The Royals and Budweiser salute a member of the military at games throughout the 2014 season.
Active duty and retired members of the United States Armed Forces are provided with complimentary tickets in the Budweiser seats above the Royals Bullpen and recognized with a special in-game tribute.
Staff Sergeant Roy Schenkel served in the Army Air Corp as a right waist gunner on a B-17 during World War II. During their fourth bombing mission, Roy's plane was shot down by Germans, leaving him to parachute from 25,000 feet above ground. Upon landing, the Purple Heart recipient was captured by the German military and was a Prisoner of War for 13 months until liberated by the Russian military in 1945.
Following the war, Roy worked for KCP&L for 41 years and continues to be very active by helping other veterans at the local VA.
Gunnery Sergeant Herbert Ochoa served in the Marine Corps eighteen years as a motor transport chief. Serving in nine combat tours, including four deployments to Iraq and one to Afghanistan, Herbert was the convoy commander on over 1000 combat missions.
Awarded the Navy Commendation Medal twice, the Olathe, Kansas native is now medically retired for injuries sustained during combat.
Specializing as a motor transport carrier, Staff Sergeant Chris Haynes has served in the Army National Guard for thirteen years and has been deployed twice. As an assistant team leader, Chris distributed supplies to troops in battle in Iraq, and in Afghanistan he was a squad leader for a gun truck squad running convoys all over the country.
The Moundville, Missouri, native currently works at the Camp Clark Training Site as an ammunition manager.
Sergeant First Class Mark Miller served in the military for a total of twenty-two years with sixteen years in the Army National Guard and six in the United States Marine Corps. Deployed all over the world holding various positions, Mark served as a Quick Reaction Force Platoon Sergeant tasked with having his platoon respond by BlackHawk helicopter or HUMM-V within fifteen minutes of a receiving a call that US or NATO Forces were in enemy contact or hit by an explosion.
The highly decorated veteran is now employed by the federal government and spends countless hours involved in community and veteran organizations.
Serving twelve years active duty in the Army, Captain Danny Sjursen has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. While in Iraq, Danny commanded a scout platoon in Baghdad combatting insurgents, and later commanded a cavalry reconnaissance troop in Afghanistan that engaged in guerilla warfare while working to establish a government.
Currently serving in Lawrence, Kansas, the highly decorated soldier has received many awards and commendations including two Bronze Stars and two Army Commendation Medals.
World War II veteran, Corporal Carl Brockman trained and served as a rifleman in the 27th infantry division in the United States Army from 1944-1946. The decorated veteran was a part of the group that occupied the beach at Okinawa, Japan, where they lived with just their rifle and poncho while gradually moving up the island.
Following the victory in Japan, the Manhattan, Kansas native worked in maintenance at Fort Riley for thirty years.
Chief Warrant Officer Norman Winter served in the 37th Army Infantry Division in the Philippines during World War 2, earning the Bronze Star. After the war, he was responsible for locating Nazi war criminals and later, served as a spy in the Army Counter Intelligence Group during the Cold War, working with other countries to counter the Soviet Union efforts.
The soon-to-be 90 year-old now spends time talking to high school students about his experiences, upland bird hunting, and singing in the church choir.
Staff Sergeant Matt Conroy joined the Air National Guard in August of 2008 and specializes in Air Transportation. During a six-month deployment to Afghanistan, Matt was in charge of moving products to those who need it, including a million pounds of ammo, 50,000 pounds of life-saving blood to fourteen operating bases, and assisted in the return of 100 fallen heroes to their families with honor.
In January 2014, the Blue Springs native joined the Air Force Reserves and currently works full time for the American Red Cross.
Staff Sergeant Tory Peoples enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as a machine gunner and later joined the United States Army as an Infantryman. Deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Tory has held many positions of responsibility from Recruiter to Infantry Platoon Sergeant.
The decorated soldier is now serving as a member of the Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard for the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley and is working towards his Bachelor's Degree in Business.
Enlisting in the United States Army as a combat medic, Sergeant Nick Schorr has since held many positions of responsibility, from Platoon Medic to Company Senior Medic. Deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from 2012 to 2013, Nick is highly decorated and trained, with awards including the Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal.
Currently, Nick is working towards his Flight Paramedic certification while serving as a member of the Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard for the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley.
