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No color in war
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No color in war

Soldiers of color, be it white, black, red, brown or yellow, have one human characteristic in common: we all bleed the same color. The warrior covering your back most likely wears the same color uniform, yet his or her race, creed or color has no relevance on the value of training or their desire to simply do what is right.

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Posted: aug. 26, 2014 6:00 p.m. | Updated: aug. 26, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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A Veteran's Story: The dustoff
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A Veteran's Story: The dustoff

Their aphorism, ‘Dedicated Unhesitating Service To Our Fighting Forces’ was better known in Vietnam by its acronym ‘Dustoff’. These were the medevac choppers. Unarmed and unwavering, the courageous crews of ‘Dustoff’ missions flew their Hueys into combat zones to bring out the wounded, the dying, and young soldiers covered with rain ponchos. ‘Dustoffs’ were clearly marked with the Red Cross insignia to signify a mercy flight, yet that distinctive Red Cross also became a prime target for Communist gunners.

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Posted: aug. 19, 2014 7:03 p.m. | Updated: aug. 19, 2014 7:44 p.m.
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Mecca: In the midst of love and war
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Mecca: In the midst of love and war

Personality Plus best describes her spunk and spirit, and I knew a story of love and sacrifice resided in her heart. Little did this journalist know that her home front narrative would open the door to one of the most remarkable untold accounts of World War II. If made into a movie, I’ll volunteer to write the screenplay.

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Posted: aug. 12, 2014 6:04 p.m. | Updated: aug. 12, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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Mecca: The final reunion of Torpedo Squadron 8
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Mecca: The final reunion of Torpedo Squadron 8

A heart attack took the life of George H. Gay Jr. at a Marietta hospital on October 21, 1994. A resident of Kennesaw, Gay was a well-known hero of WWII. Now, as history books are rewritten and military icons are shunned by reformists, let us hope that Gay’s story will remain an embodiment of the courage and sacrifice of a generation that saved a world from totalitarianism.

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Posted: aug. 05, 2014 8:33 p.m. | Updated: aug. 05, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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Mecca: Kilroy was here!
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Mecca: Kilroy was here!

He sported a big elongated nose, a smooth bald head, beady eyes, and three to four fingers of each hand dangled over the imaginary line of an imaginary wall. A rather comical figure, yet pitifully ugly if symbolic of a real person, Kilroy quickly developed into one of the historic symbols of World War II.

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Posted: jul. 29, 2014 5:59 p.m. | Updated: jul. 29, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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