Gwyn Bevel, KSN News Wichita

Gwyn Bevel

KSN News Wichita

Wichita, KS, United States

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Past articles by Gwyn:

Kansas veteran on Honor Flight shares his Vietnam War experience

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — More than 58,000 names are on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. A Kansas veteran recently went on a Kansas Honor Flight to see the names of the people he knew and lost during the war. During his visit to the memorial, he also shared what it was like to be […] → Read More

Kansas veteran fulfills mission, paying tribute to the friends he lost in Vietnam

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — A veteran who went on the Kansas Honor Flight trip to visit the memorials in —Washington racked up more than 8,700 flying hours during his service. But the Air Force veteran said he never had a flight quite like the Honor Flight. Russ Adams was just a young man when he […] → Read More

‘Hurts so much’: Kansas Vietnam veteran hopes Honor Flight can bring closure

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — A Kansas Air Force retiree was overcome with emotions when he saw the Vietnam Veterans Memorial during his Honor Flight visit to Washington. “It just hurts, it just hurts so much,” Air Force retiree Dave Cottrell said. “It’s like it tore part of me out. It felt almost like when I […] → Read More

How Kansas Honor Flight organizers have helped 5,000 veterans make trip of a lifetime

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Honor Flight is truly a community effort as people from all generations, come together to give veterans a trip they will never forget. When it comes time to roll, Mike and Connie VanCampens welcome the opportunity. “This is not just a trip. It is an experience,” Kansas Honor Flight […] → Read More

Community greets returning Honor Flight veterans with a patriotic show of support

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — When a Kansas Honor Flight returns to Wichita after taking veterans to see the war memorials in Washington, the veterans learn that the trip did not end with the landing of the plane. As veterans returned on Nov. 5, they found the experience continues as they disembarked and made their way […] → Read More

Guardians make Honor Flights possible for many Kansas veterans

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Some veterans who go on Honor Flights to Washington have a guardian accompany them to assist them. The person can be any friend or family member, except a spouse. These volunteers play a significant role on every Kansas Honor Flight, ensuring that every veteran has a safe and memorable experience. “It’s […] → Read More

Kansas veterans take part in wreath-laying ceremony at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The Kansas Honor Flight has now made it possible for 5,000 veterans to go to Washington to see the monuments that stand in their honor and honor the fallen. Four Kansas Vietnam veterans were recently part of a long-standing tradition, as they placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown […] → Read More

Former Kansans make wreaths with a Kansas touch for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — When Kansas veterans place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington, the wreaths have a special Kansas touch to them. Retired Army Colonel Neil Johnson and his wife Norma are from Colby. Years ago they relocated to Maryland and bought a home with grapevines. They’ve since turned […] → Read More

Kansas veterans visit the Korean War Memorial during a time of transition

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — When the last Kansas Honor Flight of 2021 was in Washington, the veterans and other visitors noticed some significant changes are happening at the Korean War Veterans Memorial. The Wall of Remembrance is under construction and will soon include the names of the 36,000 Americans and 7,100 Korean Augmentation to the […] → Read More

Kansas World War II veteran receives the highest honor ever bestowed by France before his death

A tribute to the life and service of a World War II pilot, who recently received the highest honor ever bestowed by France, before he passed away in October. → Read More

‘You grow up quickly when you land,’ Air Force veteran shares Vietnam War experience

Retired Air Force Captain Ray Mengelkoch said he met heroes in Vietnam. → Read More

USS Cole bombing survivor says he had a bad feeling before attack in Yemen

The Navy changed how it trains sailors after terrorists attacked a ship in Yemen and took 17 lives. → Read More

Kansas Vietnam veteran known as the ‘human mortar’

Ed Morland was called the "human mortar" in Vietnam and had quite the arm. → Read More

Veteran Salute: Ret. Master Sgt. Mia Hall still serving others

The Kansas Wounded Vet Run honors a hero each year, and Ret. Air Force Master Sgt. Mia Hall was the first woman to grab that honor. → Read More

Veteran Salute: Navy vet gives 50 years to the aviation industry

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — An alumnus of Peabody was one of the first people to see drones used during the Vietnam War. Jim Baker signed up for the Navy with some high school buddies. He said he thought the Navy sounded like a great place to ride the waves, but he ultimately ended up right […] → Read More

Veteran Salute: Korean War veteran worked in sonar hunting mines

EDNA, Kan. (KSNW) – An Edna native said hard work on the farm prepared him for the military. “Just helps ya to be able to cope with the different style of life,” Korean War Veteran Dean Stine said. Stine signed up for the Navy with some of his high school buddies because they didn’t want […] → Read More

Veteran Salute: Fuel crew kept Air Force missions in the air

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — A Goddard man says he joined the Air Force as a way to honor his father. Veteran Ed Krivanek said his father served in the Army Air Corps, which became the Air Force, and was a gunner and gunnery instructor during WWII. Krivanek said all those who can serve should do […] → Read More

Veteran Salute: Ret. MSgt. spent more than 4,000 days deployed

Mike Rogers graduated high school in 1985 and then joined the Air Force in August of that same year. → Read More

Veteran Salute: Sailor delivered key parts at sea

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Many who serve others have heroes who inspired their paths. Stephen King, a Wichita native, said looking at his father’s Navy photo inspired him to become a sailor. King said when he signed up, he was the only one in his group from Kansas. Straight out of high school, he got […] → Read More

Veteran Salute: Air Force vet follows siblings in a long line of service

One veteran said he always wanted to be a pilot, so he did the same when a few friends joined the Air Force. → Read More