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40 Years Ago, July 25, 1968:
Marine Michael L. Durand is presently serving with the Marine Security Guards at the American Embassy in Vienna, Austria. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Durand.

Terry L. McNitt, 19, son of Mrs. Mary C. Grubbs of Springbrook, has been promoted to the rank of lance corporal while serving with the Fifth Marine Regiment in Vietnam.

40 Years Ago, July 4, 1968:
Alyce Cronkite of Spooner has been notified that her son, Lance Cpl. Dale R. Cronkite, was injured in Vietnam on June 19. He has been serving in the Quang Nam province and sustained fragmentation wounds to the right arm and right side of the chest and to the face from an enemy explosive, the Marine Corps reported.

40 years ago, August 8, 1968:
Marine Corporal Richard A. Fox, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Fox of Spooner, was recently awarded the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 in Vietnam.

Marine Lance Corporal Dale R. Cronkhite, 18, son of Mrs. Alyce Cronkhite of Spooner, has been awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received serving with the First Marine Division in combat operations in Vietnam.

August 17, 2008:
Marine Corps Sergeant Jeremiah Schroeder of Fond du Lac reported for duty at the Marine Corps Recruiting Station in Milwaukee. He is a 2001 graduate of Goodrich High School in Fond du Lac. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in October 2001. He is the son of Charles Schroeder of Fond du Lac.

August 16, 2008:
U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Tyler J. Quinnell, son of Audrey K. Quinnell of Wisconsin Rapids and Joseph J. Quinnell of Vesper, recently graduated from the Light Armored Vehicle Repairman Course. During the course at Marine Corps Detachment, U.S. Army Ordnance Center and School, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Quinnell received instruction on trouble-shooting, repair and inspection of light armored vehicles. Quinnell, a 2005 graduate of Lincoln High School, joined the Marine Corps in November 2007.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Corporal John "Jack" Ramson, son of John and Sue Ramson of Birchwood, has been selected as Marine of the Year for the First Marine Division, U.S. Marine Corps. Ramson graduated from Rice Lake High School in 2001. In February 2003, he entered the Marine Corps. Upon completing basic training and tank school, Ramson married Erin Monninger of Illinois in December 2004 just prior to his deployment to Iraq. Corporal Ramson served his first combat tour as an M1 Abrams Tank crew member in Anabar Province near the Syrian border and participated in several large combat operations and numerous small-unit actions in that area. During that time he received two meritorious promotions for his performance. Last October, Lance Corporal Ramson returned to Twenty Nine Palms, Calif., where he is stationed and lives with Erin and their 4-month-old son, Alex. Ramson was awarded two Navy Achievement Medals and the Navy Commendation Medal recently, was selected the First Marine Division?s Marine of the Year, and was meritoriously promoted to corporal. As Marine of the Year, Ramson was recognized at a dinner reception by the Commanding General of the First Marine Division recently at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and at other ceremonies. Ramson rotates back to Iraq this fall.

Thursday, July 24, 2003

Marine Corps Reserve Capt. Jennifer A. Potter, whose husband, Allan, is the son of Dianne J. Potter of Spooner, recently returned from Iraq while assigned to the Marine Corps Reserve?s Company ?A?, 8th Tank Battalion, based in Fort Knox, Ky. Marines from Potter's unit participated in the battle for the bridges at Al Nasiriyah during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and members of the unit?s third platoon assisted with the rescue of Army Private First Class Jessica Lynch. 8th Tank Battalion provides armored combat power during amphibious assaults and in subsequent operations ashore, using maneuvering, armor protected firepower and shock effect to close with and destroy the enemy.

Marine Corps Cpl. Daniel P. Botty, son of Ruth and Rudy D. Botty of Spooner, recently made a port visit to Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates while assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), based in Camp Lejeune, N.C. The unit is currently aboard the USS Iwo Jima. Botty is one of more than 4,000 Atlantic Fleet Sailors and Marines who deployed aboard the ships of the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group, a military release said. Botty's unit used the visit to perform maintenance on vehicles and equipment, the release said. The Sailors and Marines also had the opportunity to shop, sightsee, and enjoy the local culture and cuisine.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Marine Corps Sgt. Matthew Regner, son of Kimberly and Mark Regner of Spooner, and more than 2,000 Marines and sailors assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) recently began the process of ?ensuring security and stability in the central Iraqi province of Northern Babil. Operating from Forward Operating Base Kalsu, the first order of business for Regner and his unit was to establish rapport with their neighbors and let them know they are prepared to help them in any way they can, the military said. The Marines drove throughout their area of responsibility, stopping to offer residents water and to talk with them about their living conditions and how the Marines could help them. The Forward Operating Base provides security against insurgents and anti-coalition militia for hundreds of Marines in Regner?s unit, officials said. The unit is an expeditionary intervention force with the ability to rapidly organize for combat operations in virtually any environment. Regner joined the Marine Corps in June 1998.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Marine Corps PFC Andrew Thompson, son of Kathleen and John Thompson of Springbrook, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif., training designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally. Thompson is a 2003 graduate of Spooner High School who joined the Marine Corps last December.

