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Issue: "Aging in place," March 31, 2001
  • Thirty-three years after rescuing a fellow Marine whose name he still doesn't know, 52-year-old Jim Lockhart of Topeka, Kan., received the military's third highest honor-the Silver Star for "heroic action in combat." His bravery went unnoticed until platoon buddies at a reunion decided he should be honored for what happened on March 2, 1968: Then a 19-year-old private first class, Mr. Lockhart was driving troops to a fortified Vietnamese village when seven bullets punctured his leg. Instead of turning back, he incurred more wounds to drag another seriously injured Marine to safety and then refused medical treatment until others were helped. "That's the kind of person he is," said his eldest son, 23-year-old Jason Lockhart. "He was a hero to me long before they pinned a medal on his chest."
  • Jeannie Jaybush's efforts to reduce Seattle's infant mortality rate had humble beginnings: A baby crib placed behind an old church communion railing where, each Sunday, church members dropped off one or two cans of baby food. Twelve years later, the crib has become a full-fledged organization called the Baby Corner that distributes over $1 million worth of baby supplies annually. "It's sort of like the five loaves and fishes," said Mrs. Jaybush. "Only we started with two cans of formula and three diapers."

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