D-Day anniversary time to remember forgotten fallen

Freedom Newspapers A savage enemy, a dark time of war, a need for hopes and prayers and a fight for liberty and security. While these were the feelings of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower during World War II, we could apply some of that atmosphere to modern times, with our soldiers in peril overseas. June 6, […]

Many veterans plagued by war’s demons

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Mavis Elliott, of Clovis, places flowers on the grave of her grandmother Friday at Mission Garden Cemetery in Clovis. Elliott, along with her sister Lula True, also of Clovis, were at the cemetery to place flowers. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The winter of 1947 was a year of changes […]

Former POW looks back on experience

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CNJ staff photo: Eric KluthDan McKinney, seen here at his home in Clovis, spent 28 months as a P.O.W during the Korean War. By Marlena Hartz Editor’s note: The CNJ is running a monthly series profiling war veterans in the Clovis area. Safe behind the glass door of a TV cabinet sits a wooden chess […]

Clovis grad talks about Iraq

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U.S. Army Capt. Calvin Kroeger talks about his one year combat tour in Iraq with Bravo Company 20th Engineers 1st Calvary Division as he speaks to ROTC students Wednesday at Clovis High School. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: Freedom newspapers TUCUMCARI — Students’ eyes were fixed on the Army captain in his […]

What it’s like preparing for war

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Staff Sgt. Jason Peters explains how to care for an injured soldier during a triage exercise for pre-deployment training Friday at Cannon Air Force Base.(Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — As I walked toward the wounded with a medical bag in hand Friday, I couldn’t help […]

The wounded are casualties of war, too

by Leonard Pitt Jr. Let me tell you about Greg. I met him in 1985, back when I was still a pop music critic. A guy named Paul Hardcastle had a hit that year called “19,” all about the toll the war in Vietnam exacted on a generation of American soldiers. It inspired me to […]

Keeping soldiers after enlistment expires dangerous

Freedom Newspapers Two members of the California National Guard have filed a lawsuit contending the military’s controversial “stop-loss” program, which forces those whose enlistment is about to run out to stay in the military, is illegal when applied to National Guard soldiers. About 40,000 National Guard members are now deployed in Iraq. “John Doe,” identified […]

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 […]

Pay problems are prevalent for troops

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Systemic pay problems that added to the hassle of mobilization for tens of thousand of Army Reserve and National Guard members since 9/11 have largely been corrected and should not hit the next rotation of reserve forces into Iraq and Afghanistan, says a senior defense pay official. Patrick T. Shine, […]

Scaling ranks challenging for two blacks

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer When 2nd Lt. Ira Pottard left the Army’s veterinary corps after fighting in World War II, he couldn’t arrange the financing to begin a veterinary practice in Clovis and traded his officer’s uniform to become a chauffeur. More than 35 years later when Delores Forrest entered the United […]

Historic land site gets new name

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Members of the 9th and 10th Cavalry of the Buffalo Soldiers present the flags at the beginning of Saturday morning’s ceremony at Buffalo Soldier Hill. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers LINGO — It took Oscar Robinson 14 years to get to mile marker 46 on Texas Highway 114. It took him just […]

Mr. Robinson, the grandkids will be proud

CNJ Editorial Seldom do we stand on formality or political correctness. Most times the fans of those forms of group-think use them to stifle voices and opinions that disagree with theirs. However, a recently successful effort to change the racially insensitive and derogatory nickname of an eastern New Mexico landmark deserves loud applause. The site, […]

Black man wins fight to rename hill

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor PORTALES — This is the story of a group of black men who fought for their lives, and one black man who fought for their honor. It’s about soldiers who sought shelter, and a Portales man in search of a colorless society. It’s about a 50-foot hill near the […]

Draft would only cause more problems

You can rarely go wrong by assuming the government is lying. Right now, the Pentagon denies any plans to restore the draft, even though the military clearly has too few soldiers. I’m the sort of person who grabs an umbrella whenever Donald Rumsfeld says the sun is shining. But in this case, the administration faces […]

Bush, Kerry salute fallen U.S. heroes

The Associated Press ARLINGTON, Va. — President Bush declared Monday that “America is safer” because of its fighting forces while Sen. John Kerry went to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in somber but historically asymmetrical Memorial Day tributes. “Through our history, America has gone to war reluctantly,” said Bush, speaking at Arlington National Cemetery after laying […]

Word War I costly for Clovis, Grier

By Don McAlavy Memorial Day, observed on Monday, is upon us. This is the day we honor our veterans who lost their lives in service to our country. I’ve chosen to tell you about soldiers from Clovis and Grier who fought in World War I and were killed in France fighting the German army. Tom […]

Readers say prison abuse is appalling

Project Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked for observations related to recent events in Iraq. Some responses: “I don’t agree with the treatment of the prisoners. And they didn’t behead the man for revenge; those people would have found a reason to do it no matter what. A lot of people do […]

Prison abuse pales compared to torture

Walter Williams It’s the end of the semester at George Mason University, and for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been too busy preparing final exam harassment for my students to pay much attention to all the news stories about how U.S. soldiers were torturing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison. Now that my spring […]

Kerry’s war comments tend to contradict

Mona Charen There he was, the 27-year-old John Kerry, hair spilling down over his eyes, Kennedyesque a’s (as in “cahn’t imagine”) rolling off his tongue, and lanky legs seeking room on the cramped talk show set. C-SPAN was rebroadcasting an episode of “The Dick Cavett Show” from 1971. Opposing Kerry was a hard-charging, highly intelligent […]

Opinions of capture range from positive to ecstatic

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Saddam Hussein did not resist when he was captured. AP photo By Jack King Comments in Clovis on the capture of Saddam Hussein ranged from thoughtful to jubilant Sunday, but all struck a positive note. As Terry Travis of Farwell noted, “I’ll bet you’re not going to find anyone who says it’s a bad thing.” […]