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Just say, 'Thank You'

"Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle." - Psalm 144:1

October 03, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Big Daddy and Special Ops, Part 2

This is the second part of a two-part series on Mike Holder. For the first part of this story click here.

September 27, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Big Daddy

Mike 'Big Daddy' Holder inherited the flying fever from his father, Jim Holder. The elder Holder flew C-119 Boxcars and C-121 Constellations in the Air ...

September 19, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Men of September

They arrived with pep in their step via a customized cane, a walker, or marching straight and tall into the American Legion with the vitality ...

September 06, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

A frozen and forgotten battle

The gathering at Oxton Village Assisted Living in Social Circle witnessed a rare ceremony on August 25 honoring a WWII veteran of the Aleutian Islands ...

August 30, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

A Veteran's Story: The Trench Knife

The email from Covington resident Joe "Pete" Madding stimulated my curiosity. A handmade trench knife, lost in combat by an 82nd airborne paratrooper during the ...

August 23, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

The Chemist

Born in 1929 in Toledo, Ohio, a short six weeks later Richard Grimes and his family moved to White Plains, Georgia. He recalled, "My dad ...

August 16, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Hiroshima & Nagasaki: 'Prompt and utter destruction'

On August 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb used in war was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later the second, and hopefully last atomic ...

August 09, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Aboard the Memphis Belle

The 750-horsepower Pratt and Whitney Hornet engines turned over four propellers sending a beautiful yet chaotic melody of mechanical jazz to those encased in the ...

June 06, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | A VETERAN'S STORY


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Thirty five years the soldier

One of twelve siblings, Simon Ramos came into this world in 1932. The Y.O. Ranch on the fringes of Kerrville, Texas was his childhood playground, all 566,000 acres of it. Ramos recalled, "My dad was from Mexico and worked the Y.O. Ranch as a cowhand. I rode a small horse and helped on the cattle drives when I could. That was exciting for a kid."

August 01, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

A Veteran's Story: Wily as a fox

Unassuming to a fault with a personality void of haughtily broadcasting his unique education, Fox McCarthy mingles into the community with a style he set in motion after 26 years of service to his country. "Once I took off the uniform a new life with new opportunities awaited me," he stated. "I did my duty in peace and in war. The time had come to move on." A West Point graduate, Lt. Col. Fox McCarthy retired in 1979. This is his story.

July 26, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

The colonel and communism

War, should always be the last option to resolve international disputes. War, is a costly and ugly enterprise which brings misery to the guiltless. War, is politics with bloodshed, and politics is war devoid of bloodshed.

July 19, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Bravest women I had ever met

Jack P. McCormick, chopper pilot: "I would occasionally carry them out to the field to be with the troops when I was flying with the First Cav in 1970 out of Tay Ninh. These ladies were the bravest women I had ever met."

July 12, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Dereliction of duty or political scapegoat?

"And Aaron shall cast lots upon two goats; one lot for the Lord, and the other lot for the scapegoat."

July 05, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

American cleverness vs. communist cruelty

Captain Wayne Waddell deemed his chances of survival slim to none as his F-105 Thunderchief fighter-bomber plummeted out of the skies near the Chinese border with North Vietnam. Perilously close to the ground, he ejected, the chute deployed, and Waddell hit the ground in less than three seconds. Evasion attempts failed. Captured and incarcerated, the Air Force pilot would remain a POW in North Vietnam for the next five years and eight months.

June 28, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Welcome to Honoi Hilton

July 5, 1967: Near the North Vietnamese/Chinese border.

June 20, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Vietnam vet among America's Best

Excerpts from "Twelve Days in May" by Jerald W. Berry - May 6, 1970, LZ (Landing Zone) Fox, Binh Duong Province, Cambodia, with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division.

June 14, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Flag Day for how long?

Today is Flag Day. How many older generation Americans can remember the history of Old Glory? How many Americans will be cognizant that this Sunday is in fact Flag Day? How many educational institutions, self-proclaimed elitists, and politically correct activists will consider the mention of Flag Day as 'offensive' to the disenfranchised, the envious, or to foreign students?

June 14, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Bigger and bigger bombers

December 23, 1944, Podington, England: Two of eight "Recommendation for Award" excerpts for Captain Raymond V. Clay, 92nd Bomb Group, 326th Bombardment Squadron, 8th Air Force.

June 07, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Memorial Day - Panthers, Pathos and Pride

"They fought together as brothers-in-arms. They died together and now sleep side by side. To them we have a solemn obligation."

May 31, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Rockdale-The Other Guys

We were young, invincible, and we knew the awful things would happen to the other guy. The war in Vietnam was nothing more than a stumbling block, something our country needed us to do before we continued on with our lives, our educations, marriages, raising rug rats, growing old with a sweetheart. Our tools of war were lethal and high tech, the best bombs and bullets taxpayer money could buy. Turn us loose, let us do what we were trained to do, and we will win this war then bring us home to a grateful nation.

May 24, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

Ride for the fallen

Their military uniforms are packed away in a storage bin somewhere in a dusty attic, or perhaps hanging in the back room closet protected by a sheet of plastic, yet still discolored from years of disuse. Row upon row of multi-hued service ribbons are still pinned over the left breast pocket. Few, if any, of the veterans attempt to squeeze into their old threads of service since age and one too many chocolate donuts have taken a toll, yet these senior warriors continue to serve most honorably in so many different ways.

May 17, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

The little ship that could

Habitually identified as the Splinter Fleet, the tiny 110 foot wood-hulled Sub Chasers of WWII held the title as the smallest commissioned ship in the US Navy. A Sub Chaser cruised at around 12 knots with flank speed no more than 20 knots. The more popular PT-Boats of McHales's Navy renown were only 80 feet in length and commonly hit 40 knots, but PT-Boats were commissioned collectively in squadrons, not individually.

May 11, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY


The B-24 Liberator was overdue. Ugly gray clouds and a misty overcast cut visibility to less than a mile. Hot and sticky, the crewmembers had been airborne most of the day and they were eager to land. Big sweat beads rolled off their faces and dripped onto the metal floor. The nose art on front of the B-24 identified her as Diamond Lil. Ground personnel were anxious, hoping Diamond Lil could make the airfield. Unattractive and ungraceful, the B-24 merited a reputation for difficult handling and unpredictable flight characteristics.

May 03, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY

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