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March 25, 2017 by admin

Welcome to the official website of the World War II Illinois Veterans Memorial located in the Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois. Here you will find information about the Memorial, stories submitted by Illinois veterans of World War II, how to have commemorative bricks installed within the WWII Memorial, and ways to support the projects and efforts and special projects of the WWII Illinois Veterans Memorial Association.

The Memorial Association was founded in 1999 and in 2000 was chartered as a not-for-profit organization (501-c 3). The Memorial was constructed to honor the 987,000 men and women from the State of Illinois who served our country during World War II and the 22,000 Illinois veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of liberty.

The WWII Illinois Veterans Memorial was officially dedicated on December 4, 2004 and will be celebrating its 10 Year Anniversary this year on December 6, 2014.

The Memorial Association extends an open invitation to Illinois Veterans of World War II and their families to submit wartime experiences and have them included on the WWII Memorial website Veterans Stories archived on this website.


March 25, 2017 by admin

Illinois Veteran’s & Community Classroom Project

WWII MemorialAn intergenerational, instructional technology project created by the Illinois WWII Memorial Board and Area 5 Learning Technology Center. Illinois WWII Memorial Board and the Area 5 Learning Technology Center have worked collaboratively with Teaching with Primary Resources Projects at Quincy University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Illinois Central Management Services; Illinois State Board of Education; Illinois Learning Technology Centers; Illinois State Library; IlliniCloud and the Thirteen Folds Project (P.J. Staab Family) to recruit, train and assist Illinois Schools statewide since 2008. Since then over 25 Illinois schools have accepted the challenge to assist the Illinois World War II Veterans’ Memorial Board and Area 5 LTC in preserving an important piece of our heritage. These young citizens create digital stories of the service and sacrifice by men and women of the “Greatest Generation” who served our country. Through these efforts, the Illinois WWII Veterans Classroom Project was born. After five years of work nearly 400 digital stories have been captured and saved for future generations and over 300 veterans interviews have been submitted and accepted to the US Library of Congress’ Veteran History Project.

2013 marks an exciting time for the project as it expands to capture the important community and military stories of Illinois Korean, Vietnam, Gulf War and other veterans. In addition, this project will be seeking school districts and communities wishing to work collaboratively to digitally preserve locally historical resources such as books, journal series, and manuscript collections, photographic images, slides, maps, prints, posters, audio, and video. Resources captured on this site will be free and publicly assessable online and will be loosely organized into collection that could span a range of subject including MILITARY, AGRICULTURE, BUSINESS, MINING, STATE OF ILLINOIS, etc.

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How to Submit

March 25, 2017 by admin

WWII Stories – How to Submit

This is a request to Illinois veterans of World War II to write about their wartime experiences and have them included on the WW II Illinois Veterans Memorial archives website. This record of your service will be saved for history. If you send your story, I will assume you are giving permission to place it on the memorial Web site. Please include the date and place you entered service and had basic training, your division, regiment, company, Air Force or Air Corps group, bomb group, ship’s name, etc. You may include your duty stations, tasks, events, dates, conditions or battles in your experiences. You may include any citations or medals you or your unit were awarded. Also, please add the date and place of your discharge and any other relevant information you care to add. You may want to visit the Web site and read some of the stories already online.

I also would like to request a photo of yourself, preferably in uniform, that was taken during World War II. Any size is acceptable. Most photo or drug stores will make a copy for a small fee. Photos cannot be returned, but will be saved with your story in the memorial archives.

Please include your full name, address and a phone number with your story and photo and send to:

Anne Powers

c/o WWII Illinois Veterans Memorial
P.O. Box 5652
Springfield, IL


Or, email your story and photo to: vicki@ilprincipals.org or julie.miener@ilprincpials.org

Scholarship Program

March 25, 2017 by admin

2014 Scholarship Recipients were:

World War II Illinois Descendants Scholarship
Justin Smith, Red Hill $1,000
Derrek Tiburzi, Gillespie $1,000

World War II Illinois Descendants Scholarship Program

In 2008 the WWII Illinois Veterans Memorial Board created the WWII Illinois Descendants Scholarship Fund. The veterans board worked almost two years to see the project come to fruition. “We finally have it in reality. I think it’s great,” stated Cecil Belton, WWII Veteran and  WWII Illinois Veterans Memorial Board Member.

