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Local Honor Guard Pays Tribute To WWII Purple Heart Recipient – Transylvania County, NC


Last updated 1/29/2020 at 5:13pm

Honor guard chaplain Craig Adams holds the ashes of Vern Lovin during the three-round volley as family members watch. (Photos courtesy of Michel Robertson)

In February 1945, twenty-year-old Marine private Clint "Vern" Lovin was part of the amphibious invasion of the island of Iwo Jima.

"Uncle Vernon said when the first few waves of troops went ashore, he could tell they were having a hard time," said Bob Lovin at his uncle's memorial service on Saturday, Jan. 20. A resident of Buncombe County, Vern Lovin, age 95, died on Jan. 14, 2020.

"When it was Uncle Vern's turn, he made it to shore and found his way to an artillery crater," Bob Lovin continued. "The troops were so dug in that they couldn't see who was shooting at them. When Vern raised...

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