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Ralph Nader > Letters To President George W. Bush regarding Iraq War > Veterans Letter Requesting Meeting With Bush

The Honorable George W. Bush
President of the United States of America
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We, the undersigned veterans who have served our country in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the 1991 Gulf War and other military conflicts, respectfully request an opportunity to meet with you about the threat of war between the United States and Iraq.

Mr. President, we are patriotic citizens and veterans who respect the office of the President and the ethics and values binding us together as Americans.

As such, we feel duty-bound to share with you our serious concerns regarding issues of national security, the appropriate use of our military strength, and the health and welfare of our active duty soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines. Those of us who are veterans of the 1991 Gulf War can offer particular insight into the ongoing troubles in the Middle East, and the likely consequences of another war in that volatile region.

A dozen years ago, we helped liberate Kuwait from Iraqi occupation, and in the course of combat operations came face to face with brutality and the consequences of modern warfare. We learned how unpredictable the nature of war can be. And we learned that war-related losses are not simply experienced on the battlefield.

Following the 1991 Gulf War, we collectively failed to prevent Saddam Hussein’s violent repression of a popular uprising and the unprecedented refugee flight that ensued. As a result, tens of thousands of innocent civilians died. In addition to those deaths, the war and immediate post-war conditions resulted in the excess deaths of 46,900 children under the age of five, according to the New England Journal of Medicine (September 24, 1992).

Over the long term, the 1991 Gulf War has had a lasting, detrimental impact on the health of countless people in the region, and on the health of American men and women who served there. Twelve years after the conflict, over 164,000 American Gulf War veterans are now considered disabled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. That number increases daily.

The possibility of large-scale war between the U.S. and Iraq looms before us once again. For this urgent reason we would like to meet with you to discuss steps the United States and its allies can take to protect U.S. soldiers, allied forces, and Iraqi civilians from known and suspected hazards that would result from military operations.

We understand the risks that come with war and that there are times when such risks are necessary. However, we strongly question the need for a war at this time. Despite Secretary of State Colin Powell’s report to the Security Council and the testimony of others in the administration, we are not convinced that coercive containment has failed, or that war has become necessary.

Our own intelligence agencies have consistently noted both the absence of an imminent threat from Iraq and reliable evidence of cooperation between Iraq and Al Qaeda. Again, we question whether this is the right time and the right war.

Further, we believe the risks involved in going to war, under the unclear and shifting circumstances that confront us today, are far greater than those faced in 1991. Instead of a desert war to liberate Kuwait, combat would likely involve protracted siege warfare, chaotic street-to-street fighting in Baghdad, and Iraqi civil conflict. If that occurs, we fear our own nation and Iraq would both suffer casualties not witnessed since Vietnam. We fear the resulting carnage and humanitarian consequences would further devastate Iraqi society and inflame an already volatile Middle East, and increase terrorism against U.S. citizens.

Our concerns about the potential human and material costs of a military conflict in Iraq are well substantiated. In the event of a war, the UN warns that 1.26 million children under the age of 5 in Iraq will be at risk of death. Within the initial weeks of conflict, the World Health Organization estimates 500,000 Iraqis would need immediate medical attention. Ten million Iraqis would need immediate humanitarian assistance and over 2 million Iraqis would be made homeless.

The scale of the crisis would be so large that the international community would be unable to prevent widespread suffering. For these reasons and more, it remains in our nation’s best interest to avoid another war. The risk of excessive civilian casualties like those predicted by the UN pose a grave risk to our national security, making the U.S. more of a target of retaliatory attacks by terrorists.

Mr. President, as our Commander-in-Chief, we recognize the immense responsibility you have to protect our homeland and keep our nation secure. As veterans who honorably served our nation in its wars, we believe that our perspectives, knowledge and expertise can aid you at this crucial time, as you continue to deliberate on whether or not to commit our nation to war.

We therefore request a meeting at your earliest possible convenience. We look forward to any opportunity to come together with you to discuss the matters we have raised.


Vice Admiral Ralph Weymouth, USN, Retired
Vice Admiral Jack Shanahan, USN, Retired

