Callan Phillips joined the military for practical reasons. His wife was pregnant and he was able to have a full-time job and insurance and take care of his family without a college degree.

Bryan Plass was a good student and a good athlete in high school, but he lacked purpose and direction. He found both in the military and it changed his life.

Adam Frickey, born and raised in Boise, was a 2002 graduated from Centennial High School in the aftermath of September 11. He and many friends signed up for the military in their senior year of high school and headed to MCRD in San Diego a month after graduation.

Kelly Wilson was living in Hillsboro, Oregon, and living paycheck to paycheck with two roommates and an iguana, when she realized she was in a dead-end rut.

Born and raised in Provo, Utah, LeMoyne Monk graduated in May 1943, while WWII was in full swing. He enlisted in the Army and reported to Ft. Douglas in Salt Lake City on July 24, 1943.

It wasn’t too hard for Nick Balsmeier’s brother to talk him into joining the Air National Guard in Boise.

Robert E. Close is the counselor at Jefferson Elementary School. Close has been a counselor in the district for 27 years and has been at Jefferson Elementary for about five years.

Lester Reiss, a Vietnam veteran, had the opportunity a year ago to do the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. with 49 other veterans.

John Akimoto – Born Sept. 22, 1923 in Idaho Fall, Akimoto lived in Menan and enlisted in the Army on April 7, 1943 as one of the first two volunteers for the 100th Infantry Battalion from the Amache Internment Camp. As a Private in the army, he died April 2, 1944 in Italy. 

Bryon Dalley Mason was born in Milo, Jefferson County on June 3, 1912. Son of Eleanor Armstrong Mason and Joseph Henry Mason, Byron lived his life largely apart of the Ririe community, playing baseball and exploring stock yards, walking down the train tracks and picnicking along the canal.

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Daniel Edward Boomgaarden, active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and avid model railroader, passed away Sept. 3 of complications from surgery.

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The American Legion (TAL) family is the world’s largest patriotic service organization whose theme is “Veterans Serving Veterans and Their families”. We are volunteers comprised of TAL, American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion, Junior Auxiliary and Legion Riders.

For veterans serving in the VFW posts in Jefferson County, funerals are a solemn affair.

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When the recession hit, Cory Christiaens decided to join the Navy in July of 2009 for the money he needed to finish college. But something unexpected happened.

When Casey Burns’ high school buddy, said, “let’s join the Marines,” Burns had no idea that decision would send him halfway around the world and launch a stint as a sumo wrestler.

Larry Anderson was born November 26, 1944, in Idaho Falls, and after graduating from Idaho Falls High School in 1963, he decided to enlist in the Army.

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I, Horace Delbert Frederiksen, was born in Kilgore, Idaho on the Frederiksen ranch August 31, 1924, to Hans Edward and Leah Virginia McGovern Frederiksen.

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Celebrating the 80th anniversary of the St. Anthony Lions Club included Dist. Gov. Joyce Saunders and Bob Saunders, of Star Valley, Wyo. and incoming Dist. Gov. Greg Torgesen, of Soda Springs. Other attending members included and Bonnie Stoddard and Lisa Clements, of the Dubois Lions Club. T…

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