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Veteran Spotlight: Army Lt. Col. Dorothy Courtemanche

Born in Dedham, she did her basic training at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga., which received all orthopedic Vietnam War combat injuries.

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Veteran Spotlight: Navy Cmdr. David Vermilyea

It was an honor to interview this week's Veterans Spotlight guest. Navy Cmdr. David Vermilyea served his country for 27 years, from 1962 to 1989. He was in the Vietnam from 1965 to 1967, flying an amazing 300 missions.

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Veterans Spotlight: Col. Jeff Petrucci

He landed in Vietnam in April 1970 (he would spend 12 months there); he was a platoon leader in an automatic weapons battalion. The main job of the battalion was to provide convoy escort support and general support of ground troops.

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Veteran Spotlight: Dr. Charles Parton

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Veteran Spotlight: Army Sgt. Christine Zecker

Christine Zecker served her country in Army as a sergeant from 1989 to 1998. She enlisted on Halloween night at 21 years of age and was sent to basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., where she was platoon leader for her class.

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Veteran Spotlight: Marine Cpl. Pete Belmonte

Pete Belmonte served his country in the Marine Corps from 1989 to 1994. A mere 10 days after his graduation, he was standing on Parris Island.

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Veteran Spotlight: Senior Airman Chris Clarkson

Growing up in Nashua, N.H., Chris Clarkson had always wanted to be a pilot and had big shoes to fill. Both his grandfathers had military careers — one as an Army Air Forces instructor pilot at the end of World War II and the other as an Air National Guard pilot in the late '50s and early '60s.

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Veteran Spotlight: Father Peter Gregory

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Veteran Spotlight: Lt. Col. Lance English

English spent a total of 28 years in active and Reserves in the Army and an additional seven years of service in the government sector. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Army Reserves.

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Veteran Spotlight: Sgt. John Ireland

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Veteran Spotlight: Army Spc. Eric Rogers

In 2012, Rogers was deployed to Afghanistan and would remain there for nine months. "I was kind of nervous in the moment, hearing the news wasn't that bad," he recalled.

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Veteran Spotlight: Marine Cpl. John Brack

Cpl. Brack's duty was that of a mechanic, working on Humvees and other military apparatus. He would be deployed in January 2010 and serve seven months in Afghanistan in the Helmand Province of Sistani, the southeastern corner in a major war zone.

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Veteran Spotlight: A Vietnam Diary, Part III

The following is the diary of a local Marine who served in Vietnam in 1968. The veteran wishes to remain anonymous but was willing to share the impressions he wrote down of his time there.

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Veteran Spotlight: A Vietnam Diary, Part II

The following is the diary of a local Marine who served in Vietnam in 1968.

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Veteran Spotlight: A Vietnam Diary

The following is the diary of a local Marine who served in Vietnam in 1968. The veteran wishes to remain anonymous but was willing to share the impressions he wrote down of his time there.

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Veteran Spotlight: Seaman John Bonacquisti

Bonaquisti served his country in Navy from 1944 to 1946 as a seaman, then as an electrician his last six months. He grew up in Pittsfield and left school at 18 to enlist.

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Veteran Spotlight: Navy Petty Officer Ron Reda

Ron Reda spent a decade in the Navy, the first the half in the Navy's "silent service" and then five years serving up dinner in the White House. He ended his service to the country in 2000 as a petty officer.

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Veteran Spotlight: Sgt. Jeremy Healy

Jeremy Healy served his country for 12 years in the Army Reserve, from 2001-13, and was discharged with the rank of sergeant.

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Veteran Spotlight: Lt. Col. Steven Schultze

Steven Schultze served his country in the Marine Corps from 1997 to 2019, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Growing up, he had a desire to give something back as his dad and uncles were Marines during the Vietnam War era.

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Veteran Spotlight: Airman Ben Hamilton

From Lackland, Hamilton was assigned to the former Chanute AFB in Illinois, where he worked in the highly dangerous capacity as a specialist, dealing with liquid oxygen and nitro for the jet fighters.

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Veteran Spotlight: Sgt. Maj. Michael King

This week's Veteran Spotlight subject is retired Army Sgt. Maj. Michael King, who now leads the Berkshire Veteran Outreach Center.

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Veteran Spotlight: Spc. Jake Gaylord

It was an absolute pleasure to interview this week's Veterans Spotlight feature. Jacob "Jake" Gaylord served his country in the Army National Guard for six years as a specialist.

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Veteran Spotlight: Marine Lt. Dominick Sondrini

Growing up in Dalton, he attended the former St. Joseph's in Pittsfield and Wahconah Regional High School. After graduating from Western New England College, he was sent by the Marines to Quantico, Va., for Officer Candidate School, where he also completed the demanding Infantry Officer Course.

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Veterans Spotlight: Cpl. Tony Pastore

Tony Pastore served his country in the Air Force during World War II and, again after the war, as a corporal. At 96 years of age, he is a pure gem of "The Greatest Generation" with a fabulous voice to boot.

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Veteran Spotlight: Army Sgt. Terry McGinnis

At 27 years of age, Terry McGinnis is far ahead of his peers. An extremely humble, courteous and respectful young man, he served his country in the Army for six years, finishing with the rank of sergeant.

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