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Groups Reach Out to Help Veteran, 81, Held Hostage at Motel

In this frame grab from a July 19, 2016 video, provided by WABC-TV in New York, David McLellan, an 81-year-old Navy veteran, is questioned after being discovered in a Highlands, N.Y., motel room. (WABC-TV in New York via AP)

ALBANY, N.Y.  — Veterans' organizations have reached out to help a Korean War-era veteran who authorities say was held hostage in a motel room for four years by a man who stole his benefit checks. Groups in New York, Ohio and Virginia have offered assistance to David McLellan, an 81-year-old Navy veteran and retired auto plant worker, said Hi... more

US Naval War College Welcomes a New President

Naval War College

NEWPORT, R.I. — The U.S. Naval War College in Rhode Island is welcoming a new president. Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Harley became the college's 56th president during a ceremony Monday at the Newport campus. He succeeds Rear Adm. P. Gardner Howe III. Harley previously served as assistant deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and stra... more

Navy Launches New Flight Medic Course

The Naval Aerospace Medicine Institute (NAMI) has launched a new course at the Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC) in Pensacola for seven search and rescue (SAR) hospital corpsmen. The Flight Medic Course (FMC) is where SAR corpsmen will receive their required flight medical training. In the past, this training was done mostly with... more

Former USS Wisconsin Crewmates Celebrate Famed Battleship

USS Wisconsin (BB-64) Operating off Korea, circa January-April 1952. (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.)

NORFOLK — Mike Hodgis stood at the top of the Nauticus theater during a Saturday afternoon memorial service and clutched his pocket trumpet close to his chest. Every few minutes, the former USS Wisconsin crewmate clicked the trumpet's valves shut in rapid succession as a chaplain read the names of about 120 crewmates and 14 wives of crewmates wh... more

Navy Improves Medical Records System

The U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) recently created its new Navy Medicine Records Activity (NMRA) detachment. The NMRA ensures timely transfer of service treatment records (STRs) to the VA within 45 calendar days in support of Navy veterans filing a VA claim. Following separation or retirement, these records become a component ... more

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