2019 News Reports

January 01, 2020

Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly announced that two new Virginia-class submarines will be named after the USS Arizona and USS Oklahoma in honor of the sailors that died on those vessels during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The two names will return to service 78 years after the surprise attack on December 7, 1941. The majority of the US casualties in that attack came from those two ships. The next two Virginia-class nuclear fast-attack subs, SSN-802 and SSN-803, will be named USS Oklahoma and USS Arizona respectively. Modly called on residents...

October 25, 2019

Saturday Oct. 12th, 2019, the Honor Flight of Central and Southwest Virginia made a stop at the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, Va. While there WWII Veteran Teddy Mariolis gave us a bit of insight into his time as a Marine in the Pacific theater. “What’s happening here today… like I said with the memorial just now, it brings back vivid memories that I experienced and live with. I can almost see faces.”  Teddy’s Honor Flight guardian Kathy Jaberg asks, “You were a young man, were you scared, excited or was it all those feelings?” Teddy replied No, no feelings like that for...

October 01, 2019

The sound from the scratchy audiotape is chilling... “Here we go again; another plane’s come over!” yells radio correspondent George Hicks as antiaircraft fire roars in the background. “Right over our port side. Tracers are making an arc right over our bow now. … Looks like we’re going to have a night tonight... Give it to them, boys!” he hollers.  It’s D-Day, 1944, and Hicks is on a ship off the coast of Normandy as it comes under attack by Nazi aircraft. He’s speaking into a primitive tape recorder that will soon...

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