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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Air Forces Veteran Allen S. Sabol. Allen served during World War II.

Allen began basic training in Texas, where he learned the skills needed to become a cadet pilot and later to become a nose gunner in a B 24 air craft. He soon joined Lt. Both’s crew and was sent out for more training before being shipped off to England on the Queen Elizabeth. It was here where he joined the 856th Squadron and went on his first mission – which involved flying planes over enemy territory. On August 4, 1944, Allen’s plane crashed in Germany where the local police took away his escape kit and put him and the 10-person crew that survived into solitary confinement. During his interview with the Veterans History Project, Allen details the cruel ways in which the Germans treated them: forcing them to walk hundreds of miles, receiving little food, living in poor conditions, and sleeping in open fields of snow which led to many troops dying from the harsh conditions. Allen miraculously survived and went on to spend a year in the hospital to recover from war injuries. After leaving the service, Allen got married and had two children.

Thank you for your service, Allen!
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Garland C. “Gary” Moore. Gary served from 1972 to 1995.

In 1972, right after graduating from high school, Gary enlisted in the Army. After he completed his training, he was stationed at Fort Benning, and later with the 563rd Ordnance Company in Wiesbaden, West Germany. In 1977, he became an Army recruiter and was stationed in both Georgia and Kentucky. He also worked as a Station Commander, Assistant Battalion Operations Officer and he trained fellow recruiters. For his recruiting work he was awarded the Army Gold Recruiter Ring and the Army Gold Recruiter Badge. In addition, Gary also earned the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, among others.

While in the reserves, Gary pursued his education, majoring in political science at the University of Georgia. He then earned his law degree from Georgia State University. After graduating he worked as a government relations consultant and then he opened his own law practice. Gary also serves as an associate judge for the Rockdale County Magistrate Court and the Municipal Court for the City of Conyers. Gary has joined many organizations since leaving the service, such as The Rotary, the American Legion and the Freemasons. Gary met his wife, Irene, while stationed in Georgia and together they have a daughter, Carey.

Thank you for your service, Gary!
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Arch J. Lewis Jr. Arch served as a paratrooper during World War II.

In 1942, Arch was drafted into the Army. At the end of his basic training, paratroopers recruited Arch. He was sent to Fort Benning, Georgia to complete his paratrooper training. Arch learned to pack a parachute so it would not tangle when released. He also had to climb rope and jump from towers in addition to completing other training jumps. When Arch completed his training, he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and sent to England. There, he and the other paratroopers prepared for D-Day by taking practice jumps. On one of these jumps, the wind was so bad that Arch landed wrong and broke his clavicle.

Despite the broken clavicle, Arch still went out on his mission on D-Day. His plane took fire when it reached the coast of France and veered off course. As a result, Arch landed many miles from his drop zone. He was the second one off the plane, and he landed in a tree but was able to get down safely. He found himself among a maze of hedgerows, and he could not locate his fellow soldiers. He found a safe place to sleep and spent the next few days avoiding German soldiers and trying to find his comrades. He eventually located a house while a German convoy passed behind him. He made it to the house safely, and the owner gave him some milk and bread. She could not speak any English, so she went and found a young girl who could. The girl said she knew where the rest of the Americans were, and she led Arch to them.

After Arch was reunited with his fellow soldiers, they ended up in a firefight with German soldiers and were forced to surrender. Arch was sent to a prisoner of war camp on the Polish border that was liberated by the Russians in January 1945. He eventually made it back to American lines and was discharged. Arch got involved in many service organizations after the war and made sure to keep in touch with his comrades. Arch and his wife went back to Normandy Beach on the 50th Anniversary of D-Day. Arch passed away in 2012.

We honor his service.
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Dale Doss. Dale served during the Vietnam War.

Dale was born in 1936 in Alabama. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve in June 1954 and began active duty in 1958. He attended Basic Naval Aviation Observer School and Air Navigation School from June 1958 to June 1960. Dale served as a transport navigator with VR-3 of the Military Air Transport Service. He then served as an instructor at the Basic Naval Aviation Observer School from 1963 to 1966. Dale then went on to attend RA-5C Vigilante replacement air group training with RVAH-3 at Naval Air Station Sanford, Fla. and A-6 Intruder bombardier/navigator training with VA-42 at Naval Air Station Oceana from 1966-1967. Dale served as an A-6A bombardier/navigator with VA-35 at Naval Air Station Oceana and deployed on the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. He served in this role until he was forced to eject over North Vietnam in March 1968.

Dale was a Prisoner of War for 1,824 days, alongside John McCain, and was released during Operation Homecoming. In the time following his homecoming, Dale served in various roles. He was briefly the Special Assistant to the Commander of the Navy Recruiting Area III and later attended Navy Recruiting School at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Dale’s next assignment was as the Chief Staff Officer of Navy Recruiting Area I, and then he served as Commanding Officer of Navy Recruiting District Montgomery, Ala. for three years. He then served in the same role for Recruiting District Miami. He ended his time in the service serving as Deputy Inspector General with the Commander, Navy Recruiting Command Inspector General’s Office at Naval Training Center Orland.

Dale retired from the service as a Captain on March 1, 1983. Dale received seven awards for his time in the service. They include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Prisoner of War Medal.

Thank you for your service, Dale.
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Joseph G. Clemons Jr. Joseph served in the Army from 1946 to 1977.

Joseph graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1951 and in 1952, was sent to Korea. As Platoon Leader in Company K, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, he played a critical role in retaking a vital position from the enemy at the Battle of Pork Chop Hill in 1953.

