| Jun 24, 2012
| 6:06 PM
The remains of Lance Cpl. Eugene C. Mills III, 21, of Laurel, who was known by some of his Marine comrades as "Gino Bambino," were scheduled to arrive at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Del., shortly before noon Monday, according to a family friend.
| Jun 25, 2012
| 6:04 PM
"Pops, when I come home, Natty Bohs and crabs?" Lance Cpl. Eugene C. "Gene" Mills III asked his father, Gene Mills II, during an impromptu phone call early last week, about a month before the younger man was due to return home to Laurel from Afghanistan....
| Jun 29, 2012
| 2:25 PM
It wasn't until my husband held our son Aaron for the first time that I realized I'd been holding my breath — for months.
In August, Judah had hugged me, 20-something-weeks' pregnant, and our 3-year-old goodbye before leaving for a tour in...
| Jul 7, 2012
| 7:26 AM
The reality of the war in Afghanistan hit home this past week when we learned of West Laurel's Marine Lance Corp. Eugene "Gene" Mills III was killed in combat on June 22. Shock and disbelief resonated throughout the community as the news traveled fast....
| Oct 23, 2012
| 2:45 PM
It's a safe bet that President Barack Obama misses the old Mitt Romney — the one who described himself as "severely conservative."
In their first debate in Denver, Mr. Romney outflanked the president by assuming the role of Moderate Mitt, a sweet-...
| Jul 2, 2012
| 3:03 PM
Funeral services for Lance Cpl. Eugene C. Mills III are scheduled for Tuesday, July 3 at 11 a.m. at Grace Community Church, 8200 Old Columbia Pike, in Fulton. The 21-year-old Laurel resident was killed in Afghanistan June 22.
Mills, known as "Little...
| Jul 6, 2012
| 8:26 AM
"Where do we go from here?" Eugene Mills II, father of 21-year-old Marine Lance Cpl. Eugene Mills III, said as he addressed hundreds of mourners at his son's funeral service at Grace Community Church on Tuesday.
Mills, who was scheduled to return home...
| Oct 25, 2012
| 5:52 PM
One left the city to go to college and see the world with the Navy. The other refused to leave East Baltimore even after his mother moved south to make a better life for his siblings, instead staying to hang around on the corners.
Alonzo Gladden, 24, and...
| Jul 3, 2012
| 7:09 PM
Army Sgt. Justin Haggerty was 7,000 miles away from his wife and daughter last Fourth of July — with his canine partner, HHelotes, in Afghanistan, searching for explosives and helping to protect a U.S. Special Forces group from the enemy.
| Jul 28, 2012
| 1:32 PM
The hulking old tanks, left to rust when Soviet forces pulled out of Afghanistan in 1989, still packed a threat when Albert Whittington arrived.
Whittington, an ordnance and explosives specialist with the Baltimore district of the Army Corps of...
| Jul 29, 2012
| 7:49 AM
Sykesville's Gate House Museum of History has always highlighted the community past, but these days visitors entering the small museum can almost feel a sense of renewal and vitality as well.
The atmosphere is almost as if someone came along and —...
| Jul 31, 2012
| 4:50 PM
A foot and half separated Marc Burleson from the buried bomb he was trying to defuse last December in a narrow alleyway of a small Afghanistan village.
The bomb exploded, mutilating the Marine's face, ripping off part of his right arm, paralyzing his...