Kentuckians at War


Fri June 12, 2015
Kentuckians at War

Vietnam Veterans Tribute Wall Coming to Kentucky Horse Park


The Kentucky Horse Park will be home to the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall for five days in July.   Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Heather French-Henry says the wall is a 300 foot long replica of the memorial in Washington."People who may not have the opportunity to travel to D.C. to the Vietnam Memorial can do so at one of these walls and get the same rubbing of the names,” said French-Henry. “And I think that's extremely important."

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Mon March 30, 2015
Kentuckians at War

Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Are Being Honored This Week


Kentuckians are being asked to recognize Vietnam Veterans this week.  Governor Beshear proclaimed Monday Vietnam Veterans Day across the Commonwealth.  Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Heather French Henry says she's the daughter of a disabled Vietnam Veteran.  She says the widespread negative attitude toward soldiers returning from Vietnam was felt by her father and many others.  "And it affected him and it affects him still today," said Henry.  "Not in as much a way as it did, let's say when I was 15, and he was still having difficulty in transitioning back into socie

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Mon December 22, 2014
Kentuckians at War

Military Mission Expands Christmas Program with ‘Buddy Boxes’

Military Missions' Larry Neuzel
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

A Lexington based organization is expanding its care package program for military servicemen and women.  Military Missions is sending additional holiday boxes to military members stationed overseas who are not signed up to receive them.

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Sun May 25, 2014
Kentuckians at War

Military Veterans Share Insights and Memories for Memorial Day 2014


War-related deaths are rarely forgotten.  For many people, Memorial Day weekend remains a time to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in military service.  Tom Baker, Chair of the Bluegrass Military Affairs Coalition, has just such a memory.  “I had a good friend, from the earlier time I can remember, Walter Anderson.  He joined the Army out of high school and in his first week in Vietnam, the convoy he was in was ambushed and he was blown up by a mine and lost his life,” said Baker.


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Sat January 25, 2014
Kentuckians at War

New Honor Flight Program for Vets in Kentucky & Tennessee

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new Honor Flight program has been set up to serve veterans in north-central Tennessee and south-central Kentucky.

Michael Flood, a 101st Airborne Division veteran, told The Leaf-Chronicle that he decided to start the Screaming Eagle Honor Flight after the nearby Music City Honor Flight in Nashville ceased operating last year.

Flood said he is currently seeking volunteers, donations and other support for his operation in Clarksville, Tenn.

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Mon July 22, 2013
Kentuckians at War

McConnell Blasts White House For Mismanaging Veteran Claims

Credit Jeff Kubina / Flickr, Creative Commons

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says a backlog of disability claims handled by the Veterans Affairs Department is a "national disgrace."

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Mon May 20, 2013
Kentuckians at War

Flight taking veterans to DC Memorials

Credit Nathan Morgan/The Daily News

A flight carrying 71 Tristate veterans and their escorts departs at 8 am. Tuesday from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport to Washington to see visit national memorials. Honor Flight Tri-State is a nonprofit organization that flies World War II and Korean War veterans to their memorials in Washington at no cost. The flight returns at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday.  Read more...

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Mon May 13, 2013
Kentuckians at War

Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame Started

A new Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame will honor people who came back and made a positive impact on their community. Organizers of the private Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc., are planning to select a first-ever class of up to 20 inductees in November. Nominations are being sought.


Fri April 5, 2013
Kentuckians at War

Volunteers again gather at Kentucky Battlefields

Credit Kentucky State Parks

Thousands of volunteers gather this weekend for a clean-up at America’s Civil War battlefields.  From Maryland to California, they’ll clear away winter-time debris and make the parks ready for summertime visitors.  At the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, organizer Joan House says they’ll work on 500-acres of battlefield just acquired for the site.

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Mon November 26, 2012
Kentuckians at War

Holiday Send Off for Military Missions

A Lexington based organization that supports military personnel serving overseas is expanding its program.   For several years, Military Missions has shipped care-packages to soldiers.  This holiday season, the organization has launched an ‘Adopt-A-Hero’ program.  Military Missions Volunteer Larry Neuzel says donors can send items to specific service men and women.   “We have some in Kuwait.  I saw one the other day from Korea, so anybody that’s overseas that have gone to our website and we have a place on there where you can add a hero.  We do this all year long, not just at Christmas time.

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Mon October 8, 2012
Kentuckians at War

Mass Grave offers Battlefield's Best Vista

Perryville cemetery as seen in 1926 postcard. In describing the battle, preservationist Joan House stood near this point.
The Friends of Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site

In hindsight, we know the Battle of Perryville permanently removed Kentucky from the Confederacy.  But, it was a Southern victory and, at the time, the issue was in doubt. 

