Hearing loss growing among vets

One summer night outside of Fallujah, Iraq, in 2006, Marine Lance Cpl. David Goldich was manning the gun turret atop a Humvee when a roadside bomb, rigged with a 155 mm artillery shell, detonated beside him. “It knocked out our vehicle commander, blew our fuel tank, shredded our tire,” Goldich recalled. The explosion also punctured […]

Measure could cost commissaries

Jerry Ensminger, a retired Marine Corps master sergeant who has fought for years to win government-funded health care for families exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, doesn’t want the measure passed if, to pay for it, Congress would gut the military’s prized commissary benefit. Critics contend that’s what the Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans […]

Area servicemen share Memorial Day thoughts

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Ricardo Hidalgo of American Legion Post 25 in Clovis adjusts the POW-MIA Empty Chair Display at Post 25 Friday afternoon. The POW-MIA flag will be carried at the 2011 Memorial Day Observance at Lawn Haven Memorial Garden at 10 a.m. on May 30. Alisa Boswell With Memorial Day approaching May […]

Clovis-born Marine killed in Afghanistan

CNJ staff Flags were flown at half-staff over the weekend in honor of a Clovis-born Marine sergeant. Sgt. Garrett A. Misener, 25, was killed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 27. He was born Aug. 19, 1985, in Clovis, and his family moved to Utah a few months later. He was laid to rest Friday in […]

TRICARE Prime: Move or lose it

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Retired Navy Corpsman Lloyd Tilch Sr., his wife Debbie and their chronically-ill son Cody pulled up roots last month in Blythe, Calif. They moved into a rented house 110 miles away, near to the Marine Corps base hospital at Twentynine Palms, Calif. The Tilch family had to move — and […]

March 26, 2008 Local Roundup

Ag meeting set for April 10 The U.S. Department of Agriculture will hold a public meeting at 1 p.m. April 10 at the Best Western, 2912 Mabry Dr., according to a news release. The USDA Farm Service Agency is proposing changes to the program that would allow managed haying or grazing no more than once […]

Military Feature: Marine home for holidays

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Lance Cpl. Ryan Blacklock surprised his family by coming home for Christmas. Ryan, a graduate of Choices Alternative School, stands with, from left, his father Ronnie, sister Nichole, wife Krystal, mother Rebecca and sister Tia in their Clovis home. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer All Rebecca Blacklock wanted for […]

War tough on loved ones left behind

By Grant McGee: Local columnist My daughter Robyn lives back east and has been seeing a young enlisted man. I’ve never met him. I’ve just heard her talk about him, heard the smile in her voice when she talks about the places they go, the things they see when they get time together. By all […]

Military Feature: Portales Marine returns from Iraq

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Courtesy photo Portales High alumnus Lance Cpl. Kody Ashmore spent almost nine months in Iraq. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Memorial Day was especially poignant for one Portales couple whose son was home on leave from a tour in Iraq. Kody Ashmore, 20, a U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal and Portales High School graduate, returned […]

Iraq tour alters Marine’s perspective

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Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Chris Lucas returned to Clovis last week from a tour in Iraq. The experience impacted his life in a positive way, and he welcomes the chance to go back again, he said. (Courtesy photo) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Lance Cpl. Chris Lucas returned from his eight months in Iraq […]

Nature of war affects medal count

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The changed nature of war — not command indifference or bureaucratic inertia as some critics allege — is likely the reason why only two Medals of Honor have been awarded to U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, a senior Marine Corps officer told lawmakers last Wednesday. With remotely detonated bombs […]

Area Marines could be recalled into service

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Clovis Police Detective Roman Romero plans to re-enlist in the Marine Corps. Romero said the troops in Iraq deserve a break. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Police Detective Roman Romero said he plans to renew his reserve contract with the Marine Corps in coming weeks even though it […]

War misrepresented by press, politicians

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist I don’t know if the war in Iraq is ultimately unwinnable, but what I do know makes me skeptical of those who say so. I do know that since Vietnam, liberals have viewed every exercise of American military power (with the exception of those undertaken by Bill Clinton) as preludes […]

Lynn Martin, James Wells

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. Lynn Martin Date of birth: May 1, 1924 Dates of service: 1943-1945 Hometown: Golthwaite, Texas Lives in: Clovis Theater and location of […]

Code talker shares experiences

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers San Juan Pueblo resident Jack Jones was once punished for speaking his native language. Transported by the government from his riverside home in Montezuma, Utah, at 7 years old, Jones learned English in a Colorado boarding school. There he was told his name was Jack; he was warned not to […]

Letcher, Stanley

Stanley Letcher Services: Have been held. Stanley E. Letcher, 80, of Haymarket, Va., died Thursday, July 7, 2005, at his home. He was born on Aug. 19, 1924, in Garber, Okla., to Stanley D. and Gertie Klophenstine Letcher. He married Sue Adams on Dec. 21, 1946, in Carthage, Mo. He was a minister at Central […]

Marine should not face murder charge

by Mona Charen: CNJ columnist Second Lt. Ilario Pantano was making a six-figure income as an energy trader with Goldman Sachs in New York when the World Trade Center was attacked. Pantano had friends who worked in the twin towers and friends among the firefighters who perished trying to save them. ] This Marine veteran, […]

Military using creative recruiting

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High School junior Todd Brodie, right, talks with U.S. Army recruiter Staff Sgt. Toby Holland on Oct. 18, in Marion, Iowa. (AP photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A recent graduate of both Clovis High School and Marine boot camp is back in Clovis for a short stint as recruiter himself. Marine Pfc. Mathew […]

No draft, but manpower crunch real

by Tom Philpott To ease fears fueled by the Internet that the Bush administration has secret plans to reinstitute a military draft after the Nov. 2 election, House Republicans leaders forced a floor vote on the issue on Tuesday. They watched with satisfaction as colleagues rejected the idea, 402-2. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y, had introduced […]

Military Digest: 9-27-04

Fifer Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Janelle L. Fifer recently reported for duty at Naval Station Ingleside in Texas. She is a 2000 graduate of Clovis High School. Ramirez Army Pfc. Valentin Ramirez has graduated from the utilities equipment repairer advanced individual training course at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Md. He is the son […]