City of Woodson Terrace Missouri

Veterans Spotlight

Richard Lefebvre

Rich was drafted into the Army in 1969.  During is indoctrination the Marine Corps asked for Volunteers and Rich volunteered.

He did his basic training at Paris Island.  He then went to Quantico, Virginia and was trained on an artillery battery.  He then received order overseas to Okinawa.

While on Okinawa it was determined that with only six months left in the service he would have no further duties except sitting behind a desk until separation from service.  He turned down a promotion to stay in the service and went home.

He has been married to his wife Linda for 43 plus years who he met after returning from the military.  They both worked at a medical supply company.

Rich and Linda are 30 year residents of Woodson Terrace.  They have 2 grown boys and 4 grandchildren.


Adine Van Coutren

Adine joined the WAC’s in 1942 and rose to rank of First Sergeant while serving in North Africa and Italy.  She was on General Mark Clark’s staff for much of her service.  This is just part of her story…..

She had 11 brothers and sisters an all of them served at the same time in
WWII.  Six served in the US Navy, one in the Marine Corps, one in the Army, one in the Merchant Marines and all three girls in the Army WAC’s. Eleven of the twelve served overseas and all returned home.  A Miracle!

After the war Adine met Mr. Tipton at the Creve Coeur American Legion Post and they were married.  So in 1949 Michael Tipton was born.  The family moved to Boswell in 1954 and lived there until 1967.  Mike says they were some great years.

The last of the family died 3 years ago.   Many, including Mike’s mother, are buried at Jefferson Barracks.


The information above was sent to us from Mike Tipton who lives in Howell, Michigan.