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THE RARE BREED
Recognizing Area Veterans Of World War II


TWENTY-NINE of the Palacios area's living veterans of World War II gathered for their first-ever group photo in June 2002 on the lawn of the Luther Hotel. In the front (l-r) are: Jimmie Smith, Navy; Joe Ressler, Navy; Roy Keith Backen, Army; Leroy Jackson, Air Force; Leonard Kunefke, Marines; Frank Hahn, Army; George Kana, Army; Eldon Hill, Air Force; Duane P. Corporon, Air Force; and Bill Lowman, Army. In the back from left are: Vernon Wright, Army; Searcy Standley, Army; Sam Alcorn, Navy; Robert Montgomery, Air Force; Joe Drastata, Air Force; John Toellner, Army; John Ressler, Army; Peter Kocurek, Navy; Julio Alamia, Army; Roger Hoffman, Merchant Marines; Guy Claybourn, Army; Joe Richards, Air Force; Jack Oldham, Marines; Walter C. McBride, Army; Richard Sanders, Army; Earl Adams, Army; Chester Corporon, Air Force; George Sparks, Army; and Robert Wintterle, Marines. Many of the men have submitted information to be included in the Beacon's series The Rare Breed: Veterans of World War II. (Beacon Photo by Nick West)

The following articles on Palacios area WWII veterans
have been compiled and written by Bert C. West of the Palacios Beacon. In April 2002 WWII veterans
were asked to submit information. The deadline for submission was Oct. 2002.

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES....Click Here

AL ALCORN....Click Here

JOHN CARROLL CAIRNES....Click Here

GUY CLAYBOURN, JR....Click Here

DELBERT COLVIN....Click Here

CHESTER CORPORON....Click Here

DUANE CORPORON....Click Here

JOAN HOLMES CREWS....Click Here

JAMES CUNNINGHAM....Click Here

JOE DRASTATA....Click Here

ROBERT FLETCHER....Click Here

JIMMIE FLORES, JR.....Click Here

JOHN E. FRANKSON....Click Here

HERMAN & LEON GATICA....Click Here

FRANK HAHN....Click Here

CLAUDE HILL....Click Here

ELDON HILL....Click Here

AL HUDSON....Click Here

LEROY JACKSON....Click Here

J. W. JENKINS....Click Here

GEORGE KANA....Click Here

PETE KOCUREK....Click Here

LEONARD KUNEFKE....Click Here

NATHAN LINTON....Click Here

BILL LOWMAN....Click Here

JAMES G. MALVEN....Click Here

RUSSELL MATTHES....Click Here

ROBERT MONTGOMERY....Click Here

MARCELO MORALES....Click Here

BILLY MORTON....Click Here

HOWARD MOZLEY....Click Here

JACK B. OLDHAM....Click Here

FRANK PEARCE....Click Here

JOHN E. PIERCE....Click Here

BOB PORTER....Click Here

JOHN RESSLER....Click Here

JOE RICHARDS....Click Here

ALFONSO RODRIGUEZ....Click Here

TONY RODRIGUEZ....Click Here

FRANK SANDERS....Click Here

RICHARD SANDERS....Click Here

JIMMIE SMITH....Click Here

GEORGE SPARKS....Click Here

SEARCEY STANDLEY....Click Here

EDWARD FRANK VAVRA....Click Here

ARNULF0 VILLARREAL....Click Here

WOODROW WILSON....Click Here

VERNON WRIGHT....Click Here

 

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