DeLandite Pfc. Joseph Hazzard serves in the U.S. Army and is currently stationed in South Korea. After a year away, he is visiting family for the Fourth of July and his birthday. Hazzard’s wife and high-school sweetheart, Ashley Hazzard, is also pregnant with the couple’s first child. She is…
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Lino A. Rivera was sworn into the Navy on July 20, 2020. He is currently attending the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in the Electrician’s Mate Nuclear (EMN) track. EMNs are responsible for the operation of the electrical-power generation systems, lighting systems, and electrical equip…
Hunter K. Clay was born in Wooster, Ohio, but, when he was 1 year old, he moved to DeLand, where he lived with his mom and sister and attended elementary, middle and high school.
Marco F. Rivera was sworn into the Navy on July 30, 2018. His rate is Electronics Technician Nuclear (ETN3). ETNs operate and perform maintenance on the electronic systems that run the nuclear reactor on Navy ships and submarines.
Dr. Seuss once said, “You will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
Not much is known about Robert Tatum’s life or his time in the military, only that he was a part of the DeLand High School graduating class of 1942.
Vincent Gould III doesn’t know much about his grandfather’s brother, only that he is a hero.
There are countless members of the military who often go unrecognized, and for the longest time many had not heard of the heroics of Ceasar Bryant, who was killed in action in December 1966.
Leroy Washington, a retired Army veteran who served in Vietnam and a retired postal worker, was a longtime resident of DeLand. Born in Pickens, Mississippi, on May 20, 1948, he graduated from high school in 1966 and, shortly after, enlisted in the U.S. Army.
Twenty-four-year-old Cameron Schoppert has always had leadership qualities, father Daniel Schoppert, also a DeLand Hometown Hero, said.
Marcus A. Figueroa was born and raised in Central Florida and moved to DeLand with his family in 2018. After graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in criminal justice, he decided to apply to become a naval officer, and was accepted.
In 1968, Kenneth Shanley graduated from DeLand High School, where he had been class president.
Life for Charles James began in 1923 in Live Oak. He was the eighth of nine children, with an older brother and seven sisters. Life required a lot of hard work, but was full of love, fun and always opportunities for adventures and misadventures.
DeLandite Staff Sgt. Alec Woodard serves in the U.S. Air Force and is currently on leave.
By joining the Army, Thomas D. Jackson not only continued a family military tradition, but also sought direction for his life.
Daniel M. Schoppert, 61, joined the U.S. Army at 17 with the permission of his father, a former U.S. Air Force man. Like others, Schoppert’s father ultimately settled in DeLand after his time in the service, and Schoppert spent his childhood moving from base to base.
Donald C. Pritchett grew up in Sanford but moved to DeLand with his fiancée in 2017. Coming from a family where almost everyone had served in the military, Donald knew at an early age that he was going to join the Army one day.
Picture a Central Florida outdoorsman, a big guy who’s happiest on the river or in the woods, or having a cup of coffee at the Big Rig, and you’ll have Sgt. Tony McGhee.
A longtime resident of DeLand, Robert F. Apgar has always been dedicated to serving those around him.
James K. Allen joined the Marines in March 1968, at the very height of the Vietnam War.
Edward J. Ray, now 71, served as an office clerk in Vietnam from 1969 to 1971, during some of the most contentious years of the Vietnam War.
A true Southern girl, Aubrey L. Imes was born and raised in DeLand. After going through and enjoying the ROTC program in high school, she decided to join the Navy once she graduated.
Not everyone gets to be really good at something when they’re only 18 months old, or turn that something into Olympic dreams and a career in special operations. But that’s the trajectory DeLand native Kameron Westerberg is on in the U.S. Navy.
DeLandite Sgt. 1st Class Donald Bing served in the U.S. Army from 1982 to 2004, first in the infantry and later in an armored division.
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