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August 5, 2009
Air Force Airman Nathan R. Wilson, son of Robbie Wilson of Clear Spring, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Corey D. Leggett, son of Doug and Kim Leggett of Williamsport, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. Leggett is a 2003 graduate of Williamsport High School. Navy Seaman Zachary M. Ausherman, a 2004 graduate of Catoctin High School, Thurmont, Md., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Navy Seaman Bradley W. Bossler, a 2007 graduate of Williamsport High School, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Lt. Col. Michael J. Timmerman has retired from the U.S. Air Force after 25 years of military service.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER and JENNIFER FITCH | June 20, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Many recent high school graduates are leaving classes behind for beach trips and summer jobs, but some are making final arrangements to head to military basic training. A Herald-Mail survey of schools in Franklin and Fulton counties revealed the area sends a higher percentage of graduates to military service than the state and national averages, which stand at about 2.5 percent and 3 percent, respectively. The average in Franklin and Fulton counties was 6.1 percent.
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By DAVE McMILLION | June 7, 2009
WILLIAMSPORT -- It's a moment that probably would have made Revolutionary War veteran Christian Ardinger proud. The sounds of a flute and drum drifted through the air as re-enactors dressed in Revolutionary-era garb approached Ardinger's grave in a single line. Muskets were fired in his honor at the Riverview Cemetery off West Church Street and Ardinger's history, including his time with the Cumberland Militia, was recounted. Then the estimated 35 people who turned out at the hilltop grave were encouraged to recite the Sons of the American Revolution pledge: "We, descendants of the heroes of the American Revolution, who by their sacrifices established the United States of America, reaffirm our faith in the principles of liberty and our Constitutional Republic, and solemnly pledge ourselves to defend them against every foe. " The 3 p.m. ceremony was held in part to fulfill a basic charge of the Sons of the American Revolution, which is to honor Revolutionary War veterans, said James G. Ballard Jr., president of the Christian Ardinger Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.
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By MARLO BARNHART | June 4, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Perhaps it comes as no surprise that 20-year-old Rachel Bibbee got deeply involved in an organization dedicated to protecting African children from forced military service halfway around the world. After all, Rachel was just 18 months old when she appeared in a red, white and blue dress, waving an American flag at a fundraiser for a cause in which her mother, Lynn Bibbee, was involved. For a number of years, Lynn Bibbee was the community involvement coordinator at Sam's Club in Hagerstown.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | June 4, 2009
McCONNELLSBURG, PA. -- McConnellsburg High School Salutatorian Jordan Bohrer turned to her fellow graduates on Thursday evening and encouraged them to "don't stop believin.'" At her prompt, the 64 graduates of the Class of 2009 broke out into Journey's 1981 hit by the same name. Their musical introduction kicked off a ceremony in which graduates received diplomas and thousands of dollars in scholarships. Some of the young men and women said they were nervous for graduation.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | May 24, 2009
Slideshow: Memorial Day in Washington County HAGERSTOWN -- Cole Barnhart of Hagerstown is being deployed to Iraq in September and will leave Tuesday -- the day after Memorial Day -- to begin training with his U.S. Marine Corps Reserves unit. On Sunday, Barnhart brought his wife and four sons to a Memorial Day ceremony in front of the Washington County Circuit Court building to honor those who have died while in service. About 50 people attended the annual event organized by Morris Frock American Legion Post 42. About 25 wreaths were laid during the ceremony.
NEWS
March 25, 2009
APRIL 7, 1924-MARCH 21, 2009 CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Eli S. "Gig" Fowler Jr., 84, of 4 Dorset Court, died Saturday, March 21, 2009, at his home. Born April 7, 1924, in Jackson, Miss., he was the son of the late Eli S. and Hazel B. McDowell Fowler. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving as a B-17 pilot during World War II, and also served in the Korean War during his 20 years of military service. He was employed as an engineer working on Department of Defense contracts for the Illinois Institute of Technology.
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January 27, 2009
APRIL 12, 1931-JAN. 26, 2009 Paul Andrew McCarty, age 77, of Creek Road, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, at Autumn Assisted Living in Hagerstown. Born April 12, 1931, in Hancock, he was the son of the late Earl N. and Margaret E. Starliper McCarty. He attended Hancock-area schools. He served in Germany during the Korean War in the U.S. Army. He retired May 1, 1994, after 26 years with General Motors in Martinsburg, W.Va. He was a member of United Auto Workers Local 1590.
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