Jim Brettell began his military career at the age of sixteen when he joined the Merchant Marines in 1944 during World War Two. The wounds he received during the invasion of Okinowa were to be his only wounds, although he was often in the line of fire.
After the war, Brettell joined the Army. He was only eighteen. After Officers Candidate School, Brettell went to Korea as a cCmbat Engineer. During the last battle for Pork Chop Hill, Brettell lost 65% of his company and earned two bronze Stars for his bravery.
In 1952, Brettell was assigned to head up "Camp Desert Rock" Nevada for the staging and evaluation of atomic bomb testing. During that time, he was only two ad a half miles from the test sites of nine atomic bombs. Most authorities believe Brettell's six cancers, including lung cancer and melanoma, are the results of radiation exposure . And yet, all things considered, Lieutenant Colonel Jim Brettell says he's "proud to have served his country."
Friday, May 24 2013 10:21 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:21:23 GMT
From the Tyler Police Department:At approximately 5:20Pm on May 24, 2013, Tyler Police were notified of the motorcycle accident at Grande and Sutherland. The driver of a black Ford F-150 was heading east onMore >>
Rider was not wearing a helmet when she collided with a truck.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 9:18 AM EDT2013-05-25 13:18:01 GMT
Cherokee County authorities are investigating a fatal house fire Friday night. It happened just before 7:30 on County Road 3302 outside of Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Fire Department, Cherokee CountyMore >>
Happened just outside of Jacksonville on Friday night.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:59 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:59:21 GMT
A Tyler ISD bus driver was arrested Friday afternoon on drug charges.Ronald Gain, 44, of Tyler, was arrested by the Tyler Police Department on one charge of possession of a controlled substance. TylerMore >>
Has worked for the district since August of 2012.More >>