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Wed August 29, 2012
Kentuckians at War

Team to Examine Military Health Challenges

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday announced that a team of Kentuckians will work to find better ways to help military service members, veterans and their families with substance abuse and mental health challenges. “When those who have sacrificed so much already need help with substance abuse or mental health issues, we have to be ready with resources to support them as they heal,” Beshear said in a statement released by his office. “The team is expected to develop recommendations on how best to make that help available for the military and veteran families who need it."

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Mon August 27, 2012
Kentuckians at War

US Constitution as a Weapon of War

Kentucky this week marks a major milestone at one of its historic sites. Over the weekend, the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Richmond was commemorated.  Joining in Kentucky’s Civil War commemoration was Pulitzer prize winning author Mark Neely.   Neely, who spoke last week at Eastern Kentucky University, won the prize in 1991 for his history, The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties.  Neely told WEKU’s John Hingsbergen that the US Constitution helped the Union with the war.

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Wed August 22, 2012
Kentuckians at War

Hammadi Pleads Guilty to Terror Charges

In an unexpected development, an Iraqi refugee pleaded guilty in federal court in Louisville to terrorism-related charges.Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 24, of Bowling Green, pleaded guilty to five counts of attempting to provide material support and resources to terrorists, four counts of attempting to provide material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization, two counts of making false statements on an immigration form and conspiracy to possess, receive, transfer and export surface-to-air missile launcher systems.


Mon August 20, 2012
Kentuckians at War

200 Kentucky Soldiers Return from Iraq

The 1204th Returns: Members of the Kentucky Army National Guard return home.
Kentucky Enquirer

More than 200 National Guard soldiers were reunited with their families after a year apart at a welcome-home ceremony on Saturday afternoon at Home of the Freedom ball park in Florence. The 1204th Aviation Support Battalion, based in Independence, was the last Kentucky unit to leave Iraq as U.S. troops were withdrawn in December. The soldiers were then sent to Kuwait, where they provided maintenance, logistics and communications support.


Thu May 17, 2012
Kentuckians at War

Community honors soldier killed in Afghanistan

Charles Bertram Lexington Herald Leader

Mourners saluted at the funeral for Army Pfc. Dustin Gross held at the Montgomery County High School Thursday. Gross was killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan last week after being in the country just about six weeks.

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Thu May 10, 2012
Kentuckians at War

Marching Band of Brothers

24th Army Division Band performing in the Ernie Pyle Building on October 24 1952 in Tokyo, Japan.

The Japanese government surrendered to Allied forces in 1945, but World War Two came to an official end in April, 1952, when a peace treaty went into effect.  Witnessing the declaration of peace, 60 years ago, were members of the 24th Infantry Division Band.  The American soldiers were in Japan on occupation duty.

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Mon April 23, 2012
Kentuckians at War

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Coming to E-K-U

Relatives of Kentuckians who died in Vietnam are being urged to submit photos and other remembrances of their loved ones to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.   Eastern Kentucky University later this week hosts a touring version of the Vietnam Memorial.  Lee Allen with the Memorial Fund says his organization launched a national campaign to get photos of all those people named on the wall.   Of the one thousand 58 Kentuckians who died during the Vietnam War, Allen says 625 pictures are still being sought.

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Fri March 2, 2012
Kentuckians at War

US Defense Secretary says Sacrifices Necessary

Devin Katayama Kentucky Public Radio

The U.S. Secretary of Defense says the country has made a turning point in its military history, including a new defense strategy with $487 billion of spending cuts; but he says it’ll take more sacrifice to maintain the U.S. position as a global leader. Panetta addressed an audience over 1,000 at the University of Louisville’s Papa John Stadium Thursday night. This was the first visit from a sitting Defense Secretary to U of L’s McConnell Center for Political Leadership lecture series.

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Mon February 27, 2012
Kentuckians at War

New Military Financial Manual Out

Managing personal finances can present unique challenges… especially to military families.  Kentucky’s Department of Financial Institutions is offering a revised ‘Financial Field Manual’ to those families.  State spokeswoman Kelly May says it’s meant to help military families steer clear of scams.

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Fri February 17, 2012
Kentuckians at War

U of L Targets National Guard Soldiers

The University of Louisville is trying to encourage members of Kentucky’s National Guard to take advantage of the school’s programs. U of L signed a memorandum of understanding with Kentucky’s National Guard Friday that’ll increase the university’s effort in offering programs and services that could benefit soldiers, said Renee Finnegan, executive director of military initiatives for U of L.

