ACWSA Veteran’s Page

The ACWSA recognizes it’s veteran members.  Thank you for your service!

Photos of members:

The History of Veterans Day: Today we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11th to remember everyone who has served in our military.  The holiday’s origins date back to Armistice Day, when in 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month an agreement ending the fighting in World War I was signed.  In 1919 President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed it the day to recognize those who died during that war.  Twenty-seven states had adopted it as a holiday before the US Congress passed a resolution requesting it be made a national holiday in 1926, and Armistice Day officially became a legal holiday in 1938.

In 1954, after WWII, responding to requests from veteran’s service organizations, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed the holiday ‘Veteran’s Day’ to recognize all veterans who served in war or peacetime, instead of just those who died during WWI.  In 1968, The Uniform Holiday Bill was passed making Veteran’s Day a floating holiday to insuring three-day weekends for Federal employees.  When it became apparent the November 11th date was important to our citizenry, President Gerald R. Ford returned the holiday to its original date beginning in 1978.   For a more detailed history, see

Veterans Day should not to be confused with Memorial Day, when we remember those who died while serving.  Like Veterans Day, Memorial Day evolved from other holidays.  You can read how it evolved out of the various ‘Decoration Day’ observances in the Union, Confederate and African-American communities at

Roll Call:

Paul J. Adamisen (2nd Texas Sharpshooters)
U.S. Marine Corps, Cpl., 1952-1960,
Boot Camp MCRD-San Diego, CA,
Aviation School – Jacksonville, FL,
Advanced Aviation Training-Memphis,
El Toro, California,
HMR362-San Ana, California,
HMR162-Kashiwara Japan,
Hanshin Air Base GrosseIle, MI HMR733

Terry (Klein) Arliskas (66th North Carolina)
US Army
1979 – 80 – Maintenance Platoon Leader, 190th Maintenance Company, Fort Hood Texas
1980 – 81 – Executive Officer, 190th Maintenance Company, Fort Hood, Texas
1981 – 82 – Material Maintenance Officer, 4th MMC, Fort Hood, Texas
1984 – 86 – HQ Detachment Commander & S-1, 377th Maintenance Company USAR Milwaukee
1986 – 90  – Detachment Commander, 747th AG Detachment, Postal USAR Milwaukee
Lee Arnold (2nd Wisconsin)
USAF, 1965-1969, Viet Nam 67-68
Auto Pilot

Spec Matt Barbour  (2nd Wisconsin)
B Company 397th Engineer Battalion (C)(M)

William Beaudot (6th Wisconsin)
United States Marine Corps 1953-1957

Bob Blomberg (66th North Carolina)
U.S. Army
1986-1989:  Uijongbu, ROK
1990:  Ft. Polk, LA
Attack Helicopter Crewchief

Jim Bone (1st South Carolina)
US Navy 56/59  U S S Bremerton  CA 130

R.J. Boquette (USS Michigan Landing Party) a.k.a. Sailor Bob
Petty Officer 3rd Class,
USN – Cruiser-Destroyer Force Atlantic Fleet 1966 – 1968

Mark Bowman (56 Virginia)
Currently serving Illinois Army National Guard
33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team

Guenther Brandes (Guy), US Air Force, Airman First Class
1963-64, Supply, Philippine Islands
1965-67, Supply, Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Christopher L. Bryant (15th Wisconsin)
Navy, 1971-1995
Gunner’s Mate Chief

Bob “Cooter” Bucher (56th Virginia)
Captain , USAF
Pilot, 458 TAS,
Cam Rahn Bay, Viet Nam 1968-72

Bob Chabalowski (66th North Carolina)
1968 Plt Ldr, 73rd Armor
1969 G-3 Training Rifle Team, 7th Division
1969-70, CO HHC, USATCA
1970-81 US Army Reserve, CO
Transferred to Dental Corps in 1975

David E. Christensen  (66 North Carolina)
Aviation Structural Mechanic- E-5
US Navy:    Jan 06-1961 thru Oct 26-1968
July 21-1969 thru 18Feb 1972

Gary Elliott, Col, USAF
Active duty Jan 1979 to Sept 2008
Aircraft Maintenance Officer:  C-130, C-5, KC-135, RJ-135, E-4B
Desert Shield/Storm – Bateen AB, UAE
OIF/OEF – Shaikh Isa AB, Bahrain
Commander, 22 Maintenance Group, McConnell AFB KS, 2002 – 2004
Chief, Aircraft Maintenance Division, HQ AMC, Scott AFB IL, 2004 – 2005
Commander, 55 Maintenance Group, Offutt AFB NE, 2005 – 2008

Dennis Fyke (8th MI CAV)
USMC 1969 – 1972

John Gehm (15th Wisconsin)
US Air Force 1961-1966
Selfridge AFB, Mich. & RAF Alconbury, England)

Bill Graff  (2nd Wisconsin)
Currently serving US Marine Reserve
2nd Battalion 24th Marines, Golf Company

