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St. Louis Honor Flight Program

Tribute to Veterans

First Bank partnered  with the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight (GSLHF) and the St. Louis Blues for “First Bank’s Tribute to the Greatest Generation” honoring World War II veterans and “First Bank’s Tribute to Soldiers Not Forgotten” honoring those who served during the Korean War. 

Throughout the St. Louis Blues hockey season, we pay tribute to a different veteran each month.  The veterans are proudly introduced to cheering fans.  Our goal is to not only honor these veterans but to raise awareness of the Honor Flight program.  

First Bank makes a donation to GSLHF each time the Blues score first and every time the team wins during the regular. As a result, First Bank made a $9,202 donation to GSLHF during the 2017-2018 season.

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Ruby Foster (US Cadet Nurse Corps)

Ms. Foster was in the United States Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II. She graduated from high school at age 16 and was inspired by the poster of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, but had to wait another two weeks until her 17th birthday to sign up. She applied for admission to the school at St. Louis City Hospital, and since the war was winding down, she was able to be admitted into the very last class in a 3-year diploma program.

Ralph Goldsticker (2nd Lieutenant, US Air Force)

Mr. Goldsticker (“Goldy”) worked in a dry goods store when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

Laurence Lumpe (Private 1st Class, US Army)

Mr. Lumpe was assigned to the American Graves Registration and was sent to what is now Florence, Italy.

Gregory Lopez (Corporal, US Army)

Mr. Lopez was attached to the 348th Combat Engineering Battalion when he was sent to join the amphibious forces of the US Army, the 5th Engineering Special Brigade, which specialized in sea landings.

Anthony Saputo (2nd Class, US Navy)

Mr. Saputo was attached to the Seabees and was assigned to help build and repair parts of France including an orphanage and an air field.

Gordon Smith (Machinist Mate 2nd Class, US Navy)

Mr. Smith survived the attacks on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

John Wren (2nd Lieutenant, US Army)

Second Lieutenant John Wren was with the 461st bomb group in the 15th Air Force stationed at Torretta Field in Italy.

Roland Gantt (Master Sergeant, US Army)

WWII Veteran and Master Sgt Roland Gantt was featured during First Bank’s Tribute to the Greatest Generation at the St. Louis Blues game.

Warren Nelson (1st Lieutenant, US Air Force)

A very humble Mr. Nelson said that the heroes of the Pacific were the Marines who took over the islands.

Frank Fontana (Technical Sergeant, US Army)

94 year old Technical Sergeant;Frank Fontana was a member of the first MASH group ever formed.

Grace Steck (1st Lieutenant, Army Nurse)

First Bank Honor Flight - A Tribute to Army Nurse Corps First Lieutenant Grace Steck.

Jerome Huelsman (Corporal, US Army)

First Bank has the privilege to escort WWII veteran Jerome Huelsman and his family to the Blues game.

Raymond Dierkes (Ship Fitter 2nd Class, US Navy)

First Bank and the St. Louis Blues had the privilege of escorting 93 year old WWII veteran Raymond Dierkes and family to the game.

Joseph Kuc (Sergeant, US Army)

First Bank - A Tribute to Joe Kuc US Army Sergeant.

Edward Olszewski (Aviator, US Navy)

First Bank - A Tribute To Naval Aviator Edward Olszewski.

James and William Luttrell (Sergeant, US Marine)

First Bank and the St. Louis Blues had the privilege of escorting James and William Luttrell and family to the game.

Harold Rathmann (First Sergeant, US Army)

First Bank Honor Flight - A Tribute to Harold Rathmann US Army First Sergeant.

Harriet McGuire (Nurse, US Navy)

First Bank - A Tribute To Naval Nurse Harriet McGuire.

Bud Jolley (Corporal, US Marine)

Tribute to the greatest generation - Bud Jolley.

Jim Thorpe (Corporal, US Marine)

Watch a tribute to Marine Corporal Jim Thorpe.

Wilbur Robins (Seaman First Class, US Navy)

First Bank - A Tribute To Navy Seaman Wilbur Robins.

Joe Brader (Private First Class, US Army)

Honor Flight - Joe Brader.

Robert Hale (Sergeant, US Army)

A tribute for Sergeant Robert Hale.

Robert Bareford (Sergeant, US Army)

First Bank - A Tribute To Sergeant Robert Bareford.

Max Zebelman (Medic, US Army)

HonorFlight - Max Zebelman.

Howard Pruett (Sergeant Major, US Army)

A tribute to the brave Sergeant Major Pruett.

Don Johnson (Radio Operator, US Navy)

Honor Flight - Don Johnson.

Bill Bruns (Staff Sergeant, US Army)

Tribute to Staff Sergeant Bruns.

Charles Kohler (Gunnery Sergeant, US Marine)

First Bank - A Tribute To Sergeant Charles Kohler.