Jon DuBay

Posted on November 11th, 2015

Jon DuBay: Keeping U.S. Army helicopters running during the Korean War

As a helicopter electrician in South Korea, it was Army E4-P Specialist Jonathan DuBay’s responsibility to ride with the pilot on the first flight after he repaired a grounded aircraft. “If I worked on a helicopter to fix it,… Read More

Dr. Richard McMurray, World War II

Posted on May 9th, 2015

Taking care of the wounded during WWII

By Tamara Stevens, Special to Emmet County
In the latter half of 1943, a young man with dreams of going to Europe and fighting for his country in World War II found out his future was being decided for him instead by military leaders. Richard McMurray would not be going… Read More

Gordon Hewitt, WWII Naval Pharmacist

Posted on April 10th, 2015

U.S. Naval Pharmacist enlisted after attack on Pearl Harbor

By Tamara Stevens
Special to Emmet County    
There is a marble monument in the city of Clio, just north of Flint. The names of 14 young men are carved into the monument. One of those names is Gordon “Gordy” Hewitt. His sister, Luella,… Read More

Tom Frascone, Desert Storm

Posted on April 9th, 2015

Desert Storm veteran continues to save lives as Emmet County EMS paramedic

By Tamara Stevens
Special to Emmet County
Most Americans watched Desert Storm, the start of the Gulf War, unfold live on CNN television in 1990. Tom Frascone, 47, of Harbor Springs, former Lieutenant in the United States… Read More

Cecil Byrd, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam

Posted on March 10th, 2015

Army Air Corps & Air Force Veteran of three wars

“Cec Byrd is a pilot. From my earliest memories I picture him in his orange flight suit and silver wings. At 80 years of age, he flew a plane from Harbor Springs to Newberry just to take me to lunch. I have vivid memories of him that span more than 50 yearsRead More

Craig Smolinski, Vietnam

Posted on December 10th, 2014

‘We were there because our country needed us’

By Beth Anne Piehl

Night time can be the toughest for war veterans. Dreams that put them back in the line of fire, amidst unthinkable tragedies and atrocities, are common — even 30, 40, 50 years later. “There’s a saying, that when Vietnam… Read More

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