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April 21, 2014
Costa Mesa police honored a city park ranger who recently deployed to Afghanistan with a small ceremony Monday morning. Army Reserve Spc. Lorna Lyttle arrived at Bagram Airfield on Sunday with the 730th Transportation Co., according to a Costa Mesa Police Department news release. Lyttle joined the Army Reserves two years ago and has been a Costa Mesa park ranger for six years. During Monday's ceremony, a yellow ribbon was tied to a palm tree in front of the department headquarters, where it will remain until Lyttle's safe return, police said.
NEWS
By Chriss Street | March 7, 2012
Xavier Alvarez, after being elected in 2007 to the Three Valleys Municipal Water District in Pomona, introduced himself at his first board meeting as a wounded war veteran who had received the Medal of Honor, our nation's highest honor. But when it was discovered that Alvarez was never wounded in action, never awarded the Medal of Honor, and never served in the military, he was prosecuted and convicted under the Stolen Valor Act of 2005 of a federal misdemeanor for falsely claiming to have received a U.S. military medal.
NEWS
November 12, 2012
Viola Isabel Miller Geiger passed peacefully into the Lord's arms on November 7, 2012 at the age of 94. She was born Dec. 17, 1917 in Northampton, PA to Roy and Edna Miller.  After graduating from high school, she worked for a dentist and then held other retail bookkeeping positions until her marriage to Marvin R. Geiger on August 8, 1943. They lived several months in California before Marvin left for World War II military service, at which time Viola returned to Pennsylvania and began her lifelong role as a loving mother and faithful wife.  Over the first decade of their marriage they welcomed four daughters into the family, and she is now survived by Gail Ochs, Barbara Rischitelli, Linda McDevitt and Janis Thomas, three sons-in-law, eleven grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.  After Marvin's retirement, they moved to Brooksville, FL where they continued their love of golfing until Marvin's death in 1998.  Viola moved to Corona del Mar, CA for the last nine years of her life and enjoyed many family activities.  She will be interred at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL with her husband.
NEWS
July 22, 2011
Berry Belton Merritt, Jr. passed away on July 11 th , with Ann, his wife of 61 years  at his side. Berry was born in Santa Monica on May 6, 1924.  He grew up in Long Beach and played football at Wilson High School. He spent two years at the University of Oregon and joined Kappa Sigma Fraternity before enlisting in the Navy during World War II. After his military service he attended U.S.C. and met fellow student Ann Fiske. They were married in 1950 and have two daughters, Lindsay Merritt and Andrea  Siberell .  Berry is also survived by two grandchildren, James  Williamson and Lindsay Williamson  Berry and Ann raised their children in Tustin, and then settled in Corona del Mar in 1975.
NEWS
February 8, 2011
Vince Arrigo passed away on Sunday February 6th, 2011. He was 81 years old. Vince was born in Los Angeles on September 8, 1929.  He attended Saint John’s Military Academy in Los Angeles where he played football and ran track.  After attending Saint John’s, he enlisted in the Coast Guard at the end of World War II and was stationed in various ports up and down the West Coast of the United States.  After his military service, Vince attended Claremont College where he met Carol Hopla who would become his wife of more than fifty-three years.
LOCAL
By STEVE SMITH | February 12, 2008
As one who does not believe that every high schooler is college material, it has become increasingly frustrating as our second and last child goes through the public school system. I don’t know whether our son will attend college. I hope he does, but if he chooses not to, I know his alternate choice will be something productive. In other words, sponging off mom and dad is not an option. Unfortunately, there are still too many decision-makers who believe all kids should go to college.
NEWS
By: ELSIE MARIE NULLE | August 21, 2005
Elsie Nulle had graduated high school in New Jersey and was enrolled in nursing school when an unusual opportunity arose. She and a few of her cohorts were invited for tea with Franklin D. Roosevelt's mother to discuss the women's military future. As the First Mother explained, women who joined the service and filled administrative positions freed men to fight on the front lines. The talk with Roosevelt's mother was one of the motivating factors for Elsie Nulle, who became one of the first women to enlist in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. "She said that was like college to them," said Nancy Watson, Elsie Nulle's daughter.
NEWS
November 9, 2012
Barbara Ward Aune died peacefully at age 87, in her beloved “Villa Montana” home October 21, 2012. She had called Newport Beach home for 62 years. She was known as the real estate lady with the hat! She was born in Clinton Montana to Sidney and Zoe Ward on December 28, 1924, the youngest of six children who grew up in a rustic one room cabin. She graduated from Missoula High in 1943 and went to the University of Montana where she was an active member of Delta Gamma. In 1946 she married Arthur Aune in Missoula.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | March 4, 2011
Editor's note: This corrects the subhead by removing the word Afghanistan. COSTA MESA — Vanguard University will mark International Women's Day on Monday with a campus event looking into issues unique to female veterans. The private Christian university will present "Making Peace on Her Way Home From War," an evening symposium celebrating the service of female veterans and women still serving in the military and discussing the issues they face, said Brent Theobald, Vanguard's director of veterans affairs.
NEWS
By Jeanette Chervony | November 10, 2011
Before the sun rises Friday, a group of volunteers will be preparing to serve breakfast to a special group of military veterans in Costa Mesa. This breakfast would not be possible without support from the police chief, friends who volunteer and the monetary donations received to defer the personal expense for the cost of the food. These veterans span four wars, as well as peacetime. You would never know that these men served in the military unless you too were a veteran and somehow the conversation came up. That military connection would most likely evolve into a life-long friendship.
