Nov 11-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: November: Nov 11-04
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Photos by Sgt. Nathan Tormala
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Photos by Sgt. Nathan Tormala
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Photo by Mary Drew

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 06:28 am:

Fly your flag proudly, in honor of our Veteran's

There are various definitions of the word veteran. Ranging anywhere from: an old soldier of long service, to: a person who has served in the armed forces. Today, we honor both the men and women who've given our country many years and those that are serving presently. There are more than a couple of Yoopers doing just that at the moment, but two have connections to Hailing from Toivola and Marquette, with his own Guest Gallery of photos, is Sgt. Nathan Tormala. That's his 'Old Glory' flying proudly. The second photo is Nathan in his working environment as a Combat Medic, over in Afghanistan. I sent an email to tell him about using his photos and this was part of his response:
"It would be a great honor for you to use the pics for your Pasty Cam Veterans Day shots. I can not thank all you people back home enough for the amount of support that you all are giving the troops here and in Iraq. We will never forget it and it makes the reason for being here more clear, we are here for all of you back home."
Sounds like he's thanking us... when we should be thanking him! The last photo is near and dear to my heart. The connection is that this is my son SN Gregory Drew at his graduation from Boot Camp back in July. He's the sailor saluting the Commanding Officer after receiving a special award. Greg is currently serving aboard the USS Jarrett in San Diego. So, to Sgt. Tormala, SN Drew and the millions of veteran's who've given of themselves for our country... THANK YOU!
By Mary, NWOh on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 06:32 am:

Good Morning,
What a wonderful tribute to those giving their time and even their lives to keep us free. Thanks to all.

By Rose on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 06:34 am:

Today certainly is a time to express out respect and gratitude to our troops from every generation. With the death of Yassur challenges.

By smf in troll land on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 06:35 am:

Good morning. Great pictures - thank you to all our men and women in uniform!

By DonnaMac on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 06:37 am:

Hats off to all our Veterans! Thank you, God Bless you.

Adopt a soldier!

GREAT pictures this morning...I was wondering if we'd see any of Greg! Congrats to him, and you done good Mary!!!

By Charlotte, Mishawaka, IN on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 06:38 am:

Thanks to all who served, are serving and will serve. Very fitting pictures for the day.

By Peter Tormala on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 06:40 am:

Thanks to all those who have, are, and will serve our country and all it stands for. Come home safe Nate.

By julie b., MI on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 06:57 am:

Thanks to all the special people who have served in our Armed Forces all the way back to the Revolution - my Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, second cousins, and many, many great great grandfathers and uncles and cousins. You have built a line of freedom and protection around America down thru the years. Thank you so much for your service and sacrifice and courage. We will always remember that 'Freedom is not Free'. Let's pray for our folks who are currently serving - like Nate and Gregory - and those who are now back in civilian life. And when you see them on the street or in church, go out of our way to say 'Thank you for keeping America free'. Happy Veteran's Day all!

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 06:59 am:

We here in the outback of America have just lost one of our "boys" in Iraq. We will put him to rest in Oregon later this week. God bless all who are serving and have served. Love the pics, what an honor to have the pictures of these young men (and I notice a woman too) serving in the armed services.

Just a sidenote on the woman you noticed - She graduated #1 in her class of 816 recruits (Greg was #3!)...girl power! :->

By mkw mi on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 07:00 am:

url for local hero's web page. A beautiful tribute!!

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By Chevysac, Bev Hills MI on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 07:24 am:

For all the Vets that have given so much for us to be free, we all salute you. To Mr. John Sheehan the Scout Master of Troop 1029 in Beverly Hills Michigan on his way to Iraq, God's speed.

By SGT Nate on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 07:35 am:

I would like to thank all of the Vets and all of the current Military personnel serving their Country right now. I am proud to be a Soldier in the Army working as a Combat Medic giving my contribution to this great and powerful Country that has been protected for many years by those that were in uniform and still are. My hat is off for all of the Vets and my current Military Family! Also, a huge thanks for all of the support from everyone back at home for all of the soldiers overseas; we greatly appreciate it and will never forget it. HAPPY VETERANS DAY!!

By Gerald Cronenworth/old Mohawk guy on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 07:57 am:

Thanks to all you veterans.
There are many vets that I know from the Mohawk area that served over the years, some volunteered, some were drafted, some made it careers,some were Army, some were Navy, some were Marines, some served in peace time, some in war, some never came back.
I honor you all.

By Pam Traver, MI on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 07:58 am:

Dear Nat, Thanks for all you are doing and for being a shining star for peace in the world and the work you are doing in Afghanistan!!!!! Your photo is AWESOME!!!!!!! I pray for you and May Peace Prevail On Earth for all human beings to share and live in..... Peace to YOU!!!!!!

By Meggie, MI on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 08:04 am:

Definately remembering our troops, with prayers and thanks.

