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Kentucky native remembers his Uncle Vincent Steil, a World War II soldier and family almost forgotten

By Edward Ziegler Special to KyForward Whether it’s Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, or even the Fourth of July, whatever else I’m doing I end up thinking about my uncle Vincent Steil, a young soldier killed during World War II. During this 75th anniversary year of the end of World War II, I also find myself thinking a lot about his parents, my grandparents, Alvin and Ethel Steil, who both, I...

Stuart Sanders: Post-World War II ‘Greatest Generation’ teaches resilience amid pandemic

For some of us, our resolve is cracking. Weeks spent at home avoiding the coronavirus has been tiring. We’re depressed. Our resilience is fading. To bolster my patience, I remember the Americans who endured the Great Depression and the shortages and horrors of World War II. Specifically, I think about my wife’s paternal grandfather and how he spent the first twenty years of his life. D. C. Neighbors...

Second chances, rediscovered faith and addiction treatment center help save Kentucky man’s life

By Zac Oakes Special to KyForward Frank Knapp is a thankful man. He’s thankful for second chances and opportunity. A recovering alcoholic with 18 months of sobriety under his belt, Knapp, 57, credits a rediscovered relationship with Christianity, his family, and an addiction treatment center in Central Kentucky for saving his life and providing him with an opportunity to live a life that he never...

Five EKU student veterans receive Forever GI Bill’s Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship

Five Eastern Kentucky University student veterans recently received the Edith Nourse Rogers Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Scholarship. The scholarship is a provision of the Forever GI Bill that gives additional benefits to students training in high-demand STEM fields. The scholarship offers students the opportunity to finish their STEM degree program or teaching certification with significantly...

Kentucky by Heart: Inventor of submachine gun was NKy native; finding strength in challenging times

Editor’s Note: This column originally appeared at KyForward.com on October 23, 2018 By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist Although not a gun enthusiast myself, I recently noticed while perusing a resource I use regularly, The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky, that the inventor of the famous Thompson submachine gun was born in Newport in 1860. I was intrigued with that finding. Brigadier General...

UK Veterinary Diagnostic Lab director receives inaugural Allen W. Hahn Lifetime Achievement Award

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory director, Dr. Craig Carter, recently received the inaugural Allen W. Hahn Lifetime Achievement Award in Veterinary Informatics. The award honors individuals who have dedicated their careers to being a leader, educator and innovator in veterinary informatics. The Association for Veterinary Informatics...

Kentucky by Heart: Inventor of submachine gun was NKy native; finding strength in challenging times

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist Although not a gun enthusiast myself, I recently noticed while perusing a resource I use regularly, The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky, that the inventor of the famous Thompson submachine gun was born in Newport in 1860. I was intrigued with that finding. Brigadier General John Taliaferro Thompson was his U.S. Army rank and name, and he was nicknamed “Tommy...

Gov. Bevin appoints Leathers as commissioner for Department of Workforce Investment

Ray Leathers of Shelbyville, a decorated U.S. Army veteran with 40 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, has been appointed commissioner of the Department of Workforce Investment by Gov. Matt Bevin. Leathers replaces Beth Kuhn, who will now be overseeing the community engagement component of Kentucky HEALTH through the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. “Ray Leathers is bringing...

World War II veteran, Kentuckian Garlin Murl Conner to be posthumously awarded Medal of Honor

Kentuckian and World War II U.S. Army veteran First Lieutenant Garlin Murl Conner, of Clinton County, will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. The announcement came Thursday from President Donald Trump, who will host 1st Lt. Conner’s widow, Pauline Conner, at a White House ceremony at a later date. First Lieutenant Conner had previously received four Silver Stars, one Bronze Star, three...

Army bases in Kentucky appear to be safe from closing following action by committee

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There’s some good news for Ft. Knox and Ft. Campbell, Kentucky’s two major U. S. Army bases. A House-Senate conference committee will have to iron out differences in versions passed by each chamber, but it appears the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act will not include a mechanism for base closings. The Senate last week, on an 89-8 vote, approved the $700 billion...

U of L earns $848,000 grant to expand military program at Fort Knox

The University of Louisville’s College of Education and Human Development has been awarded an $848,000 grant from the U.S. Department for Defense for a Fort Knox-based training program aimed at boosting the skills of college-level educators who train soldiers. A total of 366 educators—mostly military science instructors for ROTC programs—will complete the program this summer. Solider from the...

Adrenaline Rush: Group of U of L faculty, staff, coaches skydive with the Golden Knights

By Janet Cappiello Special to KyForward From the ground, they were at first tiny specks in a cloudless blue sky. Then the UofL employees, connected by a harness to a member of the U.S. Army’s elite Golden Knights skydiving team, floated down to the ground under bright yellow and black parachutes. Huge grins filled with jubilation and relief spread across their faces as they landed on Brooks Field...

Army ‘corrects a wrong,’ awards Purple Heart to Adair County vet 46 years after heroic act

Almost a half-century after he was wounded serving his country, an Adair County Army veteran was recognized this week for the sacrifices he made in Vietnam.   Larry Burton of Columbia, who was a private in the Army’s 506th Infantry, was awarded a Purple Heart at Lindsey Wilson College’s annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon. Burton received the decoration more than 46 years after being wounded...

Salute to Veterans: In Iraq, Catie Castleman resigned herself to ‘being OK with dying’

To honor those who have served our country in the military, KyForward has joined with a UK School of Journalism advanced journalism class taught by Dr. Michael Farrell for a series of stories on veterans and their personal experiences. We hope these stories provide insight for all of us and give special meaning to the celebration of Veterans Day.   Abigail Shipp Special to KyForward   Catie...