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By TAMARA HILMES MIDDLEBURY — Foster MacEdward, or “Mac� as friends and family call him, turned 90 on Oct. 22. And though many years have passed, he still vividly recalls being just 22 years old and seeing other young men his age lying in the mud, arms shot off and with little white maggots !!"#$%&'()"#*)$$*+"&,--.$/()% 0"!1102345 beginning to wriggle and swarm. WiFi while you wait! “It was so wet and so humid that just

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By ANDREA SUOZZO LEICESTER — Of the 40 women who entered basic training with Rosie Spahn at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas in August of 1964, just 17 graduated. “It was hard,â€? said Spahn, a Leicester resident. “They’d tear everything out of you, then turn you into a soldier.â€? Spahn didn’t actually go into active duty — women at that point didn’t enter the Air Force with the hope of being posted overseas. The 18-year-old who had never been on a plane instead headed to Texas, Alabama DQGÂżQDOO\&DOLIRUQLDWRVHUYHRXWKHUIRXU year term in Air Force hospitals, while the 9LHWQDPFRQĂ€LFWUDJHGRQRYHUVHDV (See Rosie Spahn, Page 2)

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overnight, the white maggots would start working on you,� MacEdward said. “And I’d say to them, ‘How’re you doing?’ and they’d say, ‘Geez, Mac, if you’d just get me out of here I’d be all right.’� “Here� was the mountainous terrain between Chabua, India, and Kun-ming, China, known as “The Hump� by the other men in the air force who, like MacEdward, were responsible for transporting supplies

from one base to another during World War II. MacEdward joined the U.S. Army Air Force after Pearl Harbor, and following ZHHNVRIĂ€LJKWWUDLQLQJLQ&DOLIRUQLDDQG Memphis, Tenn., MacEdward was shipped down to Boca Raton, Fla., on June 6, 1943, to begin the journey to the China-IndiaBurma Theater. (See Foster MacEdward, Page 4)

Bristol native looks back on three wars By TAMARA HILMES BRISTOL — Bruce Emmons, 85, took a display case with a wooden frame off of his wall and laid it on the kitchen table. Inside, lay military badges in all shapes and colors — stripes, code of conduct medals for the Army and the Air Force, a Purple Heart, and medals for each war he served in. There was one for Korea, one for Vietnam, and one for World War II. A blue(See Emmons, Page 6)


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Rosie Spahn (Continued from Page 1) She joined, in part, for her father. He had been stationed in Africa serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and the onset of polio forced him to return to the United States before his term of service was up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He always wanted his kids to go in and VRUWRIÂżQLVKIRUKLPZKDWKHZDVQÂśWDEOH WRÂżQLVK´VDLG6SDKQÂł$QG,ZDVWKHRQH WKDWZHQWLQ´ A sister considered service, then decided not to. A brother left the armed forces on a medical release. So Spahn was the one to spend her four years serving in the Air Force. Her decision, she said, was unusual. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think women in the military receive PRUHUHVSHFWQRZWKDQWKH\GLGWKHQ´VKH VDLGÂł,WZDVQÂśWYLHZHGDVDSODFHWRJR´ But faced with the choices, Spahn opted for the military. Her other choices were to go to college, to get married or to get a job in a factory near her hometown of Rochester, N.Y. So just after graduation, she headed for Lackland for basic, which was an overhaul of every aspect of their lives, from the LEICESTER RESIDENT ROSIE Spahn was stationed in California and worked as a surgical scrub technician for the Air Force way they made their beds to the way they polished their shoes. It was, Spahn during the Vietnam War. Independent photo/Trent Campbell remembered, overwhelming. Âł:HGLGDORWRIPDUFKLQJ<RXÂśGPDUFK to the mess hall, walk in, get your food, processing, the Air Force needed people in ZKDWZDVJRLQJRQRXWVLGHZDVVORZWRÂżOWHU 20 miles north. in. Then, after her term of duty ended, she \RXÂśG VWDQG E\ WKH WDEOH ZLWK \RXU KDQG the hospitals. 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Alabama at the time was a center in the rooms in the hospital on Hamilton Air Force â&#x20AC;&#x153;We lived in San Francisco and protested During one inspection, one of the four VWUDSV RI 6SDKQÂśV ODXQGU\ EDJ KDQJLQJ civil rights movement, and heading there Base in Novato, Calif. The hospital was just WKHZDU´VKHVDLGZLWKDVPLOH  EHGV DQG VHUYHG WKH RIÂżFHUV DQG WKHLU Eventually Spahn went back to work over the bedpost, was slightly above the meant heading into turmoil. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Riots were happening, the Ku Klux families. in hospitals, and after a divorce she took rest. For that, she received a demerit. The women lived in three barracks on advantage of the G.I. Bill and enrolled in In this orderly environment, women were Klan was there, the Montgomery Four had not allowed to mingle with the men â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it RFFXUUHG´VKHVDLG²UHIHUULQJWRWKHIRXU WAF (Women in the Air Force) Hill, above college. That done, she moved back home to was only near the end of basic training that black girls who died as a result a Ku Klux the base, each with her own room. They still Rochester, where she worked with software. had rules â&#x20AC;&#x201D; their curfew was earlier than A new job brought her to New Hampshire, they were offered the privilege to have a Klan bombing in 1963. But regardless of what went on off the that of the men, and their hats still had to where she met Mike Korkuc, a Vermont cup of coffee with someone of the opposite base, during her time in the Air Force Spahn be at the proper angle, the skirts the right native who would become her domestic gender. partner. After graduation Spahn headed to VDLGYHU\OLWWOHQHZVÂżOWHUHGRQWRWKHEDVH length, and their shoes polished. But as time passed, Spahn and her friends These days Spahn lives in Leicester Alabama, where she was enrolled in Even after being posted to California and medical specialist school. Though her entry gaining the right â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the free time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to ventured off of the base, attending concerts and works for the information technology testing had revealed an aptitude for data leave the base, she said the awareness of and talks in San Francisco, which was about (See Spahn, Page 3)

