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November 4, 1990
WESTMINTER - A 45-year wait finally came to an end Wednesday for Viola Rapisarda.The Westminster resident, widow of World War II serviceman Samuel Ambrister, received the Purple Heart medal for wounds her husband suffered in Germany in 1945.The medal was presented to Rapisarda by U.S. Representative Beverly B.Byron, D-District 6, during a ceremony at City Hall.For years Rapisarda has tried secure the award earned by her husband, who died of leukemia in 1951. At one point, she said, a low-level Army staffer told her over the phone the best place to get a Purple Heart would be a yard sale.
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August 18, 2013
Purple Heart shoot Today , Aug. 18: The Purple Heart 3D Bow Shoot will be held at Heart of Maryland Bowhunters, 7930 Henryton Road, Marriottsville. Registration is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cost: $15 for the public; free for current or retired military. Thirty-target archery course. All proceeds will benefit disabled veterans through outings sponsored by the NPLB (formerly No Person Left Behind) and Operation Second Chance. Event information: Contact Billy Dove at 301-639-4104 or bdove5567@yahoo.com . NPLB information: operationsecondchance.org/nplb.php.
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January 10, 2012
UPDATED - The Baltimore Ravens may have decided not to hold training camp in Westminster, but the team was in town this week to leave its mark on the Carroll County nevertheless. On Tuesday, Jan. 10, members of the Ravens' grounds crew visited the Best Western Hotel near McDaniel College to paint the team's logo on a hillside along Route 140. The crew was joined by Ravens front office staff, team mascot “Poe” and fans who came by to see the large logo take shape. The event to paint the town purple - literally - was in anticipation of the AFC divisional playoff game against the Houston Texans today, Sunday, Jan. 15, at M&T Bank Stadium.
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July 10, 2013
Willard H. Blevins, a lifelong Fallston resident and World War II combat veteran, who served in the 90th Infantry Division and was honored with a Purple Heart, Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star and a Good Conduct Medal, will celebrate his 90th birthday July 19. He still owns and operates Vale Body & Fender Shop in Fallston with his son, David. He is well beloved by his large family and many friends.
NEWS
April 29, 1991
Services for William F. Church Jr., a Purple Heart veteran and retired foreman at the U.S. Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Ruck Funeral Home, 1050 York Road, Towson.Mr. Church, who was 71, died of heart failure Friday at his home on Thetford Road near Towson.Born in Baltimore, he graduated from City College in 1938 and took a job at the Coast Guard Yard. He joined the Navy in February 1944 and served aboard a destroyer escort. He was seriously injured in 1944 during a battle in Germany and spent a year recuperating at Springfield Naval Hospital in Massachusetts.
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April 20, 1995
Spec. Jeffrey Colbert's family gathered Tuesday at Fort Detrick in Frederick to receive a Purple Heart awarded to him after he was killed during a "friendly fire" incident over Iraq last year.Specialist Colbert, 22, formerly of Taneytown and later a resident of Myersville in Frederick County, was one of 26 people killed when two Blackhawk helicopters were shot down by U.S. fighter planes over a no-fly zone in Iraq in April 1994. The American F-15 fighter pilots mistook the helicopters for Iraqi helicopters.
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February 10, 2008
Last year I met a young woman who had lost her brother in the war in Iraq. Although obviously grieved over her family's loss, she spoke proudly of her brother's service and the ultimate sacrifice he made on our behalf. In relaying the events of his return home, she described her family's deep disappointment that the Army had not presented them with his Purple Heart. They had hoped they would have it in time for his memorial service. They called Congressman Gilchrest's office to see if he could help in this matter.
NEWS
August 23, 2002
Michael Eugene Murphy Sr., a Purple Heart recipient who was wounded twice in World War II, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at St. Agnes HealthCare in Baltimore. The longtime resident of Arbutus was 84. Born in West Baltimore, Mr. Murphy graduated from St. Martin's High School at age 16 and opened a barbershop on Fayette Street. He moved to Arbutus in the late 1930s and enlisted in the Army in 1941, before Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. A sergeant, he fought in Europe and participated in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day.
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | June 19, 1996
Marine Staff Sgt. Miles N. Kaiser, who last week received a Purple Heart for wounds he suffered in El Salvador 11 years ago, died Monday of complications from injuries he suffered while in the service. He was 43.Gen. Alfred M. Gray, a former commandant of the Marine Corps, bestowed the medal Thursday on Sergeant Kaiser at Stella Maris Hospice at Mercy Medical Center, where he was dying of AIDS. Sergeant Kaiser was injured in a land mine explosion in the summer of 1985 while on a mission in El Salvador.
