More than half a century after the liberation of the Philippines
Roanoke-area veterans win some recognition for their efforts.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, we'll hear from one.
And a different view of the WAR between the States... challenging some
Tonight in sports, Memorial Day matinees from the big leagues, highlights
from today's exciting Saturn Cup bike races in downtown Roanoke, plus Jeff
and news of yet another day of rain at Indianapolis, as the Indy 500 is
postponed until tomorrow at Noon at the Brickyard.
The light rain is replaced by chilly weather and we will stay dry for much
of the week. Weather details just ahead.
It took eleven months and cost twenty thousand American lives, but the
liberation of the Philippine Islands in 1944 opened the door to the defeat of
Japan and the end of World War Two.
The men who helped accomplish that task got a long overdue "thank you" today
during Memorial Day services in Roanoke.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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SUPER=01-Bill Aylor/World War Two Veteran; 1:06
OUT Q=News7, Roanoke.
(( It was Douglas MacArthur who said "I shall return", but it was men like
these who helped him keep that promise.
Fifty three years after American forces liberated the Philippine Islands,
Roanoke- area veterans of the war in the South Pacific were honored for their
IN Q=As inadequate
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- ROANOKE: AS INADEQUATE AS WORDS CAN SOMETIMES BE, IT IS
OUR SHARED DUTY TO NEVER FORGET THE SACRIFICE OF OUR FALLEN VETERANS AND TO
MAKE SURE WE PASS THE MEMORY OF THEIR NAMES AND DEEDS ON TO THE NEXT
OUT Q=the next generation.
The Filipinos have not forgotten.
Brigadier General Tagumpay Nanadiego is himself a World War Two veteran who
survived the 65- mile Bataan Death March.. traveling around the world to thank
these veterans was a much easier trip.
IN Q=This is our
((BRIG. GEN. TAGUMPAY NANADIEGO: THIS IS OUR SMALL WAY OF THANKING THE VETERANS
WHO ARE HERE TODAY FOR THEIR ROLE IN THE LIBERATION OF THE PHILIPPINES, IN
RESTORING DEMOCRACY AND PEACE IN MY COUNTRY.))
OUT Q=in my country.
Most of the veterans here haven't donned a uniform in years, but you know
they'll find a place to pin their Philippine Liberation medal.
IN Q=It feels real
((BILL AYLOR/WORLD WAR TWO VETERAN: IT FEELS REAL GOOD. I THINK WE DESERVE IT.
OUT Q=we're happy.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Roanoke.))
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Every American soldier wounded in combat is entitled to wear the Purple
It's an exclusive club. Only about 25-thousand servicemen and women hold
the medal. While many of them are Vietnam veterans, the Purple Heart has never
been awarded for exposure to "agent orange."
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SUPER=01-Ike Payne/Order of the Purple Heart; :44
SUPER=01-Frank Davis, Jr./Navy Corpsman's Son; 1:05
SUPER=01-Bill McConnell/Purple Heart Recipient; 1:53
SUPER=01-John Wright/Purple Heart Recipient; 1:57
OUT Q=protective of it.
( Mary Elizabeth Marchand wants to change that.
IN Q=Agent Orange
((AGENT ORANGE KILLED MY FATHER. THAT IS WHAT I WANT THE PURPLE HEART FOR.))
Her father, Navy Corpsman Frank Davis, succumbed to lung cancer in March.
A veteran of three wars, Davis served two tours of duty in Vietnam.
Just four months before his death at the V-A Hospital in Salem, the retired
chief petty officer was officially declared a victim of the chemical defoliant
U-S warplanes sprayed on the jungle in Southeast Asia.
IN Q=Agent Orange
((AGENT ORANGE IS OUR OWN STUFF.))
The man who represents the Military Order of the Purple Heart in Southwest
Virginia- -Ike Payne says: Chief Davis doesn't qualify. The injury must be
caused by enemy action.
((THE ENEMY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH AGENT ORANGE. WE SPRAYED AGENT ORANGE. WE
SPRAYED IT ON THEM.))
There HAVE been instances where friendly fire casualties received the medal,
but only in cases where the mis-directed American firepower was INTENDED to
take out the enemy.
Gulf War veterans won the Purple Heart for exposure to chemical gases- -but
that came from the Iraqi's.
((MY DAD DIDN'T TAKE A BULLET, LIKE SO MANY OTHERS DID. BUT HE WAS POISONED AND
KILLED JUST THE SAME.))
Frank Davis JUNIOR has jumped aboard the crusade launched by his sister.
A veteran himself, Frank, Junior feels their effort is hampered by the fact
that the Vietnam War was so unpopular.
