Member Biographies

Virgil Van Parys
Many Veterans Saved Lives - Virgil Van Parys is a resident of Abbey Park. At the age of 17 he joined the Army on April 21st, 1950, and finished his basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky just as the Korean war started. Following a leave home Virgil ...

Edward Hallo
Boys of Bastogne - Edward Hallo, an Abbey Park resident, served in the 101st Airborne Davison in the 501st regiment in WW II. Ed was born in 1920 in Toledo, Ohio, and the family moved to Detroit in 1925 where Ed grew up and graduated from Northwestern High in 1939. ...

Frank Dolsen
A Guest at Stalag 17B - Frank Dolsen was born in 1921 in Pontiac, MI. In 1927 the family moved to Commerce Township where they lived on a golf course where Frank started playing golf. Later they moved to a farm in Wayne where he finished school, took flying lessons, ...

John (Jack) Roy Weber
Jack Weber remembers the DEW line - It stood for the Distance Early Warning system. It consisted of a line of radar stations running across Alaska and Canada to watch the Russians and warn of any eminent attack. The line did not stop there. It included an Atlantic Barrier from ...

Howard Bloomfield
KIA and lived to tell his story - I met Howard Bloomfield and listened to his story of WW II. Howard talked about his wife of 65 years who passed away last year. He told me about his two daughters, lots of grandchildren, and a great-grandson who was going ...

Sam Caldarea
The OSS in World War II - Sam Caldarea is a 93 year old World War II veteran who served as a member of the OSS. I met Sam at an AMVET meeting, and he pointed to my combat infantry badge and said he never got one, even though he ...

William Clogg
They all served their Country - William Clogg, a resident of Abbey Park, was born in Detroit in 1922, and raised in St. Clair Shores, Michigan. Following his graduation from Lake Shore High School, Bill entered a job training program at F. W. Woolworth Company. After his training he was ...

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