Portales Past: May 29, 1945

May 29, 1945: Military and civilian personnel at Clovis Army Air Field were cutting back on cigarettes. A more-stringent War Department system was going into effect that would cut the cigarette supply in half.

Support from the skies

Courtesy of Rupert Gamble Rupert Gamble poses for a picture sitting in the cockpit of a PT-17 Boeing-Stearman Model 75 training biplane during his training for Aviation Cadets. Gamble flew re-supply missions during World War II and retired from the Air Force as a chief warrant officer. Rupert Gamble of Portales was a pilot in […]

Diseases linked to herbicide exposure in Vietnam expanded

By Tom Philpott: Military Update About 86,000 Vietnam War veterans, their surviving spouses or estates will be eligible for retroactive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs — an average of 11.4 years for veterans and 9.6 years for survivors — under a draft VA rule to expand by three the number of diseases […]

Veteran recounts World War II service

Courtesy photo Joe Blair, far right, of Portales has dinner and switches hats with friends at a hotel during his Navy days. A teenager from Portales followed his patriotism, and a desire to see water, on a path that led halfway around the world and through many World War II battles of the South Pacific. […]

PTSD disability ratings increased

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist More than 4300 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who were diagnosed in service as suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but got low military disability ratings, have won an agreement with the Department of Defense to upgrade those ratings retroactively to 50 percent. The higher rating will represent an important win […]

Heart conditions now compensated

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The cost of war — on veterans’ health and taxpayer wallets — will loom a little larger in the new year when the Department of Veterans Affairs issues a final rule to claim adjudicators to presume three more diseases of Vietnam veterans, including heart disease, were caused by exposure to […]

Troop surge won’t bring end to war

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama officially took personal possession of the war in Afghanistan on Tuesday night, announcing that 30,000 additional U.S. troops will be hustled into Afghanistan over the next six months. He’s hoping for another 10,000 or so from other NATO countries. The president said his first objective is not setting up […]

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 […]

Simulation prepared troops for WWII

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Germany invaded Poland in 1939 setting off the possibility of American forces being involved in the war. Before World War II and Pearl Harbor, the American military set about training its men for the possibility of war. One of those men was 1st Sgt. Bennie Hill, father of Gladys […]

Photos sought for Vietnam war memorial

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Rada and Perry Winkles’ son, Harvie, died in Vietnam 40 years ago as a decorated veteran. Harvie’s photo has become part of a permanent digital display near the Vietnam Veterans memorial Wall in Washington D.C. By Eric Butler: Cannon Connections More than 40 years after her son Harvie, nicknamed “Pud,” […]

Energy answers lie in shale beds

By Jim Constantopolous: Guest columnist As the United States begins to pull out of the worst economic crisis since the end of World War II, energy policy has taken on increasing importance. President Obama has called on Congress to pass legislation that would reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil. The administration is correct in doing […]

Soldiers’ transition top priority

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Vietnam War veterans will nod with understanding over many of Noel Koch’s comments contrasting support for wounded troops and veterans today, from citizenry and government, compared to how it was 40 years ago. During the Vietnam War, he said, “we got very good at saving people’s lives on the battlefield. […]

World War II veteran awarded Bronze Star

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Herman H. Wallace, formerly of Portales, holds the Bronze Star he received for his World War II service. After 65 years, a World War II veteran who lived in Portales has received a Bronze Star for his service. The award Herman H. Wallace, who worked at the Roosevelt County Electric […]

World War II veteran awarded Bronze Star

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer After 65 years, a World War II veteran who lived in Portales has received a Bronze Star for his service. The award Herman H. Wallace, who worked at the Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative Inc. for 37 years, received a Bronze Star from a Cannon Air Force Base delegation at […]

Much to be gained from prayer

By Joan Clayton: PNT columnist In the midst of national trauma comes an outpouring of prayer. From Omaha Beach in World War II to Columbine, the Oklahoma City bombing and the horrendous 9/11, we need prayer more than ever. On May 7 we will pray in deep hunger for spiritual renewal. Throughout history, Americans of […]

April 3, 1945

The Portales High School band, directed by Vernon Allen, was awarded a distinguished service citation by the Music War Council of America in recognition of its “patriotic and inspiring use of music to aid the national war effort,” according to the Portales Daily News.

Thrift shop offers families steep discounts

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Apryl Nenortas, whose husband is stationed at Cannon Air Force Base, and her cousin, Andrew Kirschbaum, look through a rack of clothes at the Cannon Spouses Club Thrift Shop. The shop has a variety of items. By Argen Duncan: Cannon Connections Mess dress for $15. Civil War collector’s plates. New […]

March 12, 1942

Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Drake received a war cablegram from their son, Cedrick Drake, stating he was “safe and well,” though his whereabouts were censored. Drake, a former student of Eastern New Mexico College, was a bomber-navigator with the American Forces.

Local Bataan death march survivor dies

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Physically, John L. Johnson changed during World War II. He was 119 pounds lighter than his normal 215 pounds and three years older when he returned from his ordeal as a prisoner of war in the Philippines during World War II. But his personality defied the starvation, disease and […]

Cannon airmen deliver valentines to veterans

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez Staff Sgt. Christopher Sanderfur, 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, righ, poses with a veteran for a photo during the Valentines for Veterans visit on Feb. 13. By Senior Airman Thomas Trower: 27th SOW Public Affairs Veterans of World War II through the Vietnam War were joined by […]