Miles is a Son of the American Revolution

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Gary Miles was born in Pahokee but has lived in Okeechobee all his life. He graduated from Okeechobee High School in 1966 and, at that time, the guys had a choice. Either they went to college, or they went into the military, he said. “Everybody I knew didn’t have money to go […]

Combat veteran returns to Belle Glade for reenlistment

BELLE GLADE — Sgt. First Class Maribel German is a graduate of Glades Central High School. She graduated in 2001 and followed her passion on serving in the military. Nineteen years later, she decided to return to her hometown to never forget the small town that helped her achieve her military dream. “Great things come […]

WWII veteran Smith is 100 years old

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Elzie Smith, who turned 100 last week, served in the Navy during WWII. He was in an aviation outfit, in the Southwest Pacific. He was 21 years old in 1941 and had to be registered. He knew he would rather be in the Navy, because someone he knew had gone in the […]

VA to Build Medical Shelter in Response to COVID 19

West Palm Beach, Fla. — The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center is taking extra precautions in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus) for the health of Veterans, employees, volunteers and contractors. The medical center is deploying part of its emergency response assets as a proactive response to COVID-19.  One such asset is an external medical shelter […]

Veteran Nichols was trained to do whatever he had to do

MOORE HAVEN — WWII veteran Leonard Nichols was born and raised in Arkansas. He joined the Navy when he was 17. There were six boys in the family, and all of them were in the service, three in the Navy and three in the Army. Five of them saw action, and all of them made […]

Vietnam veteran Bill Bond was a frogman

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran William “Bill” Bond remembered when he and his dad watched a movie on television called “The Frogmen,” with Dana Andrews and Richard Widmark. It was a black-and-white movie about Navy frogmen, and after the movie, he turned to his dad and said, “Boy, that’s what I want to do.” His dad, who […]

VA to host Veterans Creative Arts Festival March 2 and March 3

WEST PALM BEACH — The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center will showcase the artistic talents of local Veterans during its annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival on March 2 to 3. This two-day event provides a means for veterans’ to display their artistic expressions in more than 100 categories to include creative writing, dance, drama, […]

Air Force Veteran Way was a radar operator

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Nedra Whitten Way was born in Princeton, Ind. She joined the service in 1957, when she was 18 years old. Her plan was to join the Navy, because that was the branch in which her dad, uncle and all of her family had served, but when she went to the nearest recruiting […]

The Air Force is a family thing for the Radford men

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Wayne Radford joined the Air Force and went to basic training in San Antonio, Texas. He was trained to be a part of the military police. “Back then it was called security police,” he said. “But, in 1995 or so, they changed it to security forces.” He was sent to Plattsburgh Air […]

‘Luck of the draw’ sent veteran to Panama

BRIGHTON — Veteran Billie Micco was born and raised in on the Brighton Reservation in Glades County, at least as far as he knows, but he said they didn’t keep very good records around here back then. He went to the old Okeechobee High School, and his name is on the side walk. “Well, it […]