Veterans Who Have Passed–Henry A. James

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Feb. 14, 2019.

Veterans Who Have Passed–Gerald E. Lamb

Source:  Rockford Register Star, June 18, 2020.

Thomas “Tommy” Jarrett – 1926 – 2016, obituary


Source:  Rockford Register Star 10-20-2016

Ferguson, David L.

David l. Ferguson, died March 22, 2015 with multiple myeloma.

Born March 28, 1947, in Waterloo, Iowa, son of Dale and Carol (Bolster) Ferguson.

Married Dixie (Rhodes) Ferguson.

Served in U.S. Air Force, during Vietnam era, as a Staff Sgt./Inventory Management Specialist, in Hickham Air Force Base, in Hawaii.

Loras College grad, worked at John Deere.

Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church; Burial at Union Cemetery; Fitzgerald Funeral Home.

Source:  Rockford Register Star March 7, 2015.

Pelsma, Robert B.

Born Jan. 4, 1923 in Oregon, IL, son of Bernard and Edna Mae (Aulls) Pelsma.

1941 graduate of Oregon High School.

Enter service March 1943 and attached to the 78th Infantry Division, 310th Regiment Medical Detachment. Later was assigned with K Company, 310th as a Medic. Shipped overseas in 1944, when division was attached to First Army in Europe.  Engaged in major battles of Hurtgen Forest, Battle of the Bulge, and Remagin Bridgehead. Made Staff Sergeant, awarded Purple Heart, Bronze Star Cluster, Presidential Unit Citation 3rd Battalion 310th Infantry.

U.S. Post Office carrier.

Member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Died Oct. 15, 2014.

Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon; St. Paul Lutheran Church, Oregon; Private interment in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon.

Source: Rockford Register Star Oct. 19, 2014

Palermo, Cpl. Frank J.

U.S. Army Air Corps, WWII

completed final training as a gunner and radioman, and is now with a B-24 Liberator bomber

Source: Rockford Morning tar 8/9/1944


“Sgt. Frank J. Palermo, 20-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Palermo, 1120 Kent St., has been promoted to staff sergeant in the 15th air force based in Italy.  A radio operator-waist gunner of a B-24 Liberator bomber, he has more than 20 missions to his credit since his arrival overseas last December.

Holder of the air medal for meritorious achievements in aerial combat, Palermo is a graduate of St. Thomas High School as was employed at Cotta Transmission company until his induction into the army in March, 1943.”

Source: Rockford Register Republic  March 31, 1945


“Tech. Sgt. Frank J. Palermo, 29, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Palermo, 1120 Kent St., has been commended for bringing his bomber back to his home base by use of radio navigation. While on a mission to Ponte Di Plave in North Italy in support of the ground forces, Sgt. Palermo’s Liberator developed engine trouble and lost one of its engines.  A few minutes from the target the bomber was forced to leave the formation and head back to the base alone.

While still over enemy territory the possibility of losing another engine was great, as was the possibility of enemy fighters knocking down the unescorted bomber.  Once over water, Sgt. Palermo called the navigational aid station and procured a safe heading to steer for the home base.  Though flying unescorted over enemy airdromes, the bomber made its way back safely.

Sgt. Palermo, radio operator on the bomber, has won the air medal and two clusters and the European Theater Ribbon with four battle stars.”

Source: Rockford Morning Star May 15, 1945