By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal OXFORD – At one time, Hayes Hershfelt thought he wanted to get away from Mississippi. That was cured by five months of basic training for the U.S. Army Reserve at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. “I wanted to be back so bad. I missed home a lot,” Hershfelt said. “After […]

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Air Force Major Marshall Ziemanski goes over the flight controls with Matt Cherry, 14, a New Albany Middle School student, as he sits in the cockpit trainer at the Air Force booth during the Imagine the Possibilites Career Expo Wednesday morning at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo.

By Emma Crawford Kent Daily Journal TUPELO – When the CREATE Foundation approached Columbus Air Force Base about joining the Imagine the Possibilities Career Expo for its second year, the base leadership jumped in with both feet. CAFB brought more than 50 members to work the expo and is represented in eight of the expo’s […]

JACKSON (AP) – The U.S House of Representatives has passed legislation introduced by Rep. Trent Kelly to honor a Mississippi soldier killed in action. H.R. 5309 would designate the United States Postal Service facility in Oxford, Mississippi as the “Army First Lieutenant Donald C. Carwile Post Office Building.” The legislation heads to the Senate for […]

By Zack Orsborn Daily Journal SHANNON – Deep in the mountains of Afghanistan, Jamie Locastro heard the sharp patter of bullets raining above him in the Korengal Valley. A month earlier, Jamie trained with his 120-man brigade, getting used to the humidity and 120-degree weather. He joined the infantry to be like his father, Tommy. […]

BILOXI (AP) – Former Biloxi Mayor Jerry O’Keefe, who received the Congressional Gold Medal for being a fighter pilot in World War II, has died. He was 93. A granddaughter, Justice O’Keefe Duhon, told The Associated Press that he died early Tuesday. As a young Marine pilot, O’Keefe shot down seven Japanese airplanes, The Sun-Herald […]

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Jim Sigmond, of Greenville, salutes during the singing of the national anthem at the dedication ceremony of the new building at the American Legion Post 49 in Tupelo on Monday night. Some 140 people were in attendance. The original building was destroyed by a tornado on April 28, 2014.

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Veterans and community members gathered Monday to dedicate American Legion Post 49’s new building. The original was destroyed by a tornado that tore through Tupelo on April 28, 2014. Mike Pettigrew, post commander, recalled getting word of the destruction, then driving as far as he could before […]

By William Moore Daily Journal MANTACHIE – Orva “O.R.” Dulaney got an early birthday present Thursday – new military medals to replace the ones stolen 70 years ago. Dulaney, who will turn 99 on Aug. 22, was an Army medic who cared for the wounded at Omaha Beach on D-Day. During his military career, he […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The armory in Nettleton is one of at least four across the state being closed, Mississippi Adjutant Gen. Augustus Collins confirmed Wednesday afternoon in a news release. The other three are Grenada, Mendenhall and Lumberton. The press release said the four buildings where the readiness centers, […]

By M. Scott Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – A 63-year-old man is walking from Las Vegas to Washington, D.C., to stand up for veterans’ rights. He’s been through Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee, and he spent Monday in Tupelo. “How do I do it? One step at a time,” said Thomas […]