November 23, 2004
Club meetings Young Mothers Playgroup Meets at least once a week at different locations. Mom's night out once a month. Ages birth to 5. Contact Melissa, 301-730-7073, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org . Tri-State Singles (55+) Today, 6 p.m., Shoney's Restaurant, Valley Mall, Hag-erstown. Call Virginia Bentz, 301-739-8990 or Dick Ross, 301-824-5200. Washington County Ornithological Society Today, 7:30 p.m., Mount Aetna Nature Center, Mount Aetna Road, approximately one mile east of Md. 66. Chandler S. Robbins, research wildlife biologist and author, will present "What I Have Learned from 100,000 Hours of Backyard Bird Banding.
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.
July 25, 2011
The Potomac Highlands World War II Roundtable is seeking donations from the public to take World War II veterans on a sightseeing trip to Washington, D.C., this fall. Roundtable President Chip Zimmer said the Oct. 22 bus trip would include stops at Arlington National Cemetery, and the World War II and Iwo Jima memorials. “We heard about it being done in the past,” Zimmer said. “Ever since we organized, we wanted to do something special for our veterans.” Zimmer said he estimated that the trip would cost about $2,000 to take 48 people - 24 veterans and 24 others to serve as attendants.
July 9, 2012
Richard Eugene Fouke Sr., 81, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Friday, July 6, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center. Richard was born Oct. 24, 1930, in Hagerstown, and was the son of the late Charles Preston Fouke Sr. and Mae Biggs (Davis) Fouke. Richard was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and during his service received a certificate for his donation to the completion of the Iwo Jima Memorial. He retired from Consolidated Rail Corp. (CONRAIL) and was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown; Morris Frock American Legion Post 42; and Hagerstown VFW Post 1936.
October 25, 2011
The Potomac Highlands World War II Roundtable of Hagerstown took a group of World War II veterans on a tour of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 22. The trip included stops at the Iwo Jima Memorial and a tour of Arlington (Va.) National Cemetery with tour guide Mark Snell, a history professor at Shepherd University. The veterans were treated to a lunch provided by the Fort Meyer/Henderson Hall facility. The veterans met at Long Meadow Shopping Center at 7 a.m., and were served coffee donated by the Dual Highway Dunkin' Donuts and pastries from the Cookie Jar Bakery.
August 14, 2005
A young husband and father, Army Air Corps 1st Lt. Dave Brown prayerfully considered the offer two civilian agents made to him in the early summer of 1945. "Would you accept an assignment to a unit whose mission could greatly shorten the war, or even end it for all time?" Brown said yes. So did a number of other officers and about 68 enlisted men who agreed to transfers to the U.S. Army Air Corps' 1st Ordnance Squadron (Special Aviation) 509th Composite Group - the unit responsible for assembling and delivering the atomic bombs that ended the war. Japan surrendered on Aug. 14, 1945.
August 5, 2011
"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother ... " - William Shakespeare, Henry V Did Henry V, King of England, ever say those words? Probably not. But what a wonderful lament and motivational speech for the English and Welsh longbow archers who became national heroes by virtually annihilating the "flower of France" at the battle of Agincourt on Saint Crispin's Day in 1415. Even the phrase "band of brothers" has recently become synonymous with the men of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment and their heroic efforts during World War II. How about "band of sisters," referring to the U.S. women's soccer team that heroically came from behind to beat Brazil only to lose heroically to Japan.
June 20, 2003
Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew K. Rogers, son of Ann M. and Francis J. Rogers of Sharpsburg, recently returned from a two-month deployment while assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Diligence, homeported in Wilmington, N.C. Rogers is a 1993 graduate of Boonsboro High School and joined the Coast Guard in August 1994. Navy Seaman Bruce D. Shanton Jr., son of Consuelo L. and Bruce D. Shanton of Charles Town, W.Va., recently assisted the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit during a two-week bilateral training exercise in Albania while assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, homeported in Norfolk, Va. Shanton is a 2001 graduate of Jefferson High School in Shenandoah Junction, W.Va.