Honored Veterans
Each aid station may be dedicated to a military hero.
Corp Edwin Erwin (Ludington)

Edwin Ewing was born on Jan 5,1894 in Ludington. While working as an efficiency expert at the Shaw Electric Crane works in Muskegon, Edwin enlisted in a Grand Rapids Co. of the MI National Guard.  He served on the border during the revolution within Mexico.  He was a member of the highly renowned 32nd Infantry Division of the US Army National Guard.  After but a short training, he went into action. On August 28,1918 his father received a message that Corp. Ewing was severely wounded in action. On September 8 came a second telegram informing them that he died of wounds on August 5.

Seaman Robb Smith (Scottville)

Seaman Robb Smith served on the USS Silverslidesin the Post Office for three years.    
Robb will always be remembered as a loving and supportive father and grandfather. He could always make anyone smile with his wonderful sense of humor. Robb was an avid golfer throughout his years and served our country in the United States Navy. He passed at home on June 15, 2018.  
For those who wish to remain anonymous (Barothy)

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.

Rosie the Riveters (Bowman Lake)

Rosie the Riveter was the star of a campaign aimed at recruiting female workers for defense industries during World War II, and she became perhaps the most iconic image of working women. American women entered the workforce in unprecedented numbers during the war, as widespread male enlistment left gaping holes in the industrial labor force. 
PFC Glen R. Angell (Baldwin)

 PFC. Glen Angell joined the Army June 1918 and was discharged January 1919 due to Military wide demobilization.  According to my father, my grandfather was trained in a camp somewhere in New York State into the Signal Corp.    
SFC Elizabeth Wedeking (Chase)

SFC Elizabeth Wedeking (better known as Emmie by the family) enlisted in the Army in 1995.  She completed training as a Paralegal NCO in the JAG Corp.  She went on to attend and successfully complete Airborne Training.  She served in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC.  During this tour she conducted one Combat Tour in Bosnia.  Her last tour was in Korea with the 2nd Infantry Division.  She left the Army in 2007 after 12 years’ service to help raise her two sons.  A caveat to this is, she was on the promotion list for Master Sergeant when she left the service.  
SSG Arthur Angell

SSG. Arthur Angell enlisted into the Army on 2 January 1948.  He was trained as a Heavy Equipment and Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic.  Deployed to the Korean War in Nov 1950-Nov 1951 with an Armored Company in the 5th Regimental Combat Team as a mechanic.  He later requested to transfer to the Infantry but was then put into a tank to replaced lost tank crews.  He was stationed at Fort Carson Colorado when he was discharged 1 January 1952.
  After Robert's time in the Army, he worked at Ford Motor Company until his death in April of 1973.
Sergeant Major Glen W Angell (Coal Tower)

SGM Glen Angell joined the MI Army National Guard in Jan 1981.  Trained as an Artillery Survey Crewmember until Aug 1983 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army.  He completed Airborne and Rigger training and attended Special Forces Assessment and Selection.  Was selected as a Special Forces Engineer with language training in Persian Farsi (Iranian). Completed 3 Combat tours: one in Somalia, the second as the Team Sergeant for an Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) during the original invasion of Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom and another Combat deployment to Iraq as the 3rd BN Operations Center SGM. He retired Sept 2008.

Private Max Poynter 

PVT Max Poynter enlisted into a Army Reserve Military Police Unit (in Jackson, MI) June of 2003.  He enlisted under the Split Option Training and completed Basic Training at FT. Leonardwood, MO between his Junior and Senior year in High School.  After graduating, and before being able to continue training at the Military Police Advanced individual Training, he was discharged due to medical reasons.
Specialist Joshua S Treibley (Clare)

SPC. Joshua Treibley joined the Army in 2016.  He completed training as a Multichannel Systems Operator.  He recently complete a Combat Tour in Afghanistan for Operation Spartan Shield with the 57th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Foprt Hood, TX.  He is still serving.  Emmie from the slide above is his Mother.
Staff Sergeant Shane J Angell (Loomis)

SSG. Shane Angell enlisted in the U.S. Army on July 28, 2004.  He enlisted under the 18 X-Ray program.  He successfully completed Infantryman Training then Airborne School.  He then attended Special Forces Selection and Assessment.  Was selected and successfully completed training as a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant.    He completed two Combat Tours in Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Two months after returning from his second deployment on Sept 11, 2009, he had successfully graduated from the 101st Airborne Division Air Assault School.  Later that day while out riding his motorcycle, he was involved in an accident that he did not survive.
Sargent Robert K. Balge (Coleman)

Robert Keith Balge was born on January 21st, 1922 in WI.  In April of 1943, he was inducted into the United States Army and was deployed overseas. He became a sergeant and served in the Army until his discharge in 1947. While in the Army, his unit traveled to Guam, Japan, Hawaii, and several other small islands. They also helped aid in recovery of post-war Japan in 1946. Following Robert’s discharge from the Army he returned to Dearborn. 
After Robert's time in the Army, he worked at Ford Motor Company until his death in April of 1973.

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.
After Robert's time in the Army, he worked at Ford Motor Company until his death in April of 1973.
Staff Sargeant Brendan Rapp (Sanford)

Brendan (5 years in Air Force) is a Public Health Technician with the Air Force, who is deployed as of April 2019. He is the older brother of two (Jonathan). When he isn’t training or deployed, in his free time he enjoys the outdoors as an avid hunter and fisherman, he enjoys hiking and spending time with his younger brother, Jonathan, where they but heads and act like your typical sibling rivalry.  

Staff Sargeant Marcus E. Bawol (Midland)

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.

Seaman Joseph Bradenburg (Willard)

Seaman Joeseph Brandenburg served in the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf War and was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  He served on the USS Abraham Lincoln.
  He passed away in a car car accident on August 4, 2012.
POW MIA (Saginaw Bay)

Although it grew from Vietnam, for many veterans organizations the flag has come to represent missing service personnel from U.S. military actions back to World War II. That group totals approximately 90,000.
For those who survived as POWs and were fortunate enough to return home, their experiences are never far from their minds. It is only these individuals who can truly grasp the depth of being held captive in a foreign land.

Do you have a veteran you would like to honor with a 2019 aid station dedication? 

Honored Veterans Guidelines
 - Photo of Veteran in jpg file
 - Name, Rank, Branch and Years of Service
 - Description of veteran and service (100 words or less)

Any registered runner, sponsor, or volunteer can have an aid station dedicated to a veteran until all aid stations are covered.  You may request a specific aid station with your request if it is not already dedicated.  After you are registered for the race, you may email the above information to [email protected]