Veteran's Day

World War II veteran has never stopped serving

Nov 11, 2014

On a painfully brisk night in the midst of Cincinnati’s harshest winter in more than three decades, I and my classmates joined the members American Legion Post 644 at their monthly dinner at the IHOP in Colerain. 

One of the last members to arrive was Mary McHugh, referred to by all as Sister Marguerite, the chaplain of Post 644. She was sporting a turquoise track suit and well-kept curly grey hair atop a face with stern eyes and a smile. 

Dakota Wright

Out in the field at Fort Campbell, Ky., someone has lost a hand grenade. 

The commander orders the soldiers into the field, searching the grounds for the small explosive. And find it they do – when one of them kicks the grenade, knocking the pin out. 

The men have approximately 10 seconds to react. For 22 of them, this is not enough time to survive. 

A Veteran’s Day reading of her poem Love, Bill from local poet Mary Anne Reese.

Staff Sgt. (Ret.) Andrew M. Warner 5th SFG (A)

Though yesterday was Veteran's Day, remembrances are still going on today.

Andrew Warner was a student at Miami University when the twin towers fell. Like many he felt called to join the military and fight for his country. He enlisted and went into Special Forces.

Now 30 years old and retired from active duty, Warner is studying medicine at the University of Cincinnati. He remembers a specific incident when he helped save the life of a fellow soldier in the middle of battle.