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By ERIN JULIUS | February 15, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- Nestled in her mother's arms Wednesday afternoon, Savannah Taylor cried as visitors crowded into a room at Washington County Hospital, where the baby was born only hours earlier. Sgt. Aaron Taylor stood by his wife's side, having traveled halfway across the world for the birth of his first child. Taylor, 23, of Hagerstown, was five months into his second tour of duty in Iraq when he took an 18-day leave so he could be home for his daughter's birth. Ashlee Taylor, 23, gave birth to the couple's first child Wednesday morning.
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By PEPPER BALLARD | November 30, 1999
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Jonathan Breehl was in a hospital in Kuwait on Friday, a day after shrapnel struck him while he was on patrol in Habbaniyah, Iraq, said his mother, Melissa Custer. A 2005 North Hagerstown High School graduate and wrestling standout, Breehl, 19, was stabilized and heavily sedated for pain Friday at a holding hospital in Kuwait. He will be transferred to a German hospital, where he will be evaluated, Custer said. Breehl, who joined the Marines last July, sustained injuries to his right wrist and left thigh when shrapnel from a remote-controlled improvised explosive device struck him Thursday morning in Habbaniyah, Custer said.
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by MARLO BARNHART | February 11, 2004
marlob@herald-mail.com WILLIAMSPORT - As a part-time emergency medical technician for the Williamsport Volunteer Ambulance Service, Will Stuller II had his hands full on a recent snowy morning while working at the scene of a serious accident along Interstate 70. The training that served Stuller on that call was similar to the skills he employed on a recent four-month stint in Iraq as a flight medic with the U.S. Air National Guard 167th...
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By DON AINES | November 30, 1999
MONT ALTO, Pa. ? A Mont Alto man critically wounded by a roadside bomb this week in Iraq underwent hours of surgery to treat burns and other injuries on Friday after returning to the United States, his grandfather said. Edward Shaffer said he and his wife, Goldie, received a telephone message left by their grandson's parents on Friday about 2:30 a.m. "The phone rang sometime last night, and we never even heard it," he said. "They got to Texas OK. They were operating and in surgery for 13 hours," Edward Shaffer said Friday afternoon of his grandson, Sgt. Edward W. "Eddie" Shaffer, 24, who was injured when the bomb went off Monday next to his Bradley vehicle.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | September 5, 2009
GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- They were tired. They had not seen their loved ones in as long as a year. They wanted to wear something other than camouflage. They wanted to go home. But the men of the Pennsylvania National Guard's Battery B, 108th Field Artillery of the 56th Stryker Brigade had to line up in formation one more time Saturday after they stepped off the bus at the Gettysburg armory. "Let's get this over with," said Sgt. 1st Class Oscar Laughman of Hanover, Pa. "I don't know about you, but I want to go home.
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by LINDA DUFFIELD | January 20, 2003
Tens of thousands of U.S. troops were being deployed to the Persian Gulf region last week as the United States continued to gear up for war against Iraq. It should be no surprise to anyone that we are moving closer to taking on Saddam. President Bush has made clear both his belief that Iraq is hiding nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and his willingness to wage war to get rid of Saddam. On Tuesday, Bush was quoted as saying that Saddam "must disarm. I'm sick and tired of games and deceptions.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | August 28, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - With Congress in recess until after Labor Day, U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito met with local elected leaders Monday at her office in Martinsburg and toured Quad/Graphics, one of Berkeley County's largest employers. "Just checkin' in," Capito said of the appointments during lawmakers' summer district work period, which began on Aug. 6. From the Morgan County Courthouse project to the W.Va. 9 expansion, the extension of Martinsburg's Raleigh Street and Inwood's stormwater problems, Capito said she is made well aware of the region's needs.
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by ANDREA ROWLAND | March 10, 2003
andrear@herald-mail.com College campuses have traditionally provided stages for spirited peace movements, but the fires of protest have yet to heat up on most campuses in the Tri-State area - even as war with Iraq looms on the horizon. A small group of students at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va., has staged the only organized protests against war in the Middle East. War discussion forums have been held at other colleges and universities in Frederick County, Md., and Franklin County, Pa., but for the most part, students there have taken no vocal stand against the Bush administration's push for war with Iraq.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | December 29, 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 KATE S. ALEXANDER | July 19, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Heather Preece knew when she started dating Lt. Reed Preece of the Army National Guard that one day he would be called upon by Uncle Sam to put himself in harm's way. What she did not know was when he would receive the call. With less than two months before her husband leaves with his troop, Preece said she is preparing to trade one waiting game for another -- to trade the uncertainty of his deployment for the hope of his return. Lt. Preece and the 66 soldiers of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard's Troop C, 2-104th Cavalry (RSTA)
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