Valley Marines honored
YOUNGSTOWN -- Six members of the Marine Corps League's Tri-State Marine Detachment 494 were recently awarded medallions issued by the Commonwealth Government of the Marianas Island commemorating the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II and being freed from Japanese control. The medallions were presented to men who participated in campaigns in the Pacific during World War II by Richard A. Mitchells, 494th commandant, and Harry Dampf, 494th judge advocate. One inscription on the medallion is "Our Grateful Islands Remember." The recipients are:
Paul A. Sovik of Youngstown, who served from 1941 to 1946. He was in campaigns on Guadalcanal, Glouster, Eastern New Guinea, New Britain and Peleliu, where he was wounded and received the Purple Heart.
Paul R. Schell of Boardman, who served from 1942 to 1945. He was in campaigns on Ribauld, Esperios Santos, New Hebrides, Guadalcanal and Bouganville.
Robert E. Michael of Lowellville, who served from 1942 to 1945. He was in campaigns on Roi-Namur, Kwajalein, Tinian, Saipan and Iwo Jima.
Martin Kelbel of Youngstown, who served from 1943 to 1946. He was assigned to the 4th Marine Division upon its return from Iwo Jima and served with it until it returned to the U.S.
Leo J. Kruise of Youngstown, who served from 1942 to 1946. His campaigns were in the Bismarck Archipelago, Solomon Island, New Britain, Saipan, Tinian and the Philippine Islands.
Glen Buzzard of Hubbard, who served from 1942 to 1945. He fought on Roi-Namur, Tinian, and Saipan, where he was wounded and received the Purple Heart, and Iwo Jima, where he was again wounded and received a second Purple Heart.
Second lieutenant
Air Force 2nd Lt. Steven J. Stroney was commissioned after graduating from Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. Stroney, who graduated in 2001 from Ursuline High School and in 2005 from Youngstown State University with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering technology, has been assigned to Vance Air Force Base, Okla., for pilot training. Stroney is married to the former Lisa Merrell of Canfield and is the son of Len and Marilou Stroney of Boardman.
Back in the U.S.
Army Reserve Sgt. Jesse A. McKowan and Maj. Dean A. Fairman have returned to the United States after being deployed to an overseas forward-operating location in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
McKowan, a transportation coordinator assigned to the 475th Quartermaster Group in Farrell, Pa., is the son of Sandra and stepson of Rudy Kubicna of Warren, Ohio. He is a 1999 graduate of Howland High School.
Fairman, a petroleum officer with the 475th, is the son of Judith G. Graham of Youngstown. He graduated in 1983 from Austintown Fitch High School and received a bachelor's degree in 1990 from Youngstown State University.
Fitch graduate
Air Force Staff Sgt. Dana M. Miglets has deployed overseas to a forward-operating location in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Miglets, daughter of Mark A. Miglets Sr. of Sheridan Road and Carolyn Sweeney of North Edgehill Avenue, both of Youngstown, is an independent duty medical technician normally assigned to the 726th Air Control Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. She is a 1998 graduate of Austintown Fitch High School.
Recently assigned
Reserve Airman 1st Class Matthew D. Shuffstall and Senior Airman David C. Grant have been assigned to the 910th Airlift Wing Security Forces Squadron at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Vienna.
Shuffstall, a fire team member, is the son of Floyd and Patti Shuffstall of Fredonia, Pa., and a 2005 graduate of Mohawk High School, Bessemer, Pa.
Grant, a security police journeyman, is the son of Edward T. Grant of North Canton and Terri L. Grant of Cortland. His wife is Carolyn. He is a 1997 graduate of Uniontown Lake High School.
Air Force: Airman Zachary B. Parker (Mercer, Pa., High School, '06), son of Denise Breznak of Mercer; Airman Samantha L. Johnson (Grove City, Pa., Area High School, '06), daughter of John and Cheryl Graham of Grove City.
Army: National Guard Pvt. Robert J. Santee (a student at Mineral Ridge High School), son of Robert Santee of Warren and Jennifer Santee of Mineral Ridge; Reserve Pvt. Andrew R. Allison (Reynolds High School, Transfer, Pa., '06), son of Robert Allison, and grandson of Maryann Allison, both of Greenville; National Guard Pvt. James A. Coots, son of Robin and stepson of Gary Dilley of Leavittsburg; National Guard Pvt. Christopher M. Beatty (a student at Austintown Fitch High School), son of Richard and Diana Beatty of Austintown; Pvt. Alex J. Blosser (Southern Local Junior-Senior High School, Salineville, '06), son of David and stepson of Cori Blosser of Wellsville; National Guard Pvt. Richard H. Griffith (a student at Keystone Education Center, Greenville), son of John and Barbara Griffith of Sharpsville, Pa.; Reserve Pvt. Justin S. Mays (a student at Niles McKinley High School), son of Patrick and Christine Johnson of Brookfield; National Guard Pfc. Paul S. Buncic (Warren G. Harding High School, Warren, '04), son of Stephen and Christine Buncic of Warren.
Leader course graduates
Two area cadets graduated from the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Leader Development and Assessment Course at Fort Lewis, Wash. They are: Michael T. Gabrid, a student at Youngstown State University, son of Eugene W. and Kathleen A. Gabrid of New Castle, Pa., and a 2003 graduate of Kennedy Catholic High School, Hermitage, Pa.; and Kurtis J. Shingledecker, a student at Norwick University, Northfield, Vt., son of John J. and Nancy A. Shingledecker of New Castle, Pa., and a 2003 graduate of Laurel High School, New Castle.
Items of note for the Military Roundup can be sent to The Vindicator, Regional Desk, P.O. Box 780, Youngstown 44501-0780, or e-mailed to

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