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WILLIAMSPORT SUN-GAZETTE Tuesday, June 1, 2004
203rd Year, No. 153 50¢ Newsstand
INSIDE AREA SALUTE GOES TO THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR ALL
Kari and Cayla Betz, left
A to start
photo, daughters of Laurie
and Jeremy Betz of Muncy,
watch the Memorial Day Pa-
for Scott Peterson
rade from under an umbrel-
... A-7 la Monday in Muncy. At
right, Fred Temple and
David Taylor, both of
Muncy, are on their way
home after the parade.
Their float promoted the
upcoming 21st annual
Muncy Valley Hospital
Lawn Party on June 21.
(More photos on Page A-3) BRENT SHIRK/Sun-Gazette Correspondent
B of Civil War
veteran dies at 97
Rolling Thunder tribute paid
join thousands “We are down here to honor the fallen vet-
erans, to show our support for them.”
in Washington Skip Huyck,
By DENA PAULING director of the Williamsport Chapter of the Harley Owners Group
C grid player WASHINGTON — Waves of
motorcycle fanatics, from the
Williamsport area and across
headed to Australia the nation, rumbled past Amer-
... C-1 ica’s most hallowed monuments
Sunday — for a cause.
“Sounds like heaven,” said
Muncy resident Curt Vander
Vere, as he watched the motor-
cycles depart from the Penta-
gon parking lot while waiting
for his turn to rev his Harley’s
Vander Vere and at least 10
others from the Williamsport
area participated in the 17th
annual Rolling Thunder “Ride
for Freedom,” a Memorial Day
Researchers weekend tradition meant to
D are learning pay tribute to prisoners of war
and military members missing
how obesity kills in action.
Staying within sight of the
... D-1 Washington Monument, the
ride looped around streets near
West Potomac Park and cov-
ered a route that took an hour.
Some members of the group DENA PAULING/Sun-Gazette
concluded their time at the pa- Sid Alpaugh of Pennsdale, left, and Curt Vander Vere of Muncy watch as thousands of motorcyclists gather.
rade with a stop at the Nation-
al Mall, where thousands of vis-
itors gathered around the Lin- Williamsport chapter of the during the early morning leather chaps, Harley T-shirts time comparing Harleys
coln, Vietnam, Korean and new Harley Owners Group, a non- hours. and vests covered in pins. against the backdrop of a color-
World War II memorials, plac- profit organization where the “Man, I got to thinking, if al- The Williamsport group de- ful crowd with vendors passing
ing pictures and flowers around cyclists hold membership. Qaida were to slide right parted from the Pentagon out free pocket Bibles and cof-
the granite monuments. Decked out in leather beside through the parking lot, they around 1:15 p.m., though thou- fee.
“We are down here to honor their most prized possessions, would get more people than sands were still rolling out into “You get more mileage out of
Deaths the fallen veterans, to show our the Williamsport motorcyclists what they killed on 9-11,” said the late afternoon. The kickoff the parking lot than on the
support for them,” said Skip joined the 400,000 who began Mike Aldenderfer, looking on began at noon, and until their road,” said Steve Confair of
Huyck, director of the assembling at the Pentagon the masses of bikers wearing departure, the crowd spent (See ROLLING, Page A-6)
Helena A. Andrews
Stella R. Bennett
Stanley Bombaski Jr.
Diana R. Cohoon
Cora M. Day
Bush, Kerry honor veterans on Memorial Day; Marines take home
Max L. Orso nation pays quiet tribute with parades, picnics
By PETE YOST
Associated Press Writer
more than memories
ARLINGTON, Va. — Presi-
dent Bush declared Monday
at the end of big war
that ‘‘America is safer’’ because
Thank you for subscribing of its fighting forces while Sen. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Follow-
John Kerry went to the Vietnam ing is the conclusion of a
to the Sun-Gazette! three-day Sun-Gazette series
Veterans Memorial in somber focusing on the reunion of
but historically asymmetrical two Marines 57 years after
Visit our Web site Memorial Day tributes. World War II.)
