McGee, Tommy

Tommy McGee Services: Have been held. Tommy McGee, 87, of Portales, died Friday, Oct. 29, 2004, at the VA Hospital in Amarillo. He was born on March 21, 1917, in Sulfur Springs, Texas, to Margaret and Flavy McGee. He moved from Wink, Texas to Portales when he was a young boy. He married Belle McCall […]

Area men remember deadly march

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Lee Roach, 85, was one of 89 men from Curry County forced into the Bataan Death March on April 9, 1942. He said it was a lack of food and water that killed people. (CNJ photo by Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina On Dec. 8, 1941, the Japanese Air Force followed up its surprise […]

Pilot remembered for daring WW II raid

Don McAlavy Editor’s note: Col. Travis Hoover was born Sept. 21, 1917, at Melrose. The son of the late Fred and Elizabeth Hoover died at age 86 in Joplin, Mo., on Jan. 17. A daring raid. Beyond daring, even. Suicidal. Yet, it changed the course of a world war, and — who knows — perhaps […]

Bombings parallel to WW II experience

Dan True From my World War II experience, let me share with you how soldiers in Iraq are probably feeling about suicide attackers. In May of 1944, after my outfit helped defeat Hitler, we were shipped to the Pacific to help defeat Japan. During my 40-day ship voyage from Marseille, France, through Panama, to the […]

U.S. needs to stay and finish job in Iraq

By Mona Charen The bombing of the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad drives home the point that terrorism is the modern face of evil. What purpose, other than sowing misery, is furthered by murdering those who are trying to run hospitals, distribute food and provide school supplies? One does hope that the apologists — those who […]

Nature, military aggression tests Curry County residents

Don McAlavy “From 1931 to 1934 was the driest years I ever saw in New Mexico, and there were a lot of sandstorms,” said Lee Merrill, who owns a 10,000-acre ranch in Running Water Draw. “Back then, you could buy all the groceries you could carry for $1.50. During the big drought in 1934, the […]