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Grandview man’s WWII adventures continue to attract interest way through the French underground, over the Pyrenees Mountains into Spain and to freedom,� Ramsey wrote. According to Ramsey his Uncle Milton was a farm boy with adventure running deep in his roots. “His parents, John Henry and

Dundee, Scotland, landed at New Castle, Delaware, in 1730. They had come from the north he adventures of a of Ireland as part of the third Grandview farm boy wave of Scots-Irish pioneers to who spent a part of the new land. World War II on the Europe“Today, Milton and Phyllis an front dodging the Gestapo live in New Mexico. They live may have ended 71 years ago, near their daughter who keeps however, interest in his story an eye on them. continues to intrigue In September she his relatives and ad“He was ying high cover for B-17s went on a semimirers. His nephew, Fred and B-24s tasked with bombing German nar to Tucson, Ariz. and took Milton and Ramsey of Olympia, industrial sites near Koblenz, Germany.â€? who previously wrote - Fred Ramsey of Olympia Phyllis with her. Another cousin, Hank, a book dedicated to whose taped interthe life of Second Lieutenant Milton H. Ramsey, Minnie (Mills) Ramsey, were view of Milton got me started on is currently assisting a French one of the pioneer families in my book project,â€? Ramsey said “This past summer we all writer, Jean-Michel Dozier, Grandview. They came from in capturing the drama of the Montana in 1905 and settled on converged on Tucson and had young pilot’s journey through a farm in the Euclid Valley near a small family reunion. The key the Yakima River. John Henry’s event was a Skype call from my the French underground. Ramsey’s book “Apple parents came out of Tennessee smart phone to Jean Michel in Knockers: Memoirs of a Fight- after the Civil War and settled France so that he and Milton er Pilot,â€? was released in 2008. LQ 7H[DV 7KHLU ÂżUVW $PHUL- could meet,â€? Ramsey said. see “WWII adventuresâ€? next page Ramsey said “Apple Knock- can ancestor, originally from erâ€? was the name of his uncle’s plane. He had worked picking apples as a young fellow and the Yakima Valley was the apple capital of the world then, Ramsey explained. . In Ramsey’s book, he introduced his uncle this way: Ace Hardware - Sunnyside ...................................... 3 “Jan. 29, 1944, Second LieuBell & Bridges, CPAs................................................. 29 tenant Milton H. Ramsey of the th nd 78 Fighter Group, 82 Fighter Benton REA .............................................................. 16 Squadron, United States Army Bert’s Excavating....................................................... 3 Air Corps, bailed out over Best Driving Academy ............................................ 21 )UDQFH DIWHU D GRJÂżJKW ZLWK Bos Inc. ..................................................................... 13 eight enemy aircraft over northern France. C&H Trucking Academy, Inc. ................................ 27 Âł+HZDVĂ€\LQJKLJKFRYHUIRU Cliff’s Septic & Sewer Service .................................. 3 B-17s and B-24s tasked with Columbia Basin Denture Care................................. 5 bombing German industrial Columbia Crest ....................................................... 17 sites near Koblenz, Germany. Âł0LOWRQĂ€HZD5D]RUEDFN3 Daily Sun News ........................................................ 10 47D called ‘Apple Knocker.’ DK Bain Real Estate ................................................. 24 The P-47 had a 2,000 horsepowEl Valle ........................................................................ 7 er engine and eight 50-caliber Farmer’s Insurance, Ron Sidwell .............................. 4 PDFKLQHJXQVHQRXJKÂżUHSRZer to blow a train off the tracks,â€? Hall Financial............................................................ 16 according to Ramsey. Harold’s Repair & Rental, L.L.C. ............................... 6 “His wife, Phyllis, was told Hi-Way Fruit .............................................................. 29 by the government that he was Horace Mann .......................................................... 11 missing in action. Between Jan. 29 and June 21, Jeffrey E. Matson ..................................................... 23 DIHZGD\VVKRUWRIÂżYH Kadlec Clinic ........................................................... 12 months - no one in the family Lower Valley Credit Union ........................................ 9 knew if Milton was still alive. Lower Valley Machine Shop Inc. ............................. 7 “Unknown to the family, Milton was involved in perLower Valley Memorial Gardens ........................... 27 haps the greatest adventure of Mid Valley Auto ............................................. 9, 17, 24 his young life as he worked his BY JULIA HART

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World War II pilot Milton Ramsey, formerly of Grandview, is the subject of a second book currently being researched by Jean Michel Dozier of Lille, France. Ramsey’s plane was shot down in northern France, where he was aided by Dozier’s grandfather, a French freedom fighter.

