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By TRISH RUDDER | | December 6, 2010
The men and women in the West Virginia Air National Guard’s 167th Airlift Wing will tell you it’s an honor just to serve, but it doesn’t hurt when special recognition is given. More than 170 airmen who were deployed from their home base for more than 30 days and their family members who were burdened by it were honored Sunday during the second annual Hometown Heroes Salute ceremony. The recognition program was sanctioned in 2008 by Gen. Craig R. McKinley, chief of the National Guard Bureau.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 10, 2009
Music, honor guards and a parade are among observances Friday in Washington County to remember those who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The City of Hagerstown is holding a remembrance service at City Hall at 8:30 a.m., Woodmen of the World Lodge No. 1 is conducting a community ceremony at 1 p.m. and The First Hose Co. of Boonsboro is holding a remembrance parade along the town's Main Street at 7 p.m. o The city's service, to which the public is invited, will be in the council chamber on the second floor of City Hall.
by BONNIE HELLUM BRECHBILL | February 10, 2003
McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Fifty-seven years after the end of World War II, 2nd Lt. William G. Lane Jr., 80, received a Purple Heart for wounds he received in battle in France. Lane, of Hustontown, Pa., had previously received two Purple Hearts for wounds and two Bronze Stars for valor. Lane's nephew, Walter Lane Sr., said he loved to hear his uncle's stories of the war, but wondered about something. "He was wounded three times, and he received two Purple Hearts. I asked him why, and he said, 'The corpsmen were busy.
May 11, 2008
Fifteen Civil Air Patrol cadets from Hagerstown Composite Squadron acted as part of the Honor Guard for the Dec. 15 wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery and at the Air Force Memorial. It was bitter cold and the cadets were freezing. However, they stood straight and proud for more than an hour at each ceremony. They performed with very little time out of the elements in between ceremonies. CAP Gen. Amy Courter was so impressed with the cadets she too took off her coat and also braved the elements with her troops.
March 7, 2003
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Lewis A. "Jack" Worthington Jr., 73, of Laurel Run Nursing Home and formerly of 131 Garber St., died Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at Chambersburg Hospital. Born Aug. 16, 1929, in Chambersburg, he was the son of the late Lewis A. Worthington Sr. and Rosalie Stepler Worthington. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris R. Mellott Worthington, on Oct. 24, 2002. He retired from the accounting department at Letterkenny Army Depot. He was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church.
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