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#4421105 - 05/16/18 09:10 PM Re: The Passing of The Greatest Generation. [Re: F4UDash4]  
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Floyd Carter Sr., one of the remaining Tuskegee Airmen and NYPD veteran, dies at 95


Floyd Carter Sr., one of the last of the Tuskegee Airmen, dedicated his remarkable life to serving his country and his city.

The decorated veteran of three wars and 27 years with the NYPD died Thursday at age 95, leaving a long legacy as a groundbreaking hero pilot and a city police detective.

Carter, who simultaneously rose through the ranks of the U.S. Air Force Reserves and the police, was honored in 2007 with the Congressional Gold Medal by President Bush for breaking the color barrier in Tuskegee.

"We mourn the loss of a true American hero," read a tweet from the 47th Precinct in his adopted home of the Bronx. "Our community & nation has lost a giant."

Carter rose to the rank of Air Force lieutenant colonel years after joining the group of African-American pilots at Tuskegee University.

He met his wife Atherine there, where the Alabama native was working as part of an all-female repair crew.

Carter wooed his bride-to-be on several dates in his plane, and they were married at the air base in 1945.

In 2012, Carter joined "Star Wars" filmmaker George Lucas for a screening of his film "Red Tails" about the Tuskegee Airmen — the first black aviators in the U.S. military, trained in Alabama as a segregated unit.

In addition to serving during World War II, Carter flew during the Korean and Vietnam wars and led the first squadron of supply-laden planes into Berlin during the famed Cold War airlift of 1948-49.

During the Tet Offensive, Carter flew U.S. troops and supplies into South Vietnam.

His NYPD duties included work as a bodyguard for visiting heads of state, and Carter spent time with Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Soviet head Nikita Khrushchev, recalled his son Floyd Jr.

He earned a half-dozen citations for his outstanding police work, and survived a number of shootouts with armed bandits.

"He's got a little history," said Floyd Jr. "We were blessed, we sure were. He went from what I call the outhouse to the fine house. The Lord blessed him."

The Yorktown, Va., native joined the Army Air Corps in 1944, and was commissioned a year later as a 2nd lt. bombardier navigator.

In 1946, he received his pilot wings and transferred a year later to the Air Force Reserves. By the end of his tenure in 1974, he was commander of the 732nd Military Airlift Squadron at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey.

Carter joined the NYPD in 1953, earned his detective's gold shield within three years, and retired in 1980.

He once recalled talking politics with Castro, and believed the federal government needed to open a dialogue with the bearded Communist.

Oddly enough, Carter was called up for active duty during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

Carter remained active into his 90s, serving in November 2015 as the grand marshal of the annual Veterans Day Parade in the Bronx. He was honored by ex-Congressman Charles Rangel in 2005 with a proclamation for his lifelong achievements.

Carter was survived by his wife of more than seven decades and their two children, Floyd Jr. and Rozalind, along with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were not yet finalized.

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OUR GREATEST AMERICAN HEROES: It’s with a heavy heart that we learn the news that World War II veteran Robert Smith known to the world as the 'Singing Grandpa' has died. He was 100.

World War II veteran Robert Smith was affectionately known as "the singing grandpa." He celebrated his 100th birthday with national recognition in February.

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Smith could be called the Queen City's No. 1 fan. He's a big fan of Skyline Chili, Frisch's, Graeter's Ice Cream and Montgomery Inn barbecue, to name a few. He's been in singing groups since high school, family members said, earning him his endearing title.

Smith, a rifleman, served in Germany during the Berlin occupation, and later moved across the river to Kentucky.

Just months after becoming a centenarian, Smith's family said he died peacefully at his home this week. They said they are all heartbroken.

On behalf of TGGF and its members, we salute Mr. Smith for his dedication and service to our FREEDOM.

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Yes a well deserved Salute !!! to both Lt.Col.Carter and Robert Smith


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OUR GREATEST AMERICAN HEROES: World War II Veteran and Navajo Code Talker Samuel Tom Holiday Dies at Age 94.

ST. GEORGE, Utah — Samuel Tom Holiday, one of the last surviving Navajo Code Talkers, died in southern Utah Monday surrounded by family members.

