Honoring Our Ferko Military Members 

Ferko Military Members - US Army
Ferko Military Members - US Navy
Ferko Military Members - US Marine Corps
Ferko Military Members - US Coast Guard
Ferko Military Members - US Airforce

Thank you to all who have served our great country.

 

The Ferko String Band proudly supports the men and women who serve and have served in the military services.

In addition to Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and all other holidays where we recognize all who have served, we'd like to honor our current and past Ferko String Band members who have served in the armed forces.  We consider it a privilege to march among these gentlemen throughout the year, and hope you can join us in celebrating their service to our country.

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John Williams Ferko String Band
Mike Caputo Ferko String Band
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FERKO MEMBERS IN SERVICE EARLY 1943:
[listed on page 77 of our book, "Joe's Boys" written by Ferko member, Dave Bradshaw, and Tom Frangicetto]

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BAUMKRATZ, MIKE

U.S.A.C.

BEVERLY, FRANCIS

U.S.A.C.

BLESSINGTON, JAMES

U.S.A.C

BORDEN, EDWARD

U.S.N.

BOYD, ARCHIE

U.S.N.

BOYLE, JAMES

U.S.A.

BUTZ, LEN

U.S.A.

CAPUTO, MICHAREL SR

U.S.N.

CRISPO, RALPH

U.S.N.

CONNERS, WILLIAM "CURLY"

U.S.A.

DE SANTROL, WILLIAM

U.S.A.

DINGFELDER, RAY

U.S.N.

EDELMAN, ALBERT

U.S.A

FELIG, JOSEPH

U.S.N.

GAIBLER, RICHARD

U.S.N.

GANNISTER, EDWARD

U.S.A.C

GIAMDOMENICO, AL JR.

U.S.A.

GILL, HENRY

U.S.N.

GILL, MYLES

U.S.A.

HAGERTY, PHILLIP

U.S.C.G.

HODGSON, ERNEST

U.S.A.

JAUSS, RUSSELL

U.S.A.

JONES, FRANK

U.S.A.

KAMPF, JOSEPH

U.S.A.

KENNEDY, "RAY"

U.S.N.

KURZENBERGER, WILLIAM

U.S.A.

LEMLY, CHARLES "JERRY"

U.S.A.

MANCKE, ERNEST

U.S.N.

MATELYN, FRANK

U.S.N.

MATELYN, JOSEPH

U.S.N.

ORR, WILLIAM

U.S.A.C

PAPST, FRANK

U.S.A.

PIDGEON, ALOYUIS

U.S.A.

PLANTULLI, CARLO

U.S.N.

RUGGIERO, GUS

U.S.A.

SAMICO, SAMMY

U.S.N.

SCHRADER, CHARLES

U.S.A.

STEUR, CURTIS

U.S.N.

THALLMAYER, JOE

U.S.A.

WILLIAMS, MILTON

U.S.N. 

IF ONE OF THE ABOVE IS A FAMILY 

MEMBER  OR FRIEND OF YOURS, PLEASE SEND US ANY PICTURES OF THEM IN THEIR MILTARY UNIFORM, MUMMERS COSTUME OR ANY PICTURE  OF THEM TO OUR E-MAIL:  BOOKINGS@FERKOSTRINGBAND.COM

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CHARLIE SCAPEROTTO

Alto Saxophone

  • Branch: United States Air Force 

  • Active Years:  1973-2006  

  • Unit:  F-4 and F-15 Fighter Pilot

  • Location(s):  Udorn AB, Thailand 1975

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TOM BROWN

Accordion

  • Branch: United States Army

  • Active n/a

  • Unit:  n/a

  • Location(s):  Korea

Mik Campbell Ferko String Band

MIKE CAMPBELL

Accordion

  • Branch: United States Navy

  • Active Years:  n/a (Picture is Mike at 20yrs Old)

  • Unit:  n/a

  • Location(s):  n/a

Mike Caputo Sr. Ferko String Band

MIKE CAPUTO SR.

Violin

  • Branch: United States Navy

  • Active Years:  Nov. 24, 1943 - Jan. 9, 1946

  • Unit:  US Navy Ammunition Supply Dump

  • Location(s):  Home Fleet - area of responsibility - Northeast Atlantic, Isish Sea, North Sea, English Channel.  Responsible for driving ammunitions from supply dump to various ships for reloading

Mike Caputo Ferko String Band

MIKE CAPUTO JR.

Accordion

  • Branch: United States Army

  • Active Years:  Feb. 15, 1966 - Feb. 2, 1968

  • Unit:  A Btry - 2nd Battalion 28th Field Artillery 

  • Location(s):  Ansbach, Germany - Btry Clerk

Robert Danford Sr. Ferko String Band

ROBERT H. DANFORD SR.

String Bass / Tenor Saxophone

  • Branch: United States Navy

  • Active Years:  1968 - 1988

  • Unit:  VP 66 Naval Air squadron

  • Location(s):  USS Courtney de 1021

John Raniolo Ferko String Band

JOHN RANIOLO

Baritone Saxophone

  • Branch: United States Air Force 

  • Active Years:  1972-1998 

  • Unit:  Air National Guard

  • Location(s):  Phillippines, Korea, Taiwan, Virginia Willow Grove Pa

Marty Scanlon Ferko String Band

MARTY SCANLON

String Bass / Bass Drum

  • Branch: United States Air Force 

  • Active Years:  1965-1969

  • Unit:  Multiple

  • Location(s):  U.S. / Thailand / Vietnam / Okinawa

John Williams Ferko String Band

JOHN WILLIAMS

Accordion

  • Branch: United States Army

  • Active Years: 1966-1968

  • Unit: 5th Battalion, 57th Artillery, 6th Artillery   

  • Location(s):  Ft. Bliss, Texas

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JOE MCDOWELL

Alto Saxophone

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  • Branch: United States Navy

  • Active Years: 1987 - 1997

  • Unit: ASW Helicopter Squadron Light 46  

  • Location(s):  USS John L. Hall FFG-32

Billy Joerger III Ferko String Band

BILL JOERGER III

Tenor Saxophone

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  • Branch: United States Marine Corps

  • Active Years: 2003-2004

  • Unit: Infantry Training Battalion   

  • Location(s):  Camp Lejeune, NC