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Special Sections | Veterans Day 2008: When Duty Called

Michael Connelly   Benjamin Freakley   Bill Hammack   Justin Mongold   Casi Scadden
  Billy J. Scott   Harold Updyke   Cathy Williams   Thomas Wilson

When duty called

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Local veterans share their memories

Northern Shenandoah Valley residents have always answered when duty called. Many put their personal lives on hold during a time of war. Others made a career of military service. Some of those veterans and their families share their memories in the stories below.

November 11, 2008

World War II veteran recalls marching across Europe, greeting Gen. Patton

Comment on this story | View Comments | addthis_pub = 'nvdaily'; addthis_brand = 'nvdaily.com'; addthis_pub = 'lash'; Sign up for breaking news alerts here! Tuesday, November 11, 2008 Harold...

November 8, 2008

Infantryman joined at 16; fighting in Korea by 17

Scott holds his Army of Occupation medal. Rich Cooley/Daily Audio Scott recalls a humorous experience in Korea Billy J. Scott Hometown: Marlow, Okla. Current residence: Boyce Birth date: July...

November 1, 2008

Retired colonel remembers his days in Vietnam

Col. Bill Hammack meets President Ronald Reagan. While working at the Pentagon, Hammack served on Reagan's inaugural committee. COURTESY PHOTOAudio "The Marine Corps has allowed me to meet the...

October 25, 2008

U.S. Air Force nurse continues family's tradition of service

Cathy Williams talks about her Air Force service. Dennis Grundman/Daily Audio Audio: Cathy Williams' most interesting deployment was to Saudi Arabia Cathy Williams Hometown: Voluntown, Conn. Current residence: Browntown...

October 17, 2008

Bored on a lunch break, Connelly decided to enlist

Mike Connelly in pictured in Saudi Arabia during the Persian Gulf War of 1990-91. Courtesy photo Persian Gulf War veteran Mike Connelly now lives in Mt. Jackson. Rich Cooley/Daily...

October 11, 2008

Lieutenant general has commanded units in the last three major conflicts

t's a long way from Central High School to Kabul, Afghanistan. But for Lt. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, it's a journey that began with a desire to serve and continues to this day.

October 4, 2008

Family of fallen soldier comforted by military, community, strangers

MAURERTOWN--The year since Thomas Wilson was killed fighting for his country in Afghanistan has turned his family into reluctant soldiers. They've had to bury and live without their "airborne country boy," soldiering on through their own grief and pain. During that same time, they've received comfort and support from the community, the military and total strangers.

September 27, 2008

Soldier wounded in Afghanistan, Iraq sees it as 'part of the job'

The day Justin Mongold earned his first Purple Heart, his mother saw it on TV. It was November 2003 and Mongold, then 22 and already a sergeant, was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army.

September 20, 2008

During husband's stint in Iraq, woman stays busy preparing baby's room, care packages

STEPHENS CITY — The 19-year-old's T-shirt says it all: "Half of my heart is deployed. Half of his heart is due in September." Newlywed Casi Scadden is busy planning for her baby shower. Ladybug likenesses are on gifts and baby items at her parents' Stephens City residence. There's a bassinet, all ready for her little girl. In another room, wedding gifts are still displayed. After eloping on Jan. 3, her new husband, Lance Cpl. Kevin Scadden, a U.S. Marine, is off in the hot sands of Iraq. Scadden's e-mails request baby wipes, his only way of cleaning up over there in the 130-degree temperatures.




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In this series

  • World War II veteran recalls marching across Europe, greeting Gen. Patton
  • Infantryman joined at 16; fighting in Korea by 17
  • Retired colonel remembers his days in Vietnam
  • U.S. Air Force nurse continues family's tradition of service
  • Bored on a lunch break, Connelly decided to enlist
  • Lieutenant general has commanded units in the last three major conflicts
  • Family of fallen soldier comforted by military, community, strangers
  • Soldier wounded in Afghanistan, Iraq sees it as 'part of the job'
  • During husband's stint in Iraq, woman stays busy preparing baby's room, care packages



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