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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2002
Sgt. Adrian Aranda hugs his cousin, Manuel Aranda, after a ceremony at which he and Lance Cpl. Nicholas J. Sovereign, far right, were awarded the Purple Heart on Friday for wounds from a land mine in Afghanistan. The two Marines, members of Camp Pendleton's 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, were clearing ordnance from the perimeter of Kandahar airport when Cpl. Christopher Chandler, 21, of Aurora, Colo., stepped on the mine. The three Marines are the first to receive the Purple Heart for wounds in the war on terrorism.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2001 | JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The last time Victor Muller saw his brother was in August 1944. Joseph Muller, who had been drafted and was shipping out for France, had driven up to Victor's summer camp in the Catskills to say goodbye and deliver his first and last man-to-man chat. Take care of Mom and our two sisters, Joseph told his 8-year-old brother. You're a man of the house now.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2001 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an emotional ceremony Wednesday, a sailor killed in the Middle East in 1985 by terrorist hijackers was remembered as a patriotic American who "gave up his life rather than compromise his honor or integrity." And the commanding officer of a guided-missile destroyer named in honor of that sailor said the ship may soon sail to the Persian Gulf to fight the same kind of terrorists. Petty Officer Robert Dean Stethem was a construction diver, a group in Navy-ese known as "steelworkers."
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October 18, 2001 | BARBARA WHITAKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Julie Strnad has only three lavender plants in her Mar Vista garden, but that's all she needs. In fact, she could get by with just one: an English lavender she planted four years ago. It rivals her height--5 feet, 4 inches--and is several times bigger around, providing an endless supply of flowers for her projects and cooking. There is only one drawback. "I always feel like I should be doing more with it," said Strnad, grabbing a handful of stems from the plant to fashion a sachet wand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Nearly 56 years after World War II ended, and although his discharge papers say he was awarded the Purple Heart medal, Roe McCarthy didn't get it until this summer. McCarthy spent the entire war as a prisoner of the Japanese and got the medal for surviving. "It taught me how much a man can go through and survive," he said. The Japanese captured McCarthy on Dec. 7, 1941, when he was 20 years old and stationed in China with 203 other Marines.
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May 20, 2001 | ERIC SONDHEIMER
Attached to Bruce Wiener's belt is an ordinary beeper waiting to receive an extraordinary message. Wherever Wiener goes--a park, a restaurant, a football game, the bathroom--he carries his beeper. If it goes off, he'll have two hours to make it to UCLA Medical Center for a heart transplant. "I'm No. 2 on the list for my blood type, but if there's somebody worse than me tomorrow, I become No. 3," he said. "The doctor said it might take four to five months, but he doesn't know.
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July 9, 1999 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The wartime experiences of Salvatore Sortino and Daniel Barmish seemed right out of the D-Day film "Saving Pvt. Ryan." In fact, they were there on June 6, 1944. Sortino operated a Navy landing craft, depositing Allied troops into the murderous enemy fire at Omaha Beach. Barmish parachuted behind enemy lines with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division before the troops went ashore at Normandy.
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