Pine Bluffs Post - Serving all of Eastern Laramie County since 1908

A Partial Year of Veteran's Stories


January 3, 2019

Courtesy Marti Mace

Mace performing for the 50 fallen American soldier in France with a group of bagpipers. Each one of the soldiers has a street named after them in France.

Melvin E. Waterman was born December 24, 1945 in Stronghurst, Illinois. He is one of ten children. Of the six boys, he is the only one to have served in the U. S. Navy. Two brothers, however, have served in the U. S. Army.

Waterman's father and grandfather, while being extremely patriotic, were unable to serve during war time due to having such large families. His grandfather had 16 children.

Upon graduation from high school in Media, Illinois in 1964, Waterman and a high school friend, Donald Pendry enlisted in the U. S. Navy Reserves in the "buddy system". When their basic training was f...

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