SHSU’s William Holcomb Named 2018-19 Men’s Golf Student-Athlete of the Year

first_img Max Hellstrom Jr. New Orleans Stockholm, Sweden Business Administration 3.88 * – 2018-19 First Team All-Conference Selection2 – Two-time Academic All-Conference Selection Cody Banach Jr. Lamar Houston, Texas Finance 3.04 Name Class School Hometown Major GPA Nikolai Schaffrath So. Lamar Potsdam, Germany Industrial Engineering 3.93 William Holcomb*2 Jr. Sam Houston State Crockett, Texas General Business 3.55 Joris Etlin2 Sr. Southeastern La. Frejus, France Finance 4.0 Name Class School Hometown Major GPA Bryce Dooley2 Jr. Abilene Christian Friendswood, Texas Finance 3.63center_img 2018-19 Southland Men’s Golf All-Academic TeamStudent-Athlete of the Year: William Holcomb, Sam Houston StateFirst Team Second Team Sam Dumez Sr. Lamar Bordeaux, France Finance 3.60 Miles Smith So. Central Arkansas Little Rock, Ark. Undeclared 3.66 John Hill* Jr. Incarnate Word McQueeney, Texas Business Management 3.63 Trevor Bailey So. Incarnate Word Cibolo, Texas Business 4.0 FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State junior William Holcomb is the 2018-19 Men’s Golf Student-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Monday along with its all-academic teams, All yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition.Holcomb earns his second consecutive Student-Athlete of the Year and first team all-academic honors after an automatic selection as a 2019 First Team All-Conference nod. The junior pushed the Bearkats to a conference championship and an appearance in the 2019 NCAA Austin Regional, where he tied for 38th individually. Holcomb led Sam Houston State throughout the season with four top-10 finishes and a 71.74 scoring average. He also tabbed the team’s lowest round of the season with a 66 at the Huntsville Toyota Bearkat Invitational (April 1-2). Holcomb is a general business major who holds a 3.55 GPA.Incarnate Word’s John Hill joins Holcomb on the first team as the Southland’s only other automatic qualifier after a First Team All-Conference selection. The UIW senior business management major holds a 3.63 GPA and led the Cardinals with a fourth-place finish at the 2019 Southland Conference Championship. Accompanying Hill on the first team all-academic squad is UIW teammate Trevor Bailey, a 4.0 business major.Filling out the remainder of the all-academic first team are Southeastern Louisiana senior Joris Etlin, a 4.0 finance major and New Orleans junior Max Hellstrom.Lamar earned a trio of second-team selections in Nikolai Schaffrath, Sam Dumez and Cody Banach alongside Abilene Christian’s Bryce Dooley and Central Arkansas’ Miles Smith.All told, seven institutions are represented on the all-academic squads. Lamar’s three honorees lead the conference, joining UIW as the only institutions with multiple selections.The All-Academic teams are voted on by a head coach, sports information director and academic/compliance staff member from each Southland Conference institution. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for All-Academic selection. Nominees who were also named to the All-Conference First Team or CoSIDA Academic All-District team are automatically named Southland All-Academic.The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 13 member schools, votes for the student-athlete of the year. The Southland student-athlete of the year award is presented to one student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees must have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution.last_img read more

