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John Naughton

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Combat comrades reunited at Marine bash

Marines celebrate by finding missing man from a squad of heroic veterans from Vietnam

Some 47 years ago, 12,000 miles from home on a hot LZ, a handful of Marines from I-Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Division came under intense enemy fire as they loaded their severely wounded buddy on a medivac chopper.

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Battle-tested Marines celebrate

Rim Country Marine Corps veterans of every fight from World War II to Afghanistan, joined forces to celebrate the 236th anniversary of their beloved corps at celebrations in Rim Country Saturday. A veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan offered the keynote speech — and the observation that kids raised on iPods and video games still make Marines every bit as tough as the fighters who stormed Iwo Jima.

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Marines celebrate

The young and old came from far and wide. They were Silver Star winners from Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima in World War II.

Payson scores high-quality employer

Last October, two guys traveling the back roads from Bagdad, Ariz. to Safford came around a bend and happened upon Payson. According to the way they tell it, they looked at each other and said, "This is where we need to be."

A chance to meet Roundup readers


The Business Showcase on Saturday was a great introduction to the community.