Gunnery Sergeant Bill Murphy enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in July of 1994 and served as a Communications Chief. Highly decorated with four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, he deployed to Korea, Japan, Australia, Kuwait, and Iraq. In July of 2006, Bill was involved in a roadside bomb leaving him legally blind in both eyes and forcing him to medically retire.
Currently, the veteran is working on becoming a peer mentor for the Wounded Warrior Project.
When he was a senior in high school, Sergeant Ross Hobbs joined the United States Army National Guard. Stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base, Ross serves as a mechanic on the A-H-64 Apache Helicopter and recently returned from his first deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Shindand, Afghanistan.
Highly decorated, Sergeant Hobbs has received many medals including the Army Achievement Medal and Army Commendation Medal.
Serving in the Army Air Force in World War 2, Sergeant Joe Accurso specialized as a gunner on a B-17 crew. Stationed in England, Joe flew in 35 bombing missions during the war, including raids over Berlin and heavily defended oil fields in Europe. Following the missions, he was awarded the Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters and served as an air combat instructor in Texas.
After the war, Joe owned several restaurants and taverns in the Kansas City area, and recently celebrated his 65th wedding anniversary.
In 2003, Sergeant Chad Moppin joined the United States Marine Corps and dedicated himself to serving in various roles including infantry, supply, and military police throughout his service. Deployed to Iraq in 2004 and 2008, he later recruited out of Nevada, Missouri, and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity.
After being honorably discharged from the Marines in 2012, Chad now rides his motorcycle with the Patriot Guard.
Enlisted in the Army in 2003, Sergeant First Class Abram Pinnington III was assigned to the prestigious 3rd US Infantry Regiment in Washington DC assigned to the White House and escorting President George W. Bush more than 238 times. After switching to Public Affairs, Abram was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012.
Currently assigned to the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Abram's many awards include the Bronze Star Medal and Army Commendation Medal.
Spending basic training in Fort Benning Georgia, Private First Class Taylor Malcolm later served at Fort Knox as a SAW gunner and infantryman. In August of 2011, while serving in Afghanistan as a personal security officer for their Lieutenant Colonel in Gardez, Taylor was injured when a suicide bomber attacked their entry control point.
In November of that same year, Taylor received a Purple Heart for the wounds he sustained following the attack, and was medically discharged in 2013.
At 18 years old, Sergeant Major Philip Kenealy followed all of his brothers and enlisted in the United States Army. Stationed in the Philippine Islands during World War 2 he began his service guarding prisoners in an open field, but quickly worked his way up the ranks.
Leaving the service in 1946, Philip returned home to Iowa to marry his wife Patricia of 63 years, and now has seven kids and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Enlisted in the United States Army as a Tanker, Sergeant Joshua Martinez re-classed to Cavalry Scout. Deployed in support of Operation New Dawn, Joshua has held many positions of responsibility and been awarded numerous awards including the Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal.
Currently, Joshua is serving as a member of the Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard for the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas.
Lynn Rolf III served nine years in the United States Army as a Military Police Company Comander. Deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Lynn earned the Bronze Star and Meritorius Unit Commendation Medal.
Currently living in Leavenworth, Kansas, Lynn works as a military analyst with the Army Training Network and recently deployed to Baxter Springs in response to tornado damage.
In 2004, Corporal Anthony Farve joined the Army after attending the Southeast Military Academy in California. In 2006, Anthony deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and while on combat patrol, he was hit with an IED that shattered his right leg. After multiple surgeries and years of pain, Anthony had his leg amputated in January and is now successfully using a prosthetic leg.
Anthony's wife, Specialist Sarah Farve is a medic in the Army and will be leaving for her first deployment this summer.
Sergeant Regina Thomas enlisted in the United States Army as a Communications Specialist and has held many positions of responsibility. Deployed twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, she has multiple military decorations including the Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal.
Currently stationed at Fort Riley, she is serving as a member of the Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard for the 1st Infantry Division.
Staff Sergeant Christopher Brockway joined the United States Air Force Reserves in 2004. Deployed to Qatar in 2006 in support of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Chris transported Commanders from all four branches of the military as a member of SOCCENT.
Recently, Chris transferred to the Missouri Air National Guard and is stationed at Whitman Air Force Base.
With two brothers already fighting in the war, and his father a marine, World War 2 veteran Charles Svoboda enlisted in the Navy Air Corp in 1945. After taking multiple tests he was sworn in as an aviation cadet and trained all over the country.