BIGDADDYKOOL ready for Superstakes test – Nunes

first_imgAnthony ‘Baba’ Nunes’ three year-old colt, BIGDADDYKOOL, announced his arrival on the big stage earlier this year, when he captured the Lotto Classics for the Governor’s Cup in May. A month later the young horse was second in the Jamaican derby after an exciting battle to the wire with FUTURE KING for Jamaica’s most prized race, although both horses ended up being disqualified. However, despite taking on some of the best thoroughbreds on the local circuit, in the Lotto Classics, such as ORPHEUS and JAMAI RAJA, and horses like FUTURE KING in the derby, the three year-old colt will face his toughest test to date when he lines up for the Superstakes, against defending champion FRANFIELD, reigning horse of the year SEEKING MY DREAM, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, PHINEAS, A THOUSAND STARS, JAMAI RAJA among others, this weekend at Caymanas Park. Veteran trainer, Nunes, is confident the young horse has what it takes to win the $1 million purse on Saturday. “It is the first time he (BIGDADDYKOOL) is going to run against the top A class older horses like SEEKING MY DREAM and PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, and so it’s left to be seen if he can manage them. But I am pretty confident in him, he’s a really nice colt and he certainly stays the trip and he has mature extremely nicely since the St Leger. We have high hopes for him,” Nunes told The Gleaner. Nunes’ biggest concern is that his main contender has not raced in over two months and he thinks this could have an effect on the outcome, but nevertheless remains very optimistic of his chances. “He has trained well, I can’t be happier. I would have preferred if he had gotten a prep race but he had ‘stone’ squeeze about four weeks ago so we ended up missing the Governor Cup, which would have been our prep race. So it has been ten weeks, two and a half months between races. “But he has trained nicely and I thing he can overcome it (A class, older horses). In my mind you are always going to have question marks until the race runs. But ideally I would love to have a race four weeks before but it didn’t happen and that is how it is in horse racing sometimes, things don’t work out the way you plan. But as far as me preparing him for this race with that in mind I have no complaints,” he said. Nunes has won the event on three occasions and would love a fourth, he also wants to give Trinidadian owner Stephen Narinesingh his first Superstakes win. – L.S.last_img read more

La Salle blows lead, holds off Adamson in Mbala’s return

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri pounds Philippines, damages Legazpi City airport PLAY LIST 01:51Typhoon Kammuri pounds Philippines, damages Legazpi City airport02:34UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: DLSU GREEN ARCHERS01:42No Christmas Mass at Notre Dame for first time in two centuries02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Mbala picked up where he left off last season where he won the MVP award, and La Salle needed every bit of its Cameroonian import’s production down the stretch with Adamson mounting a spirited rally in the fourth quarter.“That was a bad win. we started strong but down the stretch, we committed lots of mistakes,” DLSU head coach Aldin Ayo told reporters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“The problem was really our execution. The players thought the game was already over after the first half that’s why in the second half, in the fourth quarter our youth, our immaturity showed,” Ayo said.But Mbala, fresh off an impressive play with Cameroon in the Fiba Afrobasket, kept the Archers steady amid the Falcons’ run in the final frame. He scored seven timely points in the fourth quarter, including a contested drive that pushed his team’s lead back to 11, 79-68, with 4:36 remaining. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img DAY6 is for everybody LATEST STORIES La Salle big man Ben Mbala with an emphatic dunk against Adamson in his first game in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion La Salle blew a big lead before holding off Adamson, 85-73, to remain undefeated in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.The Green Archers welcomed back Ben Mbala, who announced his return in style with a 32 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.ADVERTISEMENT “As expected, even you guys expected to see a game like this from Ben after his stint in the league he just played in,” Ayo said of his prized big man, who averaged 21.8 points and 9.3 rebounds for Cameroon in this year’s Afrobasket.Adamson trailed by as much as 24 points before pulling within seven points several times in the second half, the last instance was when Jerie Pingoy set up Papi Sarr for a gimme that made it, 75-68, with still 5:43 left.Sarr, who is still trying to regain his top form after suffering from a groin injury just before the season started, came away with 12 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Falcons, who dropped to 1-2.ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide How to help the Taal evacuees Pradera continues to dominate PAL fieldlast_img read more

