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Gilbert-based veterans group is working to build a smaller version of one of the nation’s most recognizable memorials in the town.
Members of Operation Welcome Home are raising funds to build a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in front of the police station in Gilbert. [Eric Mungenast/Tribune]
Throughout our nation’s history, our country has called upon America’s finest to defend the ideals we cherish so deeply. They come from all walks of life. They are fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. These men and women who serve in our armed forces have backgrounds as diverse as the nation they serve. But as diverse as they may be, they are united by a common courage and a common dedication that has driven them to answer the call to protect their nation and the liberty of their fellow citizens.
Arizona needs a leader who will stand up for veterans. Our men and women in uniform are coming home in droves. Phoenix has been the eye of storm in the VA scandal. We just committed to fight another conflict in Iraq. Now more than ever, we need a leader who provides real solutions for our community’s veteran population.
Arizona State University officials say the school plans to return the M-16 assault rifles it acquired under a government surplus weapons program.
I served our country on an A-Team with the U.S. Army Special Forces (the Green Berets) during the Vietnam War. After honorably completing my years of service, I returned home, only to find that veterans like me were left to rebuild and recover from the war with very little support or understanding from the community.
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Intel Education Service Corps is a program that recruits teams of Intel employees to develop education technology solutions for communities in the developing world, in partnership with NGOs. Projects have taken place in rural Vietnam, several African countries, Haiti and Bangladesh. [Courtesy Intel]
Medal of Honor recipient and retired Army Col. Bruce Crandall has been selected as the grand marshal of the East Valley Veterans Parade. Crandall’s service in Vietnam was recognized with the nation’s highest honor in 2007, and his actions during the conflict have been memorialized in books and on the silver screen in the movie “We Were Soldiers.”
The birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps is approaching in November. In keeping with tradition, our East Valley Marine Corps Detachment is hosting its annual Birthday Ball. The Ball will be on Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Oakwood Country Club in Sun Lakes.
House Speaker Andy Tobin will carry the Republican banner in the race to oust Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick from Congress.
Let’s face it, America and the West are failing now on the world stage. Particularly in the Middle East, fanatical Islamists are riding a huge wave of success. The convert-or-die crowd seems close to establishing the long-desired caliphate of regional Islamic hegemony.
July 30, 2014
Come Jan. 1, thousands of Arizona veterans and others suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder will soon be able to obtain marijuana legally.
Service branch: U.S. Army Special Forces
Where and when served: February 1967 to December 1969 in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
Reflection: My most memorable moment came in the spring of 1969 near the tri-border area of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. We observed several thousand soldiers of the North Vietnamese Army finishing breakfast and massing just inside Laos. Myself and one other American Green Beret were in command of a Mobile Strike Force Company (about 150–165 Sedang Montagnard strikers) when an order came down to “go get ’em” and my first thought was, “me and what army?”
Even though we didn’t speak the same language, I could see the looks on the faces of these boy soldiers and the translation was unmistakable! I’ve heard it before and I’ve heard it since … “Crazy Americans!” We slowly worked through the linguistic barriers when it came to trying to understand complex concepts versus just taking a simple direction or explaining a set of instructions. The basic message was, “you guys are nuts and are going to get us all killed, we think we have a better idea and one which may not get everyone killed” … including this young American Green Beret. Their argument made sense.
We’d take a few guys down there, look around, see what we could see and then call a massive B-52 airstrike down on them and that would be that. Then we would race back to the relative safety of our hilltop perimeter. We got about 50 meters outside of our perimeter and we ran smack into the middle of a forward element of about 500 NVA soldiers of the 66th NVA Regiment. We set up a hasty ambush, which slowed them down long enough for us to make a beeline back to the top of the hill, but we took several casualties in the process. We were outside of artillery range and the monsoon cloud cover precluded bringing in tac air (tactical air support).
Hours went by and we were running out of ammunition and water and we were taking more casualties. Surrounded, we began to formulate an escape plan … our options were all bad. Several hours had past and it was now late in the afternoon. A few times, there were breaches in our defenses and some soldiers had managed to make a run at the small command post in the center of the perimeter. One made it all the way to my location, but he was out of ammunition, so he came at me with a bayonet; I turned but my arm took the point of the bayonet; I turned hard with my arm crooked and he took a full forearm to his jaw.
The sound of crunching teeth and bone were distinctive. He crumpled to the ground. My bodyguard, Dai, ran over and emptied a full magazine into him. Just as we were about to come to grips with our inevitable demise, the clouds broke ever so slightly and an old Skyraider came down through the clouds and almost instantly began dropping copious amounts of ordnance on our enemies. It was dropped so close I had a piece of shrapnel fall right next to me. It was the size of a football. Another hour passed before we began to feel secure that we would actually see another day.
I can see, feel, and taste that day just like it was yesterday. It was a memorable moment all right … and for the better part of that day, I thought it was going to be my last. There were many days like that one, but that’s the one that I remember the most.
Service branch: Army
Where and when served: 1969-1971 in Vietnam.
Reflection: Coming home from overseas and being told not to wear our uniforms in public because the military was not in favor with a lot of the citizenry.
Service branch: Navy
Where and when served: 1966-1969 in Vietnam.
Reflection: The one that stands out was learning that I would be attached to a target drone squadron at Barbers Point NAS, Oahu, Hawaii, for my last duty station.
Service branch: United States Marine Corps
Where and when served: 1962-1967 in Vietnam.
Heraty served as a sea-going Marine and fought in Vietnam in 1966. He was wounded during Operation Hastings and received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service.
Service branch: Navy
When and where served: 1964-70 in Vietnam
Petty Officer Burns initially served on board the submarine USS Tunny (SSG-282), stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He was later reassigned to the submarine USS Perch (SS-313), which transported Special Operation forces into and out of Vietnam.
Although its history in Arizona is rife with iconic names like Geronimo and Cochise, few people know much about our state’s ties with the Medal of Honor — the nation’s highest military decoration.
Canadian-based Wok Box, which currently has locations in Gilbert and Scottsdale, recently began construction on its third location in Chandler. The restaurant is expected to open in July at the southwest corner of Gilbert and Germann roads.
After witnessing the horrors and difficulties of war, coming home often is the hardest part of a tour of military service for veterans and soldiers. Chandler and Gilbert are trying to ease the transition.
Who knew Congressman Paul Gosar is an anarchist? Who knew that Arizona legislators Judy Burges, David Livingston, Kelli Ward, Kelly Townsend and Bob Thorpe side with lawlessness?