The WWII Board felt these scholarships awarded annually would further ensure the work the WWII Illinois Veterans had started in 1999 to ensure their sacrifices made during WWII would be remembered and live on through generations.  Further these scholarships would honor the accomplishments of Illinois World War II veterans.

The WWII Illinois Descendants Scholarship Fund is managed by the Community Foundation for the Lincoln Land. “This particular scholarship program is integrated into the community.  Students applying for these scholarship will have something to remind them of World War II–a simple reminder of the atrocities that can occur,” said John Carrigan, President of the World War II Illinois.

Past WWII Veterans Committee felt,  “Students won’t have to drive by the WWII memorial.” (to be reminded of the sacrifice the WWII Veterans made to secure their present freedom.)

The scholarshipsh as been funded with a portion of the remaining monies collected across the state to build the World War II Memorial at Oak Ridge Cemetery in 2004. The scholarship fund is meant to help remind the students and communities about the impact World War II has had on our culture.  “When I go out and speak at the schools and to the students, they don’t concentrate too much on that part of U.S. history,” Belton said. “This would be a great way to keep those memories about World War II.” Belton was among several local World War II veterans that used to visit area schools to speak about the war.  It was important to those WWII veterans to establish the Fund during a time when they were to able to participate and establish this scholarship program. “We’re getting to the age where time is getting important,” Belton said. “I’m sure the scholarship program will pay off in the years to come.” The Board’s  hope was that the WWII Memorial, the Illinois Classroom Project and the Scholarship Program will remind people about the sacrifices the individual soldiers made in World War II and always make in serving their country.

“These two simple words, ‘Thank you!’ are always on the venue of conversation with any soldier,” said Carrigan, whose father Maurice served in World War II and whose mother Therese was a French civilian prisoner of war during WWII..

Who Can Apply and How?

The scholarship is available for descendants of World War II veterans throughout the State of Illinois.

Annually, two $1000 scholarships will be offered and awarded to high school seniors statewide who are preparing to attend college.

Students must maintain a minimum 4.0 non-weighted grade point average.

The final step for apply students is to compose an essay.

Full details and deadlines to apply for these scholarships can be found at Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln • 217.789.4431 • http://www.cfll.org/ .

Also, using this link, students can retrieve the application information any time after January 1. http://www.cfll.org/RECEIVINGbrbgrantsscholarshipsb/HowToApplyForAScholarship.aspx.

