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In March 1946, about a month after my birth, a priest baptized me by immersion in water at the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Warren, Ohio. During the ceremony, he placed a silver chain with the three-bar Eastern Orthodox cross — also known as a St. Andrew’s cross — provided by my pare…

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My battalion in the U.S. Marines had been in Vietnam only a month, working out of Dong Ha near the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). The war hadn’t really hit us yet, but we had taken casualties, lost friends and knew harder times were coming soon.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The columns of Bill Duncan are being reprinted in The News-Review. Duncan, who died in November 2011, wrote a weekly column for The News-Review and The Capital Press of Salem from 1981 to 2011. Duncan wrote the following column in August 1997. His thoughts are still pertinent …

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I remember the day that I realized my dad was one of my heroes.

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Four Douglas County war veterans got the flight of a lifetime when they were invited to join the Honor Flight of Southern Oregon in September to see the war memorials in Washington, D.C.

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The Douglas County Veterans Service Office will be closed to all walk-in visitors and appointments during the week of Oct. 14-18, while staff members attend an annual training.

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Smoking will be prohibited on all of the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center's campuses beginning Tuesday.

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The federal government needs to do more to help the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center recruit and retain health care professionals, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, said Friday at a town hall meeting at Umpqua Community College.

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The Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center will downgrade its 24/7 emergency department to a 12-hour, five-day-a-week urgent care next week, but that will leave Roseburg area veterans with a gap in service on the weekends.