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Military Matters

  • In Their Words: From the Mediterranean to Antarctica

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    It was mid-November in 1948, and Robert Bruce — then a radarman third class aboard the destroyer USS MacKenzie — and most of his shipmates were asleep when a commotion on deck awakened them. They were being boarded.

  • In Their Words: Battle of the Bulge

    C.J. Risak

    Correspondent

    How many times has it been said — “War is hell.” Not nearly enough to match the number of times that emotion deserved.

     

    George Castner was involved in the Battle of the Bulge, often referred to as America’s greatest challenge, and victory, of World War II. He witnessed the horror first hand.

  • 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.