Celebrating the Service of World War II Minority Veterans


Significance of the World War II Minority Veterans Memorial at the Oncenter.

What is Veterans Day and why is it always celebrated on November 11th ? At the end of World War I, the armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. That is why November 11, 1918 became the official day to celebrate all our nation’s veterans. Called Armistice Day originally, renamed Veterans Day after World War II. The following is our annual celebration of those who sacrificed who are enshrined on the World War II Minority Veterans Memorial at the Oncenter

Latham and Tarbell Portrait Minority Wall Memorial at OnCenter

Latham and Tarbell Portrait Minority Wall Memorial at OnCenter

On its dedication on Aug. 27, 2005, the black granite wall included the names of 245 veterans. On the wall above the memorial are photos of two men PFC Charles Latham, Buffalo Soldier & 489th Engineer Water Supply Division and Sergeant Albert A. Tarbell 82nd Airborne Division. These men are just representative of the diverse minority group members who served our country during World War Two. This is our annual tribute to those who’ve served.

America’s “Minorities” or people of color have fought and died in wars since our nation’s birth. There are hundreds of thousands who fought in WWII and other conflicts that were never recognized for their service. Therefore, the existence of the World War II Minority Veterans Wall of Honor is especially important as we celebrate Veterans Day.

The monument at the OnCenter’s entrance on S. State Street consists of 245 names engraved on a black granite wall it includes blacks, American Indians, Latino Americans and Asian-Pacific Islander Americans of all World War II services, including the Merchant Marine.

The names

Here’s a listing of the names on the wall at its 2005 dedication. It includes blacks, American Indians, Latino Americans and Asian-Pacific Islander Americans of all World War II services, including the Merchant Marine. Veterans must have lived in Onondaga County at some time in their lives. Branch of service is not known for all on the list.

