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Honor a Veteran Who Has Touched Your Life


Join us for the 6th Annual Honor Walk & 5K Fun Run Sunday, November 13th!


The event will start and finish at the beautiful Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix. Friends, families and loved ones will walk or run to personally recognize veterans of all generations. Participants are encouraged to arrive early for entertainment and a stirring pre-walk ceremony. Special guests along with vintage military aircraft fly-overs, music, color guards, the USS Arizona replica will set the tone for this year’s event.

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Mitchell Werne

Army

1 LT Mitchell Werne was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1985. He graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. Joining the army in 2010, he has completed Basic Training, Officer Candidate School and specialized Field Artillery Training. Mitchell is currently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He serves his country with dedication, determination and ...

Robert Perkins

Army

Robert Wayne Perkins was born in Phoenix, AZ on December 7, 1943. He served in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division. He was proud to serve his country. He was a loving father. He was loved very much and will always be remembered. /n /nDad - you are my hero. It is an honor to walk in your memory. /n /nI love you. ...

Louis Kelley Riedel

Army

From Harbor Beach, Mi. enlisted (Pvt. Inf.) Ft. Custer July 1942. Basic, Radio Tech. and Non-Com School Camp Wolters, Tx. (Cpl. Inf.) Ft. Benning, Ga. OCS (2nd Lt. Inf.) Transferred to San Francisco where he supervised the loading of deck cargo on army ships until July 1944. (1st Lt. Inf.) Then reassigned 97th Div., 303rd Inf. Camp Cooke, Ca. Served in France, Germany - where a farmer informed him that President Roosevelt had died - and ...

Nate Caldwell

Army

Nate Caldwell,27, died in Baghdad on May 22nd, 2003 when the Humvee in which he was riding rolled over. He was crushed after being thrown from the vehicle. Caldwell graduated from Phoenix's Maryvale High School in 1994. He was a tank mechanic for the Bravo Company, 404th Air Support Battalion, 4th Infantry ...

Todd Lasham

Army

SPC Todd Lasham served on three deployments to Iraq. He was one of the last soldiers assigned to Iraqi AOR. He is a combat engineer and has been doing route clearance during his three deployments. That makes him on of the people that searched out IEDs so that others can have a safer trip. During his first deployment, he was in 12 different vehicles that suffered extreme damage (no longer serviceable) because of getting too close to their ...

David Angulo-Gomez

Army

SFC David Angulo-Gomez, Unit of 301st Military Intellegents Batallion. He first enlisted in 2002 and has been serving our country for 10.5 years. He was honored with the Army reserves overseas training ribbon, Army service ribbon, Development ribbon #2, Global war on terrorist service medal, Afgan campaign medal, Army reserves component achievement medal, Aimed forces reserved medal, Army commendation medal and many more to come. David was ...

Lori Piestewa

Army

Private First Class Lori Piestewa, 23, was classified as missing in action after enemy soldiers ambushed her unit shortly after the beginnning of hostilities in Iraq in March 2003. She was declared dead on April 4, 2003. Piestewa was a member of the Hopi Tribe, whose reservation is near the community of Tuba City, Arizona. She was a single mother raising two ...

Thomas Denetdale

Army

Sgt. Thomas Denetdale, 49, has served in the US Army for 28 years. He is a Native of Phoenix, AZ originally from Tohatchi, NM. Thomas has three children: Stephen, Milayna Donya and Naloni Ella Denetdale. Sgt. Denetdale served in Four Deployment tours: Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. In November 2009, Sgt. Denetdale was featured in the 13TH Sustainment Command Article for assisting with making a ...

Allan Bevington

Army

SGT. Allan Bevington (Dec. 25 1983-Sept. 21 2006),of Beaver Falls, PA was my friend and the best soldier I ever had the pleasure of serving with. A Combat Engineer, assigned to the 40th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, of the 1st Armored Division in Baumholder, Germany, he served multiple tours in Iraq. /n /nBevington was an inspiration to his fellow soldiers, and always stepped up to the plate when a mission came down the wire. ...

