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Fly in a World War II B-17 Flying Fortress

Cascade Warbirds reports that the historic B-17G flying fortress, Aluminum Overcast, will be returning to Seattle June 6 to mark the occasion of D-Day, the sixth of June 1944, the date of the Allied invasion of Europe in WWII. The beautifully restored plane will be conducting several flights a day on June 10 to 12. [...]

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Relive the opening guns of Vietnam

BY TERRYL ASLA tasla@soundpublishing.com May 5 is the 58th anniversary of the launching of USS Turner Joy (DD-951 ) at the Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Company in Seattle, the day her hull first kissed the salt waters of Puget Sound. The Turner Joy went on to serve with distinction throughout the war. But  it [...]

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Saving Private Nathan Stoddard

BY BOB SMITH rsmith@soundpublishing.com Mick Hersey is doing all he can to ensure names like Nathan Stoddard, Levi Cline, Otto Borst and William Bishop don’t fade away. These men — all American soldiers from past battles — are buried in a small, overgrown cemetery on hilly property owned by Grace Bible Church, three miles south [...]

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Bremerton woman wins Kitsap Military Times prize

By TERRYL ASLA tasla@soundpublishing.com The Kitsap Military Times is a strong supporter of — and a strong presence at — Kitsap County Military Appreciation Day, April 16 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. At the booth, visitors could sign up to win a raffle for dinner for two at Tizley’s Europub in historic old town Poulsbo. [...]

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Veterans teach Sea Scouts seamanship, responsibility

BY TERRYL ASLA tasla@soundpublishing.com Brownsville — As darkness falls March 18, seven Sea Scout ships tie up on the east breakwater at the Port of Brownsville for their annual rendezvous. There’s the 28-foot sailboat, Sea Scout Ship Hurricane (Port Orchard); SSS Argo (Bellevue); SSS Propeller and SSS Yankee Clipper (Seattle); SSS Kelsema (Edmonds); SSS Phantom [...]

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Behind the scenes at ‘NCIS’: Q&A with Cmdr. Smith

By Terryl Asla, Asst. Editor tasla@soundpublishing.com This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Yes, Mark Harmon is a heck of a nice guy. That’s according to Cmdr. Mark Smith, USN, public affairs officer for Submarine Group Nine who arrived here in February 2016. KMT: Tell us a little about yourself. Cmdr. Smith: From [...]

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Medal of Honor Profile: Pvt1 Dexter J. Kerstetter, USA (1907-1972

PVT1 DEXTER J. KERSTETTER, USA (1907-1972): For heroism on April 13, 1945 near Galiano, Luzon, Phillippines, when he led forces in conquering a hill held by Japanese troops. Attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. Employed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 1954-1972. Died at Hood Canal, interred in Tahoma National Cemetery. Disabled American Veterans post in [...]

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Medal of Honor Profile: Sgt. John D. Hawk, USA (1924-2013)

SGT. JOHN D. “BUD” HAWK, USA (1924-2013): For heroism on Aug. 20, 1944 near Chambois, France, when he crushed German troops’ attempts to escape during the Battle of the Falaise Pocket. Later became an elementary school principal in Bremerton. John D. “Bud” Hawk Elementary School in Bremerton is named in his honor. Born in San [...]

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Medal of Honor Profile: BM1 Reinhardt J. Keppler, USN (1918-1942)

BM1 REINHARDT J. KEPPLER, USN (1918-1942): For heroism on Nov. 12-13, 1942 aboard the USS San Francisco he led forces in conquering a hill held by Japanese troops. Attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. Employed at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard 1954-1972. Died at Hood Canal, interred in Tahoma National Cemetery. Disabled American Veterans post in [...]

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Removing barriers to employment for veterans

By REP. DEREK KILMER D-Bremerton Our region has a lot to be thankful for. Along with Puget Sound, Mount Rainier, and the Seahawks, part of what makes the area special are the tens of thousands of military members and veterans who call it home. Those are big numbers. They underscore that in our neck of [...]

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