Kimmel Thomas, USCG, and her husband, CDR Steve Thomas, USN, of Norfolk, Virginia; two great-granddaughters, Virginia Eleanor Gearhart and Ella Grace Thomas; and one great-grandson, Hugh Robert Gearhart.
Bob shortly joined the Army in the Aviation Cadet Program in October 1940 as World War II was gearing-up.
Kimmel, USAF (retired), and his wife Karen Sue Kimmel of Fountain Hills, Arizona; two granddaughters, Stacey E.
Kimmel Gearhart and her husband, Mark, of Charlottesville, Virginia, and LCDR Stephanie V.
Kimmel, USAF (retired) of Charlottesville, Virginia, and Lt Col James W.During his aviation career in some of the toughest fighting of the war, he survived 50 combat missions.He was awarded: the Silver Star in 1942 for gallantry in action; the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism and earned the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters.She lost her mother when she was barely 5 years old.
Her maternal aunt raised her, taking her back to Alabama every summer to spend with her maternal family.There are 80 students who are cutting the tiles that will read Rockford Est. They have planned for a train in the 4' by 60' tile mural as well.