Frostburg First, with support from the City of Frostburg, Stevens Electrical, and Frostburg Serves, is pleased to announce the third year of the Frostburg Honors Banner Project. For the past two years, loved ones have honored the community’s service members in the United States Armed Forces, past and present, by displaying banners in the Frostburg Main Street District. This year, FrostburgFIrst is excited to add a First Responder category.  All banners will be displayed in the Frostburg Main Street District starting Memorial Day and will be removed after Veterans’ Day 2024.

We are no longer accepting banner applications for 2024, but if you are interested in purchasing a banner for 2025, please email frostburghonors@gmail.com to be added to the waitlist.

Ben Barry, Specialist – 5

US Army, 1968-1971: Vietnam War

Banner sponsored by wife of Ben Barry

 

Approximate Location: Frostburg Library

Jack Barry

US Navy, 1959-1964

Stationed in Guantanamo Bay

Banner sponsored by brother Ben Barry

 

Approximate Location: Frostburg Library

Paul E. Barry, Technician – 5

US Army, 1943-1945: WWII

Recipient of: 4 Combat Stars; Meritorious Unit Award; EAME Ribbon; Good Conduct Medal

Banner sponsored by son Ben Barry

 

Approximate Location: Verizon

Paul Biggs, E-3 Seaman

US Navy, 1963-1967

Recipient of: Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal

1st Black Commander of the Frostburg Farraday Post #24 Legion

Banner sponsored by wife Susan Biggs

 

Approximate Location: Hotel Gunter

Eva Biggs, Technical Sergeant

US Air Force, 1953-1973: Korea & Vietnam

Recipient of: National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal

Eva enlisted in the Air Force immediately after graduating from Carver High School. She proudly served in Yokota, Japan as well Lachland, Andrews and Sheppard Air Force Bases. She is a lifetine member of the Vietnam Veterans of America and the American Legion. She received many commendations during her service, and also received special recognition for her service at the Presidential Inauguration for President John F. Kennedy.

Banner sponsored by niece Eva Duckett, MD

Approximate Location: Broadway: St. John’s

William J. Colberg, Sergeant

US Army, 2000-2004, 2007-2012

Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom

Banner sponsored by spouse Terri Colberg

Approximate Location: Broadway: St. John’s

James P Cummings Sr., Technical Sergeant

US Army, 1942 – 1946: WWII

Banner sponsored by grand-daughter Melissa Wilt

 

Approximate Location: Wix & Wax

John K. Cutter, First Sergeant

US Army, 1997-2017: War on Terror

Recipient of: Bronze Star (2x); Combat Infantrymen Badge

Banner sponsored by mother Debbie O’Rourke

Approximate Location: Broadway: St. John’s

Edward David Drew, First Sergeant

MD Army National Guard, 1/24/1956 – 3/24/1990

Recipient of: Meritorious Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Reserve Components Medal

Military schools attended included 1st Sergeant school, 1987, Advanced NCO school, 1983, and numerous military schools to fulfill his duties as a combat engineer, demolition specialist, squad leader, and truck driver. 1st Sergeant Drew started in the Infantry at Company D, 115th Infantry, 29 Division, Frostburg, Maryland. He served with Company C, 121st Engineer Battalion (Combat), Frostburg, Maryland. He concluded his career with Company B, Cumberland, Maryland until his retirement in 1990. During his service he was deployed to Cambridge, MD during the 1962 racial rioting in that area. In 1968 he again served with riot control in Baltimore, MD following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1972 he was deployed to College Park, MD to help quell Vietnam War protest riots. His Meritorious Service Medal is the highest medal a National Guardsman can attain and is received from the President through executive order.

