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January 16, 2005 | By Joseph S. Kennedy INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
One of the best-kept secrets in local academic circles is Temple University's graduate program in military history. "The military history program at Temple is among the strongest in any history department in the United States," said Gregory J.W. Urwin of Doylestown. Urwin plays many roles as an author, editor, consultant, military reenactor, and professor of history at Temple. The program at Temple was established and shaped by Russell Weigley, considered one of the country's foremost military historians, who died in March.
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June 12, 2011 | By Edward J. Sozanski, Contributing Art Critic
William T. Trego's life and career unfold first as inspiration, then as tragedy, which makes the exhibition of his art at the James A. Michener Art Museum alternately fascinating and sad. Until 2008, when a historical marker was dedicated at the house in North Wales where he lived his last 19 years, Trego (TREE-go), a native of Yardley, was a painter lost to history. Now, through "So Bravely and So Well," his art has been recovered as well. Trego was a remarkable person who, as the show and its accompanying book by guest curator Joseph P. Eckhardt reveal, was victimized by fate several times.
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April 7, 2004 | By Michael D. Schaffer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Imagine Ken Hitchcock dressed in buckskins, working a trap line in the Canadian woods two centuries ago, bartering furs for food. Imagine Ken Hitchcock teaching in a one-room schoolhouse on the vast Canadian prairie. Or running a dry goods store in a dusty little Canadian frontier town. Can't imagine the Flyers' coach doing that? He says that he can, easily. "I'm a history buff," Hitchcock said on a recent afternoon as he leaned back in his desk chair at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, Camden County.
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August 16, 1992 | By Mac Daniel, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
This is no ordinary history book. The Japanese are referred to as "Japs," it lists every Medal of Honor recipient, it has a heavy-duty patriotic spin, and it devotes 946-coffee- table-sized pages to a day-by-day account of U.S. military history from 1919 to 1945. And that's just Volume 2. This is definitely no ordinary history book. But that's the point, says Roy "Bud" Hannings, former Abington commissioner and father to the second volume of A Portrait of the Stars and Stripes, which he recently published himself here in good old Glenside because "we weren't going to send the manuscript overseas to be published by foreigners.
LIVING
September 17, 1997 | By Edward Colimore, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With musket barrels gleaming and flags flying, a long column of blue-clad soldiers snaked down the hillside, then paused at the edge of a country lane. Lying in heaps on the road before them were the bodies of the "dead" and "dying," alongside guns, canteens and haversacks. "Wounded" men writhed on the ground. And the cameras rolled, capturing scenes for a movie that will be shown at the national historic battlefield and will be part of a television documentary. No one had seen that sight in 135 years - not on this once-blood-soaked Civil War battleground where more American casualties occurred than on any other single day in U.S. military history.
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May 4, 2010 | By Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Valley Forge Military Academy and College announced Monday that a West Point administrator who is retiring after 30 years in the Army will become the Radnor institution's new president. Col. David R. Gray, who has a doctorate and extensive experience in peacekeeping and combat operations, will become president Aug. 1. The board of the Valley Forge Military Academy Foundation unanimously approved Gray's appointment April 21, William R. Floyd Jr., board chairman and acting president, said in a statement.
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July 9, 1995 | By Joseph S. Kennedy, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
He was an artist who painted in spite of his paralyzed hands. In the curled fingers of his right hand, which was bent back at the wrist, he braced his brush. Then, taking his left thumb and forefinger, the only digits that had any degree of flexibility, he guided the brush over the canvas. As a result of his fierce determination, William T. Trego, a turn-of-the- century artist from North Wales, was able to create some of the most dramatic military history paintings of his time.
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May 27, 2011
Joseph C. Hofmann Jr., 95, of Lafayette Hill, president of Fibreflex Packing & Manufacturing Co., died Wednesday, May 25, at Keystone Hospice in Wyndmoor. Mr. Hofmann graduated from Olney High School. While working in the finance departments of local businesses, he took courses at night at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He and his brother, Charles, eventually acquired Fibreflex, a Philadelphia manufacturer of materials for gaskets. During World War II, Mr. Hofmann was an Army ordnance sergeant in Europe.
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May 8, 2010 | By Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
David R. Gray, the incoming president of Valley Forge Military Academy and College, says he accepted the post because it will allow him to combine his passions for educating students and fostering leadership. "Valley Forge offers me an opportunity to continue to serve the nation, and to serve the nation by doing something I know a lot about . . . developing leaders of character for the future," said Gray, now the director of policy, strategic planning, and assessments at the U.S. Military Academy, during a telephone interview Thursday.
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May 8, 2010 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
David R. Gray, the incoming president of Valley Forge Military Academy and College, says he accepted the post because it will allow him to combine his passions for educating students and fostering leadership. "Valley Forge offers me an opportunity to continue to serve the nation, and to serve the nation by doing something I know a lot about . . . developing leaders of character for the future," said Gray, now the director of policy, strategic planning, and assessments at the U.S. Military Academy, during a telephone interview Thursday.
