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2B Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001 Regional Continued Bulletin, Pr0g, .... ,,\~,~v~,,,~,~,~ ~,~,~Ullmillp. ~ The USS Pelellu is home to sgt. Billy McLemore, while he is stationed in Afghanistan. The ship houses 2,200 Mmlnes and 1,500 sailors. As a Navy vessel, the sailors are in charge of operating the ship. The Marines keep the CH-S3ES, CH-86 Sea Knights, AH-1 Cobras, UH-1 Hueys, and the AV8B Harriers in top working order. They also work out and keep their skills honed for assignments, when on board. Despite the Sept. 11 terrorist incidents in the United States, Silt. Billy and members of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit still c fled out their board the Naval vessel the USS Peloliu. From Darwin, Australia, the site of s l training program in the original deployment, the Marines completed another I a humanitarian effort in East Tlmore. Following that, the ship, accompanied battleships, sailed for the Arabian Sea. Marine... Continued from page 1B showers and toilets aren't in- cluded. Enlisted men are assigned 300 to a space. Berths, as they're :alled on board ships, are 25 inches wide and 72 inches long. Berths are placed four deep, and there's less than a foot between each. Learning to climb in and out, especially on the upper three, is an art. So is learning to manage the 3-foot-wide aisle between the rows of berths. Television and computers are available, but here, too, space is precious. Combat When the United States fi- nally started bombing targets in Afghanistan, McLemore became involved. This ended the long waiting aboard ship, and put him into the combat he was trained to handle. In the 53 helicopter he com- manded, McLemore took spe- cial forces into Afghanistan, took photographs and carried out other assignments. On board No. 22, his as- signed 53, he was in charge of the crew and operated one of the two .50 caliber machine guns mounted inside the heli- copter. One of the special missions he was assigned to was a search and rescue operation for the downed Black Hawk army helicopter that made the national news in October. On their first rescue trip, members of the Taliban opened fire on McLemore and his men. According to a story by a Reuters reporter, both men aboard the Black Hawk were killed. As the rescue mission began, a Pentagon spokesper- son said, that he "had a fairly good idea who had opened fire on the recovery team," but no further information was given. Col. Thomas Waldhauser, the commander of the marine expeditionary unit McLemore was attached to, said, "A team trained in tacti- cal recovery of aircraft and personnel had come under DIABETIC / ESPIRA TORY PATIENTS/ If you have Medicare or Private Insurance, you may be Eligible to receive your DIABETIC SUPPLIES & RESPIRATORY MEDS, nebulizers, Albuterol & Ipartropium AT NO COST TO YOU!! Call DIABETICS SUPPLY PROGRAM TOLL FREE Idl! I'ql. 141" "ql. HUSH PUPPIIE.,S.. a u s t r a I i a on's 715 MAIN ST. SUSANVILLE "ql . qdl" ql .Bql,,dV small arms fire when it stopped on the way back from the crash site to refuel, and the marines returned fire. At that time it was decid- ed to leave the Black Hawk." Toery said she asked her husband if he had been in- volved in any of the actual shooting. On the ground, he was armed with an M16 and a 9mm handgun, although as the crew chief, his job was to direct his troops, not engage in firing. According to Toery, his job was to be the eyes and ears of the troops as they were en- gaged in combat. "The marines performed with quiet confidence and professionalism and were able to react to a very dynam- ic situation almost in a rou- tine manner," Waldhauser said in the Reuters story. While the team had to turn back on its first rescue at- tempt on Oct. 20, they re- turned to the Black Hawk four days later. During another incident, a team was ordered to blow up the helicopter to keep it fresh fallir[g Into enemy hands. ~ Later, it was learned that the Black Hawk was recov- ered using a Super Stallion heavy-lifting helicopter through a nighttime opera- tion. She also has the Internet to a 16 mm may or keep her informed of what's part of the job skills On the ground happening in the fight, ers are seeking, but Following the Black Hawk them nonetheless. incident, the Peleliu and its Afterward Busy preparing two companion vessels were Along with taking care of husband's return, ordered to shift positions to their children, Toery also has how, not long the Gulf of Qatar to offer se- the responsibility of complet- thought it curity for a World Trade Or- ing a r sum for her hus- Happening to look ganization meeting there, band. Their plans are to have big front window of Marines were sent into a few job interviews in line ents' home, she Afghanistan as ground forces for his return in March, she two military in one of their most recent said. up. Two soldiers got moves, and McLemore was He's hopeful that the skills stood talking for amongthem, he's learned in the Marines ments. Toery knew Although Toery doesn't will help him find a job when come with news that hear from her husband while he returns, band was seriously he's inside Afghanistan, she At this point, he's in top _ or dead. does receive official mes- physical condition, is aWhen they sages from the command, leader of men, is trained to and went to the The most recent (Nov. 28) repair many types of hell- the street, and said the Marines were setting copters and possesses a vari- they were up a forward operational ety of other skills. Being efti- breathed a deep sigh' base. cient with a machine gun or relief. The US$ Pelollu is an amphibious assault ship des helicoptars, sgt. Billy McLemore isn't a he Is a crew chief of a CH-53E Super copter. McLemore is being given a rare earn enough flight time in Afghanistan to earn en wings. According to his wife, Toery, McLemore's age has this distinguished award. Health Benefits for the Entire % Je IV Per Month/ * FLAT RATE * GUARANTEED ACCI * SELF-EMPLOYED OR NOTI-NO INC * MEDICAL DISCOUNTS ON DOCTOR, DENTAL CHIROPRACTIC, EMERGENCY This little Siamese cat was found on Arlington Road in Taylorsville. She is very friendly and needs a good home. A golden tabby in color, this young adult female was found in Graeagle. She is very loving. Come take a look. Visit our Website at Please think before you turn your pet over to the animal control. The animal rescue agencies will not always take the animals. If no home can be found, they will be put to sleep. For more information call the Plumas County Animal Shelter in Quincy at 283-3673. 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