Serving Veterans

Neighbors: Gold Star Weekend offers healing and comfort

By Ann Butler Neighbors Columnist Despite the tragic death of Littleton resident Dutch Vandegrift, who was killed in a car crash, the Gold Star Parents Weekend held for the first time in Durango...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Neighbors

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Durango salutes its veterans

La Plata County residents lined Main Avenue on Wednesday morning to honor military veterans on Veteran Day. A short parade included veterans organizations, color guards, bands, Boy Scouts and more....

DATE: Nov. 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Caring for Old Glory

For David Fields, it’s a reminder of his daughter, who is serving our country as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot. At funerals, Cmdr. Steve White makes sure it is folded correctly for presentation to...

DATE: July 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Veterans group gets pot donation

A Durango veterans’ group received a surprising donation Wednesday in its bid to raise money for a new van – a quarter-ounce of Colorado-grown marijuana. Bob Collette was pounding the pavement...

DATE: June 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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‘My peers were calling me baby-killer’

At 23, former combat engineer and 1st Lt. George Usinowicz led a platoon of 35 men, who were explosives experts, in some of the more dangerous situations in the war – clearing tunnels, defusing...

DATE: May 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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‘It leaves you, but it never leaves you’

Former Army Capt. Joseph Perino’s recollections center on the people he knew there: “You see Charlie Brown, I’ll never forget him, the night we were getting ready to go on a mission, and he, a...

DATE: May 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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‘Many, many people were happy it was over’

Former Army 1st Lt. John Malarsie enlisted to become a helicopter pilot after finishing his student teaching at Miller Junior High School. Instead, he found himself one of hundreds of first...

DATE: May 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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‘Shock and awfulness’

By the time Saigon fell to North Vietnamese troops and the American embassy scrambled to evacuate the remaining Americans and as many Vietnamese from the South as they could in 1975, most Americans...

DATE: May 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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‘You hated to abandon these people’

Electronics technician Fred Riedinger III served aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Half Moon, which had the mission of interdicting arms shipments to the Viet Cong from the Mekong Delta to Cambodia;...

DATE: May 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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‘Why?’ ‘Was this all in vain?’

“I always say memories of Vietnam are some of the happiest times of my life and some of the saddest. We arrived in Quin Nhon ... and I really had no idea how it was going to be ... we disembarked...

DATE: May 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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People increasingly disconnected with War on Terror

When was the last time you had a conversation about the war in Afghanistan? Or studied or discussed the complex issues in the Middle East that have led both to the Arab Spring and the rise of the...

DATE: April 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News