This Week Community News: Marching Orders
Mike Strahle of Westerville: U.S. Marines' Lima Company, Iraq War
Mike Strahle of Westerville is a United States Marine veteran who served in the Iraq War in 2005 as part of Lima Company, 3 Battalion, 25 Marines. If you aren’t familiar with this particular company, stay tuned. You will be. His decorations include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Meritorious Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals and Reserve Mobilization Medal. He, along with Anita Miller, is behind the very well-known memorial...
Joseph Machado of Baltimore, Ohio: U.S. Army, Vietnam War
Joseph Machado of Baltimore, Ohio, is a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War in 1966 and 1967. He was part of the Army’s 1st Signal Brigade stationed at a Phu Lam communications facility in Vietnam. In addition to earning his B.A from Harvard University and MBA from the New York Institute of Technology and being a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, his decorations include the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Korean War Defense Medal...
Richard and Christine Curry of Pickerington, Ohio: U.S. Army, Global War on Terrorism
U.S. Army Col. Richard Curry of Pickerington and his wife, Sgt. 1st Class Christine Curry, served during the Global War on Terrorism -- specifically, Operation Iraqi Freedom. Christine Curry has several decorations – Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star. Richard Curry also has quite a few decorations – Combat...
Robert Sotak of Upper Arlington, Ohio: U.S. Navy, WWII, Korea
By PAUL COMSTOCK ThisWeekNEWS.com Robert Sotak of Upper Arlington is a 91-year-old U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Sotak was raised in St. Ann’s Infants Home and St. Vincent Orphanage, both in Columbus, after his father died of cancer and his mother of tuberculosis. He graduated from East High School in 1945 and enlisted in the Navy at age 17 that June. His two brothers already were in the Navy, and a sister’s husband died during a B-29 bomber mission over...
Ernest Massie of Gahanna, Ohio: U.S. Navy, Desert Shield, Desert Storm
By PAUL COMSTOCK ThisWeekNEWS.com Ernest C. Massie of Gahanna is a 50-year-old U.S. Navy veteran who served during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm in 1990 and 1991. His father, an Army military policeman during World War II, traveled in his work for defense contractors when Massie was growing up. As a result, Massie, who was born in Michigan, lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Fullerton, California, before graduating from high school in Fairfield, Ohio. He attended...
Jeffrey Noble of Dublin, Ohio: U.S. Army, Vietnam War
By PAUL COMSTOCK ThisWeekNEWS.com Jeffrey D. Noble, 74, of Dublin flew an Army helicopter gunship during the Vietnam War with Company B, 9th Aviation Battalion, 9th Infantry Division, and went on to have a 25-year career in the Army. “I wouldn’t trade one day of the 25 years for anything in the world,” he said. After graduating from high school in Florida in the early 1960s and taking courses at the College of Wooster, Noble tried to join the Navy as an aviator. He was told if he wanted...
Angela Beltz of Reynoldsburg, Ohio: Ohio Army National Guard, Gulf War
Angela Beltz of Reynoldsburg is a 49-year-old Ohio National Guard veteran who served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm in 1990 and 1991. Beltz’ military career started after her junior year in high school, having joined the North Dakota Army National Guard in 1986. She grew up primarily on the Spirit Lake Nation reservation and wanted to experience life away from it, she said. She also was looking for a way to pay for college. Military service might be in Beltz’ blood,...
Jerry Vance of Hilliard, Ohio: Vietnam War
Jerry Vance of Hilliard is a 75-year-old Vietnam War veteran who served two tours in Thailand as a U.S. Air Force pilot. The first in 1968-69 was part of a 60-day temporary-duty assignment with the Young Tigers aerial refueling wing stationed in U-Tapao, about 87 miles southeast of Bangkok near the Gulf of Thailand. As a Young Tiger, Vance flew Boeing KC-135 Stratotankers, which were responsible for refueling the U.S. military’s tactical fighter aircraft in midair, usually after the...
Jason Goldsmith of Powell, Ohio: Iraq war
Jason Goldsmith of Powell is a 37-year-old Iraq War veteran who was part of the U.S. Army’s 660th Transportation Company based in Zanesville. Goldsmith enlisted in 2000. At the time, he said, he couldn’t envision actually participating in a war type of scenario. “When I initially joined, I – not in the wildest dreams – would I have thought that I would be deployed to a combat zone,” he said. “I mean it did cross my mind, but it was just such a far-off scenario. We were nine years from...
Ted Mosure of Westerville, Ohio: Vietnam War
John T. “Ted” Mosure of Westerville is a 69-year-old Vietnam War veteran who was part of the U.S. Navy SEAL Team 1 at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado in Coronado, California. An Ohio State University student at the time, he enlisted in February 1968, shortly after the Tet Offensive – a North Vietnamese campaign of roughly 85,000 troops whose mission was to destroy larger South Vietnamese cities and annihilate U.S. troops. In 1969, Mosure joined SEAL Team 1’s Kilo platoon, which comprised...
Robert Burr of Delaware, Ohio: Korean War
Robert Burr is an 87-year-old Delaware resident who served in the Korean War. Just before joining the U.S. Army in 1951, Burr was quarreling with his girlfriend and didn't like his job, he said. He had intended to join the U.S. Air Force, he said, but the recruiting officer told him the Air Force’s quota had been met. “But if I joined the Army, I could get training in any specialty I wanted,” he recalled the officer telling him. “I foolishly believed him.” Burr took infantry basic...
Don Jakeway of Johnstown, Ohio: World War II
Don Jakeway of Johnstown is a 95-year-old World War II U.S. Army veteran who was dropped behind enemy lines just prior to the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944, as part of the elite 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division. His parachute landed in a tree next to a church in the middle of the night, with German fighters nearby and floodwaters below. The tree saved his life, and some in his unit were killed because of the waters. He enlisted in November 1942 and...