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Articles written by Captain James E. Wentz


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  • Reply to Letter from Mr. Fred Metzgar of Roaring Spring

    CAPTAIN JAMES E. WENTZ, USN, Ret.|Oct 29, 2020

    Editor's Note: It has long been the Herald’s policy that when a person or a person’s views are criticized in the Herald’s pages, the person who was the subject of the criticism gets a fair chance to respond. Normally, this response would be published the week after the critical letter. However, the timing of the receipt of Mr. Metzgar’s letter does not allow a week for the response, as the Nov. 3 election will occur before the Herald’s next edition. The Herald believes that it is important to let Mr. Metzgar speak but also to allow Capt. Wen...

  • Pfc. Michael Wertman, USA, KIA, Patriot

    CAPTAIN JAMES E. WENTZ|Sep 24, 2020

    Between Christmas 1968 and April 5, 1969, Michael Wertman and I shared two things in common. We both claimed Roaring Spring as our home-of-record and we were both serving on active duty in South Vietnam. Mike was a U.S. Army infantryman attached to the 4th Infantry Division near Plaiku in the central highland. I was a U.S. Navy lieutenant commander in Saigon, running six stations for the American Forces Radio Network. Mike, a 1966 graduate of Central High School, did not survive the war. I did, and have lived long enough to write about his...

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