Veteran’s Stories

March 25, 2017 by admin

WWII Veteran’s Stories

PictureLast NameFirst NameBranchDivision/CompanyVeterans Stories
width="75"AdkinsDavid C.ArmyInfantry 3rd DivisionI went into the Army Infantry on July 26th, 1940 and was stationed at Fort Ord, California (more...)
 width=75AldersonRobert E.ArmyI received the Europe-Africa-Mideast Theater Ribbon, the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon (more...)
 width=75AlesandriniAngeloArmy Air ForceP-47 Fighter PilotAngelo Alesandrini thought his fighter plane had been shot down. The first lieutenant had (more...)
 width=75AndersonAlbert Emil JrArmyInfantry, CorporalHometown: Norword Park Township, IL. Albert served in the Army from April 18, 1941 to (more...)
 width=75AndersonRobert EmmanuelMarinesKIAHometown: Norwood Park Township, IL Robert began service April 12, 1944 after graduating (more...)
 width=75ArmstrongJack R.ArmyAmbulance Driver ETOJack Armstrong joined the U.S. Army at East Saint Louis, Illinois. He attained the rank of Private (more...)
 width=75BaerLeondard AArmy5th Armored DivisionLeonard A. Baer joined the U.S. Army from his hometown of Melrose Park, Illinois. He served in (more...)
width="25"BaiseWilliam "Bill"Army81st Wilcat Div.He was assigned to the 81st Wildcat Infantry Division that was headquartered at Camp Jackson (more...)
 width=75BeckDonald LeeNavyDonald Lee Beck was inducted into the U. S. Navy at Great Lakes, Illinois in 1943. He received (more...)
 width=75BeltonCecil K. "Tuck"ArmyAir CorpCecil K. Belton enlisted in the Army Air Corps in Peoria, Illinois in August 1942 at the age of 20. I was (more...)
 width=75BeynonThomas R.NavyThomas Beynon was born October 11, 1925 in Springfield, Illinois, the son of Thomas and (more...)
 width=25BirdWilliam G. Lt.NavyWilliam G. Bird served in World War II in the United States Navy. He was 20 years old when he(more...)
 width=75BoydRalph V.Army15th Mobil T.C.I was inducted into service on January 25, 1943 at Scott Field, Illinois. From there I was sent to Camp (more...)
width="75"BreedenRichardArmy78th Lightning DivisionRichard Breeden 78th Lightning Division Place of Entry: Scott Field, Illinois 309th Armor Service (more...)
 width=50BristolMabel MerriamWAVESI was 34 years old when entering the WAVES and served for 32 months from December 1942 (more...)
 width=75BrockmeyerOlyn AArmySgt. South PacificOlyn A. Brockmeyer was born June 13, 1921 in Harvel, Illinois, the son of William and Edna (more...)
 width=25BuchananCharles "Bill"ArmyPTOWe left for the Pacific Theater of war in July, 1944 and served in four campaigns in the Pacific (more...)
width="75"BurtchLee FrancisNavyRadiomanLee Francis Burtch was born in Springfield, Illinois on October 19, 1920 the son of Lee and Marie Burtch. (more...)
 width=75BushRalphArmy Air Corps34th Bomb Group -Pilot 30 missions ETOThe 34th Bomb Group was stationed at Mendelsham, England, Station 156 from which my crew and I (more...)
 width=75CagneyJoseph PhillipArmyInfantry 96th Division, 381st Regiment, Company KJoseph Philip Cagney was born on August 10, 1924, and lived in Oak Park, a suburb due west of (more...).
 width=75CanavanWilliam P.NavyWilliam P. Canavan was born in Cowenbeath Fife Scotland on September 25, 1919.  He is the (more...)
 width=75CarriganMaurice "Bud"Army2nd Lieutenant –Transportation CorpI was drafted into the U. S. Army in September 1942 at 21 years of age. I received my basic training (more...)
 width=75CharisWilliam J.Army87th InfantryWilliam was sent to Le Havre, France and went by boxcar to the front lines arriving on January (more...)
 width=75CharlesMaurice A.MarinesCapt. - Distinguished Flying CrossMaurice A. Charles joined the U.S. Marine Corps and achieved the rank of Captain. He served (more...)
 width=75ChristianRichard C.Army11th Infantry DivisionRichard C. Christian, home town Dayton, Ohio, was assigned to the Army Specialized Training (more...)
 width=75ClarkJames N.MarinesGuadalcanal, Iwo JimaJames N. Clark joined the U.S. Marine Corps in June of 1942 and was sent to boot camp at San Diego, (more...)
 width=75ClumpArden H.ArmyHuertgen Forest/RhinelandLike many soldiers my age, I went to Europe as a replacement. That meant a speedy trip to and through (more...)
 width=75CordierGeorgeMarines3rd Joint Assault Signal CompanyI was drafted September 8, 1943 and chose the Marine Corps. After boot camp at Parris Island, (more...)
 width=75CordtsRoy G.ArmyWe sailed on May 6, 1944 taking a zig zag course to a void German submarines and planes in the (more...)
 width=75CoxVirgilArmy705th Ordinance Co. 6th InfantryIn June, 1943, he was assigned to the 706th Ordnance Company, a unit of the 6th Infantry (more...)
