Jan. 31, 1978

Clovis awoke to 4 inches of snow, forcing traffic to a crawl. … Henry Winkler and Sally Field were starring in “Heroes” at the Hilltop Twin. … Dennis the Menace complained that “anybody old enough to be cold is old enough to have an electric blanket.” … Woolworth was selling packages of 60-minute cassette tapes […]

Volunteers deserve recognition for all they do

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist The unsung heroes are numerous. They are not always the ones who commit heroic deeds, who rise to the crisis. The heroes on whom we focus this column are heroes who live, ongoing, in a way that will impact children. They include the science professor who volunteers as Scoutmaster with […]

‘Wall’ becomes ‘Hall’ of Heroes

Airman 1st Class Thomas Trower The Hall of Heroes, a program begun as the Wall of Heroes in 2004 at the Airman Leadership School honors the military service of local heroes. There are eight ALS classes held each year, and each class chooses a hero to add to the Hall. The present 16 inductees have, […]

Heroism earns former Marine ‘Wall of Heroes’ induction

Thomas Trower The Cannon Airman Leadership School’s Hall of Heroes has recently received a new member to add to its ranks. This was the first time the event was held in the newly named Hall of Heroes room at The Landing. Retired Cpl. Frederick Madera was inducted on Aug.14 at 11 a.m. by ALS Class […]

WWII infantryman inducted into Wall of Heroes

James Brazell receives a shadow box of his decorations earned during combat in World War II during his induction into the Wall of Heroes May 25 at the Airman Leadership School. Janet Taylor Birkey Perhaps one of the hallmarks of an infantryman who has seen battle, is his easy willingness to admit the fear he […]

Bogus medals reprehensible, but not criminal

Freedom Newspapers Perhaps more than a winner, Americans love a hero. Heroes embody qualities we believe represent the best of the American spirit, including the resolve to see something through to the end, battling against fearsome odds and a never-say-die attitude. Our ancestors displayed these qualities as they forged a new nation out of the […]

Wall of Heroes inductee recounts Korea’s ‘Frozen Chosin’

Retired Marine 1st Sgt. Robert Simmons, who was inducted into the Wall of Heroes April 14, recalls his experiences during his 20-year career in the military which included service in the Korean War. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Every structure requires a firm, steadfast foundation and each piece of that structure relies on the foundation to […]

Wall of Heroes honors first CMSAF

Retired Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Paul Airey was inducted into the Wall of Heroes on Jan. 27. Though unable to attend, a close friend, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force #8 Sam Parish, represented Chief Airey at the ceremony. Airman Thomas Trower At 18 years of age, before the Air Force […]

Newest Wall of Heroes member began service at 16

Retired Marine Lt. Col. Dale Davis addresses the Airman Leadership School Class 2006-B Dec. 1. Mr. Davis, who began serving his country as a merchant marine at age 16, was inducted into the Wall of Heroes. Airman Thomas Trower Airman Leadership School Class 2006-B had the chance to honor another local hero on Dec. 1. […]

Local combat veteran honored on ALS Wall of Heroes

Col. (ret) Gabriel Bartholomew is presented with a shadow box by the Airman Leadership School students and members of the 27th Fighter Wing, friends and family. Staff Sgt. Craig Seals Cannon’s Airman Leadership School inducted another in a growing number of local combat veterans to its Wall of Heroes in a ceremony Oct. 28 at […]

ALS adds another to its Wall of Heroes

Senior Airman Ricardo Bonvincin, 522nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit, Col. John Posner, 27th Fighter Wing commander, Mr. Lee Roach, Mr. Roach’s wife Una Roach, Mr. Gary Hamilton, Mr. Allan Farkas, Senior Airman Thomas Trout, 27th Security Forces Squadron Airman Thomas Trower, 27th Fighter Wing Public Affairs In 1941 New Mexico, like many other states, was subject […]

Where have all the heroes gone?

Clyde Davis Baseball players on steroids. Basketball players going into the stands to beat up fans half their size and twice their age. Rock musicians who think they are entitled to break not only rules, but laws, and then whine when they get caught. Actors who speak on subjects they have no knowledge of, and […]

Cancer ride full of true heroes

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist Baseball players on steroids. Basketball players going into the stands to beat up fans half their size and twice their age. Rock musicians who think they are entitled to break not only rules, but laws, and then whine when they get caught. Actors who speak on subjects they have no […]

Bataan survivor inducted into ALS Wall of Heroes

Senior Airmen Jason Knight, 27th Operations Support Squadron, and Richard Tomlinson, 27th Security Forces Squadron, present Mr. Buren Johnston with a shadow box containing his awards and decorations earned during his military service. Airman Thomas Trower Prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, many men were being drafted into the armed forces to prepare for […]

Officer wants to honor Death March veterans

Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Local committee considering memorial. Chief Petty Officer Richard Robertson’s heroes wear camouflage to work. They tote guns, drive tanks and fly planes during wartime. They defend America. But the Clovis native and Vietnam War veteran doesn’t feel the men and women of the armed forces are honored enough for what […]

Portales native honored by Cannon airmen

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Dewey Langston displays a war tunic he recovered during a World War II battle Monday at the Cannon Air Force Base chapel. Langston was added to the Wall of Heroes at the base’s Airman Leadership School. Freedom Newspapers photo by Kevin Wilson. By Kevin Wilson CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Dewey Langston never considered himself […]

Bike ride honors cancer survivors

By Clyde Davis I am looking forward to the Ride for the Roses, our long distance bicycling effort in mid-October. This is a cancer fundraising event, whereby the riders take pledges for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, an organization dedicated to cancer causes, survivor issues, and people living through and beyond cancer. Self-evident from the name, […]

We could use another Lone Ranger

By Ruben A. Pro: Guest columnist I believe I have part of the problem facing this country now. What we need now is what has been missing for almost two generations or more — we need national heroes, whether real or fictional. The past two or three generations have missed what my 1930s and ’40s […]