The Department of Defense will pay tribute to black Korean War veterans on July 23 with a wreath laying and plaque dedication at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. The tribute is one of many planned to honor diverse groups of Americans who sacrificed themselves during the Korean War. Last year, the 65th Infantry Regiment from Puerto Rico was recognized.
Navy League fete
The Navy League of the United States began a year-long centennial celebration at its annual convention in June in Reno, Nev. The Navy League is a 74,000-member civilian organization that supports the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. It also sponsors the Naval Sea Cadet Corps which provides citizenship, team-building and leadership development for teens.
Several area residents have completed military basic training. They include:
U & raquo;Army: Pvt. Jasmin M. Nelson (Labrae High School, Leavittsburg, '99), Fort Jackson, S.C., daughter of Wanda Nelson, 2955 Melgren Drive S.W., Warren; National Guard Pvt. Donna G. Philson (Lakeview High School, Stoneboro, Pa. '00), Fort Jackson, S.C., daughter of Vera and David Philson, 752 Forrester Road, Mercer; Pvt. Jeffrey P. Harrison (East Palestine High School '00), Fort Jackson, S.C., son of Kathy Sorrell, 2310 state Route 170, East Palestine, and Charles Harrison, Boardman Street, New Waterford; Reserve Pvt. Lori J. Allen (United Local High School, Hanoverton '96), Fort Jackson, S.C., daughter of Becky Allen, 7443 Spillway Road, Lisbon; Army Pvt. Gregory A. Jackson (Marlington High School, Alliance '96), Fort Jackson, S.C., son of Brian and Susan Jackson, 5010 S. Union Ave., Homeworth; Pvt. Yauma S. Jones (The Rayen School, Youngstown '98), Fort Jackson, S.C., son of Loretta Jones, 1132 Burlington St., Youngstown.
U & raquo;Air Force: Airman Thomas G. Stiteler (Lawrence County Area Vocational High School, New Castle '00), Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, son of Audreen Stiteler, 422 Fire Hall Road, New Castle.
Army Pvt. William D. Jones (Warren G. Harding High School, Warren '99), graduated from combat engineer advanced individual training (AIT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He is a son of Melinda A. Green, 464 Vine St., and John Jones Jr., 1210 Oak Knoll St., both of Warren.
Several area residents received promotions. They include:
Air Force Airman 1st Class Eria F. Verhage, to her current rank while serving as a food service technician with the 319th Missile Squadron, Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, Cheyenne, Wyo. She is a daughter of Frank E. and stepdaughter of Vel M. Verhage, 695 E. Western Reserve Road, Poland, and a 1999 graduate of Boardman High School.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Dale M. Kapis, to his current rank while serving as a security specialist assigned to the National Air Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton. He is a son of Donna and Ronald L. Barber, 115 Wasser Road, Greenville, Pa. His father and stepmother are Thomas S. and Janice I. Kapis, 2655 Wimber Ave. N.E., Warren, Ohio. He graduated in 1992 from Greenville Senior High School.
Army Warrant Officer Aaron P. Sawyer, to his current rank upon graduation of the 240-hour Warrant Officer Candidate Course at Fort Rucker, Ala. He will attend the aviator warrant officer basic course there. He is a son of Carol J. Scott, 416 Kenmore S.E., Warren, and Thomas Sawyer, 7 Larry Lane, Cortland, and is a 1992 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School, Warren.
First Signal Company Society: Aug. 23-25, 2001, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Arlington, Va. Contact Jerry Nauss, 9243 Queen Ave. South, Bloomington, Minn. 55421.
42nd "Rainbow" Division: July 11-14, 2001, Hyatt Regency Hotel, 400 W. Waterman, Wichita, Kan. 67202. Contact Jon M. Janosik, 3389 Kingston Lane, Youngstown 44511-2031 or call (330) 799-1004.
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