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.
WWII veteran recalls life as POW in the last eight months of the war, mining for Nazi's.
Manitowoc native goes from assembly line to B-17 gunner in WW II. Faced close calls and remembers those who didn't make it home during commemorative flight.
Town of Menasha native serves as medical technician in Afghanistan. Convoy hit by RPG. She aided wounded before treating her own wounds.
Law enforcement and military part of a life of service for John Matz. Two passions also shared by his son.
Women veterans pair up with printmakers to share views on service
94 year old Betty Strohfus helped train air combat crews during World War II.
Sturgeon Bay man joined Army for economic reasons. As a field medic in Korea saw action in Battles of Incheon and Chosin.
Green Bay man cannot forget Pacific battles in WW II and people he helped
Appleton legion post unit promoting patriotism locally for three decades.
Decades after two tours in Vietnam, veterans becomes a paramedic, and one of the first airborne paramedics for County Rescue Services
Sturgeon Bay man joins Army at 16. Becomes personal chauffer to General George Patton. Does personal mission for him.
De Pere man recalls going from farm kid, high school graduate to B-29 Pilot in South Pacific and being reactivated in Korea War. Chose to be bombardier
Top high school football players and marching bands get showcased on national TV at U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Soldier mentors meet one on one with students to talk about teamwork, meeting goals and how the army could help
Plans for an employee Christmas party took a turn when a veterans group suggested adopting a needy veteran and his family for the holidays.
Korean War era vet spent two years in the army and a lifetime helping any veteran he could
Green Bay man recalls service with Army Air Corp leading up to Battle of the Bulge
"Battle of the Bulge" air warrior turns teacher and school administrator after the war, and trains future pilots
Two Rivers Marine Corp veteran goes from chopper pilot in battlefield to cargo transport pilot after wounds in Vietnam.
John Black became a Navy corpsman to get money for college. But he grew up under fire, including the loss of a friend in Vietnam. He later joined the Army Reserve and spends his days thanking vets and sharing his experience with future military officers
Justin Lane's military career has ended now that therapy and rehabilitation are over. Now he's charting a new career--in music.
Corporate CEO and corporate pilot use company plane to help wounded Hometown Heroes get to treatment or home with no expense and less time
A pair of twins from Green Bay remember their service
Appleton man served as navigator on 50 missions that took out key Nazi war production targets. Never spoke much about his experiences, until recently
Ken Corry works with student vets to help them transition back from the battle zone.
An army veteran of the first gulf war enlisted with an eye toward's getting an education. But Local Five's Terry Kovarik shows us this week's "Hometown Hero" is now using his military experiences to give back to veterans in need.