Veterans Way Honorees

Digital Tour

Banners honoring Veterans and members of the military proudly hang along 4th Street in downtown Waterloo from Memorial Day in the spring to Veterans Day in late fall.  Banners are sponsored annually by family members, friends, businesses and organizations and are presented to them at the end of the season, making room for a new group of honorees.   Find the location of each banner here. 



2 Years Robert Schlorff II was born in Waterloo and graduated from Columbus High School. He was drafted in October of 1967 where he was assigned to CoA, 1stBN, 3rdMar, 3rdMarDiv and then served in Vietnam. He was awarded with National Defense Service Ribbon, Vietnamese Service Metal, Vietnamese Campaign Medal, Purple Heart Medal 2X, Rifle Sharpshooter Badge, Pistol Sharpshooter Badge.



3 Years Robert Schlorff served in the Navy from 1940-1943, his travels first started with enlistment and attending United States Navy Training Station USNTS Farragut, Idaho, then off to Navy training school at Great Lakes IL. He then was attached to USN Torp. Test Range Montauk N.Y. After his training there he was assigned to S/M Base New London, Conn. then later assigned to the USS Dallas (DD199). His awards are as follows: American Area Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Area Ribbon, World War II Victory Ribbon. He was a master diamond setter with Deyo & Co. for 43 years, retiring in 1983. He passed away on August 31, 1995.



3 years Frank Rolf was born in Waterloo and joined the Army in 1988. He was trained as a Bradley Mechanic and worked as a parts and equipment specialist. He was stationed in Germany with the 3rd Armor Division. His unit was sent to Saudi Arbia before Desert Storm. He served in Saudi Arbia until the war was over. He stayed to help build a permanent base in Kuwait. He returned to Germany in 1991 and then completed his time with the Army in later 1991.



1952-1955 Frank Dale Roe was born in 1934 in Waterloo. Frank served our country honorably in the US NAVY during the Korean War. Frank worked for the Chicago North Western for 37 years. He loved everything Hawkeyes, the Chicago Bears, camping, fishing and most of all his family.


Army; National Guard

23 Years Major Brian Lynch enlisted in the Army Reserve in May 2001 and was sent to boot camp right after September 11, 2001. His unit was called to active duty in February of 2002 to support the initial war in Iraq, but due to border issues with Turkey they were not sent overseas. After that experience, he began as a Cadet with the UNI Army ROTC program, where he was eventually commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the National Guard. Major Lynch went on to lead the 248th ASB HHC as their unit commander during their deployment to Afghanistan from June 2018-2019. He again deployed to Iraq with the 734th ,1034th CSSB, HHC Commander from January-October 2021. He is currently serving in the Iowa National Guard.



8 Years Herbert R. Miehe was born in 1927 in Waterloo, IA. He served in the United States Marine Corps for eight years, where he fought in the Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War and received his Purple Heart and Korean Medal of Honor.



1973-1975 Randy Miller was born and raised in Waterloo, and graduated from Waterloo West High School in 1973. He enlisted in the Navy immediately after. He earned Aircrew Flight Wings in August 1974. His squadron deployed aboard the USS Enterprise not long afterwards for the Western Pacific/Indian Ocean. Late winter they were diverted to the South China Sea to wait for orders for Operation Frequent Wind (Saigon evacuation). That carrier group provided air support and sped home immediately after completing the operation. Miller returned to Waterloo after discharge and attended Hawkeye Institute of Technology on the GI Bill. He later attended Kirkwood Community College, earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology. And then attended The University of Iowa, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation. He was the Commander of the American Legion Post 138 in Waterloo from 2000-2003 and is currently employed at VA Iowa City Medical Center serving veterans.



1951-1955 Donald Miller graduated from West Waterloo High School in 1950. He was employed at Rath Packing Company until enlistment in May 1951. Miller served as an Aviation Ordinanceman aboard aircraft carriers USS Philippine Sea and USS Hornet in Korea, arming AD Skyraiders and F4U Corsairs, attaining the rank of Second-Class Petty Officer. Awards: Korean Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, China Service and European Occupation. He returned to work at Rath upon discharge, then earned Associate Degree in accounting from Gates Business College. He worked as assistant then office manager at Jens Olesen and Sons Construction Company until retirement.