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2016 Honorees

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Cleveland Browns

August 26th

US Army Private First Class Herbert Manley served the United States of America in World War II. During the war, Private Manley valiantly fought in the Battle of Hürtgen Forest, at the border of Germany and Belgium, and in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium and Luxembourg. For his bravery and commitment to service, Private Manley was awarded two Purple Hearts and one Bronze Medal.

Salute To Service Suite

  • Chief Petty Officer Joshua Marzi (Coast Guard)
  • Machinery Technician Second Class Aaron Backes (Coast Guard)
  • Technical Seargant Jason Abbey (Air Force)
  • Sergeant Matthew Hagans (Marines)
  • Chief Petty Officer Michael Butterfield (Navy)
  • Lieutenant Commander Brandy Grossi (Navy)
  • Staff Sergeant Wesley Bradley (Army)
  • Staff Sergeant Ella Davis (Army)


Washington Redskins

August 31st

US Army Master Sergeant Cliff Barnett Zalay served the United States of America in World War II and the Korean War. During World War II, Sergeant Zalay served in famous campaigns such as Battle of the Bulge and the Rhineland Campaign. Throughout his service he worked in intelligence and therefore is not allowed to speak of his time in detail. Even 70 plus years later, he still respects his oath to secrecy!

Salute To Service Suite

  • Sergeant Jonathon Anderson (Marines)
  • Petty Officer First Class Michael Center (Navy)
  • Captain Adam McAuley (Air Force)
  • Staff Sergeant Corderius Shepherd (Air Force)
  • Lieutenant Colonel Brian Love (Army)
  • Staff Sergeant Robert Carlisto (Air Force)
  • Chief Warrant Officer 4 Robert Kidney (Coast Guard)
  • Commander Scott Phy (Coast Guard)


Los Angeles Rams

September 25th

Machinery Motorist Third Class Melvin Smith is a World War II veteran. After witnessing the bombing on Pearl Harbor firsthand while working as a civilian welder on a government contract in Hawaii, he enlisted in the United States Navy. During his time in the military, Smith served in New Guinea, China, Korea and the Philippines. While stationed in the Philippines, he worked on the LST nine one nine, which supported amphibious Navy operations by carrying heavy equipment and artillery throughout the South Pacific and Southeast Asia. At 98 years old, Mr. Smith still volunteers his time and efforts at the Bay Pine Veterans Hospital here in the Bay area.

Salute To Service Suite

  • Gunnery Sergeant Franky Rodriguez (Marines)
  • Staff Sergeant Joshua Ortega (Air Force)
  • Second Lieutenant Jereme Johnston (Army)
  • Technical Sergeant Terrence Raybon (Air Force)
  • Lieutenant Corporal Lenadjah J. White (Marines)
  • Hospital Corpsman Second Class Maurice O'Neil Williams (Navy)
  • Machinery Technician Chief Petty Officer Nolet Antoine (Coast Guard)
  • Technical Sergeant James Hargrave (Air Force)


Denver Broncos

October 2nd

Army Air Corps Sergeant Cliff Bailey is a World War II veteran. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp in October 1942 where he joined the 8th Airdrome Squadron. For a short time, he was stationed in Oran, North Africa and Calcutta, India. Afterwards, Sergeant Bailey served as the Crew Chief on a C47 cargo plane that served bases in North China. During his time in service he accumulated 300 combat flying hours and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. He returned to the states and was discharged in 1946. He currently lives with his wife of 70 years in Dunedin, Florida.

Salute To Service Suite

  • Chief Warrant Officer 4 Charles Peters (Army)
  • Staff Sergeant James Roy Lawson Jr. (Air Force)
  • Commander Scott Phy (Coast Guard)
  • Sergeant Michael Siringer (Marines)
  • Seaman Apprentice Robert J. Neri (Navy)
  • Petty Officer First Class Timothy J. Larese (Coast Guard)
  • Senior Airman Michael Webber (Air Force)
  • Petty Officer Second Class Phillip A.Thomas (Navy)


Oakland Raiders

October 30th

U.S. Air Force Corporal Lucille Fox is a World War II veteran. Corporal Fox enlisted in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps on March 15, 1943. During the war, she served in England, France, and Germany as a Teletype Operator sending and receiving messages for cryptographers to decode. On December 15, 1945, Corporal Fox was honorably discharged and returned home. In 2002, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but beat the disease and has since been in remission.

Salute To Service Suite

  • Sergeant First Class Jeffery Lena (ARMY) & his wife Lea
  • Retired Captain Robert Paul Kennett (NAVY) & his wife Kathy
  • MSG Noel E. Walton (ARMY) & his wife Diana
  • Retired Chief Petty Officer Jack Frost (NAVY) & his wife Joy
  • Retired Colonel Thomas B. Poole (AIR FORCE) & his wife Patricia
  • Colonel Bill Stowe (AIR FORCE) & his wife Lisa
  • Retired Master Sergeant Timothy Burke (ARMY SPECIAL FORCES) & his wife Kelli
  • Sergeant First Class Belinda Jack (ARMY)


Atlanta Falcons

November 3rd

Army Sergeant FG Swan is a World War II veteran. He joined the Idaho National Guard at age 15 and participated in the last Horse Cavalry exercise. He was later assigned to Army 9th Battalion, 6th Armored Division. During the war, he valiantly fought in the Battle of the Bulge in February 1945. His unit then went on to successfully liberate the Buchenwald Concentration Camp.

