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November 19, 1994 | BERT ELJERA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the autumn of his life, Clair Weeks, is seeking to give up one of the prized mementos of his youth. For nearly 50 years, Weeks, 83, has kept as a war trophy a Japanese flag that he took off the body of a Japanese soldier killed in a firefight in a Burmese jungle during World War II.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2009 | Christine Hanley
A federal jury Monday found that Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas did not retaliate against a veteran prosecutor for asking state authorities to investigate Rackauckas for alleged conflicts of interest. Joseph P. Smith, whose lawsuit went to trial last month in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, said that he respected the jury's decision and that it was time to put the case behind him. "I felt I got a fair trial," he said. "I have to get back to my family and my clients.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1995 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first U.S. military men to land on the Japanese mainland at the end of World War II were 5,000 lightly armed paratroopers of the 11th Airborne Division, racked with worries about a possible ambush by die-hard Japanese soldiers and civilians. "When we landed, we were told to be alert and ready for any unforeseen hostile action by Japanese die-hards and fanatics," said George Doherty, 70, of Anaheim.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1998 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
War can produce some unlikely heroes, but Walter Ehlers seemed destined for glory from the moment he put on a U.S. Army uniform in World War II. Ehlers, now 76, had an opportunity to sit out the war as a clerk-typist, but asked to be assigned to the infantry. Before the war was over, the Buena Park resident and Kansas native had earned four Purple Hearts and a fistful of medals for valor, including the Medal of Honor.
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August 3, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Orange County's only veterans services office will close its doors Sept. 30 unless the Board of Supervisors can find $300,000 to keep the center operating, according to a county budget report released Friday. Closure of the Santa Ana office would force the county's 18,000 retired military personnel to use another veterans office in Los Angeles or the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Long Beach to receive services.
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July 21, 1993 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As he circled the room introducing himself Tuesday evening, the president of the Orange County/Long Beach chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Veterans of America welcomed each person with the offer of a hug. "Hugging another man might be considered sexual," cautioned a 35-year-old Army veteran, his voice thick with cynicism.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1992
The City Council has named three residents to the Placentia Veterans Committee, which advises the council on those who have performed military service. Residents Ray Juarez, Dana Haas and Barbara Smith were selected to serve on the committee, replacing Louis Gomez, Boyd Christianson and Fred Aguirre. The committee was formed last year to recognize the city's veterans and advise city officials on the Placentia Veterans Day ceremony.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1994 | SHELBY GRAD
The city's American Legion Post is, well, very Newport Beach. The hall's nautically themed lounge sits on the shores of Newport Bay, offering the kind of water and harbor views usually associated with the city's pricey restaurants and million-dollar beach homes. Just outside the lounge is the post's own 50-slot marina, home to the only American Legion yacht club in the country. Members of Post No.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1994 | ALAN EYERLY
A white marble and black granite monument honoring Placentia's military veterans and active duty service personnel was unveiled at a public dedication ceremony Saturday. Installed adjacent to City Hall and police headquarters, the monument is designed to be reminiscent of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, said Chris Becker, Placentia's director of public works.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1998 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
War can produce some unlikely heroes, but Walter Ehlers seemed destined for glory from the moment he put on a U.S. Army uniform in World War II. Ehlers, now 76, had an opportunity to sit out the war as a clerk-typist, but asked to be assigned to the infantry. Before the war was over, the Buena Park resident and Kansas native had earned four Purple Hearts and a fistful of medals for valor, including the Medal of Honor.
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August 3, 1996 | SHELBY GRAD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Orange County's only veterans services office will close its doors Sept. 30 unless the Board of Supervisors can find $300,000 to keep the center operating, according to a county budget report released Friday. Closure of the Santa Ana office would force the county's 18,000 retired military personnel to use another veterans office in Los Angeles or the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Long Beach to receive services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1995 | TRACY WEBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James E. Lynott hadn't spent a lot of time telling tales about his experiences in World War II, hadn't even seen his uniform since his wife packed it away in a garment bag long ago. It took the questions of his 8-year-old grandson, Shawn Maldonaldo, to remind Lynott, 71, that the lessons of World War II--the stories that once seemed such a part of the American fabric--were fading with the veterans of that last world battle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1995 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first U.S. military men to land on the Japanese mainland at the end of World War II were 5,000 lightly armed paratroopers of the 11th Airborne Division, racked with worries about a possible ambush by die-hard Japanese soldiers and civilians. "When we landed, we were told to be alert and ready for any unforeseen hostile action by Japanese die-hards and fanatics," said George Doherty, 70, of Anaheim.
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August 3, 1995 | KATHRYN BOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Business trips require that travelers look put-together and professional even while living out of a suitcase. When traveling on business, you can't show up to an important meeting in a shirt smeared with toothpaste or a power suit that's been crushed in transit. Vacations are different--you're almost expected to look a little rumpled. Learning to power pack for a business trip can help you avoid all kinds of catastrophes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1995 | TOM RAGAN
Military veterans across the county are gearing up for the annual Memorial Day poppy drive, which offers quarter-sized paper flowers to the public for monetary donations. The money raised between now and Memorial Day, observed May 29 this year, will go to help needy veterans. The red-and-green flowers are typically worn on the lapels of jackets or wrapped around shirt buttons. Disabled veterans nationwide make the poppies and sell them for a dime apiece.
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April 27, 1995 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Vet Center in Anaheim is a nondescript storefront in a mini-shopping plaza on Harbor Boulevard. It's here, less than a mile from the Magic Kingdom, that the Vietnam War is regularly played out by veterans who served their time in a place they called hell. Seated in a circle of padded blue chairs, they share their war stories in weekly group counseling sessions. They're middle-aged now, far removed from the jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1995 | TOM RAGAN
Military veterans across the county are gearing up for the annual Memorial Day poppy drive, which offers quarter-sized paper flowers to the public for monetary donations. The money raised between now and Memorial Day, observed May 29 this year, will go to help needy veterans. The red-and-green flowers are typically worn on the lapels of jackets or wrapped around shirt buttons. Disabled veterans nationwide make the poppies and sell them for a dime apiece.
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April 27, 1995 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Vet Center in Anaheim is a nondescript storefront in a mini-shopping plaza on Harbor Boulevard. It's here, less than a mile from the Magic Kingdom, that the Vietnam War is regularly played out by veterans who served their time in a place they called hell. Seated in a circle of padded blue chairs, they share their war stories in weekly group counseling sessions. They're middle-aged now, far removed from the jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1994 | BERT ELJERA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the autumn of his life, Clair Weeks, is seeking to give up one of the prized mementos of his youth. For nearly 50 years, Weeks, 83, has kept as a war trophy a Japanese flag that he took off the body of a Japanese soldier killed in a firefight in a Burmese jungle during World War II.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1994 | ALAN EYERLY
A white marble and black granite monument honoring Placentia's military veterans and active duty service personnel was unveiled at a public dedication ceremony Saturday. Installed adjacent to City Hall and police headquarters, the monument is designed to be reminiscent of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, said Chris Becker, Placentia's director of public works.
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