Park City’s valiant veterans served by air, land and sea
November 10, 2015
In honor of Veterans Day, The Park Record asked these veterans to pose for a photograph at the Park City Senior Center on Monday, Nov. 9. Top row: Ralph Gates, Ben Vallor, Craig Sherman, Charles Fletcher and John Gurrola. Bottow row: Max Miller, Tom Ellis and Forrest Bertholf.
Gates was in a special engineering detachment for the U.S. Army during World War II and worked on the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, N.M. Vallor served in the Navy from 1943-1946, during WWII. Sherman served in the U.S. Navy from 1965-1971. Fletcher served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1955 during the Korean Conflict. Gurrola was on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1960-1963 followed by six years in the Army Reserve. Miller served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and returned to active duty in the U.S. Air Force in 1950-1953 during the Korean Conflict. Ellis was on active duty in the U.S. Army Engineers from 1942-1945. In 1943-1945 he was stationed in Iraq and Iran, shipping supplies to Russian troops who were fighting the Germans. Forrest Bertholf was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves in Colorado and served in Korea in the 1950s.
In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as Armistice Day to commemorate those who died in the Great War. Congress made Armistice Day a legal holiday in 1938 and voted to change the name to Veterans Day in 1954.
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