2013 in Retrospect: The ‘Ellen Step Down’ Campaign Made Its Name

first_imgThere were several weeks of a much-publicized protest organized by a group of Liberians. Operating under the banner of the “Ellen Step Down Campaign,” they called for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to leave the Liberian Presidency.  Reasons given for their call included what the group described as rampant corruption, nepotism in government and the failure of the government to improve the lives of the Liberian people.It began after the Liberian leader left the country for the United Nations 68th General Assembly in New York. Later, she paid state visits to Canada, and the Caribbean State of Costa Rica, where a bust-sized statue of the first female African president was unveiled at the United Nations University’s Garden of Peace. The protest was planned for October 9, 2013, upon the President’s return, after a three-week outing.But after weeks of intense campaigning and galvanization of their supporters, the “Ellen Step down Campaign” turned into a fiasco after President Sirleaf arrived triumphant amid cheers and jubilation, right in the presence of her detractors, who were in attendance.As the Liberian leader disembarked Brussels Airliner 000-SFY, she was greeted with applause, chanting of party slogans, and cultural performances from the National Culture Troupe of Liberia, dispelling the notion that there was a planned protest.Mrs. Sirleaf appeared tired from the long trip, saying upon arrival, that she had undergone a minor surgery in the US three days before. Doctors had advised that she stayed and recuperated; however, she decided to come home to her people rather than stay in the US.President Sirleaf said, “This is the right time for Liberians to unite for an onward march for reconstruction and development of the country, especially as the dry season approaches.”She thanked her many supporters for gathering at the airport to welcome her home, despite the fact that she normally does not like such large gatherings.It was also reported that State Security arrested at least eight of the leaders of the ‘Ellen Step-Down Campaign’ on the morning of the planned protest.Mulbah Morlu of the main opposition political party, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) is one of the leaders of the Ellen Step-Down Campaign. According to Police sources, he was arrested at the Airfield Community in the Sinkor area at 1:30 p.m. on October 9, while allegedly distributing T-shirts to supporters of their campaign.Key amongst those reported arrested were the campaigner’s public relations officer, Julius Jensen and their chief strategist, Bah-Wah Brownell as well as five unidentified organizers riding the vehicle of the campaigners who were conducting public awareness to bring out their supporters to call for President Sirleaf’s resignation.The euphoria at the airport was characterized by praise singing in favor of the regime with the President’s supporters calling for continuity and the maintenance of ten years of peace that Liberians currently enjoy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A Possible Hope for Orphaned Children, Ministry of Health and Partners Step in

