CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2001 |
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."
October 18, 2001 |
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 |
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.
May 20, 2001 |
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.
July 9, 1999 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1998 |
It took more than half a century--and two failed attempts--but Charles V. Kelsey can finally smile at the shiny Purple Heart in his hand. "Gosh, it's pretty," said the 75-year-old Yorba Linda man as he admired the golden medal with his name engraved on the back. It was a honor he thought he'd never see, because for years he was told he lacked medical proof that his injuries were battle-related. Kelsey earned the Purple Heart, awarded to any U.S.
March 21, 1998 |
A death row inmate convicted of murdering a 78-year-old woman was awarded the U.S. military's Purple Heart on Friday for his service in the Vietnam War. Manuel Babbitt received the decoration at a small, private ceremony at San Quentin state prison, witnesses said. Babbitt earned the medal, awarded to members of the U.S. armed services who are wounded or killed in battle, for injuries he received in 1968 during the siege of Khe Sanh.
December 1, 1997 |
I'm a cold and flu survivor. There were times when I thought I wouldn't live to write that. Times when I was so delirious with fever, so close to the Great Beyond, that I could have sworn I was visited and touched by a posse of angels. (Turns out it was just Della Reese and a wispy Irish woman.) But during my illness--wait, let's not sugarcoat this--my handshake with the Grim Reaper, I began to see striking parallels between the cold-flu and death itself.