Awards and Decorations

In an impressive demonstration of patriotism, nearly 1,100 of Western’s young men entered the service during WW II. That number is more than half of the graduates of the school to that point in time. Fifty-one were listed as killed or missing in the line of duty.

CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR

Lt. Comdr. Edward H. O’Hare, ’32

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

Capt. Robert R. Cutler, ’35
Brig. Gen. Edwin H. Randle, ’13
Col. Paul Tibbets, ’33

NAVY CROSS

Lt. Floyd A. Johnson, ’35

LEGION OF MERIT

Brig. Gen. Cart R. Gray, ’07
Lt. Col. Wallace W. Orr, ’32
Brig. Gen. Edwin H. Randle, ’13

SILVER STAR

Lt. Dudley Atkins, ’41 (Posthumously)
Lt. Edwin B. Arvey, ’35, with three Oak Leaf Clusters
Lt. Col. H. Wirt Butler, ’18
Capt. Ralph A. Colby, ’35 (Posthumously)
Capt. Robert R. Cutler, ’35
Col. Fred M. Dean, ’34
Lt. Jack Ellison, ’38
Maj. Arthur E. Hoffman, ’32
Lt. Adrian L. Kahle, ’41
Capt. Robert M. Keith, ’36
Lt. Martin J. Kelley, ’31
Lt. Col. Max G. McCrory, ’28
Lt. Col. Charles L. McMackin, ’32
Lt. Lazarus Peara, ’42
Lt. Fred S. Pfahler, ’29
Brig. Gen. Edwin H. Randle, ’13, with Oak Leaf Cluster
Capt. David J. Roth, ’41
Lt. Vance I. Shield, Jr., ’38 (Posthumously)
Major P. L. Wilson, ’15

DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS

George G. Cummins, AOM 3/c, ’43
Col. Fred M. Dean, ’34, with Oak Leaf Cluster
Capt. Clinton D. Hamilton, ’36
Maj. Arthur E. Hoffman, ’32
Lt. Scott A. Homan, Jr., ’38
Lt. Col. Joseph L. McCroskey, ’35
Lt. H. Russell Norden, ’35
Maj. William Pitt Norris, ’38
Maj. Robert I. Paullin, ’34
Capt. George N. Robertson, ’32
S/Sgt. Warren W. Stubbs, ’31, with Oak Leaf Cluster
Col. Paul Tibbets, ’33

OFFICERS’ MEDAL

Capt. Clinton D. Hamilton, ’36

SOLDIER’S MEDAL

Lt. Martin J. Kelley, ’31
Lt. Charles L. Martin, ’32

BRONZE STAR

Sgt. Edward F. Anixter, ’35
Maj. Harold J. Abrams, ’34
Lt. Col. Rufus K. Barton, Jr., ’31
Lt. Robert Baumgartner, ’35, with Oak Leaf Cluster
Lt. Richard W. Bear, ’28
Col. Paul A. Brickey, ’11
Lt. Col. H. Wirt Butler, ’18
Lt. George M. Deutman, ’41
Lt. Jack Ellison, ’38
Lt. Robert M. Epsteen, ’42
Maj. Melvin H. Glick, ’33
S/Sgt. Rowe V. Griffith, ’39
Capt. John B. Henderson, ’37
Lt. William A. Jackson, ’41
Lt. Adrian L. Kahle, ’41
Lt. Edgar H. Kummer, ’42
Lt. Col. Max G. McCrory, ’28
Lt. Col. Charles L. McMackin, ’32
Lt. Ira Marks, ’39
Lt. Charles L. Martin, Jr., ’31, with Oak Leaf Cluster
Lt. Max Mitchell, ’30 (Posthumously)
Capt. George S. Montooth, ’36
Lt. Col. Edwin R. Niehaus, Jr., ’30
Lt. Col. Wallace W. Orr, ’36
Pvt. Richard R. Ramey, ’43
Brig. Gen. Edwin H. Randle, ’13
Capt. George M. Robertson, ’32, with Oak Leaf Cluster
Capt. David J. Roth, ’41
S/Sgt. Richard R. Schleyer, ’41
Lt. William S. Schuwerk, ’38
S/Sgt. William Eugene Shea, ’42
Pvt. Allan E. Simpson, ’40
Capt. Andrew P. Titus, Jr., ’33
Lt. Arthur J. Weis, ’42
Capt. Clifford F. Young, ’37

AIR MEDAL

T/Sgt. Robert J. Billman, ’30
Lt. John E. Cochran, ’42
George G. Cummins, AOM 3/c, ’43
T/Sgt. Douglas A. Deacon, ’39
Col. Fred M. Dean, ’34, with nine Oak Leaf Clusters
S/Sgt. Donald P. Hale, ’43, with three Oak Leaf Clusters
Capt. Clinton D. Hamilton, ’36
Capt. William D. Hector, ’35, with three Oak Leaf Clusters
Maj. Arthur E. Hoffman, ’32, with Oak Leaf Cluster
Lt. Scott A. Holman, Jr., ’36
Ensign Albert J. Honegger, ’42, with Gold Star
Lt. Floyd A. Johnson, ’35
Lt. H. Russell Norden, ’35, with Oak Leaf Cluster
Maj. William Pitt Norris, ’38, with two Oak Leaf Clusters
Maj. Robert I. Paullin, ’34
Capt. George M. Robertson, ’32
Lt. John P. Scherer, ’40, with three Oak Leaf Clusters
Capt. Reynold Scott, ’21
Lt. Edward M. Sharp, ’36
S/Sgt. Warren W. Stubbs, ’31, with Oak Leaf Cluster
Col. Paul Tibbets, ’33, with three Oak Leaf Clusters

PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION

S/Sgt. Raymond J. Bressler, ’32
Lt. George H. Brenner, Jr., ’28
Lt. Col. H. Wirt Butler, ’18
Lt. Comdr. Lanson B. Ditto, Jr., ’38
Lt. Col. Carlton A. Fisher, ’16, with Star
TM 1/c Arthur Franz, ’25
S/Sgt. Donald P. Hale, ’43
1st Sgt. John C. Hodgson, ’39
Sgt. Frank L. Johnson, ’42, with Oak Leaf Cluster
Lt. Adrian L. Kahle, ’41
Cpl. Jay L. Lickey, ’40, with Oak Leaf Cluster
Lt. Col. Max G. McCrory, ‘28
Pvt. Russel D. Meyer, Jr., ’39
Capt. George S. Montooth, ’36, with Bronze Cluster
Maj. William Pitt Norris, ’38
Cpl. Joseph E. O’Malley, ’37
Maj. Robert I. Paullin, ’34
Lt. Phillip E. Pettes, ’37
P. F. C. Burton B. Ruby, ’37
S/Sgt. William L. Sackett, ’34
S/Sft. Richard R. Schleyer, ’41
Capt. Thomas R. Spencer, ’21, with Oak Leaf Cluster
Capt. John Thogerson, ’34, with Oak Leaf Cluster
P. F. C. Arthur W. Westermayer, ’41
S/Sgt. Sheldon L. Zwieback, ’39

COMBAT INFANTRYMAN’S BADGE

Sgt. Edward F. Anixter, ’35
Lt. Robert Baumgartner, ’35
P. F. C. Irwin A. Bergman, ’42
Lt. Harold P. Bisch, III, ’41
S/Sgt. Raymond J. Bressler, ’32
Lt. Col. H. Wirt Butler, ’18
T/5 Quentin R. DeNio, ’37
Pvt. Henry G. Drosten, ’43
Sgt. Lawrence A. Fleischman, ’42
S/Sgt. Rowe V. Griffith, ’39
1st Sgt. John C. Hodgson, ’39
Lt. William A. Jackson, ’41
P. F. C. Robert D. Johnson, ’26
Pvt. Lee O. Kaffenberger, ’41
Lt. Milton S. Katz, ’38
Lt. Edgar H. Kummer, ’42
Lt. Col. Charles L. McMackin, ’32
Lt. Louis L. Muenterfering, ’41
P. F. C. Joseph Murphy, ’42
P. F. C. Burton B. Ruby, ’37
S/Sgt. William Eugene Shea, ’41
Pvt. David C. Tatum, ’25
Lt. Joseph R. Weiss, Jr., ’29

EXPERT INFANTRYMAN’S BADGE

Sgt. Robert G. Albiez, ’43
P. F. C. Morton Gelb, ’35
P. F. C. William A. Monaghan, ’43
Pvt. David C. Tatum, ’25

PURPLE HEART

Lt. Dudley Atkins, ’41 (Posthumously)
Lt. Edwin B. Arvey, ’35
Lt. Robert Baumgartner, ’35
Lt. Harold P. Bisch, III, ’41
Lt. Marion F. Bradley, ’38
Lt. Ira B. Blumenthal, ’29
Capt. Robert R. Cutler, ’35
Lt. George M. Deutman, ’43
Pvt. Richard Deutman, ’41
Lt. Comdr. Lanson B. Ditto Jr., ’38
Lt. Jack Ellison, ’38
Lt. Jesse L. Gary, Jr., ’41
Lt. Robert G. Hardy, ’30, with Oak Leaf Cluster
P. F. C. William T. Hawkins, ’42
Sgt. William C. Held, ’37
1st Sgt. John C. Hodgson, ’39
Maj. Arthur E. Hoffman, ‘32
Lt. Floyd A. Johnson, ’35
Sgt. Frank L. Johnson, ’42
P. F. C. Robert D. Johnson, ’36
Sgt. Robert Kaplan, ’43
Lt. Martin J. Kelley, ’31, with Oak Leaf Cluster
Lt. Col. Charles L. McMackin, ’32
Pvt. Gordon S. Marks, ’43
Lt. Ira Marks, ’39
Lt. Charles L. Martin, Jr., ’31
Lt. Louis L. Muenterfering, ’41
Maj. William Pitt Norris, ’38
Capt. John F. O’Malley, ’34, with two Oak Leaf Clusters
Lt. Lazarus Peara, ’42
Lt. Fred S. Pfahler, ’29
Capt. Ray H. Pollom, Jr., ’37
Lt. Robert J. Rieskse, ’36
P. F. C. James D. Richardson, ’43, with Oak Leaf Cluster
Capt. George M. Robertson, ’32
Capt. David J. Roth, ’41
Lt. John P. Scherer, ’40
S/Sgt. William Eugene Shea, ’42
Col. Paul Tibbets, ‘33
Capt. Andrew P. Titus, Jr., ’33
Lt. Arthur J. Weis, ‘42
Maj. P. L. Wilson, ’15

FOURAGERE

Capt. Robert R. Cutler, ’35
Lt. William A. Jackson, ’41

MERCHANT MARINE EMBLEM

Purser James D. Heinlein, ’32
Ensign Ernest E. LaMertha, ’30

GOLD WREATH

T/Sgt. Warren S. Peavler, ‘30

FOREIGN DECORATIONS
FRENCH CROIX de GUERRE

Maj. Gen. Harry Collins, ’15
Lt. Col. Max G. McCrory, ’28
Lt. Col. Charles L. McMackin, ’32

BRITISH DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS

Col. Fred M. Dean, ’34

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