Veterans Day

November 11, 2016


On Veterans Day we honor those who have served in our country's military. The original purpose of the holiday was to remember the sacrifices made during World War I. While the Treaty of Versailles may have officially ended "the war to end all wars" on June 28, 1919, it was the signing of the armistice on November 11, 1918 that silenced the guns along the Western Front and ended the bloodshed. In tribute, one year later, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th to be "Armistice Day." And, in 1954, Congress changed the U.S. holiday to "Veterans Day," proclaiming that it should stand to honor veterans of all our nation's wars.

Although Congress has moved most national holidays to Mondays, Veteran's Day continues to be observed on November 11th-no matter the day of the week-in recognition of the day's profound historic significance.

This Veterans Day, we at Adler, Murphy & McQuillen LLP proudly salute and sincerely thank all our nation's Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen, past and present. We give special recognition to those in our firm who have served.

John W. Adler - U.S. Air Force, 1962-69

JWA_1.jpg John Adler served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U. S. Air Force. He was commissioned a First Lieutenant in 1962 and assigned to Air Force Chaplain's School at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He was then assigned to Williams Air Force Base in Chandler, Arizona. He tried numerous courts-martial, including capital offenses, primarily for the Air Force, but also on special assignments for the Army and Navy. He was promoted to Captain in 1964, left active duty in 1965 and served in the Air Force Reserves until he resigned his commission in 1969.

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James F. Murphy - U.S. Navy, 1970-74

Jim Murphy served in the U. S. Navy on active duty from 1970 to 1974 as a communications technician. He was promoted to Second Class Petty Officer in 1972. Jim received his technical training at the Naval Communications Training Center in Pensacola, Florida. He went to sea on the USS Independence and the USS John F. Kennedy, aircraft carriers which operated in the North Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. He also served on the staffs of the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon, and the Supreme Allied Commander, Atlantic (NATO) in Norfolk, VA, as a communications center watch supervisor. Jim has two sons who graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, with one still currently on active duty. Jim's daughter-in-law is also on active duty in the Navy.

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Nicholas C. Bart - U.S. Army, 1989-1995

NCB_1.jpg Nick Bart served in the U.S. Army, Illinois Army National Guard from 1989-1995 as a Noncommissioned Officer and infantry squad leader. Nick received his basic and advanced training at the Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia and was the Distinguished Honor Graduate from the Army Primary Leadership Development Course at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. He received additional training in urban warfare and close quarters battle at the Copehill Down FIBUA training facility in Wiltshire, England. Nick also served as a safety noncommissioned officer for various weapons training ranges including the M16 assault rifle, M203 grenade launcher and M136 anti-tank weapon, and competed on both the rifle and pistol teams. He served primarily in the 66th Brigade, 130th Infantry Regiment.

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Brian T. Maye - U.S. Navy, 2000-2006

Brian Maye served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U. S. Navy from 2000 to 2006. He was assigned to the Naval Legal Service Office at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida and then the Trial Service Office at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois. He tried numerous courts-martial, including aggravated felony cases, primarily for the Navy, but also on special assignments for the Army and Coast Guard. Brian also served in Iraq in 2004 as a Special Prosecutor for U.S. Central Command. He assisted in the creation of the Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) in Baghdad, Iraq and successfully prosecuted more than 80 detainees/insurgents for attacks against Coalition Forces. Brian also worked with the U. S. Department of Justice and Iraqi judges to establish the Iraqi Federal Court, which has national jurisdiction over government corruption, terrorism, white collar crime, and crimes against the Iraqi government.

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