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(Continued from Page 7) years to work on C-47s â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;the workhorse of the Air Force,â&#x20AC;? he chimed. He lived in Ukodo, just outside of Tokyo. As he was stationed in Japan for three years, he had time to explore the country a bit before returning to the United States. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went to the top of Mount Fuji once,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got good trails up there. They have a restaurant halfway up that you can stop at â&#x20AC;&#x201D; this was back in 1955.â&#x20AC;? COMBAT MISSIONS IN VIETNAM In the 10 years following his return and before he left for Vietnam, Emmons lived and worked in Westover, Mass., where he continued to do maintenance on C-47s. After another stint of training at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in Florida, he was sent to Vietnam in January of 1965, ZKHUHKHĂ&#x20AC;HZLQ&FDUJRSODQHVZKDW WKH\FDOOHGÂłWUHHWRSĂ&#x20AC;\HUV´ â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was in the 19th Air Commandos,â&#x20AC;? he VDLG Âł, OLNHG LW ² WUHHWRS OHYHO Ă&#x20AC;\LQJ dropping in supplies to military bases, hauling out wounded and dead.â&#x20AC;? Along with delivering supplies, the FRPPDQGRV ZRXOG GURS Ă&#x20AC;DUHV DURXQG army posts that were under attack at night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One night, I remember, the number one engine on the plane, which was the left engine, started messing up, so we had WRODQGLQDQDEDQGRQHGDLUÂżHOGRXWLQWKH jungle,â&#x20AC;? he said. Emmons repaired the broken engine by Ă&#x20AC;DVKOLJKW DQG WKH FUHZPHPEHUV PDGH LW

back in the air in time to complete their Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re after your butt, so youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re staying PLVVLRQEHIRUHĂ&#x20AC;\LQJEDFNVNLPPLQJWKH on the ground,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Emmons recalled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He tops of dark jungles, to the Saigon base. ZRXOGQÂśWOHWPHĂ&#x20AC;\DQ\PRUH´ 'XULQJ DQRWKHU RQH RI WKH  FRPEDW %XWDWWKDWSRLQW(PPRQVZDVRQO\ missions that Emmons completed while days away from home in Bristol â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a far stationed in Vietnam, he cry from the six-man huts crashed his plane in the in Tan Son Nhut where he middle of a rice paddy â&#x20AC;&#x153;C rations are the lived for eight months, near Canto. hardly ever stepping foot little cans. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was totaled,â&#x20AC;? he said. off the base. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They had to send trucks get pork and beans, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go off the out to pick us up and take spaghetti and base often,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You us back to the base.â&#x20AC;? could go into Saigon Two days after he meatballs and stuff every once in awhile, into crashed, on Oct. 28, 1965, like that. Then yeast town, but then you had to Emmons was wounded bread, a big bar watch out for these shoejust after taking off. shine boys.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I took off and a shell of pure chocolate The little village boys came through the bottom and a pack of four would come up to the of the airplane,â&#x20AC;? he cigarettes. K ration soldiers, asking to shine recounted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was just their shoes. When they a 50-caliber shell and was about the same, walked away, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d leave when it hit the chains, it except it was drier â&#x20AC;&#x201D; their kits behind. shattered and I got hit in â&#x20AC;&#x153;And when they did, you it would come in a the arm. ran like the devil, because â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hot, too, when it box instead of a can.â&#x20AC;? generally, you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bruce Emmons get too far before the kit hits,â&#x20AC;? he added. After receiving the would explode,â&#x20AC;? Emmons wound that earned him said. the Purple Heart, Emmonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; commanding Men in restaurants, he said, would RIÂżFHU EDQLVKHG KLP WR WKH PLQXWH pull a similar stunt with their briefcases. PLONUXQĂ&#x20AC;LJKWIURP7DQ6DQ1KXWWR9XQJ One could be sitting down to lunch when Tau. Emmons remembers approaching his someone would walk in with a briefcase. RIÂżFHUDERXWWKHGHFLVLRQ They would sit down and eat their meal, Âł+H VDLG Âľ:HOO \RXÂśYH JRW  and when they paid, got up and left, the combat missions in, and you crashed the briefcase would still be sitting beneath the day before yesterday and you were hit. table. Emmons quickly learned that when

one saw a man like this get up and leave, he better get up and leave with him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vietnam was the most traumatic â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you GLGQÂśW NQRZ ZKR \RX ZHUH ÂżJKWLQJ RYHU there,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You could be walking down the street and somebody would walk up to you and stick a knife in you.â&#x20AC;? When the war in Vietnam came to a ELWWHU HQG (PPRQV ÂżUVW ZHQW EDFN WR Massachusetts, then Maine and Florida before returning to Bristol to stay. He had heard that Glenna was still in the area, and he dialed 411 to get her number. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two years later, I moved back up here and we got married in 2006,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were married four years ago in this room right here, 20 minutes past two, by George Smith.â&#x20AC;? Smith, who performed the ceremony in the tiny kitchen of Emmonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s East Street home, had been one of his high school classmates before he had been drafted into World War II. Things had changed in Bristol since ::,,EHJDQ²WKHĂ&#x20AC;RZHUDQGODQGVFDSLQJ store that was once called Japanese Gardens, had changed its name to Bristol Gardens once the U.S. declared war on Japan. And Emmons had changed, too. +HZDV\HDUVROGHUKDYLQJVSHQWZHOO over a quarter of that time in the armed services. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whenever my time was up, I reenlisted. I just never got out,â&#x20AC;? Emmons said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It got so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d hear a plane go over and I could tell if something was wrong with the engine.â&#x20AC;?