Brigadier General Evelyn P. Foote, USA, Retired
Colonel David H. Hackworth, USA, Retired
Colonel Larry Williams, USMC, Retired
Colonel James E Unterseher, USA, Retired
Colonel James B. Burkholder, USA, Retired
Colonel Roger F. Strand, USAF, Retired
Colonel Virginia A. Metcalf, USA, Retired
Colonel Mary H. Yeakel, USA, Retired
Colonel Henrik O. Lunde, USA, Retired
Colonel Bruce S. Jarstfer, USA, Retired
Colonel Thomas Patrick Chisholm, USA, Retired
Colonel James Steven Chandler, USA
Colonel James J. Kent, USA, Retired
Colonel Grace E. Squires, USA, Retired
Colonel Carol Anne O’Donnell, USA, Retired
Captain Kris Kristofferson, USA, Retired
Captain Thomas C. Tindall Jr., USNR, Retired
Captain Herbert A. Blough, USN, Retired
Captain M. David Preston, USCG
Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth K. McGillicuddy, USMC, Retired
Lieutenant Colonel Ron T. Coley, USMC, Retired
Lieutenant Colonel Walter M. Langford, USAF, Retired
Lieutenant Colonel Ben T. Granade, Jr., USAF, Retired
Lieutenant Colonel Frank L. Houde, USAF, Retired
Lieutenant Colonel Richard M. Renfro, USA, Retired
Lieutenant Colonel Gretchen T. Vanek, USA, Retired
Lieutenant Colonel Richard L. Schmitt, USAF, Retired
Lieutenant Colonel Vernon E. Whitney, USA, Retired
Lieutenant Colonel Graydon Causey, USAF, Retired
Lieutenant Colonel William R. Smith, USAF, Retired
Lieutenant Colonel David C. Dellinger, USCG, Retired
Lieutenant Colonel Anne N. Philiben, USA, Retired
Lieutenant Colonel James A. Adams, Jr., USAF, Retired
Lieutenant Colonel Rupert Eldridge Pate, USA, Retired
Lieutenant Colonel William J. Jacobs, USA, Retired
Commander Robert A. Wood, USNR, Retired
Commander John J. Kaso, USN, Retired
Commander Eugene M. Maresca, USNR, Retired
Commander William H. Busse, USNR, Retired
Commander David Bailey, USCG, Retired
Commander Philip Butler, Ph.D., USN, Retired
Commander Michael A. Kennedy, USN, Retired
Commander Theodore I. Bahn, USN, Retired
Commander Theodore Curtin, USN, Retired
Lieutenant Commander Daniel Fecko, USNR, Retired
Lieutenant Commander Jim W. Turnage, M.D., M.P.H., USN
Lieutenant Commander John Paul Brennan, USMC, Retired
Lieutenant Commander Thomas A. Egleston, USN
Lieutenant Commander Robert Swan Lawrence, USCG
Lieutenant Commander Dennis C. Hayzlett, USN
Lieutenant Commander Howard L. McFann, USN
Lieutenant Commander Lawrence George Thorne, USN
Lieutenant Commander David H. Gundy, USN
Major Kenneth E. Mayers, Ph.D., USMCR, Retired
Major Thomas J. Treadway, USA, Retired
Major William McEwan Cross, USA
Major Donald McNellis, USAF
Major Jon Bjornson, MD, USA, Retired
Major James W. Strader, USAF
Major Dean Wilson, USA, Retired
Major Willie Fuller, Jr., USAF, Retired
Major Ford A. Anderson, USAF, Retired
Chaplain Major Kenneth J. Nettles, Ph.D., USAF, Retired
Major Christopher M. Robinson, USA, Retired
Major Heidrun Mlodzik, USAF, Retired
Major William D. Cooke, USA
Major Mark W. Gieringer, USAF, Retired
Major Jon Bjornson, MD, USA
Major James E. Kinzer, USAF, Retired
Major Johan M. S. Muller, USAF, Retired
Captain William Clifford Ellerman, USA
Captain Paul A. Hellweg, USA
Captain Jerry Dowling, USA
Captain David P. Leaf, USA
Captain James C. Ryan, USA
Captain Charles P. Dillon, USA
Captain James Clayton Lockwood, USA, Retired
Captain Daryl Hobbs, USA
Captain Raymond E. Kemble, USA
Captain Herbert S Hathcock, USA, Retired
Captain Dr. Delphia M. Clarke, USA
Captain John R Phelan, USA
Captain Bert A. Bender, USA
Captain Simeon K. Heninger, Jr., USA
Captain Philip Zipser, USA, Retired
Captain Dorothy Pakula Whittaker, USA
Captain Thomas N. Stern, USA
Captain Dan W. Holbrook, USA
Captain David Berlin Eye, USA
Captain Robert Joel Master, USA
Captain Brenda Lasarzig, USA
Captain James J. Jablonski, USA
Captain Robert W. Ferrell, USA, Retired
Captain Bob Gaiek, USA
Captain John L. Long, USAF
Captain John J. Blase, USAF
Captain John Lovejoy, USAF
Captain Troy Carlyle, USAF
Captain Lawrence Hugh Boyd, USAF
Captain Theodore T Odell, USAF
Captain Gregg A. Matous, USAF
Captain Larry T Harnish, USAF
Captain Karl Schmitt, USAF
Captain Hugh F Cline, USAF, Retired
Captain Kathryn J. Hammond, USAF
Captain Neal F Bowyer, USAF
Captain Lucia Jameson, USAF
Captain Michael L. Glenn, USAF
Captain Landon Kimbrough, USAF, Retired
Captain David Louis Harris, USAF
Captain Karl W. Frederick, USAF
Captain Vincent Phelps Ward, USAF
Captain Carlo S. Ascari, USAF
Captain Robert Gregg Chilton, USAF
Captain George Georgieff, DDS, USAF
Captain Joe Stern, USAF
Captain Steven Dellaporta, USMC, Retired
Captain Wesley Scott Hannon, USMC
Captain Fred Johnson, USMC, Retired
Captain Thomas T. Carpenter, USMC
Lieutenant Thomas M. Liston USN
Lieutenant John Dobson West USN
Lieutenant Jerome P. Wallingford USN
