SOBIESKI, WI (WFRV) This week's "Hometown Hero" never intended to make the military his career. But Jerry Delebreau found he could make a difference as a military police officer, for military and humanitarian missions.
This week's "Hometown Hero" defines the word "survivor". Paul Nelson saw action in a long, defining battle during Vietnam. He also overcame health issues related to dangerous chemicals from that war.
This week's "Hometown Hero" thought her military career was at an end due to hip and back injuries. But a life-long hobby helped Chasity "Chas" Kuczer in a military-version of the Olympics, and could keep her in the army reserve.
This week's "Hometown Hero" joined the U.S. Army to become an American. But soon after, Joe Archambault found himself with the infantry in Korea. Archambault survived two battles and showed courage under fire. But his family didn't know that until recently.
This week's "Hometown Hero" helped enforce the terms of Japan's surrender following World War Two. And then Bill Reed and his unit were deployed to action in the Korean War. Reed's division found itself replacing units due to ship out or were decimated by heavy fighting.
his week's "Hometown Heroes" have become fast friends in a very short time. Rob Wyman and Mel Radeke also served during U.S. involvement in two Asian wars: Wyman during Vietnam and Radeke during Korea. Soon Wyman will escort Radeke during an honor flight to Washington D.C.
This week's "Hometown Hero" Is a newcomer to the U.S. Navy and hails from Green Bay. Alexander Faber joined the navy ten-months ago. But he'll play a crucial role in keep jets ready for any mission the U.S.S John C. Stennis faces.
This week's "Hometown Hero" provided fellow soldiers with pre-attack mission information in Vietnam. Tom Pienta's Unit also had a close call but was saved by his quick reactions.
This week's "Hometown Hero" is a career Marine who enlisted just as the U.S. prepared for the second Gulf War. Staff-Sergeant Robert Warren served in both Iraq And Afghanistan and sustained wounds in a fire fight. The Peshtigo-native was recently transfered to Madison. .
This week's "Hometown Hero" entered the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Reinie Eckelberg fought in one of the bloodiest battles in the South Pacific and returned home all before he turned 21. Eckelberg says the Battle Of Iwo Jim shows the high cost of protecting freedoms. .
This week's "Hometown Hero" served a year in the army in Vietnam. Jerry Polus came home and served in the private sector. But his real passion and career have been helping veterans get the help and benefits they deserve.
Former carpenter/combat engineers has a new mission: making toys for needy youngsters at Christmas
This week's "Hometown Hero" was never in the thick of combat in World War Two. But he and his protected a nearly barren location that kept allied troops in Europe well equipped. Now Bill Salutz honors all who've served in his singing. .
This week's "Hometown Hero" is a marine who fought a hard battle for a small pacific island in World War Two. Ray Kaquatosh also faced racism from the enemy and ....his fellow marines.
This Week's "Hometown Heroes" have two ties to history: World War Two and Wisconsin's only N-C-A-A Basketball Championship. The Badger men's team won the title just months before the U.S. entered World War Two. So what happened to the champs of 1941 during the war?
This week's "Hometown Hero" served as a military police officer in the first gulf war -- was part of military history in Europe -- and served in the National Guard. But Scott Adler also saw the toll service took on a friend. Local Five's Terry Kovarik shows us he's fighting to help veterans deal with post war issues.
This week's "Hometown Hero" enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps to getaway from trouble at home. His journey took him to Koream where he spent time as a prisoner of war. But Chuck Schommer also gave up one of his medals years later to help a dying man.
This week's "Hometown Hero" protected ships in the South Pacific. Then came a hurricane that forced his unit to ditch their planes when fuel ran out. Meet Ken Gunderson a survivor of the "Lost Squadron."
Howard man shaped surveillance during the Cold War...and got a view of a possible historic biblical location. Rentmeester witnessed a lot of history in service. Now historic preservation is his new mission.
96-year-old Lester Rentmeester helped develop surveillance technology that proved invaluable during the Cold War.
Wayne Martin was wounded during a mortar attack in Vietnam...which also killed another marine he befriended. A look at how a visit to his fallen brother's hometown.. helped heal those wounds nearly 35-years later.
Goodman man spent most of World War II as a prisoner of the Japanese. A look at how he survived.
Goodman man served in Army when Philippine Island of Luzon captured. Spent most of the war as a POW
Green Bay man went from shipyard to working on Liberty ships and had some close calls
New London man recalls duties as military police officer during the Korean War
USMC Reservist spilts time between golf course management, the U.S.M.C. Reserve and "Toys for Tots".
Appleton Pearl Harbor Survivor shares his memories of December 7, 1941
Man makes career of U.S. Coast Guard and keeps maritime history alive as head of Door County Maritimes Museum
Green Bay World War II veteran turns 100. He remembers civilian internment camps in the Philippines.
Upper Peninsula native recalls leaving the farm for the U.S. Army in WWII, being trailed by a German submarine en route to London, being injured in France and an unusual medical technique used during the Battle of the Bulge
Our Hometown Hero this week was a multi-tasker aboard an aircraft carrier during Vietnam. Grant Hoffman proved to be a morale booster and averted a disaster at sea.
Vietnam veteran continues serving other vets in six different veterans groups, including Marine Corp League honor guards
U.S. Navy veteran goes through trying time in Vietnam finally gets overdue honor.
Vietnam veteran helps others vets heal through the "Healing Warrior Hearts" program
Retired navy veteran has a new mission: helping bald eagles and other birds of prey recover from injuries to be released in the wild.
Hometown Hero writes book on faith and duty
B-17 turret gunner injured by flack, saw future of air warfare and finally got his Purple Heart
Adrian Sprosty served as B-24 bomber navigator, tempting fate by having to run more than the normal number of missions. But fate also spared him and his crew.
Former navy electrician works to keep disabled vets connected with the outdoors
Nephew recalls uncle he never knew, missing for nearly 70-years following plane crash, and how he got closure when remains found.
Rick Barry found it hard to get a higher education. So he set another course: Flying choppers to supply the U.S. troops in Vietnam. And as Local Five's Terry Kovarik reports, this week's "Hometown Hero" is helping other veterans keep their stories alive for future generations.
Green Bay man served as WWII bombardier and had knack for disrupting enemy supply lines and saving lives.
Nooe served in Korea on 1953
Former sailor remembers D-Day, the amazing ability of LST ships to move troops and material to Normandy and wounded soldiers back to England.
THIS WEEK'S HOMETOWN HERO SERVED IN THE FIRST GULF WAR....BUT ALSO FEELS A VERY STRONG LINK WITH VIETNAM VETERANS. NOW...STEVE CONTO'S (CON'-TOH) PERSONAL MISSION IS TO MAKE SURE DECEASED VETS FROM THAT WAR ARE NOT FORGOTTEN. LOCAL FIVE'S TERRY KOVARIK HAS HIS STORY.
Solider who lost both legs now exercising for fun, preparing to take music career to a new stage and helping Hawaiian restaurant owner get vets to paradise
Hortonville man fought in three major Pacific battles in WWII and survived
Two Rivers man recalls fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, rescuing pinned down tank crew by taking out three Panzer tanks.
Neenah man served as B-24 navigator and was captured by Germans 213 days before WWII ended. Continues to work for POWs.
Appleton native serves aboard missile cruiser patrolling for pirates and doing charity work in ports around the globe.