In 1969, Joseph returned to combat in Vietnam. He was recognized for his use of helicopters to support combat, medical resupply and evacuation. On one occasion, he landed and commanded his personal pilot to evacuate the wounded while he stayed behind to direct fire support.

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star Medal for his leadership at the Battle of Pork Chop Hill and the Bronze Star with V for Valor for his actions in Vietnam.

Following his retirement from service in 1977, he lived in Hawaii with his family for 20 years before relocating to Hendersonville, North Carolina. He remained active by running a yacht delivery business and flying his classic WWII Navion aircraft. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels, was a parishioner at St. James Episcopal Church of Hendersonville, founded the Intercessory Prayer Team and started the St. James Sunday transportation team.

In 1999, he was entered into the Ranger Hall of Fame; in 2000, he became a member of the United States Legion of Valor, and in 2007, he was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of West Point.

He was a devoted husband to Cecil for 65 years and father to Michael, Susannah and Joseph.

Joseph passed away on May 15, 2018.

We honor your service, Joseph!
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Angela Pope. Angela served in the Air Force as a Medical Technician from 1986 to 2011.

Angela joined the Air Force as a way to pay for college; but once there, she gained more than she anticipated. The Air Force taught her skills and gave her knowledge about survival. She served as a medical technician at an Air Evacuation hospital for four years, before continuing to the Air Force Reserves as a flight medic. She served in Desert Storm and Desert Shield, conducting hundreds of simulated flights to prepare her for war. In 2004, she was put on active duty to support Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

After 25 years of service, Angela retired in 2011 to devote time to her two children. She’s a registered nurse at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She’s a Veteran who cares for other Veterans.

Thank you for your service, Angela!
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Marine Veteran Frank Block. Frank served from 1966 to 1969, spending much of his time in Vietnam.

Frank joined the Marine Corp in 1966 and was deployed to Vietnam that year in April. He was on guard duty when he started to feel delirious and out of control. He rushed to a bunker for help, and when he got there, he collapsed to the ground. When he finally came-to, he was sent back to his area and stripped of his rifle. This event led to disciplinary action as leadership didn’t understand the situation. It was finally discovered that Frank was suffering from malaria and was promptly treated at Camp Lejeune.

He also spent time aboard the USS Cambria in the South China Sea.

Frank, whose father served in the Marines during World War II, has a daughter who enlisted in the Navy and another who fought in Desert Storm as a member of the Army.

Thank you for your service, Frank!
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Lyle Allen. Lyle served in the Army from 1997 to 2010.

Lyle enlisted in the Army in 1997. He served in Kuwait and Operation Iraqi Freedom as being a combat engineer and served with the 479th, 1st, 2nd, and 82nd Battalion.

Lyle retired from the Army after being wounded in Iraq. He then spent five years as a certified peer support specialist at the Bradenton, Florida Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic. Lyle is currently at the Knoxville, Tennessee Vet Center where he provides readjustment counseling outreach and educational services to Veterans in the area. He works with military units and Veteran organizations to increase awareness and access to Veteran services.

He is currently obtaining a degree at Florida International University to become a recreational therapist.

Thank you for your service, Lyle!
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Master Chief Thomas Robert Connors. Thomas served in the United States Navy from 1954 to 1990.

Thomas joined the Navy in 1954. He was the first Storekeeper accepted into Submarine School. He did one tour of Vietnam in 1967, one tour on the fast attack submarine USS Seadragon. Thomas did four tours on ballistic missile submarines, including the USS Woodrow Wilson, USS Lafayette, USS Kamahameha and USS Ulysses S. Grant. He did one tour hauling nuclear fuel rods to the submarine shipyard in Kittery, Maine. Thomas also did one tour as a Navy Liasion to the General Electric plant in Schenectady, New York and one tour as a Fleet Master Chief Petty Officer of Naval Supply Systems Command.

In August of 1960, Thomas was part of the crew of the USS Seadragon when it became the first submarine to complete the Northwest Passage. The USS Seadragon then turned toward the North Pole and became the third submarine to surface there. The crew, including Thomas, set up a softball diamond, designating the pole as the pitchers box. The captain hit a fly ball at 4 p.m. on Wednesday that wasn’t caught until Thursday.

For his service, Thomas received the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, and Vietnam medals.

Thomas is an active member at the United States Submarine Veterans Incorporated and is a volunteer at the Groton, Connecticut United States Submarine Veterans Incorporated club.

He lives in Connecticut with his wife Carol Ann and is the father of Michael, Kathleen, James, and Carol Lynn.

Thank you for your service, Thomas!
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Mervin Lewis Rose, Sr. Mervin served during World War II.

Mervin was born in 1922 and obtained a barber license at the of age 16. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army and was assigned to the 394th Signal Corps. His unit was responsible for radio communications with England and between Allied bombers and fighters. Mervin landed on Omaha Beach just two days after D-Day. His unit spent the winter near Paris and then moved alongside other Allied troops as they drove into Germany. He was honorably discharged in December 1945, having obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant. For his service, Merv earned the Bronze Star. After his discharge, he served in the Army Reserves until 1952.

Mervin returned to his barbering career in his home state of Ohio after his discharge from active service. He retired at the age of 85, after completing more than 150,000 haircuts. He is currently 96 years old and living in Port Clinton, Ohio. He enjoys remembering his service and all the fish he has caught over the years --as fishing was one of his hobbies.

Thank you for your service, Mervin!
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