Naval Officer Returns

Gulf roundup

April 28, 1991

SILVER RUN — George R. Montour, son of George and Evelyn Montour of here, returned from the Persian Gulf March 28.

The petty officer 1st class was deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy in September.

Montour lives with his wife, Susan, and their son, Christopher, near the Patuxent Naval Base in St. Mary's County.

He is stationed at the Norfolk Naval Base in Norfolk, Va.


Five county Marine reservists were greeted with sunshine and warm hugs as they returned from the Persian Gulf to their Baltimore headquarters Tuesday afternoon.

Deployed to Saudi Arabia as support for the 2nd Combat Engineers of the 2nd Marine Division from Camp LeJeune, N.C., in December, the men were among the 120 soldiers to return to the Perring Parkway post.

The young men had arrived at Camp LeJeune April 25.

The Marines remained in formation until they were released to greet the red, white, blue and yellow-bedecked well-wishers who had waited for three hours to see their return.

The three buses had been delayed several times and did not arrive to greet the welcoming crowd until 4 p.m.

Each member of the 4th Combat Engineer Battalion of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve played a part in the war effort, the soldiers said.

Lance Cpl. Neil "Bub" Forthman, son of Neil L. and Sharon Forthman of Sykesville, was among those responsible for bringing equipment parts to the troops stationed in Kuwait.

Operation ofheavy equipment -- such as forklifts, bulldozers and cranes to buildprisoner of war camps and clearing roads through minefields -- fell to Lance Cpl. Craig Mazeska, Jim Caputo and their comrades.

Mazeska, 20, is the son and stepson of Tanya and John Prettyman of Westminster.

Maintaining the military machine were the mechanics, including Cpl. Michael T. Burkhouse of Manchester.

The 1988 graduate of North Carroll High School is the son of Ronald and Carol Burkhouse.

And guarding the unit was the job of soldiers such as Cpl. David A. Howsden.

Howsden, the son of Jerold and Evelyn Howsden of Eldersburg, graduated from Liberty High School in 1986.


WESTMINSTER -- Family and friends will welcome Cpl. Ronald J. Strawser home today, after five months in the Persian Gulf.

A member of theMarine Corps Reserves, Strawser was sent to Saudi Arabia in December and returned to his home base Monday.

During his five months in the Middle East, Strawser served with the Anti-Tank Company, 8th TankBattalion, 2nd Marine Division.

The son and stepson of Linda and Steve Henderson, and a 1985 graduate of Liberty High, Strawser is stationed at Homestead Base in Florida.

He and his wife, Belinda, live in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Strawser served four years of active duty with the Marine Corps and has spent the past two years with the Reserves.

Friends wishing to welcome him home may call 875-5381.


MOUNT AIRY -- The town, which is planning a specialcelebration for returning Persian Gulf troops, wants to make sure noone is left out.

Town administrators are asking area military personnel who served in the the war to contact Town Hall so they can be recognized during the June 15 event.

"Honor Our Troops Day" is scheduled to begin with a 9 a.m. reception for service personnel at the Mount Airy VFW Post 191.

A parade featuring gulf war participants from the Mount Airy area will follow the reception. The parade will begin at the Mount Airy Elementary School and conclude at the carnivalgrounds near the intersection of Route 27 and Twin Arch Road.

Other events, such as a lunch for service personnel and their families, are being planned and will be announced in the coming weeks.

Area service personnel or their families are asked to contact Katie Fetzerat Town Hall and submit their names, addresses and phone numbers.

The town also is looking for bands and other organizations to participate in the parade. If your group would like to take part, please contact the town office.

Information: Town Hall, 829-1424, 831-5768,or 795-6012.


Carroll native Ronald L. Hill Jr. returned April 10 to his wife, Shannon, and home in Kailu, Hawaii, after serving in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm.

A corporal with the U.S. Marine Corps, Hill was deployed in August as part of a motor transportation unit carrying supplies to the front lines.

The son of Susan M. and Vernon Redding of Westminster and Ronald L. and Gracie Hill of Hampstead, Hill is a 1985 graduate of Westminster High School.


UNION BRIDGE -- After being in Saudi Arabia for seven months, Lisa Brockman had to be reintroduced to her 1 1/2-year-old son.

During the time his mother was in the Persian Gulf, Kevin was learning to walk and talk and celebrating his first birthday.

Although she had seen pictures and videotapes of Kevin's important firsts, Brockman said she still wasn't prepared for how much her little boy had changed.

A single mother, the Marine Corps corporal -- normally stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif. -- had to send her son to stay with her sister and brother-in-law, Denise and Daniel Sellman, in Pennsylvania.

Brockman's mother, GraceStrine, lives here in Union Bridge.

The Sellmans had offered to care for Kevin long before there was a threat of war, Brockman said. Nevertheless, arrangements had to be made quickly because she was given only 48 hours before being deployed in October.

Brockman said there was no question about whether she would go to the Middle East, since she is the only ammunition technician in her battalion, part of the 1st Marine Division.

Her job included securing and transporting the ammunition and explosives to her unit, while handling commercial trucking contracts with the Saudis.

Working in a country whose women rarely give orders caused some problems, Brockman said.


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