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Mullens Speak Out on Veterans’ Challenges

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2010 - With Veterans Day around the corner, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Navy Adm. Mike Mullen and his wife, Deborah, sat down with reporters this week to raise visibility on issues important to military families and veterans. Story

VETERANS DAY MESSAGES
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates
U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, Commander
NATO International Security Assistance Force
PHOTO ESSAY

USS Oklahoma Crewmember Records the War



STORIES

Buster Adams

     'It Was a Thing I Had to Do'

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2010 - Buster Adams worked for the Army Signal Corps when he was drafted during World War II. A cryptologist, Adams would go on to serve more than 30 years of federal service. Story

Jessie Clark

     Volunteers Who Join the Fight

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2010 - World War II veteran Jessie Clark said she joined the Navy after graduating college to serve her country during its time of need. Story

Bill Sumner

     A Life of Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2010 - The day Bill Sumner graduated from high school, he joined the military to serve in World War II - marking the beginning of a life of service. Story | Video

John Reep

     Fighting in the Battle of the Bulge

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2010 - John Reep almost missed out on his chance to serve in World War II when he was mistakenly diagnosed with tuberculosis the day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He would make up for lost time later, though, in the European theater. Story | Video

RETIRED GUARD

     Unit Preserves History, Shares Stories

NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 5, 2010 - At the Jackson Barracks Military Museum, Wednesdays are a time for reminiscing and restoration for the members of the 122nd Bomb Restoration Squadron Unit. Story

John J. Kushwara

     Going to War in 1944

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2010 - Although he had a good job, John J. Kushwara chose to join the Marine Corps in 1944 and went on to battle the enemy, and the weather, in Okinawa. Story | Video

Ralph Cupper

     Service Was ‘Rite of Passage’

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2010 - Ralph Cupper enlisted in the Army at age 17 in 1944, preferring not to wait until he was drafted to serve his country. Story | Video

Marie Peckham

     Following in Her Father’s Footsteps

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2010 - Marie Peckham is a big fan of the Marine Corps, not just because her father, brothers and husband were Marines, but because of her own Marine Corp service, which began in 1943. Story | Video

Five Veterans

     The Crew of the USS Oklahoma City

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2010 - Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu boarded the USS Missouri to sign the Japanese instrument of surrender, effectively ending fighting on the Pacific front in War II. Ray Palumbo, Frank Zaccharo, Ralph Alfaro, Bill Crouch and Fred Kapanos all joined the Navy in 1944, serving together as the first crew of the Oklahoma City. Story | Photo Essay | Video

John Gunther Dean

     'Serving a Cause Bigger Than Myself'

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2010 - Dean had a good life to look forward to until the Nazi government started annexing surrounding nations by force - persecuting, enslaving and murdering Jews along the way. “This country was great to me,” he said. “I came as an immigrant, I was able to go to Harvard, I was fleeing Nazis. ... I want to help the country.” Story | Video

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Mullens Speak Out on Veterans’ Challenges

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2010 - With Veterans Day around the corner, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Navy Adm. Mike Mullen and his wife, Deborah, sat down with reporters this week to raise visibility on issues important to military families and veterans. Story

VETERANS DAY MESSAGES
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates
U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, Commander
NATO International Security Assistance Force
STORIES

Betty Ann Patterson

     Serving to Make a Difference

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2010 - When Betty Ann Patterson joined the Army in 1952, she knew she wanted to do one thing: make a difference. "Women were only a minuscule part of the military in those days," she said. "I wanted to break new ground, to go where few women had gone before and to be a leader in an unexplored area." Story

David Fike

     The Value of Military Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2010 - David Fike was in his third year of law school when he joined the Marine Corps during the Korean War. Years later, both his sons would serve as Marines in very different circumstances. Story | Video


Mullens Speak Out on Veterans’ Challenges

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2010 - With Veterans Day around the corner, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Navy Adm. Mike Mullen and his wife, Deborah, sat down with reporters this week to raise visibility on issues important to military families and veterans. Story

VETERANS DAY MESSAGES
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates
U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, Commander
NATO International Security Assistance Force
RELATED LINKS
STORIES

Arlen Bliefernicht

     Experiencing ‘Full Metal Jacket’

WASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2010 - Army Vietnam veteran Arlen Bliefernicht recalled the vicious combat he'd experienced during the April 1968 battle of of Chu Moor, fought near the Cambodian border. Story | Video

Saint Silver

     ‘I Wish I Had Stayed In’

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2010 - Saint Silver has suffered from several disorders since the Vietnam War, but says serving in the Army was the best thing that ever happened to him. Story | Video

Robert Mowl

     Maintaining the Military Ethos

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2010 - When Robert Mowl graduated from high school in 1965, he knew he was going to join the Army. But the Cincinnati resident may not have known i the Army would become his career and home for the next 21 years. Story | Video

Chris Harris

     ‘A Means to Another End’

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2010 – Chris Harris didn’t see the military as an end, but rather as a means to another end, when he accepted an ROTC scholarship to Duke University.
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Sgt. Roy Penman

     Two Wars, Two Services, Three Decades

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2010 - Retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Roy Penman said patriotism induced him to fight in Vietnam and years later, deploy for operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Story | Video

Frank “Irish” Healey

     'Learn Everything You Can'

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2010 - Former Marine Corps member and Vietnam veteran Frank "Irish" Healey says it's important that young servicemembers learn everything they can so they can be prepared for battlefield contingencies. Story | Video

Nick Gillen

     A Responsibility Never to Forget

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2010 - In California’s San Francisco Bay area in 1967, “Vietnam” was a dirty word. But for Nick Gillen, it meant an opportunity to put his money where his mouth was and serve his country. Though he already was planning to enlist, he said, the draft expedited his enlistment. Story | Video

Michael Tripp

     ‘Do Your Duty and Be Proud’

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2010 - Michael Tripp is a certified public accountant in East Providence, R.I. He’s also one of the most famous faces from the Vietnam War. Story | Video


Mullens Speak Out on Veterans’ Challenges

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2010 - With Veterans Day around the corner, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Navy Adm. Mike Mullen and his wife, Deborah, sat down with reporters this week to raise visibility on issues important to military families and veterans. Story

VETERANS DAY MESSAGES
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates
U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, Commander
NATO International Security Assistance Force
STORIES

Ryan Berkshire

     Joining Up to Do His Part

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2010 - The military can prove to be a demonstration of patriotism, a college payment plan, or just a way to get out of town and start adulthood. For Ryan Berkshire, it was all three. Story

Lisa Reed

     Putting Personal Comforts Aside

WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2010 - Military veterans gave up the comforts of "normal" life to serve their country, said Lisa Reed, an Air Force veteran. Story

John Gainer

     Third-Generation Sailor Recalls Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2010 - As a third-generation Navy man, John Gainer knew what kind of commitment and dedication it would take when he accepted a commission in 1992. Story

John McAllister

     Military Service, Ticket to a New World

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2010 - Without joining the military, John McAllister wouldn’t have met his wife in Greece, or developed the lifelong friendships only the military’s camaraderie can foster. Story

John Teetz

     The Best Friendships are Formed in Battle

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2010 - Servicemembers and veterans savor the friendships they make with comrades during wartime, said John Teetz, an Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Story | Video

Governor Jim Gibbons

     Nevada Governor Recalls Duty

RENO, Nev., Nov. 5, 2010 - It was Pearl Harbor Day 1990 when the Nevada Air National Guard was called up to serve in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Story

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