Girls can’t be G.I. Joe, they told Becca Queen Hegyesi … And she proved them wrong.

OKEECHOBEE — Becca Queen Hegyesi was born and raised in Okeechobee. She graduated from Okeechobee High School in 1999 and worked for the Lake Okeechobee News, which at that time was called the Okeechobee News, until she joined the service. In May of 2000, she joined the Army and went to basic training at Fort […]

Veteran Marvis Davis was an imagery analyst

OKEECHOBEE — Marvis Davis was born and raised in Okeechobee. He joined the Army when he was 16 years old, after persuading his mother to sign the papers. Immediately after his high school graduation, he was off to boot camp at Fort Jackson, N.C., before he even turned 18. Afterward, he was sent to Arizona […]

Riles joined Army for a better life for his family

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Demetre Riles was born and raised in Okeechobee, graduated from Okeechobee High School and then went to Bethune-Cookman University on a basketball scholarship. After two years, he made the decision to join the Army and better his life, because his first child was on the way. He went to basic training at […]

Travis Futch joined the Army after high school

OKEECHOBEE — Born and raised in Okeechobee, Travis Futch joined the Army a month after his high school graduation and shipped off to boot camp in August 1997. He joined because he was not ready to go back to school, although he had two scholarship offers. He was just ready to take a little break […]

Veteran Lee always wanted to join the Army

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Tessa Lee was born in Okeechobee in 1981 to Teri Mixon Lee and Shannon Lee and said she knew she wanted to join the Army as early as middle school. She knew the type of jobs available in Okeechobee, and the agriculture life was not really for her. She was only a […]

Veteran Norfolk only known survivor of plane crash

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran James Norfolk has the distinction, as far as he knows, of being the only man to ever survive the crash of a Grumman S2F Tracker antisubmarine plane while wearing no harness. Mr. Norfolk was born and raised in Maryland. He was drafted in 1956, but unlike most draftees, he was put in […]

Storey joined the Navy right out of high school

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran George Storey was born and raised in Cleveland and joined the Navy about 12 hours after he graduated from high school. He graduated at 9 p.m. and went to the recruiter’s office to sign up early the following morning. His older brother was in the Navy, so his parents were not surprised […]

Veteran Corbin was an airplane mechanic

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Wayne Corbin was born and raised in Belle Glade. He joined the Air Force because he had no interest in college, and back then there were not a whole lot of choices, he said. You either went to college or got married and started a family or you went in the military. […]

Veteran Mixon wanted to go to Vietnam

OKEECHOBEE — Veteran Ron Mixon was born and raised in Okeechobee. He was what they called a “sole surviving son,” and his father had a small business here in town. This made Mr. Mixon exempt from the draft, but several of his friends had been drafted. “Okeechobee was a much smaller town then, and my […]

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 […]