Class XII Biographies
Inducted in 2020
 
   

Major William M. Denny

1913 - 1999

  

Major William M. Denny commanded Co C, 134th Inf Regt, 35th Inf Division, during combat action in World War II, receiving a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge for heroic actions across France, Belgium, and Germany. A native of St. Louis, MO, he was mobilized with the 35th Division in 1940. He received Bronze Stars at Morhange and Puttelange, France. For capturing the town of Habkirchen, Germany, Co C received the Distinguished Unit Citation and Major Denny the Silver Star. He was captured during the Battle of the Bulge and spent time as a POW. After rescue, he remained in the Army and was medically discharged in 1947. He died in 1999.

 

Captain (Dr.) Otto L. H. Hine

1892 - 1962

 

Captain (Doctor) Otto L. H. Hine, Muskogee, Oklahoma, received the Distinguished Service Cross during the Meuse Argonne Offensive of World War I while with the Medical Detachment, 139th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division. Trained as a dentist, he volunteered when World War I broke out in 1917. He was in charge of an aid station at Chaudron Farm, France. When the 139th Infantry withdrew leaving the aid station exposed to German artillery fire, he went behind the lines to secure artillery counterfire, then returned to the aid station to assist in the successful evacuation of his 94 patients. During that time, he required treatment for exposure to mustard gas. After some Post-World War I service, he returned to dental practice in Oklahoma.

 

Technical Sergeant Clarence T. “Click” Kemper

1918 -2012

 

Technical Sergeant Clarence T. “Click” Kemper received two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star for heroic actions as a Platoon Sergeant in Co M, 137th Infantry, during World War II. He joined the 35th Infantry Division at Camp Robinson, AR in 1941, and remained with Co M until the end of the war. He received his first Purple Heart at St. Lo, France, his second during the Battle of the Bulge, and the Bronze Star for heroic actions with his machine gun section at Livarchamps, Belgium on Jan 2, 1945. He served on occupation duty when the war ended, and returned with his unit in Sept. of 1945. He then returned to his home in Forest Grove, Oregon.

 


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