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By Tanya Jones and Tanya Jones,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | February 24, 1996
WASHINGTON -- Retired Brig. Gen. Alvin D. Ungerleider remembers fighting his way into a German-run slave-labor camp near Nordhausen, Germany, with other soldiers in his company in April 1945.They had stumbled upon a camp being guarded by about 50 German soldiers, whom they quickly overpowered. The American soldiers freed about 300 prisoners, many of them virtual skeletons."The sight that met my eyes is still burned intrinsically into my soul," Mr. Ungerleider said. "We thought we had entered the gates of hell."
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By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,gus.sentementes@baltsun.com | November 11, 2008
They have never forgotten Hill 108. It wasn't much of a hill - more of a gentle slope dotted with apple orchards, pastures, wheat fields and hedgerows - the four World War II veterans said jokingly during a recent interview in Baltimore. But they fought for three days on this patch of land in France, which got its name because it is 108 meters above sea level, and they suffered some of the highest casualty rates of the war until they finally wrested it from the Germans. "Every time we took one of these fields, we lost men," said Steven Melnikoff, 88, who was shot during the fight for the hill.
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October 20, 1991
ROTC Cadet John J. Ciccarello has received the Parachutist Badge upon the completion of the three-week airborne course at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.He is the son of Army Lt. Col. Nicholas and Gail Ciccarello of Ellicott City. Ciccarello is a 1990 Centennial High School graduate.SEAMAN ENDS TRAININGNavy Seaman Apprentice James F. Gregory, son of Janis H. Gregory of Columbia, has completed training at Recruit Training Command, Orlando, Fla.The 1990 Hammond High School graduate joined the Navy inJune.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,Sun Reporter | June 1, 2008
He described his experience at the Allied invasion of Europe as "90 percent boredom and 10 percent terror." Dr. Edmund G. Beacham, who as a young Army physician crossed the English Channel to land in France on June 7, 1944, died of heart disease Tuesday at Stella Maris hospice. The Towson resident was 93. "Almost whole neighborhoods of men were killed. I don't think anyone envisioned those kinds of casualties. We had clearing stations set up for maybe 900 men over a three-day period. And we were getting 2,100 casualties a day," he told a Sun reporter in 1989.
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By Gus G. Sentementes and Gus G. Sentementes,gus.sentementes@baltsun.com | November 11, 2008
They have never forgotten Hill 108. It wasn't much of a hill - more of a gentle slope dotted with apple orchards, pastures, wheat fields and hedgerows - the four World War II veterans said jokingly during a recent interview in Baltimore. But they fought for three days on this patch of land in France, which got its name because it is 108 meters above sea level, and they suffered some of the highest casualty rates of the war until they finally wrested it from the Germans. "Every time we took one of these fields, we lost men," said Steven Melnikoff, 88, who was shot during the fight for the hill.
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By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,SUN STAFF | June 6, 2003
On a warm spring day in Emporia, Va., it's not hard to find the home of William "Daddy" Rowell. Down Main Street, right around the corner, past a few bungalows and off to the side, you see a sedan the neighbors all know. The plates read "D-Day Veteran." Potted chrysanthemums and a U.S. flag adorn a tidy porch. He opens the door, grinning like a granddad whose kids may come by a little too rarely. The albums are ready - pictures and clippings, saved over 50-some years, a thousand snapshots of a life that brings together two star-spangled themes in a way few men's ever have.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,Sun Reporter | June 1, 2008
He described his experience at the Allied invasion of Europe as "90 percent boredom and 10 percent terror." Dr. Edmund G. Beacham, who as a young Army physician crossed the English Channel to land in France on June 7, 1944, died of heart disease Tuesday at Stella Maris hospice. The Towson resident was 93. "Almost whole neighborhoods of men were killed. I don't think anyone envisioned those kinds of casualties. We had clearing stations set up for maybe 900 men over a three-day period. And we were getting 2,100 casualties a day," he told a Sun reporter in 1989.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | July 16, 2001
John P. Tracy has prosecuted his share of murderers, drug dealers and car thieves, but his next assignment will pose a danger most lawyers never face. Land mines. Tracy, an assistant state's attorney in Baltimore County, is being called up for service with the Maryland Army National Guard's 29th Infantry Division for a six-month tour of duty in Bosnia. Tracy's unit, the 29th Aviation Brigade, is scheduled to be dispatched to Base Camp Comanche -- near Tuzla, Bosnia -- in September. As an assistant staff judge advocate, Tracy will give legal advice on military justice issues and handle claims for property damage and personal injuries filed by Bosnians against the U.S. government.
