Wall of Honor

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 The Wall of Honor is a forum where members of Living History and Associates, Reilly's Battery and the 26th North Carolina Troops can post pictures of their ancestors that served in the military and a brief write-up on what they did while in service.  Members who have served themselves may do the same.  The intent of this forum is to honor our American Military, but because we had a Civil War in American's past we will allow the posting of both Confederate and Federal pictures and write-ups.  As this wall develops we will begin to segregate the photographs by time periods and alphabetically.

Capt. David L. Stanley, Cmdg.
3 January 2011

 

 

LTC Fred Clifton (“Clif”) Berry, Jr. (USA-Ret) earned his parachutist wings in September 1954 at the 82nd Airborne Division Jump School while in Company G, 325th Airborne Infantry. In July 1955 he received a direct Regular Army commission, and joined the 505th Airborne Infantry for two years. Later, at the Airborne-Air Mobility Department at the Infantry School, he helped develop airborne tactics and techniques. He saw combat in Vietnam. In his career he commanded two rifle companies and the 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry (Manchu). Since retirement from active duty in 1975, Clif has pursued a career in public communications, primarily on defense and aerospace topics. He believes in informing and educating our people about U.S. military history and the men and women who served and made good things happen for our nation.

 
HM 2nd Class Edward DeDominicis, he served in the European Theater during WWII.  He is Joyce Stanley's Father and the Grandfather of Leah Stanley.
 
Barney DeDominicis, Served in World War II European Theater, in the Merchant Marine, he was on the Steam Merchant Ship Otho as a Radio Operator and was killed when the ship was torpedoed by the U-754 on 3 April 1942.   Brother to Edward DeDominics and Mary Ellen Chestnut and Uncle of Joyce Stanley.
 
Earl Chestnut, Served in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific during WWII.  Husband of Mary Ellen DeDominicis and Uncle of Joyce Stanley and Great Uncle of Leah Stanley.
 
Cadet Sgt. Mary Ellen DeDominicis Chestnut, High School Civil Air Patrol, she served on the Home Front during WWII.  Their mission was to watch for German Submarine's wakes in Miami Harbor.  She is the Aunt of Joyce Stanley and Great Aunt of Leah Stanley.
 

 

Lawrence F. Gaffney, Sr. was a tank commander in General Patton’s 3rd Army, 702 Tank Battalion; frequently supported by the 80th Infantry Division in World War II. The 702 Tank Battalion, also known as “The Red Devils” was not involved in the D-Day landings; they came later after July. The Tank Battalions had a high loss of men right after D-Day and replacements were requested from England. Gaffney was a “volunteered” replacement and was selected as tank commander. He never had any tank training as he was a radio operator in the Signal Corp. Gaffney served in a tank outfitted with a rocket launcher. He was not thrilled with this as it attracted a lot of German fire.   Gaffney also served as personal guard to one of Hitler’s SS men, Rudolph Hess while Hess was imprisoned prior to the Neuremburg Trials. He was chosen because of his fitness to jog handcuffed to Hess every morning. He was given the choice of staying on as Hess’s personal guard during the trials or coming home. He came home to his wife and two children. Lawrence Gaffney passed away one month and two days after his 90th birthday in 2009. He was the father of Diane G. Brooks, President of the SBS, father-in-law of Capt. Dennis Brooks, grandfather of Private Jeb Brooks and grandfather of Denise Brooks Barnwell of the SBS.

 
This is SGT Blaine Gray, He served in WWI and was gassed.  He died in Colfax, North Carolina.  Blaine is the Great-Uncle of David Stanley.
This is SGT Blaine Gray's World War I Victory Medal with campaign clasps.
 
SFC Lamont Gould US Army Medic, currently deployed in Afghanistan,  SFC Gould is a member of Living History and Associates and reenacts "Buffalo Soldiers."
 
This is HM 1st Class Grover Harville. He served 27 years, 6 months,11 days, and 30 minutes in the US Navy. He retired August 11th 1969.  He is the grandfather of Danyel Moose.
 
 
CSM Al F. McKoy (Retired)  CSM Al F. McKoy, a native of North Carolina was born in Erwin, NC. He graduated with Honors from Harnett High School in Dunn, NC in early June 1965.  On 19 June 1965 he joined the United States Army.  During his 28 years of active military service, CSM McKoy served as an Infantry Soldier; Administrative Supervisor; Drug and Alcohol Counselor/Rehab Facility Coordinator; Motion Picture and Still Photographer; Drill Sergeant; Test Supervisor; Supply Technician; Property Book Officer; Logistics Assistance representative; Chief Storage NCO; and a Supply and Logistics Action Officer at Army Level.  CSM McKoy served two tours of duty in Vietnam, three tours in Germany, two tours in Korea, and several state side assignments to include: Fort Dix, NJ, Fort Campbell, KY, Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg, PA and Fort Bragg, NC.  his career culminated with his final assignment as Command Sergeant major of the 35th Supply and Service battalion and the Sagami Depot Community, Sagamiharra, Japan.  CSM McKoy excelled in every leadership assignment from Team Leader to Command Sergeant Major.  He completed 37 military schools during his active career, ranging from the Basic NCO Academy in 1966 to his graduation with honors from Cass30, US Army Sergeants Major Academy in 1988.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV, and a Master of Education Degree in Global Leadership and Administration from Jones International University, Englewood, CO.  His awards include the Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medal with V device and Oak Leaf Cluster; Purple Heart; Meritorious Serve Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; air Medal two awards, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; Good Conduct Medal nine awards; Army Occupation Medal (Berlin); Commander's Award for Public Service with Oak leaf Cluster, and several Campaign ribbons and badges.  CSM McKoy retired from active duty on 30 June 1993.  He assumed his current position at Union High School on 20 September 1995.  He and LTC (retired) David L. Stanley were teaching partners at Union High School for five years.  CSM McKoy is a mentor and advisor to Living History and Associates NC/VA.
 