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It was quite an event but Milton, 95, has dementia now plus it was 71 years since the events of 1944, so he was not able to answer most of Jean Michel’s questions, Ramsey said. None the less, the conversation was enough for Dozier to start his work, Ramsey explained. “Now we are working slowly with him to help discover who in France helped him (Milton),” Ramsey said. Some of those stories are photo courtesy of Fred Ramsey beginning to come out due to Milton Ramsey retired from the Air Force as a lieutenDozier’s research. Ramsey plans to keep a re- ant colonel, after surviving cord in English of what Dozier more than five months behind enemy lines as a discovers. World War II pilot. So far, his research has resembled a police investigation, said Dozier, who is a grandson RID)UHQFKUpVLVWDQFH¿JKWHU His research has enabled him to retrace most of Milton’s journey through the French underground from Lille, France to the south Pyrenees, with the addition of stories of the people who helped Ramsey’s uncle escape to freedom. “The story of this pilot is a very fantastic and fabulous piece of the history of the French underground. Many times, he could be arrested by Gestapo or soldiers,” Dozier said. Recently, while Dozier was on vacation in southern France,

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E6 Craig Hicks at his retirement from the Coast Guard in 2007. With him is his father-in-law Jack Hinderlider of Sunnyside. photo courtesy of Crag Hicks

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Former Grandview native Milton Ramsey was on hand at a Fourth of July ceremony in Grandview in 2007, when his nephew Fred Ramsey, first told of Milton’s adventures while serving in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

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he discovered that when the young American pilot arrived in Montauban, a village in the Pyrenees, there were about 16,000 SS troops stationed there, a very dangerous situation. Among the stories Dozier has collected is one of an woman who put her own life in danger to help him “She apparently didn’t care what the Gestapo might do to her because she felt she didn’t have long to live,� Dozier revealed. The story goes that she had been in a prison camp and had been treated so

badly that when she was released, she was not expected to live, Ramsey explained. Ramsey isn’t sure when Dozier’s book will be completed, but he does plan to work with the Frenchman to see it to completion. “When we think of all the lives his journey affected, it just makes you realize how amazing it was that he came home,� he added. - Julia Hart can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email JHart@DailySunNews.com

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a boarding team aiding the er, which came in handy on Coast Guard efforts to police search and rescue missions,â€? ZDWHUV DJDLQ GUXJ WUDIÂżFN- KH H[SODLQHG Âł%HVLGHV , MXVW LQJDQGKXPDQWUDIÂżFNLQJ+H ORYHWKHZDWHU´ said there were times when he +H VDLG WKH EHVW SODFH WR and his crewmates conducted scuba dive was in the warm humanitarian cruises, and oth- 3DFLÂżF ZDWHUV :KLOH VWDHUV ZKHQ WKH\ DOO NQHZ WKH\ WLRQHG LQ +DZDLL KH ZRUNHG were hunting drug runners, he DERDUGDIRRWFXWWHU7KDW H[SODLQHG ZDV SHUIHFW GXW\ +LFNV UH2WKHU WLPHV WKH VKLSV +LFNV FDOOV served on Âł,W ZDV were charged warm and “It’s the discipline you you could see with policing ÂżVKLQJ ERDWV learn, when dealing with for miles uninvolved in il- confrontational situations derwater,â€? he legal drift net VDLG that comes into play.â€? ÂżVKLQJ :KLOH PRVW - Craig Hicks Yet, durof his duing his more ties revolved than 10 years as a controlman DURXQG PDNLQJ VXUH WKLQJV on ships deployed from Port ZRUNHGDERDUGVKLSKHIRXQG &ODUHQFH LQ $ODVND WR &DSH WLPHWRGHYHORSZRRGZRUNLQJ 0D\ LQ  1HZ -HUVH\ +LFNV  VNLOOV having grown up in the dry Learning to handle a variety %LFNOHWRQ ZKHDW ODQG  VRRQ of tools came in very handy OHDUQHG WR ORYH WKH ZDWHU ,W when stationed 2,000 miles wasn’t too long after being from the nearest port of call, stationed out of Almeida, Ca- KHVDLG photo courtesy of Crag Hicks OLIWKDWKHVLJQHGXSIRUD +LFNV H[SODLQHG WKDW QHFHV- Sunnyside’s Craig Hicks said his favorite ports of call were in Hawaii and in Westport, off the coast VFXEDGLYLQJFRXUVH sity dictated he and his fellow of Washington. “It was pretty quiet out of Westport,â€? he said. Catching salmon anglers with fish beÂł, EHFDPH D FHUWLÂżHG GLY- see “Coast Guardsmanâ€? next page low the legal limit happened a lot, he said.

