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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1988 | JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writer
On May 30, 1944--in the midst of World War II--U.S. Army Pvt. Alex F. Miranda stood before an American firing squad in England and spoke his last words. "Pray for me," the 20-year-old soldier from Santa Ana beseeched a chaplain. "And may God have a place for you in heaven." Then Pvt. Miranda, who had fatally shot his sleeping sergeant almost three months earlier, was felled by a volley from 10 rifle-bearing soldiers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2011 | By Ching-Ching Ni, Los Angeles Times
You cannot buy your way into the U.S. military, Army officials reminded the public Monday, trying to clear up confusion in the Chinese American community after an El Monte man was arrested last week in connection with charging immigrants to join what authorities said was a phony military force. "No legitimate U.S. Army recruiter will ever ask an applicant for money in order to serve in the military," said Capt. Patrick Caukin, commander of a U.S. Army recruiting office based in West Covina.
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NEWS
April 2, 1994 | From Reuters
A U.S. Army sergeant who decapitated his wife's lover and brought the head to her hospital bedside was found guilty of premeditated murder by a military court Friday. A jury of four officers and three non-commissioned officers deliberated less than two hours before reaching the guilty verdict on Sgt. Stephen Schap, 26, of Baltimore. Schap, who faces a mandatory life sentence under U.S. military justice, sat ramrod straight and showed little emotion as the court martial's verdict was read.
NATIONAL
May 27, 2009 | Associated Press
The Pentagon is prepared to leave fighting forces in Iraq for as long as a decade despite an agreement between the United States and Iraq that would bring all American troops home by 2012, the top U.S. Army officer said Tuesday. Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the Army chief of staff, said the world remains dangerous, and the Pentagon must plan for extended U.S. combat and stability operations in two wars. "Global trends are pushing in the wrong direction," Casey said.
BUSINESS
February 27, 1990 | JOHN MEDEARIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Most people thinking of stealth aircraft probably think about the B-2 Stealth bomber: invisible to radar, fast, sleek, with an estimated price tag of $500 million or more. Not Carter Ward. When his thoughts turn to stealth aircraft, Ward thinks about something stubby, with a top speed of 28 m.p.h. and costing only about $195,000. The stealth blimp.
NEWS
December 30, 1995 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Brushing aside deteriorating weather conditions and flood waters nearing a 100-year high, U.S. Army engineers Friday ended days of frustration and began spanning the fast-moving Sava River with a temporary bridge. The span, more than three football fields in length, is expected to be completed today. If it is, the first U.S. Army truck and troop convoys will begin rolling over the river into Bosnia almost immediately.
NEWS
May 6, 1987 | Associated Press
A judge ruled Tuesday that the government negligently caused and then covered up its role in the death of a mental patient who was given hallucinogenic drugs in secret Army experiments during the 1950s. She awarded the man's estate more than $700,000 in damages. In a sharply worded, 106-page opinion, U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 1989 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, Time Television Critic
When humans are incinerated, only their shadows remain. It's something to contemplate while watching "Day One," a terrifically good, finely acted, strikingly detailed and inevitably horrifying account of the race to develop the atomic bomb. The three-hour Aaron Spelling production airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on CBS (Channels 2 and 8). And arriving at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2005 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
The Army's 101st Airborne Division, dubbed the Screaming Eagles, is already famous for its daring air assaults during World War II, Vietnam and most recently in Iraq. But Dr. Mike Mitrosky, a retired dentist who served as an artillery officer with the 101st in Vietnam, thought there should be an everyday reminder for California residents of the bravery and sacrifices made by the division's soldiers.
NEWS
September 3, 1999 | PAUL RICHTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Army on Thursday demoted by one rank a retired general who had affairs with the wives of four subordinates, a punishment that officials said would reduce his $75,000-a-year pension by about $9,000. Maj. Gen. David Hale was demoted to brigadier general six months after a court-martial fined him $22,000 for eight violations of military law.
NATIONAL
December 26, 2008 | Ann Scott Tyson, Tyson writes for the Washington Post.
