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Toni Casciato Remembered And Honored

Alexander Graham Bell once noted: "When one door closes, another door opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the one that has... — Updated 9/30/2020

 

Witness To War Captures 21 Local Veterans' Stories

An interviewer from Witness to War, an organization dedicated to preserving veterans' stories on video, recently interviewed 21 local veterans in Brevard's Veterans History Museum o... — Updated 3/12/2020

 
 By Michel Robertson    News

Miller Changes Community, One Dog At A Time – Brevard, NC

Hanging on tightly behind her team of sled dogs as they raced toward an Eskimo village, Jodi Miller marveled at the magnificence of the Alaskan Yukon-Kuskokwin delta. It was the lat... — Updated 11/21/2019

 

Vietnam Veterans: Lessons I've Learned From Vietnam Veterans

(The Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas extends heartfelt thanks to The Transylvania Times for publishing 30 veterans' stories in the Vietnam Veterans Series, which will soon... — Updated 4/15/2019

 

Hoisting Of Two State Flags Demonstrates Museum's New Focus

Last Saturday and Sunday, observant passersby in downtown Brevard noticed a fourth flag on the flagpole at the Transylvania County courthouse. Waving in the breeze, beneath the... — Updated 4/8/2019

 

Vietnam Veterans: David Smale, Protecting The Brown Water Navy

Here Come The Seawolves On Oct. 31, 1966, two Navy river patrol boats (PBRs) encountered a superior fleet of sampans and junks intent on transferring a battalion-sized Viet Cong... — Updated 3/18/2019

 

American Legion To Celebrate 100th Anniversary

On Saturday, March 16, The American Legion is turning 100, and Monroe Wilson Post No. 88 in Brevard is planning to celebrate. Legacy and vision are the two primary planks in The... — Updated 3/6/2019

 

Salsburg Served As Naval Flight Surgeon

Dr. Steven Salsburg was in his last year of internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital during the Vietnam War's Tet Offensive. The escalation of U.S. involvement in Vietnam required... — Updated 2/25/2019

 

Legion Post 88 Celebrates National Group's Centennial

(The following is Part 1 of two articles about the history and centennial celebration of The American Legion. Part 1 addresses the 100-year history of the organization and its role... — Updated 2/13/2019

 

Vietnam Veterans: Ron Severs, Marine Combat Engineer Trained For Trouble

"Fasten your seat belts and stay in your seats," said the stewardess on a chartered commercial flight from Okinawa to Danang, Vietnam. "We have to make a quick descent." It was 1969... — Updated 2/11/2019

 

Vietnam Veterans: Ranger Phil Mayrand Recounts His Last Mission

The U.S. Army website describes the 75th Ranger Regiment as the U.S. Army's premier large-scale special operations force, which is made up of some of the most elite soldiers in the... — Updated 1/14/2019

 

Vietnam Veterans: USMC Tunnel Rat Urges PTSD Victims To Seek Help

Building tunnels and forts with his friends in the swamps near Georgetown, S.C., offered young Earl "Flynn" Trimnal excellent conditioning for the job he would someday assume in Vie... — Updated 12/31/2018

 

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... — Updated 12/3/2018

 

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... — Updated 10/22/2018

 

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.... — Updated 10/8/2018

 

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... — Updated 10/3/2018

 

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... — Updated 9/24/2018

 

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... — Updated 9/20/2018

 

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... — Updated 9/10/2018

 

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 Distinguis... — Updated 8/13/2018

 

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... — Updated 8/13/2018

 

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... — Updated 7/2/2018

 

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... — Updated 4/23/2018

 

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... — Updated 4/9/2018

 

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... — Updated 3/26/2018

 

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