My turn: I want to hear veterans’ stories

I never knew Glen Hubbard Stevens.

My granddad’s little brother died 15 years before I was born.

A newspaper obituary reports Sgt. Stevens, a paratrooper, was killed in action on D-Day, June 6, 1944. That’s what’s inspired me to learn more about him this year, the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Things I’ve learned so far: He had red hair like my granddad, his friends called him “Steve” and he slept on the plane for most of the two-hour trip from England to Normandy, where he parachuted into heavy fighting.

I’d like to know more about area veterans who have been killed in action.

I know Carl McDermott was probably the first Roosevelt County soldier killed in World War I, but I have no idea if he liked to ride horses, hunt deer or maybe grow vegetables.

I know Portales’ Paul Miller was killed in the Philippines on April 10, 1942, but I’ve never seen his picture.

So if you have stories to tell, letters or pictures related to area soldiers, airmen or sailors killed in wartime, I’d like to share them with others through the pages of the newspaper.

My e-mail is dstevens@pntonline.com. My cell phone: 799-7022.