Veterans Who Have Passed — Alvin “Al” A. Westman

Source: Rockford Register Star, November 21, 2020.

Veterans Who Have Passed–Jerry Skogeboe

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Mar. 13, 2020.

Veterans Who Have Passed: Samuel R. Perrecone

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Jan. 6, 2020.

Benson, Gordon Richard Allen

Born April 9, 1925, in Mokena, IL, son of Anton and Josephine Benson.

Graduated from Orland Park High School.

Volunteered to join the U.S. Army in June 1942. He was stationed in the Pacific Theater, and was part of the landing force on several amphibious campaigns to recapture islands, including Guadalcanal, New Caledonia, Bougainville, Lady, Sabu, New Guinea, Los Negros, landing in Japan in September of 1945.

Died May 24, 2014.

Olson Funeral and Cremation Services, Fred C. Olson Chapel, Scandinavian Cemetery.

Source: Rockford Register Star May 29, 2014


Piercy, Edith Ruth

Born October 13, 1921 in Schofield, WI, to George R. and Norah Kathleen (Snelling) Till.

1939 graduate of Wasau Senior High School.

In February, 1944, Edith enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps and in 1945, she was assigned to Frankfort, Germany where she was acting First Sergeant of “A” Company, a position she held until returning to the U.S. in July 1947. Upon returning to the U.S. Edith was assigned to the headquarters of Fitzsimmons Army General Hospital in Denver, CO.  She received her commission as second Lieutenant, and was reassigned to Fort Leavenworth, KS. In 1952, Edith was transferred to the Yokohama Engineer Depot at Sagami Hara, Japan where she became Commanding Officer of the WAC Detachment, and later an Administrative Officer in the office of the Post Engineer, where she remained until returning to the States.  In 1954, she was assigned to Fort Knox, KY, as Executive Officer of the WAC Department. Edith was transferred to Fort Myer, VA, where she met her future husband, Captain Charles Piercy. They were married April 9, 1957 at Fort Benning, GA.  In June 1958, she was re-assigned to Bamberg, Germany, where she re-joined her husband.  Both Edith and her husband returned to the U.S. in June, and were assigned to the Signal School at Fort Gordon, GA. While stationed there, Edith organized and managed the Visitors Bureau. In 1963, she returned to Heidelberg, Germany on assignment to the U.S. Army Signal Brigade, Europe Adjutant. She remained in the Brigade until retirement in March 31, 1966.

In January 1968, they moved to Rockford.

Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau, WI.

Source: Rockford Register Star May 22, 2014