Leaving the military in 1947, he began practicing law In Kansas City where he was was a trial lawyer for 54 years.
Enlisted in the United States Army in June of 2001 as a Petroleum Supply Specialist, Sergeant Justin Huddleston has held many positions including Section Sergeant and Fuel Accountability for a Brigade. Awarded the Army Commendation Medal 4th Award and Army Achievement Medal, he has been deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
A member of the Commanding Generals Mounted Color Guard at Fort Riley, Justin is currently working towards his bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.
A military family, Chief Petty Officer James Hunter and Lieutenant Commander Chris Pfister each served in the United States Navy for twenty years. Beginning his service in World War 2 aboard the USS Wilson, James specialized in aviation electronics until his retirement from the Olathe Naval Air Station in 1962.
Grandson Chris joined the Navy exactly 30 years later, serving as a helicopter pilot and naval officer. Deployed in support of operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and counter-piracy efforts in the Horn of Africa, Chris retired in 2012.
Staff Sergeant Samuel Mortensen joined the United States Marine Corps in 2005 and specializes as a refrigeration and air conditioner technician. The highly decorated veteran deployed once in 2009 where he served in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan and held many leadership positions including Team Leader and Squad Leader.
A Nebraska State Trooper since 2002, Samuel is also active in the community, volunteering for Toys for Tots, Special Olympics, and Operation War Dog.
Christopher Hinds served in the United States Army from 2007 to 2013 and completed his basic training at Fort Knox. Stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas during his first three years of service, the decorated veteran was deployed in 2008 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The Overland Park resident has continued to serve veterans as the President of the Johnson County Community College Veterans Club and a student council member of the national Student Veterans of America.
Staff Sergeant Nate Weaver serves in the United States Air Force specializing in Engineering and, throughout his service has received multiple awards including Air Force, Army, and Navy Achievement Medals. Deployed to Iraq in 2007 and Afghanistan in 2009, Staff Sergeant Weaver helped build Forward Operating Bases for the military.
In April, the King City, Missouri native returned from his third deployment in Southwest Asia where he did construction management for his base.
Specialist Christopher Morton joined the United States Army in November of 2005 and has been deployed twice. This past May, Specialist Morton returned from Afghanistan where he served as a Bridge Crew Member and Radio Communications Manager maintaining all military bridges in multiple regional commands.
Earlier today, Specialist Morton presented pitcher Jeremy Guthrie with a United States flag that was flown during his deployment.
Serving in the Army Infantry for eight years, Staff Sergeant Jeremy Simon was assigned to the 82nd Airborne and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Seven months into his deployment in Afghanistan, Staff Sergeant Simon was critically wounded and air lifted to Germany and later Washington DC. Despite being told he would never walk without a cane again, the Purple Heart recipient proved them wrong and put down the cane after only two months.
Now medically retired, Staff Sergeant Simon is now going to school to be a physical therapy assistant.
Seaman First Class Mulich was drafted into the United States Navy in 1944 immediately following his high school graduation. Serving in the South Pacific, including Okinawa during World War II, Seaman Mulich worked with weaponry aboard the USS James C. Owens.
Following the war, the Kansas City native owned a painting and remodeling company, and later served in the Kansas State Senate for over twenty years.
Major John Griesel, a 22-year Air Force veteran, served as a pilot during the Vietnam War, flying over 100 combat missions, earning the distinguished Flying Cross. During the Cold War, he also served as a navigator and an Air Liason Officer embedded with the Army in West Germany.
Upon retirement from the Air Force, John continued to serve the country as a civilian contractor, managing computer battle simulations for mission command training in the United States, Germany, Kuwait, and Korea.
Sergeant Christie has served in the United States Military for twenty-six years as a member of the National Guard. Assigned to an Apache Helicopter Unit, he is responsible for the deployment of hundreds of troops and has helped families adjust while their soldier is away.
Active in his own community with the annual Polar Bear Plunge, Sergeant Christie implemented a plunge of their own while on his deployment to Afghanistan, raising over $16,000 for Special Olympics of Missouri.
PCommissioned from Texas A&M in 2008, Captain Sally Maxwell served as a military intelligence officer in the United States Army for five and a half years. Deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, Captain Maxwell served with the Second Bridge Combat Team, Third Infantry Division for a year.
Stationed in Germany the last two years of her service, the Lawrence, Kansas native has earned many awards including the Army Commendation Medal and National Defense Service Medal.
