Row one is next to the flagpole. Stones run left to right.
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Micah D. Manningham, Navy, 1996-2006   Row 14, Stone 12

Ed McCoy, Marines, 1943-1946   Row 6, Stone 12

Gene McCoy, Navy, 1948-1952   Row 3, Stone 12

Jack J. McMakin, Army, 1945-1946    Row 15, Stone3

Gary Lane Meister, Army, 1965-1967    Row 35, Stone 9

Stephen L. Meister, Army, 1960-1963, Row 35, Stone 8

Ben A. Miller, Navy, 1942-1945    Row 24, Stone 3

Russell E. Miller, Army, 1969-1970    Row 23, Stone 3

Dale W. Mitchell, Army, 1942-1945 Row 33, Stone 10

Dennis E. Mitchell, Air Force, 1966-1970 Row 33, Stone 11

Harold Moody Mize, Army, 1941-1945 Row 7, Stone 4
Harold was inducted into the Army in November, 1941. His basic training was in Camp Walters, Texas, and from there he was sent to Camp Pendleton, CA, and then to Fort Lewis, WA. Most of his time was served in Alaska, on the Aleutian Islands. His main duty was driving a truck, as well as serving as an MP (military police.) He spent 33 months in Alaska, and then was transferred to Camp Shelby, MS, and later to Camp Blanding, FL, where he helped train recruits. He was honorably discharged in October, 1945. Harold is the father of Mary Ann Otey.
Arnold P. Montgomery, Army, 1983-2012   Row 27, Stone 10
Col. Arnold P. Montgomery is a native of Tremont, Ill. The Army commissioned him as a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve in May 1982 where he served with 3rd Battalion, 338th Armor Regiment. He entered active duty as an Ordnance officer in July 1983 at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.
He has served in a variety of command and staff positions during his career. Command positions include: McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, Tooele Army Depot, Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant, and the 8th Ordnance Company. Staff positions include: assistant deputy chief of staff for U.S. Forces Korea, special assistant to the commanding general, U.S. Army Materiel Command; instructor at the Command and General Staff College; chief of plans, V Corps G4; supply staff officer, 2nd Corps Materiel Management Centers; logistics staff officer, 189th Maintenance Battalion; and division ammunition officer, 82nd Airborne Division.
Col. Montgomery served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the Persian Gulf War and in Operations Joint Endeavor and Joint Guard during the Bosnia peacekeeping operation.
He graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and Webster University with a Master of Arts degree in management. He recently graduated from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington D.C. where he was awarded a Master of Science in national resource strategy. His military education also includes the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the Ordnance Officer Advanced and Basic Courses.
Col. Montgomery’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Superior Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with silver Oak Leave Cluster), the Army Commendation Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (with two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, and the NATO Medal.

