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Hallettsville woman continues long line of family's military service

March 14, 2010 at 4 p.m.
Updated March 13, 2010 at 9:14 p.m.


U.S. Army 2nd Lt. DiAnna Newton, stationed with the 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo., joins her family and extends the long line of patriotic Hallettsville natives.

She is the daughter of Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ray Newton and Brenda (Herring) Newton.

She is scheduled to deploy to Iraq for one year this month.

Newton's family tradition of military combat service can be traced back to World War I, when her great-great-great Uncle Fred Woods served in France. Her great-great uncles Thomas Mitchell and Ellis McAfee, along with her grandfather Thurman Herring Sr., served during World War II. Additionally, cousins Flemm and L.G. McAfee served in the Korean War. Her great-uncles Walter McAfee Sr. Cunnie McAfee Jr. and Fred McAfee, along with cousin James Newton and Wilbert Bacon served in Vietnam.

Newton's father and Uncle Thomas Newton deployed in support of the first Persian Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm). Her father has deployed in support of Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti; Operation Joint Endeavor One in Bosnia; Operation Joint Endeavor II inAllied Force, Kosovo; Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan) and two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq).

Her first cousins John Newton and Darrell Herring also deployed in support of OIF.

This is a small list of relatives who have served in military throughout the years, and Newton is the first female officer to join the team.

"It is like joining the family business, and I am honored to continue this family tradition," Newton said.

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