Monthly Archives: August 2015

Local hero led Marines in the first battle of Vietnam, ‘Operation Starlite’

By MARLENE BOHR

Special Correspondent

Editor’s Note: Today, August 18, marks the 50th anniversary of ‘Operation Starlite’, the first battle of Vietnam. Hughes Springs resident Homer ‘Mike” Jenkins has the distinction of leading the historic mission. It isn’t every day a farmer in East Texas receives a visit from officials representing Marine Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; however, Hughes Springs resident Homer’Mike’ Jenkins received such a visit earlier this summer. The Marine veteran was interviewed as he told his story of ‘Operation Starlite,’ the first battle of Vietnam. Sgt. Continue Reading →

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