Marine Corps

Andrew Miles, 88, one of the first 20,000 African-Americans to enter the United States Marine Corps in 1944, was honored Thursday, June 12, in a ceremony in his room at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont as part of the hospice center’s veterans program.

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Former Marines Rudy Villareal, Henry Torres and Oscar Valenzuela

BARSTOW, Calif. - California’s High Desert has become home to countless veterans over the years. But what are the chances of three friends from two Texas cities no more than 150 miles apart joining the Corps in 1947, coming to Barstow in the 1950s, and remaining there for more than 60 years?

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