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By Ruma Kumar and Ruma Kumar,Sun Reporter | April 1, 2007
War was Lloyd Brown's chance to get out of the Ozarks. It was 1918. The 16-year-old Missouri boy lied about his age to get into the Navy. Before he knew it, he was on the gun crew on the battleship USS New Hampshire, climbing 50-foot-tall masts, peering into the waters of the Atlantic for German U-boats and helping capture one. Mr. Brown, the last surviving Navy veteran of World War I, died Thursday at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in St. Mary's County....
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2014
Growing up, when Alex Pownall watched his father, he saw a man who loved his job. John Pownall has served 20 years in the military, the last 12 as a recruiter for the Maryland National Guard. He was sent to defend Andrews Air Force Base after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and advised the Afghan National Army in 2011 and 2012. "He looked forward to drill, and he came home happy," Alex Pownall said. So when Alex turned 17 last year, he needed no convincing. He joined the Maryland National Guard in October and is waiting to finish high school so he can go to boot camp.
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October 24, 1995
A photo caption in Sunday's editions incorrectly characterized the commissioning of the USS Stethem. It is not the first U.S. Navy vessel named after an enlisted sailor.The Sun regrets the errors.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2013
Allan Stover wasn't even in high school when he enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1953. Despite his doctored birth certificate, he believes commanders could tell he was too young to enlist. Stover never admitted it - though he came close when a drill instructor screamed in his face at boot camp. "How old are you?" the instructor yelled. "Seventeen, sir," Stover responded nervously. "And I'm the Queen of Sheba," the instructor quipped. Stover was 14 - and he was never caught.
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October 22, 1995
A photo caption in Sunday's editions incorrectly characterized the commissioning of the USS Stethem. It is not the first U.S. Navy vessel named after an enlisted sailor.+ The Sun regrets the errors.
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By Neal Thompson and Neal Thompson,SUN STAFF | January 19, 1998
When Jo Dee Catlin Jacob enlisted in the Navy in 1974, she had to wear white gloves and high heels, "and it was not at all uncommon to be expected to pour the coffee.""When I joined, it was impossible for a woman to fly, to go to sea, to be a SEAL," she said. "It was very much a traditional Ozzie-and-Harriet, woman-subservient world."Remnants of that era remain: Women still may not serve on submarines, and a study released this month by the RAND National Defense Institute found that they are underrepresented in the combat-ready ranks of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.
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By Angela Valdez and Angela Valdez,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | October 7, 2001
McGUIRE AIR FORCE BASE, N.J. - Airman 1st Class David Bernard, 22, attended New York City Technical College in downtown Brooklyn for only a few months before coming to a crucial realization: Once he graduated with an associate's degree in mechanical engineering, he would earn no more than he was pulling down as a jewelry salesman at the Piercing Pagoda. That's when he decided to enlist in the Air Force. Now, two years later, the Canadian-born son of Trinidadian immigrants plans on a long-term career in the military.
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By DONALD R. MORRIS | February 12, 1991
Until the outbreak of the second World War, enlisted men were essentially nameless and faceless; officers, while entitled to more social respect, were also faceless -- until they reached flag rank, or broke aviation records.You could turn the services upside down and shake them without finding a married man under the rank of sergeant; they were blue-collar workers and, in time of war, cannon-fodder -- in all nations.Until Pearl Harbor, junior officers were forbidden by law to marry for five years after commissioning.
