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Retired Navy Pilot Shares Antarctic Experience

Retired United States Navy commander and pilot Larry Coor shared his experiences being deployed in Antarctica during an interview at Paradise Valley Estates Life Plan Community.


Local Planner: Hill 147

When Mike Goble hoisted the first two flags on Hill 147 back in 2017, he created a new tradition to honor fallen service members that stands strong today.


Community Honors Vietnam Veterans

Ret. Commander Bill Tschudy’s service during the Vietnam War was remarkable for many reasons — none more so than the 2,767 days he spent imprisoned behind enemy lines. Learn about his story as we salute our retired service members on National Vietnam War Veterans Day, March 29.


Bracciano to Ajaccio

An emergency landing in Italy held many more surprises for an Air Force freshwater seaplane crew. Bill Rawlinson recalls the experience from sheep to rockets.


Swear to Defend

Watching his granddaughter’s graduation ceremony, resident R.A. Jones is reminded that new generations continue to step up.


Boots Boots Boots Marching Over Africa

Resident Liz Wildberger recalls how childhood World War II sacrifices served her family in meaningful ways.


Retired Submarine Commander Shares Undersea Experiences

Retired United States Navy submarine commander Bill Fernow shared his experiences at life and sea in an interview at Paradise Valley Estates Life Plan Community.


Active Duty — A Life

Take it from an Army guy, military living is a lifetime of plusses that can reach beyond a service member’s retirement.


Two Recollections of World War II

As a young student, resident Fred Montonye learned to knit six-inch by six-inch wool squares which were sewn together to form blankets that were sent to Britain during World War II.


What I Did in the War

As resident Donald Terleski sheltered in place, he talked to his 100-year-old mother about her experiences during World War II.

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