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Oregon veteran laid to rest
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 29 July 2010 15:05

When they played taps, Cheryl Luce recalls, there wasn’t a dry eye in the gathering.

The ashes of her father, James Smith, who died in February at the age of 81, were laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.

“Words can’t describe it,” Luce, of Oregon, said of the July 23 ceremony that honored her father, a Purple Heart recipient who fought in the Korean War. “The color guard, there was a 21-gun salute; they presented a folded flag to us. It was all so impressive.”

Smith, a native of West Virginia who later moved to Oregon, was one of several area veterans featured in The Press in 2001 during the 50th anniversary of the war when the U.S. Department of Defense undertook what it called the Commemorative Community Program to honor Korean War veterans and their families.

In September, 1950, 22-year-old Cpl. James Smith had a peaceful landing at Inchon where his unit was assigned to provide right flank protection for Marines spearheading an amphibious attack.

Later action, however, would be a nightmare that he’d remember for years.

 
A tribute to families of fallen vets
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 29 July 2010 14:59

As an Army veteran of World War II and a prisoner of war himself, Glenn Maddy has witnessed the pomp, parades, and other forms of recognition for U.S. veterans who fought in wars all over the globe.

But through all the years of memorials and services, he’s noticed one group that hasn’t received the recognition it deserves – surviving family members of those who made the supreme sacrifice and didn’t return.

As the guest speaker at a ceremony set for July 31 at Williams Park in the Village of Gibsonburg, Maddy, a retired Sandusky County agriculture agent, will focus his remarks on those families.

“There has always been a lot of recognition of folks who came back like me,” he said last week. “But for the families of servicemen who were killed in combat, they’ve never been adequately recognized in my opinion.”

The day Maddy was captured in January, 1945 nine other soldiers in his unit were killed and he often thinks of the effect their deaths had on their families.

One of the worst days of the war for his parents was January 23, 1945 – the day they received the telegram informing them their teenage son was listed as missing in action.

 
Lake Twp. - Administration building to be razed this week
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 29 July 2010 15:02

Demolition of the tornado-damaged Lake Township administration building on Cummings Road is expected to start this week.

In a special meeting last Wednesday, the township trustees approved a resolution to advertise for letters of interest from architectural and design firms for plans for a new building.

The resolution says the township’s insurance carrier has determined the building is a total loss and will have it demolished to the slab.

Construction on a new building would probably start by next spring, the trustees said.

Melanie Bowen, who chairs the board of trustees, said the insurance company has tentatively agreed to $1.7 million for replacing the building, which was constructed in 1993.

“That may be subject to change,” she said.

In addition to advertising in newspapers, the trustees agreed to send a notice to the Toledo chapter of American Institute of Architecture.

The trustees are confident a new building can be constructed at the same location even if there are some modifications.

 
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