Vietnam War

An American hero close to home

An American hero close to home

So often the heroes of history feel distant. Their struggles and endeavors, while often impressive, seem not to have any real connection to our daily lives here. But sometimes those heroes grew up in our own backyard. Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Jr. (1920-1978) was the nation’s first African-American four-star general, and he was born right […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. BERNIE SANDERS SAYS HE’S RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN 2020 The 77-year-old Vermont senator ran an insurgent but unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2016 that reshaped Democratic politics. 2. FASHION ICON KARL LAGERFELD DIES Chanel’s iconic couturier’s accomplished designs as well as his trademark white ponytail, high starched collars and dark enigmatic glasses dominated high fashion […]

Former Little League stars recall memories of their playing days in the 1950s

Former Little League stars recall memories of their playing days in the 1950s

Cell phones didn’t exist. Computers and high-tech video games didn’t either. Television access was limited, with just under 65 percent of the homes in America having one at the time. Children of that era had to find something else to do with their free time and baseball, entrenched as the nation’s pastime back then, was […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. TRUMP VOWS ‘NO CHANGE’ TO 401(K) TAX INCENTIVES The president shoots down a GOP plan to raise federal revenue by taxing retirement fund earnings. 2. JOINT CHIEFS CHAIRMAN DISCUSSES DEADLY NIGER AMBUSH Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford says four U.S. soldiers died in a “difficult firefight” in the Western African nation, but he offers […]

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 […]

The Story of a Lifetime

The Story of a Lifetime

An 86-year-old resident of Navarre, Maj. Robert M. Fletcher Sr., has seen more of the world than most people could see in two lifetimes. Fletcher served his county honorably in the United States Air Force for an exciting and adventurous 25 years; years of active duty which included tours in both the Korean and Vietnam […]

Quilting group brings joy to local veterans

Quilting group brings joy to local veterans

With so many of our country’s vital military personnel working and living inside of our local area, citizens in Santa Rosa County have long been involved in programs dedicated to giving back to our local veterans. The families and friends of these American servicemen and servicewomen have in fact been some of the most active […]