By Gus LL on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 08:11 am:

Mary, Thanks for the great photos. Well done.

By Michigan on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 08:15 am:

God Bless all our troops who are out there keeping us safe and a heartfelt thanks to the veterans who fought before them.

By Dave, Laurium on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 08:19 am:

To ..... Thank You! ... sm

By Michele Maatta on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 08:28 am:

SGT. Nate and all other Soldiers!!

Godspeed in continued success in your mission. I am very proud of all of you and thankful that you're all willing to do such an outstanding job for those of us unable or unwilling to be a part of a military family. It is with a tear(s) of appreciation in my eye that I absorbed the pasty page today. I love, honor, and respect what you brave soldiers do for me!!!! A heartfelt Veterans day wish goes to you and all your comrades. Keep up the outstanding work!!!

By Bob on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 08:32 am:

In Honor of

GGGGG Grandfather James H Gilreath war of 1812

GGGG Grandfather Hiram Gilreath Floridia wars

Grandfather Robert B Gilreath WWII in the navy
served in both atlantic and pacific.

And all those serving us in the past and Present

By Another Old Mohawk Guy on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 08:38 am:

Don't forget the Air Force.

By Greta, Milwaukee on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 08:54 am:

Thanks to my favorite Vietnam-era vets: Robert N Kalla, Elden Erickson, Tom Remondini and Art Baseler. Carry on men - you are always in my prayers.

By Greta, Milwaukee on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 09:01 am:

Thanks to my favorite Vietnam-era vets: Robert N Kalla, Elden Erickson, Tom Remondini and Art Baseler. You are always in my prayers.

By The Birthday Girl, Genesee/Aura on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 09:12 am:

Three equally wonderful pictures today!

By Chris Laurium on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 09:40 am:

We give thanks to those who fought and are fighting for our great nation!!!!

Larry Ellenich
Curly Lenich
Jon Larson
Armour Sarkela
Arnie Parks
Bob Heltunen
Tim Vertin
Gary Miller
Neil Isaacson
Mel Tatrow
Reed Harjala
Steve Johnson
Paul Isaacson
and many more!!!

We cannot forget the women and men who also worked for our nation to support our troops during the times.
Thank You

By Billo, Lake Linden on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 09:40 am:

Greg, you're looking sharp. Thank you for your service to our country.

Next time you're home, come on over a peel a few logs!

By paula lucier, mighicha on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 09:43 am:

Love the pictures nate - we are so proud of you and all who serve our great country for the cause of freedom. It is because of your sacrifice that our children may grow up in a more peaceful world and for that I am so grateful. We keep you all in our prayers everynight and will do so until you are all home! God Bless you and we love you! cousin paula

By c. pelto nm on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 09:48 am:

a HUGE thank you to all who have served!

By Kate, CA on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 09:51 am:

I'd like to remember my dad, squadron commander and America's 13th jet ace, who was killed while flying the f-89 in an exhibition in Detroit, Labor Day, 1952. I wish he could've lived to see how great his 4 kids are! Happy Veteran's Day to all of those who have served this nation in the name of freedom.

By ace.tx on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 10:01 am:

An honorable thank you to all who have served & still serving, for us that have never had to do that job,you have done a good job asked of you. A special heart felt thank you goes out to all the Viet Nam era vets that never got that pat on the back for a job asked of them.

By Therese Dimet Lansing on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 10:56 am:

In Honor of all our service Men & women who served an also those now we are proud of you.
also my Brother Paul Marvin Dulong who is dead now an his grandson Kevin Dulong who is serving now .God bless you all.

By Mary kay Grabig on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 11:05 am:


Thanks for the wonderful pictures.......WOW, all I can think of is my Grandpa Lodi Mihelich writing a newsletter to all the servicemen called "till we meet again". My mom has some of these letters yet. He would write to all the servicemen and women about whats happening here!!

Mary Kay

By Your Family on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 11:19 am:

Thank you to our favorite Vietnam Vet--Jerome Soumis.

By cheryl mi on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 11:25 am:

I'd like to honor my grandfather Ransom Cundy Sr who fought in WW1, my father who served in Iwa Jima during WW11, my cousin David Cavis who gave his life during the Vietnam War in 1968,the 7 friends who lost their lives in Vietnam, all the men & women who have served & sometimes given up their lives during all of the wars we've had & those that are fighting in the present one. I also want to thank my husband Rick Rozman who served in Iraq last year.He has been in the Air Force for 4 years active then 2 inactive then joined the Navy Seabee Reserves for the last 26 years. He will retire on December 11,2004 with 32 years of service. He felt it was his duty to do something for his country. I am very proud of him. Three weeks ago I was at a football game & the National Antheim was coming on. A gentleman told 3 boys to remove their hats which they did. A older man looked at him & kept his on. I was so irritated by him. I wonder if he ever served???? Doubt it.

