Famous Soldiers
 
   
Bronze Star Official Seal of the Army Medal of Honor
Images courtesy of Maj. Joseph A. Madagan, USAR Ret. ('57) of FL - 06/25/04
Thanks, Joe!

This list is comprised of people whose main fame comes from their life OUTSIDE their military service,
and should not be confused with "Noteworthy Soldiers", although the two are not mutually exclusive.


S - Z


PHOTO

NAME

BIRTH

DEATH

OTHER CLAIM TO FAME

         
 
Pat Sajak

(Patrick Leonard Sajak)

26 Oct 1946
Chicago, IL
Living * Radio Disc Jockey
* Television Weatherman
* Host of Television's "Wheel of Fortune", 1981 - Present

patsajak.com/

patsajak.com/bio.htm

 
  Wilmer Henry Salmon 17 Mar 1895
Goochland Co., VA
17 Feb 1953
Richmond, VA
* Wilma Salmon Robinson's Father
 

Telly Savalas

(Aristotle Savalas)

21 Jan 1924
Garden City, Long Island, NY

22 Jan 1994
Universal City, CA

(prostate cancer)

* Actor
* Director
* Writer

tellysavalas.com/
about/bio/daredevil.html

 
Charles M. Schulz

(Charles Monroe Schulz)

26 Nov 1922
Minneapolis, MN
13 Feb 2000
Santa Rosa,
Sonoma, CA

(colon cancer)

* Cartoonist

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Charles_M._Schulz

flyingace.net/

comics.com/peanuts

 


1944
Sam Serling and his son,  Rod

 Rod Serling

(Edward Rodman Serling)

25 Dec 1924
 Syracuse, NY

28 June 1975
 Rochester, NY

 (complications arising from a coronary bypass operation)

* Boxer
* Writer
* Actor
* Producer

rodserling.com/

 

Al Simms

(Albert Egerton Simms, Jr.)

07 June 1942
Raleigh, NC
11 Aug 2016
Fredericksburg, VA
* Newport News High School, Class of 1960
* My Friend
 
Dates of Service - Nov 1966 to Nov 1969
Basic at Ft Bragg, NC
AIT at Ft Sill, OK
Vietnam Service - Nov 1967 to Dec 1968

Vietnam Unit - AN/MPQ-4A Radar Section, HSB, 1/14th Arty, 198th LIB, Americal Division
 
Vietnam Locations - Chu Lai, Cherry Hill, LZ Clifford, LZ Bowman, LZ Young, LZ Professional, LZ Gator, LZ Bayonet
 
Weapons Used in Vietnam - AN/MPQ-4A Countermortar Radar, 45cal pistol, M14 Rifle, M16 Rifle, M79 Grenade Launcher, M60 Machine Gun, 50 Cal Machine Gun, M72 Light Antitank Weapon (disposable Bazooka), M3A1 Grease Gun (45 cal short barrel machine gun)
 
MOS 26B3H Weapons Support Radar Mechanic, Depot Level and Instructor endorsements

* After AIT and Before Nam and also for the final year after Nam - taught Radar Repair at the US Army Artillery and Missile School at Ft Sill, OK.  
* Senior Lab Instructor for most of 1969 for the Q10 Radar Lab.

nnhs65.com/Christmases-in-Viet-Nam.html

nnhs65.com/08-14-16-
NNHS-Al-Simms.html

1966 Basic Training and 2000 same uniform that I wore when discharged - Only two buttons of the coat are fastened and I cannot breath in 2000.  And the pants - forget it - no way! Me on an AN/MPQ-10A Countermortar tracking radar in 67 at Ft Sill, OK
I spent Christmas Day 1967 in this 50 foot tall guard tower at Chu Lai, Vietnam. A job that never ended regardless of your rank in Nam.  50 pounds of sand sure seems heavier now than it did back in 68.
Me and my Q4 Radar on LZ Clifford, west of Chu Lai.  Very primitive place. Teaching Radar Repair at Ft Sill, OK (I am on the left)

Medals - Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal with V, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign, Good Conduct, National Defense, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Commendation

2001 Radar Section Reunion.  First and Fantastic meeting after 33 years!
 


1945

S/Sgt. Bob Slaughter
Somewhere in Germany

Bob Slaughter

(John Robert Slaughter)

03 Feb 1925
Bristol, TN
29 May 2012
Roanoke, VA
* Author of Omaha Beach and Beyond

omahabeachandbeyond.com

omahabeachandbeyond.com/
abouttheauthor.html

omahabeachandbeyond.com/
purchasethebook.html 

roanoke.com/news/roanoke/
wb/309497

nnhs65.com/09-11-12-NNHS-Patriot-Day.html

 

Warren Spahn

(Warren Edward Spahn)

23 Apr 1921
Buffalo, NY
24 Nov 2003
Broken Arrow, OK
*  Baseball Hall of Famer (1973)
*
The winningest left-hander in baseball history

baseballhalloffame.
org/hofers_and_honorees/hofer_
bios/spahn_warren.htm

msn.espn.go.com/classic/
obit/s/2003/1124/1670072.html

sportsecyclopedia.com/
memorial/braves/spahn.html

 
  J. E. B. Stuart

(James Ewell Brown Stuart)

06 Feb 1833
"Laurel Hill", Patrick Co., VA
 12 May 1864
Richmond, VA

(of wounds received in battle)

* My Hero

jebstuart.org/

 civilwarhome.com/stuartbi.htm

pointsouth.com/csanet/greatmen/
stuart/stuart-bio.htm

swcivilwar.com/stuart.html

civilwarhistory.com/jeb.htm

sonofthesouth.net/leefoundation
/General_JEB_Stuart.htm

 
Jay Styles

(John Wesley Styles, Jr.)

