United States Marines

World War II veteran dedicated to Gold Star families

World War II veteran dedicated to Gold Star families

When Pearl Harbor was bombed by Japan in December 1941, catapulting the United States into World War II, Hershel “Woody” Williams was a teenager in Montana working with the Civil Conservation Corps. Like so many in his generation, Williams immediately wanted to join the war effort. “I had never heard of Pearl Harbor. I had […]

Semper Fi, Jay “Gunny” Degraw

Semper Fi, Jay “Gunny” Degraw

1924 – 2018 Jay “Gunny” Degraw was born in Spring Lakes Heights, New Jersey, Sept. 21, 1924. Navarre Press featured the life of Degraw in our “Here’s looking at you…” series in October 2011 and was honored to attend his 90th birthday party in 2014. Degraw, or Gunny as he was often referred to as […]