Military.com has an in-depth review of President Gerald Ford's Naval career including his service during WWII and in the reserves.
Below is Veteran Stories Podcast's weekly summary of the latest veteran related stories of potential interest to our listeners:
- "Veterans' Health Care Issues in the 109th Congress" was updated October 26, 2006
- Korean War buddies reunite
- Iwo Jima veteran dies
- WW II veteran celebrates 100th birthday
- Lawrenceburg, TN - World War II veteran receives medals
- Kodiak, AK - Veteran helps injured soldiers to better life
- Louisville, KY - Eagle Scouts help honor Revolutionary War veteran
- Charlotte, NC - Nation's 2nd-oldest female veteran 103
- Elgin, IL - One of four local Iwo Jima vets dies
- Washington, DC - WWII veteran donates collection of postwar photos of Okinawa
- Norman, OK - War vet has his own Christmas story
- St. Louis, MO - Children Preserve World War II Veterans' History
- Houston, TX - Injured war veteran given customized golf cart for Christmas
- Woodbury,CT - Connecticut Veterans Inducted to Hall of Fame
- Porterville, CA - Veteran receives long-overdue honors
- Fergus Falls, MN - Veteran extends kindness to strangers
It was reported on Oct. 8, 2006 in the San Diego Union-Tribune that US Marine Col. F. Brooke Nihart passed away on Aug. 30, 2006 at the age of 87 in Fairfax, VA. He was the author of the U.S. Military Code of Conduct that was originally written in 1955, and slightly revised in 1977.
He was a veteran of WWII (Battle of Wake Island & Battle of Okinawa) and the Korean War (Battle of the Punchbowl). During his career he was awarded the Navy Cross, two Bronze Stars, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal the Meritorious Service Medal, and Air Medal.
It should also be noted that from 1972 to 1991 he was a historian and deputy director of Marine Corps museums.
WTOC11 has a short news article on WWII veteran Jack Phelps finally getting his military medals earned during his nine years of service.
He joined the U.S. Army when he was 18, and was part of the D-Day Normandy Beach landing. A total of eleven medals were awarded including a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and World War II victory medal.
World War II prisoner of war survivor Edward Jackfert who was part of the Bataan Death march and spent nearly all of the war as a POW recently spoke to students at Franciscan University of Steubenville about his experiences. [The Intelligencer].
The Washington State Columbain.com has a must read for any World War II history buff or supporter of Veteran stories. The article examines the recent historic reunion at Vancouver's Pearson Field Air Museum of 76 members of Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) who served during World War II.
The American Legion has started a new program called 'Hometown Heros' to encourage local American Legion posts to support returning troops and veterans to their local communities. [emilitary]
The Vietnam Memorial mini-replica called the 'Moving Wall' is in Madison, WI through 9-11-06. [capitaltimes]
WWII Army Medic Wilson "Will" Rouke recently got his earned Bronze Star and Purple Hearts delivered to him. The article on Rouke, also mentions a great short blurb about WWII veteran Robert White, and his D-Day experiences that have led to an official letter and an award from the French government. [townonline]
Lastly, to follow up on the sad story of a recent murder of Vietnam Vet Barney Goodman, the AP Wire is reporting that two men are in custody for his murder.