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Local vets ride for a cause BY JOHN FANNIN

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Local man went to Vietnam to crunch numbers He said his company had relative freedom, able to travel to Saigon fairly easily. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On that highway we could be shot,â&#x20AC;? Fleming said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew that, but we were dumb kids.â&#x20AC;? The easy-going attitude changed after

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of the people were very friendly,â&#x20AC;? he said. Fleming also was able to see Bob â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m no hero,â&#x20AC;? Ron Fleming says of Hope on stage at a Christmas show, his time in Vietnam. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the along with Raquel Welch. ones in the trenches.â&#x20AC;? After getting home, Fleming went Now living in Granger, Fleming said back to college. he started college in 1965, but realized â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was a much better stuafter six days that he hated dent then,â&#x20AC;? he said. it. So he joined the army. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were no computers, then. We had to use He became a teacher and He said he hated it as well, snail mail to get ďŹ les. We couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even just call up ended up in Granger. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s but couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quit. run four Boston Marathons He was recruited by a and ask.â&#x20AC;? DQGSODQVWRUXQKLVÂżIWKLQ man named Sergeant Flem- Ron Fleming April. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already planing, who told him that the ning for another after that. chances of being sent to Fleming wanted to emphasize that he Vietnam were slim and not to worry the Tet Offensive early in 1968, in which the North Vietnamese launched a num- was just a kid in a foreign country. He about it. turned 21 while in Vietnam. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lie to me!â&#x20AC;? said Ron ber of surprise attacks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They got us up at 3 or 4 in the mornâ&#x20AC;&#x153;We were just young kids,â&#x20AC;? he said. Fleming of his long-ago namesake. For a time it seemed the sergeant LQJDQGVWXFNXVLQDEXQNHUZLWKULĂ&#x20AC;HV´ â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hardly knew what we were doing.â&#x20AC;? would be right. Fleming trained at Fort said Fleming. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure what we Ord, and Fort Benjamin Harrison, then were supposed to do with them, because - Laura Gjovaag can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email LGjovaag@DailySunNews.com was sent to Fort Lewis to learn about they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t issue us any bullets.â&#x20AC;? He said the former freedom of movecomputers before he was called to go to ment went away immediately. Vietnam in 1967. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know who to trust,â&#x20AC;? he Even then, Fleming wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t on the IURQWOLQHV$VDQHQJLQHHUZRUNLQJLQÂż- said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of our workers were among QDQFHVKHHQGHGXSDWWKHDUP\ÂżQDQFH the dead after it was all over.â&#x20AC;? Fleming said he remembers Vietnam center handling all pay for all the army most for how much it stunk. He said the personnel in Vietnam. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were no computers, then,â&#x20AC;? he heat and humidity he could get used to, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had to use snail mail to get but not the smell. He said it was also a ÂżOHV :H FRXOGQÂśW HYHQ MXVW FDOO XS DQG third-world country at the time, with oxcarts and water buffalo. ask.â&#x20AC;?