By Judy Chesaning MI on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 11:26 am:

The Merchant Mariners who served during WWII should also be remembered. Many gave their lives in the attempt to keep our troops supplied. Another forgotten group is the Navy Armed Guard who served bravely under the worst of circumstances with limited weaponry on the merchant vessels.

By Jim Pykonen/Washington on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 11:27 am:

Good morning,

Just checked the bridge cam and looks to be the begining of a beautiful Copper Country day. Wish I were there.

I would like to take a moment and salute a few vertans of WWII: my father William Pykonen who resides in Farmington Hills, his brother Robert living in Minnotonka, MN, and brother Raymaind who recently passed away and is missed by all.

Many times as a youth when we visited realitives in Atlantic Mine a point was made to stop by the war memorial on the town's outskirt. There I saw my father's and his brother's names as well as those from the area who sacrificed their youth to defend our country, many paying the ultimate price.

Here's to them and those of other conflicts past and present.

Jim P

By a vet on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 12:05 pm:

Remembering Calumet men that paid the ultimate price of war in SouthEast Asia:

Paul Pirkola KIA 8-25-1968

Patrick Coppo KIA 6-9-1968

John Musich KIA 10-30-1970

Marshall Kipina POW-MIA 7-14-1966

By Frank,,,,,Milw..... on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 12:27 pm:

Remembering my uncle, Joseph Kump, who was born and raised in Calumet, and served in Europe during WWII...... God bless them all.

By katie, mi on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 12:29 pm:

Way to go Nate! Great pictures. Funny thing is, the bottom picture of the ore boat from yesterday is his brother Pete's. Nice photography Tormalas!

By Alicia on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 12:36 pm:

Gene Raymond Koski, Mohawk , Michigan
KIA in Binh Long South Vietnam August 12, 1969.
E Troop 2nd Squadron 11 Cav. of the 11ACR Division
A salute to all Veterans

By SDC, Ferndale, MI on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 12:44 pm:

Remembering my father, Stuart who served our country in WWII in the Army Air Corp toward the end of the war and his brother Ken who also served.

A special remembrance to cousins Dale and Dennis who served during Viet Nam. Sadly, Dale did not return.

To all our brave men and women in Iraq serving our country. God Bless them all.

By PK, MI on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 12:45 pm:

"While the storm clouds gather far across the sea, Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free. Let us all be grateful for a land so fair, as we raise our voices in a solemn prayer; God Bless America..." Thank you to all who serve and have served this great country!

By a grateful American on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 12:57 pm:

You all might like to take a look at this tribute!

By Beemer, the crossing on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 01:13 pm:

Long may it wave, long may it wave.

By ric utica dbhs 77 on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 01:27 pm:

thank you,grandpa herman kinnunen-wwi. uncle carl kinnunen-usaf-KIA, richard n. rank-korea,army. uncle Col.clifford kinnunen-usaf-ret.

By Pat,WI on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 01:31 pm:

Mandy Ebert U.S. Air Force stationed in Iraq. God bless you and all serving our country all over the world.
Your Uncle Pat

My daughter Beth Kolka Donnelly U.S Air Force, England and her husband Brian U.S. Air Force reserve.

Edward L. Kolka U.S Army KIA South Vietnam
3/2/68, my brother.

Bernard C. Kolka U.S Field Artillery WWII, Father.

Thank you all for keeping us Free!

By A Free American on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 01:41 pm:

Please call your favorite VET TODAY and THANK them for their service to our great country!!!!

If you can read this, thank a teacher, if you can read it in English, thank a VET!

By Alex Tiensivu, Georgia on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 01:44 pm:

I would like to remember my father, Norman Tiensivu, who fought in World War II. Thanks, dad, for helping me to grow up feeling safer...

By Hilary, schooling in IN on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 02:20 pm:

Hey, if that's Nathan Tormala, Jeffers class 1997, hello from Hilary Virtanen, 1996. You've sure come a long way from Kenny Verran pulling your chair out in the school play, huh? Good wishes to you and all the ladies and gentlemen around the world and here at home who serve their communities and their countries. And thanks, Nathan, for sharing the pics.

By Saginaw on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 02:27 pm:

Just got word that a young man from our area (Hemlock, MI) was killed in Iraq this week:
Justin Reppuhn, USMC

By Jared Tormala, MI on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 02:56 pm:

I've always read and watched anything about the US military. My family has had its share of vets, with Nate in Afghan now, my cousin Jay in AIT becoming an MP, and my cousin Joe who was wounded in Iraq. I have a high amount of respect for the men and women of our armed forces. To all who have put on a uniform today and in the past, today is your day...Thank you very much for the freedom we have.

