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Meet Your Local Veteran

Meet Your Local Veteran gives voice to the stories of the U.S. military veterans living amongst us.  These stories often fade into the background— silent, present, but unrecognized and unheard by the community at large.  The actions of these brave and dedicated people, who have served our country both in active military duty as well as administrative positions, have and continue to contribute to the protection and preservation of us and our country.  We are honored to recount their stories here.  At this time, we welcome all veterans to contact us to share their story; we are especially eager to capture the stories of World War II veterans and will give those stories priority in the queue.  We hope that this section of our paper is an opportunity for our community to hear and see veterans with new eyes, and for veterans to receive recognition and honor for their experiences and life journeys. 

Continued from last month… So I came up with a suggestion I thought would help.  “Why does each involved agency, division, and branch of the Corps have to send someone to the factory separately to check the equipment, then go back to the office, have meetings, then write reports, then circulate the reports, and, finally, after …

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“I was drafted in Pennsylvania and from there I was sent to Oregon as part of the United States Army Infantry.  From there, half of us went to Europe, and the other half were sent down the coast of California.  I was part of the group that went to California, where we were in training …

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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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“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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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 “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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“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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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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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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