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VETERANS



Published: Sun, May 20, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



VETERANS

3 from area visit Korea

Three area Korean War veterans are part of a contingent of 25 veterans of the so-called "forgotten war" invited by the Korean War Veterans Association in Seoul, Korea, to see Korea again 50 years later under the Korea Revisit Program. Korean War veterans and war correspondents of the 21 nations that assisted the Republic of Korea between June 25, 1950, and July 27, 1953, are eligible along with their spouses, sons and daughters. The area veterans, all members of Korean War Veterans Association Mahoning Valley Chapter 137, are Robert Bakalik, Richard W. Koker and Charles A. Stepan, all of Youngstown. Accompanied by Stepan's wife, they left Youngstown for Korea on May 13 and were to leave that nation Saturday, according to Koker. They were scheduled to visit Seoul, Panmunjom, the country's War Memorial Monument and others places of interest in Korea. On their last night, they were to receive the Korean War Medal.

PROMOTIONS

Advancements for 3

Three men with ties to the area were promoted to Warrant Officer One after graduating from the 240-hour Warrant Officer Candidate Course at Fort Rucker, Ala. They are:

UEric M. Metcalf, who will attend the rotary wing aviator warrant officer basic course at Fort Rucker. He is a son of David W. and Barbara L. Metcalf, Shrewsbury, Mass. His wife, Laura, is a daughter of John D. and Katheryn Sterchak, 300 Russell Ave., Cortland.

UJon P. Kolat, who will attend the aviator warrant officer basic course at Fort Rucker. He is a 1996 graduate of Brookfield High School and a son of Robert J. and Eileen F. Kolat, 709 Warner Road, Brookfield.

URobert G. Depp, who will attend the marine engineering warrant officer basic course at Fort Eustis, Va. He is a son of Larry W. and Vicki L. Depp, Punxsutawney, Pa. His wife, Jonelle, is the daughter of Ellen Yereb, Main Street, Columbiana.

TRAINING

Many complete basic

Several area residents have completed basic military training. They include:

Army Pvt. John E. Scott (Hickory High School, Hermitage '97), son of Marcia Boardley, 30 Shenango Blvd., Farrell, and grandson of Marcia and Dennis Driscoll, 885 Alcoma St., Sharon; Army Pvt. Nicole L. Hill (The Rayen School, Youngstown '00), daughter of April Hill, 63 Lauderdale Ave., Youngstown, and Willie Skinner, 2883 Randolph N.W., Warren; Army Pvt. Renee M. Renwick (Jamestown Area High School '98), daughter of Floss and Ronald Renwick, 4217 Fairfield St., Jamestown; Army Pvt. Warren R. Humbarger, son of Warren Lehman, 927 Front St. S.W., Warren; Army Pvt. Jason A. Reed (Newton Falls High School '92), son of Thomas Reed, 24 E. Main St., Newton Falls, and Linda Sowers, Roanoke, Ind.; Army Pvt. Robert A. Day (Niles McKinley High School '00), son of Maria Laskey, 316 West St., Niles; Army Pvt. Todd A. Wyman, son of Deniese Thatcher, and stepson of Gerry Thatcher, 375 Brooklyn St., Sharon; Air Force Airman Phillip M. Cowen (Niles McKinley High School '99), son of Terry Cowen, 324 Hogarth Ave., Niles, and Susan Oliver, 9804 Howland-Springs Road, Howland; Air Force Airman Jared J. Bzdok, son of Christi Boehm, 4420 County Line-Turnpike Road, Southington; Army National Guard Pvt. Donald E. Moffett (Western Reserve High School, Berlin Center '00), son of Rebecca and Donald E. Moffett, 15714 Akron-Canfield Road, Berlin Center; Army National Guard Pvt. Stephen M. Gardner (Boardman High School '99), son of Jay and Mary Gardner, 7445 Salinas Trail, Boardman.

Army Pvt. John E. Scott (Hickory High School, Hermitage '97), son of Marcia Boardley, 30 Shenango Blvd., Farrell, and grandson of Marcia and Dennis Driscoll, 885 Alcoma St., Sharon; Army Pvt. Nicole L. Hill (The Rayen School, Youngstown '00), daughter of April Hill, 63 Lauderdale Ave., Youngstown, and Willie Skinner, 2883 Randolph N.W., Warren; Army Pvt. Renee M. Renwick (Jamestown Area High School '98), daughter of Floss and Ronald Renwick, 4217 Fairfield St., Jamestown; Army Pvt. Warren R. Humbarger, son of Warren Lehman, 927 Front St. S.W., Warren; Army Pvt. Jason A. Reed (Newton Falls High School '92), son of Thomas Reed, 24 E. Main St., Newton Falls, and Linda Sowers, Roanoke, Ind.; Army Pvt. Robert A. Day (Niles McKinley High School '00), son of Maria Laskey, 316 West St., Niles; Army Pvt. Todd A. Wyman, son of Deniese Thatcher, and stepson of Gerry Thatcher, 375 Brooklyn St., Sharon; Air Force Airman Phillip M. Cowen (Niles McKinley High School '99), son of Terry Cowen, 324 Hogarth Ave., Niles, and Susan Oliver, 9804 Howland-Springs Road, Howland; Air Force Airman Jared J. Bzdok, son of Christi Boehm, 4420 County Line-Turnpike Road, Southington; Army National Guard Pvt. Donald E. Moffett (Western Reserve High School, Berlin Center '00), son of Rebecca and Donald E. Moffett, 15714 Akron-Canfield Road, Berlin Center; Army National Guard Pvt. Stephen M. Gardner (Boardman High School '99), son of Jay and Mary Gardner, 7445 Salinas Trail, Boardman.

RE-ENLISTED

Rejoining Air Force

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew P. Hanley re-enlisted after 17 years of military service. Hanley is a family practice clinic assistant with the 74th Medical Group, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton. He is a son of Martin J. and Maryanne Hanley, 4077 County Line Road, Hubbard, and graduated in 1981 from The Rayen School in Youngstown.




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