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THEIR DEDICATION AND COURAGE IS APPRECIATED NOT JUST
ON MEMORIAL DAY, BUT EACH AND EVERY DAY. . .

GINA ELISE AND THE "PIN-UPS FOR VETS" CALENDAR PROJECT DEDICATE THIS MEMORIAL PAGE TO OUR BRAVE HEROES WHO HAVE SERVED OUR GREAT COUNTRY IN TIMES OF WAR AND IN TIMES OF PEACE.  THEY ARE HONORED HERE FOR THEIR COURAGE AND FOR THEIR HONORABLE DEDICATION TO PRESERVE OUR FREEDOMS.  MAY YOU ALL REST IN PEACE....YOU ARE FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS....WE GIVE YOU THANKS.....

IF YOU ARE A "PIN-UPS FOR VETS" SUPPORTER, WHO HAS DONATED TO THIS PROJECT TO HELP OUR VETERANS, AND YOU WOULD LIKE TO HONOR A FAMILY MEMBER OR A FRIEND WHO SERVED IN THE MILITARY AND HAS PASSED AWAY, PLEASE SEND A PH0TO AND ACCOMPANYING TEXT IN AN E-MAIL TO GINA ELISE AT:  gina@pinupsforvets.com.  I WILL BE HONORED TO POST YOUR LOVED ONE HERE ON THE MEMORIAL PAGE.

WITH MUCH APPRECIATION.....GINA ELISE

My late Grandfather Louis served in the U.S. Army for 4 years during World War II.  He was already a pharmacist when he enlisted to serve, so the Army put him in charge of compounding medicines for our troops and dispensing medicines to our brave heroes who became ill or who were injured .  He was very good at what he did, and the Army wrote him a commendation letter.

He was always proud that he served his country and very proud to be a U.S. Veteran. He would take my aunt and my mom to the cemetary on Memorial Day to pay honor to those Veterans who had gone before him. I am in possession of my Grandpa's "dog tags" from his military service. Those "dog tags" inspire me everyday, and  I know that my Grandpa who took good care of the health of our troops would be proud to know that over 60 years later,  I am trying to raise money for our Veterans' health care. I am proud to be a grandaughter of a Veteran who served our country! May you rest in peace, Grandpa Lou. 

With love from your granddaughter, Gina Elise

********IN LOVING MEMORY OF LCPL FERNANDO TAMAYO********

THE PHOTO OF THIS HANDSOME YOUNG MARINE WAS SENT TO ME BY RON ESCOBAR (ONE OF MY AWESOME SUPPORTERS IN CALIFORNIA).  FERNANDO WAS A NEIGHBOR, AND RON SADLY INFORMS ME THAT FERNANDO DIED DURING HIS ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE IN IRAQ.  LCPL TAMAYO SACRIFICED HIS LIFE FOR OUR COUNTRY ON THE FRONT LINES IN IRAQ.  I WANTED TO SHARE HIS PHOTO WITH ALL MY SUPPORTERS, SO THAT HIS BRAVE SERVICE AND HIS WONDERFUL SMILE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN.  FERNANDO IS A HERO, AND NO WORDS THAT I SAY HERE WILL EVER BE ABLE TO HONOR HIM PROPERLY. EACH MEMORIAL DAY, WE ALL HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO REMEMBER THE TROOPS WHO DIED WHILE SERVING OUR COUNTRY.  FERNANDO TAMAYO---MAY YOU REST IN PEACE... WITH DEEPEST SYMPATHY AND APPRECIATION FOR THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE YOU MADE FOR THIS COUNTRY...GINA ELISE

BRYANT ELWOOD MCGINNIS IS THE FATHER OF TERRY MCGINNIS, ONE OF MY MOST DEVOTED SUPPORTERS.  TERRY WRITES:

My Dad, whose picture you have, passed away in 1976. He was "Bryant E. McGinnis  MM1  US Navy 1911-1976.  Dad took Seabee training at Davisville, Rhode Island." 

Mr. McGinnis served in the Navy from 1943-1945. McGinnis served with the 97th Naval Construction Battalion in Scotland and England. With the 108th NCB in "Operation Mulberry" at Omaha Beach and was there on D-Day June 6th, 1944. He served with the 39th NCB on Saipan in the Pacific and was slated to go on the Invasion of Japan when the War ended. Thank you Harry Truman.



IN LOVING MEMORY OF MILITARY K-9 HANDLER CPL. KORY WIENS AND HIS LABRADOR RETRIEVER PARTNER, COOPER . . .

ON JULY 6, 2007, KORY AND COOPER LOST THEIR LIVES WHEN AN EXPLOSIVE DEVICE DETONATED WHILE THEY WERE ON PATROL IN IRAQ. I RECEIVED THIS BEAUTIFUL PHOTO OF THESE TWO HEROES, FROM K-9 HANDLER CHUCK SHUCK. KORY AND COOPER WERE INSEPERABLE IN LIFE, AND THEIR CREMATED REMAINS WERE BURIED TOGETHER IN OREGON. KORY AND COOPER, REST IN PEACE....YOU BOTH ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS.

I WOULD LIKE TO HONOR MY GRANDMA'S FIRST COUSIN, CARL, WHO DIED WHILE SERVING IN THE U.S. MILITARY DURING WORLD WAR II.

