In Cold War, Cuban Missile Crisis, U.S. Navy on April 11, 2014 at 1:38 am
Seaman Jim Manning (left) and his buddy Lyle Hokenson about the time they got out of boot camp at Great Lakes Naval Receiving Center near Chicago in 1961, Photo provided
Two friends who served in the submarine service before Jim Manning talked him into signing up for the Navy and going to sub school when the time came. He didn’t regret it.
In Korean War on April 9, 2014 at 1:38 am
Pvt. Bob Goff (right) and his buddy Bob Vrablic in the Army at Fort Monmouth, N.J. training to be radio communication specialists in 1948. Photo provided
Bob Goff grew up in Placida, south of Englewood, Fla., joined the Army at 16 after he dropped out of Venice-Nokomis High School in 10th grade. He lied about his age and signed up for the service, “because I didn’t want to be a fishermen or farmer.”
In Silver Star, U.S. Merchant Marines on April 7, 2014 at 1:38 am
Former Electrician’s Mate 1/C Richard Johnson of Circlewood subdivision in Venice, Fla. holds his “Purple Heart” and “Silver Star” medal for gallantry. He served aboard the carrier USS Ticonderoga during WW II when it was hit by two Kamikazes. His actions during the fire help save the carrier. Sun photo by Don Moore
Richard Johnson of Circlewood, a south Venice subdivision, escaped with his life when a couple of Japanese kamikaze aircraft struck the Carrier USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) within minutes of each other the afternoon of Jan. 21, 1945 off the coast of Formosa during World War II.