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By CALEB CALHOUN | | May 25, 2013
With Memorial Day approaching, Anna and James M. Harnish of Fairview this week decorated their son's grave at St. Paul's Church Cemetery near Clear Spring. The couple placed flowers, a cross and a pinwheel in memory of their son, James L. Harnish, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Germany in the 1960s. He died in 2007. Anna Harnish, 81, said although the flowers were artificial, she did her part to keep alive an American tradition that dates to the aftermath of the Civil War. “It signifies remembrance,” she said.
May 22, 2013
U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller on Saturday presented 10 medals to Charles Town resident Frederick Mayer, a World War II veteran who served as a clandestine agent behind enemy lines. As an Office of Strategic Services (OSS) operative, Mayer posed as a German officer in Austria. Despite being captured and tortured by the Gestapo, Mayer helped negotiate the surrender of Innsbruck in 1945, avoiding a final battle there that could have cost countless lives and caused great destruction. “Mr.
By ROXANN MILLER | | May 16, 2013
With the number of World War II veterans dying at the rate of more than 600 per day, it was a rare occasion to have two veterans of the conflict together in Chambersburg on Thursday. World War II veteran and best-selling author of “Hell's Guest,” Col. Glenn Frazier, 89, was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club meeting at The Orchards Restaurant. He shared his experiences of fighting a losing effort to save the Philippine Island of Luzon from the Japanese to the infamous six-day Bataan Death March and three years of torture in Japanese prisoner of war camps.
By DAN DEARTH | | May 9, 2013
The president of South Korea thanked a group of local Korean War veterans for helping set the cornerstone of a 60-year partnership between her country and the United States during a dinner Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Les Bishop, commander of Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans Association, said 27 members of the organization were among about 500 people who were invited to attend the event with South Korean President Park Geun-hye at...
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | | May 1, 2013
A blessing of the foundation was held Wednesday for the third house, the first for a military veteran, in Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Panhandle's Auburndale subdivision. The house will be home to Robert Scott, 57, a homeless veteran who lives in transitional housing at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg. The house will be built in a week. Construction will begin May 13 with the ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for May 19. “It's my first house,” said Scott, who stood among the nearly 30 persons in the audience who participated or showed up in support of the ceremony.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | April 27, 2013
John Worgul doesn't like to see fellow veterans get “kicked to the side,” even if they're serving time in prison for criminal activity. A veteran himself, Worgul volunteers to help other veterans who are inmates at Roxbury Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown, where he also works as a correctional officer. Worgul was among dozens of volunteers saluted Saturday for their efforts by Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services officials at a picnic at Boonsboro's Shafer Memorial Park.
By DAN DEARTH | | April 25, 2013
A group of local Korean War veterans has been invited to have dinner with the president of South Korea on May 7 in Washington, D.C. Les Bishop, commander of Antietam Chapter 312 of the Korean War Veterans Association, said the South Korean Embassy recently invited 40 members of the organization and some of their wives to dine with President Park Geun-hye at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. “I couldn't tell you how proud I am and pleased that we received this invitation,” Bishop said.
April 21, 2013
On March 28, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes program and Spike TV's Hire A Veteran Campaign launched the Small Business Tournament of Veteran Champions to find the most veteran-friendly small business in America. To be eligible, businesses must have 500 or fewer employees and an annual revenue of less than $20 million. They also must commit to hire as part of the National Chamber Foundation and Capital One's Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign, which has a goal of engaging the business community to hire half a million veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014.
By DAN DEARTH | | April 21, 2013
John Leather wears earplugs to church, but it's not the sermon that the 88-year-old World War II veteran is trying to muffle. He said he wears the earplugs to drown out the rumble of a drum that's played when the congregation sings hymns. “I've had to leave the service a couple of times,” Leather said with a shiver. “It reminds me of artillery coming in.” Nearly 70 years ago, Leather was a sergeant in the 17th Airborne Division, a unit of paratroopers and glider soldiers who saw some of World War II's most ferocious fighting during the Battle of the Bulge and Operation Varsity.
April 17, 2013
“The Glorious and the Brave” will be shown Saturday at 7 p.m. at The Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring, 221 N. Main St. in Chambersburg. The stories of eyewitnesses and participants in history come to life in this film that chronicles the lives of two little girls caught up in Adolf Hitler's quest to eliminate the lives of Jews throughout Europe in order to create a Jew-free society, according to a news release. Five World War II veterans from the region share their experiences as America was drawn into the war against Nazi aggression, the news release stated.
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