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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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Eighty-Four-Year-Old Writes Biography, Gift to Family

The History of Margaret Jean (Truitt) Ferguson by the Daviess County native has been published by the Gallatin Publishing Company.

Set in Daviess County, it is narrated from the present day, referring back to events that span the twentieth century. It includes a personal history within a family history within a regional history.

Margaret’s family, the Scotts and Hamptons, settled in Madalene, while the Truitts and Gilreaths settled in Winston.

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Walk/Run to Benefit Malaria Patients

TRENTON, MO — Dockery Chapel United Methodist Church and Hatton Chapel United Methodist Church are joining forces to host a 5K Fun Run/Walk to benefit the Imagine No More Malaria campaign. The event will be held July 12 at Eastside Park; 7:00 a.m. registration and 7:40 start time. Adults’ participation fee is $25, $15 for age 15 and under. T-shirts will be given to any who register early by calling

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Road Trip — It’s the Company, Not the Journey

For Scott Critten it’s not the sights to see along the way, not the journey, not the destination, it’s the friends who care enough to go with him.

On his birthday, April 26, two of his three girls came down the driveway of his rural home on Hwy. O, honking the horn to get Scott up “way too early.” It would begin a day without road blocks or barriers to

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