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Remembering a sailor lost in combat and to history: Charles Ogle returns home

On Dec. 7, 1941, Navy Fireman 1st Class Charles R. Ogle, (born in Goodsberry Township, Missouri in 1920) was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft.

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Texas VA employees help return a Veteran’s long-lost burial flag to her family 

Photos, medals, dog tags, unit patches and sometimes even a pair of dirty combat boots – these are just a few of the items kept as mementos by the families of Veterans who have passed away. These items hold special meaning for those who receive them after a Veteran is gone, but perhaps one of the most significant items kept in memory of a Veteran is the folded American flag presented to a service member’s loved ones during a burial or funeral service.

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Veterans Legacy Program: Lieutenant Commander Che Barnes

Lt. Cmdr. Che Barnes had a strong interest in flying since he was young. He joined the United States Coast Guard in 1996 and became a pilot aboard a HC-130 Hercules. Barnes always had a passion for helping people, and the Coast Guard provided the opportunity for him to do so.

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This week we honor Army Veteran Karen C. Jones. Karen served from 1983 to 2005.

Enlisting after high school in 1983, Karen completed Basic Training at Fort Dix in New Jersey. She later went on to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio Texas for Combat Medic School.

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