WALTER WAYNE PARKER
Walter Wayne Parker was born to John and Bertha Parker November 23, 1922, near Big Sandy, Tennessee. He was drafted into the U.S. Navy February 23, 1943, and went through boot camp at Bainbridge, Maryland. From there he was sent to radio school at Auburn, Alabama. After 16 weeks of radio school, he was given an RM 3/C rating and sent to the naval armory in Los Angeles, California, for six more weeks of training to earn signaling and merchant marine procedures. He was then sent to San Francisco, California, to the Treasure Island Armed Guard Center. He was assigned to the AG crew of the SS J WARREN KIEFFER in November 1943. After stops at Auckland, New Zealand, New Hebrides and picking up a load of nitrate in Chile, the ship docked at Mobile, Alabama, in March 1944. He was then detached and sent to the Armed Guard Center at New Orleans, Louisiana. From there he was sent to the crew of the SS JOSEPH LEIDY at Charleston, South Carolina. The LEIDY joined a convoy at Norfolk, Virginia, and sailed to Dran, Algiers. The LEIDY returned to New York June 9, 1944. He was then detached and sent to Armed Guard Center Brooklyn, New York. From there he was sent to California and eventually wound up in the Flag of Commander Service Squadron 10 Rep. C at Saipan in August 1944. He remained in Saipan until the war was over. After going on to Wakayama, Japan, he returned to the States and was discharged from the Navy at Nashville, Tennessee, December 12, 1945. He married Clarice Leola Hicks of East Prairie, Missouri, June 8, 1946. They have two daughters, Patricia Gale and Nancy Lynn. Prior to his retirement on June 1, 1985, he was employed as a boiler operator by the Tennessee Valley Authority. He now resides at Route 1, Camden, Tennessee 38320. DON CALVIN PARKS
Don Calvin Parks was born in Webster, Pennsylvania, June 11, 1924. He joined the U.S. Navy May 29, 1943, and went to Great Lakes (Company #746) for boot training. He then went on to gunnery school at Gulfport, Mississippi, fired guns on the USS DOVER and USS LASH (gun boats from World War I) in the Gulf of Mexico. Boarded a troop train and went to Armed Guard Center, Treasure Island, California. Sent to San Pedro, California, and got on his first ship at Terminal Island, the SS MAGNOLIA (tanker) October 1943. Carried gasoline for the invasion of the New Britain Island. Sailed the North and South Pacific and Indian Oceans. Came through the Panama Canal to Aruba, then returned to the united States at New York, New York. Then assigned to Armed Guard Center, Brooklyn, New York. Sent to rest camp for two weeks at Haverstraw, New York. In July 1944, assigned to Liberty ship SS MARY PICKERSGILL. While running in convoy made trips to England, Scotland, Wales, and France from New York and Philadelphia until March 1945. Then assigned to Liberty ship SS FRANK WIGGINS. This trip took him again through the Panama Canal on his way to Manila in the Philippines. While there the war with Japan ended. After arriving back at San Francisco was sent to Treasure Island Armed Guard Center and then to Camp Shoemaker. Boarded a train for Philadelphia Navy Yard. Then on to Samson, New York, and was honorably discharged as a coxswain on February 16, 1946. In his travels he crossed the International Date Line four times, and the Equator six times. On his first ship he ate breakfast in the Pacific and supper in the Atlantic, and on his last ship he ate breakfast in the Atlantic and supper in the Pacific. The countries he saw while serving in the Armed Guard include: Iran, Australia, New Guinea, Panama, Aruba, Scotland, England, Wales, France, Manus, Philippines, and Leyte. Now retired Don and his wife Alberta live at RD # 1, Box 48A, Charleroi, Pennsylvania 15022. ALEX J. PASIERB
