Shaun McKinnon Arizona Republic Published 10:32 PM EDT May 24, 2019 GRASS VALLEY, Calif. Lou Conter is telling the story of the night his patrol bomber was shot down seven miles off the coast of New Guinea, dumping the seaplane's 10-man crew into the Pacific Ocean. The crew was not alone in the water. "We had 10 or 12 sharks around us all the time," Conter says. "I told the men, 'If a shark comes close, hit it in the nose with your fist as hard as you can.'" The men stayed afloat until another plane saw the burning wreckage and tossed out a life raft. The exhausted crew dragged ashore an hour later and hid in the jungle, fearful they would be captured by Japanese soldiers. The next night, an American PT boat retrieved all 10 men. As Conter told it, the story wasn't about punching sharks, or skulking in the jungle or chasing shadows to the waiting rescue boat. Conter was talking about survival, about coming back alive. His time in the war started that way. He was 20 when he … [Read more...] about USS Arizona: The men who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor
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Member Center:Create Account|Log InManage Account|Log Out Home News Community Calendar Podcasts Newsletter TV Radio Weather About LIFESTYLE TV11 TV8 TVone GNN i94-FM Isla63-AM Auto Beauty & Style Entertainment Food Health Home/Family Money Pets Tech Travel VideoBytes Press Releases John Quinata retires from Air Guard, moves to airport Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2019 2:52 AM EDTUpdated: Thursday, May 2, 2019 2:52 AM EDTBy Nestor [email protected] The Guam International Airport Authority has a new deputy manager. Former senator and Customs director John Quinata has been hired by the board. Quinata has just retired from the National Guard as a command chief master sergeant. He has 38 years of service in the U.S. Air Force. Replacing Quinata as chief master sergeant is Philip S.N. Taijeron, Jr. The change of responsibility ceremony is scheduled for Sunday morning at 9 a.m. at the Guard Readiness Center in Barrigada. Chief Taijeron began his … [Read more...] about John Quinata retires from Air Guard, moves to airport
PUBLISHED: 07:30 30 March 2019 Mariam Ghaemi Corrie McKeague, who went missing in Bury St Edmunds in September, 2016 Picture: SUBMITTED Archant Families have spoken of the never-ending fight to find their child as new figures have revealed almost 8,500 people have been reported as missing in Suffolk over the last five years. The information, requested from Suffolk police using freedom of information powers, show the numbers peaked in 2017, with 1,966 people reported missing.The figures also reveal almost half of all missing person cases last year related to children - 48% of the 1,931 reports - with the youngest aged up to one. These could involve the same person disappearing multiple times.Two of the most high-profile unresolved missing persons cases in Suffolk are that of RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague, who disappeared from Bury St Edmunds following a night on the town on September 24, 2016, and Luke Durbin, who was 19 when he vanished from central … [Read more...] about How do you mourn your child if they vanish without a trace?
opinion Pilar Laguaña For Pacific Daily News USA TODAY NETWORK Published 12:24 AM EDT Mar 25, 2019 Håfa adai yan biba Mes CHamoru! The Guam Visitors Bureau thanks our island’s families who were able to join us at the Ko’ko’ Kids Fest on March 24. We enjoyed seeing families have fun together and enjoy the cultural activities that were part of the Håfa Adai Pledge program’s 10th anniversary celebration. Congratulations to all the children who participated in the Trench Kids Challenge and Strider Bike races. They showed great sportsmanship and the håfa adai spirit. More: Families enjoy GVB Ko'ko' Kids Fest at Gov. Flores Memorial Park. Laguaña: Visitors bureau team gears up for United Airlines Guam Marathon The GVB team recently returned from The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents Fair in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia is an ideal emerging market for Guam. Malaysian passport holders can travel to Guam visa-free, which helps … [Read more...] about Laguaña: Guam tourism expanding to Malaysia
PUBLISHED: 18:39 22 March 2019 | UPDATED: 18:39 22 March 2019 Steve Snelling Bomber ace: Len Trent sporting a moustache early in his flying career Archant It was a wartime escape immortalised by Hollywood. But for one Norfolk-based airman turned ‘great escaper’ misfortune turned out to be the most astonishing stroke of good fortune in a wartime career crammed with incident. Seventy-five years on from the most remarkable mass prisoner of war breakout of the Second World War, Steve Snelling charts a saga of survival that all but beggars belief In durance vile: Len Trent, seated centre, in Stalag Luft III where he served as a block commander in charge of security ahead of the Great EscapeThe agony of waiting was almost over for Len Trent. Nearly five hours had elapsed since a shower of grass-tufted soil and a sprinkling of snow had signalled the start of the most extraordinary escape operation of the Second World War.In that time more than 70 captured Allied airmen had … [Read more...] about Norfolk man Len Trent’s good fortune during The Great Escape