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The Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Through The 20th Century Part II Last month’s history column highlighted the role that the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base played throughout part of the 20th century.  This month, we’ll explore its role in history in greater detail.  During World War II, the United States Air Force was not …

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Part II Continued from last month…. At one o’clock and two-seconds later, there’s a call.  I’m in a classroom and an announcement comes in: “Will Mr. Davis please come in.”  Now in the Navy, they don’t call you ‘Mr.’ unless you’re an officer, going to jail, or something good happened.  So I get in there, …

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In 1939, the Myrtle Beach Town Council voted that the City of Myrtle Beach needed a local airport, and subsequently purchased 135 acres of property to create one.  At the time of the purchase, they paid $35 an acre.  The airport was constructed by the Works Progress Administration, and named the Harrelson Municipal Airport after …

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“I was born in 1925.  World War II broke out one Sunday when I was a senior in high school, and everyone went down to enlist on Monday.  But I was only sixteen-years-old, and my mother wouldn’t sign anything, so I couldn’t enlist.  I finished high school in June of 1942 and didn’t turn 17 …

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Thomas Merritt Knoles was born in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1927.  He attended Flagstaff High School, followed by the University of Arizona.  In March 1946, he enlisted in the United States Air Force.  He received his commission as a second lieutenant and his pilot wings through the aviation cadet program in June 1948.  In 1950, he …

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Colonel Robert Pasqualicchio has a long, interesting, and illustrious military career.  He enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in 1942, and served in World War II.  He was a combat fighter pilot, flying P-40s, P-47s and P-51s during the war. In 1954, the City of Myrtle Beach donated it’s airport to the United …

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by Melissa LaScaleia “I was born in 1947, and grew up in Elizabeth, NJ, until my family moved to Middlesex.  I played a lot of baseball growing up.  In Elizabeth, we played stick ball in the streets.  That was big in NYC and most of the northeastern towns in America.  I got a scholarship to …

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by Melissa LaScaleia Charles E. Cook, Jr. was born in 1921 in Pennington, New Jersey.  He went to grade school at Randolph-Macon Academy, a coeducational college preparatory school in Front Royal, Virginia.  He then attended college at Bucknell University, a private liberal arts college in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and received his degree in 1942.  That same …

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by Melissa LaScaleia “I was born January 23, 1921.  I grew up in Forest City, North Carolina, between Charlotte and Asheville.  I was active duty military from October 15, 1943, until December 8, 1945.  I think I got a star-bangled heart going to the movies one night and I thought, this is what I have …

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Commander Chief Master Sergeant William Forbus served in the United States Air Force for twenty-seven years.  He retired in 1994 after a distinguished military career.  During his tenure with the military, he worked in several capacities, including administration, information management, and intelligence. He was assigned to served at the United States Defense Attaché Office (USDAO); …

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