First Posted: 5/8/2014

The Dallas Lions Club announces that this will be the final year of its Hometown Heroes project. Started in 2011, the project honors those who are currently serving or who have served in the United State military. Banners honoring past and current military members will hang throughout Dallas Borough through Veterans Day.

These heroes will be honored for 2014:

LCDR Susan Allen served 1988- 2008 in the U.S. Navy. She was assigned to the USS Yellowstone (1988 – 89). In 1992-93, she was assigned to the VXE-6 (Antarctic Development Squadron Six). In 1993-97, she was assigned to Patrol Squadron VP-16 and was one of the first female combat pilots. In 2008, she retired as Commanding Officer Naval Reserve Center Avoca.

PFC Louis Banta served in the U.S. Army, during WWII, in the European Theatre of Operations. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for his injuries received in the Normandy Invasion.

S/Sgt Andrew John Chocko served 1951-55 in the U.S. Air Force. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his combat disabling injuries during the Korean War.

E-4 Spc Glenn W. Eyet, Jr. served 1959-62 in the U.S. Army. He was assigned to the 43rd Artillery Missile Base (Nike- Hercules) in Lumberton, NJ. It was one of a few dual Nike sites in the country that could track and engage two targets simultaneously.

SP4 Thomas C. Ford served 1962 -65 in the U.S. Army. His assignment was in Fort Lewis, WA with the 709th Maintenance Battalion that provided support to the 4th Infantry Division. FT Lewis is the premier military installation in the Northwest and one of the largest military reservations in the United States. Tom also serve at the Tobyhanna Army Base 2004-11.

SGT Wesley Arthur Geib enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 17 and served 1948-54. After training at Fort Dix, he was assigned to the 1275th Medical Detachment and an Ordnance Company in Germany.

GM1/C Raymond C. Hoyt served 1943-45 in the U.S. Navy He was assigned to the SS Shannon DM-25 classed as a light mine layer that participated in the Okinawa and Iwo Jima Campaigns.

T/Sgt Elwood C. Ide served 1942-45 in the U.S. Marines. He was an aircraft mechanic and aerial gunner on medium bombers. He participated in action against the enemy in Treasury Bougainville Operations from 10/27/43 to 11/6/43. He also participated in the following operations: Bismarck Archipelago Operations from 5/15/44 to 7/3/44 and Consolidation of the Northern Solomons from 10/18/44 to 12/14/44.

E4 Spc George Frederick Keiper was in the Army Reserves and assigned to active duty with the 228th Aviation Battalion, A Company as a helicopter repairer in Vietnam. He arrived in Vietnam on 7/31/1968 and was killed in a helicopter crash on 9/15/1968. He was 19 years old at the time of his death.

S/Sgt William Robert Lance served in the U.S. Army, in the European Theatre of Operations, during WWII. He was assigned to the 9th Armored Division and was a Battle of the Bulge survivor. He was discharged in 1945 at Ft. Indiantown Gap.

SGM Thomas Landon served 1967-92 in the United States Army Reserve (USAR) with the 402nd Military Police – Enemy Prisoner of War (EPW) Camp located in Ashley. During Desert Storm, the 402nd MP unit was deployed to Saudi Arabia and was assigned to the 800th Military Police Brigade (EPW) USAR). At the end of the operations, 71,204 enemy prisoners of war were returned to Saudi control.

CW2 Nicholas R. Lynn serving 2001 to present in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard (PAARNG) of the 28th Infantry Division. He is assigned to the 55th Armored Brigade Combat Team. His Warrant Officer Specialty is Supply Systems Technician. He was call to active duty in Iraq 2003-04 and Kuwait 2012-13.

EN2 (SW) Ryan David MacMillan serving 2007 to present in the U.S. Navy. Assignments are as follows: 2007-08, Naval Training Station Great Lakes, IL) ; 2008-13, Naval Station, Norfolk, VA assigned to the USS Leyte Gulf; 2013 to present, Joint Expeditionary Base, Little Creek, VA. The (SW) in his rank indicates he meets the qualifications to wear the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist Badge.

CPL Donald A McCue served (1952-54) in the U.S. Army. His assignment was an MP in the Infantry. He spent 18 months in Korea and Japan and was an instructor during his Japan assignment.

PFC Edward W McDade served 1942-46 in the U.S. Army. He was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division in the European Theater of Operations and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for disabling injuries in the Italian Campaign

Sgt T4 Howard Miller served 1942-1945 in the U.S. Army. His overseas assignments included 23 months in Noumea, New Caledonia. He received the Astatic–Pacific Campaign Medal for his participation in the Solomons Campaign.

