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Mountain Democrat (Newspaper) - May 25, 2015, Placerville, CaliforniaMy californians of inti Fafek tsi. Mooij lot tan Democrat monday May 25,2015 vollmle164�issue6275 remembering Dennis stall writer Courtesy photo Kenneth Crouse of Folsom second from left stands on the deck of the . Brie Ridge. Wimch was used in the evacuation of Saigon. The final Days of Saigon Wendy Schultz staff writer in 1975, Homis Henderson was a 28-year-old usic warrant officer stationed with Maine Light attack helicopter 367 in futenma Okinawa after three Tours of Vietnam head been in the marines for 10 years. Us a Lance Corpora Ken Crouse was a l9-year-Oid serving As an embassy guard in Saigon in his first tour of duty. They were enjoying their duty stations a Henderson As helicopter Crew chief and Pilot serving As the logs and records chief and Crouse living in the six Story Marine House in Saigon five blocks from the . Embassy with 41 other 19-to-23-year-old marines a we could have taught fraternities some things a said Crouse. The War was Over . Troops left Vietnam in 1973 and the Only marines still in Vietnam worked at the four consulates the defense attache or the embassy As Security guards. Crouse arrived in Saigon the capital of South Vietnam in february of 1975. A we wore a suit and tie except when we were on duty a said Crouse a and we rotated through the duty then things changed. In Early March the North vietnamese a army crossed through the demilitarized zone Doz on a match to Saigon. A at there much Impact to us in Saigon a said Crouse. A and then Danang fell and we knew this be see Satton Page a9 once upon a time the Mountain Democrat had a War correspondent -18-year old us fac pvt. 1st class Dennis Kramer from Camino. His articles sent to the Moun Tain a a a Democrat from the Jungles of Vietnam detailed his arrival at Camp Pendleton his assignment to Vietnam his arrival in Danang his do uti is. With Bravo company third platoon first squad encounters with i thongs cold and Rainy night watches homesickness trading with the Mountain people Christmas in Vietnam the wildlife of the demilitarized zone and an ambush by the Peoples army of Vietnam which almost wiped out his platoon. Was it destiny or be re a Dimity that made the Little hand sewn compilation of Dennis writings fill into Jeanne Amoss hands during a recent periodic inspect Ion of the Library shelves a a i found this Little Book covered in a hideous �?~70s Type of said Amos. Dennis Kramer a it had a Call number that we use for local history. When i opened it and read the pages it was so poignant. It brought Back the War in Vietnam so clearly. Its really a the boo a. A the writings of Dennis Kramer a had been donated to the Library by Dennis parents Many years earlier and had been resting on the shelves mostly unnoticed. Dennis began to display a Talent for creative writing while attending al Dorado High school where his teacher was Kay Williams. In his senior year he won the al Torado creative writing award. When ii see Denis Page a3va staff recall service assist vets and widows left behind Cole Mayer staff writer members of the county veterans affairs office at the veterans memorial building in Placerville shared stories of both their time i n the service and their time helping o ther veterans. Bill Schultz the interim director of the county veterans affairs office and county recorder clerk retired from the Navy As an air traffic controller chief a Petty officer. Before he was an air traffic controller he was a Mechanic working on Pla nes. He was stationed on the first nuclear powered aircraft Carrier the Enterprise on Jan. 14, 1969 to do just that when something went horribly wrong. The ship had just left Pearl Harbor Schultz said when a rocket loaded on an f4 phantom exploded. It caused a Chain reaction exploding More than a dozen other aircraft on the flight deck. His eyes glistening Schultz said 26 of his ship mates died that Day. A we could be lost the ship a he said but for the work of an a a excellent Captain turning the ship into the wind and keeping the smoke away from Crew working to put out the resulting fire. Still a it was a pretty horrific a single Hole in the armoured deck was 14 feet by 18 feet a and there were three More Large holes. He described the deck like it was a opened by a can opener a the 14-to-18 Inch thick deck peeled away. It took 90 Days of replacement and testing in Pearl Harbor to get the aircraft Carrier in ship shape. Later he became an air traffic controller Landing aircraft e Ven in foggy conditions where he was unsure the plane landed until he heard the squeal of tires on the pavement. The Pilot in that instance gave him a 3-Pound can of Coffee and a hug. A things like that make it he a taken that sentiment and carried it to working in the a county a acting As the interim director. Working under him is Lance Poinsett of Placerville a retired 1st class Petty officer in the Navy. Poinsett served on our different demo Chat photo by Smi Thorand a Dorado county recorder it Eric and Navy Vetman Bill so Waltz stands at the veterans Morimi Keiit on May 19. Ships including the Essex an aircraft Carrier. An electricians mate he recalled the rivalry was. Fierce Between workers below the water line and those above. But the Friendly Competition was Worth getting to see the world he said. It now working at the veterans memorial build tag Poinsett gets personal satisfaction helping vets get the benefits they have earned and deserved he said a the widows of vets especially or those h 5 Guji Staif Page a9four arrested in gang staff writer the al Dorado gang enforcement detail arrested four men on May 18 during a gang sweep. The Edge team made up of members of the county sheriffs office probation District attorneys office and South Lake Tahoe police department went to an apartment off of Schnell school Road in Placerville at about 1 p in. To serve a warrant to Charles Sinclair 42, a press release stated. Inside the of allegedly found by guns modified to look like real firearms. Sinclair was arrested for the warrant. At about 3 30 p.m., Edge officers contacted Fabio Soto 30, at his residence in the 4700 Block of Paterson drive in Diamond Springs. Drugs were allegedly located. A Soto was arrested on suspicion of Possession of narcotics Possession a see pagea9 fatal collision near White Hall Cotel layer staff writer a collision on Highway 50 East of White Hall May 211 one Man dead and one Man with serious ii uries. Gary Fitzgerald 73, of grass Valley was driving a Silver 2004 Toyota Tacoma westbound on Highway 50 at about 2 25 p.m., a cup Presa Rekate stated. Means Ricile David Cal dmm 7$, of Milpitas was driving a Sovey. 19 of Verolet Lumina in tiie of direction. The Tooma travelled Over the double yellow lines for an unknown reason directly into the path of the Lumina the front ends of each vehicle striking. The Section of the Road is a two Lane Road with a double yellow line. Both Driver were wearing seat belts. Calderon sustained fated injuries while Fitzgerald sustained serious injuries. The cause of the collision the press release stated is Oca considered a wrong Efty Driver. Play.11 am -.81 50 # red Hawa Parkway Tsa-573-34ra go

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