Tyler Beasley

Army

September 11, 2001 a 12 year boy wrote in his class journal about the tragic events that took place that day and how he would rather die than sit around watching. Six years later Tyler Beasley joined the Army as a medic immediately after graduating high school. Tyler is a SGT with the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment at Fort Stewart in Georgia. He supported the Alpha Company as a Senior Line Medic during Operation Iraqi Freedom for 12 ...

Robert and Don Koler

Navy

Robert and Don Koler were amazing brothers (identical twins), serviceman, husbands, fathers and friends. They both  went into the US Navy together after graduating high school. They served during the Vietnam War on USS NorthHampton  (CLC-1). They were also on a destroyer for a short period of time.  After the Navy they both settled down into careers and families in Chicago,Il. Robert was a lineman for an electrical company- CoMed ...

Richard Casper

Air Force

MSgt Richard Casper (Retired), Chandler, AZ, USAF 1957-1983.  I served during the Vietnam War.  Worked as a Reciprocating and Jet Engine Technician on C-124's, C-118's, WB-50 aircraft, F-4's, C-130's, C-135 A&B's, B-47's, C-9's, just to name a few, and the distinct honor of serving five years on the Presidential Fleet at Andrews AFB.  My last assignment was Specialist Flight Chief of the 58th and 60th AMU's, Eglin AFB, FL ...

Laurence Day

Army

Larry Day served in the Army Air Corps and was attached to the Allied Occupational Forces in Japan following WWII. His unit was based at Tachikawa Air Base outside Tokyo. /n /nLarry was a crew chief on a C47 transport. His unit delivered men and equipment to support the allied occupation following the Japanese ...

Stan Giles

Air Force

Viet Nam Veteran, Stan Giles, E4 - Sgt., served two years in Misawa, Japan, and one and a half years in Brindisi, Italy.  Sgt. Giles was with the United States Air Force Security Service.  His job was Morse Intercept operated and direction finding. The United States Air Force Security Service (often abbreviated USAFSS) was essentially the United States Air Force's cryptographic intelligence / Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) branch; its ...

David Angulo-Gomez

Army

SFC David Angulo-Gomez, Unit of 301st Military Intellegents Batallion. He first enlisted in 2002 and has been serving our country for 10.5 years. He was honored with the Army reserves overseas training ribbon, Army service ribbon, Development ribbon #2, Global war on terrorist service medal, Afgan campaign medal, Army reserves component achievement medal, Aimed forces reserved medal, Army commendation medal and many more to come. David was ...

Arthur Van Haren, Jr.

Navy

USN Lt. Arthur Van Haren Jr. was a World War II fighter pilot and is the top US Navy ace from the State of Arizona with 9 kills and 3 unconfirmed kills. A native Arizonan born in Superior in 1920, he may be one of very few highly decorated Hispanic fighter pilot aces in the history of aerial warfare. Van Haren, Jr. was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross and a Gold Star. In 2012, he was inducted into the Arizona Aviation Hall of ...

Kenneth Reichert

Army

Born 5/31/1924 - Present (91)WWII VeteranEnlisted 2/10/1943 at 18 years old.Was a soldier on THE 1st WAVE LANDING ON THE BEACH AT NORMANDY, D-DAY, JUNE 6, 1944Was still fighting WWII in Germany when he re-enlisted in 1945. He was later sent to Austria. ...

William Malloy

Air Force

BILL WAS BORN IN 1928 IN FONDIS, ELBERT COUNTY, COLORADO. HE SPENT HIS TIME IN THE AIR FORCE STATIONED ALL ACROSS THE WORLD IN LOCATIONS SUCH AS PARIS AND KOREA. BILL WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE OF THE VEHICLES AT EVERY LOCATION. BILL WAS KNOWN AS ONE OF THOSE THAT COULD GET THE JOB DONE NO MATTER WHAT THE JOB WAS. BILL AND HIS WIFE BESSIE WERE ABLE TO SPEND THE MAJORITY OF THEIR MARRIAGE STATIONED IN THE SAME TOWNS. ...

