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. James Czanstke III (North Bradley)
    Jimmy served from January 2006 - May 2010. He was deployed to Operation Iraq Freedom from October of 2006 until January of 2008. He was in the U.S. Army, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Quartermaster Corp. He struggled after being discharged and died at the age of 29 on July 25, 2014. Jimmy was and is still loved and valued by his family, friends, and battle brothers and sisters.
  2. For those who wish to remain anonymous (Bowman Lake)
    Reserved for those that wish to remain anonymous, but suffer from the effects of their military service. To our men and women in uniform, past, present, and future, God bless you and thank you.
  3. Terry L. Deem (Hersey)
    Mr. Deem retired as an E-5 Petty Officer Second Class USN after 23 1/2 years including 2 years on board the USS America CVA-66 during Vietnam. As a decorated Vietnam veteran Mr. Deem also spent over 30 years as a commercial glazier throughout West Virginia. Mr. Deem is married to Lois Deem and has 2 children and 2 grandchildren. He currently resides in Zanesville, Ohio where he enjoys family, fishing and auctions.
  1. Army Private Matt Kubley (Barothy)
  2. Ross Andrew McGinnis
    McGinnis (14 June 1987 – 4 December 2006) was a United States Army soldier who was killed in the Iraq War and was posthumously awarded the United States' highest decoration for bravery, the Medal of Honor. While serving as the gunner in a HMMWV, his convoy was attacked and a hand grenade was thrown into his vehicle. McGinnis was subsequently killed in action when he deliberately threw himself on the grenade, saving the lives of at least four other soldiers in the vehicle. He was the fourth soldier to receive the Medal of Honor during the Iraq War, which was presented to his family following his death.
  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)
    Byron W. Fouty signed up to join the Army in June of 2006 at the age of 18. Byron graduated from Boot Camp at Fort Benning, Georgia 14 December 2006. Fort Drum, New York - Byron was assigned to the 10th Mountain, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division 31st Regiment…the “Polar Bears”. His “Polar Bears” were already deployed and were in Iraq. He deployed Friday, 26 January 2007 to join them. Two weeks in Kuwait, then two weeks in Baghdad. The next thing we heard was that at 4:44 am, 12 May 2007. It was our Notification Officer explaining how Byron was on a Patrol Watch in the “Triangle of Death” with six others from his squad and an Iraqi interpreter, watching “Route Malibu” to prevent I.E.D.s from being placed and they had been attacked! Five were killed in the initial attack. SGT 1st Class James Connell, Jr., 40, Sgt Anthony J. Schober, 23, PFC Christopher E. Murphy, 21, PFC Danial W. Courneya, 19, Jundi Sabah Erak. Three had been carried away alive, Joseph Anzack, Jr., Alex R. Jimenez, and Byron! On 23 May 2007, Joseph Anzack was found near the Euphrates River killed in captivity. On 27 May 2007 Alex and Byron were listed as Missing/Captured. They, too, were both killed while in captivity. Their remains were discovered together and recovered 14 months later on 08 July 2008…
  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)
    Corporal Victor Mendez was a U.S. Marine and served in Vietnam. He was also a long time member of Wyandotte VFW Post 1136 and passed away when he was serving as the Post Commander.
  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.
  3. Master Sergeant Benjamin F. Bitner (Scottville)
    Master Sgt. Benjamin F. Bitner was born July 4, 1973, in Hagerstown, Md. and was a 1991 graduate of Greencastle Antrim High School in Greencastle, Pa. Bitner died from wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device (IED). Bitner enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1991 and attended Special Forces Assessment and Selection in 1999. Later that year he graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course as an engineer sergeant. He joined C Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), headquartered at Fort Bragg, N.C., in 2003. He deployed in support of various operations across the globe, including but not limited to: Operation Flintlock, Africa, 2001; Operation Nectar Bend, Africa, 2004; Task Force Falcon in support of operations in Kosovo, 2001 – 2002; Operation Desert Spring, Kuwait, 2002; Operation Iraqi Freedom and four deployments to Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom) with Company C.