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Charles “Chuck” Marietta of College Station served in a naval fighter/bomber squadron during the Korean war. Because of the recent negotiations with North Korea and the return of the remains of Americans lost in Korea, he is hopeful that one of the bodies recovered will be a squadron member …

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There is a group of veterans that meets for breakfast at Denny’s each Monday at 7:30 am. To qualify for joining this breakfast group which is called “Been Shot At” or BSA, you need to have been shot at in a combat situation. Almost the entire group is made up of pilots and most from the Kore…

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In 1949, Robert S. “Bob” Halliwell of rural Brazos County joined the National Guard to earn extra funds to attend college. In June 1950, the war in Korea began and Halliwell’s unit, the 300th Armored Field Artillery Battalion of the Wyoming National Guard, was nationalized. In February 1951,…

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Bill Scasta, a resident of the Wheelock Community on the OSR side of Brazos County, was one of the first servicemen sent to the Far East after the Korean War started.

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John J. “Jack” Millender is one of bluest of blue-blood Aggies. The 1952 graduate of A&M is part of a fourth generation Aggie family that first enrolled at A&M in 1908, with his last grandson who graduated in 2004. That is almost 100 years of A&M and involvement in the Corps of Cadets.

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William J. “Bill” Clark of College Station is a U.S. veteran who served in two wars and two branches of the military. He was a Marine private in World War II and an Air Force lieutenant during the Korean War. When asked about the difference for him, he stated, “Being an officer is better tha…

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The helicopter is now a staple of the American military, but its first effective use by the military began in the Korean War. James H. “Jim” Biehn of College Station, was one of the pilots of those early-day helicopters during the Korean War.

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On December 8, 1941, Duke L. Hobbs, now of College Station, was a junior at Pecos, Texas high school when classes were dismissed so everyone could gather in assembly and listen to President Roosevelt’s speech to Congress.Hobbs knew he would participate, probably as s soldier, but he had no i…

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There are a lot of people who claim to be patriotic, but nobody could be more patriotic than Hazel Von Roeder of Bryan. “I wear something patriotic everyday, even if it is just a bracelet,” she said.Hazel was born in 1921 as Hazel Royder in Wellborn, Texas, where she attended elementary scho…

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If you are ever asked the question “What pilot was credited with shooting down the last Japanese Zero in World War II?” the correct answer would be Foster L. Thompson of Leona. Thompson was a Marine fighter pilot flying the Corsair F4U over Okinawa when the last Zero was shot down. A fighter…

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Most of us have driven west on Highway 21, through Caldwell, and noticed sculptures near a home on the road. Others have passed the large artwork on Texas Avenue at Eastgate across from the A&M campus. Probably most of us have wondered about the artist or the inspiration for the art scul…

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In 1938 Robert “Bob” Richardson of the Easterly communityin Robertson County joined the Army’s horse cavalry because “I hated to walk.” He remained in the horse cavalry until he was discharged in 1941.“I got a job as a derrick man on an oil rig outside of Odessa. Then on December 7, 1941 aft…

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Some boys grow up wanting to be doctors, lawyers, fighters or police officers. Jack W. Upham of College Station was one of those who was able to become what he always wanted to be - a professional soldier.

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Luther Earl Boldger of the Lyons Community of Burleson County is a veteran of the Korean War. As a 17-year-old volunteer in the Navy, he had no idea that his becoming a veteran would allow him to serve other veterans as his life’s work. But, it did.

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