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The Wall Brings Mysteries, Answers

Aaron Gray (on right with tattoo on arm) is from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He spends seven to eight months traveling with The Moving Wall and scheduling events. Every year, during the winter months of the off-season, between November and April, brand new panels are put on the wall with any new names added. Mr. Gray said the community of Gallatin was “phenomenal.” Because of the excellent volunteer help

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Salmons Celebrate 75th Wedding Anniversary

Thanks to a little help from their friends

Olen and Virginia Salmon met in high school and — as they say — the rest is history.

The couple will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary on Sept. 2. They were married on that date in 1939 at the McFall Methodist Church.

It almost didn’t happen.

Olen and Virginia Salmon will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary on Sept. 2. They have

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For the Steigerwalt Family ‘Everything Means Something’

Toadstools and butterflies, flowers and rainbows…what better way for two little girls to leave a going away present for their grandparents to remember them by?

Ruby Rose 7, and Ava Marie, 5, have been in Gallatin visiting their grandparents, Dennis and Sharon Steigerwalt, but they will soon be going back to their home in Sydney, Australia. Before leaving they made a mural on the back of the shed in their

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Ledesma Serves with Special Forces

Urges citizens to vote

by Denise Felderman

Ron Ledesma enlisted in 1962 at Los Angeles, Calif. He took his basic training in San Antonio, Texas, at Lakeland Air Force Base. Then off to Boloxie, Miss., for education in electronic communications.

In 1965 President Johnson sent 500,000 troops to Vietnam. There were not a lot of ground forces there at the time and this was the beginning of a real build-up

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Vic Dill Proudly Serves in Marine Corp

Escort for deceased includes own step-brother

by Denise Felderman

Upon entry Vic Dill went to Marine Corp Recruit Depot (MCRD) in San Diego, Calif., for 12 weeks. Then off to Camp Pendleton for four weeks of infantry training. Then back to MCRD for field operators course.

Vic mostly learned about field radios (prc 25) and backpack or jeep-mounted radios. He was then sent to 9th Communications Battalion, 5th Marine Expeditionary

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Coulston Serves with Military Police in Vietnam

Spends time as “tunnel rat”

by Denise Felderman

Ron Coulston went into the service in 1968. He was 17 years old. He was attached to the military police and led convoys into North Vietnam with a V100 tank on solid rubber wheels. This was his job for about 2.5 months. He could have left Vietnam as he was offered the opportunity to go to Washington D.C. as a police officer,

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Carl Carder Retires from Navy Along with Battalion 15

Farewell shipmate, going ashore

The time orderly was ordered to strike two bells and announce:

“Boatswain, stand by to pipe the side, Shipmate going Ashore, Fair Winds and Following Seas.”

Thus began the time honored tradition of Gallatin resident Carl Carder’s military retirement.

Master Chief (Seabee Combat warfare) Carl A. Carder, United States Naval Reserves, retired after 32 years in the military during a service held July 19 at Camp

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial “Moving Wall” to Visit Gallatin

The Frank Frazier VFW Post 2172 is sponsoring a visit from “The Moving Wall” at Dockery Park in Gallatin during August 21– 25. The half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, has been touring the country for almost 30 years.

A few Vietnam veterans who attended the 1982 dedication in Washington felt the positive power of “The Wall” and vowed to share that experience with those who

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Let’s Get Cooking: Gina Roberts Wins Blue Ribbon

Kidder home cook Gina Roberts has been awarded a blue ribbon at Just A Pinch Recipes, a recipe and coupon social network for home cooks at www.justapinch.com. Roberts’ Marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin was named a blue ribbon winner by Just A Pinch Food Editor Janet Tharpe.

“I served this pork loin at my mom’s retirement party a couple of years ago and the guests were getting seconds and thirds and

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