Lieutenant David Felix USN
Lieutenant Michael Jay Herbert USN
Lieutenant John Orrin Purkey USN
Lieutenant Ricki J. Estes USN
Lieutenant Walter E. Ziegenhals USN
Lieutenant Frank Lloyd Kramer, Jr. USN
Lieutenant Harvey Bennett USN
Lieutenant William R. Jones USN
Lieutenant Gilbert Marek Zemansky USN
Lieutenant Jordan R. Carpenter USN
Lieutenant Gerald A Burnett USN
Lieutenant John Edward Houx USN
Lieutenant Michael Bruce Elder USN
Lieutenant Kenneth L. Lang USN
Lieutenant Francis C. Zanger (Chaplain Corps) USN
Lieutenant Michelle Birdseye, M.D. USN
Lieutenant Robert James Bournique USN
Lieutenant Glen N. Foss USN
Lieutenant Benjamin Senauer USN
Lieutenant Chris Gleason USMC
Lieutenant Douglas Timothy McGetchin USMC
Lieutenant John Stoddard Glascock Senior USCG
Lieutenant Albert C. Germann USAF
Lieutenant Timothy L. Hanley USAF
Lieutenant John T. Urban USAF
Lieutenant William Henry Reynolds USAF
Lieutenant J.E.O’Kelly McCluskey USAF
Lieutenant Alex Wormser USAF
Lieutenant William Spencer Hall USAF
Lieutenant Roderick D Raabe USAF
Lieutenant Roger Fitch USAF
Lieutenant Dr. Charles DeFreitas USAF
Lieutenant Barry Wolfer USAF
Lieutenant Robert Lowell Hickerson USAF
Lieutenant Danny Paul Dennis USAF
Lieutenant John Milton Wallace USA
Lieutenant Steven Richard Cartwright USA
Lieutenant Robert F. Hornbeck USA
Lieutenant Richard Kenny Sink USA
Lieutenant Donald Pinkel USA
Lieutenant James F Balderson USA
Lieutenant Steven Eli Schanes USA
Lieutenant Hugh Scanlen USA
Lieutenant Barry Dixon Copp USA
Lieutenant Ellie Kennedy USA
Lieutenant Todd Stuart Kneeland USA
Lieutenant Charles DePuy USA
Lieutenant Patrick Maurice Flannery USA
Lieutenant Dennis Spector USA
Lieutenant Alta J. Minthorn Stephens USA
Lieutenant Henry W. Plohr USA
Lieutenant Michael J. Sebetich USA
Lieutenant John DuBois USA
Lieutenant Harold Glickman USA
Lieutenant James L. Sheehan USA
Lieutenant David L. Harten USA
Lieutenant Randall Joel Hain USA
Lieutenant Gary Eschman USA
Lieutenant Roger Simon USA
Lieutenant Robert Lloyd Stebbins USA
Lieutenant Reysha Silverhair, formerly Hoyt Sherman Griffith USA
Lieutenant Douglas Parker Shaw USA
Lieutenant William M. Whitby USA
Lieutenant Robert W. Buttel USA
Lieutenant Thomas W. Shepard, Jr. USA
Lieutenant William J. Simmons, Sr. USA
Lieutenant Robert M. Land, USA
Lieutenant Edmund William Hoelker, USAF
Lieutenant Junior Grade Arthur Lewis Solomon, USCG
Lieutenant Junior Grade Joe Martin Cantrell, USN
Lieutenant Junior Grade Richard Ralph Groseclose, USN
Lieutenant Junior Grade Robert A. Collins, USCG
Lieutenant Junior Grade Bruce S. Ertle, USN
Lieutenant Junior Grade Charles H Nadler, USN
Lieutenant Junior Grade Richard Fredrick Hickey, USN
Lieutenant Junior Grade Gregory H. Carter, USN
Lieutenant Junior Grade Jeff Markell, USCG
Lieutenant Junior Grade John Ise Jr, USN
Lieutenant Junior Grade DeWitt Linn Sage, USN
Lieutenant Junior Grade Craig A. Bicknell, USN
Lieutenant Junior Grade Charlton M. Lewis, USN
Command Sergeant Major Robert Grover Smith, Jr., USA, Retired
Aerographer’s mate third class Alice B. Gilmore, USN
Airman Albert W. Wilson, USAF
Airman Aram Attarian II, USAF
Airman Cheryl Davis, USA
Airman David Alan Dix, USAF
Airman French Tickner, USN
Airman Irvan F. Adams, USAF
Airman James F. McGowen, USN
Airman James J. Hogan, USAF
Airman John Paul Coakley, USAF
Airman John Stephen Pielaszczyk, USAF
Airman Joseph S. Sims, USAF
Airman Joseph Wistar Huey III, USAF
Airman Lewis Kirk, USAF
Airman Mark Torrey, USAF
Airman Mazie H. Todd (Rogers), USAF
Airman Merl Moncer, USAF
Airman Michael P.Corridon, USAF
Airman Michael R. Philiben, USAF
Airman Pedro Rivera, USAF
Airman Philip G. Brown, USAF
Airman Robert J. Hoffmeister, USAF
Airman Robert T.Hogan, USAF
Airman Roger Peirce, USAF
Airman Ronald Bostick, USAF
Airman Steven T Raynis, USAF
Airman Timothy Charles Frazer, USAF
Airman William H. Davis, USAF
Airman William J Leary, USAF
Aviation Ordnanceman 3/C John Howard Beam, USN
Chief Master Sergeant USAF Donald H. Kroeber, USAF, Retired
Chief Petty Officer Art Baskel, USN
Chief Petty Officer Art Rogers, USN
Chief Petty Officer Bart Coyle, USAF
Chief Petty Officer Joanna M. Clark, USN
Chief Petty Officer Kenneth R. Davis, USN, Retired
Chief Petty Officer Richard L. Weiche, USN, Retired
Chief Petty Officer William Bennett, USN
Chief Warrant Officer Frank V. Santos, USA, Retired
Chief Warrant Officer Robert O’Donnell, USN, Retired
Chief Warrant Officer Scott A. Wendt, USA, Retired
Corporal Abel Perez Ochoa, USA
Corporal Alfred Herrada, USA
Corporal Arthur T. Cannon, USA
Corporal Bernard H. Soffer, USA, Retired
Corporal Brian X Fitzgibbon, USMC
Corporal Charles Weyand Heitsch, USA
Corporal Cora Tula Watters, USMC
Corporal Daniel E. Meurin, USA
