Marshal Pietro BADOGLIO Italian general and statesman (1871-1956). Junior officer in Ethiopia (1896-97) and Tripolitania (1911-12). During WWI he rose from Captain to General. Always anti-Fascist after the war he was sent to Brazil as ambassador. He returned to be made head of the Italian armed forces. 

After being named as head of government and commander of the Italian army after the deposing of Mussolini in July 1943, Hitler proposed sending troops to kill him. (More...)

Addison E. BAKER Awarded the MOH.

*BAKER, ADDISON E. (Air Mission)

Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Air Corps, 93d Heavy Bombardment Group. Place and date: Ploesti Raid, Romania, 1 August 1943. Entered service at: Akron, Ohio. Born: 1 January 1907, Chicago, Ill. G.O.

No.: 20, 11 March 1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy on 1 August 1943. On this date he led his command, the 93d Heavy Bombardment Group, on a daring low-level attack against enemy oil refineries and installations at Ploesti, Romania. Approaching the target, his aircraft was hit by a large calibre antiaircraft shell, seriously damaged and set on fire. Ignoring the fact he was flying over terrain suitable for safe landing, he refused to jeopardize the mission by breaking up the lead formation and continued unswervingly to lead his group to the target upon which he dropped his bombs with devastating effect. Only then did he leave formation, but his valiant attempts to gain sufficient altitude for the crew to escape by parachute were unavailing and his aircraft crashed in flames after his successful efforts to avoid other planes in formation. By extraordinary flying skill, gallant leadership and intrepidity, Lt. Col. Baker rendered outstanding, distinguished, and valorous service to our Nation.



Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Place and date: Near St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France, 6 June 1944. Entered service at: Albany, N.Y. Birth: Fulton, N.Y. G.O. No.: 78, 2 October 1944. Citation: For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 6 June 1944, in the vicinity of St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France. On the morning of D-day Pvt. Barrett, landing in the face of extremely heavy enemy fire, was forced to wade ashore through neck-deep water. Disregarding the personal danger, he returned to the surf again and again to assist his floundering comrades and save them from drowning. Refusing to remain pinned down by the intense barrage of small-arms and mortar fire poured at the landing points, Pvt. Barrett, working with fierce determination, saved many lives by carrying casualties to an evacuation boat lying offshore. In addition to his assigned mission as guide, he carried dispatches the length of the fire-swept beach; he assisted the wounded; he calmed the shocked; he arose as a leader in the stress of the occasion. His coolness and his dauntless daring courage while constantly risking his life during a period of many hours had an inestimable effect on his comrades and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.


Colonel Josef BECK  4th October, 1894- 6th June 1944.  
Polish Foreign Minister from November 1932. 
Bernard P.BELL United States Army Medal of Honor recipient. (More...)
Stanley BENDER United States Army Medal of Honor recipient (More...)
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company A, 306th Infantry, 77th Infantry Division. Place and date: Leyte, Philippine Islands, 21 December 1944. Entered service at: Carney's Point, N.J. Birth: Philadelphia, Pa. G.O. No.: 49, 28 June 1945. Citation: He was a radio operator, advancing in the rear of his company as it engaged a well-defended Japanese strong point holding up the progress of the entire battalion. When a rifle platoon supporting a light tank hesitated in its advance, he voluntarily and with utter disregard for personal safety left his comparatively secure position and ran across
bullet-whipped terrain to the tank, waving and shouting to the men of the platoon to follow. Carrying his bulky radio and armed only with a pistol, he fearlessly penetrated intense machinegun and rifle fire to the enemy position, where he killed 1 of the enemy in a foxhole and moved on to annihilate the crew of a light machinegun. Heedless of the terrific fire now concentrated on him, he continued to spearhead the assault, killing 2 more of the enemy and exhorting the other men to advance, until he fell mortally wounded. After being evacuated to an aid station, his first thought was still of the American advance. Overcoming great pain he called for the battalion operations officer to report the location of enemy weapons and valuable tactical information he had secured in his heroic charge. The unwavering courage, the unswerving devotion to the
task at hand, the aggressive leadership of Pfc. Benjamin were a source of great and lasting inspiration to his comrades and were to a great extent responsible for the success of the battalion's mission.


