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101st Airborne Division Soldiers share personal ties to Battle of the Bulge

 

U.S. Army EuropeBastogne, Belgium – Seventy-five years ago in Bastogne, Belgium, German soldiers captured American Pfc. Marold Peterson of the 422nd Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division.

Peterson escaped from the work camp where we was held prisoner, only to be captured again and killed by Hitler Youth.

Sgt. Travis Paice, the great-grandson of Peterson, said it is surreal to be in Bastogne where Peterson lived his last moments.

“Maybe he was standing right where I stood,” Paice, a Soldier with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, said.

Sgt. Coleton Jones of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101 Airborne Division, center, meets reenactors at a community event at the Bastogne Barracks in Bastogne, Belgium. The event took place before the parade commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the World War II Battle of the Bulge. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt, Erica Earl)

Sgt. Coleton Jones of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101 Airborne Division, center, meets reenactors at a community event at the Bastogne Barracks in Bastogne, Belgium. The event took place before the parade commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the World War II Battle of the Bulge. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt, Erica Earl)

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Memorializes Seven Service Members during 2018 Memorial Day Service

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, First Lady Crissy Haslam, Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Tennessee Military Department Adjutant General, Major General Terry “Max” Haston paid tribute to seven service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the state’s Memorial Day service.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam

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Longest-Held Enlisted POW Bill Robinson to Speak at Clarksville Event on September 15th

 

Visit Clarksville TennesseeClarksville, TN – On September 20th, 1965, Airman 1st Class Bill Robinson began a typical mission day as part of the team trying to rescue a downed pilot in North Vietnam. Enemy ground fire downed their helicopter and the crew and pilot were captured.

The Vietnamese would not release Robinson for seven years and five months, making him the longest-held enlisted man in US military history.

Airman 1st Class Bill Robinson

Airman 1st Class Bill Robinson

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Clarksville’s Welcome Home Veterans Parade set for September 16th

 

Visit Clarksville TennesseeClarksville, TN – Clarksville’s third annual Welcome Home Veterans parade is scheduled for Saturday, September 16th, 2017 at 10:00am in historic downtown.

“Originally created to honor Vietnam Veterans, the parade now a tribute by Vietnam Veterans to all American Heroes. This is a day for families, friends and all citizens to salute the service and sacrifices made by America’s Military,” said Visit Clarksville Board Chairman Jerry Allbert.

Clarksville-Montgomery County Veterans Day Parade

Clarksville-Montgomery County Veterans Day Parade

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Clarksville’s Welcome Home Veterans Celebration Field of Honor Tribute Flags Available for Order

 

Visit Clarksville TennesseeClarksville, TN – Individuals may order a 3′ x 5′ United States flag in honor, in memory or as a tribute to a loved one as part of Clarksville’s upcoming Welcome Home Veterans Celebration, September 13th-17th, 2017. All flags will be displayed in the Field of Honor – Veterans Tribute at Beachaven Vineyards and Winery, 1100 Dunlop Lane, September 14th-17th.

Flags in the Field of Honor Veteran's Tribute

Flags in the Field of Honor Veteran’s Tribute

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Memorializes Five Service Members

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Tennessee Military Department Adjutant General, Major General Terry “Max” Haston paid tribute to five service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the state’s Memorial Day service.

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APSU gives tribute to late educator Dr. Preston J. Hubbard this afternoon

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – A memorial to the life of former Austin Peay State University professor — and World War II hero — Dr. Preston J. Hubbard will take place March 30th at 5:00pm at the Preston Hubbard Veteran’s Colonnade on the University campus.

The event is open to the public, and all are invited to pay tribute to an educator who touched the lives of countless students, colleagues and friends.

(L to R) Preston J. Hubbard, age at the time: 23, Paul G. Inzer, age at the time: 16, and a soldier not identified. This picture is of a rest stop, on the Death March, in Balanga, Bataan.

(L to R) Preston J. Hubbard, age at the time: 23, Paul G. Inzer, age at the time: 16, and a soldier not identified. This picture is of a rest stop, on the Death March, in Balanga, Bataan.

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Veteran shot down in Vietnam spoke to 5th Special Forces Group Soldiers at Fort Campbell

 

Written by Sgt. Jacob Mahaffey
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office

5th Special Forces GroupFort Campbell, KY – A Vietnam War veteran and former prisoner of war spoke to Soldiers from the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) on Fort Campbell, KY January 23rd.

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Barry Bridger, from Bladenboro, North Carolina, spoke to the Special Forces Soldiers about life as a POW and how important survival training can be.

Bridger was conducting combat operations during his second tour in Vietnam on January 23rd, 1967, when his plane was shot down over hostile territory. The next six years of his life were spent in Vietnam’s infamous “Hanoi Hilton” prison camp. «Read the rest of this article»

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5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) celebrates 52 years of service

 

Written by Maj. Brandon Bissell
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – Past and present members of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) family gathered together here last week for its annual Reunion Week festivities.

This year marked the unit’s 52nd anniversary of its activation, which originally took place September 21st, 1961, at Fort Bragg, NC. Although a time to celebrate, the “reunion” has become much more than just an annual gathering throughout the years.

The 5th SFG (A) has a storied history written by very quiet professionals, but more importantly they are a family that encompasses Veterans, past and present, families and friend of the Legion for generations past.

Col. John Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Mr. Steve Woods, son of Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods, Mr. Frank Roe, and Col. Frederick Prins, deputy commander of the 5th SFG (A) join together for a picture at the Group’s 52nd Reunion Picnic 21 held on Gabriel Field on Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 21, 2013.  Approximately 49 years after Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods, a Soldier with the 5th SFG (A) during the Vietnam War, was pronounced missing and presumed dead in Vietnam his remains were finally found just days before the Group’s Reunion in Cambodia.

Col. John Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Mr. Steve Woods, son of Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods, Mr. Frank Roe, and Col. Frederick Prins, deputy commander of the 5th SFG (A) join together for a picture at the Group’s 52nd Reunion Picnic 21 held on Gabriel Field on Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 21, 2013. Approximately 49 years after Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods, a Soldier with the 5th SFG (A) during the Vietnam War, was pronounced missing and presumed dead in Vietnam his remains were finally found just days before the Group’s Reunion in Cambodia.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam proclaims POW/MIA Recognition Week

 

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced September 20th-26th, 2013 as POW/MIA Recognition Week. Meanwhile, the United States Department of Defense announces the identification of Major Howard V. Andre, Jr. of Memphis who has been missing in action since July 8th, 1969.

Major Andre and Major James E. Sizemore of Illinois were on a night armed reconnaissance mission when their A-26A Invader aircraft crashed in Xiangkhoang Province, Laos during the Vietnam War. Both men died in the crash but their remains were unaccounted for until April 2013. The Air Force pilots will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors on September 23rd at Arlington National Cemetery. They were classified as missing in action for nearly 44 years.

Major Howard Andre (photo provided by State of Tennessee)

Major Howard Andre (photo provided by State of Tennessee)

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