader … more
Parker Lt. Colonel, U.S. Army, 1960-1980 Medals and commendations:Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, three Bronze Stars, 22 Air Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, Purple Heart, Vietnam … more
Parker Colonel, U.S. Air Force, 1959-1986 Medals and commendations include: Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with nine Oak Leaf … more
Castle Rock residentPatricia Ehline, originally from Omaha, Nebraska, enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps in 1966 as a private first class. She became a registered nurse the following year and was activated into the U.S. Army Nurse Corps and stationed … more
Lucile Wise, 95, grew up in Wichita, Kansas. She had her first flying lesson on Dec. 6, 1941, a day before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. She originally wanted to fly for fun, but in 1943, she decided to join Women Airforce Service Pilots … more
When Jack Pansini was 9, his father moved the family from Molfetta, Italy, to the United States. “He didn’t like Mussolini,” Pansinirecalls. As a young corporal in the U.S. Army, Pansini found himself back in Europe in 1946, facing the … more
Castle Rock resident and Vietnam veteran Bob Rotruck served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years. When he retired July 31, 1979, he held the rank of chief warrant officer. Rotruck worked in aviation electronics and was deployed to Vietnam abroad the USS … more
Mike Alsop’s life changed forever on May 17, 2007, when an IED blew up the vehicle he was riding in during his deployment in Iraq. Almost every bone in his body was injured and he was diagnosed with a moderate, traumatic brain injury. In 2008, … more
About me I grew up in Chicago and the Chicago suburb of Winnetka, Illinois. I am the middle sibling of five. I graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in business administration, concentrating on finance. I came to … more
John Budnack rarely spoke about his World War II service. Parker resident Steve Budnack, one of the nine children John Budnack would have after leaving the Army, remembers hearing memories from his father's mouth only once, during a camping trip … more
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