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by KAREN HANNA | March 22, 2007
BOONSBORO - As the USS John F. Kennedy first took to the high seas, 21-year-old U.S. Navy signalman Gary Rohrer was collecting keepsakes - newspaper clippings, badges, photographs, the tattered remains of the first admiral's flag to fly above the aircraft carrier. He sent his parents an envelope stamped on the front with news of the ship's commissioning into service. On the back, he wrote, "Do not open or throw away. " "When you're part of something, when you're part of something that's just so special, like the commissioning of a ship, it stays with you forever," said Rohrer, who recently turned 60. Rohrer, who is Washington County's director of special projects, credits the Navy with instilling in him discipline and direction.
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By KAREN HANNA | March 21, 2007
BOONSBORO As the USS John F. Kennedy first took to the high seas, 21-year-old U.S. Navy signalman Gary Rohrer was collecting keepsakes - newspaper clippings, badges, photographs, the tattered remains of the first admiral's flag to fly above the aircraft carrier. He sent his parents an envelope stamped on the front with news of the ship's commissioning into service. On the back, he wrote, "Do not open or throw away. " "When you're part of something, when you're part of something that's just so special, like the commissioning of a ship, it stays with you forever," said Rohrer, who recently turned 60. Rohrer, who is Washington County's director of special projects, credits the Navy with instilling in him discipline and direction.
NEWS
October 11, 2006
HALFWAY - A plaque will be unveiled Thursday dedicating a bridge over Interstate 81 to two Washington County sailors who died when the USS Cole was bombed in 2000. The plaque will be dedicated Thursday at 1:15 p.m. at the Halfway Boulevard bridge, said Tony Pruchniewski, the president of the Joint Veterans Council of Washington County. Pruchniewski said state Sen. Donald. F. Munson, R-Washington, is scheduled to be there, along with representatives from the state's departments of Transportation and Veterans Affairs.
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by MARLO BARNHART | October 1, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - When Robert Riedel learned that the 2006 reunion of the men who served aboard the USS Hector was going to be in Hagerstown, the 94-year-old Michigan resident knew he had to be there. After all, Hagerstown is his hometown. "I was born in Hagerstown in 1911, and lived here until I was 25 years old," Riedel said. He might never have left, but his new bride wanted to move to Michigan to be closer to her family. The reunion began Wednesday at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center Antietam Creek and ends today.
NEWS
September 28, 2006
Nearly 230 people are expected to attend the USS Hector reunion today through Sunday at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center at Antietam Creek. Approximately 130 of those attending the reunion are former sailors. "We started in 1988 in Sacramento, Calif.," convention co-host and former USS Hector sailor Don Muffle said. "Since then, we've held reunions in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Harrisburg, Pa., Salt Lake City, Utah, Virginia Beach, Va., Buena Park, Calif., Kissimmee, Fla., Branson, Mo., and Albuquerque, N.M. " The USS Hector was built in California and was commissioned Feb. 7, 1944.
NEWS
December 26, 2005
A Christmas tribute to our military To the editor: As a retired sailor and having spent a number of Christmases deployed during my career, I can relate to what our troops are going through. We all owe a debt of gratitude to our military, especially during this time of war. Many "civilians" cannot fathom being away from family anywhere from six months to a year and some of these soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines have done two or three tours! Christmas is one of the toughest times to be separated from loved ones.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | October 13, 2005
WASHINGTON COUNTY andrews@herald-mail.com Two Washington County families shared and relived their anguish Wednesday, five years after losing sailors when terrorists bombed the USS Cole. Patrick Roy and Craig Wibberley, 19-year-old friends, forever will be linked as two of the 17 U.S. Navy sailors who died in the explosion. The first of two remembrance ceremonies Wednesday was at Antietam National Cemetery near Sharpsburg, where Roy is buried. Many of the nearly 100 people who attended - including Roy's family - then drove seven miles to St. Mark's Episcopal Church at Lappans, where Wibberley's grave is. "You don't want to remember the actual day," Craig's mother, Patty Wibberley, said through tears afterward, "but you do remember your child - all the good times you had. " Wibberley said she and her husband, Thomas, are offering comfort to a local family whose suffering is more recent.
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by HEATHER KEELS | August 3, 2005
HAGERSTOWN heatherk@herald-mail.com A red signal flag, a ship's bell, a wooden plank and black-and-white photos. In these things, locked away in a red-brick row house on South Potomac Street just as their owner left them two Saturdays ago, friends and family feel Bill Kearns lives on. Kearns, 82, a World War II Navy veteran who created a Hagerstown museum called the Skivvy Waver House, died July 25 in his Towson, Md., apartment,...
NEWS
July 7, 2005
Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Kelsey L. Duckworth, son of Gail H. and Louis A. Duckworth of Chambersburg, Pa., recently graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, and was commissioned to his current rank in the United States Marine Corps. Duckworth successfully completed four years of intensive academic, physical and professional training, resulting in a bachelor of science degree with a major in mechanical engineering. As a graduate of the Naval Academy, Duckworth completed a four-year, total-immersion program where a strong, balanced academic program focused on the educational needs of the Navy and Marine Corps is superimposed on a strict, professional military training environment emphasizing the development of leadership skills.
NEWS
November 11, 2004
Highway workers Terry Jones, Robert Brown, Chuck Triesh Jr., David Beall and Brett Meunier erect a commemorative sign Wednesday on Halfway Boulevard. The bridge over Interstate 81 has been dedicated to Fireman Apprentice Patrick Roy of Keedysville and Seaman Craig Wibberley of Williamsport, who were killed four years ago in the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen.
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