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Okinawa, Cuba were learning stops for Sâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;side man turn. In 1994, he was sent to Cuba to assist with the U.S. response to a huJay Hester did his part during Opermanitarian crisis in Haiti. ation Desert Storm in the early 1990s. It was one of the rare times that But he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in Iraq. Cuba and the U.S. cooperated on an Or Kuwait, or even Saudi Arabia. international effort. No, the Sunnyside man Hester has fond memowas nearly 5,000 miles â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teamwork was the biggest thing. When I was ries of the six months he away in Okinawa, Japan. There, he was an en- younger I thought I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need anyoneâ&#x20AC;Śbut the spent in Cuba. The warm gine mechanic for the military takes that out of you right away. You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t weather, beaches and 1950s cars tooling $LU )RUFHÂśV Ă&#x20AC;HHW RI ) realize your goals without discipline and teamwork.â&#x20AC;? classic along Havanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roads. ÂżJKWHUV - Jay Hester â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was nice, but very â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Air Force ran so militaristic,â&#x20AC;? he said, many sorties that they noting U.S. soldiers essentially were burning out engines,â&#x20AC;? said Hes- ask for. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I grew up tinkering with enginesâ&#x20AC;Ś stayed close to the barracks while in ter, a 1991 Sunnyside High School I was excited to work on the Air Cuba. graduate. As was the case in Okinawa, HesHester, the Port of Sunnysideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ex- Force planes, but it was brutal,â&#x20AC;? says see â&#x20AC;&#x153;Learning stopsâ&#x20AC;? next page Hester. ecutive director, enlisted in the Air 7KH $LU )RUFHÂśV Ă&#x20AC;HHW ZDV VR WD[HG Force during his junior year of high by the constant runs over Iraq that the school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ready for collegeâ&#x20AC;Śdidnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t U.S. had crew in Okinawa, like HesLong before he became the Port ter, create a large inventory of spare know what I wanted to do,â&#x20AC;? he says. of Sunnysideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive director, Hester, though, knew he wanted to engines to keep the attacks going. Jay Hester served with the U.S. Air After Okinawa, Hesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tour with see the world before pursuing college. Force in Japan and Cuba. And see the world, he did, during the Air Force took an unexpected KLVÂżYH\HDUVWLQWZLWKWKH$LU)RUFH After training in the U.S., Hester was stationed in Okinawa, where he put in 12-hour work days, seven days a week. It was a case of be careful what you

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Sunnyside man paid the ultimate sacrifice tabs over the years on Charles Kirkham and several other World War II veterans There are some heroes who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t from Sunnyside. He notes Kirkham was born in Canada speak for themselvesâ&#x20AC;Śand it is up to and moved to the Yakima Valley from others to tell their story. Such is the case for Lt. Charles Colorado with his family in about 1936. Heffron, who has lived in Outlook for Kirkham, a 1940 Sunnyside High School the past 50 years, notes Kirkham was graduate, who died in action during posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, World War II while launching airstrikes Air Medal and Purple Heart. against Kyusha, Japan in June 1945. A story in the Sunnyside Sun from June Greg Schlieve of Grandview is the nephew of Kirkhamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother, the late UHSRUWVÂł&KDUOHVĂ&#x20AC;HZRYHUKLV wingmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downed plane radioing for Frank Kirkham. Âł2QHRIKLVIHOORZĂ&#x20AC;\HUVZHQWGRZQ rescue until his fuel was gone, then â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in the ocean and Charles radioed his going down to join upâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.â&#x20AC;? Today, Kirkham is listed on the Americommander that he was going to land his aircraft in the ocean - with the in- can Battle Monuments Commissionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s WHQWWKDWLWZRXOGĂ&#x20AC;RDWEHWWHUVLQFHLW tablets of the missing in Honolulu, Hawaii. Heffron notes Kirkham perished in acwasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t all shot up,â&#x20AC;? Schlieve says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But tion two months after he was stationed neither plane nor pilot were ever recovaboard the USS Shangri-La. That ship ered. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the way I recall the story EHFDPH WKH Ă&#x20AC;DJVKLS IRU 9LFH$G -RKQ being told to me from his brother Frank, McCain Sr., grandfather of Vietnam who was my uncle.â&#x20AC;? Local historian Al Heffron has kept POW and 2008 presidential candidate

