Fifty years after David Allen Russell’s death during the Vietnam War, more than 100 of his family members and friends in St. Mary’s recently gathered at his gravesite at a church cemetery in Compton, along with a visitor from Pittsburgh.
Sherwood Reynolds fought for his country, and paid the ultimate price.
Billy Taylor, or William Wayne Lumsden, died in combat May 21, 1967, at the age of 19. He was taken in by Margaret and James Taylor, Sr., when he was about five days old. The family lived in Compton, Md., and Billy Taylor attended what was then Margaret Brent High School.
Navy veteran Bill Rees carefully handles a slightly yellowed, folded piece of paper and points to a name on the cover.
The tradition of honor and legacy of valor that defined the life of retired Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” E. Cole were celebrated during a memorial service at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, on April 18.
Often called “the forgotten war” because of the lack of media attention in the United States, the Korean War caused the loss of nearly 37,000 American military personnel during the three-year conflict on the Korean peninsula. More than 8,000 were listed as missing in action.
Recently, a couple of military veterans connected with the College of Southern Maryland took the time to sit down and talk about some of their experiences. They said they especially wanted to talk before Memorial Day to pay homage to the comrades they had lost.
The casualties of war are not always from deaths on the battlefield. After returning home, many veterans continue to fight their own private war in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder, sometimes with deadly consequences.
It was the battle that rescued the American Revolution.
During World War I, Army Sgt. William Butler charged a squad of Germans and overran their position “single-handedly” with an automatic weapon slung over his shoulder, freeing U.S. prisoners, and “taking some of his own,” according to a local historian from the Eastern Shore.
Almost 40 years ago, St. Mary’s became the home of a man who served as a teenage paratrooper in World War II, and whose detailed memories of his part in that seminal time in history were matched only by his championing of his fellow veterans.
In honor of Memorial Day, both the Town of La Plata and the Town of Indian Head will host ceremonies on Wednesday, May 30, to honor those who have lost their lives while serving their country.
The name Stethem is well known to residents of Charles County, synonymous with baseball fields and schools and parks, and it was his ultimate sacrifice that paved the way for his life to carry on through the lives of children and parents throughout the area.