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To Normandy and back: A Soldier’s perspective

June 11, 2014 — Editor’s note: Soldiers withthe 1st Infantry Division are taking part in ceremonial events June 4 to 7 in conjunctionwith the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France. They are setto participate in various ceremonies highlighting the historic World War IIbattle. Sgt. 1st Class Abram Pinnington is a public affairs noncommissioned MORE
Soldiers of the 1st Inf. Div. begin loading into a C-130 as they depart the British Brize Norton Royal Air Force Base June 2 in Oxford, England. The Soldiers flew the final leg of their five-flight journey to France to help commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day landings in Normandy, France. The 1st Inf. Div. Soldiers will participate in more than 20 ceremonies celebrating the sacrifices made that day in 1944.

D-Day vet remembers 1st moments on Omaha Beach

June 11, 2014 — On a Navy ship off the coastof France, all Homer Farley could do was think about his family. This was familyhe wrote letters to – letters he said he hoped would never be read. Homer was ashort time away from one of the most trying times of his life and a beach wherethe lives of many changed. The call was given to boardthe landing craft, and men MORE
Homer Farley, former 1st Inf. Div. Soldier who stormed Omaha Beach, holds his 1st Inf. Div. commander’s coin October 2013 in Washington.

Anticipation builds as ‘Big Red One’ arrives in France for commemoration

June 11, 2014 — NORMANDY, France – A foot tapsfeverishly. Eyes wonder in every direction. Suddenly, the screech of aircraft tireshitting the ground pierces the roaring calm. As the aircraft comes to ahalt, Soldiers begin gathering their gear and stepping foot onto foreign soil.Their presence is not for conflict, but to honor those who stepped foot on the samesoil MORE
D-Day landing in Normandy, France.

Vet can still feel sting in his feet on cold Kansas nights

June 11, 2014 — Jim Sharp was trying to makethe 30-inch deep, three-feet-wide depression they called a foxhole bigger, ashe and his battle buddy heard an artillery round coming their way. There was noway the two of them could fit together, so they started improvising and placedtheir combat packs on the outside. One had to stay crouched lowon guard duty, while the MORE
Jim Sharp, Manhattan, Kan., poses with memorabilia he kept during his time serving in WWII and after during special duty as a sergeant of the guard for the Nuremburg War Crimes trials.

‘BRO’ Vietnam vet’s service begins in WWII battle

June 11, 2014 — Several weeks after theNormandy invasion, a young platoon sergeant from St. Paul, Minnesota, wasreadying his Soldiers in Nancy, France, for what was to come next. “We were on the water when Normandybegan,” said James A. (Jacque) Michienzi. “When we got to England, they moved usout to France, where we began to prepare.” Michienzi, who would later MORE
James A. “Jacque” Michienzi stands to be recognized by fellow 1st Inf. Div. Soldiers during the 95th annual Officers of the 1st Inf. Div. dinner April 26 in Alexandria, Va.

Soldier restores artwork, 1 ‘monumental’ piece at a time

June 11, 2014 — The last thing 88-year old andformer Sgt. Harry Ettlinger said he thought he would be doing in his twilight yearswas jet setting around the world attending movie premieres with Hollywood starslike George Clooney, Bill Murray and Matt Damon. Yet there he stood, centerstage, in Berlin, Milan and London, helping promote a movie based off authorRobert MORE
Harry Ettlinger, the last survivor of a squad of soldiers who inspired the movie “The Monuments Men,” center, is joined by actor George Clooney, left, and producer/writer Grant Heslov, right, at the premiere of the movie in early 2014.

JC native thwarted Nazi efforts despite being POW

June 11, 2014 — For years, Bill Stahldidn’t share much about his experiences in World War II. “I don’t think I knew hehad been a prisoner of war at that time,” said Stahl’s wife of 52 years, MaryLou. “For years after we were married, he would not talk about it.” The Junction City native’s familymembers said it was only in the last 15 years he has opened up about MORE
Junction City native Bill Stahl poses March 31 with a photo of himself taken during his Army years.

Farmers cultivate generation of leaders, service members

June 11, 2014 — In the nation’s heartland, ina small rural town known as Tribune, Kansas, one man’s story of fortitude andselfless service inspired an entire generation to follow in his footsteps. Capt. Casey Wolfe,commander, Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard, 1st Infantry Division,credits his grandfather for his family members’ ambition to join the U.S. MORE
Capt. Casey Wolfe, commander, CGMCG, holds a Bible and dogtags that belonged to his grandfather, Staff Sgt. Thomas Dittmer.

BEYOND THE GATES - Whoa, Nelly! Mosey up to Marysville

June 10, 2014 — Editor’s note: This is amonthly commentary column by staff writer Julie Fiedler called, Beyond theGates. In Beyond the Gates, Julie helps Soldiers, family members, civilians andretirees discover Kansas by highlighting local destinations, fun and easy daytrips, as well as quirky Kansas attractions. Marysville is a charming littleKansas town located MORE
Pony Express statue, Marysville, KS.