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Pearl 70: Anderson

By Gretel Daugherty

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GJ residents remember Pearl Harbor to atomic bomb

By Charles Ashby

Evie Smith wasn’t a sailor, soldier, nurse or even a Rosie the riveter. Seventy years ago, the Hawaii native and now Grand Junction resident was a young 21-year-old who was spending a quiet Sunday morning innocently riding her horse on ...


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Profile: Quentin Pershing DeVore

By Staff

In October 1941, Gen. Douglas McArthur welcomed Quentin Pershing DeVore and the rest of the men in the 7th Material Squadron, 19th Bomb Group at what was then known as Clark Field on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. He had no idea that ...


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Profile: Jack Myers

By Staff

Months before the Japanese navy attacked Pearl Harbor, and America was propelled into the war, radio operator Jack Myers was already cruising the Atlantic seas. At the time, the heavy cruiser he served on, the USS Vincennes, was anchored out ...


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Profile: Ernest Anderson

By Staff

Like so many others, Anderson saw his first combat in the worst possible place: Utah Beach on the Normandy peninsula on June 6, 1944, otherwise known as D-Day. “There was a greeting,” Anderson said, not trying to conceal his ...


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Profile: Art Gilbert

By Staff

Gilbert was seconds away from boarding a ship to join Gen. George S. Patton’s forces in the Africa campaigns in the early part of the war against the Third Reich when he was pulled aside and reassigned to get training as an ...


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Profile: Zane McMahan

By Staff

Seventy years ago, Zane McMahan had the perfect build to be a diver: He was short, strong and possessed the stamina to spend long hours in dark, confining spaces. In the 1940s, diving wasn’t like it is today. In those days, divers ...


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Profile: Don Brown

By Staff

Don Brown was deep inside the battleship USS West Virginia when a Japanese plane dropped a torpedo that struck his ship on the port side. Pandemonium ensued. There were no portholes and no way to know what had just happened that early ...


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Profile: Joseph Merrill

By Staff

Don’t think of a MASH outfit with misfit doctors, beautiful nurses and zany dress-wearing corpsmen. No. Think of a bomb-like shelter, not very sanitary conditions and up-to-the-elbows-in-blood surgery. While Grand Junction surgeon Dr. ...


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Profile: Joe Ruzycki

By Staff

He was already in the midst of the bloodiest battle of the Pacific, but that’s not why Grand Junction resident Joe Ruzycki was on the Japanese island of Okinawa in 1945. He was there to build the staging area for the next major battle, ...


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