Kentuckians at War

10:10am

Wed December 7, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Fifteen KY Pearl Harbor Survivors on 70th Anniversary

They witnessed history at Pearl Harbor, and lived to tell about it. Vaughn Drake, 93, of Lexington, and Frankfort's Herman Horn, 91, are among the area's last living Pearl Harbor survivors. Indeed, Drake is the last known survivor still living in Lexington. Statewide, only 15 survivors are still listed with the Kentucky Chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, according to chapter president Jon Toy of Mount Sterling. The chapter once had more than 100 members.

9:55am

Mon December 5, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Memories of Pearl Harbor Still Fresh 70 Years Later

On Wednesday, America will observe the 70th anniversary of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, which shocked the nation, crippled the U.S. fleet and thrust Americans into the middle of the biggest war in history. It remains a defining moment in history that affects us to this day. Meanwhile, the Kentucky Chapter of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association now lists just 15 attack survivors alive in the state, according to chapter president Jon Toy of Mount Sterling.

9:43am

Fri December 2, 2011
Kentuckians at War

WWII Veteran's Family Receives Medals for Service

Charles Lydian Sr. served three years as a general service engineer in World War II, building roads and supplying ammunition, regularly in a combat zone. Yet for all his service, Lydian’s children say he didn’t talk much about the war when he talked about his experience. This week, Mike Lydian accepted six medals on his father’s behalf, five-and-a-half months after Charles Lydian passed away at age 92.

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4:45pm

Tue November 29, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Veteran Awarded Purple Heart After 67 Years

An inch-long piece of shrapnel from a Japanese bomb or artillery shell fired 67 years ago led to a ceremony Monday for Master Sgt. Joe Schmidt, where he was finally awarded the Purple Heart -- and 13 other medals. Schmidt, who turns 90 on Jan. 1, was a spotter for his artillery unit on the Philippine Island of Leyte in October 1944 when he was wounded. “I was running back to my plane when it just came down and hit,” Schmidt recalled.

7:51pm

Fri November 25, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Consequences for Neck Tattoo

A tattoo on the neck could prevent someone from serving in the military, and a Kentucky lawmaker wants to make sure people know this when entering tattoo parlors. State Rep. Ron Crimm, R-Louisville, pre-filed a bill that would require tattoo parlors to post a sign reminding patrons of the military restrictions.

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12:38pm

Wed November 23, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Thankful to be Home and Safe

Millions of Kentuckians gather around the dinner table tomorrow to celebrate Thanksgiving. It can be an especially emotional time of year for military veterans. Kentucky Public Radio’s Brenna Angel talks with Lieutenant Colonel Shontelle Adams of the Kentucky National Guard’s 198th Military Police Battalion about what he’s thankful for.

10:12am

Mon November 21, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Fort Knox Reaches Out to Families Before Deployment

Preparing Fort Knox soldiers for a deployment to Afghanistan is serious business. The Army devotes considerable resources to training and preparation that it doesn't stop with the soldiers. Today, that also includes soldiers' families as they're told what to expect from a deployment.

10:11am

Mon November 21, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Brigade's Gift Brings Soldier, Father to Tears

Cpl. Donald Hole tests the seating on his motorcycle. The bike was gifted to Hole by the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
Benjamin Joubert Kentucky New Era

Standing alongside his new Harley Davidson motorcycle Friday, Cpl. Donald Hole wiped away tears as his fellow soldiers crowded in around him. Hole is a member of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, which returned from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan in April. In February, Hole’s daughter, Megan, 25, was murdered in Indiana. As Hole flew back to the states, his fellow soldiers pondered a gift for him. Spc. Joseph Catlin, who has been friends with Hole since 2009, said they collected money for flowers, but also wanted to give Hole something else.

9:58am

Fri November 18, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Over 50 Soldiers Welcomed Home as Redeployment Begins

Tears flowed down Spc. Jack McMillan’s face as he met his 8-week-old daughter, Kendall, for the first time Thursday afternoon. Overcome with emotion, he embraced his wife, Ashley, and his family who had traveled to Fort Knox to welcome him home after a year in Afghanistan. McMillan was one of more than 50 soldiers who returned as part of an advance party for the redeployment of the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division

10:21pm

Sun November 13, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Toyota Helps Veterans Find Jobs

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky President Wil James waited until 11 a.m. Friday to announce a new initiative to help armed forces personnel returning from service more quickly join the workforce at Toyota. His announcement came at almost at the same time as a 95-0 vote by the U.S. Senate to pass the "Vow to Hire Heroes Act," which provides businesses with tax incentives to hire veterans, and job training to help veterans returning from overseas.