www.sungazette.com ‘‘Through our history, Ameri-
By GWEN E. HOCK
ca has gone to war reluctantly,’’
Special to the Sun-Gazette
said Bush, speaking at Arling-
Index ton National Cemetery after lay- Going home.
ing a wreath at the Tomb of the Marines Jim Horner and
Annie’s Mailbox . .B-4 Unknowns. ‘‘In places like Kab- Kenneth Wheat parted at
Classified . . . . . .D-3 ul and Kandahar, in Mosul; and Omura, Japan, when the 2nd
Comics . . . . . . . .C-7 Baghdad, we have seen their de- Marine battalions loaded out
cency and their brave spirit,’’ he ASSOCIATED PRESS for discharge in late December
Crossword . . . . . .B-4
Editorial . . . . . . . .A-4 said. President Bush, left, lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Un- 1945. Wheat was discharged as
Horoscopes . . . . .C-7 A charcoal sky and light mist known Soldier marking Memorial Day at Arlington Nation- a corporal at Mare Island,
Legal Notices . . .D-3 hung over the remembrance as al Cemetery Monday near Washington. Calif., on July 7, 1946, while Run, and Wheat said it took
Lifestyle . . . . . . . .B-6 if to underscore the solemnity of Horner was discharged as a them a while to orient them-
Lottery . . . . . . . . .A-2 Bush’s speech, Kerry’s visit to tional World War II Memorial. It was a day when political line corporal a day later in selves after arriving back home
Obituaries . . . . . .B-7 the Vietnam monument and a Frances and John Carter, rhetoric was somewhat muted, Bainbridge, Md. after the war.
Sports . . . . . . .C-1/5 parade along historic Indepen- both 82, were separated by an eclipsed here by public tributes ‘‘They paid me $66 for each ‘‘Jane was half afraid to
Television . . . . . .B-5 dence Avenue. A smattering of ocean during World War II; he and the playing of Taps. Bush month of service and $12.75 for sleep with me because I would
World War II veterans marched was a paratrooper and she was a did take a moment to praise Sec- a train ticket to Altoona where jump up in a threatening and
with people, in some cases, three ‘‘Rosie the Riveter,’’ one of the retary of Defense Donald H. my wife and brother met me defensive pose every time there
generations younger, capping a thousands of women who went Rumsfeld for ‘‘your great leader- and took me home to Boals- was a strange noise in the
weekend highlighted by the for- to work at home to support the ship,’’ however. Rumsfeld has burg,’’ Horner said. house,’’ Horner said of his wife.
mal opening Saturday of the Na- soldiers abroad. (See BUSH, Page A-6) Both Horner, now of Trout (See MARINES, Page A-6)
A-6 Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Tuesday, June 1, 2004
From Page A-1
DENA PAULING/Sun-Gazette A U.S. Marine salutes motorcycle riders in the Rolling
Sharing a laugh as they wait for other motorcyclists to participate in the Rolling Thunder “Ride for Freedom” are, from Thunder's 17th annual Motorcycle Ride and Rally Sunday
left, Curt Vander Vere of Muncy, Brenda and Todd Charles of Williamsport and Mike Aldenderfer of Cogan Station. in Washington.
Rolling Thunder tribute paid to POWs and MIAs
(From Page A-1) “She would come down by herself if I couldn’t come. That’s how said.
Williamsport. nice they are,” said Todd Charles, her husband, as he waited for As the group finally left the Pentagon parking lot, they were
The group also passed the time making friendly jokes with each the ride to begin. cheered on by thousands of people lining the streets with fists
other, often picking on Kenny Shollenberger of Montgomery, a qui- Many in the group spent time trying to calculate the value of raised. Some bystanders were crying as many slapped the hands
eter member of the bunch. the amount of motorcycles in the parking lot. of the motorcyclists as they drove through.
