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Mother keeps war news
in scrapbook for her son
Navy Airman Derek Jones may be helping make history in the Persian Gulf aboard the carrier USS Roosevelt, but he doesn't have much chance to read about it.
That thought spurred his mother, Joanne Young of Baltimore, to put together an extensive scrapbook of newspaper clippings for her 20-year-old son, who joined the Navy a few months after he graduated from Edmondson Senior High School in 1989.
"This experience he'll remember for the rest of his life," she says of his participation in Operation Desert Storm. "When he comes back, I'll give him the scrapbook. This is something he'll be able to show his children when he gets older."
Ms. Young began keeping the newspaper record Aug. 2, the date of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. Every day she clipped an article from The Sun that summed up the day's events. She added The Evening Sun and USA Today to her list when war seemed imminent, often reading late into the night to get a better sense of what to clip.
As the Jan. 15 deadline drew near, she increased her clippings to include even moreaccounts of the conflict and already has filled 50 pages of the scrapbook.
Saturday Feb. 9: Frances Booth, national president of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, will speak at a luncheon at the Charles Evering Post 6506, 8777 Philadelphia Road, noon to 2 p.m. The speech is open to the public, though seating for the lunch, which costs $6.50, is limited. The VFW ladies auxiliary raises money to send packages to troops in the gulf, including postage stamps and writing paper, sunglasses, dried fruit and treats. For more information, call Wilma Hubbard at (301) 272-6333.Send listings of events related to the Persian Gulf war to Gulf Events, Features Department, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278; or fax it to (301) 782-2519.