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When I joined the Army, I did it because it was the right thing to do. I was young and fervently patriotic. Today I am a little older and still fervently patriotic. I didn’t join the Army so someone four and half decades later would say thank you for my service to our country. But when it happened, it was one of the most moving experiences of my life.

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William G. McBride
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William G. McBride, retired, Master Sergeant, with 22 years of service in the US Army.

He joined in 1951 at 17 years old.  He was attached to the 7th Infantry and the 25th Infantry Divisions in his career. Various positions held included; Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, 1st Sergeant, Instructor, Drone Pilot, and Demolition Specialist. He served in Korea and Vietnam, receiving the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Army Commendation-air Medal, United Nations Service Award, Good Conduct Medal – Korean Service, Vietnam Service Medal, as well as numerous campaign and service ribbons and medals.

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Michael Bugaj
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Michael J. Bugaj, retired, Master Sargent, 23 years with the US Air Force. He is currently the VP of NAVASEMI (Native American Veteran’s Association of South East Michigan Indians).

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Chief Master Sergeant John (Skip) Bushart
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Chief Master Sergeant John (Skip) Bushart, US Air Force Reserve (retired) is a lifelong resident of Oakland County. He is a graduate of Oakland Community College and earned a BBA from Cleary University.

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Lynn A. McDaniels
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Colonel Lynn A. McDaniels is currently serving as assistant to the Command Nurse, and senior nurse advisor for the Air Force Reserve Command. She assists in creating and evaluating nursing policies and programs for over 4500 AFRC Nursing Services personnel (1500 Nurse Corps officers and 3000 Aerospace Medical Service Technicians) with specific emphasis on clinical nursing issues and initiatives.

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Raymond Zack
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Raymond Zack was 21 years old in 1942 when he joined the U.S. Army. He was a member of the 299th Combat Engineering Battalion and served in France and Germany. Wounded twice, he received the Purple Heart with 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star and numerous campaign and service ribbons and medals.

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