((SURE, IT'S GOING TO OPEN UP THE DOORS TO A LOT OF PEOPLE. I HAVE NO IDEA THE
NUMBERS, MAYBE GUESS 20,000. WELL, IF 20,000 MEN HAVE EARNED IT, THEN 20,000
MEN SHOULD HAVE IT.))
It could actually be twice that number. 39-thousand Vietnam vets are now
collecting disability compensation for their exposure to Agent Orange.
At least some members of the Order of the Purple Heart feel redefining
what's meant by "combat injury" cheapens the medal.
((BILL MCCONELL/PURPLE HEART RECIPIENT: EVEN THE GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL WOULD BE
HARDER TO GET THAN THE PURPLE HEART.))
((JOHN WRIGHT/PURPLE HEART RECIPIENT: AND I HATE TO SEE OTHER PEOPLE WHO
TRIPPED OVER A BICYCLE IN BOSNIA AND GET THE PURPLE HEART TO ATTEND OUR
MEETINGS. IT'S NOT THE SAME.))
((WELL, WE'RE JEALOUS OF IT. WE'RE EXTREMELY PROTECTIVE OF IT.
OUT Q=protective of it.
The Navy says Chief Davis doesn't qualify for a Purple Heart under current
It would take an act of Congress to change that.
While Marchand and Davis have received a lot of praise and kind words from
politicians, so far, none of their Congressmen seem willing to champion the
In its 25 years of existence, the Virginia Housing Development Authority has
helped nearly 96- thousand families buy homes.
But for the past four years it's also helped take care of Virginia's
Corporate sponsors organized by V-H-D-A are chipping in 40- thousand dollars
this year to two New River Valley shelters.
IN Q=The housing
((PAT BROWN/NRV WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTER: THE HOUSING PROBLEMS ARE JUST
TREMENDOUS. AND THE FACT THAT A STATE ORGANIZATION LIKE VHDA WOULD SEE THESE
PROBLEMS OF THE HOMELESS, AND ACTUALLY WORK SO HARD ON SPARE TIME KIND OF
THINGS TO RAISE MONIES FOR NON-PROFITS, IT'S JUST TREMENDOUS.))
SUPER=01-Pat Brown/NRV Women's Resource Center;
OUT Q=just tremendous.
The charity tournament is NOT just a fund-raiser.
It's also an awareness raiser for the bankers and homebuilders who help
((AMANDA GRIFFETH/MONTGOMERY CO. COMMUNITY SHELTER: WE NEED SOME LOWER COST
RENTAL UNITS THAT ARE AWAY FROM THE COLLEGES SO THEY'RE LITERALLY NOT SCARFED
UP BY ALL THE COLLEGE STUDENTS.))
((THERE ARE A LOT OF PLACES THAT IF YOU HAVE ANY KIND OF PROBLEMS WITH YOUR
CREDIT RECORD, OR YOU'RE NOT EMPLOYED AT THE TIME, YOU CANNOT GET IN, YOU
CANNOT GET A LEASE.))
SUPER=01-Amanda Griffeth/Montgomery Co. Community Shelter;
OUT Q=a lease.
The tournament helped change some attitudes while lightening a few wallets.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
He hasn't seen his two young daughters for two years, but a Wythe County man
isn't giving up. Coming up on News 7 at Six, we'll update a father's overseas
search for his children.
and a pair of local churches join forces to tackle the problem of dwindling
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There's a man in Max Meadows whose children have allegedly been the victims
of International Parental Kidnapping.
He still hasn't tracked them down... but he's not giving up.
Walter Benda hasn't seen his daughters (MAR-ee) Mari and (Eh-mah) Ema since
the spring of 1995.
He says his wife got involved with a cult...took the children to her native
Japan... and then changed their names.
This past weekend, Benda, and dozens of others, picketed six different
embassies in Washington.
He's also formed his own parents group in Japan.
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((WALTER BENDA: I HAVE STARTED AN ORGANIZATION IN JAPAN CALLED CHILDREN'S
RIGHTS COUNCIL JAPAN. THERE ARE ABOUT 2 DOZEN MEMBERS OF THAT. MOST OF THEM ARE
PARENTS WHO ARE BEING DENIED ACCESS TO THEIR CHILDREN IN JAPAN. MOST OF THESE
CASES INVOLVE INTERNATIONAL PARENTAL KIDNAPPING. ))
OUT Q=parental kidnapping
Benda has been to Japanese District Court numerous times in the past two
years hoping to reclaim his children.
But he's run into a number of stumbling blocks.
He's not fluent in Japanese and was not given the opportunity to have a
lawyer represent him in court.
Enticing young people to attend church is a challenge ministers have been
faced with for years.
These days it's a particular problem for churches with small congregations
unable to offer special programs.