 width=75DecatoireAlexanderCoast GuardChemical Warfare Spec.Alexander was trained as a gas instructor, in chemical warfare and in anti-aircraft. He was (more...)
 width=75DeVaneyJohn ThomasNavyUSS Nevada - Pearl HarborI was enlisted in the U. S. Navyy on November 25, 1940 at the at the age of 18. John was born on March(more...)
width="25"DivjakFrankArmyMedicFrank Divjak of Auburn, Illinois was 22 years old when he entered the U.S. Army. He was trained as a (more...)
width="25"DivjakKarl C.ArmyKarl received the American Defense Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Medal (more...)
width="25"DixonDale WArmyNormandy, N France, Battle of the BulgeDale served in the European Theater of Operations in three campaigns, including Normandy, Northern (more...)
 width=75DonnoeCarl E.USAAFt/Sgt. 417th Bombardment Group, 675th BombandmentCarl E. Donnoe USAAF T/Sgt. 5th Air Force 417th Bombardment Group (Light) 675th Bombardment (more...)
 width=75DoyleJackNavyUSS TennesseeI had been in the U.S. Navy two years before World War II began and was stationed aboard the battleship (more...)
 width=75DraovlecAlbertNavyRadioman 1st ClassHe achieved the rank of Radioman 1st Class and served for 5 years (more...)
 width=75DraovlecLouisArmy Air CorpsLouis achieved the rank of Flight Officer and received the Air Medal and two Campaign Ribbons (more...)
width="25"DubiosEmmaWACShe was assigned to Ft. McClellen, AL, Ft,. Gordan, Georgia and Ft. Meade, Maryland (more...)
width="25"DubiosJames A.ArmyExpertMarksmanJames received the Good Conduct Medal, Expert Marksman Medal and the Presidential Citation Pin (more...)
 width=75DuckworthIva Lee SymesWAVESIva Lee Symes was born in Wright City, Missouri on November 3, 1923 and enlisted in (more...)
 width=75DuckworthMarion E. "Goose"Army Air CorpsMarion Eugene “Goose” Duckworth was born in Fayette County, Illinois on February (more...)
 width=75DuganEldon DarrellNavyBeach Master, CBIDuring his period of service, Eldon served as a beach master. The primary location was on the mainland (more...)
 width=75DuikerWesArmy Air CorpsPilot B-26 MaraiderI was attending college when I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. It was November, 1942. After two years of (more...)
 width=75DuncanJames J.ArmyPRC Combt InfantrymanWorld War II Europe (1943-1946) James J. Duncan was born 12 Jan 1924 in Ilsley, KY. He was the son (more...)
 width=75DurbinReuben AugustaNavyUSS Harris - Army TransportHe was sent to Great Lakes Naval Station in Missouri and then transferred to Norfolk, Virginia. (more...)
 width=75EbelRussell IrvingArmy8th Army - IX CorpsI was inducted into service from Belleville Illinois on November 18, 1944 and sent to Chicago, Illinois.
 width=75EdwardsLawrence C.Army41st Infantry Division PTOLarry Edwards enlisted in the U. S. Army on August 10,1942 at Chicago, Illinois. He completed (more...).
 width=75ElmoreRobert HarveyNavyPilot -Lt. Commander South PacificRobert joined the Navy in 1942 and served as a Navy carrier pilot in the South Pacific. He achieved (more...)
 width=75EmmonsEarlArmyI was was sworn into the Army in Peoria, Illinois on September 11, 1942. At the time he was working as a poultry dresser at Armour and Company in Lincoln, Illinois.(more...)
 width=75EnriettoJohn J. Sr.Merchant MarinesRosebud, vesselHe served on the vessel “Rosebud” and on several ocean going merchant ships(more...)
 width=75EnriettoRichardArmyKIA-ETO - Pfc.This is an article which appeared in the Auburn Citizenon Friday, Feb. 9, 1945 (more...)
width="25"FedorEdward A.Army11th Airborne Parachute InfantryEdward received the Expert M1 Rifle Medal, the Parachutist Badge, the WW II Victory Medal, the (more...)
 width=75FlansburghHarold G.Army Air Corps50th Fighter Control SquadronHarold G. Flansburgh entered service from his hometwon of Chicago, Illinois. He served in the (more...)
 width=75FlansburghJohn J.Army167th Engineers, ETOJohn J. Flansburgh serveed with the 167th Engineers in the European Theatre of Operations(more...)
 width=75ForemanJohn G.Army467th AntiAircraft Artillery, Battery AJohn J. Foreman joined the U.S. Army from his hometown of Forest Park, Illinois. He served with (more...)
 width=75ForemanRay F.Army66th Infantry DivisionRay Foreman joined the U.S. Army from his hoemtown of Forest Park, Illinois. Ray saw action with (more...)
 width=25FrancoVincent P.Army Air CorpsRadio Operater Aerial Gunner (B17); Aviation Cadet - BombardierVincent Franco entered active duty in the U.S. Army on October 12, 1942 at Fort Sheridan, (more...)
 width=75FranzGeneArmy413th Regiment, M Co., Machine Gunner - Timber WolvesI was assigned to M Company as a machine gunner in the 413th Regiment. Our Division served in Belgium (more...)
