For local veterans groups, May is one of the busiest months of the year. Planning for Memorial Day takes considerable time and effort. I’m thankful for the wonderful people who put in the time and effort to bring these patriotic events to our community. But first, two events not related to M…
Roseburg Navy veteran Bob Ratz, 85, injured his back as a young man, when he was serving with the Sea Bees construction battalion in Guam and in the Philippines in the 1950s. Today, he suffers spinal problems he believes are connected to those injuries.
At the beginning of 2016, the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center had a difficult challenge ahead. It had the lowest possible rating — one out of a possible five stars — by internal federal VA standards. And it wanted to get better.
While serving in the U.S. Army in Oklahoma, Cody McGraw of Portland would help connect his fellow platoon members with military deals and savings. When they asked him where to find a list of the deals, McGraw had the idea for an application that would keep an updated account of stores offeri…
Six years ago, American Legion members Larry Hill and I shared the story that was well known in our childhood during the period shortly after World War II, “The Four Chaplains.” We soon discovered that this important story was not well known in our community.
In a recent column I highlighted some of the things our veterans groups accomplished in 2016. For those of you who like to plan ahead, I thought I’d highlight some of the events for the coming year.
Men and women join law enforcement ranks for many reasons. Some want to see a better, safer community; others are just naturally drawn to the work. But all know they are risking their lives.
Close to 100 people braved the chill to attend a solemn, moving ceremony Saturday as Christmas wreaths were laid at the Roseburg National Cemetery Annex in honor of the veterans buried there.
Remembrance wreaths will be laid at the Roseburg National Cemetery Annex Saturday, as Douglas County residents join communities across the nation in honoring veterans.
MYRTLE CREEK — Patriotic songs were sung, a flag with 48 stars was lowered to half-mast, and the victims of the attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago were remembered.
For U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Nancy Norton, a visit to Roseburg High School Thursday was a homecoming of sorts. It’s the school she graduated from in 1982.
George Insley was 19 years old, just a year out of Roseburg High School, when he signed up to join the Army three-quarters of a century ago.
The holidays are approaching and bring opportunities to come together with family and friends and celebrate the bounty provided by our Creator. However, as some Douglas County residents know, the holidays can be a bitter reminder not everyone enjoys such a bounty.