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Gold Star Mother still feels loss of son three decades later


Gold Star Mother Renate DeAngelis holds a picture of her son Christopher DeAngelis who was in the US Navy. Christopher was killed in 1987 on the USS Stark during a fire on the ship.

By Kristine Coulter

“He was very outgoing. He was a prankster. He was an artist. He was very loving. He was always trying to help other people,” Gold Star Mother Renate DeAngelis said of her eldest son Christopher DeAngelis.

Christopher joined the US Navy. He was 23 when he was stationed in the Middle East on the USS Stark.

“He wanted to go into the Navy for photography,” said Renate, an Orange County resident. When he went to the recruiting office, she said, he scored a 97 or 98 on the test. The recruiter told Christopher he would be better off picking another area to work in. She said the recruiter told Christopher he could make friends with the photographer on the ship and learn photography that way. Christopher became an electrical technician, like his father, Robert.

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MEMORIAL DAY 2017

American combat aviation rooted in WW I volunteers


Photo caption: This painting of a Lafayette Escadrille pilot in his Nieuport 11, somewhere over France, hangs in the museum at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. Volunteers with the French Fighter Squadron were the first Americans to see combat during World War I. Photo by jim donick

by jim donick

The United States Air Force traces the beginnings of American Military Aviation to World War I - not to its own fledgling Air Service, but to a French Fighter Squadron called the Lafayette Escadrille. They were the first American aviators to see combat.

These volunteers joined the French long before the United States had entered the war. In fact, historian Herbert Malloy Mason notes that “In 1916 there were more Americans flying for the French than the United States had airplanes. In 1916 the U.S. Army’s Aviation Section, Signal Corps, numbered twenty-three aircraft.”

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Gold Star Mother still feels loss of son three decades later


Gold Star Mother Renate DeAngelis holds a picture of her son Christopher DeAngelis who was in the US Navy. Christopher was killed in 1987 on the USS Stark during a fire on the ship.

By Kristine Coulter

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“He was very outgoing. He was a prankster. He was an artist. He was very loving. He was always trying to help other people,” Gold Star Mother Renate DeAngelis said of her eldest son Christopher DeAngelis.

Christopher joined the US Navy. He was 23 when he was stationed in the Middle East on the USS Stark.

“He wanted to go into the Navy for photography,” said Renate, an Orange County resident. When he went to the recruiting office, she said, he scored a 97 or 98 on the test. The recruiter told Christopher he would be better off picking another area to work in. She said the recruiter told Christopher he could make friends with the photographer on the ship and learn photography that way. Christopher became an electrical technician, like his father, Robert.

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