Holiday was among hundreds of Navajos who used a code based on their native language to transmit messages in World War II. The Japanese never broke it.

He was 19 when he joined the Marine Corps and became a part of operations in several locations across the Pacific during the war, according to The Spectrum. A mortar explosion left him with hearing loss, but he would later tell family that he always felt safe during battle because of a pouch around his neck holding sacred stones and yellow corn pollen.

He received a Congressional Silver Medal, a Purple Heart and other recognition for his action during the conflict.

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OUR GREATEST AMERICAN HEROES: Band of Brothers veteran and Paratrooper of the famed 101st Airborne Division, Mr. Alvin Richard Henderson has died. He was 94.

Mr. Henderson was a Paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment during DDAY in Normandy and in Holland during Operation Market Garden. It was in Holland when he was captured while helping a fellow soldier who had been shot outside the island.

He was a Prisoner of War for 9 months. He received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, POW medal, and the Presidential Citation.

At the end of WWII he returned home and earned his economics and accounting degree from Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania. He married the love of his life, Bonnie Manning, in 1952. They have lived in Pickens, SC since 1954.

Throughout the years, Mr. Handerson made several returns back to the battlefields with The Greatest GENERATIONS Foundation.

On behalf of TGGF and its members, we salute Mr. Henderson for his dedication and service to our freedom.

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OUR GREATEST AMERICAN HEROES: It’s with a heavy heart that we learn the news that Pearl Harbor Survivor and World War II veteran, Mr. Arnhold Schwichtenberg has passed away due to injuries sustained in a car accident on May 27, 2018. He was 96 when he passed.

Arnie was born on July 16, 1921 in Bayonne, NJ was a Chief machinist on the USS Trever. He served six years in the Navy and later in the war was aboard the USS Steele DE-8 in the South Pacific.

Once leaving the service, his family relocated to Oakdale California where he raised his family and farmed almonds. Arnie worked as a machinist, tool and die maker for Norris Industries and Gallo Winery.

Arnie was an active member in the Pearl Harbor Survivor Association and served as president of numerous chapters. Arnie truly lived life to the fullest and enjoyed traveling all around the world, he loved golf, food, music, teaching younger generations about Pearl Harbor by speaking at local schools, and veteran's associations. After retirement, Arnie and Lilly moved to Barefoot Bay Florida near the Atlantic coast. The Schwichtenberg's are a close family and Arnie spent the majority of his time surrounded by them and many people he loved.

Arnie and Lilly were married for a total of 52 years and "Mamma" was his entire world. Arnie was a dedicated patriot who loved this country. He showcased this best when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and giving his Flag Salute speech, where he proudly described the meaning of Old Glory.

On behalf of TGGF and its members, our condolences to his family and friends. We salute Mr. Schwichtenberg for his dedication and service to our FREEDOM.

Photo Caption: Pearl Harbor survivors Arnold Schwichtenberg, (left), with good friend Mr. Charlie Boswell (right) salute during the Pearl Harbor Day ceremony.

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OUR GREATEST AMERICAN HEROES: It’s with a heavy heart that we learn the news that World War II veteran, Mr. William “Jimmy” Phillips has passed away. He was 92.

In November 1946, PFC William “Jimmy” Phillips was discharged from an 11-month stint in the U.S. Army after World War II.

Phillips, 20 at the time, had a choice — stay at Fort Dix, N.J. where he was being separated and receive his service medals or catch a train back to Middletown and re-start his life. He opted to go home.

World War II veteran William “Jimmy” Phillips gives a fist pump after receiving his long-awaited war medals during a ceremony earlier this year at Woodlands of Middletown Assisted Living facility. Phillips has waited nearly 70 years since his discharge to receive his medals.

He was awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal, Europe-Africa Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal during the ceremony.

On behalf of TGGF and its members, our condolences to his family and friends. We salute Mr. Phillips for his dedication and service to our FREEDOM.

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Salute Mr.Phillips It saddens me to see these gentlemen pass Think i'll re-read Tom Brokaws book just to remember what they were


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OUR GREATEST AMERICAN HEROES: Mr. Paul McKenzie Llufrio Sr., a decorated World War II veteran who survived being a prisoner of war has died. He was 95.