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By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,SUN STAFF | June 6, 2001
The man never talked much anyway, the boy knew, and his mom told him that when his dad got back from his tour of duty in World War II, he spoke even less. That didn't bother young Joe Balkoski so much as leave him in a state of puzzlement. "When a full sentence came out of my father's mouth, it was an occasion," says Balkoski today. "He was just a quiet, reserved guy. You rarely knew what he was thinking." Maybe that's why it made such an impact on Joe - at age 8, in 1962 - when Dad corralled him one day in their New York City apartment to take him to the movies.
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May 27, 1994
When the United States entered World War II, the will to fight was abundant but the supplies required to vanquish the Axis powers were not. Symbolic of the early stages of the war effort were the training exercises undertaken at Fort George G. Meade by members of the 29th Infantry Division: Because guns were in such short supply, the unit of National Guardsmen from Maryland and Virginia drilled with broomsticks and two-by-fours.Within two years, the American war effort had grown into a force much greater to behold.
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By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,SUN STAFF | June 6, 2003
On a warm spring day in Emporia, Va., it's not hard to find the home of William "Daddy" Rowell. Down Main Street, right around the corner, past a few bungalows and off to the side, you see a sedan the neighbors all know. The plates read "D-Day Veteran." Potted chrysanthemums and a U.S. flag adorn a tidy porch. He opens the door, grinning like a granddad whose kids may come by a little too rarely. The albums are ready - pictures and clippings, saved over 50-some years, a thousand snapshots of a life that brings together two star-spangled themes in a way few men's ever have.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | July 16, 2001
John P. Tracy has prosecuted his share of murderers, drug dealers and car thieves, but his next assignment will pose a danger most lawyers never face. Land mines. Tracy, an assistant state's attorney in Baltimore County, is being called up for service with the Maryland Army National Guard's 29th Infantry Division for a six-month tour of duty in Bosnia. Tracy's unit, the 29th Aviation Brigade, is scheduled to be dispatched to Base Camp Comanche -- near Tuzla, Bosnia -- in September. As an assistant staff judge advocate, Tracy will give legal advice on military justice issues and handle claims for property damage and personal injuries filed by Bosnians against the U.S. government.
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By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,SUN STAFF | June 6, 2001
The man never talked much anyway, the boy knew, and his mom told him that when his dad got back from his tour of duty in World War II, he spoke even less. That didn't bother young Joe Balkoski so much as leave him in a state of puzzlement. "When a full sentence came out of my father's mouth, it was an occasion," says Balkoski today. "He was just a quiet, reserved guy. You rarely knew what he was thinking." Maybe that's why it made such an impact on Joe - at age 8, in 1962 - when Dad corralled him one day in their New York City apartment to take him to the movies.
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By Tanya Jones and Tanya Jones,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | February 24, 1996
WASHINGTON -- Retired Brig. Gen. Alvin D. Ungerleider remembers fighting his way into a German-run slave-labor camp near Nordhausen, Germany, with other soldiers in his company in April 1945.They had stumbled upon a camp being guarded by about 50 German soldiers, whom they quickly overpowered. The American soldiers freed about 300 prisoners, many of them virtual skeletons."The sight that met my eyes is still burned intrinsically into my soul," Mr. Ungerleider said. "We thought we had entered the gates of hell."
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October 20, 1991
ROTC Cadet John J. Ciccarello has received the Parachutist Badge upon the completion of the three-week airborne course at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.He is the son of Army Lt. Col. Nicholas and Gail Ciccarello of Ellicott City. Ciccarello is a 1990 Centennial High School graduate.SEAMAN ENDS TRAININGNavy Seaman Apprentice James F. Gregory, son of Janis H. Gregory of Columbia, has completed training at Recruit Training Command, Orlando, Fla.The 1990 Hammond High School graduate joined the Navy inJune.
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May 13, 2003
PIKESVILLE - Lt. Col. John A. Russo recently assumed command of the 3rd Brigade, 29th Infantry Division (Light), Maryland Army National Guard, in change of command ceremonies at the Pikesville Military Reservation. Russo, 46, has served more than 20 years in the Maryland National Guard, most recently as the brigade executive officer of the 58th Troop Command. He is attending the U.S. Army War College. Russo, a Pasadena resident, takes over from Col. Robert L. Finn. Finn, a 53-year-old Westminster resident, served as the 3rd Brigade commander since 2001.
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