Gregory M Strayer • Army, Navy • 1964 – • Greg enlisted in the Navy right out of high school. He sailed the Mediterranean as a fuel specialist on the USS Nimitz. He later went on to do split service and enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. To this day he is an avid supporter of every branch of military.
William W Weibley • Army • 1921 – 2010 • WWII • William “Bill” Weibley served as a T5 Army Conductor during WWII from 1943-1946. T5, Technician fifth grade, was a rank of the United States Army from 1942 to 1948. The rank was created to recognize enlisted soldiers with special technical skills, but who were not trained as combat leaders.
Carlton Pechin Cook • Army • 1918 – 1998 • World War II •
Carlton P. Cook was born May 10, 1918, in Malvern, PA., and died on May 20, 1998, in Coatesville, PA.
PFC Cook enlisted in the United States Army in 1941 and completed combat tours in Italy and North Africa during World War II as part of the 34th Infantry Division of the United States Army.
Russell A. Bender • Army, Air Force • 1924 – 2016 • WWII • Russell A. Bender Served in Europe during WWII as part of the 386th Bomb Group of the 9th Air Force. He was a tail gunner on the B-26 Marauder, and later as a gunner on the A-26 Invader. After the war he worked hard, raised a family, retired and lived out his remaining days toying in his garden and teaching his grandkids wonderful life lessons. Russell was passionate about making sure every veteran who passed in his community received full military honors at their funerals. Russell served in the VFW Post 1599 honor guard for many years until his health could no longer allow. Pap was truly a Hero and is missed dearly.
Captain Barry Seidel • Army • 1950- • Vietnam • Seidel of Oley Township was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device for his service in Vietnam. He was serving with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade in February 1968 when his forward observation team came under attack from ground and mortar fire. He organized his team from an exposed position at his own peril to move them forward into positions where they could return fire. The concentrated fire on the enemy allowed the full force to repel the attack from a very large group of Viet Cong fighters.