Honored Veterans

Each aid station may be dedicted to a military hero.
  1. Staff Sergeant Shane J. Angell (Baldwin)
    Staff Sergeant Angell was an Engineer with the U.S. Army Fifth Special Forces Group stationed at Ft. Campbell, KY. Shane was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Group, where his father had served most of his SF time. Shane deployed twice to Iraq with 3rd Battalion. He passed away Friday September 11, 2009.
  2. Specialist Robert M. Friese (Clare)
    Army Specialist Robert M. Friese died April 29, 2011 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The twenty-one year old was from Harrison, Michigan. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas. His unit was supporting Operation New Dawn.
  3. Private First Class Joshua S. Treibley (Chase)
    Private First Class Joshua S. Treibley is a Multichannel System Operator that is assigned to the 16th Tactical Installation and Network Company, 57th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Fort Hood Texas. He is currently deployed to the CENTCOM area of operations in support of Operation Spartan Shield.
  1. Major Michael A. Mosley (Loomis)
    Major Michael A. Mosley, USAF, age 42, born November 8, 1974 in Ojai, Calif., died Monday, September 18, 2017. Mike attended pilot training at Laughlin AFB, Texas. He was a Command Pilot with over 3,800 flight hours in the KC-10, C-12, and T-37 and flew at Travis AFB, McGuire AFB, and was deployed 11 times.
  2. Staff Sergeant Marcus S. Bawol (Auburn)
    Staff Sergeant Marcus Bawol served as a critical skills operator 2D Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He passed away when a U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter crashed near Eglin, Florida, March 10, 2015.
  3. Lieutenant Lewis E. Dunn M.D. (Bay City)
    Lieutenant Dunn was in the Navy and served in the South Pacific as the Chief Medical Officer on his vessel during World War II aboard the Fletcher class destroyer, U.S.S. Taylor. His ship was attached to the 1st Marine Division so he saw action in the trenches in the islands in the South Pacific.
  1. Private First Class Byron J. Fouty (Saginaw Bay)
    19, Waterford, Mich.; assigned to the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.
  2. Anthony Paul Kilyanek (Evart)
    Anthony Paul Kilyanek was born on January 15th, 1922 in Duryea, Pennsylvania and died on February 19th, 2005 in Garden City, Michigan. He was 1 of 11 kids in his family. During the Great Depression, he, along with his brothers, worked in the CCC camps. Once World War II started, he joined the army because he loved his country. While in the army, he worked as a cook, swimming teacher, and a drill sergeant. He also went overseas and fought in WWII until 1945 and came back to the USA. He came to Michigan after the war to work in the auto industry. He landed a job at General Motors and worked there for just shy of 30 years. He was also a Boy Scout troop leader and an active member in Boy Scouts for a majority of his life. He joined Boy Scouts at the age of 12. He was also an active member in the VFW in Garden City, Michigan. He was a father of 5 and a grandfather of 10. He enjoyed acting, photography, gardening, cars, fixing things, and spending time with his grandkids. The following brother also served in WWII: Stanley Kilyanek ((Stanley Kilyanek was killed in the Battle of Saipan {Pacific campaign of WWII} on June 18th, 1944.)) The following brothers were in the military: Casimir Kilyanek Edward Kilyanek Joseph Kilyanek Frank Kilyanek Adam Kilyanek
  3. Post Commander Victor Mendez (Midland)
    Victor Mendez was a U. S. Marine. Mendez was Post Commander of Wyandotte VFW Post 1136 when he passed away.
  1. Sergeant Jonathon Gary Pauley (Coleman)
    Upon graduation from MCRD Parris Island, Sergeant Jonathon Gary Pauley was assigned to II Marine Expeditionary Force, II MEF Headquarters Group, Motor Transportation Company. He quickly established himself amongst his peers in garrison and forward deployed environments as Sergeant Pauley was apart of the 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade’s role in the initial stages of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sergeant Pauley was an outstanding Marine who caused others in his presence to push themselves and hold themselves to the highest of standards. As a result of Sergeant Pauley’s exceptionalism, he was meritoriously promoted to the rank of Corporal and had the distinction of serving as the Color Sergeant bearing the National Colors for the Color Guard. After II MEF, II MHG, Service Company, Motor Transport Platoon, Sergeant Pauley joined 2d Air and Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO) and soon distinguished himself as a superb non-commissioned officer. His abilities set him apart and awarded him the role as Fire Power Control Team Chief of Lightning 3-4 and was deployed to Iraq in 2005 where he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal with combat distinguishing device “V” for valor
  2. Milford D. Molitor (Sanford)
    September 26, 1928 – September 29, 2011 Mel hailed from the north end of Grand Rapids and discovered his love of farming on Uncle Bill’s farm in Lake City and played cornet in a swing band. As soon as he graduated from “band, machine shop and ROTC” he enlisted in the Army. His tour of duty in the US Army of Occupation in Japan made him a citizen of the world and informed his path through life. Returning home, he met Abby Mayhew and he “never looked back”. Together they claimed his grandparent’s farm at Lakeview, 7 children, 17 grandchildren, a church, a community, several businesses, a multitude of friends, all with love and optimism – except for sometimes. When Mel was diagnosed with bone cancer, he became a teacher in living, choosing to live each day, choosing humor, choosing faith, enduring the loss of Abby, reaching out for love and support. He passed over the rainbow in the loving presence of his sister, Mary Irene. He continues to teach.