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A jump into history

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A jump into history

Organized in 1942 and comprised of elite American and Canadian soldiers who trained at Fort Harrison, Montana, the First Special Service Force (FSSF) was the first of it kind to engage in commando warfare. Lt. Col. Robert Frederick received initial command of the unit. While engaged in combat operations in and around

First in the gate

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First in the gate

Everything in history has a beginning, and sometimes that has to do with the first person to arrive. So who was the first person to enter the newly constructed Camp Lewis 100 years ago? The year 1917 had been a busy year. In January, Pierce County voters had approved a bond

First World, first class

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First World, first class

First World aims to be a world-class producer of ecologically sound art products. The company believes in the good stewardship of the earth, it honors the indigenous peoples on the planet, and it understands and accepts the idea of making a reasonable profit. Begun by Jeff Patterson in 1994, the Portland, Oregon-based

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Centennial events

To mark its 100 years of service to the nation, the 7th Infantry Division's Centennial Week will be marked by the following events:Dec. 3  Maj. Gen. Willard Burleson, division commander, will host the Commander's Holiday Reception for command teams, primary division staff, and community partners at specified times at his

The 7th Infantry Division's hallowed history

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The 7th Infantry Division's hallowed history

In its 100-year history, seventeen 7th Infantry Division soldiers have been recipients of the Medal of Honor. World War II PFC Leonard C. Brostrom, 17th Infantry Regiment PFC John F. Thorson, 17th Infantry Regiment PVT Joe P. Martinez, 32nd Infantry Regiment The Korean War PVT Charles H. Baker, 17th Infantry Regiment Lt. Col. Don C. Faith, Jr.,

Light fighters share their memories

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Light fighters share their memories

As the 7th Infantry Division celebrates its 100th anniversary, three veterans and one active-duty soldier took the time to briefly reminisce about their service in the division. Pfc. Dick Hazelmeyer "It is a damn good division," stated Hazelmeyer during a telephone conversation. A native of Spokane, he served in the Hourglass Division from

7th ID celebrates 100 years

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7th ID celebrates 100 years

As Joint Base Lewis-McChord celebrates its centennial, it is not alone in reaching this historic milestone. Three months and a day after the opening of then Camp Lewis, the 7th Infantry Division was activated Dec. 6, 1917, and organized  Jan. 1, 1918, at Camp Wheeler, Georgia. Later in 1918, the distinctive shoulder

Living history next week

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Living history next week

The English archaeologist and author John Still once said, "the memories of men are too frail a thread to hang history from." History demands that some of its lesser-known chapters be revisited so that the actions and words of those involved at a certain point and place in time are not

Roasted with honor

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Roasted with honor

Editor's Note:  For security reasons, only the first name of the interviewee is used. The roasting of coffee beans is for one Special Forces veteran a blend of art and science situated in history and lived with remembrance and honor. "From the Devil's Brigade and other guerilla units in World War II

Vigil at Iron Mike

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Vigil at Iron Mike

At the intersection of 41st Division Dr. and Tacoma Ave. on Joint Base Lewis-McChord stands an 18-foot statue. Representative of an early Vietnam-era infantryman, he holds high in his right hand an M14 in a "follow me" pose. Commonly referred to as "Iron Mike," the sculpture recognizes and memorializes the service of

An enduring history

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An enduring history

The 91st Infantry Division occupies a slender chapter in the 100-year history that characterizes Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Built in 1917, Camp Lewis cost the least to build and was constructed in the least amount of time. A Congressional subcommittee investigating war expenditures wrote that Camp Lewis "was the cheapest, best, and

Two is better than one

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Two is better than one

As the nation's economy continues to improve and unemployment rates continue to drop, job opportunities abound. To help connect veterans with this economic rebirth, AMVETS Alvah R. Dravis, Post 1, is hosting an American Veterans Hiring Event.  This is the 17th year that the post, located at 5717 South Tyler St.

Golf in the snow

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Golf in the snow

The rain and snow were no impediment to golfers on a mission. Approximately 175 golfers showed up at Eagles Pride Golf Course to participate in the 17th Annual Turkey Shoot and Holiday Support Golf Tournament Nov. 3. America's Credit Union sponsored the event, which assists Joint Base Lewis-McChord servicemembers during the holiday

USO to open new center on JBLM

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USO to open new center on JBLM

The United Service Organizations, or USO, continually works to strengthen America's military members by keeping them connected to family, home and country. To that end, the USO Northwest will soon open the new Camp Lewis USO Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The site is scheduled to be dedicated Monday, Nov. 20, at

Making a difference

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Making a difference

This Saturday is Veterans Day. It is a day loaded with history. It is a day set aside to honor all veterans -- past and present -- in order to remember and thank them for their service. This history surrounding this day is simple:  On the 11th hour of the 11th day

Moving toward another 52 years

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Moving toward another 52 years

Important events often begin as an idea. In the early 1960s in the midst of the Cold War, this country was at war in Vietnam. The war was divisive, and by the end of 1964 protests against the war began to dominate the news. Some people in Auburn  took note, and one

Cavalry in the park

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Cavalry in the park

The convergence of Veterans Day with the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Great War in 1917, allows for moments of reflection about all veterans who have served. One of these moments will occur Friday, Nov. 10, at AMVETS, hosted by Tacoma Buffalo Soldiers' Museum. To recall the start of World

Gunfire in Centralia

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Gunfire in Centralia

The Nov. 11, 1919, Armistice Day celebration in Centralia, Washington, is known as the Centralia Massacre. Fueled by unionization, a fear of communism and mob mentality, the day ended with the deaths of World War I veterans Warren Grimm, Dale Hubbard, Wesley Everest, Ben Cassagranda and Arthur McElfresh. Cassagranda and McElfresh had

Buying the farm

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Buying the farm

A home loan from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is one of the best-kept secrets in the home buying market. Often referred to as the USDA Rural Development Loan, it is a zero-down, 100-percent financing home loan designed to promote home ownership in less-dense communities across the nation. "Buying rural

Turkey shoot

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Turkey shoot

It is always desirable to shoot for eagles on a golf course during a Turkey Shoot.   But par is good, too. "It's about camaraderie," wrote Amber Young, a representative of America's Credit Union, in an email. ACU is sponsoring the 2017 Annual Turkey Shoot and Holiday Support Golf Tournament Nov. 3 at

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