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Too young to know the danger, Key started out with Merchant Marines

In these grim days a seaman’s work is no fishing trip, no Sunday picnic, no moonlight excursion with soft music. It’s not a job for chicken-hearted fellows. It’s for men with guts and good red blood. It’s hard work with danger in it,” states a narrator in a 1943 United States War Shipping Administration recruitment film. Now, 88-year-old multi-service veteran, Sherman Travis Key, will tell you that he agrees with that sentiment, even if he didn’t know those facts as a teen recruit in the Merchant Marines.

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Friday 11/09/2018
Charles Weeks knew early he wanted to serve
Posted: November 09, 2018

Charles Weeks decided he wanted to join the Navy before he was old enough to enlist himself. After trying for months to convince his father to approve his enlistment at 17, Weeks started his journey around the world.

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Donald Vosel served multi-branch career
Posted: November 09, 2018

The year 1952 was pivotal in the life of Donald Vosel.

The Bridgeville, Penn., native married his high school sweetheart in January, graduated from Penn State in June and was drafted into the Army in September.

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VA study on cholesterol genetics could lead to new treatments
Posted: November 09, 2018

In the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ drive to help improve lives of veterans through health care discovery and innovation, a team led by VA researchers recently identified three genetic mutations that govern cholesterol levels, which could lead to the development of new drugs to treat cardiovascular disease and diabetes. 

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VFW donates to Lady Cats basketball
Posted: November 09, 2018

The John Wiley Brock VFW Post 6683 of Enterprise decided to help out the Enterprise High School girls’ basketball team recently with a donation.

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Dale County soldiers among WWI Gold Star awardees
Updated: November 09, 2018 - 1:53 pm

George Malcolm Sansbury was 15 years old when he enlisted in the United States Army.

The Daleville teen lied about his age to enlist in the military one month before the United States declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917.

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Thursday 11/08/2018
Community thanks area veterans
Posted: November 08, 2018

• Col. Ralph Aaron - Army

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Heneveld’s stories from Vietnam
Posted: November 08, 2018

U.S. Army Capt. (Ret.) George Heneveld looks at the wall of his office—or his “man cave” as he calls it—filled with corvettes and memories from his days as a pilot for the 25th Aviation Battalion, where he piloted C-Model Hueys and AH-1 Cobras.

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‘You only lose if you choose to quit’
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 11:57 am

“I’m what most Southerners would refer to as a D*** Yankee,” said Army CW4 (Ret.) James “Jim” Gillhouse. “I’m not from here, the military transported me here and I chose to stay.”

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VA celebrates National Family Caregivers Month
Posted: November 08, 2018

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is commemorating National Family Caregivers Month this November by honoring the service of 5.5 million family members and friends who have dedicated their lives to providing much-needed care for chronically ill, injured or disabled veterans.

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Family’s prayers saved Scott more than once
Updated: June 27, 2018 - 8:29 am

“You can see stuff on TV but you can't relate until you get down in that hole in Vietnam and (you see) people get killed. People got killed.”

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Air Force vets ‘aim high’ towards second careers
Updated: June 27, 2018 - 8:29 am

Neither Kim nor Kevin Owens planned to go through most of their respective military careers married to each other—but that’s what happened.

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Patriots tied together through military service
Updated: June 27, 2018 - 8:28 am

Hope and Jerry Lucas’ paths were seemingly destined to cross. From matching moles on their wrists, to March birthdays they had much in common from the start. If life was a puzzle they were the pieces. What brought them together, after knowing their story, seems like more than coincidence.

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Military career brought Johnson around the world
Updated: June 27, 2018 - 8:29 am

Scotty Johnson served in the United States Army for 38 years, working in communications, safety and as a pilot. He said he couldn’t imagine his life without the military.

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2017 Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshalls announced
Posted: November 08, 2017

Chief Warrant Officer Tammy Richmond and former Staff Sgt. Sam O’Neal Boswell have been named the Grand Marshalls for the 2017 Veterans Day Parade to be held Thursday, Nov. 9.

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Gieselmann shares story at EHS Quarterback Club
Updated: June 27, 2018 - 8:28 am

“I don’t consider myself a hero, I’m just a patriot.”

That is how Lance Gieselmann described himself to those attending a recent Enterprise High School Quarterback Club meeting.

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