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A Pearl Harbor Story
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A Pearl Harbor Story

Aboard the battleship USS California, Dec. 7, 1941. The time: 7:55 a.m. Wayne Shelnut was nursing a hot cup of coffee after breakfast when someone screamed, “What is that airplane doing up there?” Wayne walked a few steps to the door and looked up. A plane with a big red ball painted on the fuselage passed over the California then dropped a bomb on Ford Island. General quarters sounded and startled sailors ran to their battle stations. 100 crewmembers would die and 62 others would be wounded. World War II had caught our Pacific Fleet sound asleep at ...

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Posted: apr. 25, 2015 12:42 p.m. | Updated: apr. 26, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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Never stop searching
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Never stop searching

November 28, 1972 - Udorn AFB, Thailand: The F-4 Phantom jet lifts off with Captain Jack Harvey at the controls. Flight surgeon Major Bobby Jones rides in the backseat. Major Jones is on the non-combat ‘hop’ to Da Nang, Vietnam, for one reason, to log the needed hours to maintain his flight surgeon status. The flight is uneventful until about 18 miles out from Da Nang. Something has gone horribly wrong in the vicinity of cloud-covered Bach Ma Mountain.

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Posted: apr. 18, 2015 3:22 p.m. | Updated: apr. 19, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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Red Cross Donut Dollies  bring a touch of home
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Red Cross Donut Dollies bring a touch of home

Due to the ingenuity and can-do attitude of Yanks in World War II, the British witnessed their London Lorries remodeled into odd-looking clubmobiles that smelled of coffee and donuts. In July and August of 1944, brand-new clubmobiles crossed the stormy English Channel as remodeled two-and-a-half ton Army trucks. These vehicles also smacked of hot Joe and circular pastry. Eventually 80 clubmobiles and 320 females known as “clubmobile girls” braved the hazards of war to provide our soldiers with familiar tastes and a touch of home. Fifty-two of the ladies would die in the line of duty.

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Posted: apr. 11, 2015 7:09 p.m. | Updated: apr. 12, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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The unstoppable journalist
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The unstoppable journalist

November, 1965 — the Ia Drang Valley, Vietnam.

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Posted: apr. 04, 2015 6:26 p.m. | Updated: apr. 05, 2015 5:00 a.m.
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Our boys are coming home

Twelve heroes from Newton County and 11 of their brothers from Rockdale County are coming home. Befitting the 40th Anniversary of the ending of the Vietnam War, the Vietnam Moving Wall will be on display in May at the Walk of Heroes War Memorial. And thanks to one man — Bud Sosebee — our heroes will have a noble venue for their homecoming. 

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 3:39 p.m. | Updated: mar. 29, 2015 4:00 a.m.

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