Samuel T. Mickey, 26th North Carolina Regimental Band leader from 1862-1865.  American Civil War. He served from March 1862 until 27 June 1865 when he was released from Federal prison after being captured at the Battle of Five Forks on 5 April 1865.   He is the grandfather of  T/SGT Joseph H. Mickey, and he is the great grandfather of Joe H. Mickey Jr. a member of the 26th NCT.
 
T/SGT Joseph H. Mickey, WWII Paratrooper from 5 April 1943 until 19 February, 1946.  He served in the 542nd Parachute Infantry Regiment. While with the 542nd Parachute Infantry Regiment served in the US doing War Bond jumps.  He was transferred to the 187th Parachute Infantry Regiment which was part of  the 11th Airborne Division, as a Platoon Sergeant and served in the Pacific.  He was on the 18th plane to land in Japan after the surrender.  He is the father of Joe H. Mickey, Jr. a member of the 26th NCT.
 
T/SGT Lamar Potter Morgan, United States Army Air Corps, 5th Air Force, 38th Bomber Group (Wolfpack), 71st Squadron, Tail Gunner on a B-25 in the Pacific Theater.  He is Geanie Slifer's father and the grandfather of Frank Slifer.
 
 

 

 

Wayne Wallace Morrow


BRANCH OF SERVICE
U.S. Army Air Forces

HOMETOWN
Akron, OH

HONORED BY
LtCol. Richard T. Morrow, USMCR (Retired), son

   

ACTIVITY DURING WWII
SERVED FROM 20 FEB 42 TO 26 JUN 45 AS A RADIO OPERATOR ASSIGNED TO 7TH TROOP CARRIER SQUADRON, 62ND TROOP CARRIER GROUP, 12TH AIR FORCE. AWARDED DISTINQUISHED FLYING CROSS FOR MISSION ON 1 NOV 44 DELIVERING SUPPLIES TO PARTISANS BEHIND ENEMY LINES IN THE BALKANS, AS WELL AS HAVING OVER 1000 HOURS ON MISSIONS DEEP WITHIN ENEMY-HELD TERRITORY. ALSO AWARDED AIR MEDAL WITH TWO OAK LEAF CLUSTERS, ARMY GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL, EAME THEATER MEDAL, AND WORLD WAR II VICTORY MEDAL. PARTICIPATED IN CAMPAIGNS IN TUNISIA, SICILY, NAPLES-FOGGIA, ROME-ARNO, PO VALLEY, NORTH APPENINES, SOUTHERN FRANCE AND AIR OFFENSIVE EUROPE.

 

 

Ruth Margaret Halley Morrow

HOMETOWN
Akron, OH

HONORED BY
Richard T. Morrow, Son

 

 

ACTIVITY DURING WWII
SERVED ON THE FLYING SQUADRON AT GOODYEAR AIRCRAFT DURING THE WAR, WORKING THE NIGHT SHIFT BUILDING AIRCRAFT, WHILE ALSO SERVING AS A NURSE'S AIDE AT PEOPLE'S HOSPITAL DURING THE DAY.

 
 
This is Private Isaiah Pegram, Company E "Guilford Men", 22nd North Carolina Regiment.  Enlisted in Guilford County 5/23/1861.  Wounded in the leg on 7/1/1863 at Gettysburg and Captured 7/5/1863.  Isaiah is David Stanley's Great, Great Grandfather.
 
Seaman Laben Monroe Rhyne Jr. United States Navy, World War II (1943-195) assigned to the Pacific Theater on a Destroyer.   He is the brother of Mike Rhyne.
 
This is SFC Michael G. Rhyne Sr., 525th Support Group, 519th Battalion Ga Den, South Viet Nam (1968-69)
 
Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Gene Rhyne Jr. United States Navy Seal (1992-1996), with Seal Team 4.  He is son of SFC Michael G. Rhyne Sr. and the Nephew of Seaman Laben Monroe Rhyne Jr.
 
This is LCDR Lawrence Minton Slifer, Engineering Officer aboard the Escort Carrier CVE-82 later CVHE-82
USS Saginaw Bay it was a Casablanca class escort carrier.  LCDR Slifer served in the Pacific Theater.  He also served aboard the USS Rosewood (YN-26/AN-31).
He is the father of Joe Slifer and grandfather of Frank Slifer.
 
 
This is Airman 1st Class Thomas Smith, USAF Security Forces, currently deployed to Afghanistan (Bagram Airfield).  Thomas is the son of Skip Smith.
 
This is Fire Controlman 3rd Class John Henry Stanley, United States Navy, World War II in the Pacific Theater served on two Sumner Class Destroyers the DD 705 the USS Compton and DD 699 the USS Waldron and in the Korean War aboard the Essex Class Air Craft Carrier CV40 the USS Tarawa.  He is the father of David Stanley and Grandfather of 1LT Leah Stanley
 
This is CPT Leah Stanley, USA Nurse Corps, currently serving on active duty deployed to Afghanistan. She is the daughter of David and Joyce Stanley.
 
This is LTC (retired) Joyce Stanley, US Army Nurse Corps and her husband LTC (retired) David Stanley US Army Medical Service Corps.  Joyce is a Veteran of Desert Storm/Shield and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  David is a Veteran of Desert Storm/Shield.

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