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Proud son shares father’s story of his tour in the Korean War

I recently sat down with John A. Michel of Southlake to talk about his dad, 87-year-old US Army Sergeant (Retired) Andrew J. Michel, and his experiences during the Korean War.

I met John when I visited VFW Post 10454, stopping in to thank the veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.

John is very proud of his dad, and it seemed fitting that this interview happened so close to Veterans Day. We were even able to get Sgt. Michel on the phone (“Dad never talks on the phone,” John said), so I felt very honored to speak with the Sgt. in person.

Sgt. Michel was born in Poland in 1932 and survived quite a bit of the ugliness that WWII brought, though his family was not Jewish. He and his family relocated to St. Louis, Missouri, where Sgt. Michel attended high school and graduated in 1951.

Michel joined the US Army in 1952, just in time to go to Korea.

“I was a young man with no parental supervision [in the Army]. I remember buying kimonos for my parents, though those weren’t ‘true’ kimonos. They were basically pretty robes that were sold to tourists and the military,” Michel said.

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Sgt. Michel (R) and a platoon brother (Photo courtesy of John Michel)

“One night, we decided to ‘go into town,’ where all of the entertainment was. That was during a blizzard, and snowplows were clearing the road. I had ice on my eyebrows! We got a few drinks in us and felt warmer. My brothers and I debated on whether to stay the night in town, and a few of us decided to head back. We went to pick everybody up the next day, and I left the brake on in the Jeep. That was a big ‘oops,’ but we got those guys back to camp!” Michel laughed. “One of the most important things in life is to laugh,” he added.

Michel was honorably discharged as a Sergeant on March 27, 1955. He attended the University of Akron (Ohio), but graduated in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from The University of Arkansas.

He worked for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from 1959 until the mid-1960’s. After that, he moved to Pine Bluff, AR, working for Central Maloney, where, in 1968, met his (now) wife of 51-years, Shirley. 

The couple and their family moved to Southlake in June of 1977, but left again in 1980, when Sgt. Michel was transferred to the FAA HQ in Washington, DC. He retired in 2003, and the family moved back to Southlake, where they have lived ever since.

Thanks, John, for sharing your dad’s story with me. We are only free because of men and women like him, who sacrificed and fought (and sometimes paid the ultimate price).


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Sgt. Michel and John are both members of the “Airport Cities” VFW 10454 Post in Grapevine. Once a month, on a Friday, the Post hosts a steak dinner, which includes salad, mashed potatoes and dessert, for $15. The next steak dinner is Friday, November 15 at 6:30 pm. The Post is located at 221 North Main Street.

“Come eat and drink for the vets!” John said enthusiastically.

For more information, call 817-481-6768 or visit http://vfw10454.net or check out their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/vfw10454/.

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Sgt. Michel, along with wife Shirley and son John (Photo courtesy of John Michel)

 

Southlake DPS Press Release regarding Los Angeles Angels’ pitcher Tyler Skaggs

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Gardening class and 4 other things to do in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake this weekend, Jan. 25-27

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Several local events take place this weekend.

Friday, Jan. 25-Sunday, Jan. 27:

1. Theatre production in Grapevine

runwaytheatre-flybynight-5-768x576Runway Theatre premieres its latest musical production “Fly by Night.” Set in New York in 1964, the story follows protagonist Harold and his connection with two sisters. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. $22-$25 per ticket. Runway Theatre, 215 N. Dooley St., Grapevine. 817-488-4842. www.runwaytheatre.com

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25 Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake retailers that opened in 2018 or are coming soon

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gcs-2019-01-14-01In 2018 at least 25 retailers in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake either opened or announced they are opening in 2019. This list is not comprehensive.

Cars/Motorcycles

1. Park Place Grapevine Porsche
1280 Texan Trail, Grapevine
866-308-8467
www.parkplace.com

Clothes/shoes

2. Austin 5
3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine
512-228-2925

3. American Threads
263 Grand Avenue, Southlake
817-912-1484
www.shopamericanthreads.com

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30 dining options in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake that opened in 2018 or are coming soon

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gcs-2019-01-12-01These restaurants opened in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake in 2018 or are coming soon in 2019. This list is not comprehensive.

American

1. Bareburger (coming 2019)
1161 E. Southlake Blvd
www.bareburger.com

2. Boomerjack’s Grill & Bar
201 W. SH 114, Grapevine
817-527-6984
www.boomerjacks.com

3. Burgerim (coming 2019)
5615 Colleyville Blvd., Ste. 300, Colleyville
www.burgerim.com

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Retired NFL athlete to open sports performance and fitness center in Southlake

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fotolia_121166552_subscription_xxlFASST Performance & Fitness is opening at 1605 Hart St., Ste. 180, Southlake. The targeted opening date is early March. Programs will be available to help youth and adult-level athletes prepare for optimal performance and to help individuals reach their personal fitness goals. FASST stands for footwork, agility, speed, strength and technique, owner Willie Pile said. A youth football coach in the Southlake community, Pile previously played for the Dallas Cowboys and the Kansas City Chiefs as well as in the Canadian Football League. Official contact information for FASST will be added at a later date.

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Retirees opt to live in Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake despite costs

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Colleyville and Southlake have higher housing costs and fewer options for smaller homes, apartments and senior living facilities compared with their neighbors, but that is not keeping older residents away.

The senior population grew at a faster pace than the populations of those cities as a whole. Between 2012-17, Colleyville’s population increased 11.1 percent, according to data released in December by the American Community Survey for the U.S. Census Bureau. During that same period, the percentage of residents age 65 and older increased 73.5 percent.

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Bomb threats reported in Frisco, Plano, Sugar Land, Round Rock and other cities across Texas on Dec. 13

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police-GCS-1Law-enforcement officials across Texas and the U.S. have received multiple reports Dec. 13 of bomb threats via email affecting local businesses, schools and other locations. Local officials in the Austin, Houston and Dallas areas are urging residents to report suspicious activity, but they said the threats have not been considered credible.

According to a statement on social media from the Southlake Department of Public Safety, the email sent to the businesses demanded Bitcoin to not set off the bomb, and everyone received the same version of the email.

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Freerunning and parkour gym now open in Southlake

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Photo courtesy of Tempest Freerunning Academy

Tempest Freerunning Academy held a grand opening Dec. 2 for its first Texas location at 280 Commerce St., Ste. 100, Southlake. The gym offers freerunning and parkour classes to students, including options for those as young as 4 years old. Although freerunning and parkour have minor stylistic differences, both sports involve traveling from point A to point B, often using obstacles in one’s path.

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5 holiday-themed events in Grapevine and Southlake this weekend, Dec. 7-9

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ChristmasThe holiday season ushers in a host of Christmas-oriented events in the community.

Friday, Dec. 7:

1. Christmas preparations in Grapevine

Families and friends can help Nash Farm get ready for the holidays by making ornaments and decorating the tree while enjoying cider and cookies. 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. sessions. $3 per person. Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817-410-3558. www.nashfarm.org

Saturday, Dec. 8:

2. Holiday open house in Southlake

The Southlake Public Library hosts a holiday open house event, featuring a jazz concert, craft activities and food. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Southlake Public Library, 1400 Main St., Ste. 130, Southlake. 817-748-8243. www.cityofsouthlake.com/93/Library

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