Teresa Hamilton has the story of two Danville churches that are working on a
IN Q=Mosely memorial
SUPER=01-Richard Cobb/Parish Minister; :24
SUPER=01-Joe Winston/Congregation Member; 1:06
SUPER=01-Maynard Case/Congregation Member; 1:19
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7, Danville.
(( Mosely Memorial and Main Street United Methodist have a lot in common.
Both are large facilities with small congregations in search of a way to
attract new members.
Reverend Richard Cobb may have found the answer.
A couple of years ago the churches teamed up to form a parish.
The way it works, the churches remain separate, but come together for
((RICHARD COBB/PARRISH MINISTER:WITH THE PARISH NOW, WE CAN OFFER MORE
PROGRAMS, IN ALMOST ALL THE AGE BRACKETS, SO IF THERE'S ONLY TWO OR THREE YOUNG
ADULTS IN ONE CHURCH, IF THERE'S TWO OR THREE IN ANOTHER, THEN WE HAVE ENOUGH
TO BEGIN A PROGRAM.))
OUT Q=a program.
Reverend Cobb splits his time between the two churches-- and is convinced
the concept is working.
Last summer, he and his wife brought young people from both churches
together for events, such as volleyball and swimming.
The parish concept has other benefits.
Over the past two years-- it's saved the two churches about 81- thousand
Supporters of the parish concept hope to use the money saved to put back
into the ministry.
IN Q=We have
(( JOE WINSTON/CONGREGATION MEMBER:WE HAVE TWO CHURCHES PAYING ONE MINISTER,
INSTEAD OF TWO MINISTERS, AND THE METHODIST CHURCH HAS ALWAYS PROVIDED A
PARSONAGE FOR ITS MINISTER AND NOW THERE'S ONLY ONE PARSONAGE FOR THE TWO
CHURCHES INSTEAD OF TWO PERSONAGES. ))
OUT Q=two parsonage.
IN Q=It did
((MAYNARD CASE/CONGREGATION MEMBER:IT DID WORK, AND IT IS WORKING, AND IT IS
HEALTHY, FOR BOTH CHURCHES, I THINK, WE HAVE WORKED REAL WELL TOGETHER. ))
Reverend Cobb is looking to expand the parish-- possibly to involve as many
as six churches.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Danville.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
The Civil War was about states' rights, not slavery. How many times have we
all heard that?
Still to come on News 7 at Six, the author of a new book on the "late
unpleasantness" weighs in with his opinion.
and some VO-TECH students will get the chance to show off their skills at a
national competition. That story and more when we return.
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LEARNING by DOING--
That's what students at the Botetourt Technical Education Center say about
their hands- on schoolwork.
And their enthusiasm is paying off.
Several students are heading to Kansas City next month to take part in a
national vocational competition.
For students not satisfied with more traditional schoolwork, trade school
provides them a jump start to the future.
IN Q=I think it's
((STEPHEN REESE/JUNIOR: I THINK IT'S A WHOLE LOT BETTER THAN OPENING UP A
BOOK, WHEN IN THIS CLASS YOU CAN USE YOUR HANDS AND LEARN HOW TO DO IT
((MICHAEL HUBBARD/SENIOR: YOU GET, LIKE I SAID, A COMPETITIVE EDGE BECAUSE YOU
GET AN ADVANTAGE. YOU'RE ALREADY PREPARED AS YOU COME OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL.))
SUPER=01-Michael Hubbard/Senior; :12
OUT Q=out of high school
While most high school students are encouraged to go on to four- year
colleges, B- TECH officials say there is more demand for skilled workers in the
IN Q=In 1950
((JIM BUSHONG/BOTETOURT TECHNICAL EDUCATION CENTER: IN 1950, WE ONLY NEEDED 30
PERCENT OF SKILLED LABORERS. AS WE ENTER THE WORKFORCE NOW, 70 PERCENT OF THE
LABOR FORCE HAS GOT TO BE SKILLED. MUCH MORE ELEVATED THAN IN THE PAST. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Bushong/Botetourt Technical Education Center;
OUT Q=than in the past
B-Tech features courses ranging from drafting to auto mechanics.
A best-selling author has a bone to pick with some southern heritage
Kenneth Davis specializes in question- and- answer- style books designed to
make history interesting to casual readers.
In his book "Don't Know Much About the Civil War," Davis takes issue with
southern history fans who argue that slavery was a minor factor in the war.
