Tribute to WWII Vets Who Died in 2020

Bill Sawyer, an Army medic in the Aleutians during WWII, and my husband, John —
Air Force vet — bonded during #Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana in 2016.

Each January I honor World War II veterans with stories in my books who lost their lives the previous year. This particular list is significant because these veterans (all male) passed away during a pandemic, meaning for many of them they passed their last weeks and months on earth shut away from family/ friends. They deserved better, but none of us were in control of that.

This year was also the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. Many places around the world had planned to celebrate this occasion with events honoring that occasion (imagine going through this pandemic for four years!). These veterans would have been guests of honor. Unfortunately, it was all cancelled, due to health restrictions.

Thanks to all of these men and women who served our country in its time of great need. We miss you. In 2021 we need people like these vets who believed in our country’s values enough to stand and fight for them.

If you know of a veteran from my books who has died in 2020 and is not on this list, please let me know.

Book titles reflect the volume with the veteran’s complete story. Photos follow the names which are alphabetical.


Eugene Cogan— Kendallville, Indiana, Army, Omaha Beach. (We Gave Our Best: American WWII Veterans Tell Their Stories; D-Day: Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen Tell about Normandy)

  • Daniel Frazier— West Virginia, Army, Battle of the Bulge. (Battle of the Bulge book to be released 2021)
Walter ‘Bud’ Rumple stands in center with his new bride at their wedding.

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