first_imgThree little girls, recently lost their single mother and the sight of seeing them endlessly wandering around, have many concerned citizens asking; “What will happen for these children who became orphans as a result of the Ebola epidemic?”Most of these children, who have had a parent or both succumb to Ebola while they themselves survived the disease, are being rejected by their communities.In the case of the three little girls, community members are afraid to help, console and guide them during their time of need. Not because of heartlessness, but because of their mother’s death, which no one knows what actually killed her.“Our mother didn’t die from Ebola; she was sick for two weeks and didn’t have any money to get help and ended up dying,” the children have always said whenever they are asked about their mother’s death.The oldest, who constantly hangs her head low, is afraid to look anyone in the eyes. She said she’s terrified to see the worried look in the eyes of those who remember her mother’s death.“No one wants us around, but we don’t have Ebola! I take care of my small sister, who is eight and my four-year-old niece. My people are there, but they don’t help us, they say we should wait for 40 days before they can decide what to do with us.”Crying uncontrollably, she adds, “We just want someone to help us because since our Ma died, we’re just passing around hoping to see her again,” she said, recounting how their days are spent since their mother died.What has gradually surfaced in this deadly Ebola fight is the fact that children, well over 600 so far, are living under the same stigma as these girls.According to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW), as of October 14, 2014, there are 668 abandoned and neglected children in 10 different counties; Montserrado and Lofa having the highest number. The MOHSW official in charge of the psychosocial aspect of theEbola task force, Madam Victoria W. Saway, expressed the Ministry’s concern and how they are dealing with these orphaned children.According to Mrs. Saway, the Ministry is in the process of handling “two groups of children” those coming out of communities, and those who have been traced by UNICEF/MOH.“We come into contact with children who are coming out of communities by social workers. MOHSW has its social workers that are contact tracers, while there are social workers in the communities that have been trained and are being paid by UNICEF,”According to her, these trained social workers are working with a community structure that enables them in identify children who are infected or affected one way or another by the Ebola outbreak.“These social workers go into communities and look for cases of children whose parents are sick and have been left alone. These children are not considered abandoned. Sometimes they’re left in the home by themselves because their parents had to be taken to the ETU.”According to Mrs. Saway, everyday social workers bring cases of children being left alone in their homes, and want to know what can be done about it.“Sometimes community members call us when these kids’ parents are taken to the ETUs, or their parents die in the house and are left by themselves. Sometimes contact tracers run into these cases when they go into homes and alert us.”She also added, “We do have children who are abandoned, and our social workers are trained to be able to tell the difference between an abandoned child or an orphan whose parents were taken to the ETU.”While MOHSW has acknowledged knowing that children such as the three girls in this story exist, they have a way in finding them and knowing their statuses.“What we do when calls come in to us is, we send a team. Most of the children that we take are contacts, which mean they are one way or the other affected or infected by the Ebola. If they’re contacts, we take them to an isolation care center because we don’t want the communities to be afraid of them. Most feel that if the child is a contact and gets closer to them, the child will infect them as well with the virus.”She also said, “Because of the public fear, we immediately take them to a place that was given to us by Child Fund called KeleKule, an interim care center (ICC). It’s being sponsored by UNICEF, and is a 21-day withholding ICC for these children. Child Fund helps; they have done renovations at the facility and when there are gaps, they fill them in. MOH as a whole provides supervision to make sure all necessary things take place for these children there.“The care givers who are at KeleKule are survivors of Ebola and have been certified; they care for the children who are taken in. When we were looking at these children’s cases and why they’re being left in communities, we didn’t want to put people at risk. What we did, we contacted these survivors and asked them if they were willing to work; and some applied. UNICEF in turn partnered with us and in fact, most of our functions at child protection at MOH and MOHSW are sponsored by UNICEF,”The Health Ministry statistics show that at least 435 persons have survived between March 22 and October 16.A research states that a survivor is not likely to contract the virus again for up to 10 years.According to Mrs. Saway, UNICEF decided to identify these survivors, train them and place them at Kelekule.“Kelekule, which, in the Kpelle language means ‘willing heart’, is the right name for these workers who are willing to help these children; and for the children who are willing to be helped. When these children are placed there, there’s no fear of infection, because the care givers have already been infected once.”She also added, “they can provide care for these kids if they come down until they can get an ambulance that will come for the kids and take them to an ETU. Most children are negative, but when they are sent to these ETUs, they get infected there, and that’s what we want to stop from happening. That’s why we send them to KeleKule, and in there, the care takers work to make sure none of the children infect another if they come down with the virus,”The Ministry has said that KeleKule is just a temporary place that houses the children for 21 days. And once each child has completed those days, they are free to go. But in some instances where the children have nowhere to go, they are then placed at Hawa Massaquoi, another placement center.“If they don’t have relatives, we send them to Hawa Massaquoi. It’s a place for children who are survivors but are abandoned. The ETUs have called us to inform us about children who lost their entire families but survived. They have nowhere to send them, so we send them to Hawa.”According to MOHSW, the center takes care of children as it once used to be a daycare. But due to the crisis, it has been transformed into a shelter for these kids.“The maximum stay there is two weeks, unless we can’t find their families. If we can’t find a relative, the possibility is we go into the foster care program.The MOHSW has a form that those interested in becoming foster parents for these children have to fill in. According to Mrs. Saway, when a child is in need of parents, those who fill out the form are then inspected and interviewed.“We do it for the survivors; it’s a new system that we’ve started. Once the child goes through the proper channel, social workers and so on, the child is documented and profiled to make sure they don’t come up missing,“Once we have found them a family, we don’t keep these children. At MOHSW, we want to see these children with their families. Family care is the best option,” she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Blind Orphans Receive Gifts from Scientific and Friends

first_imgScientific and some of the visual impaired students along with the Jackson M. Suah standing in whiteLiberian hip hop artist Scientific alongside his friends Moses Touré and Charles Bruce has donated several assorted food items to the School for the Blind in Mango Town, Virginia.The donation (bags of rice, oil and other food items) came less than a week after the rapper was named the school’s brand ambassador.Scientific, who has been in the country for the last two months, said apart from being the school’s brand ambassador, he sees helping the children as his social and moral responsibility, as well as sharing from the blessings of God he and his friends have benefited from over the years.The rapper said when he visited the school with his friends for the first time, they immediately shed tears because of the conditions of, and the difficulties faced by, the visually impaired children.“This is just the beginning of more things to come. Right now, I’m working on a plan to help improve their learning facility in order to alleviate some of the suffering they are going through.“I cannot tell the exact time this will happen, but before this year comes to an end, I’m sure. I know how it feels to be an orphan, especially in Liberia,” Scientific said.The rapper further disclosed that a lot of the blind children are very talented, to the extent that some of them can even rap better than him.“The only thing that they need right now is training to shape their skills, which I’m about to start soon. I’m planning to work directly with those that can rap in order to better their skills. Very soon, you will see the first visually impaired Liberian rapper.“I have said to myself, my work is not only limited to donating food or other material items but also creating opportunities that will shape their skills,” he said.For his part, the principal of the school, Mr. Jackson M. Suah, thanked the rapper and his friends for the kind gesture, “Which came at the right time.”However, Mr. Suah challenged Scientific and his friends to do more than they have done, relaying that the school is in a desperate need of a better learning facility and other services that will alleviate the children’s plight.The school was established on February 26, 1977 through collaboration between the ministries of Health and Social Welfare and Education. But to present, it lacks basic equipment, even teaching aides.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mother of 2 dies in Corentyne accident

