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Veterans Day » Rear admiral is among 11 Utahns who will be honored at the U.

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The awards ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the ballroom, recognizing Conder and 10 other veterans.

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Veterans Day events

Here are a sampling of events to honor veterans. Visit www.sltrib.com for a more complete listing.

University of Utah

The U. will honor 11 Utah veterans, including the second female admiral, at its 16th annual Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony. The tribute includes a panel discussion, a 21-cannon salute, an awards ceremony and a concert. The panel discussion, “Women in Combat Arms,” begins at 8:45 a.m. The awards ceremony starts at 11 a.m.

When » 8:30 a.m. Monday

Where » University of Utah Olpin Union, 200 S. Central Campus Drive

Tickets » Free


The Utah National Guard will present the 58th annual Veterans Day Concert featuring the Utah National Guard’s 23rd Army Band and the combined Granite School District Choir.

When » 7 p.m. Monday

Where » Jon M. Huntsman Center, 1825 E. South Campus Drive

Tickets » Free


Taylorsville city and the United Veterans Council will host the 2013 Veterans Day Parade and Program in Taylorsville. The parade grand marshal is Pearl Harbor Veteran Marion Kesler. Any veterans may walk in the parade. Following the parade, at 12:15 p.m., there will be a program at the Taylorsville Veterans Memorial on the south side of Taylorsville City Hall. The keynote speaker is Congressman Jim Matheson. Visit www.taylorsvilleut.gov for information.

When » 11 a.m. Monday

Where » Valley Regional Park, 5100 S. 2700 West, Taylorsville

Tickets » Free

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Ray Matheny, Army Air Corps, World War II; Air Force, Korean War » Matheny enlisted when he was 17 and was deployed to Europe. At 18, he was shot down during an aerial combat mission near the Baltic Sea and captured. He spent 16 months in a German prison camp in Austria and witnessed mass killings at a concentration camp before he was freed. He served again investigating aircraft accidents during the Korean War.

Lawrence Weist, Army, Vietnam War » In 1968, Weist was in a helicopter that was shot down during a mission to rescue another unit that had been ambushed in Trang Bang. He was thrown from the helicopter and presumed dead, but a medic loading bodies after the firefight discovered he was still alive. He was taken to a hospital and discharged. By 1969, 40 percent of his company had been killed, according to a press statement by the university.

Spencer Felt, Army Air Corps, World War II » Spencer Felt was on a bombing mission in 1943 over Europe when his plane’s engines went out one by one, forcing the crew to bail out. Members of the Polish underground directed them to safe places in the mountains for five weeks. Felt and his crew traveled to Russia, Egypt and Italy before returning to the United States in 1945.

Forrest Allinder, Army, World War II » Allinder was forced to cross the Sauer River in Germany during a flood. The battalion’s overloaded boats capsized and sank while under attack, and Allinder worked to save many of the injured soldiers from the freezing water.

Tommy Hollingsworth, Air Force, Korean War; Army, Southeast Asia » Hollingsworth served in Korea and then joined the Special Forces, which trained him in Laotian and Thai languages, demolitions, communications, skydiving, operations intelligence and other survival skills. He carried out classified operations in southeast Asia and later began a public speaking career and published a book, "Behind the Scenes in Vietnam."

William Hansen, Army, Vietnam War » Hansen served in Vietnam as a captain. On Dec. 9, 1968, his regiment was attacked by an enemy force while en route to help another unit. Hansen received a Silver Star for reorganizing his force and leading a successful assault against a well-concealed enemy. When his regiment reached the friendly unit, they again faced a barrage of antitank grenade fire, according to a U. press statement. "Hansen exposed himself to enemy fire while making the difficult decisions coordinating precise artillery and air strikes until the hostile force withdrew," according to the statement. Hansen later served as an assistant professor of military science at the U.

Stephen Featherstone, Army, Vietnam War » Featherstone enlisted in the Army in 1955 and later served two tours in Vietnam. He led helicopter missions to protect and resupply the encircled Marine base at Khe Sanh, and night missions to rescue Army and Marine units from jungle and mountaintop positions. His helicopter was often hit by ground fire, but Featherstone, improbably, was never seriously injured. He retired after 20 years in service.

Edward Kay, Army, Korean War » Edward Kay began as a rifleman at the front lines in Korea in 1950. Within four months, he was promoted to master sergeant. He served in two of the bloodiest battles of the war — Bloody Ridge and Heartbreak Ridge, back-to-back battles lasting about two months. Kay’s battalion suffered 850 casualties, including 27 officers.

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James Slade, Army, Vietnam War; Utah Army National Guard » Slade was drafted into the military from Murray in 1968 and served nearly two years on active duty. On a mission to explore enemy territory, he and his team were called to help a village that was under attack. After a difficult trek through the jungle, the unit arrived at the village to find the buildings had been destroyed and most of the people executed. Slade later became the military outreach coordinator for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Elton Taylor, Marines, World War II; Army, Korean and Vietnam wars » Elton Taylor served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam during nearly 22 years in the military. He landed amidst mortar fire in Peleliu, Palau Island, in 1944; his unit was involved in the Battle of Okinawa in 1945 and was then sent to northern China. Two years after his 1946 discharge, he joined the Army, where he served in Korea and Vietnam.


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