Alex J. Pasierb was born to Anthony and Anna Pasierb July 8, 1925, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy September 24, 1943, and trained at Great Lakes, Illinois. From Great Lakes, he was sent to Armed Guard gunnery school, Gulfport, Mississippi. Alex was sent to the Armed Guard Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, for assignment, and was shipped to Jacksonville, Florida, where he was assigned as a gunner on the SS JAMES L. ACKERSON. The ACKERSON joined a convoy in New York and went to Glasgow, Scotland, with military supplies. In Glasgow, the ship was converted to a troop transport. From Glasgow the ship sailed to Southhampton, England, where the 29th Army Infantry Division was loaded for participation in the D-Day invasion . The invasion convoy was attacked by German "E" boats, submarines and ME-109 German planes. One Liberty ship was torpedoed and abandoned. On arrival at Omaha Beach, gunfire from the French coast was so heavy that the ship could not unload troops and equipment. For three days, the ship was under constant attack by German planes. It later had to go to Utah Beach to unload. Five additional shuttle trips between Ireland, England, and the French Coast were made. The JAMES L. ACKERSON was in Southhampton, England, when V2 robot bombs were dropped on England. Alex was then assigned to the Armed Guard Center, Brooklyn, New York, where he boarded the SS WINFRED L. SMITH and went to Murmansk, Russia. The convoy was attacked by German planes off the Norwegian coast. Alex's other assignments included the WINFRED L. SMITH, SS CHARLES W. PEALE, SS FRENCH CREEK, duty at the O/CS at SHELTON, Virginia, SS OACHITA VICTORY, SS ORSON D MUNN, SS GRETNA VICTORY, SS BENJAMIN WARNER, which took a shipload of beer to Manila, Philippines, and duty at RS PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, and PSC LIDO BEACH, Long Island, New York. Alex served in the European, African, Middle Eastern and Asiatic Pacific areas. He was discharged March 25, 1946, and received a battle star for the D-Day invasion. Alex is a graduate of St. Francis College, Loretto, Pennsylvania, and took graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He was the athletic director at United High School, Armagh, Pennsylvania. He married Margaret B. Martinek on August 16, 1951, and has four children: Michael, Jane, George and Alice. On March 16, 1989, Alex was chosen as Outstanding Athletic Director 1989 for the State of Pennsylvania, which consists of 501 school districts. Alex now lives at 521 Jean Avenue, Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15906. MACK HAGEN PAYNTER, JR.
Mack Hagen Paynter, Jr., was born May 2, 1925, in Wheeling, West Virginia, to Mack and Hazel Paynter, Sr. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy July 9, 1943 in Clarksburg, West Virginia, and attended boot camp at Great Lakes, Illinois, where he was a member of Company #1085 and a Company Commander C.sp. P.E. Freed. He also was assigned to Camp Shelton, Virginia, for gunnery school; the Armed Guard Center in Brooklyn, New York; and Edinburgh, Scotland, for gunnery school, specializing in Fortwin Lewis guns, and first aid school. Mack sailed aboard the SS WILLIAM A. JONES and took his first trip south through Torpedo Junction to Cuba. The ship was loaded with sugar and on the way back to New York, the deck was loaded with tanks and trucks. On a voyage to England, the ship broke down and had to leave the convoy. The crew spent 27 hours in general quarters. The ship shuttled between England and the States until the middle of May 1944. The ship was anchored in Firth-of-Forth, Scotland, for three weeks and later transported elements of the Canadian Army to the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944. The ship made two shuttle trips to Normandy, the last one into Cherbourg harbor. Mack completed his duty on the ship on September 9, 1944. He then went on leave and returned to the Armed Guard Center in Brooklyn, New York. After being assigned to a gun crew and shipped to the West Coast and back, he was assigned to the SS BENJAMIN HUNTINGTON, based out of Baltimore, Maryland. The ship made trips to England, Scotland, Wales, the Mediterra- nean Sea, North Africa, Bizerte, Iran, Lybia, Sicily, Italy, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. It picked up German war prisoners to bring back to the States, but was rammed by a tanker and had to go to a shipyard in Cardiff, Wales, for repairs. After returning to Brooklyn~ New York, Mack was detached to the U.S. Navy Hospital in St. Albans, New York, August 12, 1945. He was later discharged from the service at the same hospital October 10, 1945. He received the C.B.I. European-African Roakcluster Award and attained the rank of seaman 1/C. He was a charter bus driver for 20 years until he retired. He also was a dental lab technician and a silk screen operator. His wife, Belva I. (Hubbs) Paynter, and he have three sons, George E., who made two tours in Vietnam with the CBs in the U.S. Navy and Larry A. and Mack H. III, and a daughter, Janet Marie. His current address is 2371 East 41st, Lorain, Ohio 44055-2838. JOHN F. PEARCE
