Category Archives: Measures of Devotion

VA nurse looks back on medic career

VA nurse looks back on medic career

SHERIDAN — Occasionally Chris Rojo runs into old service buddies from his Montana Army National Guard unit at the Sheridan Veterans Affairs Medical Center where he works. He said it’s not the same as running into just any old friend. “It opens up some old scars. It definitely does,” he said. Rojo, a registered nurse,… Continue Reading

Army vet taking life one day at a time

Army vet taking life one day at a time

SHERIDAN — If you rifled through Billy Doran-Shifrar’s belongings, you most definitely would not find a five-year plan or a list of long-term goals. The U.S. Army veteran likes to take life one day at a time, not worrying too much about the future until it’s staring him in the face. That’s how Doran-Shifrar ended… Continue Reading

National Guard experience helps deputy grow up

National Guard experience helps deputy grow up

SHERIDAN — Vigilance is what kept him alive — his own and that of his brothers in arms. Clint Salyards said he’s happy to be included among the numbers of great men and women who have worked to protect their country; but he doesn’t think his story compares to those who have given their blood,… Continue Reading

Army medic adjusts plans after injury

Army medic adjusts plans after injury

SHERIDAN— Jayson Zimmerman served two tours of duty as an Army medic in Iraq and Afghanistan. The service would cost him both legs and end his aspirations of becoming a nurse. It would entail a traumatic brain injury, leading to short-term memory loss, anxiety and trouble focusing. At first glance, Zimmerman left the Army with… Continue Reading

Decision pays off for 21-year-old who became Marine

Decision pays off for 21-year-old who became Marine

SHERIDAN — The decision did not take long. It was August 1996 when Sheridan resident Steve Leonard, then 21 years old and tired of working construction in the Florida heat, walked into a Marine Corps recruiting office and signed up the same day. He thought the military would help him pay for college and, if… Continue Reading

Measures of Devotion: What does a veteran look like?

Measures of Devotion: What does a veteran look like?

SHERIDAN — Newsstands and coffeehouses have been aflutter recently as nearly everyone is talking about 1st Lt. Kristen Griest and Capt. Shaye Haver, the first two women in history to graduate from the U.S. Army’s elite Ranger School. While the nation lauded their accomplishments, many simultaneously asked questions which have not likely been asked of… Continue Reading

Measures of Devotion: Marine re-enlists after 20 years

Measures of Devotion: Marine re-enlists after 20 years

SHERIDAN — Fred Moye’s time in the military was anything but typical. He joined the National Guard at 17, switched branches halfway through his first years of service, then 20 years later re-enlisted in the National Guard and found himself in the middle of Iraq at the age of 46. A self-described “Army brat,” Moye… Continue Reading

Measures of Devotion: Veteran copes with effects of war

SHERIDAN — The notebook he flips through is worn, with a bending navy cover. Each page that’s skimmed through is indented with ink and phrases collected or created, but he eventually finds the one he wants, reciting, “The damndest thing about war is the metamorphosis one goes through and one never completely heals because of… Continue Reading

Measures of Devotion: Veteran joins to invest in future

Measures of Devotion: Veteran joins to invest in future

SHERIDAN — Robert Lewis spent more time training for his position as a helicopter electrician and rescue air crewman than he did in active warfare in the U.S. Navy. But as he was preparing to be someone who replenished necessary supplies by airlifting pallets of goods to soldiers while pulling people from the waters below,… Continue Reading

Letters from war help some remember a fallen friend

Letters from war help some remember a fallen friend

SHERIDAN — Next weekend, Jim Shell and the members of the Sheridan High School class of 1965 will gather to celebrate their 50th reunion. Many will come back for the first time in a long time to swap stories with old classmates. But for Shell, it may be difficult to see his old classmates because… Continue Reading

Measures of Devotion: Veteran left school to serve in WWII

Measures of Devotion: Veteran left school to serve in WWII

SHERIDAN — It was April 1, 1945. Robert Cole, along with hundreds of soldiers and marines, loaded on landing crafts at 3 a.m. making their way toward a small island south of Japan. Behind him, the deafening guns of the battleships were firing at the seawall through which Cole and his fellow troops would eventually… Continue Reading

From a ranch to the Pacific and back

From a ranch to the Pacific and back

BIG HORN — Johnnie Gentry owns a few different hats. He has a “World War II veterans” cap, clean, black and adorned with pins. He has a new cowboy hat, clean and undeniably Western. Neither of these is his favorite, however. That distinction goes to an old, dirty cowboy hat. “I’ve got an old hat… Continue Reading

From Pearl Harbor to Iraq, soldiers give all

From Pearl Harbor to Iraq, soldiers give all

“Through their deeds, the dead of battle have spoken more eloquently for themselves than any of the living ever could. But we can only honor them by rededicating ourselves to the cause for which they gave a last full measure of devotion.” — President Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address     SHERIDAN — Death — the… Continue Reading

Column: Measures of devotion

Next week, The Sheridan Press will launch a series of features highlighting local veterans who have beared the burden of our country’s cause. We’ve been blessed to have individuals volunteer to sacrifice their lives, their time and their well-being for us in our nation’s armed forces. It is a debt that can never be fully… Continue Reading

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