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VPT to air veterans programs STATEWIDE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Vermont Public Television will honor and help veterans with two specials airing on Nov. 11 and 12. VPTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Public Squareâ&#x20AC;? special, broadcast and webcast live on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m., will look at services available in Vermont for veterans of all ages. Host Kristin Carlson and panelists will invite viewers to call 1-866-424-LIVE with questions during the show. Questions and comments are also welcome in advance to connect@vpt.org. The program will be broadcast statewide

and be webcast at www.vpt.org. Links to resources for veterans will be posted to www.vpt.org. On Friday, Nov. 12, at 10 p.m., VPT will broadcast â&#x20AC;&#x153;The War at Home,â&#x20AC;? a moving documentary produced by students at 1RUZLFK 8QLYHUVLW\ LQ 1RUWKÂżHOG ,W WHOOV personal stories of the readjustments that combat veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan face when they return home. Many of those interviewed are Norwich student veterans. Some of the student producers have been or will be deployed to Afghanistan upon graduation.

Vergennes Legion hosts meal, service Always remembered CITIZENS OF HANCOCK this past Memorial Day dedicated a new honor roll that lists the names of all local residents who have served in the U.S. armed forces since World War I. The new monument, located near the new ÂżUHVWDWLRQRII5RXWHLQWKHYLOODJHLV FRPSRVHGRIWKUHHJUHHQPDUEOHVODEV ZLWK WKUHH Ă&#x20AC;DJSROHV WKDW Ă&#x20AC;\ WKH 86 Ă&#x20AC;DJ WKH 9HUPRQW Ă&#x20AC;DJ DQG WKH 0LVVLQJ ,Q$FWLRQĂ&#x20AC;DJ7KHPDUEOHIRUWKHKRQRU UROO ZDV GRQDWHG E\ 9HUPRQW 9HUGH $QWLTXH WKH FRPSDQ\ WKDW ERXJKW WKH former Hancock plywood mill. ,QGHSHQGHQWSKRWRV-RKQ60F&ULJKW

VERGENNES â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Thursday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, will be a busy one at American Legion Post 14 in Vergennes. After a noon luncheon that included the DQQXDO WXUNH\ GLQQHU ZLWK DOO WKH Âż[LQJV  for area veterans and their spouses and members of Autumn Years Senior Citizens of Vergennes, the post in the evening will conduct its annual Post Everlasting service at the beginning of the regularly scheduled 7:30 p.m. meeting. This solemn ceremony, which is conducted

in November to coincide with Veterans Day, honors members of Post 14 who have died during the preceding 12 months. This year, 21 deceased members will be remembered including 10 World War II veterans, three IURP WKH .RUHDQ &RQĂ&#x20AC;LFW DQG IRXU ZKR served in Vietnam. Invitations to the ceremony are being sent to the next-of-kin of all the deceased members. Post 14 is located at 100 Armory Lane in Vergennes.

Ceremony honoring veterans set in Bristol BRISTOL â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nov. 11 of each year is the day that Americans ensure veterans know WKDWFLWL]HQVGHHSO\DSSUHFLDWHWKHVDFULÂżFHV they have made in the lives to keep our country free.

The public is invited to join the Bristol American Legion Commander Ron LaRose and the Bristol Boy Scouts in a brief ceremony on the park honoring all veterans on Thursday from 5:30-5:45 p.m.

We salute all U.S. Veterans who have served and those who are presently serving. We offer our sincere gratitude for all that you have given.

MacEdward (Continued from Page 4) Middlebury, where he lives with his wife and his fellow pilots and crewmates had to of 50 years, Kirsten. Though nearly 65 years have passed since watch out for the tetanus, typhoid, cholera and dengue fever that preyed on those he was dodging bullets and circumventing the jagged peaks of the Himalayas, his living in such a tropical, humid climate. memories of those great â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re half-sick all and terrible adventures in the time,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You â&#x20AC;&#x153;You lived in a grass China and India prevail. never have the health you He still remembers the have here. Over there you hut and you slept on injured men who willingly feel half-good the whole a rope bed and there time. You never really feel were usually anywhere suffered for the cause. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And the thing is, good. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rainy, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wet, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never complain,â&#x20AC;? itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100 percent humidity from six to 10 people he recalled, sitting in the and the scorpions and rats in your room. You corner of his basement that â&#x20AC;&#x201D; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in bed and the didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have good food he refers to as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;inner rats run over you â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that and water.â&#x20AC;? sanctum,â&#x20AC;? surrounded kind of thing.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Foster MacEdward by the clutter of military But miraculously, trinkets â&#x20AC;&#x201D; paintings of MacEdward made it out C-46s, boxes of medals, alive and remained in China until 1950, when the Korean War old pairs of pilotsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; goggles and maps of broke out. He was recalled to the United East Asia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Today everybody complains all the States, where he was stationed at the U.S. time about who knows what, but during Air Force base in Westover, Mass. Even after he was discharged, wartime â&#x20AC;&#x201D; those young kids â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I never, 0DF(GZDUG FRQWLQXHG WR Ă&#x20AC;\ +H Ă&#x20AC;HZ IRU ever heard one complaint,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They 52 years before he had to slow down, and just wanted to get out of there, to get out KHORJJHGDWRWDORIĂ&#x20AC;LJKWPLOHVLQ of the mud. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get over that.â&#x20AC;? Tamara Hilmes is at tamarah@ that time. He now has his two feet planted ÂżUPO\ RQ WKH JURXQG DW KLV KRPH LQ addisonindependent.com.

