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WWII vet: ‘Who the hell is Brad Pitt?’
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WWII vet: ‘Who the hell is Brad Pitt?’

When asked to name the last movie he saw, George Smilanich jokingly says, “The Glenn Miller Story.” Which may explain his reaction when Brad Pitt came calling. “I said, ‘Who the hell is Brad Pitt?’” Smilanich isn’t asking that question any more, after the WWII tank driver from Hibbing was […]

WWI Soldier Honored After 100 Years
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WWI Soldier Honored After 100 Years

Since the centenary began, it has become increasingly common that the story of a WWI soldier who fought bravely yet received little acclaim will occasionally come to light. It is not that the stories of such men have never been told before, but simply that they have not received formal […]

Captain Bill Stine, right, receives an Air Force Commendation Medal in 1982 in recognition of his work while stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts. Courtesy of Bill Stine.
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A Cold War legacy

Veteran worked with emerging technologies during Air Force career By Jeremy P. Amick While friction between the United States and communist nations began to boil during the Cold War, many new and unprecedented technologies emerged to gather the intelligence that would help protect our country’s interests. In the middle of […]

“Tootsie” Purdy gained valuable medical experience while serving in the Navy, including a stint during the Persian Gulf War, which helped lead to her current career as a nurse.    Courtesy/Jeremy P. Ämick
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‘It just seemed to be my calling’

Veteran launches nursing career through naval service By Jeremy P. Ämick As a nurse, Maureen “Tootsie” Purdy effuses a mirthful personality allowing her to console the patients she encounters; and when combined with her Navy experience, it has also given her the ability to bond with the veterans under her […]

Al Nichols is pictured above in 1967 mounting an M-60 machine gun on a UH-1 “Huey” helicopter while stationed at Phu Hiep in Vietnam. Courtesy of Al Nichols
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Digging freedom’s well – Aviation veteran’s career spans nearly four decades, three wars

Like so many young men who have tried their hand at a higher education, Al Nichols made the decision to leave his studies at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., because of a youthful inclination to “socialize a little more than study.” But as the 1965 Jefferson City High School […]

Along a quiet road near the University of Cambridge, thousands of American soldiers remain on duty.
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Along a quiet road near the University of Cambridge, thousands of American soldiers remain on duty.

chillicothegazette.com It’s an easy place to miss: My family and I drove right by it the first time, and almost the second. After all the tourist locations, it was a bit of a shock to pull into a parking lot populated by less than a dozen cars. I was there […]

Robbert Maxwell: A great American hero who won the Medal of Honor
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Robbert Maxwell: A great American hero who won the Medal of Honor

The name Robert Maxwell might not be familiar to you or to most Americans. He is not a well-known celebrity or television personality. You will not find his face plastered on the covers of magazines, newspapers or the Internet. And yet, he deserves that recognition and notoriety far more than […]

Walter Evenson enlisted in the Navy in 1944. He is pictured above in his sailor’s uniform in 1946.  Courtesy/Walter Evenson
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Reinvigorating the spirit – World War II naval service directs veteran to career in the ministry

By Jeremy P. Amick With a slight accent revealing his northern upbringing, mid-Missouri resident Walter Evenson recounted his journey from childhood to service in the Navy, with an added collection of experiences in-between—all of which helped influence his final calling as a Lutheran pastor. A young boy coming to age […]

Care Home Escapee Veteran Receives 2,500 Birthday Cards
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Care Home Escapee Veteran Receives 2,500 Birthday Cards

A war veteran who turned up in Normandy after he was reported missing from his care home in England said he was overwhelmed by the number of cards and gifts he had received for his 90th birthday reported forces.tv Bernard Jordan,  made headline news around the world when he disappeared […]

MUST READ – Commander Rudder (2nd Rangers) 10 years later – I Took My Son to Pointe Du Hoc and Omaha Beach
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MUST READ – Commander Rudder (2nd Rangers) 10 years later – I Took My Son to Pointe Du Hoc and Omaha Beach

On 6 June 1944 the V Corps of U.S. First Army assaulted German coastal defenses on a 6.000-yard stretch (“Omaha” Beach) between Vierville and Colleville. The attack was made by two divisions, the 1st and 29th, with strong attachments of armor and artillery. On their right flank, a separate mission of unusual difficulty was assigned to a […]

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