Captain Bryan Meadows has been a member of the Missouri Army National Guard for over 20 years. An Apache Helicopter Pilot at Staff Officer assigned to the 1-135th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion at Whiteman Air Force Base, Captain Meadows has flown in over 200 mission while serving in Iraq in 2007 and Afghanistan in 2013 and received an Air Medal and Army Commendation Medal for each deployment.
When not in uniform, the Overland Park native works in Finance at Black & Veatch.
Staff Sergeant David Friend served in the Army Air Corp during World War 2 as an Aircraft Mechanic and Hydraulic Specialist for the 449th Heavy Bomber Group. Earning five Presidential Citations, Staff Sergeant Friend's planes were responsible for low level bombing runs, knocking out oil refineries, and involved in cutting off the German supply lines on D-Day.
Following the war, he worked at Lake City keeping the high primer machines in operation due to high demand from Vietnam.
First Lieutenant Jake Ryan has served in the United States Army for three years in the chemical corp. Currently stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, First Lieutenant Ryan deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 101st Combat Air Brigade and 63rd Chemical Company at Bagram Air Field.
A high school graduate from Salina South, First Lieutenant Ryan received a degree in Construction Management from Missouri State University.
Master Sergeant Jason Waitkoss joined the United States Army as an infantryman in 1995 when he was 17 years old. Now working as an Information Technology Specialist, he was stationed in South Korea and Germany, and has been deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan where he served as the non-commissioned officer in charge for various units.
Currently Master Sergeant Waitkoss is stationed in Kansas City, Missouri working with FEMA.
Major Robert Sides joined the United States Air Force in 1993 and is currently the commander of the 386th Expeditinoary Communications Squadron. The highly decorated veteran has held many positions of responsibility in the communications field, including serving as the Commander of the White House Communications Agency's Visual Information Command where he led a 104-person joint service command in providing premier broadcasting and teleprompter support to the President, Vice President, and First Lady.
Last night Major Sides returned from a year-long deployment to Southeast Asia and surprised his son earlier tonight during the first pitch.
Buck Sergeant Larry Drummond enlisted in the United States Army upon graduation from high school in 1969. A tank commander and infantryman, Buck Sergeant Drummond served in both Cambodia and Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and combat infantry badge.
Following the war, the Overland Park native received a degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City.
Gina Frerichs joined the United States Army Reserves during her senior year in high school and served eight years as a military police officer. Enlisted with the 530th Military Police Battalion in Columbus, Nebraska, Frerichs discovered she had hearing loss due to range fire exposure and now wears hearing aids in both ears.
Now a nurse, and gymnastics coach, Frerichs was elected to the Nebraska Commission of Deaf, Deaf-Blind, or Hard of Hearing by the Governor of Nebraska.
Specialist Samantha Lowe joined the United States Army in 2004 immediately following high school. Trained to be a medic, Specialist Lowe was stationed at Fort Hood in Texas when she was deployed to Iraq for a year.
Upon returning, Specialist Lowe returned to school to be an orthopedic assistant and was stationed at the hospital at Fort Hood until the end of her term of service in February of 2011.
Operations specialist 2nd class petty officer Philip Alvarado joined the United states navy in 1989 and served until 1998. Originally commissioned to the USS Berkeley, he later served aboard the USS John Paul Jones as a plankowner in support of operation desert storm.
Following 6 years of sea duty, he transferred to become a certified navy instructor in radar assisted piloting and amphibious boat control.
Specialist First Class Scott Sheridan enlisted in the United States Army in 1989 as a HAWK Fire Control Crew Member. Later reclassifying as an Operation Room Technician, Specialist First Class Sheridan served with the 28th Combat Support Hospital out of Fort Bragg and deployed in several humanitarian missions around the world.
After 23 years in the Army, Specialist First Class Sheridan retired in 2012 and is currently finishing his Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration and is actively involved in veteran activities in the Kansas City area.
Tech Sergeant Archie Randolph Jr. enlisted in the United States Navy for six years, but later joined the Missouri Air National Guard. Highly decorated, Tech Sergeant Randolph voluntarily deployed to Spain, Iraq, and twice to Afghanistan where he held many positions of responsibility including Security Response Team Leader at Kandahar Airfield.
