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THE UNITED

 

STATES

 

1941-1945

Song Of Freedom

By Florence A. Jones

Ring, O bells, from ev'ry steeple!
Tell the story far and near;
Let the breezes bear your echoes,
Freedom's natal day is here.
Fire the guns and shout for freedom,
See the flag above unfurled!
Hail the stars and stripes forever,
Dearest flag in all the world.

Ring, O bells, and shout, O people,
Float, O flag, from sea to sea!
We, thy children, rally 'round thee,
Hail, O flag of liberty!

Float, O starry flag of freedom!
Flag our fathers died to save;
He on whom your shadow lingers
Never more can be a slave.
May "Old Glory" float forever,
High o'er vale and mountain crag,
See her stars on ev'ry ocean,
One dear country, one dear flag!

Ring, O bells, and shout, O people,
Float, O flag, from sea to sea!
We, thy children, rally 'round thee,
Hail, O flag of liberty!

  • Sgt. Howard Dale Elliot

    A Company, 126th Armoured Matience Battalion, 4th Armoured Division.

    Howard Elliott served during WW2 with the 4th Armoured Division, he would fight through Normandy, The Battle of the Bulge, Germany and more then reenlist to serve in the Korean War in 1950, surviving the brutal hell of Chosin as a Truck Driver with the 11th Marines.

  • Pfc. Robert Paxton

     

    E Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Regiment, 4th Marine Division

    Robert Paxton would join the Marines in 1943 and during the war, he served as a Mortarman and Machine Gunner with E Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Regiment, 4th Marine Division, fighting  on Kwajalein, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. He was honorably discharged in November 1945 and go on to serve in Korea 5 years later.

  • Colonel Thomas G. Rosell

    I Company, 168th Infantry, 34th Infantry Division.

    Colonel Rosell would get his first taste of comabt in Italy in 1944, he would earn the Silver Star for bravery during the fighting on the Gothic Line. During Korea he worked closely with the 187th RCT in Japan but doesn't appear to have jumped. 

    He did 3 tours in Vietnam, serving with a variety of units eventually earning a second Silver Star for Bravery while serving with the 4th ID.

  • Lt. Colonel Neville Mcnerney

    509th Squadron, 315th Bomb Group.

    Lt. Col Mcnerney would enlist in November 1941 and train as an air gunner, deploying overseas in 1944 with the same unit as Clark Gable! 

    During his 36 mission tour as an Air Gunner he would be awarded 4 Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war he would transfer to the infantry and serve tours in Korea and Vietnam, earning further decorations for bravery.

  • Colonel Charles H. Brown

    L Company, 406th Regiment, 102nd Infantry Division. 

    Colonel Charles Brown would deploy to mainland Europe in September 1944. His first taste of combat came in October near Wurm, Germany. Shortly thereafter he would earn the Silver Star for incredible bravery clearing a town nearly alone. 

    He would fight in Korea with the famous 245th Tank Battalion then again in Vietnam as an advisor where he would earn further awards. 

  • Captain Frank Quinn

    USS Gunason DE-795

    Captain Quinn would serve aboard the USS Gunason in WW2 doing convoy duty in the Atlantic and Pacific. He would spend many years at sea afterwards, Serving as Gunnery Officer onboard the USS St. Paul during the Korean War.

     

    It would be onboard this ship he would fire the last Naval shot of that war 1 minute before the cease fire. During Vietnam he would break several records as the captain of a fleet oiler. 

  • Staff Sergeant Victor W. Smith

    1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division. 

    Staff Sgt. Smith would serve as a demolitions Expert with the 1st Division starting in March 1944. During his time in the Pacific he would fight in many battles including The Battle of New Britain, Battle of Peleliu, and the nightmarish Battle of Okinawa.

    After some time on occupation duty in China he transferred to the 1st Marine Airwing for the Korean War, he served with MAG-12 during this conflict and would stay in the air force working on airplanes until 1969.

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