​This is a picture of my great uncle John Galyen.  He spent 12 years in the United States Coast Guard and finished out his military career by retiring from the United States Navy.  Always a humble man who always had a captivating story.  He loved our country, but especially loved the Coast Guard, as he served in that branch during WWII.  He was stationed off of Govornors Island, New York during the war, but don’t let that fool ya.  He saw plenty of combat action.  He was the skipper of his small ship and is credited with sinking and destroying two German U boats several miles off the north east coast.  His ship was also struck and sunk by an enemy vessel, where he and the surviving crew floated in the Atlantic several hours while waiting for another Coast Guard unit to rescue them.  US Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer John Galyen was awarded the “bronze star” with V for valor.  He was one of my idles and the reason I joined the Coast Guard.                                                   - Petty Officer David C. Hughes, UNITED STATES COAST GUARD

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SFC Fletcher Harley was one of the finest NCOs I had the honor to serve with.  He was my Platoon Sergeant in C Co 2/34 AR, 1st ID Ft Riley, KS.  He served with the 1st ID in the first Gulf War and had a long distinguished career.  He was an outstanding leader and an example for all soldiers around him.  In Sept 2018 he passed suffering from illnesses related to Gulf War Syndrome.  He lives on through his wonderful family and the soldiers he served with.  He will not be forgotten.

 - Timothy Oxner, CPT, Armor, US Army    

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