Tag Archives: Navy

A Salute to Our Veteran…And All Veterans

Veterans' Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry He came to live with us from another state when he was eight. Up until his departure, raising a stepson was the hardest thing I had ever done. Through his pre-teen and teenage angst years, his ears were granite. He ignored us or paid lip service to our parenting; believe me, we ... Read More »

Hurricane Threat

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By Jay Fernandes  Hurricane season is upon us again and we are all watching weather maps to be ready and prepared. Much of the knowledge and information we acquire is accumulated from years of experience and listening to others. Most of us have assets at risk which are exposed to wind and sea. Our Marco boating citizens have been challenged ... Read More »

75th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor/Arizona Memorial

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Many of our readers know John Hamrick, a Goodland resident before his recent move to Key West. John is a true humanitarian. He has given so much back to the communities he has lived in that Coastal Breeze News did a feature article on him in 2012 (www.coastalbreezenews.com/2012/05/31/to-the-rescue). We were not surprised to hear from John and learn that he ... Read More »

Patriotism Reigns in Memorial Day Ceremony

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Dave Gardner, commander of Marco’s VFW Post 6370, addresses attendees.

By Don Manley The sacrifices of America’s military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving were honored in word and song at Marco Island’s Memorial Day ceremony. Dave Gardner, commander of Marco’s VFW Post 6370, served as master of ceremonies for the event, which included music from the Marco Island Strummers, the Marco Island Academy Singers and ... Read More »

American Hero To Speak at JCMI

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Submitted You’ve only got three choices in life: Give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got. This mantra has helped inspire the most elite combat unit in the world to push past their limitations and succeed in every environment imaginable. But you don’t have to be part of a Special Ops force to benefit from their training when the ... Read More »

Salute to Veterans: Sal Sciarrino

Platoon 114, Sal is third from right, second row. July 1946, Parris Island, S.C.

By Maggie Gust Sal Sciarrino served in the 23rd Regiment New York State National Guard in 1944, as well as U.S. Marine Air Corps Group 15, 1946 to 1952. Sal was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, but his father moved the family back to Brooklyn when Sal was very young. The East New York Section of Brooklyn was where he grew ... Read More »

Salute to Veterans: Charles “Chuck” Purple

National conventions Chuck attended are displayed on his Legion hat.

By Maggie Gust Charles “Chuck” Purple served as a Coxswain in the 28th Special Naval Construction Battalion in the Pacific Theater from 1943 to 1946. Coxswain is a ranking who were easily recognizable because they wore their insignia on the right arm, not the usual left arm. Although born in South Bend, Indiana, Chuck Purple moved around a lot even ... Read More »

Filbin’s Commendable Action

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By Don Manley Bill Filbin learned well the lessons of his youth where extending a helping a hand is concerned. The long-time Marco resident and realtor is well known for his tireless efforts on behalf of Special Olympics Collier County and the St. Matthew’s House homeless shelter and food bank in Naples. Altruism was both preached and practiced by Filbin’s ... Read More »

Living Recipients Appear on Korean War Medal of Honor Forever Stamp Sheet

The U.S. Postal Service has issued the Korean War Medal of Honor Forever stamps — paying tribute to 145 American veterans who received the nation’s highest military honor for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty during the Korean War. Florida Medal of Honor Recipients Hector A. Cafferata, Jr. (resides in Venice, Florida) and William R. Charette (his ... Read More »

Thomas C. Garrison Sept 1928-April 2014

Thomas C. Garrison, beloved by family, died on April 12, 2014. Tom was born in Marion, Illinois on September 28, 1928, to Harmon E. and Ola P. Garrison. He had two brothers, Herbert and Norbert, and a sister, Jo Ann Wall Trosper, all of whom preceded him in death. Tom served in the Navy for two years and graduated from ... Read More »

Pilot Whales Lost

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Southwest Florida has seen of a number of beach strandings by short-finned pilot whales during the months of December 2013 and January 2014. From Lee County to the Everglades, an estimated 55 pilot whales perished due to these events. A somewhat rare event, beach strandings by marine mammals take place all over the world for reasons ... Read More »

Beached Pilot Whales Perish Near Marco

The reason for the recent strandings is unknown.

By CBN Staff On Monday, January 20, this pod of pilot whales was found stranded at Marco Pass at sunset. The pod was ushered out to sea and was last seen on that day about two miles offshore. These whales were initially spotted in Naples on Sunday, January 19 near Gordon Pass in Naples Bay. At the same time, another ... Read More »

Holiday Concert Tribute to Veterans

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A lovely evening was had by all in attendance at the Christmas Island Style Holiday Concert for veterans held at the Marco Island History Museum’s Rose Auditorium. Steve Stefanides, chair of Christmas Island Style welcomed veterans and guests. He thanked Coastal Breeze News for sponsoring the event and Classic Transportation for providing transportation to those unable to drive themselves. Keith ... Read More »

Honoring our Veterans

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com As the 2012 election continues to divide our island and our nation, it is important to remember those who fought for our freedoms; including the right to vote. In honor of Veterans Day, Tommie Barfield Elementary, the City of Marco Island and VFW Post 6370 have organized events on Marco Island to celebrate the men and ... Read More »

James “Bud” Kornse: A life of service

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Three wars and thirty years of service. This is the life of James “Bud” Kornse, Marco Island resident and military veteran. Born March 5, 1927, Bud spent 30 years in the Navy. After retiring, his contributions to his country still continued. From World War II, to the Korean War to Vietnam to the present day, Bud ... Read More »