Features http://www.sentinelnews.com/features/todaysfeatures en VAN STOCKUM: 30 Years in the Marines: The Rest of the Story (1942-1967), Part 12: ‘Next time serve mine without ice’ http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/van-stockum-30-years-marines-rest-story-1942-1967-part-12-%E2%80%98next-time-serve-mine-without-ice%E2%80%99 <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/genvanstockumrestofstory12-delongpier.jpg" alt="The Delong floating pier is towed by tugs, set up off shore and anchored to the bottom of the bay by pneumatically-controlled piles. Cranes were used to unload lighterage." title="The Delong floating pier is towed by tugs, set up off shore and anchored to the bottom of the bay by pneumatically-controlled piles. Cranes were used to unload lighterage." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> End of Bachelorhood</p> <p> On Flag Day, June 14, 1949, lovely Susanne de Charette and I were married. I adopted her little daughter, Michele Solange Marshall, not yet three. Susanne&rsquo;s first husband, Charles (Chunky) Marshall, was the son of Judge C. C. Marshall, the longest serving of all Shelby County, Kentucky Circuit Court Judges (1907-1943), a total of 36 years.</p> VAN STOCKUM: 30 Years in the Marines: The Rest of the Story (1942-1967), Part 11: Home from the war in the Pacific http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/van-stockum-30-years-marines-rest-story-1942-1967-part-11-home-war-pacific <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/genvanstockumrestofstory11-mother.jpg" alt="Florence Van Stockum in 2005 at age of 110." title="Florence Van Stockum in 2005 at age of 110." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> On April 1, 1945, while flying home, having competed a combat tour in the Pacific of nearly 26 months, I heard on the plane&rsquo;s radio news of the assault on Okinawa that day.</p> <p> This was the beginning of another struggle with a skilled and determined enemy, who augmented his defenses this time with kamikaze pilots who deliberately crashed their bomb-laden planes on naval ships.</p> <p> On land and sea a terrible toll was exacted, foretelling a bloody struggle for the home islands of Japan, planned for later that year.</p> <p> With my parents</p> VAN STOCKUM: 30 Years in the Marines: The Rest of the Story (1942-1967), Part 10: Heroes and heroism http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/van-stockum-30-years-marines-rest-story-1942-1967-part-10-heroes-and-heroism <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/genvanstockumrestofstory10-hornetattack.jpg" alt="A Japanese Val aircraft (left) diving on the Hornet will crash the island. A torpedo (splash at lower right) dropped by the Japanese aircraft Kate (crossing forward of the bridge) will finish any chance of saving the Hornet." title="A Japanese Val aircraft (left) diving on the Hornet will crash the island. A torpedo (splash at lower right) dropped by the Japanese aircraft Kate (crossing forward of the bridge) will finish any chance of saving the Hornet." align="left" hspace="6" width="107" height="85" /><p> At this point in my current series, having completed writing about combat experiences during WW II, it seems timely to write about &ldquo;Heroes and Heroism.&rdquo;</p> <p> I have thought a great deal about real heroes and their acts of heroism. Certainly my front-line machine gunners on Guam who held their ground and died, while others fell back and survived, were heroes, unrecognized and unsung</p> Datebook | Sept. 6, 2017 http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/datebook-sept-6-2017 <p> This week</p> <p> Shelby shape ups</p> <p> Join the Shelby County Extension Office for a new six-week series of arthritis foundation approved exercises to increase strength, flexibility and balance. The series begins at 11 a.m. today at the Shelby County Extension Office. Classes meet at 11 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. The cost for the six-week series is $25. This class is free to Healthways Silver Sneakers program participants. Please call 633-4593 to register and for more information.</p> <p> MOPS meeting</p> Datebook | Aug. 30, 2017 http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/datebook-aug-30-2017 <p> This week</p> <p> Gold Wing Riders meeting</p> <p> Shelbyville Saddlebred Wings, Chapter KY-H The local Chapter of Gold Wing Road Riders Association, meets Friday at the Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office, 1117 Frankfort Road. Social time is 6:30 p.m. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. The group welcomes all makes of bikes. For more information, visit www.saddlebredwings.org.</p> <p> Lincoln Institute Alumni</p> <p> Shelby Area Chapter of Lincoln Institute Alumni meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. John United Methodist Church.</p> <p> First Saturday Walk</p> VAN STOCKUM: 30 Years in the Marines: The Rest of the Story (1942-1967), Part 9: Iwo Jima (1945) http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/van-stockum-30-years-marines-rest-story-1942-1967-part-9-iwo-jima-1945 <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/genvanstockumrestofstory9-dispatch.jpg" alt="Navy Dispatch, dated February 23, 1945, I received aboard U.S.S. Funston." title="Navy Dispatch, dated February 23, 1945, I received aboard U.S.S. Funston." align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p> Captain C. C. &ldquo;Chipping Charlie&rdquo; Anderson</p> <p> In February 1945, as a 28-year-old lieutenant colonel, commanding an infantry battalion, the 1ST Battalion of the 3RD Marines, I embarked with my troops aboard USS Frederick Funston for the Iwo Jima invasion. My battalion, reinforced by attached units, including an engineering platoon, a pioneer platoon, a medical collecting section, was designated BLT 1-3 (Battalion Landing Team 1 of the 3rd Marine Regiment.)</p> Datebook | Aug. 16, 2017 http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/datebook-aug-16-2017 <p> This week</p> <p> AARP driver improvement</p> <p> The AARP Driver Improvement Program for drivers age 55 and old will be offered from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. today at the Shelby County Extension Office. The class costs $20. Please call 633-4593 for more information and to reserve a space. A Kentucky law requires that car insurance companies give a reduction in premium to drivers 55 and older who complete an authorized driving course.</p> <p> Angel Tree sign ups</p> VAN STOCKUM: 30 Years in the Marines: The Rest of the Story (1942-1967), Part 8: The Battle for Guam (1944), concluded http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/van-stockum-30-years-marines-rest-story-1942-1967-part-8-battle-guam-1944-concluded <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/genvanstockumrestofstory8-nightwatch.jpg" alt="As this cartoon shows, a sense of humor can persist, even in combat. In wartime, service talent among the troops was remarkable." title="As this cartoon shows, a sense of humor can persist, even in combat. In wartime, service talent among the troops was remarkable." align="left" hspace="6" width="119" height="85" /><p> In defeating the all-out Japanese attack of July 25-26, our Marines had broken the enemy&rsquo;s back.&nbsp; The day following, the battalion commander moved his command post from the foot of the cliff to the top. Ordinarily it would have been a poor location, for enemy fire directed at our frontlines would also pin down those in the command post and hinder their exercise of command. However, in this case, organized resistance at the front had ceased.</p> <p> Liberating &lsquo;Scotch&rsquo; whisky</p>