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10:16pm

Sun November 13, 2011
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Young & Old Gather to Thank U.S. Troops

Vine Grove resident Wesley Betson, 4, waves American flags during the Hardin County Veterans Day celebration Satuday at Optimist Park in Vine Grove.
Amber Coulter The News-Enterprise

Elfren Padilla, a U.S. Army veteran, watched the Hardin County Veterans Day Parade on Saturday to support members of the Fort Knox Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps marching in it. “It’s a good reminder ... of all the people out there doing something so (youths) can have all the privileges and rights that they have,” he said. Padilla, a Radcliff resident who works with JROTC, said some, especially young people, tend to criticize things they consider wrong in the world and don’t do anything to resolve the problem.

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10:16pm

Sun November 13, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Young & Old Gather to Thank U.S. Troops

Vine Grove resident Wesley Betson, 4, waves American flags during the Hardin County Veterans Day celebration Satuday at Optimist Park in Vine Grove.
Amber Coulter The News-Enterprise

Elfren Padilla, a U.S. Army veteran, watched the Hardin County Veterans Day Parade on Saturday to support members of the Fort Knox Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps marching in it. “It’s a good reminder ... of all the people out there doing something so (youths) can have all the privileges and rights that they have,” he said. Padilla, a Radcliff resident who works with JROTC, said some, especially young people, tend to criticize things they consider wrong in the world and don’t do anything to resolve the problem.

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2:29pm

Fri November 11, 2011
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At Ease: EKU Leads National Celebration

Veterans at ease in front of Powell Student Center at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond.
Ron Smith WEKU News

Eastern Kentucky University was among more than 180 colleges and universities to observe the Remembrance Day National Roll Call. Starting early this morning, campus and community volunteers read the names of all the casualties of the conflicts.  

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10:36am

Fri November 11, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Museum to Honor Vets Planned for Georgetown

If a trio of men can realize their shared dream, Georgetown would be the home of a national museum to honor veterans from the Korean War and Vietnam to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. A Web site — Vmmky.org — was launched in late October to publicize and raise money for the National Veterans Memorial Museum. The museum would be "devoted to the history, service and memory of veterans of the United States armed forces," according to its incorporation papers. Its directors are Lexington resident Todd Strecker, Georgetown Mayor Everette Varney and Scott County Realtor Obey Wallen.

9:38am

Fri November 11, 2011
Kentuckians at War

A WEKU Veterans Day Special: 11-11-11

Phillip McKenzie is enrolled at the University of Kentucky where’s he’s studying business management.
Nunn Center, University of Kentucky

Veterans of America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are coming home.  Withdrawals are underway in both countries.  While the wars are winding down, their legacy will live on in America through their veterans.   Over the last ten years, an estimated two-point-three million Americans fought in those wars.  Today, we hear about their experience through the stories told by eight Kentuckians.

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1:00am

Fri November 11, 2011
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Flight Mechanic Carries "Fallen Angels" From Combat

Nunn Center, University of Kentucky

The adjustment to military life was relatively easy for Rebecca Stinsky.  Her mother, stepfather, and siblings all wore service uniforms.  Their experience encouraged her to join Navy junior ROTC in high school.  After graduation it was a natural progression to the Marines.  As an aviation mechanic Stinsky wanted to work on the ‘biggest, baddest helicopters the Corps had to offer.”  But Stinsky found out maintaining a military helicopter and filling in as a door gunner were two very different jobs.

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12:09pm

Wed November 9, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Soldiers, Families Earn Citizenship

Twenty-one soldiers and their family members became U.S. citizens following a ceremony held Monday at 101st Airborne Division Headquarters.
David Snow The Eagle Post

On Monday, 21 soldiers and their spouses became citizens of the United States in a naturalization ceremony held at the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) headquarters at Fort Campbell. Applicants came from a wide variety of countries, including Cuba, Somalia, Kenya, Cameroon, Haiti, Argentina, Russia, Canada, Germany, Egypt, Nigeria and The Philippines.

2:03pm

Tue November 8, 2011
Kentuckians at War

"11-11-11, a Veterans Day Special" on 88.9 WEKU

War stories as told by 9 student-veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are broadcast Friday on 88.9 WEKU. “11-11-11, A Veterans Day Special” offers stories told by veterans who now attend Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky.

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1:00am

Mon November 7, 2011
Kentuckians at War

"I Lost My Left Leg Below the Knee, Pretty Much Instantly"

Nunn Center, University of Kentucky

Jonathan Herst was the stereotypical big man on campus. He went to college on an athletic scholarship, and admits to spending a lot of time partying and chasing girls. But after getting his undergraduate degree in 2001, Herst felt something was missing in his life. He decided to do something, as he puts it, “for a bigger cause.” So he joined the Army and was eventually sent to Iraq. By 2005, Herst had survived many dangerous patrols without a scratch. But as his squad neared the end of one mission in 2005, Herst felt something bad was going to happen.