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(Continued from Page 1) and-yellow striped badge with a little brass leaf stood for the 385 combat missions in which he had taken part during his 25 years of military service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guess I just liked the military life,â&#x20AC;? Emmons said, shrugging his shoulder. He ZDVÂżUVWGUDIWHGLQZKHQKHZDVMXVW  \HDUV ROG DQG UHPDLQHG LQ WKH VHUYLFH XQWLO (PPRQVZDVERUQLQ%ULVWROLQDQG grew up in a house on Munsill Avenue, just down the road from his current East Street residence. He trained with the Vermont State Guard under the late Dr. Warren Slocum of Middlebury before heading down to Camp %ODQGLQJLQ)ORULGDIRUZHHNVRIWUDLQLQJ With him went his friend, Lincoln resident 5DOSK &REE ,Q  (PPRQV DQG &REE were shipped out to England, then France. OFF TO WORLD WAR II Âł,ZHQWWR(QJODQGÂżUVWDQGVWD\HGWKHUH just for processing and they shipped us across the channel to France in January of 7KHQWKH\VKLSSHGPHGRZQWR7ULHU Germany, where I joined up with Pattonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 7KLUG$UP\´ Emmons judged that Gen. George S. Patton was exactly how he was portrayed in WKHÂżOPVWDULQJ*HRUJH&6FRWW BRUCE EMMONS DISPLAYS some of the medals he earned during service in three wars. Âł7KDW *HRUJH & 6FRWW KH PDGH D JRRG Independent photo/Trent Campbell guy to play Patton,â&#x20AC;? Emmons said, recalling the generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intense manner. were not avoiding stray mortar shells, they rations for so long â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if we got the chance were delivered to their base camp on trucks Serving under Patton was beyond entertained themselves by doing things like to get fresh eggs, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d take them,â&#x20AC;? he said, every so often. strenuous, and when Emmons and the others raiding chicken houses. chuckling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;C rations are the little cans,â&#x20AC;? he said. LQ WKH WK $UPRUHG ,QIDQWU\ 'LYLVLRQ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been eating K rations and C Emmons recalled the meager meals that (See Emmons, Page 7)

(Continued from Page 6) One got used to the shelling after a spell, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d get pork and beans, spaghetti and Emmons said, but never completely so. PHDWEDOOV DQG VWXII OLNH WKDW 7KHQ \HDVW â&#x20AC;&#x153;One day, we were going up the Autobahn bread, a big bar of pure chocolate and a pack and we got shelled,â&#x20AC;? he recalled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We dug in of four cigarettes. K ration was about the on the side and by that time, a mortar shell same, except it was drier â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it would come landed right â&#x20AC;Ś where we had been sitting.â&#x20AC;? in a box instead of a can.â&#x20AC;? Near-death experiences were part of the 7KHGRXJKER\VRIWKHWK'LYLVLRQZRXOG WK'LYLVLRQÂśVGDLO\URXWLQH2QDQRWKHUGD\ eat and sleep in buildings in the battle-scarred Emmons was standing with one man in front towns that they had taken over that day. of him, and another by the name of Eubanks â&#x20AC;&#x153;We stationed ourselves VWDQGLQJMXVWEHKLQG7KH\ in any building we could were all about eight or nine ÂżQG´(PPRQVVDLGÂł:HÂśG â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vietnam was the most feet apart. take over a town and take traumatic â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x153;And a mortar shell the buildings we wanted know who you were landed between me and and stay there. Sometimes this front guy,â&#x20AC;? Emmons weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d stay there two days, fighting over there. recalled, tracing the sometimes only one night, You could be walking scenario into the surface and then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d move on.â&#x20AC;? of his kitchen table as he down the street and It was Patton who urged somebody would walk spoke. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It killed him,â&#x20AC;? his troops ever onward, he said, pointing at the never allowing them more up to you and stick a invisible man standing than a momentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rest as knife in you.â&#x20AC;? in front, â&#x20AC;&#x153;wounded the â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bruce Emmons guy behind me, and just they made their way across the bloodied Rhine and into knocked me down.â&#x20AC;? Germany. Emmons, throughout his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Patton, he was out ahead of all the rest 25 years of service, had a number of close of them,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When he got started, he shaves, but always seemed to come out only didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to stop.â&#x20AC;? slightly scathed. 7KHWK'LYLVLRQZDVVWDWLRQHGULJKWRQ :KHQ WKH ZDU ÂżQDOO\ FDPH WR DQ HQG LQ WKHIURQWOLQHVLQWKH(XURSHDQ7KHDWHU 0D\ RI  (PPRQV ZDV KLJK XS LQ WKH â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the way from the time we crossed %DYDULDQ $OSV KXQNHUHG GRZQ DQG ÂżULQJ the Rhine was a battle, all the way through at invisible enemies â&#x20AC;&#x201D; German troops until it was over,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Going down the FDPRXĂ&#x20AC;DJHG E\ WKH WUHHV )LQDOO\ ZRUG Autobahn, we were getting shelled all the UHDFKHG WKH WK WKDW YLFWRU\ KDG EHHQ time.â&#x20AC;? achieved in Europe.