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Sen. John McCain III. Schlieve feels itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for veterans killed in action to get their stories told. He notes 26 soldiers from the Sunnyside area died while serving in World War II. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For most of our WWII veterans who were killed in action, there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much said about them until 2001 when the VFW constructed the War Veterans MePRULDODWWKHFHPHWHU\DQGÂżQDOO\OLVWHG their names on granite,â&#x20AC;? Schlieve says of the local effort. â&#x20AC;&#x153;An interesting point about those who died in WWII from Sunnyside,â&#x20AC;? he adds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the War Veterans Memorial was being constructed (1997-2001) I decided WRVHHLIZHFRXOGÂżQGWKHQDPHVRIDOORI our local WWII KIA men.â&#x20AC;? see â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ultimate sacriďŹ ceâ&#x20AC;? page 16

Pictured as a senior at Sunnyside High School, Charles Kirkham would go on to serve in World War II. He was killed in action while flying a mission over Japan.

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What Schlieve found from his survey of local community members was two different sets of names. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One group was made up from local people who grew up in Sunnyside - and they always listed the same 12 to 13 men,â&#x20AC;? Schlieve said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But another group - those who had moved into the area during the great depression from the south - circled a completely different group of men...again, about 12 to 13 men.â&#x20AC;? Schlieve thinks what happened is that â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Śthe local folks never got much of a chance to know those who moved into Sunnyside during the depression, as they usually went straight to work in the ÂżHOGVLIWKH\ZHUHROGHQRXJKWRZRUN´ The result, he adds, is â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Śwe can almost divide the (list of) 26 men from

Sunnyside who were killed-in-action into two groups. Local people knew one set of men, and the group who had newly arrived here knew the other group... but seldom did anyone know men from both groups.â&#x20AC;? All of which makes it important to share their storiesâ&#x20AC;Śwhether they were from Sunnyside originally or moved here later. - John Fannin can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email JFannin@DailySunNews.com

The Sunnyside Sun carried the news of local hero Charles Kirkham on June 28, 1945, after his sacrificial attempt to save a wingman shot down.

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SILVERDALE - A 2005 Zillah High School graduate is serving aboard one of the U.S. Navyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nuclear-powered guided missile submarines, living and working at a Navy base in Silverdale. 3HWW\2IÂżFHUQG&ODVV%ULDQ%XUQVLVDFXlinary specialist on the USS Ohio (SSGN 726), which is based in Silverdale, about 15 miles ZHVW RI 6HDWWOH DFURVV 3XJHW 6RXQG &XOLQDU\ specialists are responsible for preparing and serving the crewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food. Âł, WKLQN RI FRRNLQJ DV DQ DUW´ VDLG %XUQV â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great way to express myself.â&#x20AC;? USS Ohio is 560 feet long, almost the length RIWZRIRRWEDOOÂżHOGV7KHVXEPDULQHLVIHHW wide and weighs more than 18,700 tons. Powered by a nuclear reactor, it can reach speeds of more than 23 mph. USS Ohio is one of the Navyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four OhioFODVV JXLGHG PLVVLOH VXEPDULQHV 7KH\ DUH GHVLJQHG WR FDUU\ WKH 7RPDKDZN FUXLVH PLVsile, which is launched while the submarine is submerged and undetected, and is capable of striking targets hundreds of miles inland. see â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zillah nativeâ&#x20AC;? page 18

