Suncoast Veteran shares his story of being in the US Army

NORTH PORT – Thomas Lloyd’s grandfather was in the U.S. Army and served in World War II, but there was one event that set in 15 years of service. At 26 years old, U.S. Army Sargent Thomas Lloyd was one of the first groups to invade Iraq. “9/11 was kind of maybe part of the trigger of me pulling the strings and wanting to join the military.” “We got shot at every day, every day sometimes two three times a day.” Opening his eyes to the...

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Suncoast veteran recounts Iwo Jima experience

LONGBOAT KEY – Harold Ronson, 91, remembers his days in the U.S. Navy. “From the Philippines we went to Iwo Jima, and that’s what my main story is about,” Ronson said. The year was 1944 and Ronson was coming from a ball park when he saw a Naval recruiting station station. “So in we went, and we signed up and the guy looked at the papers and said, ‘You’re not 18 yet. You need a letter from your father,’” Ronson said. “So I went...

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Sarasota National Cemetery hosts an emotional mass

SARASOTA – It was an emotional day for Suncoast residents of all ages. Hundreds gathered at the Sarasota National Cemetery Saturday afternoon to honor our veterans Saturday, November 11. The Diocese of Venice hosted a Catholic mass with the Knights of Columbus, many of whom are veterans themselves. Kirk Brown served in The Navy for 30 years. “Veterans Day means more than just people who served in Vietnam or people who served in...

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Celebrating Veterans Day from every branch of service

SARASOTA – The City of Sarasota and the Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee co-hosted this year’s Annual Veterans Day Parade. Even Santa turned up for the Sarasota #VeteransDay Parade! pic.twitter.com/l81LI1It9G — SNN (@SNNTV) November 11, 2017 What a beautiful day to watch a parade pic.twitter.com/QcP3vHPWBB — SNN (@SNNTV) November 11, 2017   The post Celebrating Veterans Day from every branch of service appeared first on SNN...

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Suncoast veterans find a passion in the kitchen

SARASOTA – After serving in the military, many veterans feel like they can’t find a new purpose. Some Suncoast veterans are realizing that theirs is in the kitchen. Bryan Jacobs is Manatee County’s Veteran of the Year, but he wears many hats – one of them being a chef’s hat. “I love to cook and I love to play with food,” Jacobs said. “At the end of the day, I love to change veterans’ lives through food, and that’s what Vets-2-Success...

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Saluting Our Veterans: Chronicles of Courage

NBC NEWS – U.S. Marines advance over the black beaches of Iwo Jima in the Pacific Ocean. The Allies win the battle of Iwo Jima, and also gain a strategic air base closer to Japan for a unit now assigned to escort Boeing B-29 bombers during raids. U.S. Army Air Forces Pilot Jerry Yellin flies the North American P-51 Mustang, a sleek fighter plane with a powerful Packard Merlin engine and graceful handling in the skies. “That was the...

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