August 6, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Slain soldier's father should blame Clinton Khizr Khan angrily attacked Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention for his immigration stance, relating it to his son's death in Iraq ("Trump: He is criticized over soldier's dad," Sunday). Millions of us share Trump's concern about immigration from countries with terrorist ties without proper vetting. Is Khan angry at all of us, too? Khan's son died heroically in support of our country, but that was in 2004.
August 1, 2016 |
Arthur Saburo Kitagawa, 95, of Ardmore, a decorated World War II veteran who fought on the side of the Allied forces despite being interned by the U.S. government, died Tuesday, July 19, of complications from a stroke at Abington Hospice Hospital. A native Californian, Mr. Kitagawa graduated from the High School of Commerce in San Francisco in 1938. Two years later, he graduated from San Francisco Junior College with a degree in business and secretarial skills. He hoped to become a businessman.
May 30, 2016 |
A few years ago, I wrote a "Personal Journey" piece on my pilgrimage to Universal Studios Florida with my daughter before her wedding (we're both avid Harry Potter fans). I concluded it by saying I was planning a Disney World vacation for my future grandchildren. Last month, I accomplished that goal with my partner, my pregnant daughter (a granddaughter on the way!), my son-in-law, and my grandson, Damon. My objective was to experience the parks through 2-year-old Damon's eyes, revisit my childhood, and share his joy. During our vacation, I had numerous flashbacks of my first visit to Disney World with my parents in late 1971.
February 29, 2016 |
Nancy Sasson was cleaning out her late parents' house in Miami, digging through clothes in a closet, when she found a military medal on the floor. It was a Purple Heart, typically awarded to military personnel wounded or killed in combat. Wow , she thought, I had no idea my father had received a Purple Heart . Sasson turned the medal over in her hand, and realized she was wrong. On the back was engraved Irvin S. Grindrod . She didn't recognize the name. Maybe he had been a friend of her father during World War II. She began searching the Internet, and soon realized that Grindrod wasn't an old Army buddy, though he had been in the service.
January 9, 2016
By Henry I. Miller As a member of South Philadelphia High School's "Cultural Hall of Fame," I was asked recently to review and rank a new crop of candidates for the honor. Perhaps oddly for a former Food and Drug Administration official who used to evaluate complex pharmaceuticals for approval to enter the marketplace, I found it devilishly difficult. All the candidates were highly accomplished in their respective fields, but how does one compare a musician/composer, an interior designer, a federal environmental regulator, and a specialist in psychodrama, among others?
December 17, 2015
TENNESSEE In attack, six get Purple Hearts After determining a shooting at a Chattanooga reserve center this summer was inspired by foreign terrorists, the Navy will award the Purple Heart to the four Marines and one sailor who were killed and the one Marine who was injured there. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced the decision Wednesday in a news release that said the terrorist determination came after an extensive investigation by the FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigation Service.
October 28, 2015 |
Wallace S. Littlewood, 92, of Gladwyne, a Marine veteran of World War II and the president of a textile dye house in Manayunk for 40 years, died Sunday, Oct. 18, of a stroke at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Littlewood was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Bala Cynwyd. He attended the Episcopal Academy and the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. In 1942, he enlisted in the Marines. He served in the Pacific aboard the Bunker Hill from 1942 through 1945. He received the Purple Heart.
October 1, 2015 |
Stanley Anthony Wojtusik Sr., 90, a longtime Torresdale resident and a World War II veteran, died Friday, Sept. 25, of natural causes at his home. Born in South Philadelphia, Mr. Wojtusik was a graduate of John Bartram High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. During the battle, his regiment was captured by the German army. Mr. Wojtusik received a Purple Heart in recognition of a battle injury, and two Bronze Stars.
May 26, 2015 |
Army Master Sgt. Francis G. Corcoran was a "soldier's soldier," family members said. Corcoran enlisted at age 18, became a Green Beret, and volunteered to serve in Vietnam, where he received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for valor after saving comrades' lives by disarming a bomb at great risk to himself. But his name never appeared on the gleaming black granite wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington - though he died in 1967 at age 39 from an illness contracted in Vietnam.
January 3, 2015 |
An Army narrative describes how Jeffrey F. Zauber, a Cherry Hill native, earned a Distinguished Service Cross for "exceptionally valorous actions" in South Vietnam on Feb. 2, 1969. "While serving as company medic during a mission to relieve a sister unit engaged with an enemy force," Mr. Zauber showed "extraordinary heroism," the June 25, 1969, account reads. "Approaching the combat area, Specialist Zauber's company came under intense enemy fire and sustained several casualties.