August 21, 2011
Staff writer Tom Infield has spent much of the last decade chronicling the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and their impact on ordinary Americans. He reported this 9/11 anniversary series over eight months, spending extensive time with soldiers, repeatedly interviewing families who had lost loved ones, and chronicling military funerals. With staff photographer Michael Wirtz, he visited military installations, including Fort Mifflin on the Delaware, Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, and New River Marine Air Station in North Carolina.
November 6, 2012
Kevin J. McCarthy, 56, a retired Army sergeant who was born and raised in Havertown, died of cancer Monday, Aug. 27, in Lake Charles, La. A longtime resident of the community, Mr. McCarthy attended Havertown High School. He joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 1975, serving until 1985. He served in the Army from 1985 to 2005, retiring after 20 years of active duty. Mr. McCarthy was deployed to Bosnia and Iraq. His duty stations included Germany; Fort Rucker, Ala.; Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; Fort Lewis, W.Va.; and Fort Polk, La. He enjoyed fishing, crabbing, and vegetable gardening.
March 19, 2011 |
A soldier who provided a fellow service member from New Jersey with the gun that killed him during a game of Russian roulette has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter in Superior Court in Anchorage, Alaska. Jacob D. Brouch and the victim, Army Sgt. Michael McCloskey, 26, of Beverly, were drinking heavily at Brouch's apartment in Eagle River, Alaska, on March 6 when the gun went off, authorities said. McCloskey was wounded in the abdomen and pronounced dead at a hospital. Brouch, 25, is held with bail set at $250,000.
January 16, 1994 |
Q: Six of us are planning a Bahamas trip, including several days in Eleuthera. Where can we find a vacation house in Eleuthera to split? G.V., St. Louis A: Eleuthera, known for its pink sand beaches, has about 11,000 people and about 200 square miles stretched out in a long and skinny fashion. Start your research with a guidebook such as Fielding's Bermuda & the Bahamas (Fielding Travel Books). As for places to rent, a good place to check is Bahamas Home Rentals, an association of homeowners who rent their properties when they're not in them.
September 23, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - Klein Michael Thaxton hadn't been much of a Facebook devotee. He posted no status updates in two years on the social network. On Friday, though, he surfaced with a jarring post: "i cant take it no more im done bro. " The 22-year-old Army veteran was on the 16th floor of a downtown Pittsburgh office building at the time, armed with a hammer and a kitchen knife, and holding a businessman hostage, police said. He surrendered after five hours. Neither he nor the hostage, business owner Charles Breitsman, was injured.
April 28, 1990 |
All of Fort Dix's basic training units will be eliminated or moved by September 1992, three years before the deadline set by the Pentagon a year ago, an Army spokesman said yesterday. More than half of the Army post's basic training units will be gone by the end of July. The elimination of 16 of the 30 basic training companies at Fort Dix this summer reflects the declining need for soldiers resulting from the spread of democracy in Eastern Europe, said Dick Dowling, a Fort Dix spokesman.
May 29, 2011
Bill Lyon is the author of Deadlines and Overtimes: Collected Writings on Sports and Life N EWS ITEM: The United States Army has announced plans to toughen its fitness testing to make sure all soldiers have the strength, endurance, and mobility for battle. The system that is used now, the Army admits, "does not translate into survival on the battlefield. " The current outmoded system, the Army admits, is 30 years old. One of the installations at which testing is to be held is Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.
August 21, 2011 |
They might have been any band of mostly middle-aged tourists, some laughing and chatting, some silent and leg-weary, as they climbed down from a bus parked at Fort Leonard Wood, the 63,000-acre Army training center in the Ozark foothills of Missouri. But these were the families of soldiers who had died over the previous months during America's 10th year of warfare since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It was early April. The families had come from a dozen states to tour the installation where their sons and husbands and brothers had trained as elite Army Sappers.