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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 8, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                High school hoops See NEW BRAUNFELS HERALD SATURDAY December 2001 14 pages in 2 sections NG 22 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Remember the Alamoled to the founding of the Texas Remember Pearl Harborwas the cry of the generation that defeated tyranny 60years Remember 11is the cry that fuels us George Herbert Walker Bush 41st President of the United States of America In Memoriam Stories by RON MALONEY Photos by JESSIE SLATEN Pearl Harbor messed up time of troops life Leo Slife was a boy from a little town in upstate New York who was enjoying a life he never could have imagined before the Army sent him to Oahu in 1941 as a loader on a 3inch anti aircraft now a retired and a buddy hed joined the army with were enjoying the kind of December a snowedin kid in New York only dreams of beautiful beautiful beaches and beautiful Slife recalled that time standing on the street in front of the Chester Nimitz museum in Fredericksburg at the 60th anniversary remembrance of the attack on Pearl I was over there just before the war about six months an 18 yearold who was hav ing the time of my Then the Japanese came along and messed it Slife and his friend See students from the New Braunfels High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC turn the comer in formation in front of the newly renamed National Museum of the Pacific War Friday afternoon in Fredricksburg as thousands gather to com memorate the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Peart former President George Herbert Walker Bush and Texas Rick Perry ascend the platform at the ceremony honoring the attack on Pearl NBHS ROTC stands tall at Pearl Harbor remembrance If the 36 members of the New Braunfels High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC drill team stood a little taller and marched a little more crisply Friday in it was with very good They werent just repre senting NBHS or even their which they do every day with pride and At the 60th annual remembrance of Pearl the boys and girls of New Braunfels were representing the Marine Corps because local marines have been tasked to fighting terror The 4th Recon Battalion in San Antonio was unable to meet the Fredericksburg said James commander of the JROTC program at It was Icind of one of those things where you looked around and you were the only ones That the NBHS cadets represented the Corps See Bush Survivors inspiration for new war Peyton waits with her and thou sands of others for the start of the Heroes Parade Friday afternoon in Former President George Herbert Walker Bush praised survivors of Pearl Harbor calling them the inspira tion for Americans who now wage a new war against terror after a new Pearl Bush told more than 300 survivors of the 1941 sneak attack that pushed the United States into World War II that their heroism at Pearl Harbor set the standard for Americans now fighting world Bush and Texas Rick Perry were among the speakers at Fridays remem brance of the 60th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Similar ceremonies at the USS Arizona battle monument and were simulcast on giantscreen televi sions alongside the stage in Fredericks The mainland remembrance continues today in the boyhood hometown of Fleet Chester the Hill Countiy boy who grew up 200 miles from the nearest ocean to lead the largest navy ever assembled to help win the worlds greatest The determination of the Pearl Harbor survivors and the like navy pilot to defeat tyranny in the four difficult years that followed attack is the foundation this nation stands upon to fight a new against a new Icind of See INSPIRATIONS Taliban leader Omar missing BY ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer WASHINGTON With the collapse of the Talibans last the com mander of the war in Afghanistan is contemplat ing new approaches to finish off the radical Islamic including sending more American ground troops and moving the Marines from their base south of Kanda Army Tommy commander in chief of Central gave a cautiously optimistic report on the war at a news confer ence He said many Taliban fighters had surren dered in Kandahar but the location of their supreme Mullah Muhammed was Andrew President Bushs chief of told reporters on Air Force One that officials are pretty sure Omar is still in Kanda the birthplace of the Tal iban Only a month ago the Taliban con trolled 90 percent of Afghanistan and considered Osama bin Laden its honored Franks said Marines attacked fleeing Taliban fight ers from the air arid ground around but he offered few The Tal iban are legitimate targets so long as they are he but he had seen no evi dence that large numbers of armed Taliban had fled the Franks news conference was held at a hotel in home of the Central and was linked by video to the Pentagon so that reporters in Tampa and Washington could ask ques Even as the Taliban unrav warplanes kept up their attacks on the Torn Bora area in Afghanistans mountainous where some believe bin Laden is holed up under the protec tion of nlQnidn Franks said special oper ations troops were on the ground coordinating with opposition forces and with Pakistani authorities determined not to lot bin Laden slip across the Franks said the situation in Kandahar was confused and likely would remain so See INSIDE The HeraWZeitung thanks these contributors to the Cheer Fund and Ian Lorenz and Lottie Bading and Norma Hanson Dennis and Geradi Send donations to the HZ at 707 Key Code 76 Runner has fire on heels NBHS soccer player to carry Olympic flame BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer New Braunfels High School student Chris Gerhardt has been running circles around the competi tion on soccer fields for 10 On the old freshman will run beside the Olympic torch as part of the national relay transporting the flame to Opening Ceremonies at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake He expects to run about three miles in downtown Houston when the mile relay enters The Unicorn got word of the honor this past I came home from soccer See CHRIS New Braunfels High School freshman soccer player Chris Gerhardt will be an Olympic torch carrier support   

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