Our Band of Brothers and Sisters

People who are drawn to serve and protect others often choose to do so in many ways. Some choose to serve in the military, protecting our freedom and some serve as volunteer firefighters, saving lives and protecting property from the ravages of fire. This Veterans' Day, the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department would like to pay tribute to those individuals that did both, by serving in the military and serving their community as a member of our department.

Looking back through the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department's long history of service, we have been able to identify members who have served in the military. We have been able to chronicle their contributions dating as far back as the Spanish American War right up through the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of these members served in war times, while others served in times of peace. Regardless of when they served, the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department is proud of their service to the United States of America and to our department.


These members of the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department gave their lives in service to our country in WWII.

Staff Sergeant Hersal B. Cralle
U.S. Army
Hersal Cralle was killed on May 8, 1944. He was assigned to 339th Bomber Squadron, 96th Bomber Group H as the Ball Turret Operator on a B-17 bomber named "Ain't Misbehavin." His plane was hit by enemy fire. » Read More

Ensign Michael Henry Korn
U.S. Naval Reserve
Michael Korn enlisted in September 1942. Ensign Michael Korn was killed during a routine training flight on January 27, 1944. Ensign Korn was the pilot a plane that crashed near Jacksonville, Florida.
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Private First Class Julius M. Vajda
U.S. Army
Julius Vajda served with the 30th Infantry Division, 119th Infantry Regiment. His unit was active in Normandy, Rhineland, and Ardennes. He was killed at the Battle of the Bulge on January 14, 1945. » Read More
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LCpl Robert W. Fralin II
U.S. Marine Corps
Lance Corporal Robert W. Fralin II, who started out in Air Force ROTC at Largo High School, joined the U.S. Marine Corp in February 1982. Lance Corporal Robert W. Fralin II was honorably discharged in June 1986. » Read More
CPL Herbert Miller
U.S. Army
Corporal Herbert Miller served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953. He was a Squad Leader for Company "I", 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division. He was stationed in Heilbronn, Germany. » Read More
SGT Ramon L. Davis
U.S. Army
Sergeant Ramon L. Davis served in the U.S. Army Rangers from 1981 to 1986. Ramon was part of the Recon Group during the invasion of Granada by U.S. troops to insure the safety of American students. He was also was deployed to Beirut, Lebanon as part of a peacekeeping mission. » Read More
ENS Michael Henry Korn
U.S. Naval Reserve
Michael Korn enlisted in September 1942. Ensign Michael Korn was killed during a routine training flight on January 27, 1944. Ensign Korn was the pilot a plane that crashed near Jacksonville, Florida. » Read More
Albert Adams
Albert Adams
U.S. Navy
Albert Adams served in the U.S. Navy from 1961 to 1965. He served on North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego, California as a jet engine mechanic. » Read More
SGT Thomas Yowell
U.S. Marines
Sergeant Thomas Yowell was assigned to the 3rd Engineer Battalion, C Company. While in the Mediterranean, he went to ports in Spain, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. In July 1974, when the Turks invaded Cypress, Thomas' ship was responsible for the evacuation U.S. citizens from the island.
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SGT William Hawkins, Jr.
U.S. Army
William Hawkins, Jr. served in the U.S. Army from 1979 through 1985. He was a Sergeant with the 115th Infantry Division out of Fort Meade. He spent his time statewide and trained to operate the M-60 machine gun. » Read More
MSG David S. Breeden, Jr.
U.S. Air Force - U.S. Air National Guard
David S. Breeden, Jr. served in the Air Force USANG from 1958 to 1980. He was assigned to the base fire departments at Andrews Air Force Base and at Langley Air Force Base. At the time of his retirement, he was the Fire Chief for the DC Air National Guard. » Read More
CWO3 Albert D. Johnson
U.S. Army
Albert D. Johnson enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves in 1977 and was assigned to the 450th Civil Affairs Company as a Firefighter. In 1998, he retired from the U.S. Army Reserves and from the Army in 2006. » Read More
SSGT Arthur Miller
U.S. Air Force
Staff Sergeant Arthur Miller served in the U.S. Air Force from 1948 to 1952. He was assigned to Base Operations for the 3rd Bomber Wing at Kunsan, Korea. » Read More
SGT Robert Russell
U.S. Air Force
Robert served in the Air Force 1973 through 1977. He served in the Combat Support Group. His unit was responsible for the evacuation of Saigon in 1975. Robert also served in the Presidential Honor Guard.
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SSG Charles L. Baldi
U.S. Army
Charles L. Baldi served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1968 and again from 1973 to 1977. He held the rank of Staff Sergeant and was stationed in Korea. » Read More
PFC Julius M. Vajda
U.S. Army
Julius Vajda served with the 30th Infantry Division, 119th Infantry Regiment. His unit was active in Normandy, Rhineland, and Ardennes. He was killed at the Battle of the Bulge on January 14, 1945. » Read More
CPL Fred Miller
U.S. Army
Corporal Fred Miller also served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954. He was assigned to the Signal Corps as a switchboard operator.
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William Lehew, Sr.
U.S. Marines
William joined the Capitol heights Volunteer Fire Department in 1970 and is a Life Member. » Read More
SGT Dwayne Frost
U.S. Marine Corps, D.C. National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve
Dwayne has a distinguished military career. He served in Op. Iraqi Freedom & was awarded the Bronze Star. Since his return, he serves as Liaison for the Warrior Transition Brigade at Walter Reed helping wounded soldiers. » Read More
SSG Hersal Cralle
SSG Hersal Cralle
U.S. Army
Hersal Cralle was killed on May 8, 1944. He was assigned to 339th Bomber Squadron, 96th Bomber Group H as the Ball Turret Operator on a B-17 bomber named "Ain't Misbehavin." His plane was hit by enemy fire. » Read More
SGT Ernest Moreland
SGT Ernest Moreland
U.S. Army - POW
Sergeant Moreland and over 6,000 of his fellow infantrymen where captured in a fierce battle at Ardennes. The battle became known as the Battle of the Bulge. Sergeant Moreland was held for several months at Stalag 9B in Bad Orb, Germany, until their liberation by allied forces. » Read More
CPL Charles Miller
U.S. Army
Charles Miller served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. He was assigned to the Signal Corps. Corporal Miller was a Cryptography Instructor for the 3rd Army at Fort Gordon, Ga.
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Sweet as Roses, But Tough as Nails
The deployment of so many volunteer firefighters during World War II had a tremendous impact on our ability to maintain fire protection. The Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary, the first organized fire department ladies auxiliary in the United States, was called upon to help fill that gap. They were trained to drive the fire apparatus and fight fires. These courageous ladies were not afraid to take on these duties. Louise "Alice" Long, who died in 2007 at the age of 101, and Evelyn Mockabee, who died in October 2009 at the age of 86, were the last remaining survivors of this outstanding group of ladies. The Capitol Heights Fire Volunteer Department and the community will forever be in their debt.
Away for Victory - Published in 1944

CHVFD Receives Award for Support of the Troops

Away for Victory - Published in 1944