World War II (Last Names Q-Z)

  • The Radnor High School Wall of Honor features 48 inductees who served in World War II. The below biographies on these brave veterans were researched and compiled by Radnor High School students. If you believe there may be discrepencies in the below information or have additional details to share about these inductees' lives, please email RHSWallofHonor@rtsd.org. To browse the the student-produced videos of these and all the 57 inductees, visit the RHS Wall of Honor YouTube channel here.

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Anthony S. Rich

  • Anthony S. Rich was born on Dec. 1, 1921, and lived on Maplewood Road in Wayne. His parents were Charles, an insurance broker, and Alice. He had a brother, Stewart, whom is also believed to have enlisted in World War II.

    Mr. Rich attended Radnor schools, but left high school two years early to work as a stock clerk. In February 1942, her enlisted in the U.S. Army in Philadelphia. He became a warrant officer in the 45th Army Division ground forces. During World War II, warrant officers worked at communicating between higher officers and enlisted men.

               

    Beginning on January 22, 1944, the Allied forces of the 5th U.S. Army launched a successful amphibious landing in Nettuno, Italy in an effort to cut the Italian peninsula in two, and force the Germans to surrender Italy. After initial success, within days the Germans had brought in reinforcements and launched a counterattack. This would become known as the Battle of Anzio.

     

    From February 18-21, the Germans launched a final assualt against the 180th and 179th. On Feruary 21, 1944, Mr. Rich was sadly injured and died from his wounds. In 1948, he was reinterred at Arlington Cemetery.

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Fred E. Riegner, Jr.

William Leslie Robinson

  • Robinson William Leslie Robinson was born in 1914 in Michigan and was the fourth of the six children in his family. He was a hard working young man during his high school years and participated in several sports. He was also a sports reporter for the “Main Line Times” newspaper. His friends called him “Les.”

    Mr. Robinson went to West Point and faced a major decision when he graduated: whether he should go into the automobile business or pursue a military career. He chose the military, eventually achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

    He served his first two years as a Company Officer in the 29th infantry at Fort Banning and then later in 1941 in command of a company of 45 in the Infantry of Philippine Scouts. Later, he was promoted to captain. He served in the G-3 branch of the headquarters Visayan- Mindanao Force, led by Major General William F. Sharp. Mr. Robinson was the Assistant Chief of the Staff.
     
    While serving under General Sharp on Mindanao Island, Mr. Robinson faced a Japanese attack and earned a Silver Star for his role in the action. The honor is awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States. Mr. Robinson was also awarded the Legion of Merit for his meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services in Luzon, Cebu, and Mindanao from 1940-1942.

    On April 8, 1942, Mr. Robinson and other servicemen were captured by the Japanese and sent to the Bilibid Prison. This event led to his participation in the Bataan Death March, which occurred on April 9, 1942 when the U.S. surrendered the Bataan Peninsula on the Philippine Island of Luzon to the Japanese and approximately 75,000 Filipino and American troops on Bataan were forced to make an arduous 65-mile march to prison camps. The marchers made the trek in intense heat and were subjected to harsh treatment by Japanese guards. Later, Mr. Robinson was sent with a thousand prisoners to Japan.

    On December 5, 1944, Mr. Robinson was put on board the Japanese ship the Oryoku Maru, which was subsequently torpedoed by U.S submarines. Mr. Robinson survived the torpedo attack, but was recaptured by the Japanese. He survived yet another bombing attack on another transport ship, the Enoura Maru, on January 9, 1945.

    Finally, on January 12, he and the other survivors were put on board the Brazil Maru. The ship was not attacked, however many prisoners died from wounds and disease before the ship reached Japan. Mr. Robinson was one of those unfortunate prisoners. He died on January 21, 1945 and his body was buried at sea. His gravestone stands in the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines.

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Charles C. Seward, Jr.

Horatio Gates Sickel V

  • Horatio Gates Sickel V was born on October 20, 1921 in Pennsylvania and was the third son of Horatio IV, a Captain in the U.S. Navy, and Frances Dowling Ball. Nicknamed "Bud," Mr. Sickel followed his father's footsteps and entered the Naval Academy in 1940.

     

    After graduating on June 9, 1943 with the Outstanding Student Award, Mr. Sickel became a naval pilot and went on to serve in World War II alongside his father. Sadly, on July 31, 1944, the elder Sickel died from a plane crash into the sea. After his father's tragic death, Mr. Sickel continued his service and went on to serve as an Naval Aviator in the Korean Conflict.

     

    After his time in Korea, Mr. Sickel went on to become a test pilot. Sadly, he met the same fate as his father when he died in a plane crash on July 13, 1956 while testing an FJ-3 near Billings, West Virginia. He was buried in Arlington Cemetary on July 19, 1956 with full military honors.

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Paul H. Stull, Jr.

  • Paul Hilton Stull, Jr. was born on September 21, 1923 and lived at 114 Walnut Avenue in Radnor. He graduated from Radnor High in 1940, having played football and basketball. He was part of the Athletic Council, Vice President of his class, and a member of the Law and Order Club, the Radnorite Club and the Glee Club.

    Mr. Stull served in the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II and flew a B-17. He was the captain of the 534 Bomber Squadron and was awarded a Bronze Star for his service.

    Sadly, he died in an airplane crash on March 31, 1944 and is buried in Cambridge, England.

