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Military Matters

  • In Their Words: Sense of duty

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    Even coming out of high school, Joe Ponds — now known as “Dr. Joe” to many of those he taught after receiving his Ph.D. — had a sharp sense of what was right. And what was wrong.

     

    When he got involved in the military in 1965, serving in Vietnam in 1969-70, he experienced some of both.

  • Reunited friends recall 'Flip-Flops and Boxer Shorts'

    Joe Ponds

    Special to the Chronicle

    For more than 44 years I had assumed that one of my flight school classmates, Bob Poland, had perished in an automobile accident following his tour of duty in Vietnam.

  • In the line of fire

    Jeff Bryan

    Riverland News

    Thursday, the United States, if not the world, took time to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

    Thursday, Alex Roberts planned to spend time with his 3-1/2-year-old son, family and friends, and enjoy a portion of his day on the Rainbow River. Whatever he opted to do, it was certainly a far cry from what he has done the past seven months.

     

  • In Their Words: Airborne aspirations

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    It really started when he was still in school, this fascination with flying. 

     

    “I learned to fly when I was a junior in high school,” Scott Bouldin said, noting that when he went into the military he “probably had 40 or 50 hours in the air.”

  • In Their Words: Blazing the trail

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    Like so many Americans, Florence McCann couldn’t wait. So she lied.

    McCann was 18 and, after graduating from South Hills High School and receiving a vocational school diploma outside of Pittsburgh, she wanted to get involved in the war effort. The year was 1943 and McCann had her sights set on becoming part of the WAVES, or Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, a newly formed division of the U.S. Navy.

  • In Their Words: Lifesaving delay

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    Richard Grier missed his flight. It was a fortunate turn of events for him.

  • In Their Words: Surviving Sugar Loaf

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    Trying to explain why something happens to someone, and then attempting to clarify why it happened at that particular moment, often ends up as an exercise in abject futility.

     

  • In Their Words: Early call

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    If, by chance, you ever wanted to know anything about tanks, the guy to ask is Gerry Hodum. And not just because Hodum turned a curiosity into an obsessive thirst for knowledge. For him, there was a definite need to know, mainly because if he didn’t, lives would be lost.

     

  • In Their Words: Red Level to Western Front

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    Nolan Sassard has done a lot of traveling in his life, a great deal of it covering the central Florida area. It’s surprising considering his pace has not slackened, even though on July 27 — that’s today — he will turn 90.

     

    “I just don’t like to sit at home,” Sassard said insistently. “I’m not going to sit in the house 24 hours a day.”

  • In Their Words: Instrumental to victory

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    Albert Giacchi died 13 years ago at the age of 76. A couple of years prior to his death, he was given at least some credit due to him for what he did during World War II, when he was given the opportunity to sail once again on the S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien.