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By Brianna Bailey | May 22, 2009
World War II veteran Harry Selling got choked up as he stood in front of a crowd of Newport Harbor High School students Friday and recalled how a woman gave him a bowl of potato soup and hugged him as he made his way, starving, and with one shoe, to a German prisoner of war camp in 1944. “I don’t think I can finish this,” Selling said, as he fought back tears. Selling, 88, is the sole survivor of his crew after the B-17 he was piloting was shot down near Berlin in September 1944.
By Christina Blakeson | June 3, 2008
Throughout the Memorial Day weekend, the Helpful Guys and Girls in Blue visited local movie theaters to be….Helpful.  Lucky moviegoers were able to avoid long lines and sold out ticket windows by receiving free movie tickets and vouchers, courtesy of the Southern California Honda Dealers. On Saturday and Sunday, fans visiting Newport Beach theaters to see “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” were treated to a free showing.  This is just one of the many unexpected ways the Helpful Guys and Girls in Blue have been helping local residents this year.
May 28, 2008
Editor’s note: There have been 4,081 American military deaths in Iraq since the beginning of the war in 2003. For Memorial Day, the Daily Pilot wanted to honor those who have given their lives in defense of their country by telling two soldiers’ stories, through the words of the family and friends who knew them.   Lance Cpl. DANIEL J. SANTEE Feb. 14, 1986 to April 14, 2007 Daniel Santee and his father Burt would make sure to leave their Mission Viejo home, climb on a surfboard and ride the waves together at least once a week.
By JOSEPH N. BELL | May 26, 2008
When I was growing up in Indiana, I liked to spend Memorial Day — we called it Decoration Day then — at my uncle’s house in Decatur because the parade was better there. I was especially taken by the lone Civil War survivor — I was told he had joined the Union Army very young as a drummer boy — who always walked at the front of the parade. He was grizzled and lame and spoke mostly in monosyllables, but I liked to imagine him on a battlefield and wondered what he could tell me if he would.
By Verna Fawcett | May 25, 2008
Free Concert! Join the All American Boys Chorus on Monday, May 26, 2008 as our we help honor and commemorate the memory of those who have given their lives in the service of the United States of America.    Our full Concert Chorus will be on hand at . . .   Harbor Lawn - Mt. Olive Memorial Park 1625 Gisler Avenue, Costa Mesa Phone (714) 540-5554   The Memorial Day Service will begin at 11 am    The boys will sing the USA National Anthem, followed by an invocation, welcome from the Mayor of Costa Mesa and comments by guest speaker Capt.
By Brianna Bailey | May 23, 2008
As a young Marine who fought in Guadalcanal under the legendary Lt. Gen. Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller, retired Master Sgt. Francis “Ace” Arciaga, found brotherhood that lasted a lifetime. “Marines past and present are like friends,” Arciaga said. “I’ve always felt that they were my extended family.” Arciaga was one of several generations of Marines on hand for the Newport Beach 1st Battalion, 1st Marines Adoption Committee-sponsored Mess Night at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort on Thursday evening.
May 22, 2008
Memorial Day will mark the opening of Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza. The restaurant, featuring a main dining room on the ground floor of Bloomingdale’s, along with a bar-lounge and private dining room, will serve Palmer’s signature “New American” cuisine. Palmer’s menu features entrées such as “crisp black sea bass” and red wine-poached beef tenderloin, accessorized by dishes including truffle potato gnocchi, or coriander-scented basmati rice.
By Sue Thoensen | November 10, 2007
A Marine takes a step, stops, looks over his shoulder and is immortalized in a moment in time in a bronze sculpture. Artist Benjamin Victor was selected to design the Newport Beach memorial to the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines. His maquette , or small-scale model, was unveiled Friday at City Hall. The sculpture of a young Marine is set against a polished black-granite backdrop, providing what Victor described as a mirror effect, where the Marine’s face in profile can be seen in reflection.
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