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Salute to Veterans 2021

Cindy Cherry of Crystal City submitted a photo of her father-in-law, the late Hanley E. “Gene” Cherry, who lived in Festus for many years before his death in 1981. “He served in the Army during the Korean War as a medic, stationed locally in San Antonio, Texas, and later in Paris, France,” s…

Elaine McKinney of Crystal City sent in two snapshots of her husband, Jim. “The ‘then’ picture was taken in July 1962 of Army Pvt. James T. McKinney as a young man of 18,” she said. “In 1963, Jim shipped to Kaiserlautern, Germany. He completed his tour of duty in July, 1965. The ‘now’ photo …

Verlon Govro, 91, of Festus joined the Army in 1949 at 19 years of age, serving in the Korean War until 1952. “He was wounded in 1951 and was awarded the Purple Heart,” said his daughter, Margaret Jones. “In 1953, he married the love of his life, Lorraine Smith, and they had five children.”

Sharon Majoros of Imperial submitted this photo of Staff Sgt. Charles “Chuck” Venegoni, taken in November 2020 in Washington, D.C. “He is a crew chief on Black Hawk helicopters, as well as various other helicopters during his career,” she said. “While in the Marines for eight years, he was d…

Jay Fulbright sent in this photo of his grandfather, the late Charles W. Fulbright. “He was drafted while the Korean War was on,” Jay said. “That is where this photo was taken sometime during the winter of 1951 or ’52. After the cease-fire between North and South Korea, he was sent to Fort C…

Michael Thompson of Hematite sent in this photo of himself, center, with Army combat infantry buddies Robert Marrioti and Butch Klotz in 1969. Thompson graduated from Ritenour High School in 1968 and enlisted three weeks later. He served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. “We were getting ready t…

Michael Klein of Fenton served with the Army in the late 1960s. “I was trained as an electronics technician but was made an M.P. (military police) when I got to Vietnam,” he said. “The picture of me with the car was taken Aug. 7, 1970, the day before I got out of the Army.”

Dennis J. Wengert of Eureka submitted this photo of himself as a Marine Corps PFC, taken in 1968 in Dong Ha, South Vietnam, by a fellow Marine. The vehicle he is driving is a 1-ton personnel carrier, supplied by the Marine Corps Motor Transport. “The view was beautiful but the roads were rou…

Roland Doyle of Cedar Hill submitted this photo of himself with his wife of two months, Lavern, while home on leave from basic training in 1957. After basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Roland spent most of his two years in the Army at a supply depot in southwest France driving a 3/4-ton t…

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