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Another soldier comes home
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Another soldier comes home

The Montford Point Marines were all black, separated from white Marines in basic training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. These ‘men of color’ served their country in time of war yet most American businesses would not serve them. German POWs incarcerated on American soil during WWII were often shepherded to local towns for an American meal in an American restaurant. Any black soldiers on the guard detail would have to wait outside the American restaurant while the enemy POWs ate American food. The wacky parody of that American reality is too deep to fathom.

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Posted: jan. 31, 2015 4:03 p.m. | Updated: feb. 01, 2015 7:00 a.m.
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The Fighting Cavanaugh Clan
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The Fighting Cavanaugh Clan

This journalist is long overdue in expressing my appreciation to the staff and our two editors, Michelle Kim and Bryan Fazio, for their unwavering support of “A Veteran’s Story.”  Likewise, the staunchest of unfaltering supporters is our publisher, Pat Cavanaugh.  Pat has always been there for me, to encourage, to offer constructive criticism, to educate, to be a confidante, and occasionally suggest that perhaps I should be measured for a straight jacket along with recommendations for a padded cell.

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Posted: jan. 24, 2015 1:19 p.m. | Updated: jan. 24, 2015 11:30 p.m.
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Did you ever kill anybody?
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Did you ever kill anybody?

Harriman, TN - 1966: As one of the eager seniors attending Career Day at Harriman High School, Howard Hendrickson gave the Army recruiter an opportunity to bend his ear. Howard stated, “He kept talking about how bad basic training could be so I didn’t even think about joining up.” Tech School for data processing seemed the better alternative. “I had the training,” he said. “But the albatross around my neck was a draft card with a 1A classification. There wasn’t a job in East Tennessee to be had.”

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Posted: jan. 16, 2015 5:26 p.m. | Updated: jan. 18, 2015 9:00 a.m.
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Avoiding nuclear war through strength
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Avoiding nuclear war through strength

Visualize growing up in Idaho to become a University of Idaho ‘Vandal’, then receiving a 2nd Lieutenant’s commission from their Air Force ROTC program with high hopes of soaring even higher as a fighter pilot. Then imagine the disappointment when rejected for pilot training due to the damage you caused your own unprotected ears during repeated target practice with a pistol.

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Posted: jan. 10, 2015 5:21 p.m.
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Targeting the  Big Apple
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Targeting the Big Apple

According to legend, in the year 1307 the bailiff/agent of the Hapsburg Duke of Austria placed a Hapsburg hat on a pole in the town square of the small village of Altdorf, Switzerland. Once the hat was in position, he demanded anyone walking by to uncover their hats before it. As a local hunter/farmer and his son passed by, the older man refused to obey the decree.

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Posted: jan. 03, 2015 3:29 p.m. | Updated: jan. 04, 2015 8:00 a.m.
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