Chris served active duty for four years in Texas and Georgia as an aircraft mechanic for kc 135 strato tankers. He later transferred to the active reserves in Niagara Falls and was promoted to c-130 aircraft maintenance manager/coordinator. Chris served in six overseas trips in support of Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn, which included South Korea. Chris has served over 13 years and is looking to make 20 years.
William F. Green
Bill served in the US Navy from 1965 to 1967 as an Aviation Jet Mechanic. He was originally stationed in Norfolk, Virginia assigned to Helicopter/Anti Submarine Squadron 5 aboard the USS Randolph then reassigned to Squadron 7 in Quonset Point, Rhode Island. In early 1967, he switched jobs to Photographers Mate because of his pre-Navy employment at Eastman Kodak Company. He was required to take pictures of damaged aircrafts, human casualties, Russian submarines, and shot the recovery of the Apollo 7 astronauts. Bill retired in 1969 at the Rank of Photographers Mate 3rd Class.
John Umber, born in 1941, was a member of the U.S. Army’s 1st Cavalry Division from 1962 to 1966. He belonged to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, which was also known as “The Mustangs”. Umber trained at Fort Bening, GA, and Fort Hood, TX, as a medic. He served in Seoul, Korea, at an Army hospital. John Umber passed away in January, 2006.
Homer Gauthier, born in 1923, was a member of the U.S. Army’s 87th Infantry Division from 1942 to 1945. He belonged to the 34th Infrantry Regiment, K Company, which was also known as “The Golden Acorn”. His training began in Camp McCain, MS, moved to Tennessee, and ended at Fort Jackson, SC. Gauthier was deployed to the European theater in 1944 were he saw combat in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. Gauthier was on the front in Belgium during The Battle of the Bulge. He was wounded by Nazi artillery in the Argon Forest in Germany, for which he received the Purple Heart. Gauthier also received the Good Conduct medal as well as theater and victory awards. He carried shrapnel in his leg until the day of his death on April 10, 2000.
Francis Gauthier was a Second Class Fire Controlman for the U.S. Navy during World War II. He became part of the first crew aboard the Richard P. Leary. The Leary was credited with two torpedo hits on a Japanese warship that, at the time, was the largest ship in the world. The destroyer had engaged in supporting fire during battles in Guadalcanal, Saipan, Tinian, Guam, Palau, Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. For his service, Francis was awarded the Asia-Pacific Area Ribbon with six stars and the Japanese Liberation Ribbon with two stars for the invasion of the Surigao Strait.
Jeremy enlisted in the Navy in 2002 after he graduated from high school. He served on Aircraft Carrier USS John F Kennedy from September 2003 until it was decommissioned in 2006 at Mayport Naval Base in Jacksonville, FL. During that time he was deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also deployed during Operation Enduring Freedom, serving on Aircraft Carrier USS Ronald Reagan from 2007 to 2009 at Coronado Naval Air Station in San Diego, CA. He ending his service in 2010. A few of the awards and commendations he received during his service include: The Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 times), Navy Good Conduct Medal twice, and the National Defense Service Medal.