Among those set to be recognized, according to the city, include:
•1st Lt. Walter Pettit, 97. The WW II vet served in the U.S. Air Force and spent most of his military career in combat in France and Germany. He flew 43 missions and received two air medals and two Oak Leaf Clusters.
Pettit flew the P47 Thunder Bolt, which had four 50-caliber machine guns and a 500-pound bomb on each wing.
Ruth Snively, 95, worked at a Chicago factory making Navy components during World War II. CONTRIBUTED
During his first combat mission, he flew wingman for a pilot who had flown 1,500 hours in a spitfire plane in the Royal Canadian Air Force. It was the man’s first mission with the USAF. German troops shot down the plane and the pilot was killed.
•Ruth Snively, 95. Snively worked at the Seeburg Factory in Chicago during WW II.
She was among the countless U.S. women affectionately called “Rosie the Riveter.” Commonly, women held war-related jobs in private factories that changed their product lines to produce military components.
Seeburg was a producer of juke boxes that switched to making sonar sets for the Navy. Snively worked on the assembly line and soldered electronic parts into the unit. Later she worked as a civilian employee for the Air Force and repaired aircraft radios.
David Cottrill, now 79, served as a chaplain U.S. Air Force in several states and in Thailand, Germany and Turkey. CONTRIBUTED
•David Cottrill, 79. Cottrill served as a chaplain U.S. Air Force in several states and in Thailand, Germany and Turkey.
He was awarded the Humanitarian Service Medal and the Defense Service Medal, among other commendations.
The ceremony is set for 11 a.m. at the park at 255 W. Spring Valley Road. The city is limiting attendance due to COVID-19, but it can be viewed on Centerville’s Facebook page.
Ruth Snively, now 95, worked at a Chicago factory making Navy components during World War II. CONTRIBUTED