By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – The American Legion national commander dropped by Post 49 in Tupelo to salute its members and the work they do. “This is where it all happens at the American Legion,” said Charles E. Schmidt during a Monday morning breakfast meeting. “Everything we do starts here.” An Oregon […]

By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – Construction of a Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica at Veterans Park will require an additional $100,000 in funding from local taxpayers. That money, along with contributions by the state government and private donors, will all enable a replica that’s 60 percent the size of the original Vietnam Memorial, located […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Mississippi’s new adjutant general, Janson “Durr” Boyles, said when he enlisted in the National Guard in the 1980s at Mississippi State University, he was doing so to earn money to help pay for his schooling. At the time, there was little talk of National Guard members […]

By Thomas Simpson Daily Journal COLUMBUS – Stennis Miller, a 9-year-old boy from Starkville, was born with sickle cell anemia, a blood disorder with no cure that affects millions of people worldwide. Juquitta Docher, Stennis’ mother, said it wasn’t always easy for the boy or his family. “He had to learn how to walk and […]

Associated Press A nearly $91 million extension to an Army contract means more work at the Olin/Winchester centerfire ammunition plant in Oxford. A Pentagon list of military contracts signed Friday includes a $90.8 million modification to a contract for 5.56mm, 7l.62mm and .50-caliber ammunition cartridges. The contract is between Olin Corp. of East Alton, Illinois, […]

FLOWOOD (AP) – About 150 members of Mississippi’s Army and Air National Guard will provide support during the presidential inauguration Friday. Officials say they left from Flowood on Wednesday. The Sun Herald reports the soldiers and airmen will help with traffic control, crowd management, communications, public affairs and chaplain support operations. Officials estimate up to […]

MERIDIAN (AP) – Officials at a Mississippi military base say a jet has crashed on a training flight, and that two people on board the plane were able to safely eject near the airfield. Naval Air Station Meridian said in a statement to The Associated Press that an instructor pilot and a student were both […]

By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Trent Kelly will serve on the armed services committee during his next term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Kelly’s office announced news of the appointment Wednesday afternoon. “Providing for the common defense of this nation is the most important duty we have as elected officials […]

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Randy Roberts converted the one-car garage at his east Tupelo home into a mini museum to display his growing military memorabilia collection.

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Randy Roberts caught the collecting bug when he was just 11. It was an incurable infection. “I had an uncle from Wheeler, Dennis Glover, who kept everything (World War II-related) he laid his hands on,” Roberts said. “He knew I was interested in this kind of stuff so […]