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Battles don’t end on the battlefield

This is a new story but familiar tale.

January 09, 2016 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY


An American Icon

He goes about his duties with the Newton County Sheriff's Office with the dignity and professionalism intuitive of a World War II combat veteran ...

January 03, 2016 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY


RESISTANCE

Ever since Homo sapiens ceased their nomadic life to come together in clusters called villages and towns then kingdoms to states to countries, narcissistic leaders ...

December 29, 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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Three little known stories

Editor's note: Personal interviews return next week in "A Veteran's Story."

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


An envelope for all veterans

Last week I learned more then I cared to about the liver, pancreas and gallbladder. Extreme abdominal pain put me in the Rockdale Medical Center Emergency Room where I was diagnosed, almost immediately, with pancreatitis. Pancreatitis has a 30 percent fatality rate with the initial treatment stated as, "We plan to starve you."

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


THE CLASS OF 2015

No diplomas are awarded, rather, a certificate for Valor, Achievement, or Service presented by the Georgia Military Veterans' Hall of Fame in an annual quasi-military ceremony at Fort Benning. The GMVHOF was founded by Colonel Paul Longgrear, one of fourteen survivors of Lang Vei, a Special Forces camp overrun by North Vietnamese soldiers and tanks.

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


Just thankful for so much

I am giving thanks this week, for the country I call home, for the chance to hug my father at the airport after returning home from Vietnam and for the chance to finish college, all because I did make it home.

November 29, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY


MIXED EMOTION

This week's story is an attempt to explain a Vietnam veteran, of what we earned yet never received and of living with memories unsuccessfully concealed in the deepest recesses of our souls.

November 15, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY


Celebrating Rosie

More than 10 million women of all races, creeds and colors joined the workforce during WWII to replace the males who were destined for the battlefields. These enthusiastic ladies, affectionately known as 'Rosie the Riveters', filled a variety of jobs building ships, tanks, guns, aircraft, ammunition plus thousands of other critical duties. "We can Do it,' on the iconic WWII Rosie the Riveter poster became their battle cry.

November 08, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY


Caribou to Santabou

Born and raised in Cajun country, Alan Gravel received a degree in Civil Engineering from Louisiana Tech before obtaining a Master's Degree in Environmental Health Engineering at the University of Texas. In February of 1969 the 23-year-old Gravel went into officer training on the Medina Campus at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas.

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


A gathering of eagles

The chaotic temperament of contemporary American politics has given our citizens the perception of hopelessness tempered by anger with no avenue for venting. Amidst this cauldron of uncertainty, a gathering of eagles is steadily maturing into an unstoppable force of dedicated men and women capable of exercising common sense across both sides of the aisle.

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


Mecca: my own story

I have been asked repeatedly by my editors and friends to pen my own story, and I have repeatedly refused. I just don't like honking my own horn. But the requests keep coming in, so honk-honk; I'll give it a shot.

October 18, 2015 | Pete Mecca | A VETERAN'S STORY


Coming Home

"Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor, also, the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause." - Abraham Lincoln

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


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 National Guard. Confirming the quick wit of a pilot, Jim said, "I couldn't pass the sergeant's test so they made me a lieutenant." Jim also flew 27 years for Eastern Airlines.

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 of bulls on steroids in the proverbial china shop. These veterans of WWII, Korea and Vietnam, with one veteran holding the distinction of serving in all three wars, were arriving at the American Legion for their 'meet and greet' to become acquainted with their guardians and with each other before their September 30 Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. They are getting older, but not enfeebled; and to suggest such a thing could run the ...

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 campaign. Neglected by historians and academia, the men who fought and endured in the glacial seas in the Battle for the Komandorski Islands and struggled on the frozen tundra of Kiska and Attu were and continue to be overshadowed by the monikers of tropical island battles like Guadalcanal, Midway, and Guam. I had the honor to interview the Aleutian Islands veteran, Mr. Virgil Hanks.

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


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