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Pride, doubts mix in vivid memories of Vietnam

Pride, doubts mix in vivid memories of Vietnam

It was the war he couldn’t wait to fight. Patrick McCrary wanted to be in Vietnam. “I dropped out of high school to join because I was afraid I was going to miss out on the war,” McCrary said. “I wanted to hurry up and get into the Marines.” But time shapes opinions. A new […]

Blackhawk Memorial completion date finalized

Blackhawk Memorial completion date finalized

The unveiling of the Blackhawk Memorial honoring the tragic deaths of 11 service members has been set for Friday, Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. in Navarre Park. The memorial will honor the 11 military service members killed in the crash of a U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter March 10, 2015 during training off the coast […]

May is Military Appreciation Month

May is Military Appreciation Month

In 1999, the United States Congress designated the month of May as Military Appreciation Month to give communities across the nation the opportunity to show their thanks to the men and women who serve in all branches of the United States military. Navarre Press takes this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to all who have […]

Overcoming the odds

Overcoming the odds

As she sat aboard a plane destined for Las Vegas in late February, Sebastiana Lopez-Arellano did everything she could to evict the doubt living in her mind. She was crazy, at least in her opinion, for wanting to attempt to compete in the Warrior Games trials at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Sure, it […]

Herrera family gets holiday surprise

Herrera family gets holiday surprise

When the Herrera family pulled into the driveway of their Navarre home late Monday afternoon, they were greeted by a surprise that brightened their holiday spirits. Thanks to Christmas Décor franchisee Venus Parton, the Herrera’s home was decorated with lights, garland and bows. “It’s amazing. We’ve never had anyone do this for us before,” Naomi […]

Black Hawk memorial ceremony planned

Black Hawk memorial ceremony planned

  “When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” and that is exactly what Nathan Harris did when he learned of the tragic death of seven Marines, all of whom he knew, on March 10 off the shores of Navarre. Two months after the accident, Harris traveled from North Carolina to Navarre, taking time […]

Scott: Flags lowered to honor those in Tenn. shooting

Scott: Flags lowered to honor those in Tenn. shooting

Gov. Rick Scott today directed the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff in honor of the five service members who were murdered at recruiting centers in Chattanooga, Tenn., last week. The order is effective immediately throughout the state until sunset on the day of the final […]

Ride to support proposed memorial

Ride to support proposed memorial

A ride to raise funds for the proposed Black Hawk memorial will take place June 6 from three different locations: American Legion Post 382 Navarre; Eagle’s Talon, 519 AL-59, Summerdale Ala.; and Century Courthouse on Highway 29. The ride ends at American Legion Post 340 on Ashland Avenue in Pensacola. Registration from 10 to 11:30 […]

Report: Black Hawk pilots disoriented in fog, lost control

Report: Black Hawk pilots disoriented in fog, lost control

A Black Hawk helicopter crashed last March, killing 11 servicemen, because two veteran Louisiana Army National Guard helicopter pilots got disoriented and lost control after failing to switch from visual-based to instrument-based flight procedures in a thick fog during a training exercise, the military said Thursday. The pilots, two other Louisiana guardsmen and seven Marines […]

Washington Post reports crash caused by ‘spatial disorientation’

Washington Post reports crash caused by ‘spatial disorientation’

The Washington Post is reporting that an investigation by U.S. Special Operations Command and the Louisiana National Guard determined the March 10 helicopter crash that killed 11 decorated servicemen was caused by “spatial disorientation, in which human senses lose track of where they are in space.” The crash occurred when two UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, […]

Marines killed in Nepal crash identified

Marines killed in Nepal crash identified

Joint Task Force 505 officials today identified the six U.S. Marines who were killed along with two Nepalese soldiers when their UH-1Y Huey helicopter went down in the mountains of Nepal May 12. The fallen Marines are: Capt. Dustin R. Lukasiewicz, 29, a UH-1Y pilot with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, Marine Aircraft Group […]

Permanent memorial planned for military crash victims

Permanent memorial planned for military crash victims

Santa Rosa County Commissioner Rob Williamson March 23 told fellow board members Leadership Santa Rosa Class 29 plans to coordinate a permanent memorial honoring 11 servicemen who died in a March 10 military helicopter crash in Navarre. Tony Alexander, president and CEO of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, is a class member and […]

Louisiana takes cue from Navarre

Louisiana takes cue from Navarre

While checking the news and scrolling through Facebook, Louisiana resident Gillian Howes Rabalais came across photos from last week’s vigil at the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier which honored the fallen in the March 10 helicopter crash. “I thought, ‘Why aren’t we doing anything here?’” the Hammond native said. “These are our guys. My husband was […]

Names of 7 Marines killed in helicopter crash released

Names of 7 Marines killed in helicopter crash released

Military officials have released the names of seven special forces Marines who were killed when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed into the waters off Florida during a routine training mission in dense fog. Those killed were all stationed at from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. They were identified Friday as: Capt. Stanford Henry Shaw III of […]

Fallen Marines remembered as dedicated, loving by relatives

Fallen Marines remembered as dedicated, loving by relatives

The Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in dense fog during a training mission in Florida was carrying seven Marines from Special Operations Command forces based in North Carolina, and four National Guard soldiers from Louisiana. All are presumed dead. More bad weather Thursday prevented the recovery of bodies and the flight recorder from wreckage 25 […]

Crews searching Navarre Sound for 11 presumed dead in military crash

Crews searching Navarre Sound for 11 presumed dead in military crash

Search and rescue crews are combing heavy fog in the Navarre Beach area for 11 military personnel presumed dead after a Black Hawk helicopter crashed nearby overnight. Eglin officials said the crash took place during a regular training mission at area A-17, located just east of Navarre, around 8:30 p.m. Eglin officials said two copters were assigned to […]