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Articles with the Tag: Veterans

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Joseph comes from a military family with members serving in WWI and WWII.  It was expected that he would join, and he did. In 1963, Joseph enlisted in the Army and went to Fort Ord, California, for basic training. He was there as a private for about three hours and decided it wasn’t for him. So, h...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

In August 1966, HJ Pieper was told by the post mistress in Polson, who was on the draft board, that his name was on the draft list. Because it looked like he would be drafted into the infantry — and he didn’t want to be — instead he enlisted and let the Army make a mechanic out of him. P...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Charleen enlisted in the Army on February 12, 1980, in the “delayed entry program” and chose military intelligence as her field.  She actually reported on March 23, 1980, and received credit for that pre-duty time period as a benefit. During her 10 weeks of basic training at Fort Leonard ...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

When Phillip joined the Army in April 1971, he became the eighth generation of his family to serve in the military, dating all the way back to the Revolutionary War.  He knew if a young man wanted to go to college, there were three options: have his parents pay his way (not an option for Phillip’s...

‘Post everlasting’ plaque presented ‘Post everlasting’ plaque presented

RONAN — Commander Sharbono was asked if he had any use for an old plaque or it was going to be thrown out. Commander Sharbono took the plaque and refurbished it. He then contacted fellow Legionnaire Lucky Larson about having some plates made with the names of the comrades transferred to “post eve...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Growing up on Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, the sea was always part of Hugh Henderson’s life.  He belonged to the Sea Scouts, which is part of the Boy Scouts organization and includes a navy uniform. In October of 1960, Hugh became a “Kiddy Cruiser” in the Navy at the age of 18 and out at ...

Veteran spotlight: Dwayne Hofschulte Veteran spotlight: Dwayne Hofschulte

(Editor’s note: This series of articles honors our Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) as they share their military service experiences with the community. This 36th article is about Dwayne Hofschulte.) February 19, 1938 Cold War - Germany U.S. Army - Sp 4 NORCOM (Northern Area Command of the U.S. Army...

Mission Valley Elks add new members Mission Valley Elks add new members

News from Mission Valley Elks Mission Valley Elks #1695 welcome seven new members to their organization on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. We are delighted to welcome Susan Cleal, Laurel Torgerson, Cedrick Smith, Daniel Fletcher, Ashley Megahan, Tara Snyder and Mellissa Sneed. These members will join us in our...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

When Bob Decker enlisted in the Navy in 1960, he was part of a special group – 80 Montana All-Staters were inducted together in Butte and went as the 587th to boot camp in San Diego, California.   Bob says when he started his 9 weeks he was lower than a tadpole, but he moved up in seniority as oth...

Veteran Spotlight Veteran Spotlight

Jim Mathias was driving a truck after high school but decided he couldn’t keep doing that. He had always wanted to be in the Army and to jump out of airplanes. His mother discouraged his enlistment, but it wasn’t her decision to make, and he enlisted in the Army in December of 1969. His recruiter...


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