The crew of the SS JOHN FINCH was in Behai, Brazil, August 20, 1943, after completing over a three-quarter trip circling the globe. John F. Pearce was aboard the FITCH and relates the journey as follows: They started in New York on March 4, 1943, arriving in Cuba on March 11, and in Panama March 12. On March 17, they headed for Fremantle, Australia, arriving April 26. From there on May 2, their destination was Kherranshahr, Iran, arriving June 1, and they unloaded Russian supplies. On June 30, they left for the Bahrien Islands in the Persian Gulf to refuel. On July 4, they left for Behia, Brazil, with an arrival on August 14, and on August 24, to Dutch Guinea. On September 3, they arrived to load bauxite and left September 6 for Trinidad to refuel. On September 10, the ship sailed to New York through the windward passage, completing the circle on September 16. John left the ship in New York for home. The crew members aboard the SS JOHN FITCH for the trip were: Lt. E.L. Barker, New Hampshire; BM1 H.M. Morgan, Arkansas; CMB W. Ayers, Kansas; S1/c D. Dartez, Louisiana; T.H. Deahl, Pennsylvania; R.H. Desch, Pennsylvania; S.O. Grobe, Kansas; Hayward, New York; H.E. Lewis, Ohio; L. Lucia, Connecticut; J.L. Neaves, Massachusetts; D.C. Noyes, New Hampshire; A.M. Paradis, Maine; R.M. Parent, Massachusetts; L. Payeur, New Hampshire; J.F. Pearce, Massachusetts; J. Pelak, New Jersey; S. Pecor, New York; F. Perry, Massachusetts; T. Perko, Connecticut; Reichenberg, Connecticut; J.T. Reilly, New York; Sternowski, New Jersey. WILLIAM J. PERDUE
William J. Perdue, a native of Huntington, West Virginia, enlisted in the U.S. Navy September 13, 1941. He went to recruit training in Norfolk, Virginia, and the went to the Armed Guard Center in Little Creek, Virginia, where he was assigned to gun crew #27. He served on the MS ISLAND MALL, the SS WILLIAM WHIPPLE, the SS HAYM SALOMON, the SS EDWARD RICHARDSON, the SS GEORGE G MEADE, the USS SC 714, and the USS LST 391. He was discharged in May 1947, attaining gunners mate 2/C. He is a retired commercial pilot and currently resides at #217 La Casa, Lake Whales, Florida 33853. CLIFTON N. PERKINS
Harry H. Perkins and Nora Lee (Thompson) were the parents of Clifton N. "Perk" Perkins, born in Lorado, West Virginia, April 5, 1922. Perk moved to Ashland, Kentucky, at the age of three, attended school in Westwood, Kentucky, and Ashland High in Ashland, Kentucky. He joined the U.S. Navy October 30, 1941, and took basic training at Great Lakes Training Center. Although he was scheduled to take leave December 6, the whole class in OGU was held until Sunday morning when they heard about the attack on Pearl Harbor. The class then was sent to San Diego where Perk received Armed Guard training on the CRANE and was later assigned to the Armed Guard Center at Treasure Island. Perk sailed on the WEST CUSSETTA out of Bremerton, Washington, from January 21, 1942, until September 1, 1942. The ship had two 30 caliber and two 50 caliber guns on the bridge and a 4-inch 50 deck gun on the fantail. The ship also had a "dummy" put on the bow in Wellington, New Zealand, in hope that a submarine would try and take it out first, giving the ship a few shots with its real guns. During his tour of duty on the ship, Perk went to Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra. He says, "I had a darn good time." Perk was later assigned to the SS MAUNAWILLI from August 15, 1942, to November 2, 1942, and the S PHILLAE in late 1942 and early 1943. On one of the ships, Perk and the crew picked up a load of coffee between Panama and Central America and took it back to San Francisco. In addition, one of the ships had the first two women mess stewardesses. The Russian merchant ships also had women on board. He also sailed on the SS JAMES CALDWELL from May 5, 1943, to December 30, 1943, and on the SS ALCOA MASTER from February 19, 1944, to December 30, 1945. He went to Liverpool and Southampton, England, and saw the Persian Gulf up to Abadan and Khorramshahr. He lost his wrist watch over the side in the Tigres River. Other areas he visited were Salvador (Bahia) and Recife, Brazil, Noumea, New Caledonia, the Fiji and Samoan islands, and Guam and Tahiti. After the Armed Guard, Perk served on the USS YOG 57, the USS LSM 487, the USS BRONX APA 236 and the USS CHILTON APA 38. He was then discharged and looked for civilian work. When he couldn't find enough work, Perk tried to re-enlist with the Navy but they were not taking any more men. As a result, he joined the Air Force and finally retired September 30, 1964. He retired from Republic Steel on April 30, 1984. Perk and his wife Helen travel, play golf and go bowling. Although they never had any children, they have lots of nieces and nephews. His address is P.O. Box 6, Massillon, Ohio 44648. WILLIAM J. PIRES
