Support from the skies

Courtesy of Rupert Gamble Rupert Gamble poses for a picture sitting in the cockpit of a PT-17 Boeing-Stearman Model 75 training biplane during his training for Aviation Cadets. Gamble flew re-supply missions during World War II and retired from the Air Force as a chief warrant officer. Rupert Gamble of Portales was a pilot in […]

Diseases linked to herbicide exposure in Vietnam expanded

By Tom Philpott: Military Update About 86,000 Vietnam War veterans, their surviving spouses or estates will be eligible for retroactive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs — an average of 11.4 years for veterans and 9.6 years for survivors — under a draft VA rule to expand by three the number of diseases […]

Veteran recounts World War II service

Courtesy photo Joe Blair, far right, of Portales has dinner and switches hats with friends at a hotel during his Navy days. A teenager from Portales followed his patriotism, and a desire to see water, on a path that led halfway around the world and through many World War II battles of the South Pacific. […]

PTSD disability ratings increased

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist More than 4300 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who were diagnosed in service as suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but got low military disability ratings, have won an agreement with the Department of Defense to upgrade those ratings retroactively to 50 percent. The higher rating will represent an important win […]

Heart conditions now compensated

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The cost of war — on veterans’ health and taxpayer wallets — will loom a little larger in the new year when the Department of Veterans Affairs issues a final rule to claim adjudicators to presume three more diseases of Vietnam veterans, including heart disease, were caused by exposure to […]

Prohibition will only fuel war in Mexico

Freedom New Mexico One of Ramon Ayala’s biggest hits refers to being on the wrong side of the gate. The music star now finds himself on the wrong side of a door, presumably under watch by Mexican officials. Ayala, the “Rey del Acordi

Crusade against global warming losing support

Freedom New Mexico The Obama administration has declared greenhouse gases to be harmful pollutants, arming the government to wage war by administrative decree on the presumed threat of global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency’s pronouncement Monday is troubling. It could well foreshadow economy-crimping, freedom-denying, Draconian controls. It’s doubtless also meant to prod Congress, where a […]

Troop surge won’t bring end to war

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama officially took personal possession of the war in Afghanistan on Tuesday night, announcing that 30,000 additional U.S. troops will be hustled into Afghanistan over the next six months. He’s hoping for another 10,000 or so from other NATO countries. The president said his first objective is not setting up […]

Civilian court appropriate for 9/11 trials

Freedom New Mexico The decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who has claimed he was the mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and four others in a civilian federal court in New York City, has provoked an emotional and, in some instances, quite partisan response. Just because objections are emotional or partisan, however, does not […]

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 […]

Veterans deserve thanks, praise

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Armistice Day. Veterans’ Day. November 11th, so designated to coincide with the signing of the agreement to end the First World War, the war to end all wars. This we knew, growing up in the 60’s and 70’s as we did, and I presume before that. It was always a […]

Photos sought for Vietnam war memorial

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Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Rada and Perry Winkles’ son, Harvie, died in Vietnam 40 years ago as a decorated veteran. Harvie’s photo has become part of a permanent digital display near the Vietnam Veterans memorial Wall in Washington D.C. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections More than 40 years after her son Harvie, nicknamed “Pud,” […]

Energy answers lie in shale beds

By Jim Constantopolous: Guest columnist As the United States begins to pull out of the worst economic crisis since the end of World War II, energy policy has taken on increasing importance. President Obama has called on Congress to pass legislation that would reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil. The administration is correct in doing […]

Soldiers’ transition top priority

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Vietnam War veterans will nod with understanding over many of Noel Koch’s comments contrasting support for wounded troops and veterans today, from citizenry and government, compared to how it was 40 years ago. During the Vietnam War, he said, “we got very good at saving people’s lives on the battlefield. […]

Treasures meant to be shared

By Judy Brandon: CNJ columnist On this July 4th weekend, I am reminded of the stories and life experiences surrounding those who fought in World War I and World War II in our world. The flowing is a true story. It is not a story of valor during the war but it is a commentary […]

World War II veteran awarded Bronze Star

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Herman H. Wallace, formerly of Portales, holds the Bronze Star he received for his World War II service. After 65 years, a World War II veteran who lived in Portales has received a Bronze Star for his service. The award Herman H. Wallace, who worked at the Roosevelt County Electric […]

March 22, 2009 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: The Given Day by Dennis Lehane captures the political and social unrest of a nation caught between past and present in a tale of two Boston families and their battle for survival and power at the end of the First World War. 101 Dog Tricks: […]

Thrift shop offers families steep discounts

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Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Apryl Nenortas, whose husband is stationed at Cannon Air Force Base, and her cousin, Andrew Kirschbaum, look through a rack of clothes at the Cannon Spouses Club Thrift Shop. The shop has a variety of items. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Mess dress for $15. Civil War collector’s plates. New […]

Local Bataan death march survivor dies

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Physically, John L. Johnson changed during World War II. He was 119 pounds lighter than his normal 215 pounds and three years older when he returned from his ordeal as a prisoner of war in the Philippines during World War II. But his personality defied the starvation, disease and […]

Cannon airmen deliver valentines to veterans

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Staff Sgt. Christopher Sanderfur, 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, righ, poses with a veteran for a photo during the Valentines for Veterans visit on Feb. 13. By Senior Airman Thomas Trower: 27th SOW Public Affairs Veterans of World War II through the Vietnam War were joined by […]