The Tech Sergeant is now with Security Forces as an Assistant Flight Chief to Flight S303, at the 139th Security Forces Squadron at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Major Darrin Lienhardt entered the military in 1987 and has held a variety of logistic assignments. Once deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, Major Lienhardt served as an Air Advisor to the Iraqi Air Force, where he trained and mentored senior Iraqi officers.
The Bronze Star medalist now serves as the Operation Officer for the 509th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base where his primary duties include overseeing a vehicle management program.
Major Dionne Smith has served in the United States Army for over 18 years. Originally enlisted as a military intelligence soldier, Major Smith is now currently the Chief of Operations for Fort Leavenworth executive services.
Deployed to Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the major is highly decorated including having been been awarded the Bronze Star and two Meritorious Service Medals.
Petty Officer Second Class Will Train joined the United States Navy in 1998 as a Field Hospital Corpsman. Enlisted five years, Petty Officer Second Class Train was stationed in California and Japan and served in naval hospitals and medical battalions before returning to Kansas City where he joined the Naval Reserves.
After being honorably discharged, the Lees Summit native continued to serve his country through Team Red, White and Blue and Team Rubicon, by responding to the Typhoon in the Philippines in 2013 by rendering medical aid to victims.
Petty Officer Third Class Bill Grimm served in the United States Navy in the 1960's as an Aviation Machinist Mate with the Naval Helicopter Squadrons of the USS Lake Champlain and USS Roosevelt. Throughout his service Petty Officer Third Class Grimm searched for enemy submarines at sea, and also picked up astronauts from the Gemini 2 and Gemini 5 space missions as they landed at sea.
For the past 34 years, the Navy veteran and native Kansas Citian has lived with ALS, but remains independent and determined despite having the debilitating disease.
Tech Corporal Sistos Reyes was drafted into the United States Army in September, 1942 when he was 19 years old. As a part of the 36th Division, 534 Anti-aircraft battalion, Tech Corporal Reyes fought in Tunisia, Algeria, France, and Italy, where he fought in the Salerno Beach Invasion and Monte Casino Battle.
Ending the war with the 7th Army in Germany, he returned to Kansas City where he worked at a steelmill, and recently took part in an Honor Flight.
Staff Sergeant Robert LeBorgne enlisted in the United States Army in 1996. Staff Sergeant LeBorgne is assigned to One Infantry Division Headquarters at Fort Riley as a Division Fire Support Sergeant acting as the "eyes of the Artillery" supporting all aspects of infantry, armor and calvary with artillery, close air support, and attack helicopter.
Highly decorated with medals including the Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement medal, he has served in multiple deployments to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
Staff Sargent Adam Rulon joined the Missouri Army National Guard in 2000 and deployed stateside to Louisiana and Virginia as a military police officer. Throughout his service, Staff Sargent Rulon was activated three times for state emergency duty including assisting with Hurricane Katrina and two floods on the Mississippi River.
This past May the decorated veteran returned from a year deployment to Afghanistan and is now a Senior Boat Operator with the 1438 Multi Roll Building Company.
First Sergeant Phillip Madrigal entered the United States Army in 1984 and has held numerous leadership positions in Light Infantry Units including weapon squad leader, platoon sergeant, and first sergeant. Deployed in 2005 in support of Desert Storm and Desert Shield in Kosovo, First Sergeant Madrigal is highly decorated with medals and awards including the Bronze Star service medal and four Meritorious Service Medals.
After thirty years of service, the Kansas City, Missouri native will officially retire tomorrow.
Master Sergeant Stephanie Clark enlisted in the United States Army 18 years ago. After joining the Army Reserves in 2001, Master Sergeant Clark has served in various units throughout the Kansas City metro area, including serving as the Military Human Resources and Logistics Director at Fort Leavenworth.
Hoping to inspire others to lead an active lifestyle, she participates in various activities with Team Red, White, and Blue and just recently finished her first Half Ironman.
Colonel Kenneth King joined the United States Army in 1988 and has served for over 26 years working in Logistics. In 2003, while deployed to Tikrit, Iraq, Colonel King was injured by an Improvised Explosive Device and later became a recipient of the Purple Heart.
Highly educated and trained, Colonel King has also been the recipient of four Bronze Stars for his extensive work and responsibility in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Colonel Kay Smith has served in the United States Air Force in six different career fields and has been a group and two-time squadron commander. Previously stationed in Germany and Panama fighting the war on drugs, Colonel Smith has also been deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
After 25 years of dedicated service to our nation, the highly decorated veteran and her husband will retire to Nebraska in October.