Corporal Daniel Miller, USAF
Corporal Daniel V. Herrera, USMC
Corporal David Shupp, USA
Corporal Don F. Hull, USA
Corporal Ernest Goitein, USA
Corporal Fred Pipkin, USA
Corporal George J. Bryjak, USMC
Corporal George S. Sutherland, USA, Retired
Corporal George Valle Jr., USA
Corporal Gregory Gerald Boyer, USMC
Corporal Harold G. Schneider, USA
Corporal Heather Radcliffe, USMC
Corporal Herman Milton Heyn, USA
Corporal Jack Earl Holman, USA
Corporal Jerry D. Riley, USA
Corporal John A Ragsdale, USA
Corporal John Banagan, USA
Corporal John F. Beirne, USA, Retired
Corporal John L. Schweitzer, USA
Corporal John Maxwell Gault, USA
Corporal John P. Thomson, USA, Retired
Corporal Joseph R. Attamante, USMC
Corporal Lloyd D.Beery, Junior, USA
Corporal Manus J Campbell, USMC
Corporal Marvin Kantor, USMC
Corporal Maurice Bender, Ph.D., USA
Corporal Michael Czarnecki, USA
Corporal Michael E. Stewart, USMC
Corporal Michael H. Riordan, USMC
Corporal Noel H. Bransford, USMC
Corporal Norman F. Williams Jr., USMC
Corporal Paul G. Zolbrod, USA
Corporal Philip S. Miller, USA
Corporal Ralph Wessel, USAF
Corporal Randy Belden, USMC
Corporal Richard Lyon Castner, USA
Corporal robert e richards, USMC, Retired
Corporal Robert F. Bisson, USA
Corporal Robert Kinsey, USMC
Corporal Robert Richard Barracca, USA
Corporal Stephen George Fournier, USMC, Retired
Corporal Stewart Nusbaumer, USMC, Retired
Corporal Temur Perkins, USMC
Corporal Theodore Radamaker, USA
Corporal Thomas C. Gale, USA
Corporal Thomas E. Simmons Jr., USMC
Corporal Thomas L.Vassilaros, USA
Corporal Vinnie Van Wyen, USMC
Corporal William Paul Williamson, Jr., USMC
Corporal William R. Stanton, USMC
Corporal William Roland Bailey, USA
Corporal Yoshiro Sanbonmatsu, USA
Corporal Ziskind R. Lieb, USA
E-5 Medical Specialist James Clinton Wright, USA
Ensign Kenneth Martin Stevenson, USN
Ensign Richard A. Laurick, USN
Ensign roxy hills, USA
Ensign Thomas A. Toomey, USN, Retired
Ensign William A. Swain III, USN, Retired
First Lieutenant Paul W Morgan, USA
First Lieutenant Richard E. Albert , USA
First Sergeant Dennis W. Smith, USA, Retired
First Sergeant Mary Lou Mayes, USAF
Gunners Mate 3rd Class James Starowicz, USN
Gunnery Sergeant Robert W. Carman, USMC
Gunnery Sergeant Robert W. White, USAF
Hospital Corpsman Norman T. Davis, USN, Retired
Hospital Corpsman Donald A. Blickens, USN
Hospital Corpsman Thomas Richard Imboden, USN
Hospitalman Raymond E. Chamberlain III, USN
Lance Corporal Bob M. Tanner, Jr., USMC
Lance Corporal Donald Dean Hedgepeth, USMC
Lance Corporal Gary Akito Maehara, USMC
Lance Corporal Jerome Garger, USMC
Lance Corporal Roy Edward Stanford, USMC
Lance Corporal Thomas Melchior, USA
Lance Corporal Tom Blanchard, USMC
Master Chief Petty Officer E. Victor Mereski, USN, Retired
Master Chief Petty Officer Larry Bucher, USN, Retired
Master Sergeant Adam DeLuna, USA, Retired
Master Sergeant Anthony M. D’Amato, USA, Retired
Master Sergeant Anthony M. D’Amato, USA, Retired
Master Sergeant Charlie Day, USAF, Retired
Master Sergeant Curtis R. Campbell, USAF, Retired
Master Sergeant James T. Dunn, USA, Retired
Master Sergeant Larry B. Daniels, USAF, Retired
Master Sergeant Linda Wilkins-Daniels, USAF, Retired
Master Sergeant Louis W. Bender, USA
Master Sergeant Mark D. Brooks, USAF, Retired
Master Sergeant Michael Cosenza, USAF, Retired
Master Sergeant Scott W. Kirby, USAF, Retired
Master Sergeant Wilmar F. Bernthal, USA, Retired
Operations Specialist James Steven Clement, USN
Personnelman Richard Almy Wortman Ph. D., USN
Petty Officer 2nd Class Alberto Sifuentes, USN
Petty Officer Al Heisler, USN
Petty Officer Albert L. Rankin, USN
Petty Officer Alton J. Travland, USN
Petty Officer Benjamin Isaac Taylor, USN
Petty Officer Bill Lewis, USN
Petty Officer Charles F. Nawrocki, USN
Petty Officer Charles J. Shoens, USN
Petty Officer Charles Lewis Yates, USN
Petty Officer Craig Simpson, USN
Petty Officer Dan Onerheim, USN
Petty Officer Daniel Jacobson, USN
Petty Officer Dave Edwards, USN
Petty Officer David C. Smith, USN
Petty Officer David Ralph Travis, USN
Petty Officer David W. Martin, USN
Petty Officer Donald Ball, USN, Retired
Petty Officer Donald Graves, USN
Petty Officer Dr. Roland von Huene, USN
Petty Officer Duane Douglas Crimmins, USN
Petty Officer Duane Douglas Crimmins, USN
Petty Officer First Class Alexis T Bell, USN
Petty Officer First Class Christian Francis Curry, USN
Petty Officer First Class Dennis L. Elleflot, USN, Retired
Petty Officer First Class Louise Leonard, USN
Petty Officer First Class Norman R. Brown, USN
Petty Officer First Class Richard William Zeiner, USN
Petty Officer First Class Robert C. Haines, USN
Petty Officer First Class Robert Lawrence Mead, USCG, Retired
Petty Officer First Class Ron Cleeve, USN
