The Missouri State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution has for the past several years honored service people who have served the country in any capacity on their website http://www.mssdar.org/statepages/patriots.htm.
Three veterans with Vandalia ties have been featured patriots after their names were submitted by the Susanna Randolph Chapter of DAR.
Dr. Rex Carter was featured as a Patriot of the Month in November 2011, Raymond T. Miller, Jr. was featured in April 2012, and Verda Deutscher was featured in May 2012.
Dr. Rex Carter
Dr. Rex Carter was born and raised in Peoria, Ill., where, after high school, he studied Pre-Med at Bradley University. He then attended Kirksville College of Osteopathy, Kirksville, Mo., graduating in 1966.
Following his internship in St. Louis in 1967, Rex was drafted into the United States Navy Medical Corps and commissioned a Lieutenant. The significance of this is that he was in the first group of Osteopathic Physicians to be drafted into the Medical Corps. These physicians were honored in 2007 by the American Osteopathic Association, the 30th anniversary of the event.
Rex served two years at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base, Norfolk, Va. Part of that time was spent working in Military Sick Call and the Dependents’ Clinic. The rest of the time was spent at the Counter Insurgency School on the base where Navy and Marine personnel were trained in the event that they were captured by the enemy in Vietnam. He was discharged from the Naval Reserves as a Lieutenant Commander.
Rex and his wife Ann, a member of the Susanna Randolph Chapter, have been married 45 years. Rex was a “country” doc-tor in Vandalia for almost 40 years; his practice was cut short by a spinal cord injury in 2007. They have raised three children, and they now enjoy their eight grandchildren.
Raymond T. Miller, Jr. was born and raised in Louisiana, Mo. After he graduated from high school in 1967 he worked for Starks Nursery and Missouri Edison.
In February 1969, he was drafted into the United States Army, serving three years.
After Advanced Individual Training in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, he served a year in Vietnam as a heavy equipment mechanic.
When he returned from Vietnam, he served as a mechanic at Fort Rucker, Ala. and Bamberg, Germany.
Raymond’s awards include:
• Vietnam Service Medal
• Good Conduct Medal
• National Defense Medal
• Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 device
• Two Overseas Bars
After leaving the service in January of 1972, Raymond worked in construction at North American Refractories, Farber, Mo. He worked as a mechanic at Oliver Transportation, Mexico, Missouri; Jennings Implement, Curryville, Mo.; and Cerro Copper, Mexico, Mo. He retired in 2011.
Verda M. Goodman Deutscher
Verda M. Goodman Deutscher entered the United States Army on March 19, 1945 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. She went to basic training at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. which included ten weeks of training as a medical clerk.
Verda was assigned to O’Reilly General Hospital, Springfield, Mo. as a Medical Secretary to the Chief of Plastic Surgery. Later she served at hospital headquarters as the Secretary to Brigadier General, Commandant of the Hospital.
Verda was discharged at Camp Beale, Calif. on October 30, 1946.
Her awards and medals include the World War II Victory Medal.
Verda earned her Master’s Degree in social work at the University of Kansas.
In her civilian career, she was a faculty member of Stephens College, Columbia, Mo. as a counselor in social agencies and hospitals.
She is a lifetime member of the American Association of University Women plus numerous organizations devoted to women’s rights and civil liberties.
Verda and her husband have two children and three grandchildren.
She is a member of the Susanna Randolph DAR Chapter.