Wednesday, March 20, 2013
This week marks 10 years since the start of the Iraq war. Montgomeryville-Lansdale Patch recognizes fallen soldiers from our surrounding communities.
This week marks 10 years since the start of the Iraq war. Montgomeryville-Lansdale Patch here recognizes the fallen heroes from the surrounding North Penn community. By one count, the war is directly responsible for 189,000 deaths, not including those who died from hardship caused by the fighting. CNN has a stunning map of all casualties in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars here. In all, 4,802 Americans and allies have died in the war, according to the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count, including 197 Pennsylvanians. Among them, five people from the North Penn and Indian Valley areas. From the CNN war casualties website: Please leave your tribute to our local fallen heroes in the comments below.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Grace Ricci Bergman, 96, of Blue Bell, enlisted in the Marines in 1945
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Friday, November 30, 2012
The oldest female Marine in the state is alive and well in Blue Bell. Lansdale native Grace Ricci Bergman, 96, will be honored Monday in Washington, D.C. with a flag raising in her honor, according to The Intelligencer’s Amanda Cregan. Bergman was a personnel employee at Marines HQ in the nation’s capitol for two years. Bergman is one of 10 children of Italian immigrants who settled in Lansdale, according to the article. Bergman joined the Marines after her fiancé joined the Army and her brother went to fly for the Air Force during World War II, according to the story. Read more about Bergman’s life as a Marine at this link.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
The nonprofit group Team X-T.R.E.M.E. gathered at LaSalle College High School to fill backpacks to be given to wounded vets and those serving in Afghanistan
It was like an assembly line Saturday morning at LaSalle College High School. People entered the school’s cafeteria, were handed a backpack, and walked down the line, filling the bags up with items to be given to wounded veterans and those serving in Afghanistan. Three hundred service members are going to be happier, following the event, which was sponsored by Team X-T.R.E.M.E., a nonprofit organization based out of Richmond, VA. The organization works with wounded soldiers and also participates in athletic events to raise awareness for veterans. (The X-Athletes wear gas masks during athletic events to honor the sacrifices of veterans). See the YouTube video here. The bags, donated by 5.11 Tactical, a military law-enforcement equipment …
Saturday, November 12, 2011
For four years, the Catholic parish school has held a recognition and wreath-laying ceremony every Veterans Day
Mike Rieg and Tom Borneman served our country proud during the era of the Vietnam War: Rieg in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970, and Borneman in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1972. "Through the grace of God, I didn't get to go to Vietnam. I was supposed to. I'm thankful, and thankful for two good years of service," Rieg said. While neither one ever saw battle in that war, they don't regret their decisions to fight for their country. "The only thing I regret," said Rieg, "is not being able to do more for the veterans." Leave that up to the seventh graders at St. Stanislaus Elementary Parish School, who organized the fourth-annual Veterans Day recognition and wreath laying ceremony Friday morning. "This has been a great ceremony today," said …
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Recently discharged, Sgt. Dennis Knesz (Ret.) of the U.S.M.C. talks about his service abroad, as well as his future as a civilian
At the age of 22, Sgt. Dennis Knesz (Ret.) made the decision to honor his country by enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. Five years and two deployments later, he was honorably discharged, and he's now planning on applying the lessons he's learned in the civilian sector. Knesz served as an airframe mechanic (MOS 6154) with HMLA-469, based out of Camp Pendleton, CA. He specialized in working on the AH-1W SuperCobra Attack Helicopter, as well as the infamous UH-1 Huey Utility Helicopter. Though stationed 3,000 miles away in beautiful southern California, Knesz still missed the tastes of home. "I loved the weather at Camp Pendleton, especially coming from Pennsylvania, but I really missed the food," said Knesz. "Cheese steaks and …