Seated l-r: Max Rapp, Eileen Rapp, Kenneth Rapp, Earl Jeffers. Standing: Eric Nichols, Lisa Rapp-Hafer, Madison Rapp, Chris Rapp, Becki Rapp, Bill Platzer, Melanie Jeffers Ogg, Bill Ogg.
It was a special Veteran's Day ceremony for two local World War II veterans. A representative from Ohio Governor Kasich's office presented Mr. Kenneth Rapp and Mr. Earl Jeffers with a State of Ohio Resolution recognizing their service and sacrifice in WWII and enjoining all in thanking them for their service.
Mr. Rapp served as a combat medic with the 7th Army during The Battle of the Bulge and later the 3rd Army under General George Patton. As the war came to an end, Mr. Rapp was present when the Allied forces liberated the prisoners that were held at the Dachau Concentration Camp. The experience at Dachau left a lasting impression that he carries with him always.
Mr. Jeffers served in the Army's 188th Glider Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division (July 1945 became the 188th Parachute IR) in the Pacific Theatre, including the Philippine Islands, New Guinea, and Japan. He received the Bronze Star for Bravery and was part of the Los Banos POW Camp Liberation in the Philippines.
LTC Eric G. Nichols, PW Special Education Director, served with the 25th Infantry Division in Afghanistan in 2004-2005. While serving in Afghanistan, he was the Officer in Charge (OIC) of an Engineer Mobile Training Team (MTT) stationed at Camp Phoenix, the Kabul Military Training Center, Camp Blackhorse and the Afghan National Army Advanced Training Center, Camp Pol'Charki. His Engineer MTT was responsible for establishing the first, post-Taliban Engineer School within the Afghan National Army. Mr. Nichols has served for 29 years and still serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Command and General Staff Officer's Course at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
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World War II Veteran Mr. Jeffers with daughter Mrs. Melanie Ogg and her third grade students.
Mrs. Amanda Sherman & the PW Middle School Choir sing the National Anthem.
Mr. Eric Nichols, Mr. Kenneth Rapp, and Mr. Earl Jeffers
Elementary students Logan Ralstin, Mylei McGuire, Macey Whisman, Gracie Thompson, Charlie Pollitt & Kylee Evans sing 'God Bless America' accompanied by Mrs. Sherman.
Mr. Kenneth Rapp receives his recognition award from the state representative.
4th Grade Teacher, Mrs. Jennifer Morgan, welcomes a representative from Operation Gratitude. Mrs. Morgan and Mrs. Raines' classes collected over 3,000 non-perishable food items providing food for over 100 local veterans.
PW Middle School Choir students patiently wait to perform.