Persistence pushes retiree to finish degree

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Courtesy photo Senior Master Sgt. Bob Elliott, right, retired from the Air Force in 2004, a month before graduating with his master’s degree. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico By Argen Duncan Cannon Connections staff Working from a tent while deployed or at home late into the night, a now-retired Cannon Air Force Base airman […]

Rep. Luj

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ben Ray Luj

Air Force veteran reflects on 22-year career

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Courtesy photo U.S. Air Force veteran David Grunig of Portales holds a drawing of an A-26, one of the planes he flew over Europe in World War II. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico

Military feature: Veteran recalls serving in Project Delta

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Courtesy photo Alton Monroe’s unit, Project Delta, was honored with a memorial on Oct. 24 at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County rancher Alton “Moose” Monroe fought with one of the most decorated special forces in history. Project Delta was a covert special forces unit made up of […]

Flags stolen from veterans’ group

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Members of Clovis’ American Legion Post 117 are reeling from a theft that struck at the core of their values.

Portales to honor a veteran

The city of Portales will honor Joe Blair for his service to the community at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Memorial Building.

Veteran museum task force

Editors to be honored

The Panhandle Press Association will induct two veteran editors into its hall of fame next weekend – Laurie Ezzell Brown of Canadian, Texas, and Tommy Thompson of the Amarillo Globe-Times.

Honoring sacrifice

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Linda Pacheco sits beside the grave of her only brother. “I miss him a lot,” she said. “He was the backbone of the family.” Her brother, who served with the National Guard in Clovis, died two years ago from a heart attack. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Beneath a […]

Jan. 28, 1912

McCluskey Coal Yard claimed to have the “best and cheapest coal in town.” … Roy’s Cash Grocery was advertising 25-cent brooms for 10 cents. … Clovis was preparing to host a “scientific boxing bout” at the Lyceum Theatre. M.E. Hardy of Clovis was slated to referee the 15-round contest, which was to feature “a clever […]

Baskett flying high

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MCT Photo: George BridgesHank Baskett will suit up for his first NFL regular-season game Sunday when Philadelphia plays the Texans in Houston. By Jon Marks: CNJ Correspondent PHILADELPHIA — On Labor Day, Hank Baskett worked. And also packed. He worked for his new employer, the Philadelphia Eagles, having learned over the weekend — while he […]

Vietnam veteran flies flag daily to salute American servicemen

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Zak Casarez, left, and his grandfather, Dale Fite of Clovis, fold up the flag at the end of the day Wednesday. Fite said he is teaching his grandson the importance of paying respect to the flag with the daily ceremony. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When storms rise over Clovis […]

Gonzales, Raymond

Raymond Gonzales, 70, of Denver and formerly of Melrose, died Friday, May 26, 2006, in St. Joseph Hospital in Denver. Born Oct. 19, 1935, in LaGarita, he graduated from Melrose High School in 1955. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from the state and county in Denver.  He is survived by his wife, […]

Cook, Chris

Chris Cook, 51, of Amarillo, formerly of Clovis, died Saturday, March 11, 2006. Born Sept. 11, 1954, in Roswell, he had lived in Amarillo for more than a year. He was a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and former employee of the Veteran’s Administration. He enjoyed working on cars, and was a loving, […]

Remembering World War II

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Freedom Newspapers: Sharna Johnson Clovis resident Dan True served as an Army tech sergeant in World War II. He was deployed to Europe and the Philippines as part of his three-year stint. Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer An American flag hangs year-round outside Lt. Col. Judy Griego’s childhood home. The man who hung it is […]

Group hosting events for Veteran’s Week

Freedom Newspapers The Joint Veterans Council will be hosting several events throughout the area for Veteran’s Week. The theme for this year’s event is Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue. The scheduled events are: Monday • 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., open house at VFW 3280 Tuesday • 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., open […]

Doyle Emperley, Buren D. Johnston

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. Doyle Emperley Date of birth: Aug 14, 1923 Dates of service: July, 1942 to December 1945 Hometown: Newton, Iowa Lives in: Clovis Theater and […]

Memorial Day service celebrates uniqueness of America’s armed forces

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Hundreds of American flags were placed at the graves sites of fallen servicemen and women over the weekend by veterans groups for Monday’s Memorial Day service at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The sky broke open over Clovis and Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens on Monday morning […]

In wartime, all vets not equal

By Tom Philpott Rep. Steve Buyer, R-Ind., new chairman of House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, says the medical and rehabilitation needs of a new generation of war veterans leave him more certain than ever that Congress erred in 1996 when it opened VA healthcare to any veteran willing to pay modest fees. “While some veterans’ organizations […]

Mandatory VA funding not a good idea

Tom Philpott, Military Update If John Kerry has his way, any veteran who served two years on active duty or, if mobilized, even less, would be rewarded with lifetime access to healthcare from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). That’s the logical consequence of Kerry’s call for “full, mandatory funding” of veterans healthcare, if the Democratic […]