Gerald Duggan

Army

Gerald Duggan was born June 7 1928 in South Bend, Indiana. He enlisted in the Army after he turned 18 in 1946. He was a private, stationed in Miami, Florida. After his Honorable discharge, he pursued his love of cars. He worked as an auto mechanic and was part of the racing circuit. Gerald married Gloria Kelly in 1955. They resided in Florida for their entire life. He ran his own business of working outboard motors, he also retired from Grumman ...

Daniel Schrader

Army

Danny served in the United States Navy from 1989-1996. After several years of working as a police officer and DPS officer, he joined the United States Army in 2006. He served in Iraq in 2007-2008, receving numerous injuries, requiring a medical discharge from the Army in 2010. Danny continues to serve the community of veterans in many volunteer positions as he finishes his Masters Degree from NAU. In addition to the high points in his career, he ...

Jeremiah Pulaski

Army

My son passed away due to PTSD he was still active duty but wasn't killed in action.. More like KDA killed due to action. He was a Bronze Star with Valor recepiant and served both in Iraq and Afghanistan. He saved many lives and was put in for a silver star of which they lowered to a Bronze with Valor. Thank you for doing this and honoring our ...

Elmer Meggison

Army

Elmer Meggison joined the Army at the outset of WWI. Since he was an experienced horseman, he was assigned to drive a horsedrawn ambulance. His unit deployed to France in 1917 and participated in the historic battles that eventually brought the war to an end. Late in the war, his horse drawn ambulance was replaced by a Model T ambulance made especially by Ford for the Army. Elmer was proud of his service and his patriotism led him to ...

Lt. Col. James M. O'Rourke, Sr.

Army

He was an MP in the Army. He worked with USO, VFW's, homeless vets. He helped provide bullet proof vests for our soldiers in Iraq and received an award for this. Sending countless packages to our soldiers and comforting their families. He arranged funeral ceremonies for homeless veterans with no families. He was volunteering for several groups. "No" was not in his vocabulary. He devoted his life to helping others. He left a mark on all of ...

George Gay

Army

My father served in the 20th Armored Division during WWII as a machine gunner on a half track. His life expectancy was 7 seconds. His unit liberated Dachou Concentration Camp on April 29, 1945; they are known as the "Liberators." He received the Bronze Star among other medals and is 86 years young. All of his service records were destroyed by fire in St. Louis. Even though he can't get veteran's benefits, his story has been ...

David Bowers

Army

Dave, pictured here with his bride Ellen of over 61 years. He proudly served in the Army during the Korean War from Dec 1950 to Dec 1952. He was stationed with the 8181st Army Unit, Kishine Barracks,Yokohama Japan during the Korean War. He was in Japan when the 1st of his 8 lovely children was born. Four of the 8 children are also Veterans. Dave is a proud Veteran, staying involved in the activities of Korean War Veterans and has his name ...

Sam Huff

Army

Private First Class Sam Huff, 18, of Tucson, Ariz., died in Baghdad, Iraq on April 18, 2005 of injuries sustained on April 17 in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near her Humvee. Huff was assigned to the 170th Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, Fort Lewis, Wash. /n /nHer parents, Robert Huff, 50, a retired police detective-turned-musician, and Margaret Williams, 52, ...

Kermit Butler

Army

Enlisted on September 18th 1940 in the Army Air Corp and rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant and released from active duty on September 20th, 1945. /nIn 1943 was sent to OCS and then assigned to supervising and instruction of trainees where with a staff of 15 over saw basic training of 300 to 400 trainees /nLater transferred to Headquarters Western Technical Training Command, Denver, Colorado, their he was put in charge of putting together a ...

Jim Thorne

Army

Jim Thorne was a proud Vietnam Veteran. He arrived in Vietnam in the fall of 1967 as a lieutenant in the 173rd Airborne. After a year in Nam, he came home, changed from a uniform to a suit, married and raised a family. Veteran's issues were a lifelong passion. He felt every vet deserved the welcome home his generation was ...

Bill Montgomery

Army

Bill Montgomery currently serves as the Maricopa County Attorney and supports various Veterans efforts and programs. He previously served as an officer in the Army with tours of duty with the 1st Cavalry Division in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Bill concluded his active duty career commanding K Troop of the 3d Armored Cavalry ...

