Henry Conway Oldham (1895-1929)

Army Air Corps, WWI – pilot

Henry was in the Aviation Service in WWI. He fought in Europe and was rumored to have flown through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. After the war he was married to Myrl Walters of Marceline and they had three children, Henry George, Charles, and Jo Anne (Campbell). While … > More >

Roger Walsh (1948- )

US Navy, 1967 – 1971

Roger Walsh was born May 6, 1948, in Brookfield, Missouri. In 1967, he enlisted in the United States Navy, following in the footsteps of his brother Robert Walsh. Roger served from 1967 to 1971. In June 1967, Roger completed boot camp in San Diego, California. After boot camp he was … > More >

Warren F. Haley (1925-2008)

US Army, 1945-1946

My dad, Warren Haley, son of Earl and Jessie Riley Haley, was born August 13, 1925 in rural Marceline. He was in the 11th Army Air Force, Cargo Resupply Unit, serving as crew chief of supply drops.

His unit was in the South Pacific, island hopping through New Guinea, the Philippines and … > More >

Michael R. Haley (born 1947)

US Army, 1966-1968

My name is Michael Roy Haley, born August 9, 1947 at the old old St. Francis Hospital in Marceline. My parents were Warren F. Haley and Pearl Lourene Cowser Haley.

After the death of a cousin the family broke up. Uncle Howard, a WWII veteran of Europe, moved back to Hammond, IN. … > More >

A Veteran’s Family

Carl T. Wright and Freda Wright were married in the 1940’s. From their marriage, eight children were born: seven boys and one girl. Carl was a farmer, Freda a homemaker. Both of their families have a history of service in the United States military. Carl had five brothers who served in World War Il. His … > More >

James Flynn

US Army Air Force, (1942 – 1945) – pilot, POW, WWII

James Flynn, from Marceline, MO, registered for the draft in 1940, but it was late in 1942 before his number came up. As he had always had a desire to fly, he signed up for the US Army Air Force. He married Betty Othic, … > More >

Captain Victor Kenneth Olinger

United States Army

My father entered the US Army at Fort Logan Colorado on January 7, 1942, later assigned to Ft. Riley. On June 25, 1942 he was promoted to Corporal, and assigned to the 5 Training Squadron at the Calvary Replacement Training Center, Fort Riley Kansas.

From Fort Riley he was transferred to Company … > More >

John Wylie Othic (1946 – )

US Army, 1964-1967 – 69th Engineers Battalion

After high school graduation I couldn’t find a decent job because of my age (17.) So I joined the Army. The only problem was I didn’t weigh enough. I needed to be 117 pounds. So an Army recruiter took me aside and said, “Hey, wait here. I’ll be … > More >

John B. Krumpelman

This is my Story…

I graduated from Marceline high school in 1961 and farmed with my dad until being drafted May 17, 1966. I was inducted in the army at the induction station in Kansas City and got orders to go to Fort Leonard Wood, MO for basic training. While at the reception center I … > More >