The USS Isle Royale AD 29, which is a Destroyer Tender that served the Pacific Fleet in the 1950s and 1960s, is having its first reunion Aug. 5-8 at the President's Casino in Biloxi, Miss. If you served on board and would like reunion information, click on www. ussisleroyale.com or call George Lowell at (870) 389-6539.
The USS Mount McKinley Assn. will have a reunion Sept. 8-12 in Branson, Mo. The reunion is for veterans of all branches of the military that served on the Amphibious Force Flagship, USS Mount McKinley AGC/LCC-7 during its 26 years of commissioned service. For more information contact Patrick Tracy by phone at (989) 687-6288 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Army Capt. Mathew N. Holladay has been decorated with the Bronze Star Medal for supporting the mission of Operation Iraqi Freedom and participating in Operation Northern Delay in Iraq. The soldier returned to Vicenza, Italy, where he is a member of the 173rd Airborne Brigade.
The medal is awarded to an individual who, while serving in the U.S. armed forces, has performed a heroic act, meritorious achievement or distinguished service during armed conflict or ground combat while engaged against an armed enemy of the United States.
During Operation Northern Delay at Bashir Airfield, paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade established the northernmost coalition offensive boundary and created a stable logistical intersecting point to allow the introduction of equipment and troops into the theater. The operation was the largest airborne assault since World War II and forced Iraqi army to maintain approximately six divisions in the area to protect their northern flank, providing strategic relief for the Coalition Forces advancing on Baghdad.
The multiple operations missions accomplished by the brigade paratroopers included seizing the city of Kirkuk, the northern oil fields and several military airfields, thousands of enemy weapons and explosives, terrorist funds, and defeated organized military resistance and arrested hundreds of terrorist and former regime loyalists.
Holladay has six years of military experience. He is the son of Joe Holladay, Chapel Hill, N.C., and Roi Holladay, Lawrence.
Army Reserve Pvt. Brandon A. Price has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.
Price, a 2003 graduate of Lawrence Alternative High School, is the son of Christopher Price, Lawrence, and grandson of Jim Price, Lawrence.