Born in Baltimore and raised on South Poppleton Street, he was the son of William Llufrio, a United Railways streetcar conductor, and his wife, Lena Carolyn Seibert.

He was the 12th of 15 children born to his parents. After completing the eighth grade at the old St. Peter the Apostle School, he began working at a neighborhood grocery store, where his parents had an account.

He learned to cut meat and did other jobs. He later became a bellman at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. He later told family members it was a favorite job — he met visiting celebrities, and he would go fishing with pals from the hotel.

In 1943 he enlisted in the Army and was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division. He was trained as a heavy machine gunner and sent to North Africa. He later participated in three amphibious landings: at Salerno in Sicily, at Anzio in Italy and at a beach near Marseilles in France. He fought in heavy combat during these operations but was never struck by fire.

Mr. Llufrio was present when Rome was liberated in June 1944. He and his company were received by Pope Pius XII, who gave Mr. Llufrio a papal blessing.

He was sent to France and fought in the Rhone Valley as a part of Operation Dragoon. He was in a campaign to open a second front in France that would bring needed supplies to Allied forces after the invasion at Normandy.

While fighting in Alsace in 1945, he was captured by enemy forces after a farmer’s wife — who was of German descent — turned him in as he took cover in a barn. He spent the last three months of the war in prison camps, including one outside Frankfurt. He also recalled surviving a bombing of Munich, when he and others were not allowed to take cover in an air raid bunker.

He was liberated in May 1945 by his 3rd Division. He was transported to a French hospital for treatment and later recuperated in Miami at the Hotel Poincianna. He weighed 114 pounds and was down to a 27-inch waist. His normal weight had been 145 pounds.

Mr. Llufrio was awarded the Bronze Star, the French Croix de Guerre and the French Fourragère, a unit decoration.

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ROLL CALL: It is with an heavy heart, we learn the news that World War II veteran Mr. Gene Stephens, the last original member of the Military Police Corps, a branch of the Army officially formed in 1941, has died, five weeks after he turned 100.

Born in Edinburg, Texas, Stephens was in his early 20s when he was drafted into the Army in 1941 during World War II.

He witnessed history during his service, which ended in 1945. Stephens escorted Gen. Dwight Eisenhower frequently at Eisenhower’s Bushy Park camp in London. He escorted President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Algeria when the former president was on his way to meet Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin in Tehran.

While in London, Stephens once pulled over a sedan going over the speed limit only to find out he accidentally pulled over the general himself.

In 2016, Stephens received the association’s Order of Marechaussee award at the 75th anniversary of the military police’s formation. At the association’s ball, held in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, a general awarded Stephens the medals he received during his service in a ceremony that wasn’t performed in the ’40s.

You will be remembered and revered always for you were part of something truly incredible. You stood in the path of one of the most significant forces of evil this world has ever seen, and you and your brothers in arms said, "this far, no further." And with God on your side, you men stopped the onslaught. This world owes you all a debt of gratitude.

RIP Mr. Stephens.

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From: Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, Charleston, SC

It is with very heavy hearts that we share the recent death of yet another one of our volunteers, Mr. Marvin Veronee. A 12-year volunteer at our museum, Marvin went ashore with 70,000 Marines at Iwo Jima as a Navy gunfire officer and served there for 36 days. The then 19-year old called in fire from warships stationed off the coast. While on Iwo Jima, he escaped a Japanese banzai charge (suicide attack) and saw the original raising of the American flag on Mount Surabachi that created the iconic photograph.

Mr. Veronee was frequently found here at the information desk on the USS Yorktown, graciously sharing the stories of his service with our guests. A native sea islander from the Charleston area, Marvin will be remembered at a service this weekend, August 26, at Camp St. Christopher in Johns Island, SC.

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AMERICA REMEMBERS: It's with great sadness, we learn the news that World War II veteran Mr. Ed “Doc” Pepping of the famed 101st Airborne Division, made famous by the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers has died.

As a boy, Ed Pepping was fascinated with tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, who he described as, "extraordinary warriors who lived with service, honor, and valor." He adopted their creed.

Ed joined the paratroops, and at Toccoa, GA passed the tests to become a medic and a founding member of Easy Company, assigned to 3rd platoon under Lt. Fred "Moose" Heyliger.