WKHLU ULĂ&#x20AC;HV :H MXVW KHUGHG WKHP EDFN WR rear echelon.â&#x20AC;? Emmons remained in Europe until September, when he was shipped back across the Atlantic on the Aquitania, a fourdeck ship that carried an entire combat division. He landed in New York on Sept. DQGFDPHEDFNWR%ULVWROIRUDGD\ leave. BACK TO BRISTOL, ON TO KOREA He eventually returned to Bristol High 6FKRRO WR ÂżQLVK KLV VHQLRU \HDU$IWHU WKH war, Emmons laughed, school seemed â&#x20AC;&#x153;real HDV\´7KH*,%LOOSDLGIRUKLVERRNVDQG DOVRIRUĂ&#x20AC;LJKWOHVVRQV+HZDQWHGWREHDQ Air Force pilot. While at home, he dated *OHQQD 2EHU ZKR RYHU  \HDUV ODWHU would become his wife. But life as a pilot, it seems, was just not meant to be. When Emmons tried to enlist, he was told that he was six months over the age limit. Instead, he was sent to 7H[DVIRUZHHNVRIDLUFUDIWPDLQWHQDQFH training. By that time, the Korean War had EURNHQRXWDQGLQ(PPRQVZDVVHQW overseas. BRISTOL RESIDENT BRUCE Emmons â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was over there for a year,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I served with the military between 1943 GLGQÂśW VHH DQ\ ÂżJKWLQJ RYHU WKHUH EHFDXVH and 1968 and saw action in World War II, I was in an aircraft maintenance camp. Korea and Vietnam. 6LFKXDQ².LVZKDWZHFDOOHGLW´ Independent photo/Trent Campbell Emmons worked in what they called Âł:HVWLOOKDGÂżUHSRZHUIURPWKH*HUPDQV ÂłEDVH Ă&#x20AC;LJKW´ UHSDLULQJ FDUJR DQG VXSSO\ after that for the next couple of days,â&#x20AC;? he planes that were used to haul ammunition VDLGÂł7KHQWKH\VWDUWHGFRPLQJRXWRIWKH and other supplies to the front lines. From Korea, he went to Japan for three woods like ants â&#x20AC;&#x201D; what was left of them. (See Germans, Page 9) When they got out in the open theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d drop COUPON

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(Continued from Page 6) One got used to the shelling after a spell, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d get pork and beans, spaghetti and Emmons said, but never completely so. PHDWEDOOV DQG VWXII OLNH WKDW 7KHQ \HDVW â&#x20AC;&#x153;One day, we were going up the Autobahn bread, a big bar of pure chocolate and a pack and we got shelled,â&#x20AC;? he recalled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We dug in of four cigarettes. K ration was about the on the side and by that time, a mortar shell same, except it was drier â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it would come landed right â&#x20AC;Ś where we had been sitting.â&#x20AC;? in a box instead of a can.â&#x20AC;? Near-death experiences were part of the 7KHGRXJKER\VRIWKHWK'LYLVLRQZRXOG WK'LYLVLRQÂśVGDLO\URXWLQH2QDQRWKHUGD\ eat and sleep in buildings in the battle-scarred Emmons was standing with one man in front towns that they had taken over that day. of him, and another by the name of Eubanks â&#x20AC;&#x153;We stationed ourselves VWDQGLQJMXVWEHKLQG7KH\ in any building we could were all about eight or nine ÂżQG´(PPRQVVDLGÂł:HÂśG â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vietnam was the most feet apart. take over a town and take traumatic â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x153;And a mortar shell the buildings we wanted know who you were landed between me and and stay there. Sometimes this front guy,â&#x20AC;? Emmons weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d stay there two days, fighting over there. recalled, tracing the sometimes only one night, You could be walking scenario into the surface and then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d move on.â&#x20AC;? of his kitchen table as he down the street and It was Patton who urged somebody would walk spoke. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It killed him,â&#x20AC;? his troops ever onward, he said, pointing at the never allowing them more up to you and stick a invisible man standing than a momentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rest as knife in you.â&#x20AC;? in front, â&#x20AC;&#x153;wounded the â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bruce Emmons guy behind me, and just they made their way across the bloodied Rhine and into knocked me down.â&#x20AC;? Germany. Emmons, throughout his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Patton, he was out ahead of all the rest 25 years of service, had a number of close of them,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When he got started, he shaves, but always seemed to come out only didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to stop.â&#x20AC;? slightly scathed. 7KHWK'LYLVLRQZDVVWDWLRQHGULJKWRQ :KHQ WKH ZDU ÂżQDOO\ FDPH WR DQ HQG LQ WKHIURQWOLQHVLQWKH(XURSHDQ7KHDWHU 0D\ RI  (PPRQV ZDV KLJK XS LQ WKH â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the way from the time we crossed %DYDULDQ $OSV KXQNHUHG GRZQ DQG ÂżULQJ the Rhine was a battle, all the way through at invisible enemies â&#x20AC;&#x201D; German troops until it was over,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Going down the FDPRXĂ&#x20AC;DJHG E\ WKH WUHHV )LQDOO\ ZRUG Autobahn, we were getting shelled all the UHDFKHG WKH WK WKDW YLFWRU\ KDG EHHQ time.â&#x20AC;? achieved in Europe.