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Ohio-class submarines like the USS Ohio have a very high operational availability due to an innovative crewing concept. Each submarine has two crews, Blue and Gold, which alternate manning the submarines and taking them on patrol. This maximizes the subâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strategic availability, reduces the number of submarines required to meet strategic requirements, and allows for proper crew training, readiness and morale. Burns serves on the USS Ohio Blue crew. As a sailor with numerous responsibilities, Burns said he is learning about himself as a leader, sailor and a person. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m grateful for the opportunities that the Navy has given me,â&#x20AC;? said Burns. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since joining Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been able to earn my associateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree.â&#x20AC;? With approximately 15 RIÂżFHUV DQG  HQOLVWHG personnel comprising the submarineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s company, jobs are

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Military leadership lessons serve Sunnyside man well school,â&#x20AC;? Werkhoven said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until I graduated that the By the time Leroy Wekhoven left GUDIW ÂżQDOO\ FDXJKW XS ZLWK PH´ KH for duty in the Vietnam War, he was said. Between the years of 1964 and already an â&#x20AC;&#x153;old manâ&#x20AC;? in G.I. terms. At the ripe old age of 23, he was the 1968, young Werkhoven lived knowing that the next oldest member of draft notice might his platoon. By â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were ambushed while be â&#x20AC;&#x153;the oneâ&#x20AC;? to the time he hit the ground outside on patrol and we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lose send him into the military. of Cu Chi, South anyone in our unit.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153; F o r t u n a t e l y, Vietnam, the Mt. - Leroy Wekhoven the university Vernon native was president was already a college graduate, a married man with a teach- also a member of our church,â&#x20AC;? he exing contract in hand. His lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s course plained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He wrote letters to the local draft was all put on hold when at last his board to give me several reprieves,â&#x20AC;? draft number came up. For a number of years, he had man- he explained. When in 1968, the draft board aged to avoid the draft because of school, but when his last draft notice called again Werkhoven chose to sign arrived following his college gradua- up on his own terms. Meeting the challenge head-on, tion, he knew it was time to commit. He might have gone into the Army Werkhoven decided to enlist and earlier except the university presi- VHHNRIÂżFHUÂśVWUDLQLQJDGHFLVLRQWKDW photo courtesy of Leroy Werkhoven dent wrote letters to the local draft quickly took him from Ellensburg, In the jungle of Vietnam, Werkhoven (back left) was the unit leader for this crew of see â&#x20AC;&#x153;Military leadershipâ&#x20AC;? next page men, several with whom he remains in contact. board saying â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;ŚI was doing well in

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Every year the surviving members of Leroy Werkhovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s platoon get together for a reunion. Last year, 19 of the original 32 members met in Branson, MO., said Werkhoven (pictured at far right in the back row). â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is still a bond that exists between us,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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ups judged Werkhovenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s action above and beyond the call of duty, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were ambushed while on patrol and we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lose anyone in our unit,â&#x20AC;? he said. To this day, Werkhoven believes the training he received in the Army has stood him in good stead. Âł7KH $UP\ QHHGHG RIÂżFHUV DQG LI the men couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get though the trainsee â&#x20AC;&#x153;Military leadershipâ&#x20AC;? next page

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Brothers’ military careers shadow each other in Middle East BY JULIA HART

For Grandview natives Richard “Cody” and Michel “Kaelan” Nelson, joining the U.S. Marine Corps right out of high school seemed like the natural thing to do. It may not be the career choice their mother Joci Nelson would have chosen for her sons. But for the co-owner of DK Bain Realtors in Sunnyside, having her sons in the military seems natural enough. After all her father, the late Sunnyside realtor Dick Bain, served during World War II and her husband, Kenny, also served in the military. “It was a little scary to have both boys in the Marines at approximately the same time,” she said. Nelson said even today when her boys see “Military careers” next page

Kaelan Nelson, (pictured fourth from right), and his crew received commendations for their rescue mission involving an Army helicopter downed on March 20, 2011 in eastern Afghanistan. Now in civilian life, Kaelan is a mechanic for a helicopter company in Nevada.

