Nature of war affects medal count

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The changed nature of war — not command indifference or bureaucratic inertia as some critics allege — is likely the reason why only two Medals of Honor have been awarded to U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, a senior Marine Corps officer told lawmakers last Wednesday. With remotely detonated bombs […]

Area Marines could be recalled into service

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Clovis Police Detective Roman Romero plans to re-enlist in the Marine Corps. Romero said the troops in Iraq deserve a break. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis Police Detective Roman Romero said he plans to renew his reserve contract with the Marine Corps in coming weeks even though it […]

War misrepresented by press, politicians

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist I don’t know if the war in Iraq is ultimately unwinnable, but what I do know makes me skeptical of those who say so. I do know that since Vietnam, liberals have viewed every exercise of American military power (with the exception of those undertaken by Bill Clinton) as preludes […]

Lynn Martin, James Wells

Sharna Johnson Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Lynn Martin Date of birth: May 1, 1924 Dates of service: 1943-1945 Hometown: Golthwaite, Texas Lives in: Clovis Theater and location of […]

Code talker shares experiences

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers San Juan Pueblo resident Jack Jones was once punished for speaking his native language. Transported by the government from his riverside home in Montezuma, Utah, at 7 years old, Jones learned English in a Colorado boarding school. There he was told his name was Jack; he was warned not to […]

Letcher, Stanley

Stanley Letcher Services: Have been held. Stanley E. Letcher, 80, of Haymarket, Va., died Thursday, July 7, 2005, at his home. He was born on Aug. 19, 1924, in Garber, Okla., to Stanley D. and Gertie Klophenstine Letcher. He married Sue Adams on Dec. 21, 1946, in Carthage, Mo. He was a minister at Central […]

Marine should not face murder charge

by Mona Charen: CNJ columnist Second Lt. Ilario Pantano was making a six-figure income as an energy trader with Goldman Sachs in New York when the World Trade Center was attacked. Pantano had friends who worked in the twin towers and friends among the firefighters who perished trying to save them. ] This Marine veteran, […]

Military using creative recruiting

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High School junior Todd Brodie, right, talks with U.S. Army recruiter Staff Sgt. Toby Holland on Oct. 18, in Marion, Iowa. (AP photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A recent graduate of both Clovis High School and Marine boot camp is back in Clovis for a short stint as recruiter himself. Marine Pfc. Mathew […]

No draft, but manpower crunch real

by Tom Philpott To ease fears fueled by the Internet that the Bush administration has secret plans to reinstitute a military draft after the Nov. 2 election, House Republicans leaders forced a floor vote on the issue on Tuesday. They watched with satisfaction as colleagues rejected the idea, 402-2. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y, had introduced […]

Military Digest: 9-27-04

Fifer Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Janelle L. Fifer recently reported for duty at Naval Station Ingleside in Texas. She is a 2000 graduate of Clovis High School. Ramirez Army Pfc. Valentin Ramirez has graduated from the utilities equipment repairer advanced individual training course at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Md. He is the son […]