Wednesday, January 5, 2005
PFC Andrew Thompson of Springbrook graduated Nov. 30 from the Defense Information School?s Video Production Documentation course, becoming a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association. Since Dec. 1, Thompson has been stationed in Beaufort, S.C.

Marine Corps Cpl. Brian D. Oberschmid, son of Connie Cockriel-Collison of Nisswa, Minn., and David Oberschmid of Spooner, assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), recently joined the sweep of Fallujah, Iraq, and has ensured the security and stability in the cities of Kandari and Nasar Wa Salam. Oberschmid is a 2001 graduate of Burnsville High, and joined the Marine Corps in July 2001.

Wednesday, March 8, 2006
Marine Corps Cpl. Andrew Thompson, son of Kathleen and John Thompson of Springbrook, was promoted recently to his current rank while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, S.C. He was promoted based on sustained superior job performance and proficiency. He joined the Marine Corps in December 2003.

Thursday, October 30, 2003
Marine Corps Pfc. Kyle Vocelka, son of Julie Anderson of Rice Lake and Mark Vocelka of Shell Lake, recently completed basic training in San Diego. Vocelka and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a.m. by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Vocelka spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments to learn first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and weapons use. The recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps' core values - honor, courage, and commitment.

Friday, September 19, 2003
Marine Corps Cpl. Daniel P. Botty, son of Ruth and Rudy D. Botty of Spooner, recently went ashore to Roberts International Airport and the Freeport of Monrovia in Liberia to provide support for West African forces while assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), based in Camp Lejeune, N.C. The unit is currently deployed with the USS Iwo Jima.

Thursday, August 21, 2003
Botty is one of more than 4,000 Atlantic Fleet Sailors and Marines who are deployed aboard the ships of the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group.
Marine Corps Cpl. Daniel P. Botty, son of Ruth and Rudy D. Botty of Spooner, recently completed a training exercise near Djibouti, Africa, while assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), based in Camp Lejeune, N.C. Botty is one of more than 4,000 Pacific Fleet Sailors and Marines deployed aboard the ships of the USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Marine Corps Pvt. Andrew Thompson, son of Kathleen and John Thompson of Springbrook, recently reported for duty with Marine Detach-ment, Fort Meade, Md. Thompson is a 2003 graduate of Spooner High School.

Friday, August 7, 2009
Pvt. 1st Class Joshua M. Pawlak, 22, of Baileys Harbor graduated from U.S. Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, on May 15. PFC Pawlak completed 13 weeks of intensive basic training at MCRD San Diego in Training Platoon 1055. While in basic training, Pawlak received the Expert Rifle Qualification Badge and the National Defense Service Medal. Following 10 days of home leave, he reported to Camp Pendleton for one month at military combat training, then military occupation specialty school at Camp LeJeune, N.C., for combat engineering.

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40 Years Ago, September 25, 1969
Randy Stoeckel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Stoeckel of Minong, has entered basic training with the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He graduated from Northwood High School in May.

60 Years Ago, October 6, 1949:
Robert Harkness of Cumberland has been presented with the Navy Cross for distinguished service and heroism while serving as a gunnery sergeant in the Marine Corps. He was previously presented with the Silver Star for gallantry in action while fighting on Iwo Jima.

40 Years Ago, October 9, 1969:
Pfc. Michael Olsen, son of Mrs. George Olsen, was wounded September 12 near the DMZ in Vietnam and has been awarded the Purple Heart. He is hospitalized in Chu Lai, Vietnam.

40 Years Ago, December 11, 1969
Marine First Lieutenant David K. Schmitz, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Schmitz of Spooner, was recently awarded the Air Medal while serving with the First Marine Aircraft Wing in Vietnam.
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