RECOGNIZED ATG MEMBERS - HONORABLE DISCHARGES

  • Mrs. LaRose is the widow of an ATG member who lived alone in Palmer, Alaska.  The day Bob  Goodman and Jim O”Rear from The Alaska Territorial Guard Organization visited her, there were notices posted on her door that her utilities were going to be cut off for nonpayment.  Col. Goodman  indicated they were from the ATGO and wanted to prepare an Application for discharge on her husband for his service.  With this discharge, she could apply for some VA benefits.

  • After  completing the application,  they inquired about the utilities problem.  They decided to go to city hall to see if something could be done to help with this.  They entered  the Mayor's office and explained the problem Mrs. LaRose was having. He accompanied them to the Utilities Dept. where it was explained that she would soon be receiving her annual Permanent Fund Dividend, which all Alaskans get from the State.  It was also indicated that she would be applying for VA benefits upon receipt of her husband's discharge.

    The Utilities Department agreed to defer her bills until receipt of the PFD.

    During the visit, they noticed that her grass was knee high.  She said her lawn mower was not running.  Mr. O’Rear had experience in lawn mower repair so he examined the mower.  Col. Goodman agreed to buy the parts for repair and Mr. O’Rear agreed to repair the mower and cut the grass.

    Upon receiving the discharge, the ATGO arranged for a formal presentation to be made by Senator Charlie Huggins and Col. Goodman at the Senior Center in Palmer.  The room was beautifully decorated in red, white, and blue and American Flags.  A news crew from an Anchorage TV station filmed the presentation for their nightly news program.  Festivities ended with an ice cream social.

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  • Helena Williams is from the village of Akiak, Alaska and the widow of an ATG member.  Her deceased husband, Timothy, served 5 years in the Alaska Territorial Guard during WWII.  When the Army National Guard was formed after the war, he became a member, as did many other ATG members, where he served for 20 years.  Alaska Territorial Guard Organization personnel researched her location and discovered from Akiak villagers that she was in an Anchorage hospital for surgery.

    A personal visit allowed Bob Goodman to prepare an application for discharge on behalf of her husband.  In addition, she agreed to review the list of ATG members with Jim O’Rear and was a tremendous help by providing the location of several other members.

    She was unable to provide or pay for a copy of her husband’s Birth Certificate which must accompany her application when presented to the Alaska Department of Veterans Affairs for processing.  In order to expedite her application, Bob Goodman, President of ATGO, Inc. personally applied for and paid for the Death Certificate.

    Upon  receipt of her husband’s discharge, she was able to apply for additional benefits to improve her standard of living.

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Herman Photo

Sam Herman, Sr., age 74, was the first ATG member to receive his federal discharge certificate, six decades after serving in World War II. Sam enlisted February 12th, 1942. He is from Nunivak Island but currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska. Presenting Sam's certificate is U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, Bob Goodman, and Major General Craig Campbell.

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23 Territorial Guardsmen Honored Article

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Roger Silook, Sr. Teddy Koweluk Vincent Tocktoo
Roger Silook, Sr.
Teddy Koweluk
Wales, AK
Vincent Tocktoo
Shishmaref, AK
Henry J. Shaving Fritz Beebe John A. Paulsteiner
Henry J. Shaving
Fritz Beebe
Eek, AK
John A. Paulsteiner
Seward, AK
Walter T. Amos Samuel C. Henley Thomas A. Pushruk
Walter T. Amos
Samuel C. Henley
Anchorage, AK
Thomas A. Pushruk
King Island, AK
Truman T. Cleveland
Chester A. Topkok
Stanton O. Katchatag
Truman T. Cleveland
Chester A. Topkok
Stanton O. Katchatag
Unalakleet, AK
Chrisian Gundersen Jr
Kenneth A. Linn
Oscar Watsjold
Chrisian Gundersen Jr.
Sanak Island, AK
Kenneth A. Linn
Palmer, AK
Oscar Watsjold
Seward, AK
Eugene Blatchford
Jerry Protzman
Calvin Black
Eugene Blatchford
Teller-Nome, AK
Jerry Protzman
Seward, AK
Calvin Black
Kwigillingak, AK
Emil Gundersen
Edwin Roehl
Percy H. Blatchford
Emil Gundersen
Sanak Island, AK
Edwin Roehl
Dillingham, AK
Percy H. Blatchford
Teller-Nome, AK
Jacob J. Hendricks
Joel W. Johnson
Ralph L. Kirby
Jacob J. Hendricks
Glacier Hwy, AK
Joel W. Johnson
Juneau, AK
Ralph L. Kirby
Douglas, AK
Gordon J. Zerbets
James S. Osborne
Sigurd L. Olsen
Gordon J. Zerbets
Ketchikan, AK
James S. Osborne
Hoonah, AK
Sigurd L. Olsen
Juneau, AK
Howard C. Hayes
William R. Osborne
Roy K. Sereadlook
Howard C. Hayes
Glacier Hwy, AK
William R. Osborne
Hoonah, AK
Roy K. Sereadlook
Wales, AK
Paul P. Soolook
Julian B. Towsihea
George F. Shaw
Paul P. Soolook
Diomede Island, AK
Julian B. Towsihea
Point Hope, AK
George F. Shaw
Juneau, AK
Buell R. Smith
Chris Lauridsen
John R. Samuelson
Buell R. Smith
Anchorage, AK
Chris Lauridsen
Kwiguk, AK
John R. Samuelson
Nunapitchuck, AK

 

 

PHOTOS UNAVAILABLE:

            
William S. Andrews - Dillingham, AK
Clarence M. Irrigdo - Gamble, AK
Francis John - Pitkas Point, AK
Arthur H. Kassner - Juneau, AK
John R. Samuelson - Nunapitchuck, AK
Roger Silook, Sr. - Gamble, AK

Jonathan Weyiouanna - Shishmaref, AK