“Sure you do get more mileage out of the parking lot, but that’s “Could you imagine how much is in this parking lot?” Alden- “I’ll tell you what was amazing — all these people standing
not the point. The point is that we came down here because we derfer asked his buddies. “Holy cripes! There has to be $1 billion.” around, the crowds cheering. It was great,” Aldenderfer said as he
could be entertained by Kenny all weekend,” Aldenderfer joked. The group figured that the cost of 10 motorcycles would be went on to tell of grabbing a “Bikers for Kerry” sticker from one of
But Shollenberger just smiled and fired back with more jokes about one-quarter of a million, but they had difficulty doing the the members of the crowd.
throughout the day when given the opportunity. multiplication for the entire crowd. Aldenderfer called on Vander “I would do this again, and you know why I would? Because of
“This is a good bunch of fellas; we have a good time,” he said. Vere, a math professor at Pennsylvania College of Technology, who the people on the side of the road,” said Aldenderfer, referring to
Brenda Charles, the only female among the group who attend- figured the total value to be between $2.5 and $3 billion. those who came to pay homage to loved ones who served.
ed the event, said the men are always courteous. “That’s a few dollars worth of hardware out here,” Aldenderfer Vander Vere agreed.
Enjoying a meal in Omura, Japan, in the fall of 1945 are Ken Wheat, Yosui, Jim Horner ASSOCIATED PRESS
and two other Marines. Yosui was a Japanese man who befriended the soldiers shortly Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., facing at right, hugs Bar-
before they returned home to the United States. bara Bronson at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington on Monday. Bronson’s
son William Bronson’s name was recently added to the memorial. Bronson died in 1976
Marines take home more than from a grand mal seizure directly related to a wound he received in combat in Vietnam.
memories at the end of big war Bush, Kerry honor veterans (From Page A-1) Victory. ‘‘They must not have will give the men everything I
(From Page A-1) died in vain,’’ said Sanchez, who have to give,’ ‘‘ Bush said.
heard calls for his resignation
‘‘In case you ever wondered in connection with the prisoner is due to rotate out of Iraq soon. • Pfc. Jesse Givens of
where the term ‘shell shock’ abuse scandal. And Kerry re- A year ago at this time, more Springfield, Mo., had written to
came from, I can soon tell you.’’ sumed his political campaign in than 160 American soldiers had his wife, Melissa: ‘‘Do me a fa-
Once settled, Horner contin- earnest later Monday in Vir- been killed in Iraq. The total vor after you tuck the children
ued taking a few more forestry ginia. since has risen to more than in — give them hugs and kisses
courses at Penn State while Traditional Memorial Day 800, and last week the Penta- from me,’’ the president noted.
cutting logs for a living with his observances including picnics gon reported that the number • Master Sgt. Kelly Horn-
brother. In December 1949, he and parades were played out wounded in action is approach- beck of Fort Worth, Texas,
accepted a position as a forester ing 4,700. wrote his parents saying, ‘‘I am
coast to coast — half a world
for a hunting club in Lycoming Bush took time out in the af- not afraid and neither should
away from U.S. fighting forces
County. ternoon to call Crown Prince either of you be,’’ Bush said.
in Iraq and Afghanistan. But
“They offered me $70 a week Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and ‘‘Because of their fierce
overseas, the conflict raged.
along with a farm house to live express condolences over the courage, America is safer, two
Two Americans died Monday
in,’’ Horner said. “That was a loss of life in the attack by mili- terror regimes are gone forever
as U.S. troops clashed with Shi-
pretty good deal back in those tants in the kingdom’s oil in- and more than 50 million souls
ite militiamen in fighting that dustry hub. Bush expressed
days.’’ Horner eventually start- now live in freedom,’’ Bush said
strained a cease-fire called last support for the Saudi govern-
ed his own lumber business to a warm applause.
week around the holy cities of ment’s handling of the shooting
and ended up fathering seven Bush’s appearance, by dint
Kufa and Najaf. And in Bagh- rampage and hostage standoff
children. “The war taught me of tradition and practice, was a
dad, a car bomb exploded near that killed 22 people, White
not to fear anything, and that I generic tribute to people who
U.S. coalition headquarters, House spokeswoman Pamela
could do everything I set my have fallen in all U.S. wars past
killing four people and injuring Stevens said.
