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May 22, 2019

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May 21, 2019
I knew Dick through working at IBM. He was well known and liked there.
His daughter Joyce also
Worked there and has been my best friend for
Many years.
May 17, 2019
Dick was a good man, and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. As a member of the Greatest Generation, he was always humble about his military service, so I asked him about it about 10 years ago. As a tribute to him, I would like to post his reply, in his words:

"I was trained as a high speed (fixed station) radio operator in Kansas City, MO in 1943, Mar-Aug, excellent training.

Sailed Sept. '43 from San Fran. to Sydney Australia on the West Point, formerly U.S.S. America, our largest liner. 6000 troops - 2000 crew. Assigned to 5th A.F. Hq., and flown to Port Moresby, New Guinea, Nov. '43. Outfit 415 Signal Svc. Btn., call sign TI8. Next to Nadzab, N.G., in the mountains above Lae, Amelia Earhart's last stop. Call sign changed to 4SE. While in Nadzab, I was put on a "combat team" for the invasion of a small island (Wakde), off the coast of N.G. (May '44 - for my 21st birthday). After two weeks, back to Nadzab. Around August my outfit was sent to Owi, a small island (air strip) near Biak, off the north end of N.G.

In Oct. '44, my name came up on two lists. One for the invasion of the Philippines, and the other one to go back to Australia for rest/leave. I chose the invasion team. We went by LST. We landed D+2 at Tacloban, Leyte. One hour after landing, we were in radio contact with our base in Owi, N.G. From Tacloban to Buarren, Leyte, where the 5th A.F. Hq. came under attack by (enemy) paratroopers and stragglers out of the mountains. From Leyte to Mindoro, then Luzon. Got malaria and jaundice (May, '45) spent my 22nd birthday in a hospital. August on to Okinawa. Pretty calm by then. We had one air raid after the A-bomb was dropped.

Home on a troop ship in Nov. '45 via Portland."

Thank you for your service to this great nation Sgt. Lantz, and welcome home...
May 16, 2019
I had the pleasure of taking care of Richard at VibraLife when I worked there. He was a feisty sweetheart with a great sense of humor. I'm very sad to hear of his passing but thankful I had the chance to know him. I'll never forget him. My condolences to his family and friends.
May 16, 2019
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