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S Sgt. R.W. Cody Nelson Deployed 2005- 2/7 1st Marine Corp Division serving two tours of duty in Iraq & Afghanistan in combat on the front lines. As a highly decorated combat leader & combat weapons instructor. Training over 9000 troops he was recently promoted to Staff Sargent as team leader for the Commandant of the Marine Corps competition combat shooting team at Quantico, VA where he still serves. Of course the heart & soul and the “icing on our cake of life” is ... Janelle! The beautiful wife of Cody, wonderful mother of Aubree (and soon to be 1 more!), special sister-inlaw to Kaelan & the perfect “daughter-inluv” to Kenny & Joci. She blesses our family with love every day of our lives!


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Sgt. Cody Nelson (right), is a member of an international three-man combat competition shooting team stationed at Quantico, Va.

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Wartime romance between pilot, nurse nearly 60 years strong BY JENNIE MCGHAN

For those serving in the military in the 1940s a wartime romance wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t unheard of. But, what makes the romance between Richard and Maurine Vance of Sunnyside a little less common is the fact both were serving in the military when they met. Mr. Vance was assigned to pilot a troop carrier at Fort Richardson as a member of the 11th Air Force Division in Alaska. In 1944, his squadron was sent to replace the men who had been commisVLRQHGWRÂżJKWLQÂł7KH)RUJRWWHQ:DU´ which was the Battle of the Aleutian Islands. Vance said that battle involved U.S. WURRSVÂżJKWLQJWRUHPRYH-DSDQHVHJDUrisons on two of the Aleutian Islands, Attu and Kiska. Âł%\ WKHWLPH,JRWWKHUHPRVWRIWKH ÂżJKWLQJ ZDV RYHUÂŤRXU PDLQ IXQFWLRQ was transporting cargo, passengers and SDWLHQWV´VDLG9DQFH see â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wartime romanceâ&#x20AC;? next page

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of the pilots we replaced stayed behind to give us the training we needed,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flying was tough because of the weather conditions and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;antique methRGVRIĂ&#x20AC;\LQJÂś´9DQFHFRQWLQXHG Often the troop carrier carried patients from the Aleutian Islands to Anchorage so they could receive further medical care in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lower 48,â&#x20AC;? primarily hospitals in Seattle. ,Q0UV9DQFHDQGIRXURWKHU$LU Force nurses were assigned to relieve the nurses who had been at Fort Richardson for a few years already. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the original nurses was Ruth *DUGQHU´VDLG0U9DQFHQRWLQJ*DUGner was killed in an airplane crash and a hospital was named in her honor. 1XUVHVOLNH*DUGQHUDQG0UV9DQFH he said, were responsible for ensuring the overall health and well-being of the patients carried on the troop transports. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Imagine a litter for a patient strapped WRWKHZDOOVRIDQDLUSODQH´0U9DQFH said, noting litters were little more than a cot without legs. Those litters lined the walls inside the transport like a bunk system, he said. The nurses had to administer care to HDFK SDWLHQW ZKLOH LQ Ă&#x20AC;LJKW HQGXULQJ

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turbulence and minimal communication. Meanwhile pilots, if ordered by a nurse to land due to an emergency with DSDWLHQWKDGWRÂżQGWKHQHDUHVWUXQZD\ â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were a lot of metal runways,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Vance said. Landing on the mountainous islands, KHVDLGZDVRIWHQGLIÂżFXOWDQGPRVWRI

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Mr. Vance said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was particularly beautiful for those who enjoy the outdoors.â&#x20AC;? Living on the fort, too, was unique, he said. The pilots were assigned to quarters built for the Army. There were four family apartment units to each building. In each apartment were four men sharing two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and bathroom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t anything fancy,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Vance said.

He and his wife endured the conditions and grew closer. They left Alaska in 1946 and married that April. She retired from the Air Force as a ÂżUVW OLHXWHQDQW DQG KH UHWLUHG DV D OLHXtenant colonel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I liked everything about the experiHQFH H[FHSW WKH Ă&#x20AC;\LQJ FRQGLWLRQV´ 0U Vance said. - Jennie McGhan can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email JMcGhan@DailySunNews.com

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