 width=75FrenchArden EarlArmy Air CorpsCapt.Arden Earl French grew up and was educated in the area of Stewardson, Illinois. Earl completed (more...)
 width=75GadburyJames LMarines3rd Div., 9th Regiment, C CompanyLes Gadbury enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in January 1942 at the U.S. Marine Recruit Depot in San (more...).
 width=75GebhardtElbert Julius, Jr.Army106th Cavalry, Reconaissance Group, F TroopMy name is Elbert Julius Gebhardt, Jr. and I am a World War II veteran. I served as a tank (more...)
width="75"GenettiFrank, Leonard, Charles, BernardArmy and NavyAll the Genetti Brothers enlisted….(more...)
 width=75GenettiFrankNavyUSS CasablancaFrank Genetti entered WWII as a volunteer at the age of 34. Selling all his farm equipment and (more...)
 width=25GeraghtyJoseph CavanughNavyUSS HancockU.S. Navy Aviator, bombing squadron 7, USS Hancock. Direct hit on Japanese cruiser (more...)
 width=75GobleRobert W.Army Air CorpsSquadron Commander -484th Bomb Group, 826 Bomb Squadron, and the 49th Bomb Wing Pilot Flew 50 Mission -ETOLess than a fourth made it to Pilot Pre-Flight, which was at Maxwell Field in Montgomery, Alabama. (more...)
 width=75GoodwinGeorgeArmy8th Infantry Div.Sometime around June, 1944, Dad was shipped to Fort Kilmer, New Jersey, for processing and (more...)
 width=75GoretskiJean DavisNavyWAVESOur duties consisted of serving Navy sailors awaiting re-assignment, replacing lost orders or (more...)
 width=75GossWilliam Allen, Jr.Coast GuardCaptain of Port, NYBill was initially stationed at Brooklyn, New York where he trained for Captain of the Port duty under (more...)
 width=75GraffJames G.Army35th Infantry Div.On January 4, 1945 we loaded into open trucks and drove about 90 miles with the temperature just (more...)
 width=75GreenFloyd H.Army Air CorpsBombardierFloyd H. Green joined the U. S. Army Air Forces from his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. He saw active (more...)
 width=75GreenGeorge J.Marines2nd Battalion, 10th Div., 1st BrigadeGeorge J. Green joined the U.S. Marine Corps from his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. He served (more...)
 width=75GullettWilliam W.Army Air CorpsI was born in Springfield, Illinois in 1922 and graduated from Springfield High School in 1940. (more...)
 width=75GurickBernardBernard J. Gurick was born in Gillespie, Illinois on July 15, 1915 and passed away at age 87 on (more...)
 width=75GyorkosSteveArmyCargo CheckerSteve was assigned to be a Cargo Checker which included boarding ship, checking and delivering (more...)
 width=75HaleMelvinArmy3rd DvisionOn September 9, 1943, Mel’s unit landed at Salerno, Italy with the 3rd Division. On the third (more...)
 width=75HalerzJoseph A.NavyKIA - Seaman 1st ClassJoseph A. Halerz joined the United States Navy from his home State of Illinois. Joe was born (more...)
width="25"HaalandCarlos O.ArmyPFC Combat InfantrymanCarlos O. Haaland was born February 24, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the son of Carl and (more...)
 width=75HarrisWalterArmy87th Div.I am a veteran of World War II. I graduated from Saint Mel's High School in Chicago on June 5 (more...)
 width=25HeiderscheidM. V.NavyLt. CommanderM. V. Heiderschied was 25 years old when he joined the United States Navy and served during (more...)
 width=75HeimburgerCamilleFrench RefugeeEscaped the GestapoI was born and raised in Haguenau Alsace, France. At the beginning of World War II, Nazi,(more...)
 width=75HensonDaroldArmyInfantry - Normany, Battle of the BulgeDarold saw action throughout the European Theater of Operations, specifically in the (more...)
 width=75HerronWilliam B.NavyUSS Pitt Naval Supply DepotWilliam B. Herron entered military service at the age of 19 years of age during World (more...)
 width=50HoodakHelen A.NavyWAVESHelen also served in the navy Nurse Corps during the Korean War at the Naval Hospital (more...)
 width=25HoodakJoseph Sr.NavyReserves - Age 38Joseph Hoodak, Sr. joined the U.S. Navy Reserves at the age of 38(more...)
 width=50HoodakMary K.WAVESUSNR Navy Nurse CorpsMary K. Hoodak joined the U.S. Navy Reserves during World War II at the age of 28 years. (more...)
 width=25HoodakStephenNavyStephen Hoodak entered the United States Navy Reserves at the age of 31 and served (more...)
 width=75HuberRobert HenryArmyRadioman - SupplyBob's military specialty was that of supply clerk where he handled navigation (more...)
 width=75HummelFredrick D.Army Air CorpsAviation Mechanics MateThe following memories were submitted by his wife Mary. Fred was one (more...)
 width=75IppolitoWilliam D.Army285th FAOBThe 285th FAOB was engaged in 27 battles from September 19, 1944 to May 11, 1945. (more...)
