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This weekend marks the 6th annual National Military Suicide Survivors Seminar and Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors organized by TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. About 500 adults and 170 children will participate in workshops, art therapy and

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WAYNE O. SMITH (BORN 1943)  1st Lieutenant, United States Air Force Now a Naples resident, 1st Lt. Wayne O. Smith was forced to eject over North Vietnam while flying his 90th combat mission on Jan. 18, 1968. On that final mission,

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DR. TOM GILLASPIE (BORN 1943)  Captain, United States Army Veterinary Corps  After graduating from veterinary school, Tom Gillaspie was drafted to the 175th U. S. Army Veterinary Detachment in Chu Lai, Vietnam in 1971. At the height of the Vietnam War

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RICHARD HEIN (BORN 1948)  Lance Corporal, United States Marine Corps A Cape Coral resident, Richard Hein was just 19 years old when he joined the Marine Corps in 1968. He trained as a radio operator in an infantry company at Camp

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RICHARD E. CARR (BORN 1937)  Major General, United States Air Force From the age of 6, retired two-star Air Force Maj. Gen. Richard E. Carr wanted to fly airplanes. Pursuing this passion, Carr flew his first solo flight on his 16th

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WFSU spoke with several student veterans who shared their stories of accomplishments both in and out of the classroom. Ty, Becky, Ryan, and Kevin are students at Florida State University. Ty Brush serves in the Florida Army National Guard as

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Grace Chicken Seventy years after the end of World War II, five Southwest Florida veterans share their experiences, including retired US Army – Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Grace Chicken of Punta Gorda. Chicken spent more than 20 years in the

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Robert Hilliard Seventy years after the end of World War II, five Southwest Florida veterans share their experiences. Robert Hilliard was an 18-year-old draftee in 1944 deployed to Europe just after D-Day. The 90-year-old Purple Heart recipient and Sanibel resident

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Newton Burdick Jr. Seventy years after the end of World War II, five Southwest Florida veterans share their experiences, including 99-year-old retired Lieutenant Commander Newton Burdick Junior. He entered the US Navy as a young soldier after the Japanese attack

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PETER THOMAS (BORN 1924) Famed voice-over actor and World War II veteran, Peter Thomas received five battle stars including the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the French Croix de Guerre for his military service with the First Infantry Division

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