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When Cipriano Gamez left for Fort Benjamin Harrison after being drafted in 1943, his mother gave him a rosary.
HAMMOND | Whatever penchant for military service that inspired the nine Gamez brothers who served in the U.S. armed forces probably came from their father.
One of the first sights John Krilich saw when he entered a gaping hole in the USS Walke's hull on June 12, 1951, was a shipmate with a leg blown off.
As Sgt. John Gamez lay in a ditch, bleeding from lower torso wounds near Wonju, South Korea, he thought he saw an angel.
Lithuania lost an estimated 30 percent of its population from 1940 to 1953 as tens of thousands of Lithuanians fled the eastern European nation, which had been devastated by Russian and Nazi occupiers in World War II.
Robert E. Montgomery II was in Korea to rebuild and preserve, not to search and destroy, in the waning days of the Korean War.
The only time Fred Schultz so much as felt menaced in his 15-month stint as an Air Force radio operator in the Korean War was during a torch-lit May Day demonstration outside his fence-protected base in 1953.
There were times when Ed Wroblewski had to feel there was someone watching over him as he served aboard the USS Floyd B. Parks in the Korean War.
Larry Skonie violated the Army's cardinal rule: Never volunteer for anything.
The obsolete, World War II-era Army truck John R. Rattray Sr. called home for a year in Korea was "the most important vehicle we had" because GIs like their chow, the Korean War veteran said.
Korean War veteran Manoly Traycoff didn't take a nationally known pop singer's vow seriously, but he took an induction center Army officer at his word.
For Ted Erceg, seeing Korean War refugees travel through hard-crusted snow in 40 below zero temperatures amid Siberian winds was bad. Worse yet, they were tramping through it in sandals, the former soldier originally from Gary recalled.
HAMMOND | The “demand” for orders of protection in Lake County seemingly would be highest in Hammond, which is the county's largest city and also leads in domestic violence numbers, although Gary's statistics are incomplete because Gary does not participate in the county's data system. Gary …
Maybe there was nothing the courts and police could have done to avert the suspected domestic battery deaths of at least 22 region residents who have been killed since 2010.
In a follow-up visit to determine if TJ Myricks wanted to keep an order of protection she had against her abusive boyfriend in 2008, the young Gary woman went into a judge's chambers and pondered the jurist's questions:
If delay is "the ultimate tactic" of defense attorneys in litigating domestic battery cases, then many alleged offenders in Lake County appear to be outflanking the courts, a state victim's advocate says.
CROWN POINT | Phyllis Roy believes her domestic battery case involved two assailants — her husband, who was convicted of the crime, and the legal system she says failed to protect her after the conviction.
Congress on Thursday passed a more ambitious version of the Violence Against Women Act, sending the measure to President Barack Obama, who said he would sign the bill "as soon as it hits my desk."
HOBART | Che Taylor tried business management studies at Ivy Tech Community College, but after a semester and a half, the Gary native knew his real calling was to follow his dad -- a retired U.S. Steel steelworker -- into the mills.
In a perfect world, students would graduate from high school certified either work-ready or college-ready.
CHESTERTON | Daniel Diaz interviewed well for a spot in the Young Hoosier Conservation Corps. But he got hired because of how well he conducted himself after the interview.
The post hole Daniel Diaz and John Poole dug in the sandy, gravel-strewn curb at Indiana Dunes State Park was a smooth-sided work of landscape art, sunk to the proper depth and waiting for a post.
Younger workers are disproportionately affected by recessions and always have been, which gives economists insight into the long-term consequences of stumbling out of the gate into the job market, Don Coffin said.
Bad timing. Recent college graduates frequently hear that observation as they seek employment in a job market still reeling from the Great Recession.
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