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  • Veteran's Corner - Richard Appel

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Mar 30, 2023

    COLFAX - Local veteran Richard Appel, 85, was going to WSU during the Korean war. "Since the war was coming, I decided to go through ROTC there at WSU," he said, adding that when he came out, he went into the service in 1959. Appel went to Oklahoma at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma, where he spent three months learning about tactics, techniques, and procedures for using fire support systems in combat. "I was in what was called the S3 classification," Appel explained, noting that they were...

  • Veterans Corner - Robert Miller

    Teresa Simpson, Whitman County Gazette|Oct 20, 2022

    GARFIELD– Garfield American Legion member, Robert Miller joined the Navy in 1953.Going on to serve until 1957. Just a farm boy that grew up milking cows, he sees joining the service as a time in his life he was able to learn more about the world. "In August I went to boot camp in San Diego California, serving as a tanker USS Elokomin 1st division in the front," Miller said, explaining that his complement had a little over 300 men. Miller set foot in several countries bordering the East Coast a...