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Honoring All Who Served
When Francis Scott Key wrote the “Star Spangled Banner” almost 200 years ago, he called America, “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” Those words are as true today as they were then.
Throughout this Nation’s history, America’s soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and coastguardsmen have bravely answered the call to defend our freedom, to aid our friends and allies, and to turn back aggressors.
We can never fully repay our debt of gratitude to the more than 650,000 American servicemembers who died in battle or the 1.4 million who were wounded. We can, however, recognize and thank the 25 million veterans still living today.
These words are inscribed on the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C.:
“Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.”
Those words apply equally to many of our World War I, World War II, Vietnam War and Gulf War veterans as well. They apply to today’s active duty servicemembers — tomorrow’s veterans — who are helping to maintain peace throughout the world.
This month, it is our privilege to say “thank you” to all of America’s veterans, to let them know that we appreciate them for their service and honor them for their sacrifices.
The price of freedom is high. We cannot afford to forget those willing to pay it.
This November we celebrate America’s veterans for keeping this Nation “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
Calvin and Glenda Douglas, USAF
Calvin and Glenda Douglas both recently retired from the U.S. Air Force after a combined 46 years of service to our country. Throughout their careers in the Air Force, Calvin and Glenda Douglas have been amazing examples of dedication, leadership and most of all a willingness to serve others. Both Calvin and Glenda served for many years in the Services career field of the Air Force, they have been in combat situations and served our country with valor; Glenda in Desert Storm & Calvin in Iraqi Freedom. For their last few years of military service, Calvin served as an Air Force Recruiter, while Glenda was Superintendent at MacDill’s Benjamin O. Davis Conference Center.
Cpl. John Residence, USMC
Iwo Jima Survivor
Fox Battery, 105mm Howitzers
2nd Battalion, 13th Marine Regiment
5th Marine Division
John Residence, currently a resident in Clearwater, FL was born in Williamsburg, PA. He enlisted in the USMC in July 1943 and served his first enlistment until 1946. After a short time as a civilian, John re-enlisted in the Corps in 1947 and served until 1949.
While fighting in Iwo Jima in the So. Pacific, John had his eardrums damaged as the 4 batteries of 23-105mm Howitzers shelled Mt. Suribachi with over 1 million artillery shells. The firing from the 105mm batteries was at a rate of 3 rounds per minute during the fast fire and an incredible 6 rounds per min during “extra fast fire.” The cannon barrels were always being worn out.
After John’s enlistment was up in 1949 he attended Texarkana College and then worked as a steel construction worker. Subsequently, John attended the Philadelphia Police Academy and secured a position in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, where he was employed in a security position for 19 years. During his career in law enforcement, John attended Northwestern University and Temple University where he earned a 4 year degree in Police Science.
It is an honor to have John Residence as one of our local USMC Heroes.
Colonel Philip R. Fogle, US Army
Colonel Philip R. Fogle, US Army - Retired, was commissioned in the Infantry through ROTC at Wheaton College (IL). After becoming an airborne ranger and serving a combat tour in 1965 in Vietnam, Fogle went back to his alma mater to teach ROTC and then immediately returned to the war zone. As a company commander on his second combat tour, he was severely wounded and evacuated to the states. He returned to duty in the Pentagon as a public affairs officer for the Army and Defense Department and then was assigned to policy development for the joint services before concluding 26 years of military service in 1989.
Fogle learned the meaning of dedication, commitment, and passion from his missionary parents who served 40 years in central Africa. He has attempted to demonstrate these characteristics in all phases of life -- whether in the military or in Christian service. Having moved from Washington, DC to Florida in 1991, Phil became the director of the former Moody Keswick Conference Center and until November 2008, he was the president of D&D Missionary Homes in St. Petersburg. Until the Lord gives him another passion, Phil and his wife, Betty, are enjoying traveling, visiting family and friends, and consulting on strategic planning with mission agencies and Christian organizations. One of their sons is a Lieutenant Colonel in the USAF and will soon become a squadron commander in England. Another son lives in Birmingham (AL) and a daughter lives in St. Petersburg. Phil and Betty have eight grandchildren.
Donald J. Donaldson, USMC
In 2002 Donald J. Donaldson enlisted in the Marine Corps right after high school. In 2005 he deployed on the USS Tarawa and spent two and half months in Iraq. Shortly after returning home Donald deployed for a second tour of 7 months in Iraq from late 2006 into 2007.
