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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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“On June 8, we made contact with the enemy again.  I was wounded that day; I got hit with shrapnel in the back.  I was out of the field for two weeks.  Then I went back to the field and we got into more action.  By this time, they’re really hitting us heavily all over.  …

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Part I My father was in the military before I was born— the 25th infantry at Pearl Harbor.  He was with F company, at Schofield Barracks when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor during World War II.  James Jones, who wrote the book From Here to Eternity, was in his company.  It was a fictitious book …

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Staff Sergeant Larry Bragg Larry Bragg was born in Savannah, Georgia and attended college at Armstrong University, in Georgia.  After college, he joined the U.S. Airforce and completed basic training at Lakeland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.  Upon graduation, the new recruits were asked to make a list of the three air force …

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William H. Rutherford was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and joined the United States Air Force where he was a Command fighter pilot for more than thirty years.  He also served in the District of Columbia’s National Guard forces as part of his military career.  During his tenure in the military, William was stationed at the …

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I grew up in Nashville, Tennessee.  My father was a World War II veteran; he fought in the South Pacific with the United States Marine Corps.  He landed in the first assault wave in the 1942 invasion of Guadalcanal and landed on D+2 with the 21st Marine Regiment in the 1945 invasion of Iwo Jima.  …

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Lieutenant Colonel “Gabby” Gabreski was 1 of 7 pilots to become an ace in two wars. A WWII and Korean War veteran, he was also commander of the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base from 1956-1960.  Colonel Francis S. Gabreski By Melissa LaScaleia Francis (Gabby) S. Gabreski was born to Polish immigrant parents in Oil City, …

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World War II veteran Houston Blancett lives in Myrtle Beach today. “Even at my age now, I’d serve again,” he says.  By Melissa LaScaleia I’m originally from Alabama.  In 1944, World War II was drawing to a close, and I wanted to join the service and go to war.  But I was sixteen years old …

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