WKHLU ULĂ&#x20AC;HV :H MXVW KHUGHG WKHP EDFN WR rear echelon.â&#x20AC;? Emmons remained in Europe until September, when he was shipped back across the Atlantic on the Aquitania, a fourdeck ship that carried an entire combat division. He landed in New York on Sept. DQGFDPHEDFNWR%ULVWROIRUDGD\ leave. BACK TO BRISTOL, ON TO KOREA He eventually returned to Bristol High 6FKRRO WR ÂżQLVK KLV VHQLRU \HDU$IWHU WKH war, Emmons laughed, school seemed â&#x20AC;&#x153;real HDV\´7KH*,%LOOSDLGIRUKLVERRNVDQG DOVRIRUĂ&#x20AC;LJKWOHVVRQV+HZDQWHGWREHDQ Air Force pilot. While at home, he dated *OHQQD 2EHU ZKR RYHU  \HDUV ODWHU would become his wife. But life as a pilot, it seems, was just not meant to be. When Emmons tried to enlist, he was told that he was six months over the age limit. Instead, he was sent to 7H[DVIRUZHHNVRIDLUFUDIWPDLQWHQDQFH training. By that time, the Korean War had EURNHQRXWDQGLQ(PPRQVZDVVHQW overseas. BRISTOL RESIDENT BRUCE Emmons â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was over there for a year,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I served with the military between 1943 GLGQÂśW VHH DQ\ ÂżJKWLQJ RYHU WKHUH EHFDXVH and 1968 and saw action in World War II, I was in an aircraft maintenance camp. Korea and Vietnam. 6LFKXDQ².LVZKDWZHFDOOHGLW´ Independent photo/Trent Campbell Emmons worked in what they called Âł:HVWLOOKDGÂżUHSRZHUIURPWKH*HUPDQV ÂłEDVH Ă&#x20AC;LJKW´ UHSDLULQJ FDUJR DQG VXSSO\ after that for the next couple of days,â&#x20AC;? he planes that were used to haul ammunition VDLGÂł7KHQWKH\VWDUWHGFRPLQJRXWRIWKH and other supplies to the front lines. From Korea, he went to Japan for three woods like ants â&#x20AC;&#x201D; what was left of them. (See Germans, Page 9) When they got out in the open theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d drop COUPON

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MacEdward (Continued from Page 4) Middlebury, where he lives with his wife and his fellow pilots and crewmates had to of 50 years, Kirsten. Though nearly 65 years have passed since watch out for the tetanus, typhoid, cholera and dengue fever that preyed on those he was dodging bullets and circumventing the jagged peaks of the Himalayas, his living in such a tropical, humid climate. memories of those great â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re half-sick all and terrible adventures in the time,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You â&#x20AC;&#x153;You lived in a grass China and India prevail. never have the health you He still remembers the have here. Over there you hut and you slept on injured men who willingly feel half-good the whole a rope bed and there time. You never really feel were usually anywhere suffered for the cause. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And the thing is, good. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rainy, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wet, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never complain,â&#x20AC;? itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100 percent humidity from six to 10 people he recalled, sitting in the and the scorpions and rats in your room. You corner of his basement that â&#x20AC;&#x201D; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in bed and the didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have good food he refers to as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;inner rats run over you â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that and water.â&#x20AC;? sanctum,â&#x20AC;? surrounded kind of thing.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Foster MacEdward by the clutter of military But miraculously, trinkets â&#x20AC;&#x201D; paintings of MacEdward made it out C-46s, boxes of medals, alive and remained in China until 1950, when the Korean War old pairs of pilotsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; goggles and maps of broke out. He was recalled to the United East Asia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Today everybody complains all the States, where he was stationed at the U.S. time about who knows what, but during Air Force base in Westover, Mass. Even after he was discharged, wartime â&#x20AC;&#x201D; those young kids â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I never, 0DF(GZDUG FRQWLQXHG WR Ă&#x20AC;\ +H Ă&#x20AC;HZ IRU ever heard one complaint,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They 52 years before he had to slow down, and just wanted to get out of there, to get out KHORJJHGDWRWDORIĂ&#x20AC;LJKWPLOHVLQ of the mud. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get over that.â&#x20AC;? Tamara Hilmes is at tamarah@ that time. He now has his two feet planted ÂżUPO\ RQ WKH JURXQG DW KLV KRPH LQ addisonindependent.com.

