Salute to Veterans 2020

Betty Mudd of Arnold sent in a photo of her husband, George R. Mudd Sr., who served with the Navy during World War II. “He joined the service on July 6, 1943,” she says. “His ship, the destroyer S.S. Coghlan, was the first ship to sail around Japan after the H bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. …

Sgt. Major Sam Richards USMC (retired) was photographed in 2016 preparing to celebrate his Marine Corps birthday. Richards was born in March 1945 in Crystal City and spent 23 years serving in the Marine Corps. He retired in 1989 and is currently the mayor of Festus.

Joe Yount of Cedar Hill was 18 years old when he was stationed at Camp Pendleton in San Diego in 2008. He served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps and rose to the rank of lance corporal and was a heavy equipment mechanic. In 2019, he was photographed with his wife, Michelle, and twin daugh…

Alan Hay of Wildwood submitted a photo of his son, Douglas Hay, who served with the Army from 2015 to 2018. Doug graduated from Eureka High in 2015 and served with the Army Infantry in a small weapons repair unit based in Ft. Riley, Kan. He also did a tour in South Korea.

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