Ed jumped on D-Day and received a Bronze Star for Valor after just one day in Normandy, on June 7, 1944. Col. Bill Turner, the CO of the 1st Battalion of the 506th, directed a tank's fire against a German gun emplacement. Behind his tank was a line of six others, waiting to enter the fight. A German sniper shot Turner in the head, causing him to fall into the turret of the lead tank. Ed ran to his aid and pulled him from the tank, but Turner died in his arms. Ed's Bronze Star award reads:

"Acting without regard for his own life or safety, he attempted to save the life of a battalion commander who had fallen critically wounded on top of the tank commander, not only halting the advance of the six-tank column but making the whole column potential targets for destruction by the enemy as well."

Days later, Ed was himself wounded, probably by artillery, in Carentan. He awoke with his leg in a cast. Though he then went AWOL to rejoin Easy Company, his wounds prevented him from future combat.

On behalf of TGGF and its members, we salute Mr. Pepping for his devotion of service to our freedom.

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We were saddened to hear of the passing of WWII Veteran Warren Schmitt this morning. Mr Schmitt was part of the group from Forever Young Senior Veterans of Alabama that took part in our WWII Heritage Days event earlier this year. During the war, Warren was assigned to the 456th Bomber Group of the 15th Air Force in Foggia, Italy, where he was part of 13 missions to targets in Northern Italy, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Germany and Austria. He was injured on one of those missions and received the Purple Heart. Interestingly, he also survived a mid-air collision with another B-24 during training in Nevada. We are so glad he was able to attend the event and go up in the B-17 as our guest during the veterans flight. Today we remember his service to his country, his infection smile, and the impression he made on all of us in such a short period of time! Photo by John Willhoff during his ride in the CAF Gulf Coast Wing's B-17 Texas Raiders at WWII HD 2018.

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Ferrill A. Purdy, 96, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, surrounded by his family.

Services will be held at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel with visitation at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, and funeral services following at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Columbia Cemetery.

Ferrill was born June 5, 1922, in Bosworth, Missouri, to Floyd Roschel Purdy and Mable Alexia (Winfrey) Purdy, and they preceded him in death. He was a 1940 graduate of Bosworth High School and entered into the United States Navy in 1941. He became commissioned as a United States Marine Fighter Pilot in 1943 and served until 1946. He joined the USMC-R from 1946-64. He graduated from William Jewel College and the University of Missouri before being asked to become a member of the faculty and teach pharmacology and physiology for 38 years before retiring. He really enjoyed teaching his students. He also loved fishing and hunting.

He married El Loise Jennings on Feb. 28, 1954, and she survives. They have two children, who also survive, Gayla Maier (Roger) and Greg Purdy, both of Columbia; and a niece and nephew. Ferrill is also survived by his adopted families, the Sprys, the Crewses and the Adamses.

He is also preceded in death by one brother, Edmond Dale Purdy.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Planes of Fame Air Museum, 14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino, California, 91710 and all donations will go specifically to the plane he flew during World War II so they can keep it flying. (Please put “Purdy or Corsair” in the memo line of your check.) You can also send a donation to the University of Missouri Cardiology Department, c/o Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave., Columbia, MO 65202.

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Oldest surviving veteran of Pearl Harbor dies at 106


Ray Chavez, the oldest surviving veteran of Pearl Harbor, died Wednesday in California at the age of 106.

“Ray was the epitome of the greatest generation,” said Richard Rovsek, a trustee of the nonprofit Spirit of Liberty Foundation in Rancho Santa Fe, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. “He was always proud to be an American and proud of the military.”

Kathleen Chavez, who had been her father’s live-in caregiver for more than 20 years, said Ray who'd been in hospice care, asked to be buried at Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego.

He was born in San Bernardino in 1911 and grew up in San Diego’s Old Town and Logan Heights communities; his large family ran a wholesale flower business, the news outlet said.

At 27, in 1938, he joined the Navy and was stationed with the minesweeper Condor at Pearl Harbor. On Dec. 7, 1941, he was a seaman first class; after the attack, he spent the next nine days on continuous duty in and around Pearl Harbor, the paper said.

He once said the horrors he saw at Pearl Harbor left deep trauma.

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