By annekristi, cedar springs ,mi on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 03:43 pm:

I want to say a special thanks to my beloved. It's a double anniversary for him a veteran and teh Marine Corps. birthday. A dear friend of ours just lost his foot to the Iraq cause. I guess DH will be dinking a shot with him tonight to all Marines.

By Sarah & Joel, St. Clair Shores MI on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 04:35 pm:

Thank you to my Dad, Nathan, Gregory and all other veterans today and every day!

By JR, Arlington Heights, IL on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 05:16 pm:

In memory of two world war II veterans: Richard Taro and Irving Miilu.

By mary from Lake Linden on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 05:24 pm:

In memory of my dad Irving Dulong who served in WWl, he was in Belgium and France, but was fortunate to come home safe. Also to Gerard Gareau and Bob Dulong who both gave their lives for freedon in WWll. Gerard lost his life on the beach landing at Palau Island in the Pacific and Bob also lost his life on Iwo Jima. May they rest in peace. Also to my husband and many Uncles and cousins, men and women who served in the Army, Marines,Wacs,Wafs, Navy and Airforce. God bless all veterans

By Jim H Wisconsin on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 06:08 pm:

welcome home to all vets, with out you we would not have the freedom we have today.
Jim vietnam 1967-1968

By max on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 07:17 pm:

In loving memory of my uncle mike who gave his life to this great country. Semper fi

Cpl. Michael James Paddock USMC
Mike Co,3rd Battalion,7th Marines,1st Marine Division
29 December 1948 - 28 June 1969

By TJ Indianapolis on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 08:00 pm:

remembering all on the 11th hr of the 11th day....bless you all..

By Shirley Laurin on Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 09:47 pm:

The pictures are beautiful..what a lovely tribute to our veterans, those who served in all of our wars and those serving today. Thanks for posting info on AnySoldier. I definitely plan to participate, and hope to make the troops know we appreciate their service to our great country. God bless them all!

By Joey, WA on Friday, November 12, 2004 - 03:13 am:

Thank you "vet" For remembering the Calumet Vietnam vets and you give mention to my uncle John "Jackie" Musich KIA 10-30-1970. He was born 12-31-1949, he was 20 years old when he died. My family has never forgotten his sacrifice. He was the baby of the family. He died in Pleiku, South Vietnam-serving as a medic. God bless and protect all of our men and women in service to this country.

By sg/Milford on Friday, November 12, 2004 - 06:41 am:

In memory of James Ramsby (Vietnam), Milford.

By Helen on Friday, November 12, 2004 - 06:48 am:

In Memory of Edward Pietras, WWII, my father.

By J.P. on Friday, November 12, 2004 - 07:12 am:

I see Nathan smokes Marlboros. Now there's a real man. God Bless them all.

By Therese from just below the bridge on Friday, November 12, 2004 - 07:15 am:

My Dad served four years in the Navy during WWII as a pharmacist mate on board destroyers in the Pacific and landing ships in the Atlantic. What he saw crippled him emotionally for life. He would agree with me that the best way to thank all those who serve is for all peoples to conduct their national and foreign policies in such a way that we never have to fight a war again. Please, let's drop the image of glorious war and see it for what it is.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX on Friday, November 12, 2004 - 07:42 am:

Mary: got to get to school, but yesterday's posts were great. Several in What's UP were not totally in line.

By Dave of Mohawk on Friday, November 12, 2004 - 08:24 am:

The merchant seamen of the WWII era had the highest percentage casualty rate of any branch; and yet they were never considered veterans, hats off to them and to all branches of the armed forces.

By Larry in Marquette on Friday, November 12, 2004 - 10:33 am:

Message for Mary from Lake Linden: Your Veterans Day posting listed two fatalities from WWII: Gerard Gareau and Bob Dulong. I am compiling a database of all UP WWII fatalities and neither one is listed, nor do I find them on the Jacobetti Wall of Honor. If they were both Yoopers, could you post their hometowns, dates of death, branch of service, rank, and any other pertinent info. I don't want to miss anyone. So far I've found 127 who are not listed on the Jacobetti wall. Much appreciated!

By Tanya on Friday, November 12, 2004 - 11:44 am:

Happy Birthday to my Dad. Ronnie Walstrom he would have been 66 on Veterans day. I Love You Daddy!

By Bruce ,Mi on Friday, January 14, 2005 - 12:48 pm:


Could anyone tell me who raised the flag at Iwa Jima both of them and there race. If you have any info e-mail me thanks.

By Beth Kalla, MI on Monday, April 11, 2005 - 05:04 pm:

Does someone know how I can contact Robert Kalla? He may be my adopted brother. Thank you, Beth

By BethKalla on Monday, April 11, 2005 - 05:36 pm:

I am looking for Robert N. Kalla. I My Be His
sister. He can contact me at
Beth kalla

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 09:10 pm:

Best looking Flag in the world.

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