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Front Porch: Letters to home

The letters by Jack Rogers came from Fort Devens, Massachusetts, from Camp Pontchartrain, Louisiana, from Dutch East Indies, New Guinea, and the Philippines – approximately 150 in all.

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 12, 2018, 3:25 p.m.

With combat experience spanning seven decades, vets gather at Arena Sunday

Local leaders honored veterans and those killed in action at during Sunday ceremony.

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 11, 2018, 6:32 p.m.

WWI descendants see armistice through prism of personal pain

William Kearsey’s war was long over by the time his son ever heard about it.

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 11, 2018, 5:11 p.m.

A century ago, World War I ended and Spokane went nuts

Spokane’s sleeping citizens were jolted awake just after midnight 100 years ago today by the honking of car horns and the shrieking of sirens. When people discovered the reason, “nobody …

With songs and letters, Sacajawea Middle School students thank veterans for their service

Veterans Day came three days early at Sacajawea Middle School, but none too soon for Army veteran Steve Swenson.

Troops from Fairchild to be among those sent to border

Troops from Fairchild Air Force Base will be among those sent to the U.S.-Mexico border, a Fairchild spokesman confirmed Wednesday. The official did not say how many Fairchild troops would …

Veterans skeptical that $10 billion computer system will improve service at VA

Spokane will lead the $10 billion effort to revamp the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ medical-records system, but questions remain about what veterans can expect and the computer program selected …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 26, 2018, 3:56 p.m.

Microsoft to keep working with US military, despite concerns

Microsoft plans to continue to provide its technology to the U.S. military, despite worries among the software maker’s own employees that advances in the field of artificial intelligence could empower …

Trump threatens to summon military to close U.S.-Mexico border in response to migrant caravan

President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to summon the military to close the U.S.-Mexico border and upend a trade deal, expressing mounting frustration with a large caravan of migrants from Honduras …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 10:15 p.m.

World War II vet on tour with 50-state goal

World War II veteran with a goal of visiting very state and meeting each governor crosses Washington off his list.

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 7, 2018, 3:56 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Heroism under fire earned Puyallup native Medal of Honor

Following a widespread review of military decorations in the post-9/11 years, Ronald Shurer II was awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest honor for military valor.

Scientists: U.S. military program could be seen as bioweapon

A research arm of the U.S. military is exploring the possibility of deploying insects to make plants more resilient by altering their genes. Some experts say the work may be …

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 26, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

WSU alumnus, Army Special Forces medic to receive Medal of Honor

A Washington State University graduate who later went on to serve in the Army’s Special Forces in Afghanistan will receive the Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump on Oct. …

US-China tensions spilling over into the military arena

A deterioration in U.S.-China relations, seen most dramatically in their escalating trade dispute, is spilling over into the military arena.

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 9:49 p.m.

Veterans gather to celebrate service at ninth annual American Indian Memorial and Honoring Ceremony

Michael Sebastian grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation, and after serving for more than 22 years in the U.S. Military – including three tours of duty in Iraq – …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, 10:46 a.m.

On 50th anniversary, Post Falls Marine veteran remembers Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia

David A. Smith was a lance corporal in the Marine Corps the night 250,000 Soviet solders landed in Czechoslovakia, and a man holding a dog showed up at his door …

Then and Now: Baxter General Hospital

As World War II began in earnest, the wounded returning from war overwhelmed the military hospital system and new hospitals were planned. In 1942, city of Spokane donated 160 acres …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018, 2:31 p.m.

55 years after war’s end, WWII flying ace returns flag to family of fallen Japanese soldier

In 2000, WWII flying ace Ralph Wandrey reached out to researcher Henry Sakaida. He was in possession, he told Sakaida, of a flag he had taken from Japanese barracks while …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 5:21 p.m.

Action over Papua New Guinea: At 96, WWII flying ace recalls time in the air

Ralph Wandrey joined the U.S. Army Air Corps at 20, about a month before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. At the time of his enlistment he was told he would …

Marked and tattered U.S. flags are saved from recycling for a proper retiring

If an American flag is thrown into a recycling bin, it’s eventually plucked from a stream of mixed glass, paper, plastic and metal at Waste Management’s recycling plant near the …

U.S. military plans as if Guantanamo won’t close for decades

A new dining hall for guards at the Guantanamo Bay detention center has a shimmering view of the Caribbean and a lifespan of 20 years. Barracks scheduled to start getting …

Putin: Russia military not building long-term in Syria

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said Russia has no plans to pull its military out of Syria, but isn’t building permanent facilities there.

In scattered memorials, Spokane remembers its nation’s wars – but what do the monuments mean?

Memorial Day is a time to remember the people who died while serving in the military. Monuments are just one way to remember the dead, yet what those memorials represent, …

UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 11:57 a.m.

Eight decades and counting: 80th Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade honors region’s veterans

Coasting down Washington Street in a vintage military Jeep, World War II veteran and retired Admiral George Lotzenhiser said he relished being a part of one of the nation’s foremost …

Report finds multiple failures leading to Niger attack

Multiple failures led up to the deadly Niger attack last October, but top military leaders said Thursday that none directly caused the overwhelming enemy ambush that killed four American service …

Correspondence in time of war: Smithsonian’s ‘Mail Call,’ to appear at Valley Heritage Museum

From the American Revolution to present day, mail has formed a link between members of the military and their loved ones. Beginning May 9, the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum will …

UPDATED: Thu., May 3, 2018, 9:14 p.m.

Filipino veterans to receive Congressional Gold Medals for WWII service

On Saturday, hundreds of Filipino veterans and their families will receive Congressional Gold Medals in recognition of their service in World War II.

UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

Retired Air Force serviceman killed in Spokane hit-and-run crash; suspect arrested

A retired United States Air Force serviceman and U.S. postal worker succumbed to injuries he sustained in a Spokane hit-and-run crash on April 16. The suspect was arrested Thursday night.

After long wait, unclaimed remains of military veterans find their final resting place

The unclaimed ashes of soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen were given the proper burial at the Washington Veterans Cemetery, their remains placed in new handmade wooden urns and tucked into …

With appearance at Fairchild, Shelly Monahan-Cain continues advocacy for survivors of sexual assault

Former Spokane news anchor Shelly Monahan-Cain never shied away from speaking out about the sexual assault she survived in the early 1980s, despite the trauma it left with her.