 width=75JacksonCapt. Earl LArmyARNG OfficerThe story of U.S. Army Capt. Earl L. Jackson and his family is one of sacrifice. A widowed (more...)
 width=75JeglinskiJoseph StanleyArmyMy Grandpa, Corporal Joseph Stanley Jeglinski was born in Rome, New York (more...).
 width=25KennedyJohn FrancisNavyBombing Squadron 17He received operational training in TBM’s at Miami, Florida and qualified (more...)
 width=75KennedyRobert B.ArmyPatton's 3rdLike tens of thousands of 18 year old guys in 1944, I reported for basic training (more...)
 width=75KetchumCharles RexMarinesC. Rex Ketchum joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1940 at Springfield, IL. and served (more...)
 width=75KetchumLeo EdwardMarines22nd Brigade, 6yh Corp RegimentAfter basic training at Paris Island, South Carolina, his 22nd Marine Brigade(more...)
 width=75KillenWilliam H.NavyRadiomanI was 19 years old when a friend of mine, Chet Everhart, and I decided to join the (more...)
 width=75KirktonWillis "Bill"Army Air Corps467th Bomb Group, and the 8th Air ForceB-24 Missions Over Germany I entered military service at the age of 17 years and (more...)
 width=75KleinEarl J.Army37th Div.Earl J. Klein joined the United States Army from his hometown of Forest Park, Illinois(more...)
 width=75KnightLouie M.ArmyLouie M. Knight entered the United States Army age the age of 28 and served two years (more...)
 width=75KroekerReuben D.ArmyMedical CorpsReuben D. Kroeker grew up in Newton, Kansas and was inducted into the U.S. Army (more...)
width="25"Krohe, Sr.JamesArmyInfantry WO, 42nd Rainbow DivisionI went into the Army Infantry on July 26th, 1940 and was stationed at Fort Ord, California (more...).
 width=75KrugerWilliam A.Army22nd InfantryBill left for Europe on the Queen Mary on February 19, 1945 along with thousands of (more...)
 width=75KunzDenver W.ArmyAir Force--Anti-Aircract ArtilleryI was drafted in January, 1943 and completed basic training at Palacious, Texas. (more...)
 width=75KunzPaulineUSN WavesPharmacist's MatePauline L. Kunz was born September 6, 1919 in Fayette County, Illinois. She was (more...)
 width=75LazaroMichael AMarinesPvt. Corps Recruite DepotMicheal Lazaro was born in Chicago, Illinois, and was drafted in January 1943 and (more...)
 width=75LeConteFrankArmyPfc. Jeep DriverFrank LeConte joined the United States Army at the age of 33 years in World War II. He (more...)
 width=75LeConteGeorgeNavyHe served on convoy duty in the American Theater of Operations, in the European (more...)
 width=75LeonettiAnthony J.Army Air CorpsAirplain MechanicI enlisted in the Army Air Corps on December 10, 1941 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois (more...)
 width=75LevinskiStanleyArmyCo. B, 34th Tank BattalionStanley Levinski joined the United States Army from his hometown of East Saint (more...)
 width=75LockyerJesseArmy Air CorpsComing Soon(more...)
 width=75LockyerCharlesArmy Air CorpsComing Soon(more...)
 width=75LongDarrell D. C.Marines8th DivisionsWhen we arrived on Guam, it had already been secured. Our duties were to ride (more...)
 width=75LopinotAlvin C.NavyLST-895 (Landing Ship TankIn December, 1944, I was assigned to LST 895 (Landing Ship Tank). The ship was 328 feet (more...)
 width=25MalbergKenneth J.Army Air CorpsM.D. Captain, Flight SurgeonKenneth J. Malmberg, M.D. served in the Army Air Corps in World War II as (more...)
 width=75MarchizzaHenryArmyETO - African Middle EastHis assignment was in the European African Middle Eastern Theater of War(more...)
 width=75MartinRayburnArmyMedic-Railsplitters - 84th InfantryWe landed D-Day on Omaha Beach. We followed the 84th Infantry throughout the war in (more...)
 width=75MarvinAmos WayneArmyQuartermaster Corp PTOAmos Wayne Marvin joined the United States Army at age 20 on February 7, 1945 at Fort Sheridan (more...)
 width=75McCormickWilliam MNavyUSS HollandWilliam M. McCormick joined the United States Navy from his hometown of East St. (more...)
 width=25McGahaEugene R.NavyEugene was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Good Conduct Ribbon, American Area Ribbon (more...)
 width=75MuirheadJohn J.Harold Dale Mieure 12-3-15 to 3-1-07 77th Fighter Squadron 20th Fighter Group Served in Rhineland (more...)
 width=75MieureHarold DaleArmy Air Force77th Squadron 20th Fighter GroupHarold Dale Mieure served in the Na-tional Guard in Lawrenceville as 1st cook in Co. L and (more...)
width="25"MillerClarence C.Army79th Ordinance CompanyClarence Miller serviced from August 28, 1941 to July 31, 1945. Battles and campaigns in Sicily(more...)
width="25"MitchellRaymond S.Army18th Corp AirborneHe was assigned to the 18th Corps Airborne and sent to England, France, Belgium, Germany (more...)