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March 27, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frank W. Wellons, 93, an engineering executive and former resident of the Philadelphia suburbs, died Friday, March 15, of pneumonia at Harborview Hospital in Seattle, Wash. Mr. Wellons lived in Devon and West Chester for 72 years before moving to Seattle in January to be near his daughter, Amy. He was recognized as an expert in roller bearings and was instrumental in developing a version of the buffering mechanisms that were used in aircraft turbine power plants. He also helped develop international engineering standards for roller bearings, his family said.
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February 18, 2013 | By Nick Malawskey, THE PATRIOT-NEWS
CARLISLE, Pa. - To the uninitiated observer there is something a little disorienting about being in a room with 300-odd years worth of living military history reenactors, where full-dress French and Indian War militia rub shoulders with World War II German Wehrmacht soldiers, as a World War I British soldier trades tips about where to buy boots with a Russian Army paratrooper. A glance around the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle at Saturday's reenactor recruitment event shows a lot of fresh, young faces wearing uniforms of all types.
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December 6, 2012 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lloyd Wallace, 83, a Philadelphia police officer who became an elementary schoolteacher, died Thursday, Nov. 15, of kidney failure at Stapeley in Germantown, a senior living complex. Lloyd Audley Oliver Wallace was born June 26, 1929, in Philadelphia, the son of Uriel Hamilton Wallace and Ivy Booth Wallace. During the Depression, the family moved to New York, returning to Philadelphia in 1939. Mr. Wallace attended Philadelphia public schools, graduating from Benjamin Franklin High School, where he played football, in 1947.
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August 23, 2012 | By Hillel Italie and Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A member of the Navy SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden has written a firsthand account of the operation, triggering more questions about the possible public release of classified information involving the historic assault of the terror leader's compound in Pakistan. U.S. military officials say they do not believe the book has been read or cleared by the Defense Department, which reviews publications by military members to make sure no classified material is revealed.
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June 12, 2011 | By Edward J. Sozanski, Contributing Art Critic
William T. Trego's life and career unfold first as inspiration, then as tragedy, which makes the exhibition of his art at the James A. Michener Art Museum alternately fascinating and sad. Until 2008, when a historical marker was dedicated at the house in North Wales where he lived his last 19 years, Trego (TREE-go), a native of Yardley, was a painter lost to history. Now, through "So Bravely and So Well," his art has been recovered as well. Trego was a remarkable person who, as the show and its accompanying book by guest curator Joseph P. Eckhardt reveal, was victimized by fate several times.
NEWS
May 27, 2011
Joseph C. Hofmann Jr., 95, of Lafayette Hill, president of Fibreflex Packing & Manufacturing Co., died Wednesday, May 25, at Keystone Hospice in Wyndmoor. Mr. Hofmann graduated from Olney High School. While working in the finance departments of local businesses, he took courses at night at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He and his brother, Charles, eventually acquired Fibreflex, a Philadelphia manufacturer of materials for gaskets. During World War II, Mr. Hofmann was an Army ordnance sergeant in Europe.
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May 8, 2010 | By Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
David R. Gray, the incoming president of Valley Forge Military Academy and College, says he accepted the post because it will allow him to combine his passions for educating students and fostering leadership. "Valley Forge offers me an opportunity to continue to serve the nation, and to serve the nation by doing something I know a lot about . . . developing leaders of character for the future," said Gray, now the director of policy, strategic planning, and assessments at the U.S. Military Academy, during a telephone interview Thursday.
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May 8, 2010 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
David R. Gray, the incoming president of Valley Forge Military Academy and College, says he accepted the post because it will allow him to combine his passions for educating students and fostering leadership. "Valley Forge offers me an opportunity to continue to serve the nation, and to serve the nation by doing something I know a lot about . . . developing leaders of character for the future," said Gray, now the director of policy, strategic planning, and assessments at the U.S. Military Academy, during a telephone interview Thursday.
NEWS
May 4, 2010 | By Martha Woodall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Valley Forge Military Academy and College announced Monday that a West Point administrator who is retiring after 30 years in the Army will become the Radnor institution's new president. Col. David R. Gray, who has a doctorate and extensive experience in peacekeeping and combat operations, will become president Aug. 1. The board of the Valley Forge Military Academy Foundation unanimously approved Gray's appointment April 21, William R. Floyd Jr., board chairman and acting president, said in a statement.
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March 19, 2010 | By George Ball
Spring arrives tomorrow as the Earth quickens its pace toward the young star we call the sun, which physicists reckon is just one of the infinite remnants of the Big Bang that took place 14 billion (or so) years ago. These explosive origins make it fitting that so many historic wars, especially in the Northern Hemisphere, combusted into being in spring, a season of insurrection as well as resurrection. From Hastings to Normandy, battles have bloomed in the springtime sun. It seems ironic that spring, with its panoply of tulips and newborn lambs, should be so hospitable to bloodshed.
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