The Army needs to add at least 30,000 active-duty soldiers to its ranks to fulfill its responsibilities around the world without becoming stretched dangerously thin, senior Army officials warn. "You can't do what we've been tasked to do with the number of people we have," Undersecretary of the Army Nelson Ford said in an interview last week. "You can see a point where it's going to be very difficult to cope."
NATIONAL
September 26, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The Air Force and Army have disciplined 17 senior officers, including the three-star general in charge of logistics, for poor oversight in connection with the mistaken shipment to Taiwan of fuses for nuclear warheads. Saying he could not ignore the "breaches of trust that occurred on their watch," acting Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley laid out Thursday what in some cases were career-ending punishments for six Air Force generals, ranging in rank from one to three stars, and nine colonels.
NATIONAL
July 29, 2008 | From the Associated Press
President Bush on Monday approved the execution of an Army private, the first time in more than 50 years that a president has affirmed a death sentence for a member of the U.S. military. With his signature from the Oval Office, Bush said yes to the military's request to execute Ronald A. Gray, the White House confirmed. Gray had been convicted in connection with four murders and eight rapes in the Fayetteville, N.C., area over eight months in the late 1980s while he was stationed at Ft. Bragg.
NATIONAL
April 22, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Under pressure to meet combat needs, the Army and Marine Corps brought in significantly more recruits with felony convictions last year than in 2006, including some with manslaughter and sex-crime convictions. Data released by a congressional committee shows the number of soldiers admitted to the Army with felony records jumped from 249 in 2006 to 511 in 2007. And the number of Marines with felonies rose from 208 to 350.
WORLD
February 10, 2008 | Ned Parker, Times Staff Writer
Army Sgt. Evan Vela held back tears as he said at his court-martial Saturday that he had killed an Iraqi man who had stumbled into his sniper team's camp. Vela told the court on the second day of his trial that his superior officer, Staff Sgt. Michael A. Hensley, ordered him to shoot the Iraqi. "I thought he was going to let him go," said Vela, who is charged with murder, planting a weapon and making false statements. "I heard the word 'shoot.' My next memory is the man was dead.
WORLD
February 9, 2008 | Ned Parker, Times Staff Writer
The leader of an Army sniper team, testifying Friday as one of his soldiers went on trial for murder, said he ordered the sergeant to kill an Iraqi civilian to prevent their clandestine unit from being discovered. Testimony by Staff Sgt. Michael A. Hensley appeared to boost the defense of Sgt. Evan Vela, the last of three snipers to face a court-martial for actions last year southwest of Baghdad. Hensley and Spc. Jorge G. Sandoval Jr.
NEWS
April 1, 1998 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In January 1997, a company of 125 California National Guard soldiers went to Germany as part of the United States peacekeeping effort in Bosnia. In September, 124 returned. Spec. Mason Jacques Karl O'Neal of Sunnyvale was not among them. His strange disappearance has triggered an odd and bitter war of words between two powerful governmental entities, the Army and the National Guard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2000 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the U.S. Army wanted to capture Adolf Hitler late in World War II, Aaron Bank organized a mission to accomplish the task. It was aborted only at the last minute when intelligence reports indicated that the German leader had committed suicide in Berlin. Before the Allied invasion of Europe, Bank fought with the French resistance in Southern France. Later, he ran missions into Indochina.
WORLD
December 16, 2007 | Tina Susman, Times Staff Writer
Insurgents took aim at volunteer security forces working alongside U.S. and Iraqi troops Saturday, killing at least three and injuring 13 others in a string of gunfire and bomb attacks. Also Saturday, U.S. forces reported the death of an American soldier, and Iraqi officials said they had arrested four suspects in connection with a bomb blast in southern Iraq last week that killed 28 people. South of Baghdad, the U.S.
NATIONAL
November 23, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A soldier whose injuries in Iraq forced him to leave the military early received a letter from the Army asking him to repay a portion of his sign-up bonus. Former Pfc. Jordan Fox "inadvertently" got a letter asking him to repay $2,800 of his $7,500 enlistment bonus, and officials were checking to see whether other injured soldiers were sent similar notices, the Army said in a statement Wednesday.
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