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Museum salutes vets

In honor of Veterans Day, the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center is displaying “Our Men and Women in the Military.”
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Joseph Bryson: ‘I was very proud to serve this country’

OKANOGAN — “Iraq has a distinct smell, one that I will never be able to get out of my head,” my father tells me. He claims that he still smells it on some of the things that he brought back, but I don’t smell it anymore. When he returned, the smell was everywhere, like old sweat and dirt from thousands of years ago. I just figured it was the smell of war; a sign that he had gone through some of the most dangerous places on Earth and survived.

Miles Darlington: ‘It’s a lifelong obligation’

“I, _____, do solemnly affirm that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
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Erick Erickson: Aboard the USS Saratoga

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in The Wenatchee World on Nov. 11, 2009. Erick Erickson is now 88 and living in Wenatchee. His friend Karl Bates, now 86, still lives in Yakima. Erickson flew to Washington, D.C., in early November 2012 as part of the Inland Northwest Honor Flight to visit Alrlington National Cemetery and the World War II Memorial.
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Kenny Dempsey: Making the best of it

As I walked into the comfortable home upon a hilltop, I’m greeted at the door by a chatty old man, his face, aged with experience, represents a life full of stories.
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Carl Nash: A Navy man, like Dad

Originally from Cashmere, Carl Nash knew joining the Navy was always a clear career path for him, even when he was just a child.
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Bill Lay: ‘We did what we thought was best …’

After 13 months in Vietnam, Bill Lay found himself coming home on a bus ride to the airport. At the airport, a crowd of about 30 people stood waiting on the sidewalk. They threw food at the bus and spat at the military members’ faces when they stepped off the bus.
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Joan Reynolds: War widow for a week

Editor’s note: This story was originally published on Dec. 8, 2011, in the Quincy Valley Post-Register. Joan Reynolds died the following summer. She was 90.
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David Schwab: ‘Everyone has to work together’

David Schwab says he was not surprised about what he experienced in the military. He had already gotten all of the information, passed down from older friends, siblings, and acquaintances.