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By JANET HEIM | December 10, 2007
HAGERSTOWN ? Rick Conrad is the son of a career firefighter who knew he wanted to be in a helping profession like his father. He also had a gift for music and had to choose between firefighting and going to college to study music. As the bagpiper for the International Association of Firefighters Local 1605 honor guard, Conrad has found a way to combine both passions. "It's the best of both worlds. I love my career. When the alarm clock goes off, I look forward to going to work," said Conrad, who lives in Clear Spring.
by CANDICE BOSELY | February 26, 2003 MARTINSBURG - When Master Sgt. Ron Glazer learned the Air Force bought a small stereo and a CD of "Taps" to be played at local veterans' funerals, he was - to use his own word - appalled. "Personally appalled at the idea that we would not be giving our fallen comrades an appropriate and proper funeral with a bugler, I made a decision," Glazer wrote in an article published on the Web site, . So a couple of years ago, Glazer paid $120 for a used, tarnished bugle on eBay and was determined to learn to play the song.
March 31, 2009
DEC. 28, 1923-MARCH 29, 2009 FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Melvin Lee Walter Jr., 85, of Fayetteville, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va. Born Dec. 28, 1923, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Melvin L. Walter Sr. and Margaret E. Tripp Walter. His wife, Rose Grammer Walter, died in 2004. He was the former owner and operator of Lee Automotive in Fayetteville. A Disabled American Veteran, he was a prisoner of war in Africa, Italy and Germany while serving with the U.S. Army in World War II. He is survived by his children, Sandra Smith of Glen Burnie, Md., and Melvin Walter III, Margaret Kendall and Jay Walter, all of Fayetteville, Carson Walter of Shippensburg, Pa., and Ann Walter of Harrisburg, Pa.; two sisters, Dorothy White and June Rigatuso, both of Fayetteville; two brothers, George and Ray Walter, both of Maryland; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
March 26, 2006
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. Shippensburg University recently presented its Employee Recognition Award. Receiving the award was Patrick Taylor, who was honored for his initiative in applying for and receiving a grant of money and equipment from State Farm Insurance and then working to have the donated laptops installed and loaded properly in university police vehicles. He also worked to form an honor guard of university police officers to represent the department at formal functions.
January 31, 2009
Julian O. Wagaman, 93 OCT. 19, 1915-JAN. 29, 2009 FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. -- Julian O. Wagaman, 93, of 4808 Spruce Road, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, at his home. Born Oct. 19, 1915, in South Mountain, Pa., he was the son of the late David and Urilla Rock Wagaman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen V. Miller Wagaman, in 2001. They were married Jan. 31, 1939. Prior to retiring in 1983, he worked at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pa., in the maintenance department for more than 38 years.
June 16, 2013
Quinn Alec Hoover was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout posthumously on May 18 at Otterbein United Methodist Church in Hagerstown. He is the son of Tom and Sonja (Bartles) Hoover of Hagerstown. Quinn was a member of Troop 2, chartered by Otterbein United Methodist Church. Master of Ceremonies Scott Paddack welcomed more than 100 people to the Court of Honor. Pastor G. Stanley Steele of St. Mark's Lutheran Church started the ceremony with the invocation. An honor guard consisting of members of various troops in Hagerstown and members of Troop 2 of Woonsocket, R.I., presented the colors.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | September 15, 2009
SHARPSBURG -- The recently discovered remains of a Civil War soldier who died during the Battle of Antietam are headed to his home state of New York. The remains were unearthed last year after a battlefield visitor found a jaw fragment with four teeth, according to a summary of the dig. The soldier was traced to New York by his uniform buttons, but his identity isn't known. He is thought to have been about 19 years old. Archaeologists found about 20 percent of his bones when they excavated a grave on the Miller farm in December 2008, archaeologist Karen Orrence said.
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | May 25, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- "When you go home ... think of us and say, for your tomorrows we gave our today. " So says an epitaph on a memorial commemorating the 6,800 Americans who died fighting for the Pacific island of Iwo Jima in World War II. The words came up in a speech by Navy captain and Charles Town native and resident Stewart Wharton during a brief, but poignant Memorial Day ceremony at Edge Hill Cemetery.  Edge Hill was built and dedicated for the hundreds of Confederates buried there during the Civil War. Some local histories claim Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was on hand for the dedication.
November 5, 2009
Sunday, Nov. 8 Approximately 10:30 a.m. -- Funkstown American Legion Post 211 will lay a wreath at the veterans memorial on legion property, then will lay a wreath at the veterans monument at Baltimore Street and Alt. U.S. 40. Tuesday, Nov. 10 9 a.m. -- Southern Fulton Elementary School's auditorium in Warfordsburg, Pa., hosts a Veterans Day event. Retired Navy Cmdr. William Hine of Harrisonville, Pa., will speak and local veterans will talk about what it means to be a veteran.
April 28, 2011
The Lord needed a good Marine To the editor: This past week, Washington County and the USA lost a tough Marine by the name of Vern Brintzenhofe. I had trouble pronouncing his last name so I just called him Pappy. He is of the greatest generation I have known in my lifetime. He fought for our country in World War II, and was wounded in Iwo Jima, where he lost three of his buddies. He returned to fight again and was wounded a second time. He was a member of the Marine Corps League Bulldog Detachment, and president of the 4th Marine Division Association, which he was proud of. He was with the Honor Guard right up to the last.
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