Salute To Service Suite

  • Sergeant Luis Olmeda-Cruz (Army)
  • Sergeant Joel Galarza (Army)
  • Technical Sergeant LaShonda Robinson (Air Force)
  • Operations Specialist Second Class Phil Southwell (Coast Guard)
  • Major Bobby G. Lambert (Army)
  • Lieutenant Commander Janette Arencibia (Marines)
  • Ensign Matthew Witte (Navy)
  • Technical Sergeant Keith Green (Air Force)


Chicago Bears

November 13th

US Marines Master Sergeant O’Neil Ducharme served the United States in the 6th Marine Division during World War II. During the war, Master Sergeant Ducharme was a member of Tokyo Bay Occupation Force (Task Force 31) – the initial landing and occupation of the Tokyo Bay Area and the capture of Hijms Nagato, which symbolized the unconditional and complete surrender of the Japanese Navy. He was also Active Reserve in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. In total, Master Sergeant Ducharme served the United States of America for 39 years, 3 months and 15 days! For his bravery and commitment to service, he was awarded the American Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal.

Salute To Service Suite

  • Technical Sergeant James Poole (AIR FORCE) & Family
  • Staff Sergeant Ralph Pabon (ARMY) & Family
  • Lieutenant Junior Grade Christopher Fisher (COAST GUARD) & Family
  • Gunnery Sergeant David Lopez (MARINES) & Family
  • Chief Petty Officer Josiah Davis (NAVY) & Family
  • Master Sergeant Russell Boyce (ARMY RESERVE) & Family


Seattle Seahawks

November 27th

US Navy Seaman First Class James T. Lair served the United States of America during World War II. Seaman First Class Lair enlisted in the Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor. During the war, he was involved in five invasions including North Africa, Sicily and Salerno, Italy, Normandy and Southern France. After World War II ended, Seaman First Class Lair returned to work as a locomotive engineer. He moved to Florida in 1975 and served 17 years with the Coast Guard auxiliary.

Salute To Service Suite

  • Petty Officer Second Class James Huffman (Coast Guard)
  • Major Franklin Sablin (Marine)
  • Captain Adam McAuley (Air Force)
  • Major Mike Larmore (Army)
  • Major Christopher Treuting (Army)
  • Lieutenant Commander Matthew Willer (Navy)
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician Petty Officer Second Class Garrett F. Peck (Coast Guard)
  • Captain Bridgette Falosk (Air Force)


New Orleans Saints

December 11th

US Marine Colonel Dave Hamilton served the United States of America during the Vietnam War. Colonel Hamilton enlisted in the US Marine Corps for 3 years as a Private in 1965, where he served 13 months in Vietnam with the 3rd Marine Division in I Corps during the 1968 Tet Offensive. He represented his nation proudly in over 13 different countries and physically moved his family 18 times during his career, before originally retiring from the Marine Corps in 2000. After our nation’s 9/11 tragedy, Colonel Hamilton voluntarily left retirement and returned to duty, serving in a Senior Civilian capacity for the Department of Defense for more than 6 years at USCENTCOM from 2002 to 2008. For his dedicated service and superior performance of duty, Colonel Hamilton was awarded ten (10) personal awards during his career, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, three (3) Navy Commendation Medals, two (2) Navy Achievement Medals, the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, and the Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award. Colonel Hamilton and his family have been proud Buccaneers Season Pass Members for 18 years and will be celebrating his 70th birthday at the game on December 11th!

Salute To Service Suite

  • Staff Sergeant Brandon Nettles (Army)
  • Petty Officer Second Class James M. Sites (Navy)
  • Specialist Charles Bell (Army)
  • Staff Sergeant Elyse Millan (Marines)
  • Technical Sergeant Marvin Perez (Air Force)
  • Lieutenant Larry Brant (Coast Guard)
  • Technical Sergeant Caleb Sieben (Air Force)
  • Petty Officer First Class Derrick Elefante (Navy)


Carolina Panthers

January 1st

US Army Major Earl Bedford served the United States of America in Operation Just Cause, Operation Desert Storm/Shield, and the Iraqi Freedom/Iraq War. Major Bedford enlisted in the Army on July 21, 1983 as a Private First Class and became a commissioned officer after completing Officer Candidate School in June 1989. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University in 1982 and his Master’s Degree from Troy State University in International Relations and Strategic Security Affairs, with a French language designation. His military education includes the field artillery officer basic and advanced courses, Cas-cube, Military Joint Service School, and the Special Operations/ Civil Affairs advance course. Major Bedford served four combat tours in Iraq from 2002 to 2009 as a Special Operations Officer and later as a Civil Affairs Planner. He retired from active duty in February 2013 after almost 30 years of service. For his dedicated service and superior performance of duty, Major Bedford was awarded (2) Bronze Stars, (3) Presidential Unit Citation Awards, (4) Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Awards, (4) Global War on Terrorism Service Medals, Senior Parachutists/Jumpmaster Wings, Air Assault Wings, and a Combat Action Badge for combat operations in Iraq.

Salute To Service Suite

  • Colonel Jeff Cole (Marines)
  • Drill Sergeant Christopher Young (Army)
  • Staff Sargent; Recruiting & Retention NCO Christopher Campbell (Army National Guard)
  • Captain John Skelding (Marines
  • Specialist Donishia Jackson (Army)
  • Captain (ret) Robert Keeler (Army)
  • Machinist Mate Chief Petty Officer/Submarine Service Charles Newcity (Navy)
  • Lieutenant Colonel, Special Forces David J. O’Hearn (Army)