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hold altitude. Your minimum altitude was there I was only 22. And when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re 22 about 15- or 16,000 feet, and if you lost you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know much, but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re healthy, an engine, the airplane would only hold you know.â&#x20AC;? altitude down to seven.â&#x20AC;? For the young pilot, every day meant a â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Humpâ&#x20AC;? is a particularly treacherous new adventure. region of Western Yunnan with snowy â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went all over the place,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I peaks sliced dramatically by deep river done everything I could. I think every trip valleys. In order to keep the plane from was an adventure â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I tried to see the fun crashing into the craggy surface of the of it.â&#x20AC;? Himalayas, pilots had to revert back to the But looking on the bright side was not geography lessons that they had memorized always easy. during training. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The hardest part was â&#x20AC;&#x153;You had to know where â&#x20AC;&#x153;Today everybody the living conditions,â&#x20AC;? you were,â&#x20AC;? MacEdward complains all the time he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You lived in a said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were three grass hut and you slept on rivers there, Salween, about who knows what, a rope bed and there were Mekong and Yangtze, but during wartime â&#x20AC;&#x201D; usually anywhere from and between each one of those young kids â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I six to 10 people in your those, the mountain would room. You didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have never, ever heard one go up to 14,000 feet. So good food and the water you had to memorize the complaint.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you had to be very â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Foster MacEdward careful with the water. hump so that if you lost it, you could go down into You were always on the that valley and you could verge of having â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Ă&#x20AC;\VRXWK´ Belly.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? But MacEdward was lucky enough to â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Belly,â&#x20AC;? MacEdward explained, sidestep both the dangerous conditions was a highly uncomfortable condition DQG WKH -DSDQHVH ÂżUH 7KRXJK KH ZDV caused by the expansion of an oxygen shot at a few times, his plane never went bubble in oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stomach that doubled in down. size in altitudes of 16,000 feet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a game for me,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had Âł2K\HDK\RXZHUHÂżJKWLQJWKDWDOOWKH the airplane, and it was a game not to get time,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You never had the health shot down. Get out there and see what you had here. It was gas. You would blow you could see but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get shot down. up with gas in the intestine.â&#x20AC;? Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t become a casualty. It was a kind Along with â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Belly,â&#x20AC;? MacEdward of a game. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget when I went over (See MacEdward, Page 5)

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(Continued from Page 7) years to work on C-47s â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;the workhorse of the Air Force,â&#x20AC;? he chimed. He lived in Ukodo, just outside of Tokyo. As he was stationed in Japan for three years, he had time to explore the country a bit before returning to the United States. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went to the top of Mount Fuji once,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got good trails up there. They have a restaurant halfway up that you can stop at â&#x20AC;&#x201D; this was back in 1955.â&#x20AC;? COMBAT MISSIONS IN VIETNAM In the 10 years following his return and before he left for Vietnam, Emmons lived and worked in Westover, Mass., where he continued to do maintenance on C-47s. After another stint of training at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in Florida, he was sent to Vietnam in January of 1965, ZKHUHKHĂ&#x20AC;HZLQ&FDUJRSODQHVZKDW WKH\FDOOHGÂłWUHHWRSĂ&#x20AC;\HUV´ â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was in the 19th Air Commandos,â&#x20AC;? he VDLG Âł, OLNHG LW ² WUHHWRS OHYHO Ă&#x20AC;\LQJ dropping in supplies to military bases, hauling out wounded and dead.â&#x20AC;? Along with delivering supplies, the FRPPDQGRV ZRXOG GURS Ă&#x20AC;DUHV DURXQG army posts that were under attack at night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One night, I remember, the number one engine on the plane, which was the left engine, started messing up, so we had WRODQGLQDQDEDQGRQHGDLUÂżHOGRXWLQWKH jungle,â&#x20AC;? he said. Emmons repaired the broken engine by Ă&#x20AC;DVKOLJKW DQG WKH FUHZPHPEHUV PDGH LW

back in the air in time to complete their Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re after your butt, so youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re staying PLVVLRQEHIRUHĂ&#x20AC;\LQJEDFNVNLPPLQJWKH on the ground,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Emmons recalled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He tops of dark jungles, to the Saigon base. ZRXOGQÂśWOHWPHĂ&#x20AC;\DQ\PRUH´ 'XULQJ DQRWKHU RQH RI WKH  FRPEDW %XWDWWKDWSRLQW(PPRQVZDVRQO\ missions that Emmons completed while days away from home in Bristol â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a far stationed in Vietnam, he cry from the six-man huts crashed his plane in the in Tan Son Nhut where he middle of a rice paddy â&#x20AC;&#x153;C rations are the lived for eight months, near Canto. hardly ever stepping foot little cans. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was totaled,â&#x20AC;? he said. off the base. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They had to send trucks get pork and beans, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go off the out to pick us up and take spaghetti and base often,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You us back to the base.â&#x20AC;? could go into Saigon Two days after he meatballs and stuff every once in awhile, into crashed, on Oct. 28, 1965, like that. Then yeast town, but then you had to Emmons was wounded bread, a big bar watch out for these shoejust after taking off. shine boys.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I took off and a shell of pure chocolate The little village boys came through the bottom and a pack of four would come up to the of the airplane,â&#x20AC;? he cigarettes. K ration soldiers, asking to shine recounted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was just their shoes. When they a 50-caliber shell and was about the same, walked away, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d leave when it hit the chains, it except it was drier â&#x20AC;&#x201D; their kits behind. shattered and I got hit in â&#x20AC;&#x153;And when they did, you it would come in a the arm. ran like the devil, because â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hot, too, when it box instead of a can.â&#x20AC;? generally, you wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bruce Emmons get too far before the kit hits,â&#x20AC;? he added. After receiving the would explode,â&#x20AC;? Emmons wound that earned him said. the Purple Heart, Emmonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; commanding Men in restaurants, he said, would RIÂżFHU EDQLVKHG KLP WR WKH PLQXWH pull a similar stunt with their briefcases. PLONUXQĂ&#x20AC;LJKWIURP7DQ6DQ1KXWWR9XQJ One could be sitting down to lunch when Tau. Emmons remembers approaching his someone would walk in with a briefcase. RIÂżFHUDERXWWKHGHFLVLRQ They would sit down and eat their meal, Âł+H VDLG Âľ:HOO \RXÂśYH JRW  and when they paid, got up and left, the combat missions in, and you crashed the briefcase would still be sitting beneath the day before yesterday and you were hit. table. Emmons quickly learned that when

