Honored “Hometown Heroes”

This page is dedicated to those who have been honored by family, friends etc. by way of the Thomas Township “Hometown Heroes” banner project.  Thomas Township and the Downtown Development Authority is proud to display the banners of those residents, past and present, who have served or are currently serving the United States of America.

WILLIAM BOELK

ARMY – AIR FORCE STAFF SERGEANT

JUNE 1942 – DECEMBER 1945

WORLD WAR II

My Father, My Hero!

-Honored by Judy Fanning

MARK FANNING

MARINE CORPS – SERGEANT

1995 – 2002

Mark has always been a great person. From a young age he was always focused on goals and trying to be the best. He is a loyal and loving son, father, husband, brother, uncle and friend. Anyone that has the pleasure of knowing him is better because of him.

-Honored by Judy Fanning

MARTIN HUMPHREY

ARMY – E3

APRIL 20TH, 1976 – JANUARY 10TH, 1979

KOREAN WAR

Marty is a proud American who enlisted in the Army at age 17. He is a great man who has your back which makes him a great friend as well!

-Honored by American Gasser Hot Rod Shop

ROBERT PAHSSEN

MARINE CORPS – PRIVATE FIRST CLASS

1951 – 1954

KOREAN WAR

Our father was a proud Marine. While serving our county he received the following medals; National Defense, Korean Service with 1 star and the United Nations Service Medal. Bob was an honest and humble man. He was a loving father, grandfather, and a dear friend to everyone. Bob passed away September 24, 1983 at the young age of 50. Gone but never forgotten.

-Honored by Rick Pahssen

DAVID A. SOMMERS

AIR FORCE – SERGEANT

MAY 1969 – MAY 1973

VIETNAM WAR

Long before we were married he proudly served in the Air Force. He completed a tour in Vietnam as a combat photographer where he flew hundreds of hours documenting the Air Force’s role in the war. He earned an Air Medal and Commendation Medal. He then served two years with the air demonstration team, The Thunderbirds, where he traveled the U.S. representing the Air Force. Ever since we have been married he has continued serving his community in various roles that were instilled in him while serving the country.

-Honored by Edith Sommers

FLORENZIO M. ORNELAS

ARMY – SP4-E-4

DECEMBER 8, 1964 – AUGUST 21, 1966

VIETNAM

Florenzio volunteered to go to Vietnam. He was very honored to serve his Country. His family is very proud of him and feels he deserves to be included in this honor because he grew up in Shields and Saginaw. He passed away on June 26th, 2020.

Honored by Darlene Ornelas

 

ARTHUR D. NOEY

NAVY – LT. COMMANDER

1971 – 1991

VIETNAM

Art Noey proud to have served his country. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1963 and served for 28 years, three of which were active duty. He was deployed aboard the USS Midway and spent the better part of 1971 in Vietnam. In 1991, Lt. Commander Noey retired from the Navy, having thoroughly enjoyed his time abroad, with the Philippines and Japans being among his favorites. He credits the Navy for teaching him discipline. Today he owns and operates three (3) Maytag stores between Saginaw and Frankenmuth.

-Honored by Paige Breece

ROBERT EVEN

NAVY – TORPEDOMAN’S MATE THIRD CLASS USNR

JUNE 15, 1943 – MARCH 15, 1946

WORLD WAR II

My father served his Country startig at age 17. He was a resident of Thomas Township and also a business owner, he owned “Paul Bunyan Meat Products.”

-Honored by Ann Pahssen

FRANK ORNELAS

ARMY

1952 – 1954

KOREAN WAR

My Grandfather is a strong man with a desire to give back to the community. He currently serves as the Michigan State Commander for the American GI Forum and assists with military funerals as a chaplain.

-Honored by Alex Ornelas

JACK E. TEMPLE

ARMY – COMBAT ENGINEER – SERGEANT E5

JUNE 1953 – JULY 1955

KOREAN WAR

I am very proud of my Dad.

-Honored by Kimberly Alfano

EDMUND WURTZEL

ARMY AIR FORCE – MASTER SERGEANT

1945 – 1945 & 1950 – 1953

KOREAN WAR

My father, Edmund, enlisted in the US Army Air Force in 1941 at the age of 22 and served in the European Theater through the end of the war in 1945. He was recalled in 1950 to serve in the Korean War and served until 1953 with his final rank as Master Sergeant. He passed away and was buried with military honors in 2007.

-Honored by Patrick Wurtzel

WILLIAM O. PRINE

NAVY – LIEUTENANT (JG), USNR

1943 – 1945

WORLD WAR II

Enlisting in the US Navy “to do his part for Uncle Sam”, William received his high school diploma while at sea.  WW II ended with Lieutenant J.G. Prine aboard a Merchant Marine tanker in the Panama Canal.  He earned the Atlantic, Mediterranean Middle East, and Pacific War Zone Bars, and the Victory Medal. A Kings Point graduate commissioned Ensign USNR, and a University of Michigan Architecture graduate, William worked as an architect until retirement. This nomination is in William’s honor for the integrity with which he led his life. William is remembered as a loving family man and proud American Veteran.

-Honored by Becky Prine Sullivan

VERN WEBER

ARMY – SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS

MARCH 1955 – MARCH 1958

Vern enlisted and served in the US Army Signal Corp and achieved the rank of Specialist 2nd class. He was stationed in the US Army Signal Defense Engineering Agency as a radar repair technician assigned to the Missile Master System which was the defense of Washington D.C. With pride and dedication, Vern served 40 years in Thomas Township as a police officer, board member, and Treasurer. Vern is a much-loved husband, father grandfather, great grandfather, and friend.

-Honored by Yvonne Weber

BRETT MONAHAN

NAVY – E4

2008 – 2014

MODERN

Brett decided to serve his country after High School in the most challenging way possible, he wanted to be a Navy SEAL. He was not dissuaded even when I told him he had a better chance statistically to be an NFL player. He accepted the challenge with the words “I just want to be the best.” Through his dream to be a SEAL was not realized, he became a Rescue Swimmer and Weapons Instructor. He did two tours of duty assigned to the assault ship USS Makin Island. He served his country proudly and in my eyes, he is the best.

-Honored by Craig Monahan