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Frank V. Adams, Army

David P. Agnew Sr., Army

John C. Agnew, Army

Valley Allgood, N/A

James Lawrence Anderson, Army

Warren Timothy Anderson, Army

Milton Babcock Jr., Navy

Louis Beckman, Army

Matthew T. Bell, Army

John B. Betsey Sr., Army

Eugene Blue, Army

Harold N. Braithwaite, Army

Curtis Brown, Army

Odis Brown, Army

Ophius Brown, Army

Leslie Bucktooth Sr., Army

Edward A. Bullard, Army

Roy J. Catalfamo, Army

Louis D. Christiano, Army

Granville Clemons, Army

Johnson Cook, Navy

Cecil Chester Cooper, Navy

Louis Mayhew Credle, Army

John William Cree, Air Force

Joseph W. Cree, Army

Robert B. Chestnut, Army

Lyn Harold Crouse, Army

Marvin Crouse Sr., Army

Robert Crowder, Army

Timothy P. Crowell, Army

Morgan Joseph Curry, Army

Thomas Peter David Sr., Navy

Marion Davis, Army

Roy L. Davis, Army

Walter Davis Jr., Navy

Donald Dawson, Navy

Romie Lee Days Sr., Army

Charles Albert Dixon, Army

Kenneth L. Dixon, Army

Alfred Doctor, Navy

John Dowdell Sr., Army

James L. Dubose, Army

Arthur Lembert Dunbar Sr., Army

Curtis Dunbar, Army

Freddrick Dunham, Army

Marvin Edge, Army

Vester Edge Jr., Army

Desport Edwards, Army

Raymond Elm Jr., Navy

Walter Elm, Navy

Isiah Farmer, Army

Freeman Finch, Army

Thomas Miles Fleming, Army

Daniel Frost, Army

Nelson Frost, Army

Winston H. Gaskin, Army

Charles Reginald George, Army

Robert E. George Sr., Army

Robert George, Army

Ronald J. George, Army

Russell George Sr., Army

Ambrose Gibson, Army

Andrew Gibson Jr., Army

Calvin Gibson, Navy

Donald Gibson Sr., Army

John Gibson Sr., Army

Maurice Gibson, Marines

Clarence Eckel Glenn

Thomas Godley, Army

Thomas L. Goldthwait, Army

Raphael Gonyea, Army/Air Force

Thomas P. Goslowski, Army

David Green, Navy

Loren Green, Army

Warren Green, Army

Wallace Greene, Marines

James Herman Griffin, Navy

Julius Hall, Army

Denvil Hammons, Army

Samuel Harvey, Army

William T. Hicks Sr., Navy

Leon John Hill, Navy

Oliver Hill Sr., Army

Richard Hill, Army

Willard Hill, Navy

Eddie Hollis, Army

Charles E. Holt, Army

Eli Homer Sr., Navy

James Homer, Navy

Wilbert Homer, Navy

Moses Honor, Army

Elliot Honyoust, Army

Madeline Honyoust, Army

William Bill Honyoust, Army

Nathan W. Howard, Navy

Robert Howard, Army

Vincent H. Hunt, Army

Eddie Jackson, Air Force

Arthur Jacobs, Army

Ernest Jacobs, Army

Sherman Jacobs, Army

Louis Jacques, Canadian Air Force

Mahlon R. Jeffries, Navy

Charles E. Johnson Jr., Army

Charles E. Johnson Sr., Army

Fred E. Johnson, Army

Herbert A. Johnson, Army

Robert Johnson Sr., Navy

Sidney L. Johnson, Air Force

Willard A. Johnson, Army

Woodrow Johnson, Army

Arthur W. Jones Jr., Army

Clarence B. Jones, Army

Ernest Jones, Marines

Jimmie L. Jones Sr., Army

Hiram Harold Jones, Navy

Louis Leon Jones, Navy

Moses Jones, Marines

Nelson LaForte, Marines

Joseph LaFrate, Army

Charlie W. Latham, Army

Dave Leverette Jr., Navy

Cornelius A. Lubo, Army

Emmet Lyons, Army

James “Tiger” Lyons, Army

Jack M. Mable, Army

William Thomas Mabry Jr., Army

Ernest Joseph Mallery, Air Force

Clifton E. Marshall, Army

Andrew J. Mathews, Army

Walter McClairy, Army

Frederick C. McClaude, Navy

Joseph W. McDougall, Army

James McKinley, Army

Alfred McKinnon, Army

Herold Miller, Army

Kenneth T. Miller Sr., Army

David Mims, Army

Clarence Moody, Army

J.B. Morgan, Army

Henry Graham Moore, Army

Kenneth C. Morris Sr., Army

Harvey Moses Sr., Army

Lawrence Moses, Navy

Charlie Myles, Army

Raymond M. Newport Sr., Navy

Bernard Nolan, Marines

Leo Nolan Sr., Navy

Jesse S. Oneal, Army

Luther Owens, Army/Air Force

Anthony Ozark, Navy

Miguel Estrada Padilla, Army

Jose Pagcaliwagan, Navy

Robert Junious Paige, Army

Angus Papineau, Navy

Anna Mae Papineau, WAC/Army

Mitchell Papineau, Marines

Ernest J. Pelkey, Navy

Braxter Pettiford, Army

Harold Pierce Jr., Navy

Lynn Pierce, Navy

William W. Pierce, Navy

William Polk, Marines

Benjamin Powless, Army

Henry Powless, Marines

Leslie Powless, Navy

Richard A. Powless Sr., Army

Timothy Powless, Navy

John C. Pullins, Army

James B. Redfearn, Army

Rudolfo N. Reyes, Army

Robert T. Rhoades Sr., Navy

Floyd Rice, Air Force

James E. Richards Jr., Army

Donald Honyoust Rockwell, Navy

Arthur Ryan, Army

Earle M. Scoggins, Air Force

George W. Scott, Army

Michael John Scott, Canadian Army

Thomas J. Scott, Army

Chapman Schenandoah Jr., Navy

Nelson Paul Schenandoah, Navy

Ralph Schenandoah, Army

Exandine Shenandoah, Marines

Frederick Shenandoah Jr., Army

Willie Sherman Sr., Marines

Roger Sherrill, Navy

Leroy Simmons, Army

Jesse C. Simpson, Army

Roosevelt Sims, Army

Anthony John Singleton, Army

Wilbert A. Singleton, Army

Ledger Slater, Army

J.D. Smith, Army

Willard D. Smith, Army

Leo J. Smoke, Army

Leon Smoke, Navy

Percy Smoke, Army

William Peter Smoke, Marines

Marion Stanfield, Army

Robert Stanley, Navy

James Stewart, Army

Gilbert Stout Sr., Marines

Albert A. Tarbell, Army

Leslie Joseph Tarbell, Marines

Michael Robert Taylor, Army

Alfred Thomas, Army

Arthur Thomas Sr., Army

Edson Thomas, Army

John Thomas Sr., Marines

Kenneth Thomas Sr., Army

George Thompson Jr., Army

Miles Thompson Sr., Navy

Paul E. Tisdell, Army

Arthur Lee Todd, Navy

Raymond L. Triche, Army

Edward M. Tucker Jr., Army

Floyd Benjamin Tucker, Army

Frederick Lee Tucker, Marines

Conrad Vanderpool, Air Force

Sheldon Vanderpool, Air Force

Wesley Vanderpool, Air Force

Louella Vanevery, nurse, Army

Michael B. Ventrone, Army

Thomas Allen Warren, Air Force

Emerson Waterman, Army

Gene Waterman, Navy

Paul Waterman, Navy

William A. Weaver, Army

Charles Webster, Army

Jacob Webster, Army

Richard Webster, Army

Thomas Webster Sr., Navy

William Webster, Army

Henry J. Werts, Army

Howard P. White, Army

Woodrow White, Army

Thelma A. Whitted, Army/Air Force

David E. Wilkins, Army/Air Force

Duane Williams, Navy

Kelly N. Wilson, Army

Aubrey D. Winslow Sr., Army

Michael Henry Wolek, Army

James L. Young, Army

John William Young, Navy

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