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Rosie Spahn (Continued from Page 1) She joined, in part, for her father. He had been stationed in Africa serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and the onset of polio forced him to return to the United States before his term of service was up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He always wanted his kids to go in and VRUWRIÂżQLVKIRUKLPZKDWKHZDVQÂśWDEOH WRÂżQLVK´VDLG6SDKQÂł$QG,ZDVWKHRQH WKDWZHQWLQ´ A sister considered service, then decided not to. A brother left the armed forces on a medical release. So Spahn was the one to spend her four years serving in the Air Force. Her decision, she said, was unusual. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think women in the military receive PRUHUHVSHFWQRZWKDQWKH\GLGWKHQ´VKH VDLGÂł,WZDVQÂśWYLHZHGDVDSODFHWRJR´ But faced with the choices, Spahn opted for the military. Her other choices were to go to college, to get married or to get a job in a factory near her hometown of Rochester, N.Y. So just after graduation, she headed for Lackland for basic, which was an overhaul of every aspect of their lives, from the LEICESTER RESIDENT ROSIE Spahn was stationed in California and worked as a surgical scrub technician for the Air Force way they made their beds to the way they polished their shoes. It was, Spahn during the Vietnam War. Independent photo/Trent Campbell remembered, overwhelming. Âł:HGLGDORWRIPDUFKLQJ<RXÂśGPDUFK to the mess hall, walk in, get your food, processing, the Air Force needed people in ZKDWZDVJRLQJRQRXWVLGHZDVVORZWRÂżOWHU 20 miles north. in. Then, after her term of duty ended, she \RXÂśG VWDQG E\ WKH WDEOH ZLWK \RXU KDQG the hospitals. Âł,WZDVNLQGRIDEXEEOH$QG,GLGQÂśWKDYH got an apartment in San Francisco and a job raised until every table had all four people. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;YOU DID WHAT WAS NEEDEDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Âł,WGLGQÂśWUHDOO\PDWWHUZKDWP\VNLOOVHW DFDUVR,ZDVRQWKHEDVHTXLWHDORW´VKH DW 0DF\ÂśV 2Q WKH ZHHNHQGV WKH PDQ VKH 7KHQ \RXÂśG VLW GRZQ HDW \RXU IRRG DQG ZDV´VKHVDLGÂł%DFNWKHQLWZDVZKDWWKH\ said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Vietnam war was going on, but it would later marry, who was still working \RXZRXOGQRWWDON´ ZDVQÂśWDZDULWZDVDFRQĂ&#x20AC;LFW,GLGQÂśWJHW in the hospital on the base, came to the Then there were the inspections. 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Alabama at the time was a center in the rooms in the hospital on Hamilton Air Force â&#x20AC;&#x153;We lived in San Francisco and protested During one inspection, one of the four VWUDSV RI 6SDKQÂśV ODXQGU\ EDJ KDQJLQJ civil rights movement, and heading there Base in Novato, Calif. The hospital was just WKHZDU´VKHVDLGZLWKDVPLOH  EHGV DQG VHUYHG WKH RIÂżFHUV DQG WKHLU Eventually Spahn went back to work over the bedpost, was slightly above the meant heading into turmoil. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Riots were happening, the Ku Klux families. in hospitals, and after a divorce she took rest. For that, she received a demerit. The women lived in three barracks on advantage of the G.I. Bill and enrolled in In this orderly environment, women were Klan was there, the Montgomery Four had not allowed to mingle with the men â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it RFFXUUHG´VKHVDLG²UHIHUULQJWRWKHIRXU WAF (Women in the Air Force) Hill, above college. That done, she moved back home to was only near the end of basic training that black girls who died as a result a Ku Klux the base, each with her own room. They still Rochester, where she worked with software. had rules â&#x20AC;&#x201D; their curfew was earlier than A new job brought her to New Hampshire, they were offered the privilege to have a Klan bombing in 1963. But regardless of what went on off the that of the men, and their hats still had to where she met Mike Korkuc, a Vermont cup of coffee with someone of the opposite base, during her time in the Air Force Spahn be at the proper angle, the skirts the right native who would become her domestic gender. partner. After graduation Spahn headed to VDLGYHU\OLWWOHQHZVÂżOWHUHGRQWRWKHEDVH length, and their shoes polished. But as time passed, Spahn and her friends These days Spahn lives in Leicester Alabama, where she was enrolled in Even after being posted to California and medical specialist school. 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By ANDREA SUOZZO LEICESTER â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Of the 40 women who entered basic training with Rosie Spahn at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas in August of 1964, just 17 graduated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was hard,â&#x20AC;? said Spahn, a Leicester resident. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d tear everything out of you, then turn you into a soldier.â&#x20AC;? Spahn didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t actually go into active duty â&#x20AC;&#x201D; women at that point didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enter the Air Force with the hope of being posted overseas. The 18-year-old who had never been on a plane instead headed to Texas, Alabama DQGÂżQDOO\&DOLIRUQLDWRVHUYHRXWKHUIRXU year term in Air Force hospitals, while the 9LHWQDPFRQĂ&#x20AC;LFWUDJHGRQRYHUVHDV (See Rosie Spahn, Page 2)

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