Nov 22 2012

Amn Thaddeus Taft

Branch of Service: Air Force

Conflict: Korean War (1950-1953)

Years of Service: 1949 – 1952

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Thad Taft entered the United States Air Force in 1949 at the age of 19, and served his country in the Korean Conflict. At the age of 21, he was a crew member of a combat plane that lost an engine and crashed. He suffered a permanent spinal cord injury and was honorably discharged in 1952. Upon returning to civilian life, he pursued his education at UCLA and received an Architectural License. He joined Lockheed Aircraft as an engineer/architect, and traveled the world on Lockheed projects. He received several awards for outstanding service, and retired in 1995. Thad was a private pilot for more than 30 years; he owned his own airplane, and was a member of the International Wheelchair Aviators in Southern California. He logged thousands of hours flying throughout the United States and Mexico. He was devoted to his beloved wife Barbara, and their wonderful children and grandchildren. Thad passed from this life to join his God on November 14, 2012.

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Nov 13 2012

1Lieut. Kenneth S. Cosseboom Jr.

Branch of Service: Air Force

Conflict: World War II (1939-1945)

Years of Service: 1942-1945

Ken flew C-47s, transporting troops and supplies in the Pacific Theater. He once successfully piloted a load of other pilots safely through a violent storm while two other cargo planes crashed losing all aboard.

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Nov 9 2012

SPC5 Stirling E. West

Branch of Service: Army

Conflict: Vietnam War (1961-1973)

Years of Service: 1971=

Stirling (Scotty) is my brother and served honorably in VietNam for one year. During that time he was exposed to Agent Orange which resulted in a rare form of leukemia some 30 years later. He was diagnosed in December 2009 and was given 90 days to live. What is remarkable is that he is still very much alive almost 3 years later. I have always been amazed at his courage, fortitude, and insistence on living. Although he lost his business as a result of his disease, he continues to inspire me. He is on disability and has spent time in chemotherapy. Today he spends his days in a recliner and does not have the strength to go upstairs to his “man cave” where his computer and ham radio are. In spite of his disability he is usually cheerful, optimistic and enthusiastically interested in the world at large. I admire those qualities and salute him as a fellow veteran.

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