 width=75MooreHarry W.Coast GuardNorthland CutterI enlisted on May 11, 1945 at St. Louis, Missouri and was assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter (more...)
 width=75MottershawRaymond S.Army45th Div.He was 35 years old when he joined the 45th Division and saw combat at Sicily, Sardinia (more...)
 width=75NardiAlbert J.ArmyFrom Iceland, we went to Northern Ireland in May, 1944 for more training and we had to stand (more...)
 width=75NorrisNorman P.Army11th Airborne Parachute InfantryHe recalls that one morning he jumped on the northern tip of Honshu, Japan at about 1000 (more...)
 width=75ObosWalter A.NavyHospital ApprenticeWalter Obos was born in Chicago, IL on 28 April 1926 to Joseph and Genevieve Obos who came to (more...)
 width=75O'DonnellMargaretMarine-WomanMargaret O’Donnell enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in October, 1943. Following (more...)
 width=75OndesCharles J.Army Air CorpsFlew 27 Missions B24Charles J. Ondes was born December 9, 1923 at Livingston, Illinois in Madison County, the son of (more...)
 width=75PankeyHaroldArmy26th Infantry Regiment-1st Infantry DivisionHarold Pankey was drafted into the U.S. Army in March 1943 at the age of 21. He spent the next 12 (more...).
 width=75ParrishLawrence A.ArmyPTOLawrence Allen Parrish was born January 30, 1926, the son of Francis and Edna Clemens (more...)
 width=75PattonDonald R.Army Air Corps82nd Fighter Control SquadronHe was assigned to the 82nd Fighter Control Group, ERC and sent to Europe. His unit participated (more...)
 width=25PetersonHaroldNavyHometown: Norwood Park Township, IL David began service in 1944 as a Fireman (engine worker) on (more...)
 width=75PohlodCharles EdwardNavySeabeesHe finished basic training at Camp Peary, Virginia and Advanced Training at Camp Endicott, Rhode (more...)
 width=75PohlodJohn WilliamNavyStation Pearl HarberHe achieved the rank of SF3 and served three years. His duty station was Pearl Harbor, Hawaii(more...)
 width=75PompeiDavid AngeloNavyKIA-USS Johnson, DestroyerHe had served three years when his ship, the USS Destroyer Johnson was sunk during the battle of (more...)
 width=75PottsRobert DaleArmy Air Corps1st ClassHometown: Decatur, IL Robert enlisted in the Army Air Corps (there was no Air Force until (more...)
 width=75PowellJamesArmyKIA-66th Armored Infantry BTNClaude Powell was born at Tallula, Illinois on 6 February 1923, the son of Elmer and Mattie Guffey (more...)
width="25"PowersWilliam F.Army383rd INFWilliam “Bill” Powers was born on October 11, 1916 in East Grove, Illinois to Michael and (more...)
width="25"ProctorT. H.ArmyT. H. was assigned to his unit and served in Hawaii, Fiji and at Bougainville(more...)
 width=25ProutyCapt. EllsworthArmy Air CorpsHell's AnglesCapt. Ellsworth W. Prouty Army Air Corps 360th Transportation Personnel Hell's Angels 303rd Bomb (more...)
 width=75RanallettaVictor P.Army Air Corps32 Missions-Italy, BalkansOn August 27, 1942, I was inducted into Military service at Scott Field in Belleville, Illinois, where (more...)
 width=75RenfroClarence H.NavyUSS DixieClarence Renfro was born January 15, 1922 at Williamsville, Illinois, the son of Thomas J. and (more...)
 width=75RiggJohn E.NavyUSS Portland - Heavy CruiserAt the end of the war a treaty was signed on the U. S. S. Missouri. The Portland was sent to the Island of (more...)
width="25"RobertsDennis H.Army365th EngineersDennis H. Roberts joined the United States Army from his hometown of Chicago, Illinois(more...)
width="25"RolandoCarlArmy853rd Ordinace Co. ETOThe 853rd Ordinance Company was made up of men primarily from Illinois, Texas and New (more...)
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 width=75SakrisCharles E.NavyUSS EssexCharles E. SakrisCharles E. Sakris was born on July 27, 1921 in Springfield, Illinois and joined the (more...)
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width="25"SheppardWillard O.Army??We first went to the Solomon Islands, then to Guadalcanal and on to Bouganville. After that (more...)
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The World War II Illinois Veterans Memorial Association was incorporated as a Not-For-Profit Corporation on February 22, 2000, followed by registrations with the County Recorder of Deeds, Illinois Attorney General, IRS Employer ID number and the 501(C) (3) tax exemption. We have completed the necessary legal requirements to solicit and accept donations. An Illinois Not-for-Profit Corporation – Official Tax ID: 37-139624. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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Memorial Location

