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HONOR BELL TOLLS FOR MARINES IN PLATTEVILLE

On August 9th the Honor Bell tolled at the veterans memorial in Platteville, northeast of Denver. The tolling honored Marines who had made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and was part of a reunion of the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, which counts one of our Bell Guard, Ric Payne, as a member. If you […]

WHAT VETERANS DAY MEANS TO US: THE FAMILY OF WILLIAM “BILL” HEMPEL, USMC

BILL HEMPEL AND THE HONOR BELL William “Bill” Hempel loved being a Marine. “I went in as a punk, and came out a man,” he said of his service to our country. Bill had seen the Honor Bell during a presentation at an elementary school last November. He told his family that learning about the Honor […]

CHANCE PHELPS’ HONOR BELL ARTIFACTS

CHANCE PHELPS PHELPS’ ENLISTED DRESS INSIGNIA Chance Russell Phelps was a Private First Class — posthumously promoted to Lance Corporal — in the United States Marine Corps. He served with 2nd Platoon, Battery L, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment(3/11), 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Phelps was killed in Iraq as the convoy he was […]