U.S. Army Specialist Rudy Holm recently returned from a nine-month-long deployment to Syria. His mother Denise Holm, a student at Columbus Technical College, hadn't seen him until he dropped in on her physics class Thursday afternoon.
Wreaths Across America will honor Fort Benning cemetery’s deceased for first time ever. A ceremony and wreath-laying will take place noon Saturday at Fort Benning and nearby Fort Mitchell National Cemetery in Alabama.
With a serious fight at hand, Lt. Col. Sam Wetzel went back in time to devise a plan to attack the North Vietnamese Army on Nui Chom. He relied on his memory as a college instructor and a famous World War II battle.
A few weeks before the battle, actress Martha Raye and professional baseball players Pete Richert and Ernie Banks visited the troops to offer support and a brief distraction from the fight that was to come.
Nui Chom rises out of the central Vietnam landscape between the South China Sea and Laos. Wetzel was the battalion commander who directed a week-long battle that resulted in the death of five of his soldiers and well-documented heroism.
Pat Frey, executive director of Home for Good, recently briefed Columbus Council on the significant drop in the number of homeless veterans in Muscogee and Russell counties. It's now in the single digits, a nearly 90 percent drop since April 2016.
Hundreds lined the streets of downtown Columbus and Phenix City Saturday for the 10th annual Veterans Day Parade. It marked the armistice that ended World War I in 1918. The parade was also another chance to celebrate Fort Benning's centennial.
Veterans Day is the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I in 1918, but it’s also the centennial of the Fort Benning Infantry School, formerly Camp Benning, said Brig. Gen. David Hodne, commandant of the Infantry School at the Maneuver Center of Excellence.