Bert H. Oldham (1904 – 1978)

US Navy, 1919-1946

Bert Oldham grew up on a farm four miles south of Marceline, the youngest of six children. He was born in 1904 and his mother died two years later. His two sisters died as children. His oldest brothers served in WWI, George in the Navy and Henry as a pilot in the … > More >

Dell W. Epperson

Captain, United States Navy, Retired

Captain Dell W. Epperson is a native of Marceline, Missouri. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwest Missouri State University Maryville in 1975. After working several years in the broadcasting industry in Missouri and lowa, he received his naval commission in July 1982.

Captain Epperson first served aboard … > More >

Michael Garvey (1946 – )

D Company 1st Battalion, 1st Marines United States Marine Corps
0311 Infantry Rifleman
Years of Service: Jan 5, 1966 – Jan 5, 1968
Wounded Sept 23, 1966
Vietnam war

I was drafted but when I arrived at Union Station in Kansas City we could sign a “dream sheet’ indicating which branch we wanted to join. … > More >

Ralph Thomas

US Air Force 1967 – 1990

Enlisted United States Air Force May 3, 1967 and sworn in at Federal Building in St Louis, Missouri. Shipped to Amarillo AFB, Texas for six weeks of basic training. Amarillo was a hot dry desolate place, with no trees. For six weeks practiced marching, military classes on USAF history, … > More >

Harold Brown Reed (1890 – 1970)

US ARMY, 1918 – Army CO G 07 Infantry Division

Harold Brown Reed was born September 20, 1890 in Pleasant Hill, Missouri to Thomas Brown Reed and Iva Nora Gillespie. In the lean years of the early 1900’s many young men hopped trains in search of work. HB hopped off the train in Garden City, … > More >

Charles L. Fry ~ 1942-2019

United States Army (1960-1963) – B Company, 122nd Ordnance Battalion

Charles Fry, or “Charlie” as many knew him, was born and raised on a farm near Mendon, MO. He went to school in Marceline, MO, and then in Keytesville, MO, where he graduated in 1960. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army and … > More >

M.H. “Slick” Taylor, Jr. (1909-1986)

US Navy, 1942-1945

On Friday, November 1, 1940 The Marceline News printed a List of Serial Draft Numbers. Mann
Howe Taylor was #457.

On Friday, October 23, 1942 The Marceline News carried the following:

Mr. Taylor Leaves Nov. 3

Equipped with three pipes, four cans of smoking tobacco and three large boxes of matches, > More >

David Lee Ankeney (born 1941)

US Navy, 1959-1962

Enlisting during his senior year of high school, David left Oskaloosa, IA, before his graduation and headed off to boot camp at Camp Nimitz, San Diego. David’s mother Peggy actually walked for him to receive his high school diploma.

After training to become a Radio Man (RM) he received orders for Pearl … > More >