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