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NEW AT THE NIMITZ—



The latest addition to the Memorial Wall at the newly-renovated Admiral Chester Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg is this memorial plaque from the USS Orca (AVP-49) presented in ceremonies on June 11 by Harold E. Reagan of Rockdale and 14 shipmates on the Barnegat Class seaplane tender that won numerous awards for distinguished service in the Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. Reagan, a quartermaster second class petty officer (navigator), served on the ship during the Korean conflict in the early 1950s. The Orca won the Combat Action Ribbon with two stars for enemy engagements in the Leyte Gulf and at Okinawa and a presidential citation for servicing naval aviation Black Cat missions in China in World War II. In the Korean War, it served in intelligence-gathering and “ambassador” capacities as Station Ship Hong Kong, then a British Crown Colony, and on missions to the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Saigon (then Indo China). After the Korean War, the Orca was loaned to Ethiopia under the U.S. Military Assistance Program, renamed the HMS Ethiopia and became Emperor Haili Selassie’s “flag ship.” Reagan and his shipmates, who came from across the U.S., were in Fredericksburg and San Antonio June 10-12 to attend the first reunion of the Orca. The latest addition to the Memorial Wall at the newly-renovated Admiral Chester Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg is this memorial plaque from the USS Orca (AVP-49) presented in ceremonies on June 11 by Harold E. Reagan of Rockdale and 14 shipmates on the Barnegat Class seaplane tender that won numerous awards for distinguished service in the Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. Reagan, a quartermaster second class petty officer (navigator), served on the ship during the Korean conflict in the early 1950s. The Orca won the Combat Action Ribbon with two stars for enemy engagements in the Leyte Gulf and at Okinawa and a presidential citation for servicing naval aviation Black Cat missions in China in World War II. In the Korean War, it served in intelligence-gathering and “ambassador” capacities as Station Ship Hong Kong, then a British Crown Colony, and on missions to the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Saigon (then Indo China). After the Korean War, the Orca was loaned to Ethiopia under the U.S. Military Assistance Program, renamed the HMS Ethiopia and became Emperor Haili Selassie’s “flag ship.” Reagan and his shipmates, who came from across the U.S., were in Fredericksburg and San Antonio June 10-12 to attend the first reunion of the Orca.

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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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