MY COUSIN CARL WAS KILLED IN ACTION IN N. AFRICA IN MARCH 1943. HE WAS CALLED TO ACTION IN DECEMBER 1940. EVERYONE WHO KNEW THIS STAR FOOTBALL PLAYER AND CLASS PRESIDENT LOVED HIM. HIS MILITARY CAREER BEGAN IN COLLEGE WHEN HE BECAME A MEMBER OF ROTC. HE LEFT A BIG VOID IN THE LIVES OF HIS FAMILY AND COMMUNITY WHEN HE DIED. ON THIS 66TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH, I WOULD LIKE TO HONOR HIM WITH A PLACE HERE ON THE MEMORIAL PAGE. I KNOW HE WOULD HAVE BEEN HAPPY TO KNOW THAT HIS YOUNGER COUSIN IS WORKING TO SUPPORT VETERANS!!! MAY YOU REST IN PEACE, CARL....I WISH I COULD HAVE KNOWN YOU....ALL MY LOVE.....GINA ELISE!











MY GREAT SUPPORTER IN OREGON, JACK CARSON, SENT THIS PHOTO OF HIS UNCLE EARL CARSON AND HIS TANK CREW.  EARL PASSED AWAY IN 1984.

JACK WROTE THIS TO ME:

"My uncle Earl was wounded at the Kazzerine Pass in North Africa in Jan. 1943. He and the guy next guy next to him with the tilted helmet were the only two to survive. Their tank was the lead tank and was hit by a German 88. He passed away in 1984 but until then they remained friends and visited each other often."

HANDSOME WORLD WAR II AIR FORCE PILOT, ABE KOPLOWITZ, BRAVELY SERVED HIS COUNTRY, AND WE SALUTE HIS MEMORY...

THIS PHOTO WAS SENT TO ME BY ABE'S PROUD SISTER, GLORIA ELROY. ABE WAS STATIONED IN ENGLAND AND FLEW IN A C47 PLANE OVER EUROPE IN THE 1940'S. HE PICKED UP THE WOUNDED TO TRANSFER THEM TO HOSPITALS, HE DROPPED PARACHUTISTS ONTO BATTLEFIELDS, AND HE FLEW A GLIDER, FILLED WITH AMMUNITION, IN THE INVASION OF THE RHINE.  AFTER THE WAR, ABE WAS A HARD-WORKING PILOT FOR CHIEF-OF-STAFF GENERAL COLLINS.







IN  MEMORY  OF   ROBERT “BOB” ELROY ( 1922 – 2006 )

  • Loving husband of Gloria, father of 2 sons, and adored grandfather of 2 granddaughters
  • Brave gunner on the B-17, “Wee Willie” during World War II in Europe
  • Air Force Sgt. who flew 25 missions as a member of the 322nd 91st Bomb Group
  • Woodshop teacher for 21 years at Jordan High School in Los Angeles

Bob was a kind and generous man who would help anyone who needed a hand.  He was a respected teacher, who later in life visited classrooms to talk to the students about his military service during WW II.  He was a proud Veteran who often wore his Air Force jacket.

Stephen Rogg in Massachusetts, one of my devoted supporters, sent me this very special photo above of his Uncle's World War II Army unit. He says,  "My uncle Maynard J. Rogg served for 4 years in the 27th Infantry Division US Army until he was KIA 18 June 1944 on Saipan. He was awarded a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. In the photo he is in the first row extreme right. Maynard was killed 13 years before I was born thus I never knew him. My father and two other uncles served in World War II and survived. We all need to take a step back and realize that if it was not for men who fought for our freedom past and present, we would not be where we are today. All gave some, some gave all."

The late Jim Wiley, pictured on the left and in insert, talks to Navy Veteran, Jack Carson.

WILEY, James William LCDR, USN ret. died March 11, 2011. He was born July 8th, 1940 in Augusta, AR, to the late Seburn Wiley and Helen Irwin Martin. He was also the stepson of Pete Martin. He was a career naval aviator and a decorated Vietnam Veteran.

Pin-Ups For Vets supporter, Jack Carson, writes: 

We last saw Jim at the 05 reunion in Pensacola. He entertained many of us with his story telling of how he and his flight leader each shot down a MIG-17 while returning from a mission. That’s two that day. He was the same as I was in VS-37, AMH-2 Aircrew. He will be missed by all that knew him.

Jim Wiley, VA-176, AMH2, Aircrew, VS-37, a Naval Aviation Cadet, was a Retired Commander.  On October 9, 1966,  he shot down a MIG-17 in Viet Nam while flying a Spad (AD-6 or AE-1Skyraider, propeller driven) off the U.S.S.  Intrepid, CVA-11.,  and he later flew F4 Phantoms.  Jim  passed away March 11, 2011. He lost his fight with cancer. He is a real Naval Aviator Hero.  May you rest in peace, Jim.

"Edmond "Skip" Myers served in the Navy from 1960-1968. 4 years he served in Yokuska, Japan and 4 years at Barbers Point, Hawaii. My dad was a great man that raised 2 men to appreciate what they had and help those no matter what. I am his oldest son and have been serving for the last 13 years. My little brother served in the Army for 8 years.

I had the chance to honor one of his wishes and spread his ashes at sea when I left for my 2008 Deployment. My brother honored his other wish and spread his ashes in Death Valley, CA. Both places were where he loved to take us to.

There was nothing my Dad wouldn't do to make sure everyone he came in contact with was happy."

Very Respectfully,

BM1(SW/AW) Myers, Ryan P.



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