William J. Pires was born January 6, 1923, in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy December 14, 1942, and attended boot camp at Great Lakes, Illinois, and was then assigned to the Armed Guard Center in Brooklyn, New York. Ships he served on were the SS LOUIS MARSHALL, the SS PAN MARYLAND, and a Trinidad BWI crash boat. He served in NAS at BOCA CHICA, (Key West) Florida, as well. William received the European North African, Good Conduct with Star, Victory and American Campaign awards. His most memorable experience was returning to the U.S. with 999 German prisoners and one Arab spy in 1943 aboard a Liberty ship, the SS LOUIS MARSHALL. He later took liberty in Casablanca, Oran, Algiers, Naples and Bari. During his civilian career, he served on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a launch operator at Cape Cod Canal, Cape Cod, for 19 years. He also was a construction inspector for Rivers and Harbors in the New England Division of the Army Corps of Engineers for six years. He retired as a LCDR for the Coast Guard Reserves after 24 years. He and his wife, Estelle, have four children and currently reside at 51 Evelyn Street, N. Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02747 for six months out of the year and spend the other half at 1121 B Keystone Drive, North Jupiter, Florida. LYLE B. PLUNKETT
Lyle B. Plunkett was born August 6, 1925, in Quincy, Illinois. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy August 1942 and completed boot camp at Camp Dewey in Great Lakes, Illinois. After boot camp, he attended gunnery school at Virginia Beach, Virginia. After gunnery school, Lyle went aboard the Tanker SS WILMINGTON, a new ship out of Chester, Pennsylvania, in November 1942. He went on shakedown runs up and down the East Coast. In January 1943, he got a bad case of influenza and was sent to the Armed Guard Center in Brooklyn, New York, for a short time. In January 1943, he was also assigned to the ship SS DANIEL HIESTER and made the run to the Persian Gulf by way of the Panama Canal, Western Australia, Perth, Freemantle, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. His next ship was the SS GEORGE HANDLEY, on which he made several trips with troops and cargo to Europe and participated in the invasion of Southern France on August 15, 1944, accumulating 39 months of sea duty. His most memorable experience was in a large convoy off the coast of South America. Four ships around his were hit with torpedoes. Fortunately, his ship was unharmed. Lyle was discharged December 19, 1945, as a seaman 1/C, and married June Orr September 22, 1945. He reenlisted in the Army in 1948 and served in Europe. He later served one tour in Vietnam in 1963 at Socktrang. He earned the Air Medal flying as a door gunner in H-21 and received the Atlantic Campaign, Pacific Campaign, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct. He retired from the service on December 1, 1964, with a combined service time of over 20 years. Lyle retired from the Allstate Insurance Company on September 1, 1988, and currently resides at 1106 Madera Court, Seaside, California 93955. JOSEPH O. POISSON
Joseph O. Poisson was born August 29, 1924, in Marlborough, New Hampshire. He joined the U.S. Navy October 9, 1942, and took basic training at Newport, Rhode Island, and gunnery training at Little Creek, Virginia. He was assigned to the SS SANTA CRUZ, a type C1, from December 29, 1942, to August 16, 1943. His next assignment was on the SS INDIANA, a tanker, from September 15, 1943, to January, 1944. On March 4, 1944, he was assigned on the USAT BETTY JANE, an Army transport ship, which took him into the invasion of Southern France, fnr which he was awarded a bronze medal. From June 1945 to November 10, 1945, he was aboard the Liberty ship SS OTIS SKINNER. On January 6, 1946, he was discharged in Boston, Massachusetts. On February 12, 1946, he married his wife of 43 years, the former Anna McKernon. They have two sons. Joe was a self-employed barber for 42 years and retired in 1987. Joe would like to hear from any of his old shipmates. His current address is 15 Needle Street, Kenne, New Hampshire 03431. JOSEPH B. PRAGA
