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Retirement Industry Executive Optimistic Regarding Future

Retirement Industry Executive Optimistic Regarding Future

  By Derek Maul David Vaughan may be the only featured veteran in “The Bridges 2013 Calendar” who doesn’t actually live in the retirement community. But that’s okay because as chairman of Senior Care Group, Vaughan pretty much owns the place. “We operate 22 facilities,” Vaughan said. It’s a long story from the day the(…)

Veteran Remembers The Pacific, The Railroad And Pan Am

Veteran Remembers The Pacific, The Railroad And Pan Am

  By Derek Maul At 95 years of age with an excellent memory, Roy Nyquist has enough interesting stories to illustrate his own history book. Born in the Bronx, Nyquist finished growing up in Brooklyn before going to work with the Seaboard Air Line Railroad at New York’s Penn Station. “I attended the Brooklyn Polytechnic(…)

Passing The Saber: A Long Line Of Military Tradition

Passing The Saber: A Long Line Of Military Tradition

By Derek Maul Veteran John Newcomb comes from a long line of military tradition. “My great-grandfather, Loring Newcomb, served in Union Navy (American Civil War),” he said. “I had his dress saber before passing it on to my son, Mike, when he graduated West Point.” Mike Newcomb, who helped his dad through the conversation, retired(…)

Veteran Joined Army To Keep Brother Out Of Trouble

Veteran Joined Army To Keep Brother Out Of Trouble

By Derek Maul Peter Schmitt is pleased to be included in The Bridges 2013 veterans calendar, but he makes sure people understand the role he played. “I signed up with my brother,” he said. “My mother told me I had to go to keep him out of trouble.” The brothers were separated after boot camp(…)

RAF Pilot’s Son Served In The U.S. Navy

RAF Pilot’s Son Served In The U.S. Navy

By Derek Maul Born in the coal town of Wigan, Lancashire, Bernard “Bernie” Hill was just a child when England went to war with Germany. By the time bombs started falling in the industrial corridor between Manchester and Liverpool, Bernie was old enough to remember. “We could see bombs going off in Liverpool,” he said,(…)

Pearl Harbor Love Story is Still a Sweet Tale

Pearl Harbor Love Story is Still a Sweet Tale

By Derek Maul World War II Vets Lyndon and Joyce Greager are 66 years into a love story that started when they met outside the commissary in Pearl Harbor. “I saw her coming with her friend,” Lyndon said. “I said I’d sure like to have a date with that woman.  So I talked to her(…)

94-year-old Marine Veteran Still Has That Swagger

By Derek Maul Some veterans served between wars; some served a short while then returned to civilian life. Then there’s Florida native Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Coggins, who graduated West Point just 12 days after Pearl Harbor and stayed around in the Marine Corps through 1963. “I wanted to be an officer since I was a(…)

Live Like You Mean It – “Peace in Surrender”

By Derek Maul A couple of days ago I used the phrase, “Surrender to God is not about giving up, but about giving over.” Here’s the exact quote from my blog (www.derekmaul.wordpress.com): “Giving it back to God turns out to be a useful plan for life in general. And I’m talking about surrender rather than(…)

“Squad Mama,” Cindy Wilson Receives Sheriff’s Volunteer Of Year Award

By Derek Maul Hillsborough County Sherriff David Gee presented Cindy Wilson of Brandon with the department’s 2013 “Volunteer of the Year” award. The citation used buzzwords like dedication, support, and volunteerism, but the real story resides in Wilson’s lifelong devotion to helping others; her 25 years at the Sherriff’s office is just one piece of(…)

Retired Guidance Counselor Recalls His Busy Life

By Derek Maul Raised in Grand Bend, Pennsylvania, where his parents owned a grocery business, William Templeman learned his way around a kitchen early. “I naturally fell into making meals,” he said. “So when I went into the Navy that’s what I elected to do.” After enlisting in 1947, Templeman’s first duty involved cooking for(…)