Sergeant Major James Adams served in the United States Army for twenty-three years before retiring in 1995. Stationed all over the world including Germany where he was a First Sergeant, the highly decorated veteran also served in Desert Storm in 1990.
Today, he is being honored by his sons David and Stevid who were inspired by their father's duty and service and also joined the military.
Staff Sergeant Tony Lordi served in the United States Army for twenty-five years as a combat engineer and repairman. Deployed to Camp Stanley in Korea for eighteen months, Staff Sergeant Lordi served with the Company D 702nd Maintenance Battalion 2nd Infantry.
After retiring, the highly decorated veteran attended college and worked in the private sector before retiring in 2013.
Senior Airman Sheldon Thompson is currently enlisted in the Missouri Air National Guard and has served seven years. A senior airman photographer, he has participated in multiple state emergency duty missions, Air National Guard and Air Force Missions.
Throughout his service he has earned multiple awards including three U.S. Air Force Achievement Medals and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Lieutenant Maurice Dubinsky enlisted in the United States Navy in 1942 when he was just eighteen years old. Assigned to the AirGroup10 on the USS Intrepid, the fighter bomber pilot flew numerous strikes in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
Following the war, Lieutenant Dubinsky returned to Kansas City where he flew in the Naval Reserves at Olathe Naval Air Station for several years.
Sergeant Juarez joined the National Guard in February of 2008 and worked in Aviation Resource Management for two and a half years. Now a Military Police officer, Sergeant Juarez is also working to complete her Master of Public Affairs at Park University.
The Kansas City native spends her time serving veterans when they return home from overseas through various organizations including Team Red, White, and Blue.
Captain Wesley Fink has served in the United States Army for thirteen years in logistics. As commander of the 96th TRANS unit from Fort Hood, Captain Fink recently returned from Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan on his third deployment.
The longtime Royals fan has received two Bronze Stars and 2 Army Commendation Medals, along with many others.
Sergeant Wilbur Stiegler served in the United States Army during World War 2 from 1943 to 1946. As an expert rifleman, Sergeant Stiegler fought in battles at the Rhine and Mozell Rivers, and also was a part of the Army unit that liberated the prisoner of war camp at Ordruff Germany.
Following the war, Wilbur went to work for the SW Bell Telephone Company where he worked for thirty-nine years.
Sergeant Thomas Hintenach has served in the Missouri Army National Guard for 17 years. Working on attack helicopters, Sergeant Hintenach is currently assigned to the 135th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion at Whiteman Air Force Base where he is the first sergeant of the AH-64D company.
Having been deployed to Iraq, Kosovo, and recently returning from Afghanistan, the veteran is highly decorated earning the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal.
Colonel Stan Cole served in the United States Air Force where he held many positions of leadership including most recently serving as the Vice Deputy Director for Intelligence Operations. Throughout his long career, Colonel Cole served all over the country and was the recipient of numerous awards and decorations including the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star Medal.
After a long career in the military, the Kansas City native retired from active duty August 28 and will take over as the commander of the Junior ROTC at Blue Springs High School.
Corporal James Cramer enlisted in the Army when he was 20 years old and served as a tank gunner with the 10th Armored Division assigned to General Patton's 3rd Army. While on foot trying to capture an enemy forward observer, his tank came under fire and, with severe back injury, Corporal Cramer was able to evade three direct shots and rescue his crew. For his actions and bravery, he was awarded the Bronze Star medal.
Private First Class Glenn Betts served for over five years in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Well versed in plane mechanics, throughout his service PFC Betts taught math and airplane mechanics to pilots, navigators, and mechanics.
After leaving the military, the Independence native returned home where he served his community by volunteering and helping make the city a better place.
Sergeant First Class Thomas Marcase joined the United States Army when he was 17 years old. Deployed with the 325th Combat Support Hospital in support of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Sergeant First Class helped provide the hospitals with medical supplies.
Having received awards including the Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal, he is currently serving on active duty in Fort Smith, Arkansas as an Army Reserve Career Counselor.
Chief Master Sergeant Robert Bell, Jr. has served in the United States Air Force for the past twenty years working in many aspects of the services career field. Deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, he has a diverse educational background and has been the recipient of many awards including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
Chief Master Sergeant Bell is currently serving as the Superintendent of the 509th Force Support Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base where his responsibilities include advising the commander on combat support and deployment readiness.