Joseph B. Praga was born April 28, 1915, in Albany, New York. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy December 30, 1941. He went to boot camp at Great Lakes, Illinois, and to gunnery school at the San Diego Destroyer Base, California. In August 1944, he had amphibious training at Little Creek, Virginia. He achieved the rank of boatswain's mate 1/C. In addition to the Purple Heart Medal, Joe received the Navy Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Korean Service Medal (with one Bronze Star), the United Nations Service Medal, and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation. He had five brothers who served in the Armed Forces during World War II. His first ship was a "President Lines" ship troop carrier to the Pacific. In 1942, he was assigned to the SS PAINE, which sailed to the Pacific islands, Australia, Tasmania, Ceylon, Bombay, Portuguese East Africa, Cape Town, Rio deJaneiro, Brazil and New York. He then went to the Portland, Oregon, shipyard and boarded the SS CHENG CHUNG. This ship, flying a Chinese Flag, sailed to San Francisco and loaded ammo at Oakland. The ship proceeded to various Pacific islands, then Sydney, Newcastle, Wellington, New Zealand, Perth, Australia, Calcutta and India. Heading west, the SS CHENG CHUNG was torpedoed and sunk on February 3, 1944, at 11:30 p.m. While in the water, some of the survivors were questioned by the submarine crew as follows: "Answer or we will turn the machine guns on your buddies in the water." The next day, the survivors were picked up by an English Indian Ship, the SS MAHA DAVI, whose crew told the survivors, "We will drop the cargo nets and make only one pass because of submarines in the area." Joe set ashore at Arden, Arabia, and next boarded an English prisoner of war ship carrying Italian prisoners and sailed up the Red Sea to Port Said, Egypt. From March to July 1944, he had temporary duty with the U.S. Navy Replacement Pool at Port Said, Egypt. He also served aboard the USS LSM 417 and was discharged in September 1945. Joe was recalled to active duty in 1950 for the Korean action and served aboard the USS THOMAS JEFFERSON APA 30 until his discharge in 1951. Joe returned to Albany and resumed work as a journeyman ironworker and is a member of the International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Ironworkers, Local # 12. He is married to Adria and has three daughters: Judith, Sandy and Lyn, and has five grandchildren. He lives at lB Dorlyn Road, Albany, New York 12205. FRANK J. PRESNAL
Frank J. Presnal was born May 16, 1921, and is from Adams, Massachusetts. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy May 13, 1942, and re-enlisted October 25, 1948. He attended boot camp in Newport, Rhode Island, and gunnery school in Little Creek, Virginia. He then was assigned to the Armed Guard Center in Brooklyn, New York. Frank sailed aboard the SS MORMAC MOON. He got sick on board while anchored in Suez Bay, Egypt, and transferred to sickbay in the desert with Shiga dysentary. After spending one month in sick bay and losing 30 pounds, he transferred to the SS GEORGE VAN COUVER, a West Coast Liberty ship. Later, he served on the SS CAPULIN, the SS JOHN W. GARRETT and the PAUL H. HARWOOD. After being discharged November 23, 1945, he re-enlisted October 25, 1948. He sailed aboard the USS OKANOGAN APA-220, the USS COMSTOCK LSD-19 and the USS TELFAIR APA-210. He then spent three years on shore duty in Sasebo, Japan. He later served aboard the USS UVALDE AKA-88 and USS VESUVIUS AE-15. When he was in Naples, Italy, he saw Mount Vesuvius. Frank later spent two years on shore duty at the NAAS in Kingsville, Texas. He also sailed aboard the USS IWO JIMA (LPH-2), the first amphibious helicopter carrier built from keel up. He returned to civilian life after discharge from the Navy for a second time May 19, 1964. He spent 10 years in the Naval Reserve, bringing his total