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By Matt Whittaker and Matt Whittaker,SUN STAFF | November 12, 2003
In a Veterans Day ceremony, former Pfc. James Robert Cook Jr. received recognition for his combat service in World War II and was formally awarded a medal that was a mere 58 years overdue. Last night, he recalled being wounded in a mop-up operation during the Battle of the Bulge and his time in a monastery in Liege, Belgium, that doubled as a hospital. A mortar shell had exploded and sent shrapnel into his knee, qualifying him for the Purple Heart. But until last month, he had only memories and bits of shrapnel in his leg to show for it. He received the medal in the mail last month, and last night -- at Baltimore Christian School, where his daughter Betty Rushing is a teacher -- about 90 people turned out for the ceremony for Cook, 77, originally from East Baltimore and now a Dundalk resident.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2013
John Morgan "Nemo" Robinson, a retired operator of a Chesapeake Bay summer resort and decorated World War II veteran, died Saturday of a heart attack at Anne Arundel Medical Center after undergoing brain surgery a week earlier. The Severna Park resident was 90. Born and raised in Catonsville, he was a 1938 graduate of Catonsville High School and spent another year at Polytechnic Institute. He gained the nickname Nemo as a child because he had long blond curls like a lion in the "Little Nemo" comic strip.
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By Adam Clark, Of The Morning Call | January 12, 2013
Navy Lt. Brad Snyder holds the acoustic guitar in his arms for the first time, strums a few chords, then moves into a sampling of Neil Young. The sounds take the Naval Academy graduate back to the nights when he was deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan and sat around a fire teaching fellow servicemen songs such as Tom Petty's "Mary Jane's Last Dance. " But there was a time when the 28-year-old Baltimore man wasn't sure if he would be able to play the guitar again. Snyder was blinded in September 2011 when he stepped on a bomb during a mission in Afghanistan.
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By Adam Clark, Of The Morning Call | January 12, 2013
Lt. Brad Snyder holds the acoustic guitar in his arms for the first time, strumming a few random chords, then moving into a sampling of Neil Young. The sounds take him back to the nights when he was deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan and sat around a fire teaching fellow servicemen songs like Tom Petty's "Mary Jane's Last Dance. " But there was a time when the 28-year-old Florida native and Baltimore resident wasn't sure if he would be able to play the guitar again. Snyder was left blind in September 2011 when he stepped on a bomb during a mission in Afghanistan.
NEWS
January 9, 2013
I have zero problem with Sgt. Jennifer Hunt's request to be in the infantry - or that of any woman for that matter ("Women in U.S. military fight for right to serve in combat," Jan. 5). It should be required. This is the era of equal rights. I served in the infantry. It was taxing on the mind and body. Living in the brush for a month and seeing first hand the horrors of war isn't easy. I always wondered, when it came time for promotions, why a man who was on the front line would have to come back and answer to anyone (man or woman)
NEWS
March 15, 2012
While I watched March Madness basketball action, a madness of a different sort played out near the farmland of Panjwai, Afghanistan ("Killings of 16 appall Afghans," March 12). According to news reports, 60-year-old Abdul Samad returned to his home on Saturday to find 11 of his relatives had been massacred, most killed with a single shot to the head, their bodies burned. Mr. Samad lost a wife, four daughters younger than 7, four sons, ages 8-12, and two relatives. AU.S. Army staff sergeant is in custody.
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January 10, 2012
UPDATED - The Baltimore Ravens may have decided not to hold training camp in Westminster, but the team was in town this week to leave its mark on the Carroll County nevertheless. On Tuesday, Jan. 10, members of the Ravens' grounds crew visited the Best Western Hotel near McDaniel College to paint the team's logo on a hillside along Route 140. The crew was joined by Ravens front office staff, team mascot “Poe” and fans who came by to see the large logo take shape. The event to paint the town purple - literally - was in anticipation of the AFC divisional playoff game against the Houston Texans today, Sunday, Jan. 15, at M&T Bank Stadium.
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By Sarah Merkey and Sarah Merkey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 15, 2004
The new Maryland Purple Heart Memorial, a solid red granite monument in front of the U.S. Army Ordnance Museum at Aberdeen Proving Ground, is a reminder of blood that has been shed in the name of freedom. The 5-foot-tall monument sits on a base stone that is engraved with symbols of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and merchant marine -- members of which are eligible for the Purple Heart if they are killed or wounded in combat. "It's very appropriate," said retired Maj. Gen. Andrew H. Anderson, commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart of Maryland.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | May 27, 2001
William C. Hall, a World War II Marine who was awarded a Purple Heart in 1998 for wounds he had received 53 years earlier during the invasion of Iwo Jima, died Monday of a heart attack at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. He was 75 and lived in Ocean City. Mr. Hall was a 19-year-old Marine rifleman when he went ashore on Feb. 22, 1945, with the 21st Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, at Iwo Jima, two days after the amphibious landing had begun. Mr. Hall was wounded two days after the famous flag-raising on Mount Suribachi.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2011
Nicholas J. Passarella, a retired jeweler and World War II veteran who landed at Normandy on D-Day, died Sept. 28 of congestive heart failure at his daughter's Annapolis home. The former longtime Rodgers Forge resident, who moved to Annapolis four years ago, was 90. The son of Italian immigrants, Mr. Passarella was born in Baltimore and reared in Little Italy. He was a Patterson High School graduate. Before joining the Army in 1943, Mr. Passarella worked in a Baltimore war plant.
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