Technical Sergeant Marlin Kerby was drafted in 1942 to the Army Air Corps and served as a tailgunner. During his 60th and final mission, Technical Sergeant Kerby's B-24 Liberator was shot down over Czechoslovakia and he was taken as a Prisoner of War. After surviving a 600 mile POW march, he was liberated by British forces in May 1945.
He was awarded the Presidential Citation and Oak Leaf Cluster, the Europe-African-Middle East Campaign Medal with 3 bronze stars, the Air Medal, the POW medal and the Victory Medal.
Staff Sergeant Brian Robison served in the United States Army from 1987-1992 when he was honorably discharged as a specialist. Rejoining the Army in 2007, Staff Sergeant Robison served in the 4th Brigade 10th Mountain light infantry division and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan where he did convoy security.
After retiring in 2013, the Liberty, Missouri native started working for the non-profit A New Start for Me, which helps veterans and autistic children through the use of canine and equine therapy.
Tech Sergeant Elmer Stuerke (S-turkey) proudly served in the United States Army from 1943-1946. Serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre of Operations, Tech Sergeant Stuerke worked on an Army Engineer Landing Craft and Shore Regiment as a High Speed Radio Operator, responsible for sending and receiving messages and communications by International Morse Code.
The Higginsville, Missouri native was awarded with the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal and the Bronze Arrowhead for his service to our country.
Petty Officer First Class Wesley Akin has served in the United States Navy for eight years. Stationed aboard the USS Guardian as a mineman, Petty Officer First Class Akin took heroic action in January, 2013 by alerting his superiors the ship was taking on water after hitting a reef. Due to his and his crewmates actions, there were no severe injuries.
Currently, the decorated serviceman is recruiting in Lenexa before he ships back overseas.
Petty Officer Third Class Steve Parker served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. Serving aboard the aircraft carrier "Kearsarge," Petty Officer Third Class Parker's duties included search and rescue, anti-submarine warfare, and a stint as a helicopter door gunman.
Currently, the highly decorated veteran is a Marketing Professor at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.
Specialist Tim Lloyd has served in the United States Army Reserves for eight years. A supply specialist, Tim recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan, where he worked in a yard that prepared equipment to return to the United States.
After returning from Afghanistan in August, Specialist Lloyd received the Army Commendation Medal.
Staff Sergeant Adam "A.J." Zarrillo enlisted in the United States Army Reserves in 2004. A graduate of the military police school, Staff Sergeant Zarrillo first deployed to Iraq in 2005 and later voluntarily deployed to Afghanistan in 2010.
Highly decorated including the Army Commendation Medal, the Blue Springs native left the Army Reserves in 2012.
Staff Sergeant Robert "Rudy" Rudolph served in the Army Infantry as a Machine Gunner during World War II. During the Battle of Anzio, he spent 158 days wounded in a foxhole, and later spent 105 days in a foxhole during the Battle of Reipertswiller before he was taken as a prisoner of war. After spending 99 days in the Prison at Stalag, he and fellow prisoners were liberated by the British.
Highly decorated, Staff Sergeant Rudolph received the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, and Bronze Stars with Valor.
First Lieutenant Jamie Engelhardt has served thirteen years with the United States Army. Recently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, First Lieutenant Engelhardt oversaw logistics and managed the fuel and ammo necessary for their fleet of Apache helicopters.
Highly decorated including the Army Commendation Medal, he is currently assigned to the 935th Aviation Support Battalion in Springfield, Missouri.
Sergeant Mark Gernhardt of Tulsa, Oklahoma went on 20 long range patrols out of his base camp with the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment located in Swan Lock, South Vietnam. Joining him tonight are members of the United States Army's Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol who were inserted into the jungles of Vietnam behind enemy lines for days at a time to monitor enemy movement and report back to headquarters.
Tonight we thank Mark and the unit as they join us here tonight during the 47th year reunion.
Sergeant Matthew Sartain served in the United States Marine Corp as a 0-3-5-2 anti-tank middleman. While deployed to Iraq in 2007, his section was involved in a firefight and Sergeant Sartain had a sudden heat stroke which caused him to stop breathing. Immediately flown to Germany, the decorated veteran was held in the intensive care unit for several days while he recovered.
Staff Sergeant Jonathan Rulon has served in the Army National Guard since 2000. He recently returned from a year-long deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where his unit was in charge of monthly maintenance, building, and deconstructing bridges.
