Share this story...
Latest News

Profiles in Courage: Get to know the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade grand marshals

PHOENIX — Over the past weeks, KTAR.com has posted a special profile of each of the grand marshals of the 2016 Phoenix Veterans Day Parade.

We called it our Profiles in Courage series. These men and women all served our nation in various capacities, in various conflicts and on various continents, but they all have one thing in common: They’re heroes.

To ensure that all of our readers are able to learn more about these incredible people — and because Friday is Veterans Day — we wanted to create a brief recap of each veteran and link out to their feature pieces below.

Valley Vietnam vet ensures those who served are remembered

Carlyle Brown, a Vietnam veteran, wants those who serve to know that they are remembered. (KTAR Photo/Holliday Moore)

Carlyle Brown, a Vietnam veteran, wants those who serve to know that they are remembered. (KTAR Photo/Holliday Moore)

Carlyle Brown served as a helicoper door gunner in Vietnam. He won the Bronze Star for helping to rescue a recon team that was taking heavy fire. Brown lives near Falcon Field, where he can watch helicopters fly, and spends his days creating special packs to let other veterans know their service is not forgotten.

Valley veteran has long list of military medals

(Bill Kummer Photo)

(Bill Kummer Photo)

Bill Kumer flew in both World War II and the Korean War. He was awarded eight medals over a 24-year military career and saved numerous lives. He also flew an Army surgeon to the front lines who just so happened to be the very same doctor that delivered him into the world.

Phoenix veteran turned rebellion into successful military career

Retired Army Master Sgt. Jay Darby (Retired Army Master Sgt. Jay Darby Photo)

Retired Army Master Sgt. Jay Darby (Retired Army Master Sgt. Jay Darby Photo)

Jay Darby was once a rebellious teenager in the 1970s. Now, he’s a medal-winning veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm from 1990 to 1991 and Operation Enduring Freedom. He also participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Veterans Day Parade grand marshal recalls fighting in WWII

(John Kolling Photo)

(John Kolling Photo)

In 1942, 20-year-old John Kolling was living with family in North Dakota and wanted to enlist, just as his brother had. Three years later, his 9th Armored Division captured a key bridge during the Battle of the Bulge that provided a key artery into Germany. He also rescued a friend from a German POW camp.

Army vet wants fallen soldiers, including son, to be remembered

Diana Pike (KTAR Photo/Holliday Moore)

Diana Pike (KTAR Photo/Holliday Moore)

Diana Pike served in the Army during the Cold War. She was stationed in Berlin and worked in coding in the states. But she wants every veteran to be remembered, especially her son, Christian, who was killed fighting with the Navy SEALs in Afghanistan in 2013.

What it’s like to prepare Navy planes for battle for decades

(Carlos Lozano Photo)

(Carlos Lozano Photo)

Carlos Lozano knew his troubled life in New York City would lead nowhere. He enlisted in the Navy to find discipline and structure. He wound up serving aboard several aircraft carriers during numerous conflicts in the Middle East.

Phoenix Vietnam vet wounded four times trying to rescue friend

Frank Vinales in Vietnam. (Frank Vinales Photo)

Frank Vinales in Vietnam. (Frank Vinales Photo)

Frank Vinales was training in Kentucky when he befriended Sgt. Paul Cline. The pair would be sent around the world to Vietnam, where Cline would be cutoff and stranded. Vinales tried to save him and was shot four times in the process.

Army veteran earns Bronze Star for heroism while in combat

(KTAR Photo/Martha Maurer)

(KTAR Photo/Martha Maurer)

Jeremiah Gallegos grew up in a military family and knew he wanted to serve. He earned a Bronze Star in Iraq for saving the life of a private after his tank was destroyed.

Related Links