We Came Home

Courtesy of Annie Morozko

In honor of Veterans Day, we’re sharing the stories of local service members from all of the major wars and conflicts. We continue our series “We Came Home,” with a story from Afghanistan War veteran Cpl. E-4 Annie Morozko. She joined the Marine Corps in 2009. In July 2010, Morozko deployed to Afghanistan. This is her story.

In honor of Veterans Day, we’re sharing the stories of local service members from all of the major wars and conflicts. We continue our series “We Came Home,” with a story from Iraq War veteran Capt. Tyson Mele. Mele joined the U.S. Army in 2002 right after high school. At the time, he had a full-ride scholarship to the University of Missouri. Mele is a fifth generation service member. His father was drafted during the Vietnam War and his grandfather served during the Korean War. Mele is currently serving in the Missouri National Guard. This is his story.

Courtesy of Diane Howard

In honor of Veterans Day, we’re sharing the stories of local service members from all of the major wars and conflicts. When we think about the Gulf War, most think of Desert Storm during the 1990s. But conflicts in the gulf were happening long before then dating back to the 1980s. As we continue our veterans day series "We Came Home," we'll hear from Capt. Diane C. Howard USNR-Retired who served just shy of 25 years in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps. Howard began her active duty service in 1980, and shortly after in 1984 began her reservist duty. This is her story.

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Editor’s Note: This story contains language that some might find offensive.

Coming off the heels of World War II, the Korean War, widely regarded as the “Forgotten War,” ushered in a new era in U.S. military history. On July 26, 1948, President Harry S. Truman issued an executive order to integrate the U.S. Armed Forces. Alex Cooper, an African American who served in the Army was one of those soldiers whose life was affected by this change.

Marissanne Lewis-Thompson/KRCU

In honor of Veterans Day, we’re sharing the stories of local veterans from all of the major wars and conflicts. Our next story comes from the Vietnam War. It’s one of the most controversial conflicts in American history. As the U.S. was going through its own societal changes, perceptions of the war were rapidly changing from support to opposition. Soldiers came back to insults and a feeling of societal isolation. Vietnam War veteran Thomas M. Meyer was one of them. This is his story.

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