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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | May 25, 2013
In 1953, the Korean War had been raging for three years when thousands of North Korean prisoners of war were set free below the 38th Parallel at Pusan. Hagerstown resident Ed Peters, 81, said he was a military policeman serving in Korea at the time as he watched the enemy soldiers mix with the local population. “They brought hundreds of (boats) into Pusan and released those guys in the streets,” Peters said. “Letting those prisoners go free in Pusan created some headaches for the local police ... They were running around and no one knew who was who.” According to documents from the time, the prisoners were released in June 1953 because many of them said they were anti-Communist and wouldn't return to fight for North Korea.
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NEWS
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.
SPORTS
By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com | May 19, 2013
High school athletes are like foot soldiers. They register and enlist to join a team. They go through basic training (preseason practice) to learn a level of discipline, focus and routine. They are taught strategies and the teamwork needed to be successful in individual and group battles. And just like soldiers, high school athletes need a commanding officer. In the military, it's a general. In sports, like softball and baseball, it's a coach - sometimes called a field general.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | 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.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | 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...
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | May 4, 2013
Civil War cannons that occupied Doubleday Hill in Williamsport from the late 1800s until they were removed in 2000 returned to their home during a ceremony Saturday. Williamsport Town Councilman Scott Bragunier coordinated the historic project, through which the cannons were sent away to Kentucky firm Steen Cannons for restoration. Bragunier said in 1896, U.S. Sen. Louis E. McComas donated the tubes that had been stockpiled following the war. The town of Williamsport mounted the tubes on bricks and dedicated them on Doubleday Hill on July 4, 1897.
NEWS
May 2, 2013
M&S Harley-Davidson partnered with Blondie's in Rouzerville, Pa., Park Tavern in Waynesboro, Pa., The Dawg House in Waynesboro and Casey's Bar & Grill in Greencastle, Pa., for the War of the Wings charity event. The event was held April 6 at M&S Harley-Davidson 160 Falling Spring Road in Chambersburg, Pa. The event was held to raise money for the PAR Foundation, a nonprofit corporation committed to helping children with visual impairment to be on par by helping to provide the tools they need to succeed developmentally and socially.  The PAR Foundation was created in honor of Peyton Alexis Rauth, who was born  March 16, 2008.
NEWS
April 27, 2013
The Maryland Humanities Council will present David Hildebrand in a concert of “Music of the War of 1812 in America,” Sunday, May 19, at 4 p.m. in St. Mark's Fellowship Center, 18313 Lappans Road, Boonsboro.  The War of 1812 spawned a huge variety of songs in America. From the early stirrings of party politics under President Adams, the traumatic effect of Jefferson's Embargo in 1807, the triumph at Fort McHenry to the last battle in New Orleans, Americans took pen to paper to tear at political opponents, to dramatize the great sea battles between huge frigates in full sail and to laud battle heroes like Hull and Perry.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | April 27, 2013
Tara Viands joined a parade of nearly 300 people who walked a three-mile loop around War Memorial Park on Saturday morning to raise money for the March of Dimes' March for Babies. “I walked because my daughters can't walk,” said Viands, a mother of two from Hedgesville, W.Va. On July 25, 2006, her twin daughters, Macy and Carly, were born six weeks prematurely at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. Macy weighed 3 pounds, 6 ounces. Carly was born two minutes later weighing 3 pounds, 3 ounces.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | 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.
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