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World War II (1939-1945)

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  • Jack Ray HammettMarch 22, 1920 - December 13, 2014

    Jack Ray Hammett<br/>March 22, 1920 - December 13, 2014
    Jack Ray Hammett, 94, passed away peacefully in his Costa Mesa home of over 50 years on Saturday 12/13/14, with his family.  He wanted to be remembered as a Patriot, “one who supports and defends his country”.  That was his life’s...
  • Gery Hudson PorterFebruary 14, 1922 - September 17, 2014

    Gery Hudson Porter<br/>February 14, 1922 - September 17, 2014
    Age 92, passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in San Diego, California.  Gery is a Pearl Harbor Survivor and WWII Navy Veteran. He is survived by his sweetheart, Sally Nockold “The Love of His Life”; a daughter Patricia Elaine Cantrell-...
  • Holocaust survivor ushers in new exhibit

    Holocaust survivor ushers in new exhibit
    Jack Pariser and his family spent two years in a cramped hole in the forest floor outside Krakow, Poland. They subsisted on a slice of bread a day. If one person wanted to move, he had to negotiate with everyone else — including Pariser's older...
  • 94-year-old receives French honor

    94-year-old receives French honor
    Some things are still hard for David Lester to talk about, as they would be for anyone who's seen his friends die and rivers turn red with blood. Eventually the 94-year-old Costa Mesa resident did open up, in the form of a 400-page manuscript, "A Combat...
  • Commentary: A lesson on important figures from the past

    Usually when reading letters that I don't agree with, I just let them slide and do not give them much thought. However, when one is personally attacked, then a response is in order. Recently, I wrote a piece (Mailbag: "

    On Theater: Simon's 'Biloxi Blues' blends humor, poignancy

    About a quarter of a century ago, Neil Simon wrote his fictionalized autobiography — and, being Simon, he took three plays to do it. "Biloxi Blues," the second in his "BB trilogy," is the meat in this theatrical sandwich, slipped in neatly between...
  • Shirlene Gaines Heston

    Shirlene Gaines Heston
    Shirlene Gaines Heston, age 84, passed peacefully on September 9, 2011.  She is remembered with much love by her family and friends.  A resident of Orange County since 1959, Shirlene resided in her final years at Vintage Newport, in Newport Beach, and her...
  • On Faith: A bridge to peace

    Irish Catholics call the city Derry. Irish Protestants call it Londonderry, its legal name, for it is in Northern Ireland, not the Republic of Ireland. The River Foyle divides the city, with Protestants living largely on the east bank, and Catholics on...
  • Mesa Musings: There's something missing in Denmark — God

    I've reached that stage in life where almost everyone I meet looks like somebody I used to know. I'm getting old. Hedy and I recently returned from a Baltic cruise. We saw lots of doppelgängers aboard our cruise ship. It became a game. Someone would...
  • ARTHUR EMIL SVENDSEN

    ARTHUR EMIL SVENDSEN
    ARTHUR EMIL SVENDSEN December 12, 1923-September 29, 2011 Arthur Svendsen was born December 12, 1923 in Portland, Oregon to Emil and Kirsten Svendsen.  He attended the University of Oregon where he studied business and history and joined Beta Theta Pi...
  • John Uri Crites

    John Uri Crites
    John Uri Crites, 85, a retired aerospace engineer, husband, father (5), grandfather (14) and great-grandfather (21) passed away peacefully at home in Newport Beach, October 5, 2011. John was born in Los Angeles, 1925 to Viola Agnes Uri and Clarence Dynes...
  • Community & Clubs: Casino night fundraiser will get 'wild'

    Harbor Mesa Lions will hold their annual "Wild West Casino Night" fundraiser on Friday at the Neighborhood Community Center in Costa Mesa. The evening includes a chuck wagon buffet dinner, country and western dancing, silent auction and gaming tables....