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By Scott S. Sheads and Scott S. Sheads,Park ranger, Fort McHenry National Monument * I met Percy Laven Julian at a biomedical conference in New Orleans, where he was the keynote speaker. I was chemistry chairman at Coppin State College. He talked for more than an hour. When he was a young scientist, he told us, he had to prove himself every step of the way. Those were the days when whites viewed a black person through jaundiced eyes. Many a time Dr. Julian had to endure abject humiliation. Hotels refused to admit him, even though they had confirmed his reservation by telephone. After the speech, we invited him to speak in Baltimore. He accepted, and we made the arrangements, but on the day before he was to arrive, Dr. Julian suffered a massive heart attack. He never recovered from it. Dr. Julian's synthesis of the drug physostigmine, used in the treatment of glaucoma, attracted considerable attention in scientific circles, and in the early 1930s he became director of research of the soya product division of the Glidden Co. in Chicago. Some of the products synthesized by Dr. Julian reduced the cost of therapy for many diseases, most notably arthritis. In 1953, he established his own firm, Julian Laboratories Inc., and a sister company, Laboratories Julian de Mexico. He was the author of 162 scientific publications and had 105 patents. He was awarded 15 honorary degrees. Bail L. RaoRetired professor of chemistry, Coppin State College * William Edward Burghardt DuBois and Booker Taliaferro Washington were towering fighters for freedom and equality of opportunity for black Americans. They differed in philosophy and methodology. Booker T. Washington followed the route of accommodation. In an address at the Atlanta Exposition in 1895, Dr. Washington said, "The wisest among my race understand that the agitation of questions of social equality is the extremist folly . . ." He was, of course, lionized by white leaders for what came to be known as the "Atlanta Compromise." Dr. DuBois and other black leaders denounced Washington for eschewing political and social equality. He was said to have sold his people out (much as Justice Clarence Thomas was to be accused more than a century later). "The American Negro demands equality," Dr. DuBois said, "political equality, industrial equality and social equality. And he is never going to rest satisfied with anything less. He demands this . . . as an absolute measure of self-defense and the only one that will assure to the darker races their . . . survival on Earth." But on balance, the two men were not that far apart. We know from the work of Louis Harlan, professor of history at the University of Maryland College Park, that Dr. Washington, in his private deliberations and actions, was highly supportive of political and social equality for his fellow black citizens. Our nation owes both of these men an enormous debt. @ Samuel L. BanksExecutive director, Division of Instruction, Baltimore City Public Schools | February 28, 1992
BLACK HISTORY MONTH concludes Saturday. Here are excerpts from the essays of three Baltimore correspondents on African Americans who made a difference:No. 203, William Williams. The name is listed with the names of other recruits on the muster roll of the 38th U.S. Infantry. But this recruit was different. William Williams was a 21-year-old runaway slave from Prince George's County.He was a native Marylander. He had run away from his owner, Benjamin Oden, in the spring of 1814. On April 14, 1814, William Williams was enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army and wasassigned to the 38th U.S. Infantry Regiment.
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By Erika Niedowski and Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF | January 4, 2000
Jason W. Kaun has been something of a dabbler since high school. He studied criminal justice and business at Champlain College in Vermont and Harford Community College, but dropped out. He ran a business selling "sandfleas" -- or novelty items -- at a mall kiosk and used the proceeds to spend several weeks in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He toted golf clubs at an Aberdeen golf course and helped his folks with the family-run sign-making business. Yesterday, he pledged the next four years of his life to a more steady job -- with the military.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley has appointed Brig. Gen. Linda Singh to head the Maryland Army National Guard. Singh, currently director of the Maryland National Guard's joint staff, will be the first woman and the first African-American to command the Army branch. She succeeds Brig. Gen. Peter Hinz, who is scheduled to retire on Sept. 30. O'Malley called Singh "an extremely effective leader with the drive to take the Maryland Army National Guard to new heights and keep the organization among the best in the nation.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2013
Two senior enlisted leaders with an elite Navy dive unit could face charges of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of two sailors at Aberdeen Proving Ground in February, and others could be charged, the Navy said Wednesday. The chief warrant officer and the senior chief petty officer, whom officials did not name, also could face charges of dereliction of duty in the deaths of Diver 1st Class James Reyher and Diver 2nd Class Ryan Harris. All were members of the elite Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2, which is based in Virginia Beach, Va., but has made frequent use of the UNDEX Test Facility at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
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April 8, 2013
North Korea's recent threats to target South Korean and American cities with atomic destruction have the shrill belligerence of a 6-year-old's temper tantrum. But while few analysts believe North Korea has the means to carry out its threats, U.S. and South Korean officials would nevertheless be unwise to ignore them. With tensions on the peninsula higher than at any time since the end of the Korean War, there's great danger a conflict could break out by accident or through miscalculation.
