KANSAS WWII MARINE WOMEN’S RESERVE VETERAN WAS AMONG FIRST TO SERVE — Kathryn Wilson Schroeder — back then, just Kathryn Wilson — was impatient. It was February 1943, the U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Reserve had just opened its doors, and the Burrton woman was ready to sign up. “Back then, the motto was ‘Be a Marine, Free a Marine to fight,'” said Schroeder, now 93 and living in Valley Center. “I went in 10 days after they opened the Marines to take in women.” On Saturday, Schroeder will be among 25 women honored at a local event observing national Women’s History Month and the contributions that female veterans have made.
INSPIRING TEAM OF WOUNDED WARRIORS TO COMPETE FOR U.S. AT INVICTUS GAMES — The shrapnel from a roadside bomb in Iraq mangled the left leg of Army Capt. Will Reynolds in 2004 and ended his career as an infantry leader, but later this spring, Reynolds, now medically retired, will lead U.S. service members and vets into a much different, uplifting contest. In May, the new international athletic competition for wounded warriors will, for the first time, be held in the country that inspired it. The team representing the U.S. was announced last week, and Reynolds will compete in multiple events and serve as captain. The second Invictus Games will be held in Orlando, Florida, May 8-12, two years after the inaugural 2014 games in London. Prince Harry of Wales, who spent a decade in the British army, started the event after the Colorado Warrior Games in 2013 inspired him to create an international version.
SPECIAL FORCES MEDAL OF HONOR LEGEND SHARES LIFE LESSONS — This Friday, March 25, marks national Congressional Medal of Honor Day, a special memorial day when recipients of the Medal of Honor gather each year at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate their fallen brethren. Among those warriors who have received our nation’s highest award for valor in combat is retired Army Colonel Roger Donlon, who’s considered a legend. The first Medal of Honor recipient for the Vietnam War, Donlon is also the first Special Forces commando to receive the award. Now 82 years old and suffering from Parkinson’s disease due to his exposure to Agent Orange, Col. Donlon invited this reporter into his home in Leavenworth, Kansas, for an exclusive, wide-ranging and straight-talking interview on his life’s lessons: the importance of values, character, mentoring, Special Forces, and the Medal of Honor. Some surprises came up during the interview, including an impromptu, close quarters knife lesson. Col. Donlon even shared a story never told: how he almost made national headlines in 1965 for a comment about Vietnam War protesters at the White House and his AR-15, which at the time — as he surmises — members of the press did not understand, so they didn’t publish it. This three-part special video interview contains never before seen historical photographs as well. Donlon received the Medal from President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. Here is his citation:
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NAVY VETERAN FIGHTS CALIFORNIA CITY TO FLY AMERICAN FLAG AGAIN — A broken flagpole at a community center in Northern California has a Navy vet seeing red. George Russell wants to fly the Red, White and Blue at the King Kennedy Memorial Center in west Modesto. He said he’s been trying for years to get the City of Modesto to address the problem. “As a veteran, all I ask is the flagpole. Fix the flagpole,” Russell, who is in his 70s, tells KXTV.