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'Stories of Honor' series highlights local veterans
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'Stories of Honor' series highlights local veterans

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Jesse Chaney

Some of our nation’s veterans have never shared their military stories with anyone.

Through our annual “Stories of Honor” series, the Independent Record is working to ensure the stories of Helena-area military veterans are documented for posterity before it’s too late.

Now in its third year, “Stories of Honor” highlights one of our community’s veterans each week from Memorial Day to Veterans Day. In that time we have shared the stories of dozens of local veterans from World War II to the current conflict in Afghanistan and everything in between.

With more than 6,000 veterans in Lewis and Clark County and more people joining the military each day, we will never run out of interesting stories to tell.

If you know any veterans who are willing to talk about their military experience, please take a moment to fill out a nomination at or email it to me at

In the meantime, I invite you to read today’s story on Vietnam combat veteran John Quintrell, who is our first featured veteran of 2021 and also happens to be the keynote speaker at today’s Memorial Day ceremony scheduled for 3 p.m. at Memorial Park in Helena. The remaining stories in this series will be published each Monday over the next 23 weeks.

On this Memorial Day weekend, I hope this series serves as a reminder of everything our military veterans have sacrificed for our freedom.

They deserve our respect and so much more.

Jesse Chaney


Independent Record



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