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Veterans Day 2013

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Publisher Rufus Woods: Collaboration made this project work

You are reading a publication honoring veterans in North Central Washington that is the result of a unique partnership between this newspaper, the United Way of Chelan and Douglas counties, Okanogan High School and local veterans groups.


Miles Darlington

Miles Darlington: ‘It’s a lifelong obligation’

“It’s a lifelong obligation,” Darlington said. Darlington made sacrifices in different ways during his 37 years of active and reserve service. “I’m grateful to not have had to sacrifice as much as some guys, they came back without an arm or a leg,” he said.
Kenny Dempsey

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.
Erick Erickson

Erick Erickson: Aboard the USS Saratoga

Erick Erickson was raised in a houseboat in the Duwamish River, where commercial ships would pass to and from Seattle’s Elliott Bay. It’s no wonder he grew up wanting to be a sailor.
Edwin Galarneau

Edwin Galarneau: ‘Bringing a hero home’

About 300 crowded around a flag-draped casket earlier this year to finally say goodbye to a young soldier who died a long time ago but whose fate was unknown for more than six decades.
Bill Lay

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.
Carl Nash

Carl Nash: A Navy man, like Dad

Nash remembers as a 4-year-old boy holding his father’s medals and knowing from that point on he was going to become a Navy man, just like his father.
Joan Reynolds

Joan Reynolds: War widow for a week

Dec. 16, 1941, is a date that will live in infamy for Joan Reynolds. That’s when she received a telegraph relaying the news that her husband of less than one year, Homer Reynolds, was lost in action during the Japanese Imperial navy’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor nine days earlier.
Adam Roach

Adam Roach: ‘Time for a change’

“It was time for a change,” Roach said. So he set higher goals for himself and, at the age of 20, decided to join the Marine Corps after seeing his friends join the service.
Emerson Tolle

Emerson Tolle: From humble roots, a life of distinction

The former J.C. Penney executive won the Distinguished Flying Cross while serving as a B-17 squadron leader in Europe during World War II. In that role, he served as the lead pilot for bombing groups for 49 of his 51 missions.
Tim Tucker

Tim Tucker: ‘A deep-seated desire to serve’

Tim Tucker, 36, lives in East Wenatchee with his family. He ended his eight-year career in the Army as a sergeant in 2002. The Army took him from his home in Frenchtown, Mont., to Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia and even overseas.