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Among Dallas sniper victims: A newlywed, a veteran, parents

One officer was a newlywed. Another had survived multiple tours in Iraq. A protester was shot trying to shield her sons. The stories of those killed or wounded in a …


Dallas suspect amassed personal arsenal at suburban home

An Army veteran killed by Dallas police after the sniper slayings of five officers amassed a personal arsenal at his suburban home, including bomb-making materials, bulletproof vests, rifles, ammunition and …


World War II veteran recovering after oxygen tank beating

A 91-year-old World War II veteran in Florida is recovering after police say his caretaker beat him with his oxygen tank.


U.S. veteran seeks asylum for Iraqi man who saved his life

After three military combat tours in warn-torn Iraq, Chase Millsap returned home to get on with a civilian life, but there was one thing he couldn’t do: leave a comrade …


Group says wounded Idaho veteran climbs Mount Everest

A group that helps wounded veterans says a 30-year-old Idaho native has become the first combat wounded veteran to climb Mount Everest.


Bernie Corona, 85, still helping fellow veterans

Bernard “Bernie” Corona does not like to talk about himself. But Corona agreed to an interview, hoping that sharing his experiences might spur others to help veterans.


Fire kills homeless man staying in Spokane house for veterans

A 72-year-old man died Wednesday after an early morning fire at a north Spokane house where several homeless veterans were living. Jay Richardson was rushed to a hospital after his …


Armed man wounded by police was medic in Army

The man shot and wounded by police in a north Spokane neighborhood late Wednesday night is a former Army combat medic who works at Spokane’s Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center. Craig …


Adams-Kinard gets 20 years in death of WWII veteran

The families of a victim and his killer displayed grief, forgiveness and redemption Thursday as a Spokane judge sent 17-year-old Kenan Adams-Kinard to prison for 20 years in the beating …


Still standing tall: Honors finally awarded to Vietnam-era Army sergeant

In August 1969, a lanky and bushy-haired Army Sgt. Leon Strigotte stooped to inspect makeshift booby traps laid by Viet Cong near Bong Son, a village near the coast in …


Slain veteran’s son fights cancer

Bill Belton won’t see his father, Delbert “Shorty” Belton, laid to rest with full military honors this afternoon. He can’t. The cancer destroying his body has left him bedridden, unable …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 27, 2013, 6:17 p.m.

Murder suspect claims 88-year-old victim shorted him in drug deal

The beating death of a decorated World War II veteran took a bizarre twist today in court. Prosecutors said one of the two suspects has suggested that the victim, 88-year-old …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 26, 2013, 5:37 p.m.

Second teenager arrested in Delbert Belton case

The father of one of the teens implicated in last week’s beating death of a decorated World War II veteran thanked God for his son’s peaceful capture, saying the family …


Pentagon updates POW/MIA families

Nearly 45 years after her brother’s warplane was shot down over North Vietnam, Terri Francisco-Farrell has finally learned the details of his death and has hopes of one day seeing …


Shawn Vestal: Daughter brings father’s war diaries alive

Duane “Swede” Nelson’s diary entry for April 1, 1945, was unusually long and detailed. You can understand why. He writes about the invasion of Okinawa and his surprise at the …


Excerpts from Nelson’s WWII diaries

Duane “Swede” Nelson served in the Marines from 1943 to February 1946, and he participated in some of the biggest and bloodiest battles of the Pacific theater. He kept three …


Veteran gets prison time for attack on VA nurses

An Army veteran who permanently injured two Veterans Affairs nurses during a 2009 attack was sentenced Thursday to 40 months in federal prison. James P. Scott, 43, apologized to the …


Priest meets paratrooper who liberated his town during WWII

Lying in a hospital bed, his heart failing, Allan Wood met a priest. The two were sharing a room at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center when Wood discerned the priest’s …


Spokane vet put life in peril – again

This William Wallace did not set out to win independence for Scotland. But the 80-year-old Korean War veteran did take a knife in the heart for another cause: keeping some …


War memorial overwhelms, surprises Deer Park resident

Last week Deer Park resident Ray Daves stood in front of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. He closed his eyes as sobering memories filled his mind. Each …


Veteran, wife died from single gunshot wounds

An Iraqi war veteran and his wife found dead early Saturday in Republic both died of single gunshot wounds, authorities said today.


Spokane author returns to WWII

For years after he stared down death, Ray Daves couldn’t forget the face of the Japanese fighter pilot who came close to killing him. The event occurred on Dec. 7, …


‘You’re like brothers’

Not a day goes by that Dane Broadfoot doesn’t think about his time in World War II and the roughly 600 days of combat he experienced with the 1st Armored …


Vets Remember Comrades

1. Claude Hamilton, a 96-year-old WWI vet and co-founder of the American Legion post in Rockford. Photo by Steve Thompson/The Spokesman-Review 2. The army discharge papers of Claude Hamilton, signed …