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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | January 8, 2006
andrews@herald-mail.com MIDDLETOWN, MD. The bomb that exploded near Maryland National Guard Sgt. Randy Divel's vehicle in Iraq on Christmas Eve burned about 40 percent of his body, mostly on his right side, his sister, Dianna Divel Mehaffie, said Saturday. Divel, a 1987 graduate of Clear Spring High School, had his first skin graft operation on Dec. 28 and is scheduled to have his second on Monday. Mehaffie said her brother - who is recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio - was at first listed in critical condition, but has greatly improved.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | May 25, 2003
andrews@herald-mail.com Now that Americans have settled back into their pop culture groove, the news we crave is: How did Annika Sorenstam fare against the men in golf? Who killed Laci Peterson? Did Ruben deserve to win "American Idol"? Post-war Iraq and the American troops stationed there sometimes become background chatter in the daily news cycle. But not for the Vaughns of Clear Spring. They're paying attention. Their son, U.S. Marines Sgt. Christopher C. Reely, 26, was deployed from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina to the Middle East on Feb. 1. Or the Mowers in Hagerstown, who have heard that their son, U.S. Army Capt.
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March 20, 2003
Editors note: The Herald-Mail asked Tri-State area readers to phone in and tell us their thoughts about war with Iraq. Following are some of those responses. More responses will run in Friday's paper. Callers may express their opinions by calling 301-791-6236. "I can't believe that true Americans are sitting here even debating the situation we are in. We have no choice but to do what we are doing. If you stop and think about it, about true history, we did everything we could to take over this country, now we have it and now we have to defend it. We have to defend it without backing down.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | December 28, 2006
MONT ALTO, Pa. ? Edward L. Shaffer read over a note from his grandson's comrades through tears Thursday morning as he spoke of U.S. Army Sgt. Edward W. "Eddie" Shaffer's death Wednesday at a Texas military hospital. Eddie Shaffer, 23, of Mont Alto, succumbed to his injuries Wednesday at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, where he was being treated for critical burns sustained in a Nov. 13 roadside bomb blast in Ramadi, Iraq. In a phone interview Thursday morning, Edward L. Shaffer read over a card he received from members of Eddie Shaffer's platoon still stationed in Iraq.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | July 8, 2004
scottb@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - A U.S. Marine from Hagerstown who was injured in Iraq on July 1 was listed in critical condition at a San Antonio hospital burn unit late Wednesday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said. Pfc. Kenton Shatzer, 18, a rifleman and Humvee driver, was admitted to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio Tuesday morning, hospital spokeswoman Norma Guerra said. Shatzer has burns over 19 percent of his body, she said. Information about how he was injured has not been made public and his family hasn't been told, his father, Vaughn Shatzer, said.
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June 9, 2004
Chris Laye, son of Jonathan and Linda Laye of Smithsburg, was recently promoted to sergeant 1st class and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for completing three years as a military police drill sergeant with Bravo Company 795th Military Police Battalion, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Laye is en route to Iraq. He is a 1988 graduate of Smithsburg High School.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | July 26, 2008
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- On Saturday, 3 a.m. couldn't get to Berkeley County quickly enough. A squadron in the West Virginia Air National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing had been training for months for its mission -- serving as military police officers for the Air Force near Baghdad as part of the war in Iraq -- and departure was near. They had a cookout Friday night and slept at the base. By Saturday at 2 a.m., they had finished packing and planning. There was nothing left to do but sit, and think, and wait.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | January 5, 2005
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Twenty-four members of the West Virginia Air National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing have been activated for duty, with all but three heading to Iraq, an official at the base said Tuesday. Lt. Col. Roger Sencindiver said the 24 airmen are with the 167th's Aerial Port Squadron, based in Martinsburg. Three will head to Charleston (S.C.) Air Force Base, while 21 will head to Iraq. The Guard members will be responsible for loading equipment onto aircraft, packing parachutes for airdrops, making sure the weight of cargo is balanced and unloading equipment.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | September 27, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Rosa Grunthalt is not the sort of property manager who just collects the rent check. She likes to chat and get to know the residents of Kenley Square Apartments, a 96-unit complex in Hagerstown. Through her chats, Grunthalt noticed that more than a handful of residents had something in common -- namely, a history of military service in Iraq. With Kenley Square Apartments' annual Resident Appreciation Day approaching, Grunthalt came up with an idea to use the event as an opportunity to honor the military personnel who reside there.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | September 20, 2008
WAYNESBORO, PA. -- "Be aware of your surroundings. Be polite. But never trust anyone," Army Master Sgt. Robert Gehres II said. After three deployments to Iraq, it was this simple charge he offered his son, Spc. Robert Gehres III, who loaded the bus on Saturday to head to Mississippi to train for a yearlong deployment to Iraq. "And come home safe," said his stepmother, Sgt. Cari Mueller. For months, Gehres' troop, Troop C, 2nd Squadron, 104th Cavalry, has waited for Saturday to arrive.
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