Yesteryear: Veterans, others reflect on peace, war

The Lingenfelter Center and The Gardens Rehab and Care Center held a Veterans Day parade Tuesday for residents, family and guests. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

The Lingenfelter Center and The Gardens Rehab and Care Center held a Veterans Day parade Tuesday for residents, family and guests. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

Veteran's Day coincides with Armistice Day, which commemorates the end of World War I and, at the time, was considered to be the "war to end all wars" by then-President Woodrow Wilson.

The armistice was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, and marked the end of the war on the Western Front.

Congress replaced "Armistice" with "Veterans" in 1954, one year after the cease fire was declared in Korea.

One year earlier, the people of Kingman were discussing peace.

Thursday, Nov. 12, 1953

Permanent peace in the world can be built on hard facts and not on sentiment. This was the admonition of O. B. Joy, superintendent of Kingman schools, in an Armistice Day address delivered in the State Theater here yesterday morning.

The Kingman educator challenged his listeners to consider the alternative to peace before allowing cynicism to destroy the chance entirely. No nation on the face of the earth today can survive the cost of continuous wars and man must find a way to live in peace and harmony, he continued.

In his talk, which was very well received by the audience, Joy concluded by telling the crowd of ex-service men and their families that they must organize to defend the Bill of Rights. "Speak out your beliefs and convictions - say the things you believe and do not be deterred by fear."

Also appearing on the memorial program in the theater were Mr. and Mrs. Walter Cole. Cole sang "There Is No Death" accompanied by his wife.

Before introducing Joy, Commander Eddie Myers said that "our victories in the great wars lies in the justice of our cause - we fought with our hearts and minds as well as our bodies." He continued "Out of this blood and sweat we must learn the true meaning of tolerance and understanding."

A short article elsewhere in the paper updated the community on a Chloride resident still stationed in Korea:

With the 3d Infantry Div. in Korea. - Pvt. James A. Creasy, 20, son of Mrs. Emma Creasy, Chloride, Ariz., is serving with the 3d Infantry Division in Korea.

The "Rock on the Marne" division which saw bitter fighting in the Iron Triangle and at Outpost Harry and Jackson Heights, is now undergoing intensive post-truce training.

Private Creasy, a graduate of Mohave County Union High School, entered the army last March and completed basic training at Camp Roberts, Calif.

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1991

After the Gulf War, Jon Zitzelberger, Miner staff writer, interviewed a few local veterans and their experiences in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq:

Former Spec. Gene Glenn, U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, seven months in Saudi Arabia and Iraq:

"... The best memory I have is leaving... The worst was, we had a lieutenant in our battalion who killed himself."

Before the Gulf War, the concept of the Army to most soldiers was a "a joke," Glenn said. The soldiers had a "nothing is ever going to happen, nobody is going to mess with us" attitude, he said. The soldiers questioned the need for extensive training in the field and classrooms until they went on "full alert."

"Everybody was suddenly serious," he said. "People started listening. They really started learning."

And when they got there, they were well cared for, he said.

"I served with Vietnam veterans over there and they said it was a lot different, a lot better in Desert Storm," he said. "We were treated a lot better, taken care of more... and the way we were treated when we came back was fantastic."

The military services made what Glenn considered a good change in policy from that of Vietnam era. This time, there were no one-year tours of duty; everyone was there for the duration.

"Instead of getting there and marking off days, we said 'Hey, let's get this done so that we can go home," Glenn said. "And to do it right, and do it right the first time."

Former Sgt. Darren Dunn, U.S. Army 1st Armored Division, four months in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait:

"...I worked in the plans shop where we planned the moves for the whole division. I'd work in the van, then I'd pull a couple or three hours of guard and then I'd get some sleep..."

Dunn maintains a down-to-earth attitude about the four months he and the 1st Armored Division spent in southwest Asia.

"It wasn't very exciting," said Dunn, a former Army sergeant who is back home in Golden Valley.

Describing it as "basically a police action," Dunn said comparing the Gulf War to the Vietnam War would be like comparing the invasion of Grenada to World War II.

He doesn't feel changed by his experience.

"I was pretty patriotic before I went in the military," Dunn said. "The military does what the government tells it to do. That's fine and dandy until you start thinking about what the government is having you do. Then your patriotic views kind of change a little bit."