Part 1 Young McPhail spent his youth in Tyler, Texas. Between classes and jobs he learned to fly at the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport, cutting the skies, and his teeth, in a piper cub. His draw towards aviation grew and he set his sights on the next best opportunity, flying […]
Raised in a military family rooted in Marine Corps traditions, Lauren knew military service was her future. As a cadet at the legendary Corps of Cadets, at Texas A&M, she honed her talent for military rigors and commissioned as a Marine Corps officer in 2001. After the terrorist attacks on […]
On May 12, 2023, an event in Tyler, Texas hosted by CampV and the Daughters of the American Revolution recognized the service of 33 Vietnam War veterans. Each received the congressional commemorative lapel pin.
Part 1 Growing up in a broken home caused Ben to put up walls around his heart. When repeated sports injuries ruined his chances of a college scholarship, he joined the Marines. The training he received hardened him further and he was ready for war, but the daily stress and […]
PART 1 Derek started life without a rudder or sail. A tragedy at age 13 left him yearning to find meaning – a pursuit into the Marine Corps filled that void. His career spanned multiple conflicts and MOS’s but for Derek the meaning of serving his country was utilizing his […]
In college, a young Keith Sime fell in love. But not with a woman, instead with the allure of Naval aviation. After graduating Naval ROTC at Oregon State University, he joined the Marine Corps for a quicker transition into the pilot training pipeline. His first deployments were in electronic countermeasure […]