July 25, 2011
The Potomac Highlands World War II Roundtable is seeking donations from the public to take World War II veterans on a sightseeing trip to Washington, D.C., this fall. Roundtable President Chip Zimmer said the Oct. 22 bus trip would include stops at Arlington National Cemetery, and the World War II and Iwo Jima memorials. “We heard about it being done in the past,” Zimmer said. “Ever since we organized, we wanted to do something special for our veterans.” Zimmer said he estimated that the trip would cost about $2,000 to take 48 people - 24 veterans and 24 others to serve as attendants.
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.
February 2, 2013
With each passing day, the population of living World War II veterans continues to dwindle across the nation, and with them go stories about one of the most earthshaking periods in history. Since this past June, a group called Friends of the National World War II Memorial has been seeking out the country's remaining WWII veterans and interviewing them, cataloging audio and video accounts to serve as an educational and cultural tool for generations to come, according to James Percoco, director of education for the group based in Washington, D.C. “It doesn't matter where they're from because we are losing between 600 and 1,000 World War II veterans a day as the generation passes from us very quickly,” Percoco said.
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.
October 6, 2009
World War II veteran Bill Freienmuth of Quincy, Pa., will share his war story during the Wednesday, Oct. 7, meeting of the Potomac Highlands World War II Roundtable. The 7 p.m. meeting will be held at the Morris Frock Post of the American Legion, off Northern Avenue in Hagerstown. There's a $5 fee for nonmembers; members are admitted free. For more information, call Chip Zimmer at 301-733-7277.
November 15, 2012
Musselman High School senior Josh Ferguson volunteered to help with the school's Take a Veteran to School celebration Thursday not knowing he would meet a family relative - who served in World War II - for the first time. Charles L. Ferguson, 88, Ferguson's cousin four times removed, was among more than two dozen veterans and active duty soldiers honored at the event. Josh, 17, said he knew of his relative and his service in the military thanks to his grandmother, but had never met his great-grandfather's first cousin, who served in the Army and the Air Force.
September 4, 2012
Joseph Alfred Rickard, 84, of Hagerstown, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center. Born May 9, 1928, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late William Maxwell and Helena (Walsh) Rickard. Mr. Rickard retired from the Maryland Department of Corrections, where he was chief of security at MCTC, Hagerstown. He was a U.S. Navy and U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He received the Combat Infantry Badge, Army Occupation Medal (Germany), Korean Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, United States Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
May 14, 2001
William Boone Days are celebrated in Boonsboro The annual William Boone Days in Boonsboro featured historical demonstrations from time periods ranging from the 15th century to World War II. The public watched re-enactors participate in staged events from the War of the Roses, French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, Civil War, Old West, Mexican War, World War I and World War II. People learned about medical techniques from the...
November 12, 2012
Veteran clarifies he didn't serve in World War II To the editor: This is to request your assistance to correct an error made during the Alsatia Mummers Parade on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. I was introduced over the public address system, near the reviewing stand, in front of Bester Elementary School. I was honored to be introduced, however, the error was a mistake or misunderstanding. During the introduction, it was stated that I served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
October 5, 2011
For many people, World War II is the stuff of classroom textbooks and Hollywood movies. But for an older generation, the war had a personal face. Many served in the military, fighting the Nazis as they goose-stepped across Europe. Others worked in field hospitals in the Pacific, caring for the wounded. But for those who didn't experience firsthand the horrors of war, a battle was being fought at home, as well. Civilians supported the troops with metal-scrap drives, food rationing, Victory Gardens and Rosie the riveting hero.