first_imgA Corentyne peddle cyclist, who is a mother of two, is now dead after she collided with a motorcycle on the Nigg Public Road, Corentyne, Berbice.Dead is Deslyne Gaitri Armogan, 49, of Lot 180 Nigg New Housing Scheme, while the injured motorcyclist has been identified as 20-year-old Arvin Ramnarace of Lot 105 Chesney, Berbice.The accident occurred at about 07:30h on Wednesday.According to reports, Ramnarace was riding motorcycle CH 2690 proceeding East along the northern side of the road when Armogan, who was proceeding WestDead: Deslyne Armoganalong the northern side of the said road on a bicycle, allegedly turned South into the path of the motorcyclist and they collided.Both Armogan and Ramnarace were picked up and taken to Port Mourant Hospital, where the 49-year-old woman was pronounced dead on arrival. The young man on the other hand was transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital, with head injuries. Nevertheless, his condition is stable.The dead woman’s husband, Gopaul Singh, told Guyana Times that he was on his way home from work when he noticed a bicycle lying on the side of the road and immediately recognised it.“I went home because I see people [at the scene] but nobody didn’t say anything and when I get home, my brother-in-law wife called and asked if [Deslyne] come home and I said no because I didn’t see her. So I went back out on the road to seeThe dead woman’s bicycle on the road after the collisionif what going on and then a lady from across the road ask if is we bicycle and I tell she yes and then she say that the person didn’t make it,” the man related.Singh said he rushed to the Port Mourant Hospital where his worst fears were confirmed.Guyana Times understands that Armogan had gone to a shop in the community to purchase pastries as she was about to take a trip to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) to bid farewell to some relatives.According to her husband, the woman sustained head injuries and was bleeding through her nose and ears.The couple has two children.This newspaper understands that on September 28, 2001, the couple’s third child – a six-year-old son – died in a road accident also on the Corentyne highway.Singh said he always warned his wife about the Corentyne highway, recalling that that was the conversation he had with the now dead woman.last_img read more

Man sentenced to 30 years for killing reputed wife

first_imgForty-six-year-old Seon Singh, also called Paul, of 9th Field Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara was on Thursday sentenced to 30 years imprisonment by Justice James Bovell-Drakes after he admitted that he killed his reputed wife during a domestic dispute.Singh admitted that on November 25, 2012, he stabbed Indranie Sugrim to death. He was first charged for murder but opted to enter a guilty plead to lesser count of manslaughter.On Thursday, via a probation report, Singh expressed remorse claiming that he has clear memories of his wife. He told the Court that he would dream about his wife and wished he could talk to her.Before handing down the ruling, Justice Bovell-Drakes reminded the Court that the suspect stabbed Sugrim ten times. The Judge added that the fact that he stabbed his wife 10 times makes him cringe. During the trial, the now dead woman’s mother testified that her son-in-law was abusive and jealous.39-year-old Indranie Sugrim, also known as Indra, a mother of three, was murdered in her single bedroom house, by her reputed husband.It was reported that the couple had an argument but none of the family members intervened. A few minutes later, the woman was found stabbed and lying in a motionless state by one of her daughters.Dead Indranie Sugrim and Seon Singh in happier timeslast_img read more