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4:26pm

Wed November 2, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Ft. Campbell Soldier Killed in Ambush

FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Campbell soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. According to the Department of Defense, Sgt. James M. Darrough, 38, of Austin, Texas, died Oct. 29, in Kabul province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 101st Finance Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell.

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1:37pm

Wed November 2, 2011
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National Guard Unit Returns Home

Louisville Public Media

A Kentucky National Guard Unit is back home after three months on duty in Iraq. Members of the 198th Military Police Battalion were welcomed back in a Wednesday morning ceremony at the Beuchel Army National Guard Armory in Louisville.

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10:09am

Wed November 2, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Returning Soldier Surprises Daughter

Railey Bostick ran as fast as her little legs would carry her when she spotted her father outside her school Tuesday afternoon. “Daddy!” the 3-year-old cried as she jumped into Pfc. Chase Bostwick’s awaiting arms. “I was so worried about you, Daddy,” the little girl said as she patted the back of his head underneath his Army cap. Chase told her he was worried about her, too, as he hugged her tighter. Aside from a brief emergency leave, Chase has not seen his daughter in about a year. He just returned from military duty in Afghanistan last month.

1:21pm

Tue November 1, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Marine Named Honorary Trooper

Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer of Kentucky, a Medal of Honor recipient, speaks at the Kentucky State Police headquarters Monday afternoon after receiving an honorary trooper certificate as Kentucky State Police troopers look on.
Tricia Spaulding Frankfort State Journal

Sgt. Dakota Meyer, the first living Marine to receive the Medal of Honor in nearly 40 years, has gotten used to the attention brought by his military honors. Instead of setting up interviews with different media outlets after he was named an honorary Kentucky State Police trooper at KSP headquarters Monday, the 23-year-old veteran asked to field reporters’ questions en masse from a podium. He is credited with saving the lives of 13 U.S. soldiers and 23 Afghan soldiers under heavy insurgent fire in northeastern Afghanistan’s Ganjgal valley in 2009.

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12:00am

Mon October 31, 2011
Kentuckians at War

"It was like mob mentality now, so you can’t just fire at someone who’s unarmed."

Former US Marine MP and Kentucky college student Noah Melgar.
Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Marines are trained to fight proficiently with deadly weapons.  But when an unarmed mob in Iraq turned violent, such weapons were literally overkill.  Kentuckian Noah Melgar found himself in just such a situation.   As a military policeman with the Marines, Melgar had to fight hand-to-hand.

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3:10pm

Wed October 26, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Congress Votes to Honor First Black Marines

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., voted to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the the nation’s first African-American members of the United States Marine Corps, which includes six Louisville residents. The Montford Point Marines broke the color line in 1941, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order desegregating the Marine Corps, which was the last branch of the military to do so. At the time, more than 19,000 black marines trained at Camp Montford Point in Jacksonville, North Carolina between 1942 and 1949.

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2:01pm

Tue October 25, 2011
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Kentucky Military Museum Reopens Nov. 11

FRANKFORT — A renovated Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal will reopen to the public with a ceremony at 2 p.m. EST on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11. The museum at 125 East Main St. in downtown Frankfort is operated by the Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs.

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2:00am

Mon October 24, 2011
Kentuckians at War

"You Become a Real Connoisseur of Eyeballs and Ankles"

52 year-old Rocco Pepe has had numerous military deployments. Too many campaigns, he says, to name.  His 20 year career with the Marines began in 1976, followed by several years in the Air National Guard.  Today Pepe’s an officer with the Georgetown/ Scott County Emergency Management Agency.  He boasts about seeing 35 percent of the world without paying a penny for transportation.  The veteran grew up in Paterson, New Jersey, in sight of the New York City skyline. Despite the cosmopolitan surroundings and his military travels, the veteran is not immune to culture shock, abroad, and in the U-S…

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9:57am

Thu October 20, 2011
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Vets Museum Proposed for Georgetown

Georgetown has been selected for a multimillion-dollar National Veterans Memorial Museum to be located on a 2,000-acre site to be secured sometime in the next year. "If you draw a 500-mile circle around Georgetown, you have a majority of the (nation's) population inside," said Todd Strecker, a Lexington man who's heading the effort to build the museum.

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11:14am

Wed October 19, 2011
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Fort Knox Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

Gov. Steve Beshear Wednesday recognized the sacrifice of a Fort Knox soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  According to the Department of Defense, Spc. Michael D. Elm, 25, of Phoenix, Ariz., died Oct. 14 in Khowst, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Knox.

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12:08pm

Tue October 18, 2011
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Power Coops Honor World War II Vets

As Veteran's Day 2011 draws near, power cooperatives across Kentucky have joined together to honor those who fought in World War II. On Saturday, Oct. 22, 35 World War II veterans from Kentucky will travel to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorial created in 2004 to honor their service.

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