Veterans Who Have Passed–Robert Anthony Murphy

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Mar. 7, 2019.

Veterans Who Have Passed–Rex Owen Moore

Source:  Rockford Register Star, April 15, 2019.

Veterans Who Have Passed: Glenn Lavern Hodgson

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Oct. 23, 2019.

Veterans Day 2014

“Veterans Day 2014: Remembering ALL Those Who Served”     by Robert Randall Ryder

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Korean born Fred Ohr, an ace fighter pilot in WWII

Grew up on an onion farm two hours outside Boise, Idaho

Enlisted in Idaho National Guard

became a radio operator

Army Air Corps flight school

deployed to England and then to North Africa, as part of the 2nd Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Group

then to Medina, Italy and given a P-51 Mustang to fly

eventually promoted to Major, and awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and numerous Air Medals.

Wife is Esther

Became a dental surgeon and practiced for 53 years in Chicago

In 2009 he moved to Rockford.

Source: Northwest Quarterly magazine, Fall 2014, Vol. 11, No. 5, pp 120-123



Rothstein, Ralph A,

Born December 8, 1917, in Haynes, ND, fourth son  of Christ Rothstein and Mary Elizabeth (O’Keefe-McCarney) Rothstein.

Graduated Jamestown University, ND.

U.S.N.R. veteran of WWII, Ralph proudly served his country from 1941 to 1945 on the USS Ancon, flagship of the Naval Amphibious Corps of the U S Atlantic Fleet for the invasions of North Africa, Sicily and Salerno, Italy, and Omaha Beach on D-Day; and later on the USS Fergus which landed troops on Guam, Saipan, Einewetok, and Hokkaido for the surrender of Japan, 1945.

Died January 3, 2014, St. Anne’s Center, Rockford.

Holy Family Catholic Church, private burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery.


Source: Rockford Register Star January 7, 2014