IN Q=People don't
((KENNETH C. DAVIS/AUTHOR: PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT THIS WAS THE
CULMINATION OF 200 YEARS OF HISTORY. WHAT GOES BACK TO THE VERY BEGINNINGS OF
THE ENGLISH IN VIRGINIA. THEY BROUGHT SLAVES IN ALMOST IMMEDIATELY, AND THIS
ISSUE WAS AN UNDERCURRENT THROUGHOUT AMERICAN HISTORY. THERE'S NO QUESTION IN
MY MIND THAT THE CIVIL WAR WAS FOUGHT ABOUT SLAVERY.))
SUPER=01-Kenneth C. Davis/Author;
OUT Q=fought about slavery
Davis isn't out to hammer the South, though. Among other points, he refutes
the story that Confederate President Jefferson Davis was disguised in women's
clothing when he was captured by Union troops.
He says the Confederate leader's wife threw a shawl over his shoulders to
keep him warm after he was captured -- and that northerners twisted the story
Coming your way tonight in sports, the rain is again the big winner at
Indianapolis, a Danville native and current Pittsburgh Pirate pulls an inside
job today in the big leagues,
and we'll get on the course with the cyclists taking part in today's saturn
Festival Cup bike races in downtown Roanoke.
The 81st Indianapolis 500 was postponed for the second straight day thanks to
another one of those rain events.
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Just before 3:30 eastern time this afternoon, the race stewards at the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway made the call to postpone the race until tomorrow
The fans did get to see 15 laps worth of racing today before the rain
arrived, plus they witnessed a three car crash on the pace lap.
Tony Stewart will be the leader when the race resumes tomorrow with pole
sitter Arie Luyendyk second.
The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte didn't end until nearly one o'clock this
morning, and then it had to be shortened by 77 laps.
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Jeff Gordon picked up the win, and in so doing completed a Charlotte sweep by
winning the Winston, the Coke 600 pole and the race itself.
IN Q="I'm shocked...
((JEFF GORDON/COCA-COLA 600 WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/Coca-Cola 600 Winner; :00
OUT Q=...tighten up (double out)."
Roanoke's Memorial Day sporting tradition known as the Saturn Festival Cup
rarely goes off without at least the threat of a shower. Today the thereat was
again there, but somehow the men's and women's pro events were able to light up
the downtown streets without any interference from Mother Nature.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke/Saturn Festival Cup; :00
SUPER=01-Bart Bowen/Team Saturn Cyclist; 1:03
SUPER=01-Mark McCormack/Men's Saturn Cup Winner; 1:17
SUPER=01-Sandra Kolb/Women's Saturn Cup Winner; 1:58
OUT Q=...THAT MINDSET."
((The only reminder of the much needed morning rain was an occasional puddle
along Church Avenue.
Of course when you're traveling over 35 miles an hour surrounded by 57
other bikes, you don't exactly have time to check out the edge of the road.
NAT SOUND OF WIDE ANGLE SPEED
Roanoke police were on hand to keep an eye on any of these would-be
speeders on the downtown streets, but even they had trouble keeping up with
Team Saturn's Bart Bowen, who recently won a big cycling event in Japan. In
this 45 lap race he made the competition feel like it was on the other side of
the world, as he bolted to a 17 second lead with 20 laps to go.
NAT SOUND SPEAKER
((BART BOWEN/TEAM SATURN CYCLIST:))
Bowen kept his distance from the field for the next ten or so circuits,
before teammate Mark McCormack came from no where to offer some protection from
a late charge.
The two covered the field and crossed the line hand in hand, with Bowen
giving the win to McCormack as a way of saying thanks.
((MARK MCCORMACK/SATURN CUP MEN'S WINNER:))
In the women's 30 lap event 10 riders emerged from the start on Church avenue
and made their way around the tight one kilometer course.
The lead changed hands a number of times in this race as the ladies wheeled
past Greene Memorial United Methodist Church and turned onto Luck Avenue.
The final lap produced a mad dash for the finish line, with Maryland's Sandra
Kolb, a full time triathlete, hitting the stripe first for the Saturn Cup
((SANDRA KOLB/WOMEN'S PRO EVENT WINNER:))
The Baltimore Orioles won their seventh game in their last nine outings, and
their 32nd of the year with a come from behind 8-to-6 victory over New York.
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The Orioles got started in the right way with this Brady Anderson solo
homerun, but they would also need to come up with six runs in the seventh
inning to overcome a 6-to-2 New York advantage.
Anderson had a double in that frame to propel the O's to the 8-to-6 win.
And finally tonight the Cubs beat the Pirates 2-to-1 in a game that featured
two inside the park homers in less than 5 minutes.
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Sammy Sosa had just slide safely across the plate in the top of the sixth
when Tony Womack came up to the plate in the bottom of the inning with the same
The Danville native, who graduated from Gretna high school, turned on the
jets and beat the throw to home by a mile.
The Pirates still lost 2-to-1.
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