Banner sponsored by son Jim Drew

Approximate Location: Water St: Community Center

Willard Duncan, Private

US Marine Corps, 1944-1945: WWII (Killed in Action 2/21/1945)

Recipient of: Purple Heart

Banner sponsored by Debbie Rafferty

Approximate Location: Frostburg Library

William “Bill” Footen, Private

US Army, 1942 – 1945: North Africa & Italy

817th Signal Service Company

Recipient of: Meritorious Commendations (2x)

William Footen was born in Frostburg, MD. He enlisted in the Army in 1942. Bill was assigned to the 817th Signal Service Company and deployed to North Africa in 1943. He served in Africa for 3 months until his unit was deployed to Italy in December, 1943. Footen participated in four Italian campaigns including an amphibious landing at Anzio. The 817th earned 2 Meritorious Commendations for their efforts fighting in Italy.

The Promise: While in Italy, he wrote a letter to his family, swearing if he got out of Anzio alive he would come home to Frostburg and never leave. He did make it home and made good on his promise, staying in Frostburg until his death on November 30, 1962. He died at the age of 39, leaving behind his wife and 3 small children. (Bio written by Ray Colgan Sr, nephew of)

Banner sponsored by Kathy Winebrenner

Approximate Location: Mountain City Coffeehouse & Creamery

William Grimm, Lieutenant Colonel

US Air Force, Vietnam and Persian Gulf Wars; Master Navigator (Retired)

Navy Patrol Squadron Six, 1969- 1975; Air Force Reserve, Delaware, 1976-1984; Delaware Air Guard, 1984-1993

Recipient of: Vietnam Campaign Medal; Navy Distinguished Unit Citation; Two Air Medals

Banner sponsored by sisters Jody (Grimm) Walker, Angela, & Mary Lee (Grimm) Fair

Approximate Location: First English Church

John Gulck, Colonel

US Air Force, 1959 – 1995: Vietnam War

Recipient of: Service Cross; Bronze Star (3x); Commendation Medal, Outstanding Unit Award; Vietnam Service Medal; with 3 bronze stars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Vietnam Campaign Medal; Combat Readiness Medal

Banner sponsored by daughter Kellee Smith

Approximate Location: Elks

Ronald Joseph Hess, Private First Class

US Army, 1949 – 1951: Korean War

Banner sponsored by spouse Margaret Hess

Approximate Location: American Legion

John William Hunt, Corporal

US Army, Jan 14, 1952 – Jan 13, 1960: Korean War

Recipient of: Army of Occupational Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal

Banner sponsored by son Bill Hunt

Approximate Location: Broadway: Former McFarlands Candies

Ryan William Hunt, Lieutenant Commander, Naval Flight Officer

US Navy, Jan 1, 2009 – Present: Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Inherent Resolve

Recipient of: Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medals, Strike Flight Air Medals, Sea Service Deployment Ribbons

Banner sponsored by father Bill Hunt

Approximate Location: Broadway: Former McFarlands Candies

C. Doug Kenney, Lieutenant, Ship’s Cook, (Ret)

US Navy, 1972- 2003

Approximate Location: Julie Baker, CPA

Kevin R. Kenney, Sergeant

US Marine Corps, 1972-1974: Vietnam War

Banner sponsored by The Kenney Family

Approximate Location: The Deep End

Mark Kenney, Doctor Airman

US Air Force, 1982-1986

Banner sponsored by brother

Approximate Location: City Place Lot

Trenton Kile, Lance Corporal

US Marine Corps, 2022 – Present

Recipient of: Expert Rifleman; National Defense Ribbon

Banner sponsored by parents Mandy & Shawn Rice

Approximate Location: LG’s Pizzeria & Pub

Dayne Lancaster, Firefighter

Frostburg Fire Department, 1979 – Present

Firefighter of the Year Award in 2008 and again in 2018. Firefighter, driver, Building Committee Chairman, and Treasurer. Previously a Fire Lieutenant

Banner sponsored by daughter-in-law Heather Lancaster & Spectrum Designs, LLC

Approximate Location: Spectrum Designs, LLC

Emory Lancaster, Russel Lancaster, Dayne Lancaster

Frostburg Fire Department, FFD CO.16 and Deale CO.42, Over 65 years of combined service