Petty Officer First Class Terry Wayne Wilson, USN
Petty Officer Floyd Hallberg, USN
Petty Officer Francis E. Hanisch, USN
Petty Officer Francis J. Powers, USN
Petty Officer Franklin James Cole Gwartney III, USN
Petty Officer Gene Whitney, USN
Petty Officer George E. Davis, USN
Petty Officer James Clemons Parkinson, USN, Retired
Petty Officer James E. Gregg, USN
Petty Officer James M. Lewis, USN, Retired
Petty Officer James M. McIntyre, USN
Petty Officer James Rex Baird, USN
Petty Officer James V. Long, USN
Petty Officer Janine E. Sotomayor, USN
Petty Officer Jay Earl Anderson, Jr., USMC
Petty Officer Jean L Stimmell, USN
Petty Officer Jerzy M. Brozyna, USN
Petty Officer John Dainotto, USN
Petty Officer John L. Ebel, USN
Petty Officer Jon Norstog, USCG
Petty Officer Jose L. Romero, USN
Petty Officer Joseph A. Bedell, USN
Petty Officer Kenneth B. Bever Jr., USN
Petty Officer Kevin J. Lenaghan, USN
Petty Officer Larry L. Williams, USN
Petty Officer Leo R. Sandy, Ed.D., NCSP, USN
Petty Officer Louis Schwartz, USN, Retired
Petty Officer Louis Martin Sinniger, USN
Petty Officer Louis Schwartz, USN, Retired
Petty Officer Lynn Burriss Webler, USN
Petty Officer Max Elliot, USN
Petty Officer Michael Craig, USN
Petty Officer Michael M. Chevalier, USN
Petty Officer Pat Chefalo, USN
Petty Officer Patrick Arthur Ouellette, USN
Petty Officer Philip Perry, USN
Petty Officer Richard J Thomas, USN
Petty Officer Richard J. Shorthouse, USN
Petty Officer Richard Ora Moore, USN, Retired
Petty Officer Robert Rostedt, USN
Petty Officer Robert Topmiller, USN
Petty Officer Robert Vernon Hill, USN
Petty Officer Roberta Rose Bailey, USN
Petty Officer Roger Dale Phillips II, USN
Petty Officer Ronald Edward Dyer, USN
Petty Officer Ronald Mills Gerughty, USN
Petty Officer Ronald Salvo, USN
Petty Officer Russell J. Buckardt, USN
Petty Officer Samuel Devereaux Hathaway, USN, Retired
Petty Officer Second Class Bruce S Cotton, USN
Petty Officer Second Class Darrell G. Miller, USN
Petty Officer Second Class Gary K. Grice, Jr., USN
Petty Officer Second Class George Chandler, USN
Petty Officer Second Class George Edward Hammerbeck, USN
Petty Officer Second Class Joseph Thomas Miller, USN
Petty Officer Sidney M. Peck , USN, Retired
Petty Officer Stephen M. Osborn, USN
Petty Officer Stuart Naismith, USN
Petty Officer Third Class Dale Wayne Allen, USN
Petty Officer Third Class Robert Keilbach, USN
Petty Officer Thomas Michael Kumpf, USN
Petty Officer Tod Chester TIbbetts, USN
Petty Officer Todd Philip Feiler, USN, Retired
Petty Officer Violet Dawn Colley, USN
Petty Officer William O. Jenkins, USCG
Petty Officer Wolfgang H. Rosenberg, USN
Pharmacists Mate 1st class Paul Charles Obler, USN
Private Christopher H. Barben, USN
Private David M. Smith, USA
Private Deborah L Schneider, USA
Private First Class Alfred G Hale, USA
Private First Class Allan H. Laite, USA
Private First Class Armand DeLaurell, USA
Private First Class Bill A Whitney, USA
Private First Class Brian W Jones, USA
Private First Class Charles Scarlott, USA
Private First Class Cheryl Marland, USA
Private First Class Chester C. Kraszewski, USA
Private First Class Constance Brockmeyer Heiman, USCG
Private First Class Dale E. Mix, USA
Private First Class David A. Lurie, USA
Private First Class David Fugere, USA
Private First Class David Robert Klein, USA
Private First Class David W. Otto, USA
Private First Class Dennis John Lynds, USA, Retired
Private First Class Dennis Lee Barnum, USA, Retired
Private First Class Donald David Bachman, USA
Private First Class Douglas Allen Thompson, USA
Private First Class Edwaqrd Beechert, USA
Private First Class Edward C Oehlers, USA
Private First Class Eugene M. Powell, USA
Private First Class Eugene Wilhelmi, USA
Private First Class Gary Lee Scriver, USA, Retired
Private First Class Gene Glazer, USA
Private First Class Gene Glazer, USA, Retired
Private First Class Gerald J Kresge, USA
Private First Class Gilbert Tibbetts Ireland, USA
Private First Class Herman Duane Johnson, USA
Private First Class James M. Jeffrey, USA
Private First Class James McDonald , USMC
Private First Class James W. Hunt, USMC
Private First Class Jeffrey P. Rowlett, USA
Private First Class John C. Schmertz, USA, Retired
Private First Class John Clinton Fowler, USA
Private First Class John Dale Warner, USA
Private First Class John Hockman, USA
Private First Class John Joseph Martin, USA
Private First Class Kathleen Quelland, USA
Private First Class Kenneth David Sharp, USA
Private First Class Kord E. Roosen-Runge, USA
Private First Class Laverne (Verne) C. Huser, USA
Private First Class Michael B. Gehl, USA
Private First Class Michael LaRue, USA
Private First Class Montague S. Berman, USA, Retired
