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September 24, 2016

Irvin's ashes were scattered at sea from aboard the USS George H. W. Bush. Irvin's granddaughter, U.S. Naval Chief Electronics Technician Anjanette Rohde, attended the ceremony. See photos from the ceremony on the ship's Facebook page, September Photo Album.

June 26, 2016

Our dear friend and American patriot, Irvin Hornkohl, passed away at the age of 92. Everyone who knew Irvin, whether it was in person or through his stories, will miss him forever. Read his obituary.

November, 2014

Irvin attended a Veteran's Day luncheon in Trinidad attended by Fort Carson Garrison Commander Col. Joel D. Hamilton and Command Sgt. Maj. Clinton J. Reiss. Col. Hamilton noted that the "highlight of that visit was getting the opportunity to meet Irvin Hornkhol." Meeting Irvin is always a highlight for everyone! Read the article in the Fort Carson Mountaineer.

January, 2014

Irvin had the pleasure of speaking to a local group of high school students about his experiences at Pearl Harbor.

September, 2013

Irvin was honored to be one of several Colorado men who traveled to Washington D.C. on the Honor Flight. He went with Honor Flight of Southern Colorado out of Colorado Springs (www.honorflightsoco.org). They had a fantastic time and visited all of the monuments and several museums. Visit the webpage of the National WWII Memorial (www.wwiimemorial.com) to see Irvin's registry entry. He's the only Hornkohl!

January, 2013

The First National Bank in Trinidad, Colorado has produced a 2013 calendar that features and honors WWII veterans. Irvin is one of the veterans highlighted in the month of January. The entire calendar contains wonderful profiles of area veterans, with pictures and accompanying stories. It's a beautiful calendar and Irvin is so pleased to be "Mr. January!" Thanks to the First National Bank.

November 16, 2012

At the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards banquet in Albuquerque, Just Do It, Crazy or Not won first prize for Best Biography written by a New Mexico or Arizona author. Mary was present to receive the honor. Thanks to the many sponsors and the New Mexico Book Co-op for this fantastic honor. See the list of winners at: www.nmbookcoop.com/

September 28, 2012

The finalists for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards, sponsored by the New Mexico Book Co-op were announced today. Just Do It, Crazy or Not is honored to be a finalist in the biography category for books written by a New Mexico author.

September, 2012


Thanks to our friends at the Navy Seabee Veterans of America, Inc. for including a full-page feature article about Irvin and the book in Can Do, the organzation's quarterly publication. A special thanks to editor Andy Anderson. Learn about the Seabee veteran's organization at: www.nsva.org

September 8, 2012

While attending the U.S. Submarine Veteran's annual convention in Norfolk, Virginia, Irvin was interviewed by Mike Hixenbaugh of the local newspaper, the Virginian-Pilot. Mike wrote a great article featuring both Irvin and Irvin's granddaughter, Navy First Class Petty Officer Anjanette Rohde.

Read the article online: hamptonroads.com/2012/09/tales-pearl-harbor-unite-2-navy-careers-norfolk

September 5, 2012

Irvin was inducted into the Holland Club, which is reserved for sailors who have been qualified to serve on submarines for fifty years or more. Irvin considers it a great honor to be part of that group.

June 2012

Thanks to our friends at the United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. for publishing Irvin's story about the rescue of Australian commandos on the island of Timor in 1943 in their publication, American Submariner, vol. 2012, issue 2. Editor Gordon Palmer included a wonderful review of the book.

Visit the USSVI website: www.ussvi.org/

June 2012

Thanks to our friends at the National Chief Petty Officers' Association for publishing one of Irvin's stories in their Summer 2012 issue of The Chiefs. Editor Mike Ellis featured Irvin's story about the smashed house during his second tour in Vietnam in 1968.

Visit the NCPOA website and follow the newsletter link.

National Chief Petty Officers' Association

May 19, 2012

Irvin rode on a float in the Trinidad, Colorado Armed Forces Day parade. Irvin had a wonderful time. Actor Gary Sinise was the grand marshal of the parade.

April 2012

Thanks to our friends with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 62 Alumni for posting a plug about the book on their website.

Visit the NMCB 62 Alumni website.

March 2012

Irvin just finished his first photo shoot. He will be featured in a 2013 calendar produced by the First National Bank in Trinidad. The calendar will honor veterans.

January 8, 2012

Mary wrote an article about the process she used to write the book. Read the article online in the Ancestry.com Learning Center.

New Year's Resolution: Become a Story-Preserver

December 27, 2011

Irvin was the guest speaker for the Kiwanis Club in Trinidad. The attendees were so captivated by Irvin's wartime stories that they kept him answering questions for nearly two hours. Irvin had a fantastic time.

December 22, 2011

Just Do It, Crazy or Not
is now available as a Kindle electronic book. See the listing on Amazon.com.

December 7, 2011

Irvin is featured in an article written by Anthony Mestas of the Pueblo (Colorado) Chieftain. Follow the link below to read the article written to honor Irvin as a Pearl Harbor survivor.

Survivor remembers Pearl Harbor attack

December 5, 2011

An excerpt from our book is featured on Ancestry.com. Follow the link below to read Irvin's account of what he experienced at Pearl Harbor. Ancestry.com has devoted a special page to commemorating the 70th anniversary of the attack.

Irvin's Pearl Harbor Story

December 3, 2011

We had a nice turnout for the book debut in Trinidad, Colorado, even though it was in the middle of a snow storm.


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