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OBITUARIES
October 16, 2012
Bernard W. Hammaker, 95, Lt. Col., U.S. Army, retired, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Ravenwood Nursing Care Center, Hagerstown, Md. Born May 14, 1917 in Funkstown, Md., he was the son of the late William E. and Mary Ball Hammaker. Bern was a graduate of Hagerstown High School and Columbia  Business School in Maryland, and graduated from Baylor University in Texas in 1949. He joined the U.S. Army in 1941, and served proudly until receiving an honorable discharge in 1970. His army career began at Camp Lee, Va., and was followed by U.S. assignments at Barksdale Field, La., Camp Polk, La., Fort Benning, Ga., Fort Pickett, Va., Fort Sam Houston, Texas,  Fitzsimons Army Hospital, Colo., Fort Jay, N.Y., Fort McClellan, Ala., and Fort Myer, Va. His foreign assignments were in the Philippines, Iran, Germany, and Vietnam.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | October 14, 2012
Today, it is the site of a new facility for The Salvation Army, but it used to be a dump. When crews started digging at the site for the new Shifler Family Community Center on George Street, they found the remains of a dump, said Maj. Robert D. Lyle, who runs the center with his wife, Karen. During a dedication of the center Sunday afternoon, Lyle said he told crews digging at the site that unless there were some Indian graves or some evidence connected to Al Capone, they were not to say anything about the dump.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | October 10, 2012
Letterkenny Army Depot dedicated a route clearance vehicle positioner Wednesday in memory of U.S. Army Master Sgt. Benjamin F. Bitner of Greencastle, Pa. Bitner, 37, was killed April 23, 2011, in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device. Gary Rosenberry, chief of Letterkenny's route clearance vehicle division, said dedicating the new equipment as the “Bitner Positioner” was a fitting tribute to the fallen soldier. “Everything we do here is in support of the war fighter.
LIFESTYLE
By CHRIS COPLEY | chrisc@herald-mail.com | October 5, 2012
It's been almost 70 years since a young New York City woman traveled from Brooklyn to Manhattan and enlisted in the U.S. Army. But for Florence "Flo" Miles, 90 and now living in Hagerstown, the memories are still vivid. Especially when she pages through her scrapbooks and talks about her brother, Cpl. Russell Daudelin, who died a few months after America entered World War II. "He enlisted in September 1939. I was born in '22, so I was 17," she said, "This is the battle he was killed in - the Battle of El Guettar in North Africa.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | September 5, 2012
Editor's note: It has been 150 years since the Civil War moved into Washington County and North and South met Sept. 17, 1862, on a battlefield along Antietam Creek. The following story is part of a package of stories that look back at the Battle of Antietam and the Civil War's impact on Washington County, Md., and the surrounding area. Seeking an opportunity to strike north of the Mason-Dixon line and seize provisions for his famished troops, Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia forded the Potomac River into Maryland on Sept.
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By DENNIS FRYE | September 2, 2012
The Confederates captured their first Union capital today - in Abraham Lincoln's birth state. Frankfort, Ky., was a coveted prize for the South. But even greater rewards were in view of two Confederate armies racing north toward the Ohio River: the targets of Louisville and Cincinnati. The Rebels moved with extraordinary speed. Their invasion of Kentucky surprised and stunned the federal government. No U.S. army was nearby to hinder them. Northern governors in Indiana and Ohio began to tremble.
OBITUARIES
August 27, 2012
Lt. Col. LaVelle M. “Marq” Foley, U.S. Army Ret., 77, of 22 Wynncrest Drive, Waynesboro, Pa., passed away Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, Md., following a brief illness. Born April 18, 1935, in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of the late LaVelle Haines and Helen I. (Marquand) Foley. He was a graduate of Kirtland High School with the Class of 1953. He later was a graduate of Kent State University and received his master's degree in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1977.
LIFESTYLE
August 26, 2012
Preston Button of Hagerstown was presented the Warrior Forge Commanders Leadership Award at the U.S. Cadet Command's Leader Development and Assessment Course. Button was ranked No. 1 among more than 200 cadets in his training company at the 29-day leadership course, also known as Operation Warrior Forge, the training and assessment excercise for the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps. Cadets are tested on their physical stamina, endurance, ability to navigate over difficult terrain, and their team-building and leadership skills.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | August 10, 2012
Leadership of Letterkenny Army Depot transferred during a change-of-command ceremony Friday at the Chambersburg depot. Col. Cheri A. Provancha relinquished the title of commander to Col. Victor S. Hagan, who becomes the depot's 47th commanding officer. Nearly 300 elected officials, business leaders, soldiers, depot employees, and family and friends of honorees attended the ceremony. “This marks a new era of leadership for Letterkenny,” said Major General Lynn A. Collyar, commanding general of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command.
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