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July 5, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John M. Gibbons Sr., 84, of Roxborough, a Philadelphia Water Department inspector for 33 years, died Friday, June 27, of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at St. Mary Manor, Lansdale. Known as Jack, Mr. Martin was raised during the Great Depression in the predominantly ethnic Irish neighborhood of Swampoodle in North Philadelphia. He graduated from Roman Catholic High School in 1948 and served in the Korean War as a corporal in the Eighth Army's Second Engineer Unit - 341st Engineer Panel Bridge Company.
NEWS
June 14, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael Vey says he's "seen it all before. " The Vietnam War veteran watched the TV news footage of Saigon's fall in 1975 - a few years after he returned home from combat duty. "I remember thinking, 'What a waste,' " he said. "Ten years, 58,000 American lives, and we let it fall. " Now, Vey, 62, of North Cape May, is watching Islamist militants trying to take over Iraq city by city, a decade after he and members of his New Jersey Army National Guard unit helped topple Saddam Hussein.
SPORTS
June 13, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
PINEHURST, N.C. - Unless maybe you're Tiger Woods, you're not supposed to win the Masters when you're 20. But 2 months ago, Jordan Spieth almost did, tying for second in the first major of the year. So what now? The newest next-big-thing comes to Pinehurst No. 2 as, well, one of the blokes being taken the most serious. And maybe that's asking a lot, even of a two-time U.S. Amateur winner. After 19-year-old Sergio Garcia nearly beat Tiger at the 1999 PGA Championship, many said the same thing about him. Of course, we're still waiting.
SPORTS
June 9, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
CINCINNATI - With the team in free-fall mode and the trade deadline in the not-so-distant future, several veteran Phillies players will almost certainly be the subjects of a flurry of rumors over the next 8 weeks. A fan base eager for change will probably welcome those rumors, hoping they'll advance beyond the rumor stage. But a lesson in trading established, proven veteran talent for prospects presented itself on the daily baseball transactions report yesterday afternoon. Tyson Gillies cleared waivers and was outrighted off the Phillies' 40-man roster.
NEWS
June 7, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the back of a C-47 transport plane, heavily armed paratroopers steeled themselves for battle. Some blackened their faces; others puffed cigarettes. All carried machine guns, carbines, ammunition, and hand grenades. "I was excited, nervous, and scared as hell," said Joe Beyer, the plane's radio operator, recalling that early morning flight across the English Channel to Nazi-occupied France. Below him, at the helm of Navy LST 359, sailor Peter Rossetti headed for the Normandy beaches with 180 Canadian soldiers, six small landing craft, two tanks, and more than a dozen jeeps.
NEWS
May 31, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dale Gravett, director of Chester County's Housing Authority, was sure that a plan to build affordable apartments for homeless veterans would get the state funding last year that it needed to become a reality. But it fell short. Now, Gravett, other county officials, and the Philadelphia developer behind the project in East Vincent Township are waiting anxiously to find out whether this year will be different. On June 12, Mission First Housing Group will know whether it will get low-income housing tax credits from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency that would make up more than 80 percent of the roughly $9.63 million it needs to go forward with the project, a 48-unit development that would incorporate and refurbish the historic Whitehall Inn on Schuylkill Road.
NEWS
May 28, 2014 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
MARY ROBERTS was packing a box - a care package of sardines, cookies, canned beans and Kool-Aid - to send to her brother in Vietnam when the knock came at the door. "My mother opened the door and just started screaming," Roberts, now 79, recalled yesterday during a Memorial Day tribute at Philadelphia's Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Her brother, Cpl. Lorrence T. Friday, was 25 when he was killed in Vietnam on April 7, 1968. "He had enlisted in the Army," Stellzene Roberts, 59, said of Friday, her uncle.
NEWS
May 27, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
A memorial service will be Tuesday, May 27, for Irvin Hamburger, 86, formerly of Elkins Park, who died Sunday, Feb. 9, of pneumonia at Martins Run in Media, where he had lived for the last six years. The service will be at 11 a.m. in the retirement community at 11 Martins Run. A native of Washington, Mr. Hamburger loved flying. During World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. After graduating from the Catholic University of America he spent several years in the construction business with his father.
NEWS
May 27, 2014 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Life fell apart quickly for the young Marine when he returned home to Philadelphia from Iraq a few years ago. While deployed, he worked as a guard, sometimes protecting convoys from ambushes. Back home, the veteran slept with a knife under his mattress. Or a sword. He could not sit with his back to a door. He could not handle crowded SEPTA buses. He was tormented by nightmares and would wake up sweating and screaming that he was under attack. His girlfriend couldn't take it anymore.
NEWS
May 25, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Frank Miller calls himself a lucky man. And the same luck that allowed the Lower Providence native to narrowly miss German shellfire during World War II has also helped him to outlive most of his comrades. The doctor will turn 100 in December. At a staff meeting Thursday night, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery in East Norriton - Miller's former employer - recognized him for his 50-year medical career as well as for his military accomplishments. Those accomplishments include a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, and a nomination for the Congressional Medal of Honor, an uncommon feat for a battalion surgeon, said his son, Bill Miller.
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