Church group believes war punishment for immorality

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: Funeral services for Sgt. Leroy “J.R.” Segura Jr. are 10 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Church. They spread a message of hate and condemnation without apology. In fact, members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., embrace the national animosity they have received and use it as […]

Clovis remembers fallen hero

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Robert and Lucia Kassin are presented with a US flag during a memorial service Sunday for their son, Robert Paul Kassin, at Highland Baptist Church. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Their white-gloved fingers slid the length of the flag before them, creasing it along the stripes. As the fabric was snapped and pulled by […]

City set to remember soldier

CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksAl Beaulieu of Beaulieu Brothers Pawn City in Clovis uses the store marquee to honor Sgt. Robert Paul Kassin, who died Sunday while serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. Kassin was a friend of the family. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Robert Paul Kassin memorial service: 2:30 p.m. […]

Clovis soldier killed in Afghanistan

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Courtesy photo Robert Paul Kassin, 29, of Clovis was killed Sunday in Afghanistan when his unit came under fire, according to the Army. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis soldier killed Sunday in Afghanistan was helping to rebuild communities in the war-torn country, his father said. Sgt. Robert Paul Kassin, 29, died near […]

There are no degrees of separation in combat

Maj. David Nicholson Are Airmen Warriors? We are at war. In case you need a reminder, just tune your TV to any news channel and it won’t be long before you hear about the latest military operation launched or the current U.S. body count. Most of the press centers around the Army and Marines, as […]

Flags flying at half-staff for fallen N.M. soldier

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The U.S. and New Mexico flags fly at half-staff Thursday outside the Curry County Courthouse in honor of fallen Roswell soldier Pfc. Rick Salas Jr. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The mother of a soldier who was killed in Iraq did not see any flags billowing low Thursday, though the […]

Kenneth McMahan, Charles Wiley

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. Kenneth McMahan Date of birth: July 29, 1918 Lives in: Clovis Hometown: St. Vrain Dates of service: Jan. 17, 1941 to Sept. 16, 1945 […]

Ira Pottard

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. Ira Pottard Date of birth: Aug. 4, 1922 Dates of service: 1942 to 1949 Hometown: Clovis Theater and location of service: China Burma India […]

Buffalo Soldier Hill name now official

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A hill located near Lingo will be forever be designated as Buffalo Soldier Hill on federal maps in honor of African-American members of the U.S. Cavalry. Lingo is 40 miles southeast of Portales, near the Texas border. “This means no name other than Buffalo Soldier Hill may appear on federal […]

Ethnic pride

Andy Jackson With a smile on her face and a red bandage on her arm, Barbara Brimfield walked down the steps of the United Blood Services trailer after giving a pint of blood Saturday at the 14th annual Curry County Ethnic and Health Fair on Main Street. “I feel good,” said Brimfield of Clovis. “I […]

Historic land site gets new name

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Members of the 9th and 10th Cavalry of the Buffalo Soldiers present the flags at the beginning of Saturday morning’s ceremony at Buffalo Soldier Hill. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers LINGO — It took Oscar Robinson 14 years to get to mile marker 46 on Texas Highway 114. It took him just […]

Mr. Robinson, the grandkids will be proud

CNJ Editorial Seldom do we stand on formality or political correctness. Most times the fans of those forms of group-think use them to stifle voices and opinions that disagree with theirs. However, a recently successful effort to change the racially insensitive and derogatory nickname of an eastern New Mexico landmark deserves loud applause. The site, […]

Black man wins fight to rename hill

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor PORTALES — This is the story of a group of black men who fought for their lives, and one black man who fought for their honor. It’s about soldiers who sought shelter, and a Portales man in search of a colorless society. It’s about a 50-foot hill near the […]

Prison abuse pales compared to torture

Walter Williams It’s the end of the semester at George Mason University, and for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been too busy preparing final exam harassment for my students to pay much attention to all the news stories about how U.S. soldiers were torturing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison. Now that my spring […]

Bombings parallel to WW II experience

Dan True From my World War II experience, let me share with you how soldiers in Iraq are probably feeling about suicide attackers. In May of 1944, after my outfit helped defeat Hitler, we were shipped to the Pacific to help defeat Japan. During my 40-day ship voyage from Marseille, France, through Panama, to the […]