Lee County Military


PFC. William F. Drew, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvah Drew, 1133 Long av., is now a radar operator stationed at Kassel, Germany. He enlisted Jan. 8, 1951 and took basic training at Lackland field, San Antonio, Tex., and radar training at Kessler air force base, Biloxi, Miss.

Drew returned to duty after a 21 day furlough in Dixon recently and shipped overseas soon afterward. His address is: Pfc. William F. Drew, AF. 26330966, 601 AC/W squardron, APO 171, c/o postmaster, New York, N.Y. (from the Dixon Telegraph 6 August 1951)

Robert H. JACOBS - Pfc. Army Killed in action 14 Sep 1950

George Earl DEMPSEY - Pvt Marines Killed in Action 14 June 1951

Robert A. MISSMAN - Sgt. Marines killed in action 26 July 1953

Melvin McBride age 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry McBride, Lee Center, is completing his AF Basic Airman indoctrination course at Lackland Air Force Base, "The Gateway to the Air Force". Lackland situated near San Antonio is the worlds largest air force base, site of air force basic training for men and women, headquarters of the Human Resources research center and home of AFs officer candidate school.
From the Dixon Evening Telegraph 13 October 1952

(Melvin was born 19 August 1934 in Wayne Co IL. but grew up in Lee Center, Lee County IL, married in Rockford. He is the father of 3 daughters and one son. He is the brother of Robert McBride also listed here.)

Mel McBRIDE in San Antonio Texas (On the left he's the one with his shirt off front)

Robert McBRIDE born 9 August 1932 in Lee Center, Lee County IL., a son of Jerry & Mary Margaret (Schaeffer) McBride, was a member of the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. During Robert McBride's service in the US Air Force, he spent most of his tour with the ground forces on a boat watching radar for enemy forces from Korea. Robert was a brother of Mel McBride.

Five soldiers from the Dixon and surround area arrived yesterday in Seattle from Korea. They are part of a contingent of 1,553 which were returned from the army rotation program. The area soldiers are Cpl. Thomas J. McCue, E. 118 Boyd St. Dixon; Cpl. Noble L. King and Cpl. Eugene J. Hillson Rt, 2 Franklin Grove; Cpl. Lavern W. Pilgraim of Milledgeville; and Cpl. Charles H. VanGlider, 404 Broadway, Sterling.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 8 August 1951

Charles E. MUHLEBACK - Lt. Air Force Killed in Action 8 Jan. 1951

Leroy A. RITENOUR - Army - Killed in Action 19 August 1950

Charles H. SCHAEFER - Pvt. Army Killed in Action 23 April 1952

Robert L. STAUFFER - PFC Army killed in action 30 November 1950

Howard Sylvester SWEGLE - After graduating from high school in 1948, joined the Air Force. He received Basic Training at Lackland Field, San Antonio, Texas. Then he was stationed at McCord Field, Tacoma, Washington; March Field, Riverside, California; Anchorage, Alaska; Kessler Field, Biloxi, Mississippi; back to McCord Field; and then to Japan. Although he completed Air Police School, he transferred to work as a Radio and Radar Mechanic. Here he worked until leaving the Air Force in 1952.
Contributed by Karen Holt

Mildred Lorraine SWEGLE - Began nurses’ training at KSB Hospital in 1943, under the Cadet Nursing Program. She received her diploma after completing the three-year program and then worked at KSB until joining the U.S. Air Force. On March 19, 1951 during the Korean Conflict, Mildred entered active service as a Second Lieutenant and took a Flight Nurse Course at Gunter AFB, Alabama. About a year later, she became a 1st Lieutenant. Mildred served as a Flight Nurse with the 173rd Air Transport Squadron, McGuire AFB, New Jersey. One of Mildred’s stateside missions to help an ill baby was featured in an article and photograph in the December 13, 1954 Boston Traveler newspaper. She flew ten missions outside the continental U.S. and received the National Defense Service Medal. After her discharge on January 6, 1956, Mildred remained in the reserves until August 11, 1972.
Contributed by Karen Holt

William E. UNDERHILE recently spent a 30 day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Underhile, 522 Peoria Ave. He returned to Camp Pendleton CA having served in Korea since March 1954.

Henry L. WOODYATT - Two area men are returning to the US after having served with infantry divisions in Korea. They are Sgt. 1/c Henry L. Woodyatt, Second Inf. Div. hose wife Betty lives in Sterling and Sgt. 1/c Darwin H. Knutsen 45th Inf. Div. Sterling. Sgt. Woodyatt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Woodyatt, 1608 Second St. has been assigned as a machine gun section leader with the 23rd Inf. regiment. He completed basic training at Ft. Benning GA. Before entering the army in Oct. 1950 he worked as a painter. Knutsen arrived overseas in sept. 1952 and served as motor sgt. in the 160th field artillery battalian hqts. A graduate of Sterling HS he entered the army in Nov. 1951.

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