November 12, 2004
Deepa Bharath Ron Donahue's lips quivered as he lowered his head to what he called "the saddest sound ever." As Costa Mesa High School student Thomas Kosnosky played Taps, Donahue bowed his head, and a couple of tears dripped down onto his shoes. It was the Korean War veteran's first time at the annual Veterans Day tribute put on by the students of St. John the Baptist School in Costa Mesa. The program touched him, Donahue said. "I was stirred by the patriotic music," he said.
April 12, 2013
Some 70 years ago, it was an air base without airplanes or even a runway. Rather, the Santa Ana Army Air Base, or SAAAB, served as a nearly 1,300-acre basic training camp where thousands upon thousands of young Americans prepared for war. Starting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, the student center at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa will play host to the 37th annual Santa Ana Army Air Base Reunion that, among the festivities this year, has a special...
October 18, 2010
Surrounded by loving family and friends, longtime Newport Beach resident Calvin Siegle passed away at the age of 94 in his home on October 15. Cal began his career as a junior executive with the legendary Cincinnati sporting goods firm of MacGregor-Goldsmith during the depth of the Great Depression, and retired from MacGregor as a top executive after 51 years of exemplary service. Ever a selfless patriot, he twice left this prospering career to defend the nation as an Air Force officer in World War II and the Korean War. Cal was preceded in death by his beloved wife Anne, and is survived by his son Clive, daughter Candace, and a legion of cherished friends.
May 18, 2007
Lloyd E. Winburn passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 28, 2007 at the age of 76. Lloyd, who lived in Newport Beach, CA for over 46 years, was a graduate of USC and served his Country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He participated as a Board Member of several non-profit organizations including the Orange Coast YMCA and the Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles, and was a member of the Kiwanis Club and St. Andrews Presbyterian Church....
September 3, 2007
On Sept. 9 the California Air National Guard will leave Orange County after 43 years in Costa Mesa. At 11 a.m., the 222nd Combat Communications Squadron will prepare its flag for transfer to Beale Air Force Base, north of Sacramento, where it will become part of the 222nd Intelligence Squadron. The site, formerly known as the Santa Ana Army Air Base during World War II, sits on 8 acres of land that during its heyday stretched for more than 500 acres and was home to thousands of G.I.’s before they were sent overseas.
July 8, 2007
A service will be held for Sgt. Major Joseph W. Dailey at 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center, 2150 Bonita Canyon Drive, Newport Beach. Dailey, a Newport Beach resident who retired from the Marines in 1973, died Thursday of natural causes at age 90. Dailey served honorably in World War II and was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry of action in the battle of Okinawa. He served in the Korean War, where he earned the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
January 6, 2011
George Pappas, 85, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 30, 2010 surrounded by his family. He was born in Follansbee, West Virginia, October 28, 1925. He graduated from University of Dayton in 1943. George served in the Army in 1944 and was a veteran of the Korean War. George proudly worked for and retired from the City of Newport Beach after 30 plus years of service as Finance Director. George was a faithful member and served on the usher team at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church.
November 11, 1999
Alex Coolman Just telling the bare facts of Walker "Bud" Mahurin's life as a fighter pilot takes quite some time. His military career was so long and distinguished that Mahurin, who isn't given to boasting about himself, takes several minutes merely running through the unembellished names and dates. The 80-year-old Newport Island resident flew combat missions during World War II and the Korean War, receiving credit for shooting down 25 1/2 German, one Japanese and 3 1/2 Russian planes [half a plane denotes kills he accomplished with assistance from other pilots]
December 1, 2002
"He protected diversity, which is at the heart of democracy. He taught tolerance and forgiveness." -- Tod Ridgeway, Newport Beach's mayor, on President Abraham Lincoln while speaking to Newport Elementary students at the school's second annual "Proud to be an American Day" event on Monday "I'm lucky to have had the chance to fight for this country. There are many people who would envy us and try to destroy our way of life. I'm passing the baton so you will all go faster, farther and be more successful than I."