Private First Class Monte G. McKenzie, USA
Private First Class Paul F Collins, USA
Private First Class Peter West Youell, USA
Private First Class Philip J. Felix, USA
Private First Class Philip S Philiben, USA
Private First Class Ray L Huffman, USA
Private First Class Raymond A. Coulombe, USA
Private First Class Richard D. Nethercut, USA
Private First Class Richard E.Becker, USA
Private First Class Richard L. Simpson, USA
Private First Class Rick Martin Duiker, USA
Private First Class Robert B. Raisor, USA
Private First Class Robert R. Gronko, USMC
Private First Class Robert S. Tate, USA
Private First Class Rodger Carroll, USA
Private First Class Rodman Earl Miller, USA, Retired
Private First Class Roger R. Armstrong, USA
Private First Class Ronald W. Ziwisky, USA
Private First Class Ruth Brown O’Neil, USA
Private First Class Stephen McCourt, USA
Private First Class Terence J. Murphy, USA
Private First Class Thomas Orr, USA
Private First Class Thomas R. Eckenrode, USA
Private First Class Vernon Joseph White, USA
Private First Class William A. Bailey, USA
Private First Class William Everett Hammond, USA
Private First Class William Jeffery Martin, USA, Retired
Private James Lewis LaGarde, USMC
Private Jerry M. Withers, USA
Private Lloyd Johnson, USA
Private Louis A. Valla, USA
Private Mari Erin Roth, USA
Private Peter J. Haughwout, USA
Private Robert S. Houston, USA
Private Roy W. Pneuman, USMC
Private Steven E. Saelzler, USA
Seaman 1st Class (radioman) Louis Wilker, USN
Seaman 1st Class Richard A. Williams, USN
Seaman Dennis Ledden, USN
Seaman Edmund Keeley, USN
Seaman Edward R Daley, USCG
Seaman First Class Robert C. Holloway, USN
Seaman George Veronis, USN
Seaman Gerald P. Lenaghan, USN
Seaman gordon duggan, USN
Seaman Harold Howard Horn, USN
Seaman Hector Sosa, USN
Seaman Henry Douglas Johnson, USA
Seaman James F. Dargon, USN
Seaman Jim S. Cassell, USN, Retired
Seaman Nathaniel Paul Davis, USN
Seaman Richard I. Trenholm, USN
Seaman Richard Sidney Salmon, USN
Seaman Robert Edward Miller II, USN
Seaman Todd Boyle, USN
Seaman Vaughn N. Pol, USN
Seaman Warren L. Lewellyn, USN
Seaman William L. Crozier, USN
Seaman William Roberts Voorhies, USN
Senior Airman Charles W. Daniels, USAF
Senior Airman Edward A. Waters, USAF
Senior Airman Eugene Thomas Giovanazzi , USAF
Senior Airman Gail E. Chandler, Ph.D., USAF
Senior Airman James J. Ramage, USAF
Senior Airman John Mark Jorgensen, USAF
Senior Airman Katelyn N. Allers, USAF
Senior Airman Lisa G. Grandstaff, USAF
Senior Airman Mark D. Lusher, USAF
Senior Airman Neal C. Melton, USAF, Retired
Senior Airman Roger C. Steffens, USAF
Senior Airman Vera Millar, USAF
Senior Airman William Charles Mitchell, USAF
Senior Master Sergeant Fred W. MacArthur, Jr., USAF, Retired
Sergeant Albert E. Akers, USAF
Sergeant Alexander Mackenzie, USA
Sergeant Andre Maria Boersma, USMC
Sergeant Arthur John Fry, USA
Sergeant Arthur William Garrett, USA
Sergeant Bobby Lee Alexander, USMC
Sergeant Borhan Mohammed Khatib, USA
Sergeant Charles E. Goode, USMC
Sergeant Clifford J. Wells, USMC
Sergeant Conrad Borovski, USA, Retired
Sergeant Craig Etchison, USA
Sergeant Danny L Shaw, USA
Sergeant David Kettenhofen, USAF
Sergeant Denise Lockren (Brinkman) Gathman, USMC
Sergeant Dennis M. Conboy, USA
Sergeant Edward P. Morrissey, USA
Sergeant Edwin B. Bergeson, USA
Sergeant Elton Duane Wilkerson, USAF
Sergeant Eugene W. Edinger Jr., USAF
Sergeant Fernando Cruz-Villalba, USA
Sergeant First Class Hugh W. Somerton, USA
Sergeant First Class Jason Lenox, USA, Retired
Sergeant First Class Kenneth C. Robinson, USA, Retired
Sergeant First Class Mark J. Bielanski, USA, Retired
Sergeant First Class Robert J. Roberts, USA
Sergeant First Class Timothy M. Williams, USA, Retired
Sergeant Francis D. Polley, USA
Sergeant Francis Peter Juranic, USAF
Sergeant Frank Pizzardi, USAF
Sergeant Fredy Champagne, USA
Sergeant Gary L. Thomas, USA
Sergeant Gerald Kennedy, USA
Sergeant Gilbert Charles Gordon Jr., USA
Sergeant Gregory Storm Cunningham, USA
Sergeant Harold Schwartz, USA
Sergeant Harry P. Brown, USA
Sergeant Henry I. Bornstein, USAF
Sergeant Henry Peterson, USA
Sergeant James A. Wilson, USA
Sergeant James Gordon Nelson, USA
Sergeant James Landrith, USMC
Sergeant James Otto Daubenberger III, USA
Sergeant Jerry D. Gilley, USAF
Sergeant Jerry Genesio, USMC
Sergeant Joe A. Blocher, USA
Sergeant John A. Keggler Junior, USA
Sergeant John DiFusco, USAF
Sergeant John Houlihan, USA
Sergeant John M Hubble, USAF
Sergeant John P. Haslinger, USAF
Sergeant John W Covey, USAF
Sergeant Joseph A. Rosado, USAF
Sergeant Katherine I. Menges, USA
Sergeant Lawrence Joseph Griffin, USA, Retired
Sergeant Leona Maltz, USMC
Sergeant Lloyd Eugene Wagner, USAF
Sergeant Major Frank J. Rankins, USA, Retired
