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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Visitors guide to New Braunfels Comal County Now available at businesses throughout the area Pick up your copy today NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY May 27 2003 j4 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 166 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Home from the war BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Being at sea for 79 straight days helping to launch bombladen jets bounds for Iraq let Marine Gunnery Sgt David Jones in on two things For one hes no hero That distinction belongs to his wife Lisa Second the little things in life mean more than a person may realize After supervising bomb ing operations aboard the USS Constellation Jones had felt nothing but steel and asphalt under his boots for more than two months So when the Connie docked in Freemantle Aus tralia Jones and his bud dies went for a run They got off the pavement and one of his buddies stopped Look guys were run ning on the the friend said That gave me a whole new Jones said And thats saying a lot for a man who has gotten a lot of dirt under his feet as a Marine drill instruc tor and flight mechanic on expeditionary airfields during a career that is nearing the 20year mark But none of his prior homecomings were as sweet as Saturday night when he returned to New See K JESSIE Returning Marine David Jones gets a hug from his mother and his wife Lisa Saturday night upon his return at San Antonio Airport Schools out come Friday Final day will be short one for students BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer High school graduations and early releases will domi nate the last week of school in Comal County The final day of school for both the New Braunfels and Comal independent school districts is Friday But school calendars are packed with awards ceremonies talent days and lastminute prepa rations for graduation day The first of five graduation ceremonies is tonight when 75 students graduate from the Comal Leadership Insti tute The ceremony begins at 7 in the New Braunfels Civic Center Another 40 CISD students Graduation ceremonies i TONIGHT Comal Leadership Institute 7 New Braun fels Civic Center THURSDAY New Braunfels High School Strahan taliseuiro SWTSU II SATURDAY Canyon High School 10 am Strahan Coliseum SWTSU n SUNDAY Smithson Valley High School 3 Strahan Coliseum SWTSU receive their General Equiv alency Degrees in a special ceremony at Wednesday in the theater at Smithson Valley High School Seniors of New Braunfels See SCHOOLS Veterans stood tall in times of need Rain doesnt dampen solemn salute Before Mondays ceremony in Prince Solms Park Lorenz F Bading front shows Jack Ballentine the names of the members of his National Guard unit that was activated during World War II The names are preserved in the memorial pavers located in the park DAVID BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Lorenz Bading walked right to the section of red bricks bearing the names of the members of the Texas 36th TPatch Infantry Division As raindrops splattered the Veterans Memorial in Prince Solms Park Monday morn ing Bading pointed to the brick bearing his name It was in Section Li right next to the names of his fel low National Guard soldiers who were mobilized from New Braunfels to fight in Europe during World War II There were 64 when we left for Bading said We returned twoandahalf years later Now there are 16 left Thats a quarter of Nearby Paul Karstetter who served in the Pacific dur ing World War II with the Third Marine Division point ed to fellow veterans stand ing at attention with Ml rifles During the ceremony they fired three volleys in a symbolic salute to veterans who lost their lives in combat he said Karstetter and Bading had returned home and Monday See SOLMS DAVID American Legion Post 35 Historian Mary Obriotti prays during a ceremony honoring veterans held at Guadalupe Memorial Park Monday morning BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Evaristo Reyes stood in the background as about 50 peo ple sang God Bless Ameri To him the 10 Memo rial Day observance at Gua dalupe Valley Memorial Park near Seguin sponsored by the American Legions Post 35 evoked images of a special veteran My fatherinlaw Albino Guerrero served in World War Reyes said He loaded airplanes in England the ones that bombed Ger many Hes buried Guerreros grave had an airplane on it Reyes talked about a man who loved terriers and who used to put on his Army Air Force cap and salute as he recalled the time when he was young and strong See INSIDE TV Key Code 76 Legionnaires wave flags to honor fallen comrades DAVID Tanya Abare 10 helps members of American Legion Post 35 put out American flags throughout the downtown area Monday morning BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Cecil Konkel smiled as he looked up and down the streets funneling into the main Plaza Twentyfive fellow veterans women and children were busy unrolling flags that they picked up from the trailer Konkel was towing on the back of his van Konkel commander of Ameri can Legion Post 35 could hardly contain himself Tm going to have to ask people not to participate Thats a he said Gabriel Stewart was one of the first people to arrive to help bright and early Monday morn ing The work officially started at 7 I heard they were going to have extra people show up but I didnt expect Stewart said We have plenty of help this Max Donaldson of Post 35 said Donaldson who served three years in the military planted flags around the Plaza and on San Antonio and Seguin streets He said the project shows visi tors to our community as well as local residents that American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars support the troops over seas For Stewart planting a flag on See WAVE
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