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Larry Hone stands next to a drawing hanging in his home in Lima. The ship in the drawing is one that Hone served on during his time as a Merchant Marine in World War II. Photo: Paige Apkarian; Thank you for your service; Veteran; The 419; Lima, Ohio

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By Dawn Kessinger LIMA — When Larry Hone was growing up, his mother always told him to keep his hands in his pockets. At 17...
Patrick Azzarello, originally from Lima and an Elida graduate, joined the Army in the early 1990s after attending the University of Toledo. Submitted Photo; The 419; Lima, Ohio; Thank you for your service; Veteran; U.S. Army

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By Dawn Kessinger BRYAN — Pride in his grandfather’s service and a sense of duty to serve inspired Patrick Azzarello, originally from Lima and an...
Phil Hawk, a US Army veteran from Layfayette, served during the Vietnam War. Photo: Erica Sanko; The 419; Lima, Ohio; Military; Engineer; Water treatment; Allen East;

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By Dawn Kessinger LAFAYETTE — Phil Hawk, who was among the last class to graduate from Lafayette Jackson High School in 1965, was inspired...
Ken Wills is a U.S. Air Force veteran that lives in Lima and is a group leader at DTR Industries in Bluffton. Wills served in the Air Force for 10 years. Photo: Erica Sanko; The 419; Lima, Ohio; Thank you for your service; Military;

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By Dawn Kessinger LIMA — After Ken Wills graduated from Lima Senior in 1982, several factors convinced him that serving in the Air Force...
David Dickman was a U.S. Army sergeant who served in the Vietnam War in 1968. Dickman was killed in action carrying an injured fellow soldier to safety. Memorial Day; The 419; Lima, Ohio; Ottawa; Everybody's Big Brother; Hero

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Story by Heather Rutz OTTAWA - On Christmas Eve 1968, Apollo 8 took humans to the moon for the first time, and the Dickman family...
Walkers participate in last year's Purple Heart 5K at Faurot Park in Lima. Submitted Photo; Memorial Day; Veterans; The 419; Lima, Ohio

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Check out the route ahead of time at or for more information visit By Kate Ellis LIMA - Come out to Faurot Park...
Don Klingler is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and former Marine One pilot. Photo: Kelli Cardinal; The 419; Lima, Ohio; Thank you for your service; U.S.M.C., Marine Corps; Marine One; Pilot; President Johnson; President Richard Nixon; Buzz Aldrin

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By Dawn Kessinger HARROD — Don Klingler, who was born near Lafayette and graduated from Harrod High School in 1951, didn’t plan to make...
An old 8x10 photograph of Robert Williams is displayed in the scrapbook. Many other family members, including Williams’ twin brother, has served in the military. Thank you for your Service; The 419; Lima, Ohio; Veteran, Army

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By Dawn Kessinger LIMA — Robert “Bob” Williams comes from a family dedicated to serving its country. Bob and his four brothers, Charles, 97, James,...
Butch Brewer is a U.S. Army veteran who lives with his wife in Harrod, Ohio. Thank you for your service; Lima, Ohio; The419

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By Dawn Kessinger HARROD — Butch Brewer was born and raised in the small community of Westminster, but he’s living a big life. After graduating from...
Larry Inskeep, a Navy veteran and retired Lima firefighter. Thank you for your service; The 419

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By Dawn Kessinger LIMA — Larry Inskeep was attending Lima Senior High School when he decided to join the Naval Reserve. Two of his...