The memorial is located in Oak Ridge Cemetery 1441 Monument Ave., Springfield Illinois near the Korean and Vietnam Veterans Memorials a short distance from Abraham Lincoln’s tomb.

Driving Directions

From the North:
If you are coming from Chicago, via Interstate 55, get off at Exit 100B which is Sangamon Ave heading west.
Follow Sangamon Ave to 5th St which is going North/South along Lincoln Park. Turn left heading south on 5th Street
until you come to North Grand Ave. Make a right turn and head west to Walnut Street (IL 29) or (J. David Jones Parkway).
Take a right turn onto Walnut Street (IL 29) and the Memorial will be approx 1/4 mile on your right hand side.

From the South:
If you are coming from St. Louis, get off Interstate 55 at the 6th Street entrance. Follow 6th Street (which is one way only)
going North until you come across North Grand Avenue which is after going through the downtown area. Turn left on
North Grand Avenue and head west until you come to Walnut Street ( IL 29) or (J.David Jones Parkway). Take a right turn here
heading north and the Memorial will be approx 1/4 mile on your right hand side.

From the East:
If you are coming from Indianapolis, you will be heading west on Interstate 72 coming into Springfield. At the outskirts of
Springfield, Interstate 72 turns into Clearlake Avenue (IL 97). Keep heading west on Clearlake Avenue (IL 97) which will eventually turn
into Jefferson Street near 11th Street. Keep following Jefferson Street west through the downtown area until you come
to Walnut Street (IL 29). Turn right and head north, stay on Walnut Street (IL 29) and follow this until you reach the Memorial on your
right hand side.

From the West:
If you are coming from Kansas City, Quincy, etc.follow Interstate 72 going east to IL 4, (Veterans Parkway). Get of onto
Veterans Parkway heading north and follow this to J. David Jones Parkway. (IL 29) Take a right turn off Veterans and head south
approx 1/2 mile to the Memorial which will be on your left hand side.

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