1924 – 2023

World War II veteran Eugene G. Herkins of Naples, FL passed away August 1, 2023. Born August 6, 1924, Herkins was originally from Leavenworth, Kansas. During World War II, he served as Aviation Radioman of an SB2C-4E Helldiver in Bombing Squadron 9. He participated in Strikes against Japanese held Okinawa and surrounding Ryukyu Islands from March to June 1945. For his service, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross (2), the Air Medal (3), Asiatic-Pacific Theater Campaign ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, American Theater ribbon and the Victory Medal.