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Vietnam Veterans: Jimmy McKinney Traveled With Big Red I

Brevard native Jimmy McKinney was married and working at the Ecusta plant when he received his draft notice in May 1966. "There were a lot of us from Transylvania County," McKinney recalled. "It was...

 

Vietnam Veterans: Honor Flight Offers Vets Special Homecoming

(On Oct. 6, 2018, I accompanied 92 Vietnam veterans to Washington, D.C., as a guardian on a Blue Ridge Honor Flight. Among the veterans was David Crandal of Brevard. The following article chronicles...

 

David B. Grant: Phantom Pilot And Prisoner Of War

On June 24, 1972, U.S. Air Force Captain David B. Grant was flying a mission from Thailand into conflict-ridden North Vietnam when his F-4 Phantom took a direct hit and exploded. The fuselage was...

 

Vietnam Memorial Welcomes Veterans Home HomeBrothers And Sisters

Family members searching a black granite wall for remembrances of their loved ones. A grieving mother touching the engraved name of her son, lost to her decades ago in a war on the other side of the...

 

Vietnam Veterans: James Clark Murray - Overseeing The Big Guns Along The Ho Chi Minh Trail

Fort Lauderdale High School senior James "Clark" Murray never imagined that his proficiency in mathematics would lead him to a remote jungle village in South Vietnam, close to the Cambodian border....

 

Sept. 21 Designated National POW/MIA Recognition Day - Brevard NC

The United States' National POW/MIA Recognition Day will be observed across the nation on Friday, Sept. 21. Transylvania County residents are encouraged to take time to honor and remember the...

 

WNC Vietnam Veterans Have A Wall Of Their Own

On Tuesday, Aug. 28, a large crane exited the gates of the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, its mission accomplished. The long-awaited Vietnam Veterans Memorial had been placed and...

 

WWII British Sailor Honored By Local Veterans

On Saturday, July 21, the Transylvania County Honor Guard recognized a veteran of WWII at Hendersonville Presbyterian Church. The ceremony was somber, moving and unusual in two respects. First, it...

 

Jug Gerard: From Jet Jockey To Helicopter Pilot

(Jug Gerard flew helicopters for 27 months in Vietnam. This account, in his words, covers the first six months of the time. Gerard's personal military decorations include Distinguished Flying Cross w/...

 

Vietnam Veterans: John Barker Flew F-4 Phantoms Over Hanoi

John Barker served two tours in Vietnam in 1967 and 1972, flying bombing raids in F-4 Phantoms in the Hanoi area. Below, in his own words, is Barker's Vietnam story. I received my commission as a 2nd...

 

Vietnam Veterans: Clyde Jones And The Big E: Recipe For Success

It's been said that an Army marches on its stomach, attesting to the importance of well-provisioned forces in the military. For Clyde Jones, "serving" in the Navy took on new meaning as he directed...

 

Vietnam Veterans: Grady Jackson – Search And Rescue In North Vietnam

In May 1972, Lieut-enant Commander Grady Jackson was the senior bombardier/navigator in Navy VA-75 A-6 squadron, home-ported in Norfolk, Va. The squadron had just completed a deployment to the...

 

Vietnam Veterans: Under Attack Abroad And At Home

Korean War Air Force veteran Joe Smith first arrived in South Vietnam in August 1967, flying into Tan Son Nhut Air Base on the outskirts of Saigon. An experienced Airman, Joe Smith was assigned as a...

 

Vietnam Veterans: Ray Pavlik: Choreography On The Kitty Hawk

Choreography has been defined as "sequences of movements of physical bodies." To Ray Pavlik, an 18-year-old Navy jet mechanic aboard the supercarrier USS Kitty Hawk CVA 63, the non-stop actions of...

 

Vietnam Veterans: Curtiss Poteat: Patrolling The Rivers Of South Vietnam

Private Curtiss Poteat left the tranquility of Marion, N.C. for South Vietnam in 1969, having trained as a military policeman to work on Army patrol boats (PBRs). "The uncle that I'm named after was...

 

Vietnam Veterans: Wendell 'Ray' Alcorn: Seven Years As A POW

(Ray Alcorn grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania. He served 30 years in the U.S. Navy including seven years as a prisoner of war. His last assignment before retirement as a captain was as Dean of Student...

 

Vietnam Veterans: Larry McCall: From Rosman To Rice Paddies

John "Larry" McCall graduated from Rosman High School in 1967 and was drafted into the Army in 1968 at age 19. He and nine other young men from this area reported to Fort Bragg for basic training and...

 

Vietnam Veterans: Duke Woodhull: Flying High Over Vietnam

Piloting a plane over North Vietnam well above 70,000 feet was a surreal experience for U.S. Air Force Captain Richard "Duke" Woodhull. Woodhull spent two 60-day tours in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969,...

 

Vietnam Veteran: Seabees' 'Can Do' Motto Tested In Vietnam

Navy Lt. Cdr. William "Bill" Robertson experienced cultural shock when he left his duty station on the sands of Waikiki Beach for the sands of Red Beach in Danang, South Vietnam. In 1969 Robertson, a...

 

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