Capt. Benjamin F. Cassell – Baltimore

Benjamin Cassell earned a Bronze Star for his role in helping plan the D-Day invasion.  After the war he was active in the Maryland National Guard, serving as Assistant Adjutant General for 27 years.  He was also a former National Commander of the 29th Division Association.  He died in 1984 at age 77.

Born: Jan. 13, 1907

Died: July 25, 1984

Wife: Theola May (Nelson) Cassell

 

Sgt. Talmadge Coffey - Lynchburg, Va.

On the Christmas Day radio show, Coffey, who went by the name “Ray”, was part of a band of Virginians who played hillbilly music.  Months later, Coffey participated in the D-Day invasion.  After the war, Coffey returned to Virginia where he worked as an auto parts salesman.  He was also a lay minister and kept up with his music, earning a reputation for playing the spoons on Saturday nights at the Twin Oaks general store in Amherst County, Virginia.  Coffey was 84 when he died in 2003.

Born: Aug. 11, 1918

Died: July 16, 2003

Enlisted: Feb. 3, 1941

Wife: Frances (Crist) Coffey

 

Sgt. Arnold Coulter - Danville, Va. 

Arnold Coulter had flown on 25 missions by the time of the 1943 Christmas show.  He was 77 when he died in 1999.

Born: Dec. 19, 1921

Died: Nov. 4, 1999

 

Capt. Thomas Dukehart – Baltimore