World War II veteran recalls ‘Forgotten Battle’

May 22, 2012

Historians refer to the Aleutian Islands campaign as the Forgotten Battle.

Norman Peery served on the destroyer USS Jarvis for a year and a half in the harsh Aleutian Island chain off Alaska during World War II, and continues to serve his fellow veterans at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3436 events in Issaquah. By Greg Farrar

The battle occurred amid roiling seas and pea-soup fog in the chain of islands stretched between North America and Asia at almost the same time as the Battle of Guadalcanal started thousands of miles to the south.

Guadalcanal is engrained in history, but the Aleutian Islands campaign is almost relegated to a footnote.

Not for local veteran Norman Peery.

For Peery, 86, World War II meant rough seas in the Aleutian Islands and, in postwar military service, smooth sailing to occupied Japan.

The retired Boeing electrician participated in the Aleutian Islands campaign, a bitter struggle over the islands between the United States and Japan.

The islands stretch for more than 1,200 miles from the Alaskan Peninsula and form a dividing line between the Bering Strait and the North Pacific Ocean.

Peery entered the U.S. Navy on Dec. 16, 1943, and served 18 months in the remote island chain aboard the USS Jarvis, a destroyer. (The ship was built at a Seattle shipyard in 1943-44.)

“There was a lot of rough water, believe me,” Peery said in a recent interview. “If you’ve ever been up in that water, you know.”

The destroyer plied the water off Adak and Attu. The islands hosted fierce fighting in the campaign.

“The water up there was so rough that you had to stand in the kitchen and put an arm around a post at dinner and hang on to that post and eat with the other hand,” he said. “That was kind of hard.”

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Press Editorial

May 22, 2012

Memorial Day is for remembering, honoring

While most will enjoy the three-day weekend to mark the beginning of summer, Memorial Day is so much more. Memorial Day is set aside to honor the men and women from the United States military who have died in military service to their country.

This national holiday is especially poignant while our country is at war. Soldiers are still fighting in far-flung corners of the world for the liberty that affords us a carefree day in the park, chowing down on barbecue or watching the Indianapolis 500 — what many of us will do this weekend.

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Off the Press

May 22, 2012

Veterans deserve our thanks, for everything

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Memorial Day. What does it mean to you?

It’s usually a fun day for me, but it’s also bittersweet, and there is always a solemn time of remembrance.

See, I’ve always had a heart for the men and women who have served our country. Maybe that comes from my father, who served in Vietnam in the United States Navy. (He’s an awesome man and my personal hero.) Maybe it comes from my own U.S. Army service and the pride that was instilled in me.

I can’t help but get teary when I hear the national anthem, no matter the location or occasion. I love our flag and all it stands for, and I love the men and women who have signed up and gone on duty for this country, to keep all of our various freedoms that make ours a country like no other.

My heart aches for the men and women of all ages who have gone off to war, and not returned home. And for the ones who have come back, but no longer alive, who have given the ultimate sacrifice for all of the blessings we have in our everyday lives.

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Send veterans photos for memorial section

May 8, 2012

This year, again for Memorial Day, The Issaquah Press will print its third annual veterans section — Lest We Forget.

We want your photos and information, veterans. If someone in your family was a veteran, but he or she has passed away, we still want to include him or her. It is important for us to honor and remember all local veterans, living or deceased.

If you have already sent your photo and information to us, you don’t need to do so again. We keep them on file.

Fill out your form at www.issaquahpress.com and email your photo to editor@isspress.com.

Send veterans photos for memorial section

May 1, 2012

Memorial Day seems a long way off, but it will be here before you know it. This year, The Issaquah Press will print its third annual veterans section — Lest We Forget.

We want your photos and information, veterans. If someone in your family was a veteran, but he or she has passed away, we still want to include him or her. It is important for us to honor and remember all local veterans, living or deceased.

If you have already sent your photo and information to us, you don’t need to do so again. We keep them on file.

Fill out your form at www.issaquahpress.com and email your photo to editor@isspress.com.

Send veterans photos for memorial section

April 10, 2012

Memorial Day seems a long way off, but it will be here before you know it. This year, The Issaquah Press will print its third annual veterans section — Lest We Forget.

We want your photos and information, veterans. If someone in your family was a veteran, but he or she has passed away, we still want to include him or her. It is important for us to honor and remember all local veterans, living or deceased.

If you have already sent your photo and information to us, you don’t need to do so again. We keep them on file.

Fill out your form at www.issaquahpress.com and email your photo to editor@isspress.com.

Send veterans photos for memorial section

April 3, 2012

Memorial Day seems a long way off, but it will be here before you know it. This year, The Issaquah Press will print its third annual veterans section — Lest We Forget.

We want your photos and information, veterans. If someone in your family was a veteran, but he or she has passed away, we still want to include him or her. It is important for us to honor and remember all local veterans, living or deceased.

If you have already sent your photo and information to us, you don’t need to do so again. We keep them on file.

Fill out your form at www.issaquahpress.com and email your photo to editor@isspress.com.

Send veterans’ photos for memorial section

March 20, 2012

Memorial Day seems a long way off, but it will be here before you know it. This year, The Issaquah Press will print its third annual veterans section — Lest We Forget.

We want your photos and information, veterans. If someone in your family was a veteran, but he or she has passed away, we still want to include him or her. It is important for us to honor and remember all local veterans, living or deceased.

If you have already sent your photo and information to us, you don’t need to do so again. We keep them on file.

Fill out your form at www.issaquahpress.com and email your photo to editor@isspress.com.

Off the Press

March 20, 2012

Grilling season comes sooner every year

David Hayes Press reporterI was thinking, with the universally acknowledged unofficial start to the barbecue season — Memorial Day weekend — still two months away, now would be the perfect time to air my grievances regarding the uniquely American pastime.

Like Valentine’s Day, I can’t seem to go along with just getting along when it comes to artificial contrivances. Barbecue season seems to be one of those occasions.

For starters, Old Man Winter hasn’t even released his cold grip on the frigid weather around here and my wife is already planning her first pug meetup group’s themed get-together — a Southern barbecue.

I suppose a true grill master would tell me he barbecues year ’round, rain or shine, snow or hail, fish or pork, the charcoal stays fired up. Well, I’m also a fair-weather golfer, so my grilling tools, like my golf clubs, get put up for the winter, to be dusted off come late spring.

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Send veterans photos for Memorial Day section

March 13, 2012

Memorial Day seems a long way off, but it will be here before you know it. This year, The Issaquah Press will print its third annual veterans section — Lest We Forget.

We want your photos and information, veterans. If someone in your family was a veteran, but he or she has passed away, we still want to include him or her. It is important for us to honor and remember all local veterans, living or deceased.

If you have already sent your photo and information to us, you don’t need to do so again. We keep them on file.

Fill out your form at www.issaquahpress.com and email your photo to editor@isspress.com.

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