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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

ROBERT ABBOTT, JR.’S HONOR BELL ARTIFACTS

Robert R. Abbott Jr was born on August 5, 1941 in Bloomsburg, PA.  He enlisted in the Coast Guard in September of 1962. One of his tours was in Anchorage, Alaska, and was on duty as a radioman when the earthquake of March 27, 1964 hit. He spent time in St. Louis, Missouri doing duty on […]