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Lonnie Wooten
Lonnie Wooten

PRC-E7 Lonnie Wooten joined the Army National Guard at 16 years of age.  At 17 he enlisted into the United States Navy where he served and retired after 20 years. During that time he numbered 144 jumps and did 3 tours aboard carriers for the Vietnam War. 

When asked what he thought his greatest achievement was during his service he was most enthused with the 7 1/2 years that he taught survival training as a Lead Chief.  


Lyle Akers
Lyle Akers

Lyle served in the U.S. Army from Sept.24,1942 until October 5,1945. While attending Huntington Bible College he received a draft call to report for service. At that time he was affiliated with the Mennonite Brethern in Christ and entered as a non-combatant soldier.  After basic training he boarded a troop ship to the Pacific Conflict via the Panama Canal. A month later he arrived in Australia where he was assigned to a hospital. His duties varied, mostly doing ward duty, he was selected as Chaplains Assistant, telephone clerk as well as working on decorating the grounds. Next he was sent to New Guinea where he was permitted (with other Australian christians) to visit the natives. He learned pidgeon English and worshipped with them. He received a native bow and arrow from the people. While in the military he saw many saved. He was promoted to Private 1st class before leaving with an honorable discharge.

Bill Beattie

Retired Tech Sergeant E-6 United States Air Force.

Bill joined the Army reserves in 1957 and in January of 1958 he began his service to the United States Air Force where he retired in June of 1978.  His service was during the Vietnam War.

He received the Distinguished Unit Award while in Germany and in the Philippines. When asked what he enjoyed most about his service his reply was "every thing".  

Bill Beattie
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