Ralph Chinaka

Army

Ralph T. Chinaka, a Japanese American from Hawaii, was a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 2nd Battalion, NISEI. In 1943 to 1945 he was stationed in Italy, France and Germany. His battalion brought rations/water and ammo to the men on the front lines. The 442 was one of the most distinguished and highly decorated Regiment of all times. President Obama presented my Grandfather the Congressional Gold Medal. My Grandfather still resides ...

Victor Colombi

Army

  Victor, "Vic"  Colombi (Oct. 13, 1947 - Feb 21, 2015) Vic graduated in June, 1965 from Euclid High School and after a brief attendance at Ohio State University entered the U.S. Marine Corps. During active duty and service in Vietnam he was awarded the Purple Heart,  National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Rifle Expert medal and the Bronze Star with Combat "V". Vic retired ...

Greg Smith

Marines

Joined at age 17 and after boot camp and school was stationed in Okinawa Japan for a year then Yuma Arizona for 3 1/2 years before being honorably discharged and raising a family.  Both of his sons also joined the Marines as did one of his son in laws.  Greg's dad served in the Marines in ...

Kyle Daggett

Army

SGT John K., "Kyle" Daggett (1986 - 2008) died in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Thursday, 15 May 2008 of wounds sustained 1 May in Baghdad when a rocket-propelled grenade struck his vehicle. The 21-year-old Army SGT was en route via medical transport from Iraq to Walter Reed Army Medical Center four days after he was wounded when the plane had to land in Halifax in order to tend to his injuries. /n /nDaggett, known as Kyle, attended Pinnacle High ...

Edward Willis

Air Force

Edward Oliver Willis Entered the United States Air Force in 1966 and was honorably discharged in September, 1970. He was assigned to the 552nd Airborne Early Warning & Control Wing. Flying on the EC-121, he served as an Airborne Radar Operator and Intercept Control Technician. During his service, he flew 120 combat missions in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, logging more than 1.100 combat flight hours. He was awarded Four Air Medals ...

Charles Luster

Navy

Charles K. Luster enlisted in the U. S. Navy in 1943 as an Aviation Cadet and retired from the Navy Reserve in 1976 with the rank of Commander in the Civil Engineer Corps. As a Civil Engineer his civilian career began as a Designer on the Davis Dam Power Plant on the Colorado River. He married Ellen Morris in 1946 and together they had three sons (Mike, Steve, Scott) He interviewed for the position of City Engineer for the City of Mesa in 1957 ...

Troy Gilbert

Air Force

Troy Gilbert, 34, of Litchfield Park, Ariz., died Nov. 27 when his F-16C fighter crashed 20 miles northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. He was engaged in support of coalition ground combat operations. Gilbert died flying an air mission to support troops fighting in Anbar province, where many of the country's Sunni-Arab insurgent groups operated. At the time of his death, Gilbert was assigned to the 309th Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., and ...

Lee Bondy

Navy

Lee Bondy of Palmyra, NJ passed away Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015.  He was 90. A WWII veteran, Lee saw action in the Pacific as a radar technician aboard the USS Cleveland, and later, a radar and sonar instructor during the Korean Conflict.  He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, later earning a Masters degree in Business Administration from UCLA.  In 1953 he worked as an instrumentation ...

Ron Paul

Air Force

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Paul is a graduate of Gettysburg College and Duke University School of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree. He served as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1965 and then in the United States Air National Guard from 1965 to 1968. He worked as an obstetrician-gynecologist from the 1960s to the 1980s, delivering more than 4,000 babies. He became the first Representative in ...

Michelle Wilmot

Army

Michelle Wilmot served as a medic, mental health sergeant, and retention NCO in the US Army for 8 years. While on her year-long deployment to Ramadi, Iraq in 2004-2005 she served as a member of Team Lioness, the first female team that was attached to Marine infantry units to perform checkpoint operations, house raids, and personnel searches on women and children for weapons and explosives. Wilmot was featured in the documentary film Lioness and ...

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