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We Were Soldiers Once...and Young (thanks to Moore and Galloway)

May 18, 2013, was our most recent Armed Forces Day.  President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank all our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. [Memorial Day (Decoration Day) had been designated a remembrance for those killed in defense of their country.] On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense. 2013ArmedForcesDayHiRes Eagle County has numerous veterans of the many wars that have taken place in the last century.  Here are some of those who served. 1986.001.252 Willis H. Staup, born August 18, 1895, in Whitewater, Colorado, to W.T. and Lovella Staup.  His family moved to Gypsum in 1903 and operated the Gypsum Hotel. Mr. Staup was inducted into the army on 20 October, 1917, and saw service in France and Germany. He was discharged April 29, 1919.  He married Pearl Mitchell on the 25th of December in 1919. He later worked as an electrician for Eagle River Electric Company. 1998.001.016   William H. "Bill" Luby, shown in World War I uniform, 1917, carrying fully loaded pack and canteen.  From 1917-1919, Bill served in the 89th Div., 341st Field Artillery, US Army.  After the war, he was a lawyer and had been District Judge of the 5th Judicial District for 35 years before his retirement in 1969. 2008.009.036 Charles Robert "Bob" Warren in military uniform, 1942.  He served in the 89th Infantry Div. of the Third Army under Gen. George Patton.  He witnessed the Third Army crossing the Rhine.  Bob was the son of Ray and Marie Warren of Red Cliff, Colorado. Bob and his two older brothers, Ray and Everett, formed the Warren Brothers and Robinson lumber operation with Frank Robinson. 2008009050 Hugh Riley, Jr., in Navy seaman’s uniform. After World War II, Hugh Riley was the Public Service representative in Red Cliff and lived upstairs in the Public Service Bldg. on Eagle St.  His wife, Margaret, was bookkeeper. They eventually moved to Canon City.   2010.006.029 Ivan Lon "Ike" Dump in U.S. Army uniform, WW II.  Ike was from a long-established Red Cliff family, the descendants of which have contributed a great deal to our archive. 1.005Keeping it in the family, this is Leonard Dumph, son of Ike, serving in Viet Nam.  Len probably didn't realize I pilfered his photo. 2011.014.052 Darrell Barnes in Navy uniform.  An Eagle native, Darrell was employed by New Jersey Zinc at Gilman after college graduation and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943.  He served as a radioman for 32 months and then returned to New Jersey Zinc. He became chief accountant at the Gilman office and assisted New Jersey Zinc offices in Pennsylvania and Tennessee. 2012.024.001Ellis Bernard "Bearcat"  Bearden in Army Uniform. He served with the 3rd Armored Field Artillery Battalion during World War II, fighting for 21 months in Germany and France. "He told friends about being caught in Belgium, in the Battle of the Bulge, just days before Christmas. The Allied troops were surrounded by Germans, and the cloudy weather prevented planes from providing air support for days. Bearden talked of his joy on the day the weather finally cleared, and the planes arrived to rescue the soldiers." -- Kathy Heicher, "Long-time local leaves imprint on valley history," Vail Trail June 18, 1993 p.8 2012.016.005 Probably my favorite picture is of Theodore R. "Bud" Beck in 1945, being transported from Mindanao to act as occupation troops in Japan.  At the time of the picture, he was a T-5 (corporal) and  a medic  in the 193 Regiment of the 41st Division. "I have no idea what ship we were on, we spent so much time on ships that it was easy to lose track. I was 22 years old at the time." If you need more information on our military men, I can recommend the new exhibit at History Colorado, from May 25 to September 2.  It should be a good one.  Happy Memorial Day coming up.    


You're more than welcome, Ruby!

Great post, as always, Jaci! I thank all those who serve our great country.

How pleasent for me to see photos of family and friends for the first time. Thank you Jaci.

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