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Blast from the past: WWII bomb tech Soldier recounts experiences

Posted May 18, 2018 by Staff Sgt. Lance Pounds

Army photograph by Staff Sgt. Lance Pounds Gerald “Jerry” Simon (left), and Lt. Col. Gregory Hirschey, the 71st Ordnance Group (EOD) deputy commander, share stories about their careers after a professional leadership development session, May 10, 2018, at the National Guard Training Center on Fort Carson, Colo. Three years after President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous…

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William Dunn: America’s first WWII ace

Posted September 2, 2016 by Airman Shawna L. Keyes

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Ashley Williamson Lt. Col. Nathan Mead, 334th Fighter Squadron commander, presents a plaque to Felicia Hutto, granddaughter of William Dunn, British Royal Air Force Squadron 71 member and first American ace of World War II, during the unveiling of a memorial dedicated to the RAF members, July 8,…

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How to maintain TRICARE coverage after 65

Posted September 9, 2016 by

By taking a few simple steps, retirees can make sure they have their TRICARE benefits after they turn 65. Four months before turning 65 years old, individuals will receive a postcard from the Defense Manpower Data Center, the office that supports the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, with information about keeping TRICARE coverage after age…

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Pearl Harbor survivor: USS Arizona came ‘completely out of the water’

Posted November 16, 2016 by Katie Lange

DOD graphic by Regina Ali “I remember everything, all of it. … Just like it happened yesterday.” That’s what a witty and alert Melvin Heckman, a 92-year-old Pearl Harbor veteran, told me when I asked him about his memories from the “date that will live in infamy.” And remember he did, from the amount of…

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Air Force veteran turns 100

Posted July 26, 2017 by Jennifer N. Spradlin

Air Force photograph Col. Robert Kirtley was born July 26, 1917 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He is a World War II and Korean War veteran who served in the Air Force for more than 25 years. He graduated from Wofford College, and commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in 1940. His first assignment was with the…

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Official urges families to learn about veteran burial honors

Posted January 15, 2016 by Terri Moon Cronk

Planning funerals for military veterans and retirees can be overwhelming for their families, and the Defense Department’s director of casualty and mortuary affairs wants family members to familiarize themselves in advance when possible to know what to expect with military funeral honors. Deborah S. Skillman said families should learn about military funeral honors eligibility ahead…

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Veterans honored at local restaurant

Posted November 18, 2016 by Diane Betzler

Photograph by Diane Betzler World War II Army Sargent Robert Killough and his wife Pauline enjoyed a good meal at the Claim Jumper Restaurant in Palmdale. The World War II vet ate for free, the restaurant’s way of saying thank you for your service. Antelope Valley veterans received a special thank you for their service…

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Vet Briefs May 31

Posted May 31, 2017 by

Minnesota sailor killed at Pearl Harbor finally laid to rest EMMONS, Minn.–A Minnesota sailor killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 has received a hometown burial. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the remains of Navy Fireman 3rd Class Glaydon Iverson were laid to rest May 27 alongside his parents at Oak Lawn…

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Message of Holocaust survivor and his liberator: Never forget

Posted May 1, 2017 by Don Wagner

Army photograph Holocaust survivors rejoice as the Army’s 45th Infantry Division liberates about 30,000 prisoners at Dachau, Germany, April 1945. Ernest Gross, 19, was in a long line of other prisoners awaiting certain death in the Dachau gas chambers and crematorium that lay ahead. He did not care. All but two brothers and a sister…

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Volunteer ‘Doughboy’ team works to bring WWI MIAs home

Posted June 24, 2017 by Katie Lange

Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Chrissy Best U.S. service members and the local community honor U.S. service members killed during World War I during a Memorial Day ceremony at Brookwood Military Cemetery in England. Brookwood, the final resting place for 468 service members and 41 unknown service members from World War I, is one…

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