Donald Iveson (1st SC Inf)
Pusan, South Korea. 1946 – 1948
t/5 573rd M.M. Ordnance Company, tank/truck Mechanic

Patrick B Kaboskey (1st USSS)
US Navy EN2
1968 to 1978
Adak Alaska   Vungtau Viet Nam

Christine Heyart Koch (8 MI CAV)
SMSGT  – 1980–Present – MI ANG (Active Unit since 9-11-2001)

Koch, Don (8 MI CAV)
US Army, Musician (Clarinet)5th Army Band
Oct 1954 to Sep 1956
Augsburg, Germany (Flack Kaserne) and Fort Ord, California

Lyle A Koch (8 MI CAV)
1978-1979 USAF – Stationed at KI Sawyer AFB MI

Jeffrey Murphy (56th Viginia)
1986-87 US Army
101st Airborne Division 2nd Engineer Battalion, Air Assault
Light Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic and Power Generator Repair

Dave Marks (8th Arkansas)
Michigan Army Reserve & National Guard, 1995-2007
Infantry Legal Spec, MP Prison Guard (Cuba), Arty crewman & ammo SpecKenneth L Mifflin (66 North Carolina)
CSM (Ret), Indiana Army NG, 38th INF DIV (1965-1995)
1965 – 1979, Como Team Chef / FDC Chef / 1SGT / OPN SGT, 2nd Bn 150th FA
1979 – 1986, OPN SGM, 76th INF Brigade
1986 – 1989, OPN SGM, 38th Div Arty
1989 – 1995, CSM, 38 DISCOM

Captain William V. Osborne II (66 NC)
USMC 1974-75 Communication Officer 2nd Tank Btn.
1975-76 Commo 2nd Field Artillery Group (FAG)
USMC Reserves 1977- 78 XO Golf 2/24
1978-1980 Commo 2/24

Sgt Anthony A. Savickas (4th MI)
1st Cavalry Division Band
2 tours – in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Turland, Bruce Sr. (66NC)
Tank driver
US 3rd Army
Germany, WWII

Art Tyszka (1st MI Inf, Co C)
Staff Sergeant, US Air Force 1963-69
Selfridge Air-Force Base, MI

Stephen Sherry (15th Wisconsin)
Sgt. Army, Tank Commander
Iron Curtain / Germany
2nd Armd. Cav. Regt.
24th Panzergrenidere (NATO) Gary Simmons (8 Ark.Inf.)
Navy  Aviation Ordnanceman 1983-1985

Gary Van Kauwenbergh (2nd Wisconsin)
US Army, 1973-1977
WI National Guard 1979-1984
US Army Reserve, 1984-1996
Artillery Fire Direction Control Chief, US Army Corps of Engineers – Plt Ldr, XO, Cmdr, S1, S4

George Vermeulen (1st South Carolina Infantry),
US Army
4th Infantry Division 1968
Ft. Knox
Pleiku, Vietnam
Ft. Riley, Ks.
Radioman, E-5

Gerhardt Vikar (Purcell’s battery)
1967to 1971, U.S. Army, Combat Inf  11C, 196th Light Inf Brigade Chu Lia, South Vietnam
1974 to 1982, U.S. Navy, AE2 , P-3A Flight Engineer, VP93
1982 TO 1995, USAF ( Active duty), Maintenance Control Supervisor,  191st FIG  Selfridge AFB, MI ( F-4C, F-4D and F-16 ADF), Msgt USAF ( Retire)

Robert (Rob) Weber (2nd Wisconsin)
U.S. Navy 1972-1976
NAF Sigonella, Sicily
Navy Technical Advisory Field Team, Iran

William L. Weedman (2nd Wisconsin)
US Army 1969-71, Pentagon – Department of the Army Personnel Management Team
Assigned Command Sergeant Majors to duty stations worldwide

SSG Garrick Williams
Army Reserves 1987-2005
Desert Storm 1990-1991 358th Military Police Co.
Iraqi Freedom 2004-2005 391st Military Police Bn.

Members Mike & Dan Young recognize their family members:
Ferdinand Junge ( Young ) CPL, Co B, 9th WI,
Oct 1861-Jan 1866. Ft. Leavenworth KS
Marched through MO and AR
William Harley 47th NY. 1863-Dec1865 served in VA.  (Son founded of Harley Davidson Motor Co)
Herbert Vogel, Army Feb1943-Dec1945 (wife Mary’s Dad)
Normandy; Northern France; Ardennes; Rhineland; Central Europe
John Harley Army, SFC (brother in law)
Vietnam Nov1967-March1968 WIA
Ft. Carson (3years)
Army reserves 1981-2005, retired
John Harley III (nephew) Navy 1996-present, Norfolk VA, Persian Gulf
Rhonda Harley (wife of Harley III & niece) Navy 1996-1999    Mike Miller (E7) Navy,1970-1982, USS Plymouth Rock, USS California, USS Texas, D1G NPTU Ballston Spa, USS Nashville (Dan’s father-in-law)
Peter G Zahner (Quantrill’s Partisan Rangers)
US Army Engineers 1965-67
553 rd Btn