Charles Joseph BERRY
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 10 July 1923, Lorain, Ohio. Accredited to: Ohio. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as member of a machinegun crew, serving with the 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, on 3 March 1945. Stationed in the front lines, Cpl. Berry manned his weapon with alert readiness as he maintained a constant vigil with other members of his guncrew during the hazardous night hours. When infiltrating Japanese soldiers launched a surprise attack shortly after midnight in an attempt to overrun his position, he engaged in a pitched hand grenade duel, returning the dangerous weapons with prompt and deadly accuracy until an
enemy grenade landed in the foxhole. Determined to save his comrades, he unhesitatingly chose to sacrifice himself and immediately dived on the deadly missile, absorbing the shattering violence of the exploding charge in his own body and protecting the others from serious injury. Stouthearted and indomitable, Cpl. Berry fearlessly yielded his own life that his fellow marines might carry on the relentless battle against a ruthless enemy and his superb valour and unfaltering devotion to duty in the face of certain death reflect the highest credit upon himself and upon the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave
his life for his country.


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Glen BOREN United States Navy veteran living in Kansas, USA, and contributor of his diaries. For pictures see here.




Glen Arthur Boren




(The picture referred to in the obituary and on the web was used for the news article. JN)


Glen Arthur Boren, 85, of Riley, died Tuesday, May 20, 2008, at Mercy Regional Health Center.

The family provided some of the following information.

Mr. Boren passed away with his family at his side. He was born July 10, 1922 in Topeka, the son of Charles and Emily (Barrie) Boren and moved to Manhattan in 1924. He was a resident of Riley from 1977 until he moved to St. Joseph's Village in Manhattan in 2005.

Mr. Boren served his country in WWII in the U.S. Navy as an aircraft mechanic assigned to the USS Bunker Hill in the Pacific. His photo appeared on the Jan. 1, 1944 cover of Naval Aviation News and can be viewed, along with his WWII diary, at www.tarawaontheweb.org/ boren/htm. He was a member of the Kansas National Guard from 1948 to 1950. In 1951, he joined the Air Force and spent four years at Smoky Hill AFB in Salina as a guided missile technician, training gunners during the Korean Conflict.

Other occupations he held throughout his life included working for his father at Boren Oil Company in Manhattan, patrolman of the Abilene Police Department, deputy sheriff of Ottawa County, special deputy sheriff of Saline County, special deputy sheriff of Lincoln County, and deputy game warden of Dickinson County. Additionally, he was a field service engineer for Radioplane (a division of Northrup), where he tested re-entry systems for the Gemini and Apollo missions.

He eventually retired in 1985 from the Fort Riley Fire Department, having achieved the rank of crew chief (captain).

After retirement, Mr. Boren continued to work in small engine repair, fire equipment sales, and locksmithing. He also served his local communities as fire chief of the Riley Volunteer Fire Department and the Leon Springs (Texas) Volunteer Fire Department.

His hobbies included painting, flying, fishing, racing boats, camping, raising birds, rockhounding, CB radios, beekeeping, and more recently, enjoying bingo with friends at St. Joseph's Village.

His memberships included the Riley Lions Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Kansas State Historical Society, Smoky Hill AFB Aero Club, Kansas Outboard Racing Association, Manhattan Boat Club, Riley Volunteer Fire Department, Leon Springs (Texas) Volunteer Fire Department, and the USS Bunker Hill Association.

Mr. Boren married Rosemary (Pat) Hogan on July 20, 1948. She preceded him in death on Nov. 2, 1997. He was also preceded in death by his parents, brother Charles Boren, and sister Edith MacFarlane.

Survivors include his children: Patricia Stuart and husband Elliott of Boulevard, Calif., Mike Boren and wife Melinda of Rogue River, Ore., Kathryn Norwood of Riley, and Karen Jones of Jacumba, Calif.; grandchildren: Nanci Ottoson and husband Matthew, Christine Forshee, Marcella Boren, Danny Norwood, Heather Perez and husband Daniel, Jennifer Atwell and husband Shawn, and Michael Boren and wife Nora; great-grandchildren: Kaitlin, Matthew, Joseph, Danielle, Madison, Devon, Andrew, Rosie, Jasmine, Tyler, Mollie, and Michael; and sisters: Marguerite Haley of San Antonio, Texas, Mary Alice Burton of Silverthorne, Colo., and Patricia Estabrook of Topeka.