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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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“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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