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Bells rang on Labor Day to honor WWII Rosie the Riveters

Jean Liporato, a 97-year-old Rosie the Riveter from Columbus, Georgia, joined individuals and organizations in the United States and Europe who rang bells at 1 p.m. on Labor Day to honor Rosie the Riveters. (Photo by Danielle Davis)

By Jonnie Melillo Clasen, Merrill’s Marauders Liaison Officer / World War II Rosie the Riveters were honored on Labor Day in the United States and Europe when individuals and organizations rang bells simultaneously at 1 p.m. EST. “Ring a bell for Rosies” was initiated by an organization, Thanks! Plain and Simple, Inc., in West Virginia to draw national and international

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Auburn High School students preserve veterans’ stories through class project

Auburn High School studentsinterview Vietnam veteran Jim McGriff and his wife for a history project that documents veterans' stories.

By Danielle Davis, Bayonet & Saber / Every one has a story. In 2014, Dr. Blake Busbin, an 11th-grade Advanced Placement U.S. History teacher at Auburn High School in Auburn, Alabama, created an oral history project so that his students could document the stories of military veterans. “The initial goal of the project was to be able to preserve the

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‘Expendable’ WWII Merrill’s Marauders survive into their 100s

On March 18, 1944, men and animals from the 2nd Battalion cross the Tanai River on a bamboo bridge built by Kachin tribesmen, working with the Office of Strategic Services, near the village of Ning Awng.

By Jonnie Melillo Clasen, Merrill’s Marauders Liaison Officer / Three Merrill’s Marauders, 1944 survivors of the secret mission of almost 3,000 presidential volunteers who fought through the disease-ridden “forgotten theater” of World War II, the China-Burma-India Theater, have lived to the age of 101. Another made it to 100. Living to be a centenarian is remarkable. What is even more

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Women’s Equality Day: Army pays tribute to the women Soldiers and civilians

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From the U.S. Army Office of the Chief of Public Affairs / Aug. 26 of each year is designated as Women’s Equality Day in the United States. Championed by Rep. Bella Abzug and first established in 1971, the date commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, the Woman Suffrage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave U.S. women full voting

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107-year-old visits Riverside, once home to her childhood friends

Caroline Howard, a 107-year-old who once played at Riverside as a little girl, reminisces about her time there during a tour of the home Aug. 13. (Photos by Patrick A Albright/ MCoE PAO Photographer)

By Danielle Davis, Bayonet & Saber / Long before the commanding generals of the Maneuver Center of Excellence called Riverside home, Caroline Howard played there with her childhood friends, the daughters of Arthur Bussey, the original owner. Born in 1909, the 107-year-old visited Fort Benning Aug. 13 to tour the commanding general’s home and reminisce on days long past. Retired

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Oldest WW II Merrill’s Marauder John Jones dies at 101

John Jones Jr., eldest of the late John M Jones' five children, accepts the flag from Camp Frank D. Merrill Ranger instructor Master Sgt. Jason W. Wistoski. (Photo by Jonnie M. Clasen)

By Jonnie Melillo Clasen / The oldest remaining original World War II Merrill’s Marauder, John M. Jones, died peacefully July 26 in Greeneville, Tenn., surrounded by his family. Jones was 101. Friends and family gathered from throughout the United States to fill the historic St. James Episcopal Church for his July 30 funeral, officiated by the Rev. Chris Starr. His

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