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By Bob Allen, For The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2013
Terri Stafford used to take Lulu, her border collie mix, to medical facilities as part of a Baltimore-based volunteer program that enabled her to share her beloved pet's affection with others in need of it. "We did that for several years until Lulu got too sick" with cancer, said Stafford, a retired registered nurse who lives in Baltimore County. "Toward the end, when Lulu wasn't feeling well, she spent a lot of time hiding in the closet. But I'd say, 'Lulu, let's go visiting.' And she'd come running out and jump in the car. She loved it. "I also used to enjoy the way people would light up when I would bring Lulu to visit them," Stafford said.
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By Steve Earley, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2013
When Alissa Harrington was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 38, she did what she's accustomed to doing when she needs answers. She reached for her smartphone. The Stevenson University technology professional says mobile apps helped her overcome one of the biggest burdens for anyone confronting a life-threatening illness: Managing the deluge of medical records and appointments and communicating what comes out of those to friends and family. "Mobile apps have really eliminated that," said Harrington, who as an instructional designer builds online courses and trains faculty how to apply technology to learning.
NEWS
March 5, 2012
The effort by the Democratic Party, the UAW, Michael Moore and - disgracefully - Rick Santorum himself to orchestrate Democratic crossover votes against Mitt Romney in the Michigan Republican primary fell well short of its goal ("Santorum and Romney fight their own class war in Michigan," Feb. 27). Mr. Santorum's unholy alliance with big government, big labor and extremists underscores his shortcomings as an economic lightweight and an all-too-frequent shill for the unions during his years in Congress.
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December 9, 1990
COX COMPLETES AIR FORCE TRAININGAirman Barry L. Cox, son of Rosina E. Galbreath of Columbia, has graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.In the six weeks of training, he studied Air Force history, organization, customs and received special instruction in human relations.Cox is a 1981 graduate of Walbrook Senior High School, Baltimore.NAVY'S SIMMS ENDS ENGINEERING COURSENavy Ensign James L. Simms, son of William and Donna Simms of Sykesville, has graduated from Basic Civil Engineer Corps Officer Course.
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By Nicole Fuller | August 29, 2008
Glenmore H. Drasher, an Army veteran and longtime musician who performed with a Harford County band well into his 80s, died Aug. 19 at a Baltimore County nursing home after falling ill from pneumonia. He was 95. Mr. Drasher was born in Hazleton, Pa. He joined the band at Hazleton High School, where he played the trombone. He was so enthralled with music, his only daughter said, that he did odd jobs as a teenager to pay for lessons to learn other instruments. After graduating from high school in 1930, he enlisted in the Army and soon began a decades-long career in Army bands.
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Tim Wheeler | February 17, 2012
What's that chirping I hear outside my window?  The Great Backyard Bird Count is under way again.  The four-day annual event, which begins today (Friday, Feb. 17) offers even the most casual bird-watcher a chance to help scientists check up on the health of our winged neighbors. From the observations made by novice and expert alike, biologists may learn about how the weather this winter has affected bird populations here and elsewhere, whether migration patterns are changing and whether particular species are trending up or down because of disease or some other factor.
BUSINESS
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2011
After nearly 40 years in the speaker business, Polk Audio is following music listeners from their living rooms and cars to their smart phones and their MP3 players. The Baltimore company is moving outside its comfort zone — speakers for home stereo systems and cars — with a new line of headphones, out this month. It is the first time Polk has sold anything other than a speaker or related accessory since a trio of Johns Hopkins University students started the company. Until now, senior vice president Ben Newhall said, "we've grown by adding a lot of different categories within speakers.
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