August 24, 2005
BOISE, Idaho - Stepping up their response to an antiwar movement that has gained momentum in recent weeks, President Bush and his aides said yesterday that heeding protesters' wishes to withdraw troops from Iraq would "weaken" the United States' broader efforts to combat terrorism. Bush made his remarks in a surprise appearance during a vacation day at an Idaho mountain resort, arguing that the views espoused by Cindy Sheehan, mother of a slain soldier and the founder of an antiwar encampment near the president's ranch in Crawford, Texas, did not represent the opinions of most of the military families he has met. It was a new line of argument from Bush and coincided with an announcement that he would spend time today with National Guard families during a stop near Boise.
July 25, 2005
George Elmer Hofstetter Jr., a noncommissioned Navy officer whose career spanned more than 20 years, died of congestive heart failure July 16 at Continuum Care, a nursing home in Sykesville. The Highlandtown resident was 77. Mr. Hofstetter was born in Baltimore and raised on Frankford Avenue. He was a 1946 graduate of Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School, and he enlisted in the Navy in 1949. A chief electrician's mate, Mr. Hofstetter saw extensive sea duty before being discharged in 1972.
June 10, 2005
Earl L. Snyder Jr., a retired Baltimore Department of Public Works inspector and World War II gunner's mate, died Sunday at the University of Maryland Medical Center of injuries received in a fall at his Overlea home. He was 81. Mr. Snyder, who was called "Junior," was born in Shamokin Dam, Pa., and raised in Sunbury, Pa. He attended Bucknell University until enlisting in the Navy in 1943. As a gunner's mate, he served as a member of the naval armed guard assigned to Liberty ships. He participated in North Atlantic convoys including voyages to North Africa and on the famed "Murmansk Run," whose merchant ships were under continual threat of enemy attack and endured severe Arctic weather as they attempted to deliver necessary war materiel to the Russian ports of Murmansk and Archangel.
May 15, 2005
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - It's early on a Thursday night at VFW Post No. 76, and the former door gunner sits in the dimness of the lounge sipping his Miller Lite. Across the room, obscured by a thin haze of cigarette smoke, two men at the long wooden bar watch a basketball game. A thin, gray-haired ex-Marine sniper ponders the jukebox choices before choosing Toby Keith. "See how peaceful it is here," says Domingo Vasquez, 58, who spent 18 months of his youth as a Huey helicopter door gunner above Vietnam's Central Highlands.
December 5, 2003
WILLIAM H. BECK, 83, passed away Tuesday evening, December 2, 2003 at Putnam Community Medical Center. Fifteen years ago, he moved to Interlachen, FL coming from his native state, Maryland. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy having served during World War II. His affiliations included the American Legion, Post #293 and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #10164 both of Interlachen, FL. A sign painter by trade, William was talented in several areas of art particularly in woodworking and painting.
March 12, 2003
John G. Gotzen, retired owner of an Overlea insurance agency who was active in World War II veterans affairs, died March 5 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium of complications from cancer and a stroke. The Perry Hall resident was 79. Born in Baltimore and raised in Overlea, he was a Kenwood High School graduate. He joined the Army during World War II, and served as a combat engineer and tank commander with the 279th Combat Engineer Battalion in North Africa and Germany. He received the Purple Heart and attained the rank of staff sergeant.