“First and foremost I just want to thank anyone who has supported me and anyone else who has worn the uniform of this country. I currently work for the VA and more specifically the Vet Center. I provide outreach to Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraq Freedom (OIF) Veterans.” – Donald Donaldson
Glenn Holt, SFC Med Lab, US Army
In August 1961 the Russian Army and their communist East German allies had tightened their hold on West Berlin causing a serious potential threat to the viability of West Berlin and to the credibility of their protectors. The Russians also made threats of a nuclear retaliation should the U.S. intervene. “Our Army Hospital unit was immediately called to active duty”, recalls Glenn. “I clearly remember that it was a time of feeling the new hate of a nuclear enemy and to witness courageous actions on the part of our military and country. Eventually the communists backed down to the show of force. Since that time I have had the highest respect for those of any conflict who have done their work in front of enemy sights.”
Glenn now is an active volunteer at his grandchildren’s school, very active member at his church and a fun loving husband, father and grandfather!
LT (JG) Frank L. Spatuzzi,
US Coast Guard
Sept 1942 – June 1946
Before his service in World War II, Frank Spatuzzi was on track to play professional baseball. At the age of nineteen Frank graduated with a bachelors degree. By age twenty-one, Frank not only had a Masters degree from Seton Hall University, but also a college baseball batting average well over 400. However in 1941 the United States was thrust into war and Frank headed off to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. During the war, Frank served with great distinction helping fight the war in the Pacific. As an officer, Frank participated in the invasions of D-Day of Saipan, Tinian, and Leyte. In 1944, while fighting in the Philippine Islands, Frank and his vessel were hit by a suicide Kamikaze plane. For over two years Frank was hospitalized. In 1946 Frank was decorated for his courage and was awarded the Purple Heart.
After leaving the military, Frank Spattuzi was never able to play baseball again; however he did not let that get him down. Frank went on to teach high school and then on to start a very successful construction business. Frank was also instrumental in building St. Peter’s Orphanage in New Jersey. Frank retired from the construction business in 1992. Today Frank loves to stay active, loves to laugh, still loves his wife and loves helping others. Thank you Frank for your service and your example.
Ron Goins, US Navy
Ron Goins served 20 years of naval service and retired as a Navy Senior Chief (E-8). As an Avionics Technician, Ron began his military career working on various naval aircraft, working operational maintenance on the aircraft outdoors on an Aircraft Carrier and intermediate Maintenance in a work shop to repair electronic equipment. Ron also worked in Antisubmarine Warfare to detect, locate and remove any potential hostile submarines.
During his tenure in the Navy, Ron had many opportunities to travel and to experience other cultures. In the 90’s Ron participated in operations in both Bosnia and the Persian Gulf.
“The most important thing that I have learned in all my experiences is The United States is still the best country in the World. Our freedoms that we enjoy are hard fought through the sacrifice and dedication of those who has gone before us. It is to what I believe is the ultimate commitment is those who dedicate their lives allow others the freedoms that we now enjoy.” – Ron Goins
Roland and Ryan Lindquist, US Army
Ryan Lindquist has been in the Active Army since January, 2005. Ryan is currently a SGT and his job is Maintenance support for a special Artillery weapons system. Ryan has been deployed in support of OEF two times and is currently on his third deployment.
“I am extremely thankful for my wife and family who have been supportive of my life in the military. Lord willing, I plan to continue on in the Army, and I am very excited about raising our daughter, due in January, 2010.” – Ryan Lindquist
Roland Lindquist has been in the Army as a Private First Class since February 11, 2009. Roland is currently a Cavalry Scout stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, with the 1-13th Cavalry Squadron.
“So far I really enjoy being in the Army. It is challenging but rewarding, and it has done a lot for me so far. I am also very grateful for the support of my family, friends and girlfriend because it is tough being away from home. I plan on finishing my time in the Army and then getting a degree in Criminal Justice after moving back home to Florida.” – Roland Lindquist
Robert Baur, US Army
Robert (Jake) Bauer served in the U.S. Army from 1993-1996 as a Bradley Mechanic. Jake was stationed at Ft. Carson, CO with the 4th Infantry Division. During that time he served with 3/68 Armor and 1/18th Infantry.
Since Jake’s separation from the Army he has lived locally here in St. Petersburg, FL. Jake is currently married to his wife Stefanie and together they have a beautiful daughter named Marissa. Jake has also worked at Bay Pines VA HCS since 1996 and has worked various administrative positions at the medical center. Jake currently serves as the OEF/OIF Transitional Patient Advocate for the returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.
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