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April 21, 2014
Costa Mesa police honored a city park ranger who recently deployed to Afghanistan with a small ceremony Monday morning. Army Reserve Spc. Lorna Lyttle arrived at Bagram Airfield on Sunday with the 730th Transportation Co., according to a Costa Mesa Police Department news release. Lyttle joined the Army Reserves two years ago and has been a Costa Mesa park ranger for six years. During Monday's ceremony, a yellow ribbon was tied to a palm tree in front of the department headquarters, where it will remain until Lyttle's safe return, police said.
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NEWS
By Brittany Woolsey | April 13, 2013
The student center at Orange Coast College began benefiting another group Saturday - veterans. About 80 attendees, including veterans and OCC students and staff, welcomed a new Veterans Resource Center at the 37th annual Santa Ana Army Air Base Reunion on Saturday. The resource center will be beneficial to OCC's veteran students, said Joey Dillard, Master at Arms of the Student Veterans Group at OCC. "We're going to give [these veterans] information, and, as little as they may think, this information will transition them into civilian life without even having to go to the health center to get help for it," Dillard said.
NEWS
November 12, 2012
Viola Isabel Miller Geiger passed peacefully into the Lord's arms on November 7, 2012 at the age of 94. She was born Dec. 17, 1917 in Northampton, PA to Roy and Edna Miller.  After graduating from high school, she worked for a dentist and then held other retail bookkeeping positions until her marriage to Marvin R. Geiger on August 8, 1943. They lived several months in California before Marvin left for World War II military service, at which time Viola returned to Pennsylvania and began her lifelong role as a loving mother and faithful wife.  Over the first decade of their marriage they welcomed four daughters into the family, and she is now survived by Gail Ochs, Barbara Rischitelli, Linda McDevitt and Janis Thomas, three sons-in-law, eleven grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.  After Marvin's retirement, they moved to Brooksville, FL where they continued their love of golfing until Marvin's death in 1998.  Viola moved to Corona del Mar, CA for the last nine years of her life and enjoyed many family activities.  She will be interred at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL with her husband.
NEWS
November 9, 2012
Barbara Ward Aune died peacefully at age 87, in her beloved “Villa Montana” home October 21, 2012. She had called Newport Beach home for 62 years. She was known as the real estate lady with the hat! She was born in Clinton Montana to Sidney and Zoe Ward on December 28, 1924, the youngest of six children who grew up in a rustic one room cabin. She graduated from Missoula High in 1943 and went to the University of Montana where she was an active member of Delta Gamma. In 1946 she married Arthur Aune in Missoula.
NEWS
By Chriss Street | March 7, 2012
Xavier Alvarez, after being elected in 2007 to the Three Valleys Municipal Water District in Pomona, introduced himself at his first board meeting as a wounded war veteran who had received the Medal of Honor, our nation's highest honor. But when it was discovered that Alvarez was never wounded in action, never awarded the Medal of Honor, and never served in the military, he was prosecuted and convicted under the Stolen Valor Act of 2005 of a federal misdemeanor for falsely claiming to have received a U.S. military medal.
ENTERTAINMENT
By B.W. Cook | February 3, 2012
Newport Beach resident Mike Talbot , Universal Space Lines LLC president and chief executive, as a California State Military Reserve major received the California Medal of Merit presented by Col. Marc Breslow, Regional Support Command South commander. The recognition was also directed by Brig. Gen. Roland L. Candee, State Military Reserve commander. Talbot, who has served since 2005 as a legal officer within the State Military Reserve, received the medal at a November ceremony at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos.
NEWS
By Jeanette Chervony | November 10, 2011
Before the sun rises Friday, a group of volunteers will be preparing to serve breakfast to a special group of military veterans in Costa Mesa. This breakfast would not be possible without support from the police chief, friends who volunteer and the monetary donations received to defer the personal expense for the cost of the food. These veterans span four wars, as well as peacetime. You would never know that these men served in the military unless you too were a veteran and somehow the conversation came up. That military connection would most likely evolve into a life-long friendship.
NEWS
By Steve Smith | August 23, 2011
The Chicago Public Schools website doesn't have this fantastic page, nor do the websites for the New York City Department of Education, the San Diego Unified School District or the Dallas Independent School District. You won't find a similar page for the Anne Arundel County Public Schools, which includes Annapolis, Md., home of the U.S. Naval Academy, nor the Academy School District 20 in Colorado Springs, Colo., where the U.S. Air Force Academy is. And this webpage does not appear on the website for the public schools in West Point, N.Y., home of the U.S. Military Academy.
NEWS
July 22, 2011
Berry Belton Merritt, Jr. passed away on July 11 th , with Ann, his wife of 61 years  at his side. Berry was born in Santa Monica on May 6, 1924.  He grew up in Long Beach and played football at Wilson High School. He spent two years at the University of Oregon and joined Kappa Sigma Fraternity before enlisting in the Navy during World War II. After his military service he attended U.S.C. and met fellow student Ann Fiske. They were married in 1950 and have two daughters, Lindsay Merritt and Andrea  Siberell .  Berry is also survived by two grandchildren, James  Williamson and Lindsay Williamson  Berry and Ann raised their children in Tustin, and then settled in Corona del Mar in 1975.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | March 4, 2011
Editor's note: This corrects the subhead by removing the word Afghanistan. COSTA MESA — Vanguard University will mark International Women's Day on Monday with a campus event looking into issues unique to female veterans. The private Christian university will present "Making Peace on Her Way Home From War," an evening symposium celebrating the service of female veterans and women still serving in the military and discussing the issues they face, said Brent Theobald, Vanguard's director of veterans affairs.
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