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"I kept firing, and I didn't let the enemy through."

"I kept firing, and I didn't let the enemy through."

Hammond's John Gamez was wounded twice and earned the Silver Star Medal for his courageous action in the Korean War.

June 15, 2014 5:00 pm
Leadership skills earn another honor for E.C. Marine

Leadership skills earn another honor for E.C. Marine

Staff Sgt. Mindo D. Estrella, a native of East Chicago, is currently serving as the platoon commander for 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment in the U.S. Marine Corps.

March 24, 2014 12:00 am
Korean War veteran went from seasick to homesick

Korean War veteran went from seasick to homesick

Ed Zurawski's mailman, a family friend, was reluctant to give him the envelope in 1952.

February 23, 2014 9:00 pm Video Photos

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Six decades later, the wounds remain

Six decades later, the wounds remain

Service medals, including a Purple Heart, earned by Korean War veteran Charles "Mike" Mikovetz are shown at his home in Crown Point.

October 27, 2013 12:00 am
Six decades later, Korean War wounds remain

Six decades later, Korean War wounds remain

Charles "Mike" Mikovetz wears two pairs of socks to keep his feet warm. Even in the summer.

October 26, 2013 10:43 pm Video Photos

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Recognition decades in the making

Recognition decades in the making

PORTAGE | When Rich Birs, 94, was wounded on April 15, 1945, in combat on Okinawa, shrapnel in his leg was so disastrous it ended his four years of service.

August 23, 2013 8:00 pm Photos

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Region vets want people to remember 'forgotten war'

Region vets want people to remember 'forgotten war'

In November 1950, David Seils, a Marine Corps reservist rifleman, marched through frigid weather and fought at the Chosin Reservoir, the site of one of the Korean War's bloodiest battles.

July 20, 2013 11:30 pm Photos

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Indiana's two-year budget, plethora of new laws take effect July 1

INDIANAPOLIS | Happy fiscal new year, Hoosiers!

June 30, 2013 7:00 pm

Legislature busy as session nears end

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana House and Senate met intermittently for more than 10 hours Thursday, approving changes to legislation recommended by conference committees and sending those measures on to the governor for his signature or veto.

April 25, 2013 7:30 pm

Schererville designates road as part of Purple Heart Trail

SCHERERVILLE | The section of U.S. 41 that passes through Schererville will be used to honor wounded veterans.

November 24, 2012 9:21 am

Highland designates part of Indy Blvd. for wounded vets

HIGHLAND | The Highland Town Council has accepted two signs that designate Indianapolis Boulevard as part of the Purple Heart Memorial Highway.

October 24, 2012 12:00 am

Battery charge dismissed in alleged attack on disabled veteran

HOBART | A battery charge against a Hobart man accused of attacking a disabled veteran has been dismissed, police said.

September 25, 2012 12:00 am
Highland soldier returns from fourth tour of duty to avenue of flags, thanks

Highland soldier returns from fourth tour of duty to avenue of flags, thanks

HAMMOND | Two Purple Heart medals and four tours of duty later, a Highland man returned home to a hero's welcome Wednesday following his service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

September 12, 2012 7:00 pm Photos

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Highland soldier returns from fourth tour of duty to avenue of flags, thanks

Highland soldier returns from fourth tour of duty to avenue of flags, thanks

Sgt. Michael Haney's mother, Lori Haney, gets a hug Wednesday from an Indiana Patriot Guard Rider during a welcome-home celebration for her son at family's home in Highland.

September 12, 2012 5:01 pm
Highland soldier returns from fourth tour of duty to avenue of flags, thanks

Highland soldier returns from fourth tour of duty to avenue of flags, thanks

Sgt. Michael Haney's family dog waits Wednesday at the window of his home in Highland.

September 12, 2012 5:01 pm
Highland soldier returns from fourth tour of duty to avenue of flags, thanks

Highland soldier returns from fourth tour of duty to avenue of flags, thanks

Sgt. Michael Haney gets a hug Wednesday from sister Ashley Haney during a welcome-home celebration at Bone Dry Bar and Grill in Highland. Indiana Patriot Guard Riders treated Sgt. Haney to a beer after escorting him home.

September 12, 2012 5:00 pm
Hammond soldier receives Purple Heart for combat injuries

Hammond soldier receives Purple Heart for combat injuries

VALPARAISO | Family, friends and some two dozen fellow guardsmen gave U.S. Army Spc. Doug Rachowicz a standing ovation Friday as he was awarded the Purple Heart medal.

May 04, 2012 6:20 pm Photos

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Funeral honors man of humor, dedication and service

Funeral honors man of humor, dedication and service

CROWN POINT | Humorous one-liners, acts of wartime heroism and a bowtie worn while mowing the lawn were all eclectic remembrances shared Wednesday at the funeral of Crown Point's Charles Swisher.

May 02, 2012 11:00 pm Photos

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Purple Heart recipients sought

PORTAGE | While nearly each community in Porter County has its own American Legion post or Veterans of Foreign War chapter, there is no organized group that recognizes another segment of veterans -- Purple Heart recipients.

December 13, 2010 12:00 am
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