AFA recognizes 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year

By Senior Master Sgt. David Byron: Air Force Public Affairs Agency NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2011 were recognized during a formal banquet hosted by the Air Force Association during its 2011 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition on Sept. 19 at the National Harbor in Oxon […]

Pearl Harbor survivor recalls attack

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Sharna Johnson A single tear gathered in his right eye and slowly trickled down his cheek, reaching his chin before his voice broke. “In about two and a half years we got those ships fixed — they were all out fighting again,” he said proudly, dabbing at his eye with a tissue. Manuel Thomas’ finger […]

Their view: Pearl Harbor omission insult to veterans

Pearl Harbor omission insult to veterans Portales’ Randy Dunson is upset Tuesday’s paper failed to commemorate the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. Here’s his letter to the editor:

Local veterans recall Pearl Harbor attacks

Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico After Dec. 7, 1941, seeing a 17- to 19-year-old boy anywhere was rare, recalls Richard Sullinger. Whether they were drafted or enlisted of their own accord, they were a minority in small-town America. “They began to disappear in a hurry, the 19- to 18-year-olds particularly,” the 86-year-old Clovis veteran said. […]

Daughter recalls father's experiences in World War II

Courtesy photo Bennie Hill, right, and an unknown soldier aboard the RMS Queen Mary on the way home after World War II. Hill was one of many soldiers trained during in the Louisiana Maneuvers, a series of war games to prepare the U.S. military for the eventuality of World War II. By Clarence Plank: Cannon […]

Dec. 8, 1941

The day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Portales Daily News reported that despite the recent news of attacks and the newly declared war, the Christmas season would still officially open in Portales with a gathering of residents at the courthouse to sing Christmas carols. “We will have a difficult time in recapturing the […]