mind to.’’ and present, although he par-
25. Two other American sol- Bush also called German
A few months after Wheat ticularly cited Iraq. For Kerry, a
diers died over the weekend in Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder
returned home, he decided to A last photograph was snapped before Jim Horner of decorated veteran, it was a day
separate attacks, the U.S. mili- to urge support of a strong
enter college. Trout Run, at left, and Kenneth Wheat, center, left Japan to focus on that conflict of the
tary said. United Nations resolution for a
“The war changed my life,’’ 1960s and early 70s — one he
on Dec. 7, 1945. That was the last time the two war bud- Still, American soldiers took new Iraqi government. Bush
Wheat said. “I started out would ultimately march and
working as a machinist appren- dies saw one another until their reunion earlier this year. time to remember their slain urged that the two nations
The soldier at right is not identified. comrades during holiday cere- work together to back the new speak against.
tice and if I hadn’t had the priv-
monies across Iraq. government. Bush gave a speech; Kerry
ilege of getting college tuition ‘‘Yosui saw me looking at it was planning a special celebra- ‘‘When we return to our In his speech, Bush singled said little as he walked somber-
through the GI Bill, I probably and he gave it to me as a gift. I tion for his own 80th birthday home stations, we must ensure some of the dead from Iraq for ly along the shiny black granite
would have ended up working later decided that I really had this coming August. that we never forget those fall- special commendation: wall where the names of the
as a machinist for the rest of no use for the vase, so I gave it ‘‘I want Horner and his fam- en comrades that deployed with • Capt. Joshua Byers, a more than 58,000 who fell in
my life.’’ to Horner, since he was mar- ily to come to my party. They
Wheat graduated with an us that will not return to their West Point man and South Vietnam are etched in time and
ried,’’ Wheat said. Horner treated me and my wife like loved ones,’’ Lt. Gen. Ricardo Carolina native. ‘‘When this son remembrance. He rubbed his
engineering degree and worked packed the vase carefully in his royalty during our visit here,
for Phillips Petroleum in Okla- Sanchez, the senior U.S. mili- of missionaries was given com- thumb over one of the newest
duffel bag and carried it home and we want to return the hon- tary officer here, said during a mand of a 120-man combat names to be added to the
homa until he retired. He also after the war. or,’’ Wheat said.
married the girl he correspond- ceremony at Baghdad’s Camp unit, he wrote to his parents, ’I memorial.
‘‘Jane put the vase in a Even though Horner is still
ed with during the war and to- dresser drawer for safekeep- suffering from a back injury he
gether they had four children. ing,’’ Horner said. ‘‘I always put received while operating a bull-
An item Wheat wanted to
see during his reunion with
Horner, was an ornate Japan-
my spare change in it at the
end of the day and the money
paid for a lot of school lunches
dozer last year, he said he is de-
termined to make the trip to
Three killed in Bradford County crash
ese vase. Wheat said that one and other necessities.’’ ‘‘Wheat and I looked out for Three people are dead and one person is in The wreck happened when 19-year-old Mark
day while he was on liberty in After Jane died and their each other during the war,’’ critical condition after a crash Sunday on Route Shingler of Sayre, traveling south just north of
Omura, a Japanese man children were grown, Horner Horner said. ‘‘We were good 706 in Wyalusing Township, Bradford County, Cold Creek Road, crossed the center line and
named Yosui approached him took the vase out of the drawer. friends and it’s unfortunate according to state police in Towanda. struck a car driven by Gregory Liddick head-on,
and asked for a light for his cig- Wheat found the vase sitting on that life kept us separated for Gregory Liddick, 48, of Laceyville; Elsie Lid- police said.
arette. the fireplace mantel in 57 years. dick, 68, of Stevensville; and Judith Wargo, 59, of Shingler is reported in critical condition at
Wheat explained that dur- Horner’s home. “Now that we’ve found each Laceyville were pronounced dead at the scene by Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. He was not
ing one of his visits he picked Before Wheat packed his other again, we should try to Bradford County Coroner Gordon E. Farr about wearing his seatbelt, according to police.
up an ornate vase and admired bags for the journey back to Ok- make the most of the time we 7 p.m., Farr said. Autopsies will be done to de- All three of the deceased were wearing seat-
it. lahoma, he told Horner that he have left.’’ termine the cause of death, he added. belts, police said.