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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.
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July 28, 2013
Marvin S. Mann Sr. of Hagerstown celebrated his 90th birthday with a large family party on July 20 at the home of his son, Mark Mann, of Hagerstown. Forty family members and friends were in attendance with an “American Hero” theme, which highlighted his service during the German and Japanese theaters in 1945.  Mann reminisced and shared pictures with his special guest and fellow veteran, Guy Whidden of Frederick, Md. Whidden and his family are the authors of the book “Between the Lines and Beyond.” Marvin Mann was a sergeant in the Army's 322nd Medical Battalion and received a letter of recommendation for the Bronze Star Medal.
LIFESTYLE
December 20, 2012
Submitted photo World War II veterans and a number of others attended a Roundtable Christmas party were dressed in uniform in honor of the occasion. The Potomac Highlands World War II Roundtable held its fourth annual Christmas Party honoring World War II veterans Dec. 5 at the Robinhood Retirement Community in Hagerstown. Fifty-three guests attended, including 14 WWII Army, Air Corps and Navy veterans, and those who served in Korea and Vietnam. Family members and friends of veterans also celebrated the dinner and entertainment.
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January 21, 2013
Friends of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the Potomac Highlands Roundtable of Hagerstown, will conduct interviews of World War II veterans Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Morris Frock American Legion Post 42, 405 Northern Ave., Hagerstown. The purpose of the interviews is to document the contributions of each veteran who served in combat and noncombat roles. The interviews will be conducted by college students associated with the friends of the World War II Memorial.
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April 7, 2011
World War II veteran Vern Brintzehofe will be honored 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown. Brintzenhofe served on Saipan and Iwo Jima, where he sustained injuries and received a Purple Heart. Cost is $20; WWII veterans eat for free. There will be a cash bar. Reservation deadline is Friday, April 15. For more information, contact Jim Mills at 301-331-2683 or jmills@medtrends.net .
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By CHRIS COPLEY | chrisc@herald-mail.com | October 5, 2012
It's been almost 70 years since a young New York City woman traveled from Brooklyn to Manhattan and enlisted in the U.S. Army. But for Florence "Flo" Miles, 90 and now living in Hagerstown, the memories are still vivid. Especially when she pages through her scrapbooks and talks about her brother, Cpl. Russell Daudelin, who died a few months after America entered World War II. "He enlisted in September 1939. I was born in '22, so I was 17," she said, "This is the battle he was killed in - the Battle of El Guettar in North Africa.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | May 21, 2012
A large motorcade of 12 tour buses and motorhomes rolled in to Hagerstown's Clarion Hotel and Conference Center on Monday afternoon, carrying 200 men and women who served the United States during World War II and the Korean War. Along with 100 assistants traveling with the veterans, the group left Beloit, Wis., Sunday morning and made a stop in Pittsburgh that night before arriving in Hagerstown for the second year in a row, according to Mark Finnegan,...
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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 | January 28, 2013
The Potomac Highlands World War II Roundtable is seeking veterans who want to tell their stories of serving in the military as part of a preservation project sponsored by the Friends of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Potomac Highlands board member Justin Mayhue said World War II veterans who wish to participate need to contact him before the interviews are held on Feb. 2 at Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 at 405 Northern...
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September 9, 2013
David Lester Carroll, 87, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at his home. Born Sunday, Aug. 29, 1926, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late George Carroll and the late Malissa (Snyder) Carroll. He attended Hagerstown High School. He retired from M.P. Moller after 41 years. He served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a member at Grace United Methodist Church, the Elks Lodge 378, American Legion Post 211 and Woodmen of the World.