Sergeant Major Jerry (Roger) Ferragallo, USAF
Sergeant Marcus Jansen, USA, Retired
Sergeant Mark douglas Ivey, USA
Sergeant Mark Raymond Dongu , USA
Sergeant Michael Antares, USA
Sergeant Michael Antares, USAF
Sergeant Michael Gerard McIntosh, USAF
Sergeant Neil Stuart, USAF
Sergeant Oliver V. Hines, USA
Sergeant Orville O. Gilmore, USA
Sergeant Paul Cox, USMC
Sergeant Philip A. Prichard, USA
Sergeant Ralph T. Conroy, USA
Sergeant Raymond Bentman, USA
Sergeant Raymond L Strischek, USMC
Sergeant Raymond Reed Hardy, USA
Sergeant Rebecca S. McAlary, USA
Sergeant Richard Beck Peacock, USMC, Retired
Sergeant Richard Egenriether, USA
Sergeant Richard Gillock, USMC
Sergeant Richard L. Tradewell, USA
Sergeant Richard S. Fye, USA
Sergeant Rick Venturi, USAF
Sergeant Robert A. Fischer, USA
Sergeant Robert O. Shaw, USMC
Sergeant Rodney James Owen, USA, Retired
Sergeant Russell Scott Stoermer, USA
Sergeant Sean Antonio Rosas, USA
Sergeant Seth Pollack, USA
Sergeant Stephen Constantine Demos, USMC
Sergeant Steven Schauer, USAF
Sergeant Susan K Metheny, USAF
Sergeant Theodore James Schapp, USA
Sergeant Thomas Barnes, Jr., USA
Sergeant Thomas D. Voigts, USAF
Sergeant Timothy D. Lord, USAF
Sergeant Timothy R. Mc Grady, USA
Sergeant Victoria J D Lewis, USAF
Sergeant William C. Watson, USAF
Sergeant William D. Hoffman, USA
Sergeant William Joseph Appel, USAF
Sergeant William Max Hooks, USAF
Sergeant William Robert Smiddie, USA
SP-5 E-5 Garreth L. Sanders, USA
Specialist 3 Ralph Conrad Hohneke, USA, Retired
Specialist 4 Winson C. Hinkle, USA
Specialist 4th Class George P. Russell, USA
Specialist 5 Bernstein, Simon L., USA
Specialist 5th Class Thomas J. Worrell, USA
Specialist Al Knickerbocker, USA
Specialist Albert R. Kallock Jr., USA
Specialist Anthony Lawrence Aiello, Jr, USA
Specialist Arthur Lisciandro, USA
Specialist Barry Warren Riesch, USA
Specialist Bernard L. Edelman, USA
Specialist Bertus E. Nederlof, USA
Specialist Betty Read Scott, USN
Specialist Blaine C. Gaustad, USA
Specialist Brian M. Davis, USA
Specialist Bruce Day Macdonald, USA
Specialist Byron A. Metcalf, USA
Specialist Candy Sweet Lovett, USA, Retired
Specialist Carl B. Courtnier, USA
Specialist Charles Marsh, USA
Specialist Charles Naef, USA
Specialist Christian J. Arnold, USA
Specialist Christopher Michael Turner, USA
Specialist Christopher T. Lavone, USA
Specialist Clark Buffington Lohr, USA
Specialist Clyda M. Jackson, USA
Specialist Constance Mantini, USA
Specialist Dahrl H. Bartlett, USA
Specialist Dan Gomez, USA
Specialist Daniel Pourkesali, USA, Retired
Specialist David A. Kisslring, USA
Specialist David Jon Damstrom, USA
Specialist David L. Curley, USA
Specialist David Maxwell Young, USA
Specialist David O. Depker, USA
Specialist David Ray Roop, USA
Specialist Dennis A. Good, USA
Specialist Dennis Leslie Storm, USA
Specialist Desmond P. Glynn, USA
Specialist Donna Barr, USA
Specialist Douglas M. Troutman, USA
Specialist Douglas Ward, USA, Retired
Specialist Dwayne Knox, USA
Specialist Edward Mikel, USA
Specialist Edwin G. Bergmann, USA
Specialist Fifth Class Richard E Klosterman, USA
Specialist Five Patrice Titterington, USA
Specialist Floyd Striegel, USA
Specialist Frank Griglonis, USA
Specialist Frank Zinno, USA
Specialist Fred M. Donner, Ph.D., USA
Specialist Frederic Morrison, USA
Specialist Gary A. Chipman, USA
Specialist Gary Horne, USA
Specialist Gary L. Davis, USA
Specialist Gary P. Novosielski, USA
Specialist Gary Schark, USA
Specialist George F. Gladis, USA
Specialist George John Asimos, USA
Specialist George P. Seaman, USA
Specialist Gerald R Perdue, USA
Specialist Giovanni Vassallo, USA
Specialist Ivory Leondias Shortt, USN
Specialist J. Clayson Dennis, USA
Specialist James Gregory Sutherland, USA
Specialist James LaFate Griffin, USA
Specialist James Twomey, USA
Specialist James W. Amato Jr., USA
Specialist James Welms, USA
Specialist Jan E. Smith, USA
Specialist Jeffrey Herman, USA
Specialist Jeffrey Lawrence Bauman, USA
Specialist Jimmy Dwain Parks, Ph.D., USA
Specialist Joe Carlos Aguirre, USA
Specialist John Harry Shockley, USA
Specialist John J. Gee, USA
Specialist John K. Jessup Jr., USA
Specialist John Lawrence, USA
Specialist John M West, USA
Specialist John Russell Storbeck, USA
Specialist John T. Hughes Jr., USA
Specialist Jon H. Larimore, USA
Specialist Joseph C. Galbreath, USA
Specialist Joseph Cassidy, USA
Specialist Joseph J. Cieplak, USA
Specialist Karen Rytlewski, USA
Specialist Kenneth Edward Nelson, USA
Specialist Kenneth James Dawe, USA
Specialist Kenneth Martin Stevenson III, USA
Specialist Kenneth R. Smith, USA
Specialist Kenneth R. Smith, USA
Specialist Leanne Senter-Barbour, USA
Specialist Leanne Senter-Barbour, USA
Specialist Les Dabney, USA
