Sgt Lena Mae (Riggi) Basilone, 1913-1999, Camp Pendleton field cook during World War II, and wife of WWII hero and Medal of Honor winner Marine Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone (1916-1945) | Women Marines Association #genealogy #military #veterans
Staff Sgt. Walter Ehlers, a Medal of Honor recipient for his heroic actions during World War II, died Thursday at the age of 92. He was the last living Medal of Honor recipient who stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day. Ehlers joined the armed forces in 1940. He earned his Medal of Honor "for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty" on June 9 and 10, 1944, according to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
Captain Franklin Van Valkenburgh, US Navy Medal of Honor recipient Commanding Officer USS Arizona (BB-39) attack on Pearl Harbor, World War II December 7, 1941. Namesake of USS Van Valkenburgh (DD-656).