World War II

Eglin Federal Credit Union honors military

Eglin Federal Credit Union honors military

In recognition of Military Appreciation Month, Eglin Federal Credit Union in Navarre created a display to honor those that serve. The project was coordinated by head teller Debbie Spohn.   Read the full article in the May 30 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up to […]

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 […]

Movement to name bridge after local general gains steam

Movement to name bridge after local general gains steam

The name of the nation’s first African-American four-star general may soon grace the new version of a local landmark. The new bridge connecting Gulf Breeze and Pensacola could bear the name of Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Jr. Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options […]

Veterans honored in ceremony

Veterans honored in ceremony

Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Richard V. Secord addressed the crowd Sunday during the annual Veterans Day ceremony in Navarre Park. Secord told those gathered that they are fortunate to have a unique mix of military missions going on in the area. Read the full article in the Nov. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

Last raider standing at 103

Last raider standing at 103

With his head bent down from the toll of his 103 years on this earth and with his mind sharp as a tack and with his humor and wit intact, Retired Lt. Col. Richard E. “Dick” Cole, recounted his participation in the Doolittle raid to attendees at the WWII Museum’s Air, Sea and Land Festival […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. WHERE TRUMP’S SECRETS WERE STORED The National Enquirer kept a safe containing documents on hush-money payments and other damaging stories it killed as part of its cozy relationship with Donald Trump, The AP has learned. 2. THE PRESIDENT’S INSISTENCE ON FEALTY Loyalty has long been a core value for President Donald Trump, but through […]

ROTC holds ceremony to remember Pearl Harbor

ROTC holds ceremony to remember Pearl Harbor

On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, the world changed forever. Pearl Harbor was bombed in a surprise attack by the Japanese, thrusting the United States into World War II. A total of 2,403 lives were lost in the attack. The tragic moment in history happened long ago, but it’s not forgotten. Thursday morning at […]

New club spreads patriotism at middle school

New club spreads patriotism at middle school

In the early morning hours of a Sunday in 1941, the soldiers stationed at the Pearl Harbor naval base in Honolulu, Hawaii, were not expecting an attack. Many ships were moored there, and airplanes were packed tightly on the runway when hundreds of Japanese fighter planes came over the horizon. The attack destroyed several ships […]

Medicine goes old school

Medicine goes old school

These days it seems that everything is retro. Or vintage. Or old school. We are inspired by days past and it hits every part of the market: fashion, entertainment, automobiles. Even Miller Lite saw its sales skyrocket and market share grow when it went back to the 1970s can logo. The latest thing to go […]

The man who saved the world, the student who told his story

The man who saved the world, the student who told his story

Though it was the height of the Cold War, it was unbearably hot. Inside a Soviet submarine lurking in the depths of the Caribbean Sea in October 1962, the air conditioning had stopped working and the temperature was more than 120 degrees, said 14-year-old history buff and Gulf Breeze Middle School graduate Max Mateer. He […]

92-year-old recalls stint as Rosie the Riveter

92-year-old recalls stint as Rosie the Riveter

Aileen Brandon is a determined woman. She didn’t stop driving a car until she was 86 and even now, at 92 years old, the Navarre resident still gets outside and does yardwork on occasion. But to gain a better understanding of Brandon’s determination, one only needs to flip the pages of her life story backwards […]

Navarre High School NJROTC commemorates anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Navarre High School NJROTC commemorates anniversary of Pearl Harbor

On a cool, sun-splashed Wednesday morning, with miniature American flags blowing in the light breeze on the lawn in front of Navarre High School, Navarre’s Navy Junior ROTC commanding officer Arianna Clemente-Hunter spoke during a ceremony to commemorate Pearl Harbor Day. Read the full article in the Dec. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Click here […]

Harry and Evelyn built a marriage that lasts

Harry and Evelyn built a marriage that lasts

Harry Adams said he wouldn’t trade his wife for anything in the world. Evelyn, his wife of 77 years, quickly chimes in with a pretty funny response. “Well you couldn’t now, not in the shape you are in,” Evelyn said with a laugh. “You are stuck with me.” That lighter moment offers a glimpse into […]

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 […]

Mabel Bruno, through good times and bad

Mabel Bruno, through good times and bad

“I’ve had such a great life,” Mabel Bruno said. “It hasn’t always been easy, but I wouldn’t trade my experiences for anything.” Growing up in a family of seven children on a farm outside of Hammondsville, Ohio, Bruno, now a resident of The Beacon in Gulf Breeze, was accustomed to hardship. “It wasn’t always easy […]

Blue Star Memorial Highway dedication

Blue Star Memorial Highway dedication

Members of the Navarre Garden Club, along with active duty and retired military personnel, gathered May 16 in Navarre Park to dedicate a Blue Star Memorial Highway marker. The Blue Star Memorial Highway program started in 1945 to honor men and women serving in the Armed Forces during World War II. Read more in the May […]