Robert W. Moore, Air Force, 1942-1945   Row 26, Stone 10

Ernest W. Morris, Navy, 1942-1942   Row 9, Stone 1

Charles E. Moser, Army, 1953-1955   Row 5, Stone 10

Glenn A. Moser, Army, 1957- 1962   Row 31, Stone 12

Howard J. Moser, Army, 1983-1988   Row 5, Stone 11

James J. Moznar, Navy, 1943-1945    Row 20, Stone 9

Jacob Neaver, Union Army, Civil War, 1862-1865   Row 11, Stone 6

Edwin E. Neeley, Army Air Force, 1943-1966   Row 24, Stone 5

Ben E. Neville, Army, 1951-1953    Row 21, Stone 9

Charles E. Neville, Army, 1943-1945   Row 9, Stone 2

Charles R. Neville, Navy, 1965-1971   Row 9, Stone 5

Danny E. Neville, Navy, 1966-1971   Row 9, Stone 6

Dennis L. Neville, Army, 1971-1973   Row 9, Stone 8

Donald E. Neville, Army, 1946-1947    Row 9, Stone 3

Richard "Buck" Neville, Army, 1949-1953    Row 9, Stone 4

Ronald E. Neville, Army, 1968-1974    Row 9, Stone 7

Roy D. Neville, Army, 1956-1958  Row 30, Stone 10

Donald Lee Nieukirk, Army, 1952-1954   Row 1, Stone 7

William A. "Bill" Noack, Sr. , Army, 1951-1953  Row 1, Stone 2

Frank W. Oertle, Army, 1942-1945   Row 4, Stone 3

Frank Oertle served as an Army sergeant, 5th Armored Division, during WWII. He was involved in five major battles during a ten-month period on the front lines: Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He was honorably discharged Oct. 12, 1945. Frank's brothers, George Oertle and Joseph Oertle also served in the armed forces during WWII. They had two other siblings, Louise Oertle White and Ben Oertle. Frank was born Sept. 10, 1911, a son of Joseph and Katie Zeitler Oertle. He married Blanch White of Mackinaw in 1954, and they celebrated more than fifty years of marriage. Frank lived his entire life in Tremont. Frank passed away in 2005 at 93 years of age.

George C. Oertle, Army, 1941-1945    Row 4, Stone 2

George Oertle was born April 17, 1913, a son of Joseph and Katie Zeitler Oertle. George enlisted in the Army in 1941 and served in Military Action during WWII in the South Pacific until honorably discharged on Nov. 18, 1945. George's brothers, Frank and Joseph, and his sister Louise's husband, Earl White, also served in the armed services during WWII. George had a younger brother, Ben Oertle, at home. George lived his entire life in Tremont until he passed away on April 13, 1983.

Joseph C. Oertle, Navy, 1942-1946    Row 4, Stone 4

Joseph Oertle entered the U.S. Navy on Nov. 25, 1942 during WWII. He was honorably discharged Jan. 1, 1946 as a Boatswains Mate 2nd Class. He served on the USS J. Franklin Bell. Joseph was born Oct. 3, 1922 in Tremont to Joseph and Katie Zeitler Oertle. Joseph farmed most of his adult life at Colfax, IL. He was also a carpenter. He married Vivien White of Mackinaw on July 20, 1946. They had two sons, Larry Oertle of Tremont and Steve Oertle of Lexington. There are three grandchildren and a great-grandson. Joe passed away in 1987 at 64 years of age.

USS J. Franklin Bell
David N. Oslund, Navy, 1984-1988    Row 19, Stone 6

Kitchell Otey, Navy, 1941-1945   Row 7, Stone 2
Kitchell was in the U.S Navy from 1941 to 1945 and served aboard the U.S.S. Hornet (CV-8) as a Motor Machinist Mate First Class. The Hornet made history when, on April 18, 1942, 16 B-25 bombers under the command of General Jimmy Doolittle were launched from the Hornet bound for a bombing mission on Tokyo, Japan. The Japanese forces eventually torpedoed the Hornet and all who were able to, abandoned the ship. Rather than see the enemy sink the Hornet, our forces sank it.  Kitchell was in the water for several hours before being picked up by a destroyer.  He was honorably discharged on June 6,1945.  Kitchell died in 1991 and is the father of Rick Otey of Tremont.
USS Hornet (CV8)

Rick Otey, Navy, 1969-1971   Row 7, Stone 3
Rick was in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1971 and served aboard a destroyer, the U.S.S. Bausell (DD845). He was a store keeper and also a hotshellman in a twin 38 cal. 5 inch gun. As a hotshellman wearing asbestos gloves, he caught the empty powder casings which exited the rear of gun when fired and threw them out of the mount so no one would become injured. Powder burns of the eyes were a regular occurance.  He served in Viet Nam from May 1970 to December 1970.  Rick was honorably discharged in May 1971.  Rick currently resides in Tremont with his wife, Mary Ann.  They have four children and seven grandchildren.
USS Bausell (DD845)

John Edwin Oyer, Army, 1917-1921   Row 22, Stone 5