Banner sponsored by Stevens Electrical Inc 

Approximate Location: Mountain City Traditional Arts

Alexander Maddy, Airman

US Air Force, July 2021 – Present

Proudly honored by Stephanie Maddy of the Goodfellow Agency

Approximate Location: Main Street Books

Joseph N. McGreevy, Military Police, Specialist 4

US Army, 1971-1973

Recipient of: Expert Rifleman; National Defense Ribbon

Banner sponsored by family Marsha McKenzie, Cris Fazenbaker, Anna McGreevy, and Dianne Hepple

Approximate Location: Main Street Pub

Terry Randy McGreevy, Sergeant

US Air Force, 1967 – 1971: Vietnam War

Recipient of: Expert Rifleman; National Defense Ribbon

Frostburg City Police Officer from 1977 – 1982; Volunteered and was part of an elite ground combat force unit.

Banner sponsored by family Marsha McKenzie, Cris Fazenbaker, Anna McGreevy, and Dianne Hepple

Approximate Location: Broadway: Frostburg Inn

Joseph “Joe” W. McGreevy, First Lieutenant

US Army Air Forces, 1938-1946: WWII

Recipient of: Expert Rifleman; National Defense Ribbon

Joe was a pilot and instructor.

Banner sponsored by family Marsha McKenzie, Cris Fazenbaker, Anna McGreevy, and Dianne Hepple

Approximate Location: Frostburg Inn

Anthony John McKenzie, Private First Class

US Army, Served in the European Theatre in WWII

Recipient of: Purple Heart

Banner sponsored by daughter Regina Branson

Approximate Location: Broadway: Municipal Center

Dylan McKenzie, Private Second Class

US Army, 2023 – Present

Dylan is a 2023 Graduate of Mountain Ridge High School. He enlisted in the Army in July 2023. He is currently stationed at Fort Drum, NY. In his downtime, he loves driving around town in his 1947 Ford 1/2 ton.

Banner sponsored by The General Art Store

Approximate Location: General Art Store

Gerald Ray McKenzie, Builder Third Class

US Navy, 1955-1958

Banner Proudly Sponsored by the Fred & Mabel McKenzie Family

Approximate Location: Broadway: The Nettle Patch

Jeremy McKenzie, Staff Sergeant

US Army, 1998-2006

2002-2003 OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, 2005-2006 OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM

Jeremy worked as a heavy construction mechanic in the military, and now works as a mechanic for CSX. In his spare time, he enjoys working on old car. He also teaches Royal Rangers.

Banner sponsored by The General Art Store

Approximate Location: General Art Store

William Calvin McKenzie, Builder L, Second Class

US Navy, 1950-1958: Korean War

Recipient of: National Defense Service Medal

He was a member of the Seabees and helped build the naval air base in Bermuda.

Banner Proudly Sponsored by sister Carlinda Jimerfield

Approximate Location: Broadway: P.S. Hair Design

Brent Patterson, Sergeant

US Army, 2006-2012

Awarded 3 Purple Hearts and Received a Congressional Record.

Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

Banner sponsored by Mother & Spouse

Approximate Location: Broadway: Window Expressions

Anthony Paul, Airman First Class, E3

US Air Force, 2021- Present

Banner sponsored by mother Kim Paul

Approximate Location: Frostburg Fiber Depot

Thomas William “Bill” Preston, Corporal

US Army, 1943-1946 & 1949-1953: WWII and Korean War

17th Airborne, 513 Company E, and US Army RR Division in Korean Conflict “Ready Reserve”

Recipient of: Bronze Star, Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, Frostburg Hall Of Fame Award

Banner sponsored by daughter Gail McKenzie

Approximate Location: FrostburgFirst

Charles “Chuck” Race, Sergeant

US Marine Corps, 1967 – 1971: Vietnam War

9th Marines 1968 TET Offensive; Khe Sahn Operational campaigns: Con Thien, Gio Linh Cam Lo Dong Ha Quang Tri Cua Viet

