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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 be included in a...

 

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 American, POW and...

 

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 unit from one...

 

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 American Legion's...

 

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 more doctors and...

 

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 in the olden times...

 

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 as 18-year-old Ron...

 

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 world. What follows...

 

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 Vietnam – that of a...

 

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...

 

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