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  • Honor Flight a “bucket list” wish for Korean, Cold War vets

    Posted by Pat Kinney on Wednesday, October 17, 2018
    Robert Cowles had been as far west from Iowa as Korea, but never as far east as Washington, D.C. -- until Sept. 25. That's when the 86-year-old received from long-overdue thanks for being shot at some 65 years ago on that faraway peninsula. He was one of more than 90 military veterans making the latest Cedar Valley Honor Flight to see Washington, D.C. military memorials.

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  • No ‘Wall' too high for Honor Flight vet to honor pal

    Posted by Pat Kinney on Tuesday, October 02, 2018
    Burdette “Bud” Anderson of Waterloo visited an old hunting and fishing buddy recently – in memory and in spirit. I was with him.

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  • Neighbors in arms: Korean War combat sailors meet on Honor Flight

    Posted by Pat Kinney on Monday, October 01, 2018
    Edward Johnson and Bill Rector were both shot at -- very close to the same time, and place, on separate ships during the Korean War.

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  • Remembering Emery Finney

    Posted by Pat Kinney on Friday, September 28, 2018
    Emery Finney was known as a dependable auto mechanic and handyman. Early in his life he was handy with a machine gun -- in Europe during World War II. Finney, who fought from the D-Day invasion through the Battle of the Bulge, and served his country a second time as an Air Force aircraft mechanic during the Korean War, passed away Sept. 14 at Covenant Medical Center. He was 94 years old.

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  • Iowa Soldier Recalls POW Ordeal in Korea

    Posted by Pat Kinney on Friday, September 07, 2018
    Cecil Phipps never forgets his niece's birthday. On Aug. 28, his niece turned 65. It was also the 65th anniversary of his liberation. He served 33 months as a prisoner of the Chinese Communists in the Korean War. Phipps, 88, of Fort Dodge and his wife Joyce will be at the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum in Waterloo Sept. 14 when the museum honors Korean War POWs, both those who returned and those who did not.

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