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August 30, 2013
Retired U.S. Navy Capt. John Robert Welsh, 95, passed away Wednesday Aug. 28, 2013. Born Sept. 13, 1917, he grew up in Sarver and Freeport, Pa. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1942, shortly after Pearl Harbor was attacked in December 1941. After commissioning, he served on destroyers during World War II. He participated in the Philippines and Aleutians campaigns, including early attacks on the Japanese islands. In May 1945, he was serving as executive officer aboard the USS Luce (DD-522)
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August 24, 2013
Grover Cleveland “Clevie” Smith Jr., 92, of Hagerstown passed away Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown. Born April 7, 1921, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Grover Cleveland Smith Sr. and Clara May (Alexander) Smith. Clevie was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in Europe with the 3rd Division, 7th Infantry. He retired as a refinisher with Brandt Cabinet Works in Hagerstown. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Helen Madeline (Breeden)
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July 28, 2013
Marvin S. Mann Sr. of Hagerstown celebrated his 90th birthday with a large family party on July 20 at the home of his son, Mark Mann, of Hagerstown. Forty family members and friends were in attendance with an “American Hero” theme, which highlighted his service during the German and Japanese theaters in 1945.  Mann reminisced and shared pictures with his special guest and fellow veteran, Guy Whidden of Frederick, Md. Whidden and his family are the authors of the book “Between the Lines and Beyond.” Marvin Mann was a sergeant in the Army's 322nd Medical Battalion and received a letter of recommendation for the Bronze Star Medal.
OBITUARIES
June 22, 2013
Betty Martz Heefner of Summerfield, Fla., formerly of Baltimore, Md., died June 20, 2013. Mrs. Heefner was born Nov. 13, 1923, in Hagerstown, Md. She was the daughter of Hubert Lee Martz and Lucy Rowe Martz. She married Robert W. Heefner on June 15, 1946. Mr. Heefner died in 1996. She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Chris Heefner.  Survivors include her son, Eric Heefner and wife, Barbara, of Summerfield; and grandson, Jason Heefner of Summerfield.   During World War II, Mrs. Heefner served in the Women's Army Corps.
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By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com | June 16, 2013
The rusting hulk of the Chevrolet Army truck sat near the machine shop off Virginia Avenue in Hagerstown for more than three decades. When its owner, William Kaplan, died in 2004 at the age of 93, his son inherited the truck. William Glenn Kaplan had his heart set on restoring the truck, something he would do to honor his father. “When I see this truck, I see my dad, and I restored it in his memory,” said William Glenn Kaplan, 63, of Maugansville. It last was used around 1973, and was idle for so long that its engine locked up. In 2006, the truck was put on a tractor-trailer and taken to his son's property in Hedgesville, W.Va.
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Paula Wolber | Around Maugansville | May 31, 2013
The Potomac Highlands World War II Roundtable will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Morris Frock American Legion Post 42, 405 Northern Ave., Hagerstown The guest speaker will be Jim Rosebrook, who will talk about German tanks. The monthly meetings are open to the public as well as all WWII veterans and their family members. There is no cost to attend. For more information, call Justin at 301-331-2449 or Dave at 301-790-0017. Yard sale The Youth Fellowship at Salem Reformed Church will hold a yard sale Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the youth mission trip.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | May 27, 2013
Jeanette Easterday of Mount Lena honored American soldiers, particularly those who have been killed, at the Mount Lena United Methodist Church Memorial Day Service, by saying they decided to “stand and fight” instead of “cut and run.” “For every veteran who marches in a parade, there's another who will never march again,” Easterday, a member of the church, said Monday. “Please don't forget them.” More than 20 people, including veterans, attended the church's Memorial Day service late Monday morning.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | May 27, 2013
Every year, Jenny and Howard Metger go to the Memorial Day service at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park west of Hagerstown and look for their fathers' flags. The large American flags once draped the caskets of their fathers, who were World War II veterans and are buried at the cemetery. They are among 35 to 40 such flags flown at the annual service. “Oh, it (was) amazing, amazing, and beautiful,” Jenny Metger said of the first time she saw the large flags at the service held the Sunday before Memorial Day. Her husband, Howard, said it's an honor to have their fathers' flags flown during the service.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | May 26, 2013
For 13 years, Frank H. Dilger has spoken to South Middle School eighth-graders about his father's experiences as a combat Marine in the Pacific in World War II. Dilger, 67, of Martinsburg, illustrated his talk before five separate classes recently with weapons that his father, Frank E. “Dood” Dilger, took from the body of a Japanese officer he killed in hand-to-hand combat in the fighting for Guam in 1944. This year, because of heightened security following the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, Dilger needed special permission to bring the weapons to class, said Steve French, who invites Dilger to his classroom every spring.
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