AFA recognizes 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year

By Senior Master Sgt. David Byron: Air Force Public Affairs Agency NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2011 were recognized during a formal banquet hosted by the Air Force Association during its 2011 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition on Sept. 19 at the National Harbor in Oxon […]

Pearl Harbor survivor recalls attack

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Manuel Thomas traces a map of Pearl Harbor as he recounts where each ship was the day of the 1941 attack by the Japanese. A Hawaii native, Thomas worked as a welder in the harbor until after the war. Sharna Johnson A single tear gathered in his right eye and […]

Local veterans recall Pearl Harbor attacks

Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico After Dec. 7, 1941, seeing a 17- to 19-year-old boy anywhere was rare, recalls Richard Sullinger. Whether they were drafted or enlisted of their own accord, they were a minority in small-town America. “They began to disappear in a hurry, the 19- to 18-year-olds particularly,” the 86-year-old Clovis veteran said. […]

Daughter recalls father's experiences in World War II

Courtesy photo Bennie Hill, right, and an unknown soldier aboard the RMS Queen Mary on the way home after World War II. Hill was one of many soldiers trained during in the Louisiana Maneuvers, a series of war games to prepare the U.S. military for the eventuality of World War II. By Clarence Plank: Cannon […]

War interrupts friendship

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The disappearance of Lily Kimura haunts Berna Jene Kreitzberg Sanders. Open up Sanders’ photo album. On page 13 is a photograph of Kimura in knee-high socks and a headband. Look in her home. Stowed away is an aging doll Kimura gave her some seven decades ago. “It’s beginning to […]

65 years ago, America learned to pull together

By Freedom Newspapers Nearly every American who was alive at the time remembers what he or she was doing when the radio blasted out the news of a Japanese surprise attack on the United States at little-known Navy and Army bases in Hawaii. Support for war had been building in the country, but many believed […]

Adrian Vandevender

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Adrian Vandevender Date of birth: May 5, 1925 Dates of Service: Sept. 1944 to May 1946 Hometown: Grady Lives in: Clovis Theater and location […]

James Morgan, Melvin C. Waltman

Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. James Morgan Date of birth: Nov. 7, 1926 Dates of service: January 1944 to April 1946 Hometown: Portales Lives in: Portales Theater and location […]

Tony J. Ortega, Paul M. Jones

Sharna Johnson Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Tony J. Ortega Date of Birth: May 10, 1919 Dates of Service: 1940 -1945 Hometown: Tucumcari Lives in: Tucumcari Theater or Location […]

Denying the past and the future

By Clyde Davis On the coastline of New Jersey, there is a long barrier island chain with some parts submerged, creating the illusion that these are separate. These islands lie anywhere from 100 yards to 2 miles offshore, with bridges providing periodic access. One section of these islands begins across from the town of Red […]