DPP recommends suspect be charged for crime

first_imgRape of 9-year-oldA man who allegedly sexually molested a 9-year-old relative over three months ago in the mining town of Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), is expected to make his court appearance in the new week.Police Commander of Region 10, Superintendent Hugh WinterThis is according to Police Commander of Region 10, Superintendent Hugh Winter, who told Guyana Times on Sunday that the file was recently returned from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).It was explained that the advice given by the DPP is that the man be charged with sexual activity with a child under the age of 16.However, he stated that although the recommendation came just before the Christmas holidays, the relevant authorities will have to wait for the new year for the Judicial system to commence new cases.Commander Winter noted that in the interim, investigators will contact the suspect and notify him of the development.Presently, the man, who is in his 60s, is on station bail ever since the matter was reported to the police.The male relative reportedly sexually molested the child twice in September.Reports are that the child left her mother’s residence on September 27, 2019, to spend the weekend with relatives in the mining town and returned home on September 29 in a withdrawn state.The little girl then told an aunt and other relatives of the incidents and the police were contacted.The child’s grandmother had told Guyana Times that the middle-aged perpetrator took her granddaughter along with his two grandchildren to “Blue Water Lake” and a creek in “Buck Town” under the pretence of teaching them to swim.However, he allegedly touched the 9-year-old’s private parts inappropriately despite her asking him to stop.“She said the other children were playing by themselves in the water and he took her way from them. According to what she told her mother, he started touching her butt and vagina in the water and even though she told him to stop he ignored her pleas and continued. He took his penis and rubbed it by her butt and inserted his finger inside of her vagina while she kept crying for her mother and crying for him to stop until he was ready to stop,” the grandmother related.However, following the police report, the suspect was arrested and told of the allegation, which he denied. He was released on a small amount of station bail.The furious grandmother further explained that the child underwent a medical examination which proved that she had been sexually violated.It was reported that relatives of the suspect contacted the relatives of the child offering to settle the matter in the form of financial compensation.“I don’t want any money from them or anyone because I won’t sin my soul. We need justice for this innocent child and therefore we want to go to the court and let him face the consequences for what he did to this little child. Justice delayed is justice denied,” the distraught grandmother added.last_img read more

‘Angel of Bataan’ Schmidt, POW and wartime nurse, dies

first_imgBorn Imogene Kennedy on Oct. 13, 1918, in Philadelphia, Miss., Schmidt grew up on a farm, one of eight children. She graduated with a nursing degree from the University of Tennessee in 1941, joined the Army and was one of 99 Army and Navy nurses stationed in the Philippines. After Japan attacked in 1942, they found themselves treating casualties in open-air field hospitals on the Bataan Peninsula. Few had seen combat conditions before. When the Philippines fell, they were sent to the rocky island fortress of Corregidor, where they were under nearly constant shelling while working in an underground hospital. Some nurses were able to leave before Corregidor fell in May 1942 and “we always thought we’d be going also, until the Japanese came into the tunnel,” Schmidt recalled in Diane Burke Fessler’s book “No Time for Fear: Voices of American Military Nurses in World War II.” Seventy-seven women were interned in Manila, where they refused the tea offered “because we thought they were trying to poison us,” Schmidt recalled in the book. While in the camp, they continued to treat other military and civilian prisoners while staving off starvation, sometimes by eating weeds. They were freed in 1945 when a U.S. tank crashed through the gates. “We heard a lot of rumors about the Americans coming for us but were still surprised when they did come,” Schmidt said in “No Time for Fear.” “I had begun to feel that the Americans thought we weren’t worth saving, and to look at how scrawny we were, we probably weren’t.” Schmidt later married a fellow prisoner, Richard Schmidt, and they settled in California. She continued her nursing career in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Los Angeles suburb of Altadena. “She was not at all bitter about the experiences,” her daughter said. “It was just part of life and it was an important part of her life.” Her mother didn’t consider herself heroic, she added. “She simply was doing her duty,” she said. In addition to her daughter, Schmidt is survived by a son, Richard Schmidt, of Southern California; two sisters, a brother and four grandchildren.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA CAñADA FLINTRIDGE – Jean Kennedy Schmidt, one of the nurses dubbed the “Angels of Bataan” who treated U.S. troops battling Japanese forces in the Philippines during World War II and were prisoners of war for nearly three years, has died. She was 88. Schmidt died March 3 at her home due to complications from a fall, her daughter, Susan Johnson of Bemidji, Minn., said Friday. With Schmidt’s death, only three of the nurses are believed to be alive, said Elizabeth M. Norman, who wrote the 1999 book, “We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan.” “She had a wonderful spirit,” Norman said in a published report. “She loved these women she was imprisoned with, and she said she knew them as well as the back of her hand.” last_img read more