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Veterans' sacrifices recalled at Boonsboro ceremony

May 30, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION

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BOONSBORO -- A U.S. Air Force pilot who deliberately flew his plane into enemy gun positions during the Korean War.

A U.S. Marine Corps public affairs officer who was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq while leading reporters through the region.

Soldiers who are losing limbs in current conflicts.

Those were among the stories of sacrifice by veterans that were told Sunday during a Memorial Day ceremony in Boonsboro.

The stories were relayed by Dennis "Mike" Duggan, a retired colonel from the U.S. Army who has been involved with the American Legion, Department of Maryland, since the early 1970s.

Duggan spoke during a ceremony on Main Street in front of Town Hall. The event was to be followed by a parade at 2 p.m.

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The pilot who intentionally crashed his plane into enemy gun positions in the Korean War was Maj. Charles J. Loring, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, Duggan said.

Loring, who went to Europe in 1944 as a fighter pilot, was dive-bombing enemy gun positions on Nov. 22, 1952, when he was hit by ground fire, according to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force website.

The U.S. Marine Corps public affairs officer who was killed by the roadside bomb was Maj. Megan McClung, Duggan said.

McClung, the first female Marine officer to be killed in the Iraq war, died Dec. 6, 2006, in Al Anbar province, according to the Arlington (Va.) National Cemetery website. None of the journalists accompanying McClung was seriously injured, the website said.

"There's a lot of them," said Duggan, referring to veterans who have made sacrifices. "And they continue today."

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