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Wed January 25, 2012
Kentuckians at War

Three Fort Campbell Soldiers Honored

Sgt. Shaun Chandler (right), of Tallulah, La., received the Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device from Col. Valery Keaveny Jr. along with two other soldiers at a Fort Campbell ceremony on Monday. All three men earned the award for bravery under fire
David Snow/The Eagle Post

Three members of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) 4th Brigade Combat Team (Currahees) were honored Monday for bravery under fire in Afghanistan last June. Their citations were pinned on them by Col. Valery C. Keaveny Jr., the commander of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 506th Infantry Regiment.


Wed January 4, 2012
Kentuckians at War

National Guard Unit Readies for Deployment

Rob Foushee smiles at his son, Ben, 2, as he and other soldiers who are being deployed to Afghanistan stand at a farewell ceremony at the Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church Tuesday afternoon.
Tricia Spaulding/The State-Journal

Although the U.S. is withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, the war is not over for more than 60 members of the Kentucky National Guard in Frankfort. They were honored in a farewell ceremony Tuesday as they prepare to go to Afghanistan in the next several weeks. The members – officially Agribusiness Development Team 4 – will focus on teaching Afghanis how to be agriculturally self-sufficient in a war-ravaged nation.


Mon January 2, 2012
Kentuckians at War

Veterans Salute Those Laid to Rest

When 21-year Army veteran Floyd E. Douglas was laid to rest at Mill Springs National Cemetery in Pulaski County last month, 17 men and women, all veterans wearing the uniforms of the various military services, were there to render full military honors. They saluted the casket. They fired the traditional 21-volley rifle salute. They carefully removed the American flag from the casket, folded it in the prescribed manner, and presented it to the Douglas family, along with the shell casings from the salute. Finally, they completed the service with an emotional playing of taps.


Wed December 21, 2011
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Kentucky Soldier One of the Last to Leave

A soldier with Kentucky and southern Ohio roots was in one of the last units to leave Iraq over the weekend. According to family members, U.S. Army PFC Codie Breeze, a 2009 graduate of Bracken County High School, was on one of the last convoys of American soldiers to leave Iraq.  Breeze is with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Delta Co. 2 Battalion 5 Cavalry Regiment from Fort Hood, Texas.

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Fri December 16, 2011
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Veterans React to End of Iraq War

The U.S. this week closed a chapter in its War on Terror, officially ending its mission in Iraq after nearly nine years of combat. The pullout of U.S. troops from the embattled country drew mixed opinions among Hardin County veterans, some of whom have been directly affected by the conflict. Ronnie Thompson Jr., an Elizabethtown resident who was injured in late 2004 when an IED struck his Humvee, had his military career end after the roadside bomb put him on a challenging road to rehabilitation. On Thursday, Thompson said he feels the close of the Iraq War is long overdue and it is time to trust that the Iraqi government can rise up and take care of its own without falling prey to insurgent forces.


Thu December 15, 2011
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Medal of Honor Recipient’s Actions Questioned

An investigation by the McClatchy news organization casts some doubts on the official account of Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer’s actions. Meyer, a Kentuckian, received the medal for actions in Afghanistan in 2009. The official account of the Marine’s story describes how he ran into enemy fire to retrieve his fallen colleagues and Afghan fighters. It tells of him leaping from his vehicle’s gun turret and killing at least eight insurgents.

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Thu December 15, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: 'Marines Promoted Inflated Story For Medal Of Honor Recipient'

Originally published on Thu December 15, 2011 6:10 pm

President Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

"Crucial parts" of the story that Marine Corps officials told about Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer's bravery in Afghanistan are "untrue, unsubstantiated or exaggerated, according to dozens of military documents" that McClatchy Newspapers has examined and reporting done by a McClatchy correspondent who survived the ambush in which Meyer performed heroically.

In a long report based on extensive research, correspondent Jonathan S. Landay writes that:

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Mon December 12, 2011
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State Rep. Seeks Change in Medal Qualifications

There is a picture Tom Hunter likes to look at of his son. The little boy is 3 years old, with platinum blond hair and Mickey Mouse house shoes. This photo, Tom Hunter says, is Jimmy, before he was Staff Sgt. James Hunter, decorated Army journalist, casualty of war. “I think this shows his personality, even then,” Tom Hunter said, pointing to James Hunter’s small hand, slightly covering the right side of his face.


Sun December 11, 2011
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Training Prepares Soldiers for Combat Scenarios

“Rollover! Rollover!” was the refrain bursting forth from a simulated Humvee suspended in the air, slowly working its way beyond its tipping point to an upside down position. The voices cracking over the speakers embedded in the Humvee were those of the soldiers of the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command during a simulation in the Humvee Egress Assistance Trainer at Fort Knox.

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