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JIM WICKHAM’S HONOR BELL ARTIFACT

JIM WICKHAM WICKHAM’S CAP DEVICE Jim Wickham served four years in the Navy beginning in 1958, and another 22 years in the Coast Guard. He was awarded several good conduct medals and a Bronze Star. In the Coast Guard Wickham specialized in communications as a Radioman, spending time in Vietnam on gun ships going up the […]

JOHN TOTH’S HONOR BELL ARTIFACTS

JOHN TOTH TOTH’S REGIMENTAL INSIGNIA PIN John F. Toth was born in Allentown Pennsylvania. In 1949, after graduating high school, he enlisted in the Army, doing his basic training in the Heavy Mortar Company at Fort Lewis Washington. Toth was due for discharge in August 1950 but when the Korean War started in June 1950, […]

MARTIN TANNE’S HONOR BELL ARTIFACT

MARTIN TANNE AND HIS MOTHER TANNE’S PURPLE HEART MEDAL Martin L. Tanne signed up for the Merchant Marine Radio Operator’s School to train and serve aboard ships shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Halfway through the course, however, he decided to enlist in the Army. He completed infantry training in 1943, and was part […]

GEORGE SAKATO’S HONOR BELL ARTIFACT

GEORGE SAKATO SAKATO’S COMMEMORATIVE COIN George Sakato was born in 1921, growing up in California. His family, concerned they would be interned by the government, moved to Arizona. Sakato joined the US Army in March 1944. He volunteered to be part of the all-Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team and was assigned to 3rd platoon, Company E, 2nd Battalion. The […]

CHANCE PHELPS’ HONOR BELL ARTIFACTS

CHANCE PHELPS PHELPS’ ENLISTED DRESS INSIGNIA Chance Russell Phelps was a Private First Class — posthumously promoted to Lance Corporal — in the United States Marine Corps. He served with 2nd Platoon, Battery L, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment(3/11), 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Phelps was killed in Iraq as the convoy he was […]

KENNETH MELCHER’S HONOR BELL ARTIFACT

KENNETH MELCHER A BUTTON FROM MELCHER’S AIR FORCE UNIFORM Kenneth C. Melcher enlisted in the US Air Force in 1955. He retired at Lowry Air Force Base in 1978 as a Chief Master Sergeant. Ken then worked as an Air Force civilian employee until 1994. After retirement, Melcher volunteered for numerous veterans’ organizations. Melcher’s family […]

RICHARD HAWKINS’ HONOR BELL ARTIFACTS

RICHARD HAWKINS THE ARTIFACTS DONATED BY THE HAWKINS FAMILY. Richard Hawkins was born 25 May, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois. He always enjoyed sports and took up boxing at a young age. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1943, and served as a machine gunner during World War II; towards the end of the war he […]

CHRIS FALKEL’S HONOR BELL ARTIFACTS

STAFF SERGEANT CHRIS FALKEL FALKEL’S SPECIAL FORCES CREST Chris was born on September 24, 1982 in Boston, Massachusetts, living for a time in Ohio and moving to Littleton, Colorado in 1992. Chris graduated from ThunderRidge High School in 2001. Falkel enlisted in the Army in fall of 2001. After basic training, he attended Airborne School […]

JULIAN DRACON’S HONOR BELL ARTIFACT

DRACON, DURING HIS NAVY CAREER DRACON’S NAVY COMMENDATION MEDAL ulian Dracon was born in 1933. After graduating from high school in Billings, Montana, he enlisted in the Navy in 1950. Over the duration of his military career, he travelled the world, living in Hawaii and Japan. While in the Navy he obtained a Bachelor of […]

DAVID BUCKNAM’S HONOR BELL ARTIFACT

DAVID AND HIS WIFE, SUSAN, IN 1966. BUCKNAM’S SHARPSHOOTER BADGE WITH RIFLE BAR David Bucknam grew up in the Denver area, and had a passion for the outdoors which led him to backpack, climb, and explore every corner of Colorado’s wilderness. He met his future wife, Susan, as a member of the Colorado Mountain Club […]