service time to 30 years. Frank was present at a submarine and torpedo bomber attack off the coast of Murmansk, Russia, in January 1945. He saw one British cruiser get blown up and five merchant ships damaged. His most memorable experience was seeing a torpedo heading straight for his ship. Fortunately, a large wave altered the torpedo's course and prevented it from hitting the ship. Attaining the rank of GM3, Frank received the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal with two Bronze Stars, Navy Occupation Service Medal (Asia), China Service Medal (extended), National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Star, Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Star and one Silver Star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with one Bronze Star (Cuba and Vietnam), United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal -- device 1960. Frank is married to Adella. He retired from the Boston and Maine Railroad in 1983. His current address is 11 Grove Street, Adams, Massachusetts 01220. JOHN A. PREZIOSI John A. Preziosi was born in Atripalda, Italy, on January 6, 1922. He came to the United States in 1929, when he was seven years old, and settled in Dover, New Jersey. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August 1942. He took his boot training at Newport, Rhode Island, and after three weeks was assigned to the Armed Guard Center in Brooklyn, New York. John shipped out on the ZEBULON B. VANCE to the Persian Gulf. He was also assigned to the STEPHEN T. FOSTER, the MATHER, the BULKOIL and three other ships. In between ships, he attended gunnery school at Shelton, Virginia. He attained the rank of GM 2/C. In September 1945 he received an honorable discharge. He married Virginia Horn on July 17, 1949. They have three children: Sue, John Jr., and James. John retired from the United States Postal Service in December 1978 and resides at 15 Roxbury Drive, Kenvil, New Jersey 07847. ERNEST A. PRICE, JR.
Ernest A. Price, Jr. was born January 15, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy June 19, 1942, at the age of 16. He completed boot camp at Great Lakes, Illinois, August 10, 1942, and was later assigned to Navy Special Forces (Armed Guard), seaman gunner on the SS RICHARD D. SPAIGHT. September 2, 1942. He survived the sinking of the SS SPAIGHT on March 10, 1943, by two torpedoes forward on the starboard side, and approximately 12 to 15 rounds of deck gun shell fire from the German submarine U-182. Ernest's 3-inch 50 bow gun was manned and trained to starboard, however, his forward gun crew was unable to return fire, due to the rapid sinking of the ship. All of his gun crew were pulled under water and came up moments later with the aid of their life jackets. This combat action took place 350 miles northeast of Durban, South Africa (28-00 South/37-00 East) in the Indian Ocean. As a result of the combat action, seaman 1/C Price received wounds to the face and head. One crew member was killed in the action. Ernest's life boat was captured by the German submarine, the crew questioned at gun point and Price was held prisoner of war for approximately one hour, and released. On March 14, 1943, Ernest's life boat landed on the beach near St. Lucia lighthouse, South Africa. He continued sailing with the Armed Guard until the end of World War II, August 14, 1945. He then was transferred to the Atlantic Fleet and sailed to the South Pole aboard Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd's flagship the USS MOUNT OLYMPUS (AGC-8), 1946-1947. Ernest left the Navy in July 1948, and in October 1948 enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in the tenth U.S. Corps Ordnance Section during the Korean War, and served two years with the Army Aviation Branch, retiring as a Sergeant at Fort Ord, California, June 1, 1963, with 20-years combined military service. He later served as a civilian military advisor for the Department of the Army in Pleiku, South Vietnam from June 1967 to November 1967. He currently is Commander, Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A., 1990-1991, Chapter 379, Inland Empire, California. He is married to Barbara A. Price and they have two daughters, Denise and Theresa. Now fully retired, Price lives at 9540 Charter Oak Lane, Riverside, California 92503-6230.
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