Navy Veteran’s service etches memories of survival, compassion from Vietnam War

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By Lauren Brant

He stood on the flight deck off the coast of Vietnam and gazed at a horizon lit up with bombs exploding. His brother Gloyd, who was serving in the Marines, was inland as those bombs were going off over his head. That was the scariest memory Navy Culinary Specialist Richard McKay experienced during his service in the Vietnam War.

In March of 1969, McKay received draft papers from the U.S. Army to serve in the Vietnam War. Prior to receiving the letter, McKay spoke with a Navy

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In their words: Local soldiers share their stories from WWII

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By Jennifer Archibald

Since the end of World War II (WWII), 72 years have passed, and with the years, so have several of the war’s 16 million veterans, with 372 WWII veterans dying each day, making local soldiers Roy Anderson and Bob Reutter truly a part of our living history.

Anderson, 91, and Reutter, 90, are members of a modest group of veterans who did their duty without seeking fame and glory. Both men would say that their service was unremarkable, but both have a story to

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