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The Korean War began on June 25, 1950, as military forces of North Korea invaded South Korea. Two days later, President Truman ordered the United States military into the war to support the South Koreans.  

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U.S. Army Cpl. Billy Joe Butler’s eldest sibling, 92-year-old Ellen Louise Chipman, remembers the day her brother came to ask her opinion about enlisting in the armed forces.

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The remains of Army Cpl. Billy Joe Butler have returned to Texas soil after close to 70 years. They were welcomed home with what Phil Steward said was a big, warm reception.

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Instead of coming home to a ticker-tape parade and cheers like at the end of World War II or to spitting protesters after Vietnam, Korean War soldier Billy Joe Butler never received a reception — jubilant or otherwise. In fact, he never returned home at all. That changed this week.

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Army Cpl. Billy Joe Butler arrived at the San Antonio International Airport this morning to rejoin his family in Kerrville. The Korean War soldier died in the 1950s in a POW camp in North Korea.

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A lost soldier is finally coming home. The remains of Army Cpl. Billy Joe Butler, 19, who died in the Korean War, have been identified and will be sent back to the Hill Country for their final resting place.

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The Destination Roadrunners motorcycle club recently presented the Veterans Assistance Dogs of Texas with a check for $500 to go toward training a service dog that will later be given to a disabled veteran.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs will host a job fair at the Kerrville VA Medical Facility on Saturday, June 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The job fair is open to all interested candidates.

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About 30 people attended a Flag Day ceremony on Friday at the Kerrville VFW post on Thompson Drive. Residents offered prayers, sung “The Star-Spangled Banner” and witnessed the retirement of several worn U.S. flags, which were ceremoniously burned according to American law and custom. 

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Fun, fishing and food — that’s what some veterans from nearby veterans hospitals had on Friday at an annual fishing event at Kerrville-Schreiner Park.

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Local representatives of the Quilts of Valor committee of the Hill Country Quilt Guild presented a quilt to World War II veteran Willie Askey in the Freedom’s Path Kerrville clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon.

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This year’s Memorial Day marked the ninth anniversary of one of Kerrville’s own who died overseas.

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The Hill Country Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars presented Awards of Merit certificates to two local Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets during their monthly meeting on Tuesday.

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A boatload of history, learning and excitement is in store for students attending the Military Order of the World Wars Youth Leadership Conference, said Adin Viera, a Tivy High School junior who will attend the event.

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The following reports are summaries of some of the calls answered Jan. 20-Jan.26 by the Ingram Police Department.

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The Texas State Operations Center requested the Texas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol to take aerial pictures of the flooding along the Colorado, Llano, Nueces and Trinity Rivers after the recent severe flooding that caused widespread property damage.

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FREDERICKSBURG — The Admiral Nimitz Foundation recently donated $26,000 to Combat Marine Outdoors, of Houston, out of proceeds from the ninth annual Nimitz Golf Classic hosted by Boot Ranch Golf Club on June 7.  

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There are three new parking signs placed around the Ingram Tom Moore High School campus, painted with the purple heart insignia and stamped with the words “Reserved: Combat Wounded.”

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FREDERICKSBURG — The National Museum of the Pacific War will host its annual Memorial Day observance to honor all of those who have lost their lives serving in the United States Armed Forces. This observance is free and open to the public and will take place at 10 a.m. May 29.

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BANDERA — Warriors Heart, the Hill Country-based private treatment facility serving active and veteran members of the military and first responders, has named retired U.S. Army Col. Joe Brown as the organization’s executive director.

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Veterans receive a wide array of benefits from federal and state government agencies. But it is unfortunate that too many veterans are not aware of what is available to them. An upcoming free Veterans Benefit Fair provides an opportunity for veterans to get their facts first hand.

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The Hill Country Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars inducted new members at its January meeting. Welcomed to the organization were retired U.S. Army Col. Randy Buhidar, retired U.S. Army Major Eva Buhidar and retired U.S. Navy Lt. Cdr. Peter Caldwell.

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The Admiral Nimitz Foundation’s Premier Business Partner Membership is now open for 2017. This membership is tailored to business and corporate needs. As part of the membership, businesses will receive a variety of perks, depending on membership level. Some of those perks include free admiss…

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Special Forces soldier will be layed to rest at Arlington National Cemetery

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Dozens of members of the Texas A&M AgriLIfe Extension office and 4-H organization have been prepping since Wednesday for Saturday’s Wild Game Dinner.

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The National Shooting Complex in San Antonio, Texas Veterans Assistance Dogs of Texas and the Admiral Nimitz Foundation will host the second annual Battle Buddies Classic Sporting Clay Shoot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 27.

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Out of the more than 1.2 million American service members killed in wartime defending the freedoms enjoyed at home, a total of 88 of those hailed from Kerr County.

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Nicknamed the Stars and Stripes, Old Glory and the Star Spangled Banner, the American flag flies in many locations.