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 […]

Logan family feeling effects of war

By TV Hagenah TUCUMCARI — A U.S. Marine with direct ties to Quay County died in Iraq recently, making him one of the first military personnel with such ties to the county to die in “Operation Iraqi Freedom.” Staff Sgt. Marvin Best, 33, grandson of Mary E. Daniels of Logan, and the son of Charlotte […]

Exchange service merger reviews mixed

By Tom Phillpott: Military Update Bush administration plans to merge the three military exchange systems, to cap commissary shopper savings at an average of 30 percent and to test “variable pricing” as a way to reduce commissary taxpayer support drew sharp criticism during a House hearing on Wednesday. Republican subcommittee chairman John McHugh of New […]

Marine shares faith through adversity

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Vietnam veteran Rafael Aragon receives a signed copy Thursday of a book by retired Marine Clebe McClary outlining his combat injuries. CNJ staff photo: Darrell Todd Maurina. By Darrell Todd Maurina CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — Some people know pain and suffering. As a Marine who lost an eye and arm while leading his men […]

Muleshoe Marine Bales would have been proud

By Mike Linn The capture of Saddam Hussein won’t bring back Kem Bales’ energetic country boy known for his confidence and charm. And it doesn’t make the pain of losing a son to the war in Iraq any easier. But it does bring to fruition everything U.S. Marine Chad Eric Bales fought for and believed […]

Dampier, Barney Lamar Jr.

BARNEY DAMPIER Services: Have been held. Mr. Barney Lamar Dampier Jr., 69, of Clovis, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2003, at Plains Regional Medical Center. He was born March 12, 1934, in Enigma, Ga., to Lamar and Leta Curry Dampier. He served in the United States Marine Corps and after that in the Merchant Marine. He […]