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Fortunate son

May 21, 2014

Randy Harrison emerged from the Vietnam War unscathed, but with a new appreciation for life

By David Hayes Randy Harrison hugs his dog Burfoot inside his Squak Mountain home. Over his shoulder is a print commemorating one of Harrison’s missions that went wrong yet garnered a Congressional Medal of Honor for helicopter pilot James Fleming, who evacuated Harrison’s squad under heavy fire from North Vietnamese.

By David Hayes
Randy Harrison hugs his dog Burfoot inside his Squak Mountain home. Over his shoulder is a print commemorating one of Harrison’s missions that went wrong yet garnered a Congressional Medal of Honor for helicopter pilot James Fleming, who evacuated Harrison’s squad under heavy fire from North Vietnamese.

Randy Harrison is fascinated by history.

The well-read, 69-year-old Squak Mountain resident is especially interested in Homer’s “The Iliad.”

“Everybody knows about Achilles, Ajax, Agamemnon and Paris. All the characters you hear about,” Harrison said. “Every now and then, if you read Homer, there’s one guy mentioned, one soldier who did something, not the big characters.

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German POW earned freedom, three degrees

May 21, 2014

Col. William Geil has a great memory — though he says it’s hard to forget getting captured by Germans behind enemy lines.

The 89-year-old Squak Mountain resident has seen his fair share of service in a career spanning more than three decades. He served overseas in World War II and two tours in Vietnam. His time in the United States Air Force is only made more impressive by the three degrees he earned outside the military. Still, he plays it humble.

“I don’t like bragging,” Geil said about his time as a prisoner of war. Speaking plainly, he said he didn’t find it anything worth bragging about. “I had a cousin that finished 25 missions, while I finished my time in the war in a prison camp.”

William Geil

William Geil

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Marine Corps, Vietnam shaped Jerry Pearson’s servant nature

May 21, 2014

In a small box that’s usually tucked away in his home library, Issaquah attorney Jerry Pearson has several keepsakes from his three-year stint in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Among the items are a set of dog tags made to commemorate three of his fellow Marines; a brass dragon head he found in a village; and the two Purple Hearts he was awarded for combat-related wounds in Vietnam.

The dragon head, in particular, brings back a flood of memories for Pearson, who was born in Seattle before moving to Issaquah as a small child in 1951. He associates it with Ron Dexter and Lester Bell, two members of the Fifth Marine Division who were shipped to the jungles of Southeast Asia and never came home.

By Neil Pierson Issaquah native Jerry Pearson, surrounded by legal texts at his Pearson Law Firm office, is more than 40 years removed from his duties as a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

By Neil Pierson
Issaquah native Jerry Pearson, surrounded by legal texts at his Pearson Law Firm office, is more than 40 years removed from his duties as a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

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Issaquah veteran recalls the sacrifices

May 21, 2014

Dag Garrett knew he wanted to fly.

It’s why during the tail end of World War II, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps as a fresh-faced 18-year-old.

Over the course of a year, Garrett transformed into a well-versed navigator, more than eager to hit the skies in support of his country.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Dag Garrett holds a poster of newspaper clippings and photographs from his stranded-at-sea ordeal in 1947.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Dag Garrett holds a poster of newspaper clippings and photographs from his stranded-at-sea ordeal in 1947.

He would have to wait though, because just as he was about to deploy, the war came to an end.

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Brave ship remembered by brave man

May 21, 2014

World War II veteran Hugh Preston was in the U.S. Navy well before he should have been.

“He went behind his father’s back and enlisted and came back and said, ‘I’m gone,’” his daughter Isabella Tobiason said. “He wanted to serve. He wanted to fight for his country.”

He was just 17.

Photos contributed The Aaron Ward III is shown in photos before it was bombed (above) and after (right).

Photos contributed
The Aaron Ward III is shown in photos before it was bombed (above) and after (right).

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Spring will bring a warmer home-buying and selling season

April 25, 2014

The preparations made by homeowners to put their homes on the market are initiated with a clear objective in mind. That is, to garner the highest possible price the home will bring based on location, living space, quality of construction and design.

The spring/summer of 2014 could be the first time since the Great Recession of 2007-2008 that home sellers can truly be optimistic about getting an acceptably good price for their homes within a reasonable period of time. What makes this possible is the fact that mortgage interest rates remain very low, and home values have recovered considerably and have been seen to sustain positive growth for the long term.

Vincent M. Rosanova

Vincent M. Rosanova

According to the Jann Swanson article, “Fannie survey hints at warmer spring for housing,” published on the Mortgage News Daily website, Fannie Mae’s “most recent National Housing Survey” indicates that home buying and selling activity will pick up substantially this spring. It also says expectations for continued increases in home prices over the next 12 months have been high (45 percent to 50 percent of respondents over the past year shares this opinion) and remain so today, according to the survey.

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Weeds like it here, too

April 25, 2014

My weeds are gorgeous. They almost break into song at this time of year.

As I laboriously pulled them last weekend, I was marveling at their lush green texture and the brilliant flowers of buttercups, dandelions and Dirty Robert. Good gardeners shouldn’t have this stuff in their yards, so don’t tell anybody.

Jane  Garrison

Jane Garrison

As I looked at each plant, I thought, that’s a nice specimen. What’s the big deal anyway? These are lovely plants. If you’re near-sighted, a field full of dandelions can look like the sought-after wildflower meadow. Buttercups make a cheerful year-round groundcover, and Dirty Robert in dappled shade on the forest floor is so pretty it brings tears to your eyes. I suppose it could be its rank odor.

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