Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Local News

November 28, 2012

Veterans honored at Republican headquarters

The Johnson County Republican Women honored four veterans during their Tuesday luncheon held at Johnson County Republican Headquarters in Cleburne.

 Marine George Marti, Joe Stephens of the U.S. Army, Richard Gaurkee of the U.S. Army and Lt. Thomas Bradshaw of the U.S. Army and Army Reserve Corps spoke during the luncheon.

Marti served during World War II. Stephens served 46 years, participating in three wars. Gaurkee served as a medical helicopter pilot during Vietnam. Bradshaw served in Afghanistan and is now company commander of the 111th FSC Engineer Battalion out of Stephenville.

Bradshaw, a Joshua native, joked that he calls his soldiers his knuckleheads, but also expressed how proud of them he is.

Afghanistan is “a mess that’s not going to get any better,” Bradshaw said.

Nonetheless, he commended all the military personnel over there who remain gung ho and continue to perform their best under frustrating circumstances.

Corruption among Afghans that Americans are charged with assisting and training further compounds the challenge, he said.

“But, we love to serve, and want to continue to serve,” Bradshaw said.

Bradshaw’s wife, AshliDawn Turner sang the “Star Spangled Banner” to open the luncheon.

Turner recently released “American,” a CD of patriotic songs, partial proceeds of which benefits soldiers and their families.

“My mission is to support the troops and their families through my music,” Turner said. “And to remind people that, for them, the war is not over once they come home and they still need our love and support.”

Gaurkee addressed the age old question of why veterans rarely discuss their time in the military.

“No one goes to war that isn’t touched by it,” Gaurkee said. “Talking about it veteran to veteran is OK, because they understand and know what it means, and you can get some solace out of it. Which is something most civilians don’t understand. So it’s not that they’re blowing you off. They just need your love and understanding.”

It is paramount, Gaurkee said, that the U.S. maintain a strong and mobile military.

“Because we want to be able to protect ourselves,” Gaurkee said. “And we don’t want war in our back yards.”

Stephens kept his remarks short and sweet.

“I’m proud to have served and have never been ashamed of the uniform of our country, although I’ve been ashamed of some of the people who have worn that uniform,” Stephens said. “Thank you God for letting me serve all those years.”

Marti told attendees that he is just a kid of 92 years old. Marti discussed his career in broadcasting and electronics including working on the first radar systems.

Marti said his early days in the Marines, before being sent to the South Pacific were pretty swell.

“A lot of excitement those days in [Washington D.C.],” Marti said. “A lot of beautiful secretaries.”

Of the training classes in the Naval Research Lab, 13 of the 15 Marines enrolled passed, including Marti who ranked first in the class, while only 30 of the 100 sailors enrolled passed, he said.

“In the Pacific, yes, I got shot at,” Marti said. “But they never did hit me, thank goodness.”

Officials took a minute to honor three additional veterans in the audience. Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Ronny McBroom, Joel Victory and Susan Harbour all served in the U.S. Air Force. 

Text Only
Local News
  • heath.jpg Kyle Heath named CISD superintendent

    Cleburne ISD officially has a new superintendent. The CISD board of trustees issued a contract agreement to Kyle Heath at Friday’s board meeting. 

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 65.jpg Gearing up for giving

    Last year’s local response to the thousands affected and displaced by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines was tremendous, said Deeper Life Christian Fellowship Pastor Zane Mitchell and his wife, Thess Mitchell.

    July 25, 2014 3 Photos

  • Joshua woman killed in traffic accident

    A pregnant woman, 19, died Friday morning at a Fort Worth hospital following a Thursday traffic accident.

    July 25, 2014

  • IMG_6911.JPG Construction delayed at Keene Elementary School

    Construction of Wanda R. Smith High School in Keene is almost finished, but the job at Keene Elementary School might not complete until late November.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMG_4353.JPG Immigration hot topic at Cleburne Lions Club

    Illegal immigration was the topic of Wednesday’s weekly luncheon of the Cleburne Lions Club. DeWayne Burns, Republican candidate for the state representative District 58 seat, spoke at the meeting. 

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jimmy Neal.jpg Burleson Centennial hires new principal

    Mansfield ISD has lost two of its top officials to Johnson County. Mansfield’s Summit High School Principal Jimmy Neal has been named the Burleson Centennial High School principal.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMG_4299.JPG Police chief all wet

    Cleburne Police Chief Robert Severance thought Wednesday morning’s festivities in front of Cleburne City Hall would be restricted to ice cubes.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Amanda__Goshey_DSC_1461.jpg Library earns employee of the quarter honors

    Amanda Goshey’s customer service made her a shoo-in for the Burleson’s second Employee of the Quarter award. The award encompassed nominations from parks, recreation, golf, and the library. Goshey is a reference public services librarian at the Burleson Public Library.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Chesapeake royalty owners lawyer up

    An estimated 180 people turned out on Tuesday evening to hear a Fort Worth attorney tell them how to win back royalties he said Chesapeake Energy Corp. has improperly withheld. 

    July 24, 2014

  • IMG_4279.JPG Cleburne City Council videos to begin soon

    Residents will soon be able to watch video of Cleburne City Council meetings. 

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

Front page
Latest CTR Videos
Front page
Front page
Front page
Front page
Front page
Front page
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
House Ads
Featured Ads
CTR Sports
Follow us on twitter