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Veterans get service on wheels

Michael W. Focke, readjustment counseling technician, made a brief unannounced stop in Gallatin last Friday with the Mobile Vet Centers (MVCs) of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The mobile vet centers provide readjustment counseling and information resources to veterans across the country.

Like community-based vet centers, mobile vet centers focus on services that help veterans make the difficult transition between military and civilian life. The motorized vehicles — resembling super-sized

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There will be rivers to cross

Lawrence (L.D.) Jefferson

Lawrence (L.D.) Jefferson sailed out of New York City on his 21st birthday, May 30, with about 20,000 other service men aboard the Queen Elizabeth.

They landed in Scotland on D-Day, June 7, 1944. They took a train to England and got their equipment ready to go over. They went by way of Portsmouth, England, across the English Channel to Utah Beach in France in late July.

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DAR rededicates Vietnam plaque

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Pictured are veterans along with members of the DAR: Elizabeth Plotner, Robert Nelson – pastor of the Lake Viking Church, gave the invocation, David Allen, Ron Herring, John Tarwater, Gary Jones, Victor Dill, Jerry Ferguson, John Reigenborn, Steven Booth, Randy Sims, Markay August, Jim Aschbrenner, Gina Dixon, Ray Clevenger, Mary Beth Pittsenbarger, Mary Lee Froman-Ellis, Carl Carder, Robert Smith.

The Gallatin Daughters of the American Revolution rededicated a plaque honoring

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Vietnam plaque rededicated

The Gallatin DAR along with veterans of the Vietnam War rededicated the plaque commemorating those that served and died in the Vietnam war on Nov. 11. The plaque is located in the lobby of the Daviess County Courthouse. Carl Carter represented the county commissioners.

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Good Thinking: Hail to the veterans

by Dr. Don Kuehle

Ever heard of Armistice Day? Veterans Day? “Armistice” refers to a cessation of war, a temporary peace, a truce between enemies. A “veteran” is an old soldier, a seasoned fighter from some former war.

On June 4, 1929, at the end of World War I, the U.S. Congress passed the following legislation:

“WHEREAS the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary,

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Jim Edwards takes Honor Flight trip

honor-guard-jim-edwards-and-the-pilot-jarod-williamsWhen Jim Edwards of Jamesport and 55 other veterans aboard Honor Flight arrived in Washington, D.C., they were met by a crowd of people who applauded, shook their hands, and thanked them for their service.

“It was pretty emotional,” Jim said. “It was a long day and exhausting — but well worth it.”

The group had to be at the airport by 4 a.m. for the American Airlines flight. They

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Owen to command Fleet Readiness Center Southwest

soldier owen commandCapt. Craig Owen is scheduled to relieve Capt. Timothy Pfannenstein as commanding officer of Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) on Aug. 11. The change of command ceremony will be held adjacent to Building 325 at 10 a.m.

Owen, a native of Jamesport, previously served as the command’s executive officer. Pfannenstein, from St. Cloud, Minn., assumed command of FRCSW on Aug. 8, 2014.

FRCSW provides comprehensive, quality support to the nation’s

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Memorial Day services at Lyle

Gallatin VFW Post 2172 will hold Memorial Day services at 10 a.m. at Lyle Cemetery in Gallatin and at 1 p.m. at the Masonic Cemetery in Jamesport on May 30. The ceremony will include rifle salute and taps.

Members of the VFW will be at Brown Cemetery on Saturday and Sunday, May 28-29, to take donations for the city and pass out flags.

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Search for owner of Purple Heart 

Wayne Kleinschmidt, Veterans Service Officer with the Veterans of Foreign Wars out of Trenton, is searching for the family of Harley L. Garrison Jr.

His father was: Harley D. Garrison Sr. His mother was Frances Hughes Garrison. His Aunt is Lela Hughes. Harley D. Garrison was born in Dawn, Missouri.

Mr. Kleinschmidt has a purple heart that belonged to Harley Jr. as well as military separation paperwork that belongs to

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