May 28, 2014 |
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.
May 27, 2014 |
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.
May 27, 2014 |
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.
May 25, 2014 |
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.
May 24, 2014 |
The Silent Sentry has returned to duty, just in time for Memorial Day. After a strange 121-year odyssey that took it from a Yeadon/Southwest Philadelphia cemetery to a Camden scrapyard and Chester foundry, the 700-pound bronze statue of a Union soldier is again standing tall over the graves of Civil War veterans. It will be rededicated at noon on Sunday at Laurel Hill Cemetery in East Falls. The unveiling will be part of ceremonies marking Memorial Day, an observance with Civil War origins that was first officially held in Philadelphia at Laurel Hill on May 30, 1868.
May 22, 2014 |
Recognizing their sacrifices while serving and the hardships they may face when returning home, Gloucester County unveiled a new effort Tuesday to assist veterans navigating the criminal justice system. The program - a partnership among six law enforcement, social services, and nonprofit agencies - aims to connect veterans charged with nonviolent offenses with services they need to avoid repeat situations and incarceration. The effort, which begins this month, will serve as a pilot before being applied statewide, where there are an estimated 15,000 veterans in the justice system, officials said.
May 21, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Change is coming to the area's congressional delegation no matter whom voters choose in Tuesday's Pennsylvania primary. On both sides of the Delaware River, four members of Congress are walking away from the Capitol at the end of this session, ensuring the most change to the region's delegation in decades, even before considering the possibility of incumbents losing reelection bids in November. U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews (D., N.J.), who spent more than 23 years in Congress, has already resigned, while three others are not seeking reelection.
May 8, 2014 |
BACK IN 1972, Linton Grundy and his wife, Renee, decided to sell everything they owned and take off for faraway places. Often hitchhiking, they toured Europe, then set out for Africa, where they explored a large portion of the continent, catching rides on crowded buses or trains, battling snakes and bugs, unforgiving deserts and monsoon rains. Linton was a Vietnam War veteran who made 50 combat parachute jumps and later joined the Green Berets, and Renee spent years working for Mayors W. Wilson Goode, Ed Rendell and John Street, once in the thankless job of having to respond to every citizen complaint.
May 3, 2014 |
It can't be easy to figure out where you stand against your competitors in the masters division of the Broad Street Run. With so many runners, how do you know who is over 40? "I totally know," said Linda Hawke, 46, of Malvern, last year's masters women's top finisher in this race. "I know the competition. I know them all. Most of the competition is on my team. " The Athena Track Club is a nationwide organization with a local affiliate, established in 2006 for elite female runners in masters competition.
April 16, 2014
IN A RECENT Daily News edition there was an article relating the difficulties that the Philadelphia Police Department had in recruiting and retaining new police officers. I would submit that an effort needs to be made to aggressively locate and recruit our returning military veterans for these police jobs. Our veterans are part of the best-educated, best-trained and most technically advanced military the world has ever known. They understand what service to mission before self means.