A front-row seat in history’s theater

Staff photo by Mary Kemper Joe Crankshaw, Stuart, is an Army veteran of the Korean War and a longtime newspaperman with Scripps publications. He is seen here in his home holding a portrait of his wife, Jean, of 35 years, in front of a display containing a portrait of his great-grandfather and a saber passed down through generations of his family.

Staff photo by Mary Kemper
Joe Crankshaw, Stuart, is an Army veteran of the Korean War and a longtime newspaperman with Scripps publications. He is seen here in his home holding a portrait of his wife, Jean, of 35 years, in front of a display containing a portrait of his great-grandfather and a saber passed down through generations of his family.

Mary Kemper
Staff Writer
Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of a two-part story. Part 2 will be published in next week’s issue. Joe Crankshaw is one of a vanishing breed — a newspaperman who is also a combat-wounded Army veteran. The vast majority of today’s journalists have never served, much less experienced war firsthand. Not so for Joe.

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Love interrupted

Photo courtesy of Chuck Hunziker and Bob Collier Chuck Hunziker and Bob Collier have been together for 51 years. The Navy and Army veterans met in 1963 and married last year in New York. They’re part of a federal lawsuit to make Florida recognize their marriage.

Photo courtesy of Chuck Hunziker and Bob Collier
Chuck Hunziker and Bob Collier have been together for 51 years. The Navy and Army veterans met in 1963 and married last year in New York. They’re part of a federal lawsuit to make Florida recognize their marriage.

Patrick McCallister
For Veteran Voice
Chuck Hunziker and Bob Collier are called a legacy couple in some circles. The two military veterans have been a couple for more than a half century. Now the Fort Lauderdale pair wants the state to recognize their recent marriage. “It was a long engagement,” Hunziker said. “We wanted to make sure we were doing the right thing, so we waited 50 years.”

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