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Charles Parkin Wassell

  • Charles Parkin Wassell was born on December 20, 1921 in Illinois to parents Lloyd and Georgene, who had three other sons. When Mr. Wassell was in 6th grade, he and his family moved to Erie, New York and then to Radnor, where Mr. Wassell completed the 7th-9th grades.

     

    The family left Radnor after Mr. Wassell’s freshman year and moved to Westport, Connecticut. At some point during this time, Mr. Wassell and his three brothers chose to serve their county.

     

    Mr. Wassell joined the U.S. Army Air Forces, 375th Bomber Squadron, 308th, and served in Fort Bonifacio in Manila, Philippines. The group’s task was to equip war fighters with long-range, precision attack capabilities.

     

    Mr. Wassell rose to the rank of Second Lieutenant before he sadly went missing during World War II. He was pronounced dead on May 19, 1944. Mr. Wassell’s death was especially devastating to his mother and father because his brothers Frank and Harry also died during service within 15 months of each other.

     

    Mr. Wassell was awarded the Purple Heart and his name appears on the War Memorial in downtown Wayne as well as a memorial in Westport. His gravesite is at the Manila American Cemetery.

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Frank Wassell

Harry Wassell

  • Harry B. Wassell, also known as "The Duke" at Radnor High School, was born in Westpoint, PA in 1916. He one of six children, including his brothers Frank, Charles and George, who also attended Radnor High School and went on to serve in the United States' military.

    During Mr. Wassell’s time at Radnor, he was a member of the Debating Club and the French Club and played football and track. He planned to attend the University of Pennsylvania, but instead went to the University of Michigan. At Michigan, he joined the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

    On March 10, 1942, three years after he graduated from Michigan with a civil engineering degree, Mr. Wassell enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in Fairfield, CT. During the war, he was part of the 63rd Ferrying Squadron and transported plane parts to the United Kingdom for support.

    Sadly, Mr. Wassell died in an airplane accident on July 10, 1943 during a flight from Greenland to Iceland.

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James M. Whiteman

  • Whiteman James M. Whiteman was born on April 10, 1921 to Edward Paul and Mary Patchell Whiteman. He had two siblings, Catherine and John, and the family lived on Conestoga Road in Radnor.

    Mr. Whiteman graduated from Radnor High School in 1939. While in school, he was a member of the  Glee Club and the Rifle Club. He was also on the football and track teams and loved golf. His number one ambition was to be “the next Bobby Jones.”

    Mr. Whiteman served in the United States Army. During his time in World War II, he served in the 358th Infantry, 90th Division under General Patton fighting. He and his fellow soldiers were stationed in Czechoslovakia, which is where he was eventually wounded in combat.

    He was admitted to a hospital on April 28, 1945, however his wounds were too severe and he succumbed to his injuries on May 5, 1945. He is buried at Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, PA.

    Mr. Whiteman was awarded the Purple Heart, given in the name of the president to those who are wounded or killed while serving the United States. He also received the Silver Star, the third highest military decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces.

    Mr. Whiteman is survived by nieces and nephews, who went to visit his grave for the first time in 2013. There are currently six remaining members of Mr. Whiteman’s family.

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John T. Whiting, Jr.

  • John T. Whiting, Jr. was born on September 18, 1919 in Portsmouth, Ohio. He and his family eventually moved to Radnor, where they lived on Pine Tree Road.

    Mr. Whiting attended Radnor schools until the “fifth form,” when he transferred to The Haverford School. He played for the varsity football and varsity swim teams. He graduated from The Haverford School in 1937 and attended the University of Pennsylvania. On July 11, 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in New Cumberland, PA.

    Mr. Whiting attended Officer Candidate School in Miami Beach, FL, and received his commission as Second Lieutenant in August of 1942. He advanced to the rank of First Lieutenant in May 1943.

    Mr. Whiting served as Adjutant and Supply Officer at the base headquarters squadron in Salt Lake City, Utah. On August 12, 1945, he sadly died in a civilian airplane accident at San Marcos Municipal Airport in San Marcos, Texas. At the time of his death, he was studying at the Army's Navigation School.

    Mr. Whiting was buried with full military honors in the cemetery adjoining the Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge, PA.

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Harrie A. Winham

  • Winham Harrie A. Winham was born in Queens, New York on December 1, 1919. He lived there with his parents, Arthur and Ella, and his brother Arthur, Jr. for about 12 years before the family moved to Radnor in 1931.

    Mr. Winham attended Radnor High School for four years. After graduating, he attended the University of Pennsylvania for two years. After his sophomore year, he left to join the U.S. Army.

    While in the army, Mr. Winham was part of the Air Force’s 382nd Fighter Squadron, 363rd Fighter Group. Based in Le Mans France, the group flew P-51 Mustangs, escorting bombers and protecting troop carriers during the invasion of Normandy. The crew also flew F-5s and F-6s on reconnaissance missions with purpose of gathering photographic evidence of the strength and location of enemy positions.

    During his time in service, Mr. Winham was awarded the Air Medal for his meritorious achievement while participating in flight.

    A few months after D-Day on June 25, 1944, Mr. Winham was killed in action. His family received a Purple Heart medal, recognizing the death of a solider while in combat for the United States. He is buried in Lorraine American Military Cemetery, located in St. Avold, France.

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