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Conyers woman relays first-hand account of 9/11 attacks on Pentagon

Teresa Prieto was working at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001 when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the west side of the building. Sixty-four passengers and crew members perished in the plane crash. In the Pentagon building, an additional 125 military and civilian personnel lost their lives

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Conyers Marine vet recalls perils of Vietnam

With only a few months left of his enlistment, the Marines released Bill Campbell early because of his two tours in Vietnam. He was finally headed home. Campbell celebrated his 21st birthday on Okinawa but because of the International Date Line, he was able to celebrate again in San Francisco. "I partied both times," he admitted. Bill Campbell's war was over.

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In death, soldiers treated with respect by veteran mortician

Editor's Note: A Veteran's Story is a regular series highlighting the stories of those who served our country in the armed forces. The feature appears every other Wednesday and online at www.rockdalecitizen.com and www.newtoncitizen.com.

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VETERAN'S STORY: Being an Army nurse seemed 'the thing to do'

When her father, Dr. John W. McClain, made house calls in Mitchell County, Elizabeth would run to the barn to turn the starting crank handle on his Model T Ford, thrilled she was allowed to drive the old "Tin Lizzie" around to the front of their house.

Local: Being an Army nurse seemed 'the thing to do'

When her father, Dr. John W. McClain, made house calls in Mitchell County, Elizabeth would run to the barn to turn the starting crank handle on his Model T Ford, thrilled she was allowed to drive the old "Tin Lizzie" around to the front of their house.

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Horrors of Vietnam drive vet to help

Joe May attempted to move on after serving in the Army in Vietnam by helping fellow veterans readjust to civilian life. He said the horrors of war are always with him and the best medicine he has found is helping others.

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Horrors of Vietnam drive vet to help

CONYERS — Joe May attempted to move on after serving in the Army in Vietnam by helping fellow veterans readjust to civilian life. He said the horrors of war are always with him and the best medicine he has found is helping others.

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Man's career spanned Korea, Vietnam eras

Oxford resident Frank Aiken said he volunteered for the Army to fight in Korea but left after one tour of duty spent as an artillery trainer in Germany. He returned years later to serve two tours of duty in Vietnam.

Man's career spanned Korea, Vietnam eras

Oxford resident Frank Aiken said he volunteered for the Army to fight in Korea but left after one tour of duty spent as an artillery trainer in Germany. He returned years later to serve two tours of duty in Vietnam.

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A VETERAN'S STORY: Lifetime of service drives Conyers guardsman

CONYERS -- In his third tour of duty in Iraq as an Army helicopter pilot, 1982 Heritage High School graduate Thomas "Tommy" Golden said the heat is one of the toughest things to get used to.

A VETERAN'S STORY: Lifetime of service drives Conyers guardsman

CONYERS — In his third tour of duty in Iraq as an Army helicopter pilot, 1982 Heritage High School graduate Thomas "Tommy" Golden said the heat is one of the toughest things to get used to.

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Farm girl helped on the homefront as a Navy WAVE

Ona Lester joined the WAVES, the U.S. Navy's Women's Reserve, in 1943 after a co-worker did so. Lester, who grew up on a chicken and turkey farm in Minnesota, said she believed she had as good a chance as anyone to be accepted.

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Vietnam vet won't let disability affect career

As a former high school athlete, Max Cleland loved to compete. He never let the loss of an arm and both legs in Vietnam stop him and it was that competitive spirit that led the former third baseman from Lithonia High School to eventually become a U.S. senator.

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A VETERAN'S STORY: Sosebee rises from poverty to WWII vet

CONYERS -- World War II veteran Bud Sosebee enjoys a good story, and he has a lot to tell.

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Marine often saw war up front and on the beach

CONYERS -- Pennsylvanian Ralph Dunlap wanted to enlist after graduating from high school in 1943, but at 17 years old he needed his parents' permission. Their reply was a resounding, "No!"

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Music bridged cultures for serviceman

CONYERS — Robert "Bob" Astalos fell in love with music at the impressionable age of 7 listening to the Big Band sounds of Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller. The clarinet and saxophone were his weapons of choice.

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A soldier's long journey ends in a calling to the ministry

CONYERS -- Caught up during the heady days of late '60s as the Vietnam War raged and anti-war sentiments spread across the country, Bud Onstad began his journey of service as a U.S. Army Ranger that eventually led to him become a Lutheran priest.

A soldier's long journey ends in a calling to the ministry

CONYERS — Caught up during the heady days of late '60s as the Vietnam War raged and anti-war sentiments spread across the country, Bud Onstad began his journey of service as a U.S. Army Ranger that eventually led to him become a Lutheran priest.

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Vet believes in second chances

A graphic on the front of Tommy Clack's business card depicts a bald eagle in flight with his logo validating the obvious: Have Wheelchair Will Travel.

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