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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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by Melissa LaScaleia The Air Force Cross is a military honor given to a member of the United States Air Force.  It is the second highest honor that could ever be bestowed on a soldier.  This decoration is concomitant to military honors from other branches of the United States military: the Distinguished Service Cross, the …

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  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 …

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Bud Shepard – Story continued from October 2018 Vietnam Veteran and POW, Part III …“Then they took me over to a hole in the ground that was about eighteen inches by eighteen inches. And the next thing you know, a doctor came out of this hole.  He looked at my wound in my buttocks and …

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by Melissa LaScaleia This month’s history takes us back to the roots of Myrtle Beach history, and the peo­ple and situations that shaped our coastal area. Before the American Revolution, during the era of rampant explo­ration and colonial growth, it was common for the English King to issue land grants to notables whom he thought …

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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 …

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Jack Walker by Melissa LaScaleia Jack Walker was the oldest of six children, and grew up in Columbia, South Carolina.  As a boy, he had a paper route that took him through his neighborhood and beyond, exposing him to a variety of home styles, building materials, and landscapes.  Jack was disheartened by the landscapes and …

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