Throughout Sergeant Rulon's 14 years of service, he has helped with multiple State of Emergency duties including Hurricane Katrine, ice storms, and flooding in North and South Missouri.
Fire Controlman Third Class Frank Cutrera served in World War 2 as a crew member on the geographical survey ship, the USS Sumner. Participating in many major battles, Fire Controlman Third Class Cutrera and his crewmates were at sea for twenty-nine consecutive months, stopping only for fuel and supplies.
After the war, Frank returned to Kansas City where he owned a convenience store and raised seven kids.
Hero - Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kyle Swope enlisted in the Army when he was eighteen years old. Deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Swope led his squad in over 700 combat patrols in participating in numerous engagements without a single injury under his leadership. For his actions in combat, he was twice awarded the Bronze Star Medal.
After graduating from helicopter flight school in 2011, the Lee's Summit native is currently serving as a OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopter Instructor Pilot, stationed in Oahu, Hawaii.
Pharmacist Mate First Class Dorwin Lamkin was a medic aboard the USS Nevada, when Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941. He was trapped beneath the armor plate and certain he was going to die. A young sailor opened the hatch from above, allowing Dorwin and fellow soldier to drag more than a dozen men to safety.
After the Nevada sank, he was sent to the USS San Francisco where he took part in many battles, including Guadalcanal, The Gilbert Islands, and The Marshall Islands. Throughout his service, the Kansas City native received eleven battle stars.
Captain Miguel Rosario enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at seventeen, and fought in support of Operation Desert Shield - Desert Storm with the first Battalion, 7th Marines. Spending the majority of his life in the military, the Bronze Star medalist has also served as platoon leader in Afghanistan and a Liason Officer in Baghdad, Iraq. Currently Captain Rosario is the Commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company at Fort Leavenworth, preparing units around the world for future deployments into combat.
Former U.S. Senator Bob Dole, the pride of Russell, Kansas, served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a combat infantryman. Trapped under enemy fire in northern Italy, Senator Dole suffered serious injuries while attempting to rescue a fellow soldier and was given little chance of survival. Following 39 grueling months of rehabilitation, he used the GI Bill to study law and started an illustrious career in politics, serving in the Kansas Statehouse and later in the U.S. Congress for 35 and a-half years. The nation's longest-serving Republican Leader and 1996 presidential nominee is a national treasure. Senator Dole has donated his actual seats tonight to Staff Sergeant Matthew Gonzales of Raytown, Missouri, who served in the U.S. Army for nine years, and is now battling a rare and aggressive, service-related cancer that developed during a deployment to Iraq 2007.
Staff Sergeant Dennis Teiken served two tours in the Vietnam War with the United States Marine Corp from 1964 to 1966. During his second tour while serving as the machine gun team leader, his platoon came under attack. With complete disregard for his own safety, Staff Sergeant Teiken ran into weapon fire on five separate occasions, rescuing other Marines and taking them to be evacuated.
For his extraordinary courage during Operation Utah, the Lawson, Mo. Native was awarded the Silver Star.
Bob Motley of Kansas City, Missouri, is a rare historical figure in baseball and the military. He is the only living umpire from the historic Negro Leagues and served his country as a United State Marine. After receiving a Purple Heart for his service during World War II, he umpired in the Negro Leagues for the likes of Buck O'Neil, Satchel Paige, Willie Mays and Ernie Banks. Bob belongs to the Montford Point Marines Association, an organization celebrating the legacy of the first African Americans who service in the Marine Corp. In 2012, he was awarded the nation's highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor for his service during World War II. Bob's story came alive in his 2007 memoir "Ruling Over Monarchs, Giants & Stars." Bob, a Royals Lancer, is a founding member and serves on the Board of Directors for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. He's joined tonight by his wife of more than 60 years, Pearline, and family.
Sergeant First Class Dominic Baruelo joined the United States Army immediately after high school at the age of 17, and served as the senior supply sergeant with the 325th Combat Support Hospital in Independence, Missouri. In 2002, Sergeant Baruelo deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and again in 2003 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He and his men were constantly on dangerous roadways, charged with protecting all convoys going in and out of Iraq. Sergeant Baruelo is a highly-decorated native of Russell, Kansas, and has received many awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal twice, the Army Commendation Medal six times, the Army Achievement Medal four times and a Good Conduct Medal four times.
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