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 […]