Specialist Malcolm Brown, USA
Specialist Martin Ray Mills, USA
Specialist Matthew Charles Plummer, USA
Specialist Merri Elizabeth Keeton, USA
Specialist Michael Alan Fox, USA
Specialist Michael Baxter, USA
Specialist Michael C. Lund, USA
Specialist Michael Earl Baker, USA
Specialist Michael Edwin Crider, USA
Specialist Michael F. Zello, USA
Specialist Michael Lawrence Job, USA
Specialist Mike Budd, USA
Specialist Neil David Harrison, USA
Specialist Nikki Coyote, USA
Specialist Owen Berio, USA
Specialist Patricia A. Oliver, USA
Specialist Patrick Joseph Gilligan, USA
Specialist Paul B. Cumpian, USA, Retired
Specialist Paul Campbell Imrie, USA, Retired
Specialist Philip Edward Dynan, USA
Specialist Ralph Chandler Daniels II, USA
Specialist Ralph E. Manon, USA
Specialist Richard Adams Lyon, USA
Specialist Richard Graham Crerie Jr., USA
Specialist Richard J. Bourgeois, USA
Specialist Richard R. Wall (now Richard W. Frieden), USA
Specialist Richard Stuart, USA, Retired
Specialist Robert A. Gould, USA
Specialist Robert E Hebrank, USA
Specialist Robert Hammers Stagg, USA
Specialist Robert Layton, USA, Retired
Specialist Robert McNulty, USA
Specialist Robert Samson Bloch, USA, Retired
Specialist Robert W. Reilly, USA
Specialist Rodger A. Herbst, USA
Specialist Roger J. Nittler, USA
Specialist Ronald Edmund Ambes, USA
Specialist Russel Hickman, USA
Specialist Samuel William French, USN, Retired
Specialist Stephen Arnold Martin, USA
Specialist Stephen Christopher Jacobs, USA
Specialist Stephen D Purnell, USA
Specialist Steve Tudisco, USA
Specialist Steven Andrew Black, USA
Specialist Terence M. Lenaghan, USA
Specialist Theodore W. Ketcham, USA
Specialist Thomas Cederquist, USA
Specialist Toby Tahja-Syrett, USA
Specialist Tom Gibson, USA
Specialist Troy Thomas Heikkala, USA
Specialist Wallace Woolfenden, USA
Specialist William H Marchant, USA
Specialist William H Miller, USA
Specialist William J. McManus, USA
Specialist William Monroe Campbell, USA
Specialist William R Wofford, USA
Specialist William Rivera, USA
Specialist Zbynek Hakos, USA
Staff Sergeant Arthur O. Washburn, USAF
Staff Sergeant Arthur S. Johnson, III, USAF
Staff Sergeant Brad Walden, USA
Staff Sergeant Carroll R. Thomas, USA
Staff Sergeant Daniel W. Warvi, USA
Staff Sergeant David T. Gray, USAF
Staff Sergeant David Zapsky, USAF
Staff Sergeant Gary E Kelly, USA
Staff Sergeant Gatch N. Maxey , USAF
Staff Sergeant Harold A. Schiffman, USA
Staff Sergeant Henry Beverly, USA
Staff Sergeant Jeremy Otis, USA
Staff Sergeant Jimmie L. Wright, USAF
Staff Sergeant John C. Salzsieder, USA
Staff Sergeant John Edward Niemi, USA
Staff Sergeant John H. Redue, Jr, USAF
Staff Sergeant John Lischalk, USA
Staff Sergeant John Olaf Frakie, USAF
Staff Sergeant John V. Chambers, USAF
Staff Sergeant Joseph Clarke Van Dine, USAF
Staff Sergeant Kathleen May Alley, USAF
Staff Sergeant Kevin Bokay, USA, Retired
Staff Sergeant Marcell Norbert Benoit, USAF
Staff Sergeant Mary Ann Parker, USAF
Staff Sergeant Millard Vincent Turner, USAF
Staff Sergeant Philip Bradford Cobb, USAF
Staff Sergeant Philip D. Yarter, USAF
Staff Sergeant Randall Richard Platt, USA
Staff Sergeant Raymond LeRoy Ensley, USAF
Staff Sergeant Robert D. Pilkey, USAF
Staff Sergeant Rollin Lind, USA
Staff Sergeant Russell W. Thompson, USAF
Staff Sergeant Ruth M. Saffry, USA, Retired
Staff Sergeant Sharon Haller, USAF
Staff Sergeant Stanley J. Bass, USAF
Staff Sergeant Terry Gabrich, USA, Retired
Staff Sergeant Thomas Nuzum, USAF
Staff Sergeant Thomas Richard Judd, USAF
Staff Sergeant William Cody Reynolds, Jr., USA
Staff Sergeant William Stanwood, USAF
Technical Sergeant Bill ONeil, USA
Technical Sergeant Daniel D. Scarlett, USA
Technical Sergeant Douglas Lloyd Perrin, USA
Technical Sergeant Eliot Freidson, USA
Technical Sergeant Gayle E. Woodul, USAF
Technical Sergeant George J. Feigenbaum, USAF, Retired
Technical Sergeant Harvey Wheeler, USA, Retired
Technical Sergeant Joseph C. Behm, USA
Technical Sergeant Joseph J. Needleman, USA
Technical Sergeant Joseph J. Perlongo, USA
Technical Sergeant Richard T. Nordland, USAF
Technical Sergeant Robert L. Bloch, USAF
Technical Sergeant Robert S Frederick, USA
Technical Sergeant Stephen H. Eddy, USAF
Technical Sergeant Steven Albert Beatty, USAF
Technician Fifth Class Elihu Edelson, USA
Technician Fifth Grade Paul Rogers Barstow, USA
Warrant Officer III Lavelle Amos Ormsbee, USA
Specialist David Cortright, USA
Specialist Charles Sheehan-Miles, USA
Specialist Erik Gustafson, USA
Ensign Daniel Fahey, USN
Sergeant Erin Cole, USA
Lieutenant Barry Romo, USA
Private First Class John Zutz, USA
Private First Class David Cline, USA
Airman First Class Woody Powell, USAF

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