T/Sgt Holden A. Newell, Jr. served 1943-45 in the United States 15th Air Force, in Italy, with the 716th Bombing Squadron as engineer crew chief and top gunner on a B24 Liberator. He participated in 43 missions over enemy territory. Holden received several awards with his most prestigious being the Air Force Medal for Meritorious Achievement with three oak leaf clusters.

S/Sgt John Ondish Jr. served 1942-45 in the U.S. Army in the European Theater of Operations. He was assigned to a Tank Battalion in the 5th Armored Division and participated in the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Bulge.

MSgt Albert O. Pritchard served 22 years 1984–2006 in the U.S. Air Force. He was assigned as follows: 1984-91, 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron at Camp New Amsterdam, Netherlands; 1991-94, Incirlik Air Base Turkey to support Operation Desert Storm; 1994-97, Spangdahlem AB Germany; 1997-2003, Sembach AB Germany; 2003–2006, Hill Air Force Base Utah where he supervised weapons loading operations for the unit’s 24F-16CG aircraft for which he was awarded the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal.

CAPT Jack R. Simpson served 1942-45 in the U.S. Army. In 1943, after graduating from OCS at Fort Sill, OK, he was assigned to duties in the European Theater of Operations. He was assigned to the 3rd Army as a Forward Observer (Fire Support Specialist) and then served as an executive officer of an artillery unit. He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal, with V device, for distinguished service.

CAPT Lance Robert Wega served 1998-2002 in the U.S Air Force. After completion of Officers Candidate School in Huntsville Alabama, he had stateside assignments at Langley AFB and Travis AFB and then overseas assignments in the Middle East. He currently serves as a civilian OSI Special Agent attached to the Air Force.


T/Sgt. Charles Raymond Billings

Pfc. John Leonard Chapple

SP4 James F. Daubert

2LT James B. Davies II

Cpl. John J. Dillon

S/Sgt. William E. Frederick

SPC David M. Halchak

S2/C Leonard David Harvey

T/Sgt. Earnest F. King

S/Sgt. John Ames McManus

FC01C Francis Sherman Mead

SFM3 Joseph J. Miller Sr.

Sgt. John Leonard Ostroski

CMSGT June A. Phillips

S/Sgt. Robert B. Price

Capt. Lewis J. Reese

MOMMS2C Thomas E. Reese

S/Sgt. Harold G. Ruth

A2C Joseph Henry Saraka

Sgt. Jason A. Senese

SM/Sgt. Robert E. Shultz

Sgt. Harry S. Smith

Capt. Kimberly Sorber


Cpl. James Joseph Barlow

Cpl. Leon Bartz

Lance Cpl. Tristan C. Bethel

Cpl. Frederick Brown

S/Sgt. Grant D. Cebrick

T4 Earl Robert Clark

TEC 5 Robert Dale Considine

S1C RDM Michael J. Crisci

2nd Lt. Richard M. Cummings

Col. William H. Dierolf Jr.

Pfc. John J. Duris

S/Sgt. John Melvin Emil Sr.

Sgt. Richard M. Hoyes

1st Lt. Molly (Poad) Irvine

S/Sgt. Edward W. Jones II

YNC Walter Howard Knoor

Cpl. Anthony Lewis Kowalski

Major Erenst V. Kuchinaskas

Capt. Clarence E. LaBar

S2NR Joseph J. Lavelle

MCPO John P. Lemmond

S/Sgt. Anne Katherine Long

SP4 Clarence J. Michael

M/Sgt. Michael Passarella

1st Lt. Keats Poad

T4 Mary Templin Reese

Sgt. John Saba Sr.

BM3 Ed Shilanski

S/ Sgt. Leo “Pete” Yascur


Specialist Zachary Aciukewicz

Airman 1st Class Burton C. Berrettini

Cpl. John J. Canfield

Sgt. William T. Carroll

S/Sgt. Joseph J. Chisko Jr.

1st Lt. John P. Cleary

1st Lt. MIchael Cleary

M/Sgt. Joseph Donini

Sgt. Tom Doughton Sr.

Leon D. Emanuel

Sgt. Jack Evans

Lt. Col. Ronald P. Fitch Jr.

Pvt. 1st Class Edward P. Friar

Sgt. Cyril A. Good

Petty Officer Richard Griffith

Jonathan W. (Wendell) Jones

Frederick “Ted” Loveland

Cpl. Raymond Loveland

Sgt. Todd Mark

CWO 5 John F. “Frank” McAndrew

Capt. Frank J. Michael III

Capt. Kyle Reid

Lt. William R. Shaffer

Sgt. Bruce E. Stine

Lance Cpl. Michael Z. Szklanny

Seaman 1st Class Robert E. Tupper

Edward Tutak Jr.

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