Recipient of: Meritorious Unit medal , Presidential Unit Medal, Combat action medal, National Defense medal, Good Conduct medal, Vietnam Service medal, Vietnam Campaign medal

Banner sponsored by spouse Linda Race

Approximate Location: Bartles Jewelry

James William Rafferty, Private First Class

US Army, 1949 – 1950: Korean War

Seventh Infantry

“Jimmie was the son of Charles and Nora Rafferty. At Jimmie’s petition, they gave parental consent for their then 16-year-old son to join the Army, Seventh Division, (January 19, 1949), being fatally wounded at 17 in Korea on August 22, 1950. There’s a popular saying: All gave some; some gave all (author, Korean War Vet Howard W. Osterkamp). Jimmie was one of them…..one of too many.”

Recipient of: Purple Heart

Banner sponsored by brother John L. Rafferty

Approximate Location: Princess Restaurant

Briana Ralston, Airman First Class

US Air Force, 2021 – Present

Banner sponsored by father John Ralston

Approximate Location: Broadway: First Presbyterian Church

Charles “Woody” Ritchey, Tech Sergeant

US Air Force, 1976 – 1990

Munitions Specialist

Recipient of: Leadership Medal

Banner sponsored by wife Karen Ritchey

Approximate Location: Broadway: Across from Municipal Center

David Marshall Stark, Jr., Staff Sergeant

US Army, 2004-2014: Kuwait, Enduring Freedom Iraq, Afghanistan, Green Beret 7th Group Special Forces

Banner sponsored by father David Stark & Frostburg Elks Lodge #470

Approximate Location: Community Railroad/City Place

Franklin P. Shumaker, Technician – 4

Banner sponsored by daughter Susie Bucchino

Approximate Location: Water St: City Place Lot

Cecil C. Swauger, Surgical Technician, Technician – 5

US Army, 1943 – 1946: WWII

Lightning Division, 35th Infantry, 25th Division in Luzon

Recipient of: Good Conduct Medal; Medical Badge; American Theater Ribbon; Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon; Philippine Liberation Ribbon; Victory Ribbon WWII

Banner sponsored by daughter Marlene Mason

Approximate Location: Baker Babes

Jack Thomas, Second Lieutenant

US Army Air Forces, 1941-1943: WWII

Recipient of: Purple Heart

“Jack Thomas and his brother Ralph were both tragically lost in 1943 flying for the Army Air Forces. Ralph was lost over the Aleutians in January while Jack was shot down over Sicily in July. Their parents lived on Bowery Street and also had two other sons in the armed forces during the war, Emerson and Richard, who survived. Jack was a student at Frostburg State University when he enlisted. He left a wife and a child.”

Banner sponsored by Kevin Moroney

Approximate Location: Broadway: Old Bank Building

Ralph Thomas, Staff Sergeant

US Army Air Forces, 1941-1943: WWII

Recipient of: Purple Heart, Air Medal

Jack and Ralph Thomas were brothers from Bowery St. in Frostburg and both lost their lives in the same year during World War II. Ralph’s plane was lost in the Aleutian Islands. He and his brother Jack are memorialized on many memorials in the city.

Banner sponsored by Kevin Moroney

Approximate Location: Broadway: Somerset Trust

Noah Werner, Staff Sergeant

US Army, 2017 – present

Banner sponsored by father Bobby Werner

Approximate Location: City Place Lot

Kody Wilt, A1C

US Air Force, 2021- present

Banner sponsored by aunt Jessie Stevenson

Approximate Location: Frostburg Fiber Depot

Lenny Youngblood, Sergeant

US Marine Corps, 2005-2009: War on Terror

Banner sponsored by Desert Knights of America Motorcycle Club

Approximate Location: 7/11

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