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.
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