Local

December 6, 2017
 

Marine celebrates 100th birthday

Dennis Anderson

marine100a
Marine Corps veteran Sgt. Pat Murray celebrated her 100th birthday last week with two-days of celebrations. A member of the “Greatest Generation” and a World War II veteran, Murray went through ‘boot camp’ in 1943 at Parris Island, S.C., and became a parachute rigger – saving pilots’ lives.

As part of the birthday celebration, Murray received a U.S. flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol on Veterans Day. The flag was presented by Christine Ward, field deputy for U.S. Rep. Steve Knight. Others on hand included Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford (pictured), and American Legion Post 348 Commander Carl Hernandez (also pictured). Murray was made an honorary for-life member of Post 348 and an honorary life member of the Legion Auxiliary. Other dignitaries on hand included State Sen. Scott Wilk, and Assemblyman Tom Lackey.

marine100b

Marine Corps League stalwarts Chris Chandler and Milton Cathcart also stopped by to wish Murray a ‘happy birthday,’ as did her school escort for World War II history – Bob Alvis.

Murray pushed the drive to clean up the historic Palmdale Cemetery, and to palce a flag pole at the Antelope Valley Mall.
Happy birthday and Semper Fi.
 
marine100c




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Photograph by Dennis Anderson

‘Bomber Bob’ Inducted to Patriot Guard Riders

Patriot Guard gets its ‘Oldest Rider’ LANCASTER, Calif.–Robert Wood, at 93, needs a little help getting around, but there is a good reason his nickname is “Bomber Bob.” During World War II, history...
 
 
Photograph by Bob Alvis

History at a rest stop!

Photograph by Bob Alvis The entrance to the Darr Motel off of Highway 395. Coming home Sunday from Barstow, I ended up in the dreaded traffic backup at Kramer Junction. After about an hour of stop and go a break was required; s...
 
 
mojave-rocket3

Sample return technology successfully tested on Xodiac rocket

NASA photograph by Lauren Hughes Masten Space Systems’ technicians prepare their Xodiac rocket to flight test Honeybee Robotics pneumatic sampler collection system, PlanetVac, in the Mojave Desert. Just a sample will do. Hone...