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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...