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Category: Military history


No news is good news for newly home Stryker brigade


Col. Barry Huggins, left, returned from a nine-month deployment leading Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. Photo by Lt. Rose Neats.

The homecomings from an intense year in Afghanistan are almost compete at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which this week brought back the command group for its 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

Its return is notable in part because of the brigade went about its business for the past nine months at war while rarely making news. It also earned some high praise from one of the war’s top generals as it left

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Bales hearing: Afghan investigator challenges single shooter theory of Panjwai massacre

8:30 p.m. update: An Afghan police officer who investigated the March slaughter of 16 civilians in Kandahar province contends that one person could not have carried out all of the killings, contradicting the Army’s case that Staff Sgt. Robert Bales executed the massacre by himself.

“One person cannot do this work,” Maj. Khudai Dad testified via video link from Kandahar tonight in an Army evidence hearing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

His theory of how the killings unfolded contradicts multiple aspects of how the Army believes the massacre unfolded.

Khudai Dad argues that killings took place simultaneously in the villages of

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Puyallup D-Day hero and other veterans will get car emblems

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed a bill that will allow veterans and current military service members to put an emblem recognizing their heroic actions on display on their vehicle license plates.

House Bill 2312, which The News Tribune wrote about in January, will let recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, Silver Star, and Bronze Star purchase special emblems for their license plates. Proceeds from the sales will go into a fund at the state Department of Veterans Affairs to honor veterans.

“This law is a small gesture of acknowledgement for those who have

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Senate honors Tacoma veteran who fought in Battle of the Bulge

At 91, Tacoma veteran Douglas Elms is picking up ribbons for his heroism on the battlefields of France 67 years ago.
The former firefighter this week received a Senate resolution recognizing his service in the Battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1945. In December, he received the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor from the French government.
“He’s been so overwhelmed,” said his daughter, Liz Erb of University Place.
The latest honor came Tuesday when the senate passed a resolution sponsored by state Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, to thank Elms for his contributions to the

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Chrysler Museum shows a 1941 jeep prototype tested at Fort Lewis

A little piece of Fort Lewis history will be a big part of the Walter P. Chrysler Museum’s “70 Years of Jeep” exhibit starting next week in Auburn Hills, Mich.

The show’s featured vehicle is the original 1941 Willys MA shown in the photo above. The museum says this jeep was delivered to Fort Lewis for testing by the 15th Infantry Regiment on July 5, 1941 in the run-up to World War II.

It was discovered “rusting away” at a farm near the base in 2001. It’s on loan to the museum from the from the private collection

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Tahoma National Cemetery supporters raising money for stolen plaques

Veterans upset by the November theft of 11 memorial plaques from the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent are raising money to replace them.

The brass plaques along a memorial walkway gave cemetery visitors a chance to learn a little about the units in which deceased veterans served, such as the 10th Mountain Division. They were donated to the cemetery by service groups.

“They were trying to leave a little piece of history for their grandkids,” said cemetery director Jim Trimbo.

He estimated that the plaques would cost $20,000 to replace. He said it would cost at least $3,000 to install

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Wings of Freedom land in Pierce County

The Collings Foundation this year again brings its Wings of Freedom tour of historic aircraft to the Tacoma Narrows Airport near Gig Harbor.

For the next three days, you can see and learn about planes including the B-17 Flying Fortress, the B-24 Liberator and the P-51C Mustang, also known fondly as “Betty Jane.” For $425, you can even take a flight on the B-24 or B-17.

On Monday, you can take a walk-through tour from 2 to 5 p.m.; on Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and on Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to noon.


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Legendary WWII survivors, the Philippine Scouts, gather in Tacoma

Some of the last living members of a storied American military unit from World War II are spending the weekend in Tacoma, along with family members and history buffs.

The annual reunion of the Philippine Scouts Heritage Society, whose senior members are Bataan Death March veterans, is being held today and Saturday at the La Quinta Inn and Suites, 1425 27th St. E.

Organizers say the public is welcome. Some of the sessions that might be of broader interest include “Help Me Understand My Connection” at 3:30 today; a documentary film called “Forgotten Soldiers” at 10 a.m. Saturday; a

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