A Veteran’s Story: Robert S. Kirkwood

I recently asked Bob Kirkwood, long time Treasurer of the Disabled American Veterans LaBelle Chapter 144, to tell me about himself and his military experience. Entering the Air Force in February 1963, he was sent off to standard basic training at Lackland AFB, TX. He reminisces about those first, early mornings at basic, “One morning […]

Sgt. Janine Spencer’s Story

Army Sgt. Janine Spencer, 2012 – 2018, grew up in LaBelle, and has recently returned to her hometown. She is a budding watercolor artist who loves to paint plein-air along the Caloosahatchee. She has worn combat boots, practiced shooting machine guns, led soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and throughout it all learned about the meaning […]

Remembering those who have fallen on Memorial Day 2019

Traditionally a long weekend, filled with family and friends gathering for tasty barbecues, good music, and so much fun in the sun, that it is sometimes forgotten that this federal holiday is meant to honor the brave men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. This year, I visited the Fort Denaud […]

Capt. Jeffrey L. Fornear

Jeffrey L. Fornear, a veteran of the Air Force, active member artist at the Barron Park House Gallery, and also my father, is the reason I moved to LaBelle. He introduced me to this small town by showing me all of the beautiful photos he had taken there, and I immediately fell in love with […]

A Veteran’s Story – Lance Corporal Charles Davis

Charles D. Davis, better known as Charlie to his family and friends, is a Vietnam Combat Veteran who recently sat down with me to talk about his time in the service. From battling severe malaria twice to being pinned under attack in a rice paddy, this man has an amazing story of survival and sacrifice. […]

A Veterans Story – MSgt Marlin Elroy Yelton, Jr.

Veteran, Marlin Elroy Yelton, Jr., is an active, lifetime member of the VFW, American Legion, DAV, and Moose Lodge. He chairs a Parkinson’s Support Group at Hope Hospice Center as well dabbling in wood carving, target shooting, wine making, and is even writing a book about toys from his childhood. A man of many interests […]

A Veteran’s Story: Specialist William Earl Davis

On Presidents’ Day, I had the honor of sitting down for a chat with William Earl Davis, Commander of LaBelle’s American Legion Post 130. Davis joined the Army during Vietnam, against his father’s wishes, at the age of 17. He had felt the call to serve early on, because his father was in the Army. […]

A Veteran’s Story: MSgt Richard J. Reynolds

I recently sat down for an interview at the Barron Park House Gallery, with Richard Reynolds, a USAF veteran who has grown up in LaBelle. One of his sisters, Vicki Reynolds, half of the two peas at Two Peas Café, had told me all about Richard, and suggested him for the veteran series I have […]

A Veteran’s Story: Army Medic Jesse Cuello

Jesse Cuello is one of the kindest and most fascinating people I have had the pleasure of meeting in LaBelle. Always greeting you with a smile and will likely never run out of stories to tell, if you know him you know he is a very busy man here in our little town. You can […]