07 Dec 1949
Asheville, NC
Living * Newport News High School, Class of 1968
* My Friend
* Virginia State Police
 
 

Frank Sutton

(Frank Spencer Sutton)

23 Oct 1923
Clarksville, TN
28 June 1974
Shreveport, LA

 (
heart attack)

* Actor

rissystreasures.com/frank.htm

 

Peter Thomas

(Peter Addenbrooke Thomas)

28 June 1924
Pensacola, Florida
30 Apr 2016
Naples, FL
* TV Announcer and Narrator

wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Thomas_(announcer)

 

Strom Thurmond

(James Strom Thurmond)

05 Dec 1902
Edgefield, SC

26 June 2003

* U. S. Senator From SC -
* His record stands as the longest serving and oldest Senator in US history with 48 years at age 100.

 


Beryl Buckley and her aunt,
1st Lt. Neville Tuck
Richmond, VA

Neville Tuck

(Neville Emory Tuck)

19 May 1903
 "Buckshaol Farm", Virgilina, Halifax, VA

21 Jan 1977
Richmond, VA

* Registered Nurse - Maguire VA Hospital, Richmond, VA
* My Great Aunt

 
  Charlie Vellines

(Charles LaVerne Vellines)

08 Sep 1946  01 July 1974

(automobile accident)

* Newport News High School, Class of 1965

nnhs65.00.com/memoriam.html

 

Donny White

(Donald Thomas White)

  Living * Played in 1954 Little League World Series
*
Newport News High School, Class of 1960
* Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1965: B.S. in civil engineering; Distinguished Military Student; Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities; Pres. Brown Athletic Cup for Excellence
*Patrick Henry High School Athletic Director
* Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Virginia Military Institute


vmi.edu/show.aspx?tid=22373&id=14701

vmikeydets.com/ViewArticle.
dbml?DB_OEM_ID=
9800&ATCLID=1440246

dailypress.com/sports/dp-spt-little-league-hampton54-20100827,0,7130800.story 

vmikeydets.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=
9800&ATCLID=204983752

 


1944

Walter White

(Walter James White)

03 Jan 1916
Brooklyn, Kings, NY

17 Feb 2009
Hopewell, VA

* Civil Servant
* My Uncle

nnhs65.com/02-20-09-NNHS-Walter-White.html

 

"...waiting to be picked up on our last mission in Viet Nam"
David Whitley

(David Parker Whitley)

19 May 1949
Newport News, VA
Living * Newport News High School, Class of 1967
* Aero-Rifles,
25th Infantry/3/4 Cavalry
* LDS High Priest Group Leader
* My Friend
* The Funniest Man I've Ever Known
 

  1968 - Ft. Benning, GA
Charlie  Wiggins

(Charles Leonard Wiggins)

14 Aug 1942
Newport News, VA
14 July 2004

(cancer)

* Newport News High School, Class of 1962
* Civil Servant
* Senior Systems Analyst for Unidyne
* Master Electrician

nnhs65.com/memoriam62.html

 

Hoyt Wilhelm

(James Hoyt Wilhelm)

26 July 1923
Huntersville, NC
23 Aug 2002 * Major League Baseball Pitcher
* Knuckleballer who is 3rd all-time in games pitched (1,070) and 1st in games finished (651) and games won in relief (123)
* Career ERA of 2.52 and 227 saves
* 1st reliever inducted into Hall of Fame (1985)
* Threw no-hitter vs. NY Yankees (1958)
* Also hit lone HR of career in first major league at bat (1952)
* Won Purple Heart at the Battle of the Bulge.

Courtesy of Joe Madagan of FL - 05/28/04
Thanks, Joe!

 
Dick Winters

(Richard D. Winters)

21 Jan 1918
Ephrata, PA
02 Jan 2011
Campbelltown, PA
* Commanded Company "E", 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, during WW II.
* Production supervisor at an adhesive plaster mill in New Brunswick, NJ
* Small farmer
* Small businessman (selling animal feed products)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Richard_Winters

 
  Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.

(Efrem Alexandrovich [Alexander] Zimbalist, Jr.)

30 Nov 1918
New York City, NY
Living * Actor

 


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MOST of the full given names on this page were supplied by Eric Huffstutler (Bethel High School - '75) of VA
Thanks so much, Eric!


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07/22/01