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The Rocky Mount Telegram is proud to celebrate our local veterans in this commemorative special section. We hope you will enjoy the stories and photographs that have been collected to honor our local heroes.

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101-year-old veteran had a hand in moon landing BY JOHN H. WALKER Rocky Mount Teleg ram

Nov. 11 is the day on which Americans honor the men and women who have served the county in the military. One such person is Gordon Campbell of Tarboro. At 101 years and seven months, he’s lived a little more than 24 years longer than the average male in the United States. Campbell was born on April 3, 1920. And at his age, he may well be the oldest veteran in Edgecombe County and North Carolina. According to Andréa Allard, she only knows of one other North Carolina veteran who is 101 — and his 101st birthday was six months after Campbell’s. Allard is the executive assistant to Martin D. Falls, chief of staff at the state Department of Military and Veteran Affairs. Campbell, who has lived at The Fountains at the Albemarle since 1998, is a modest man who thinks others should get recognition. As such, he is very tight-lipped about his military service. “He began his service in the Merchant Marines,” his daughter, Patricia LaPera, of New Bern said. “They sent him to navigation school, where he took a class to learn to navigate by the stars. “After that, they asked him to fly ‘flying boats’ in the Navy and he wound up taking another course working with different ways to navigate.” She said one of those was the new LORAN — which stood for longrange navigation system. LORAN was a hyperbolic radio navigation system developed during

World War II. It operated at lower frequencies than other systems to provide an improved range up to 1,500 miles with an accuracy of tens of miles. As a Navy navigator, Campbell said in a previously published article that he saw no battle action. “I got pretty good at crossing the Atlantic,” he said with a wry smile. As it turns out, he successfully navigated his crews across the Atlantic more than 25 times. LaPera said that after World War II, her father went to work for American Airlines as a navigator, but it was his next job, in the flight testing department with Grumman Aircraft in Bethpage, N.Y., where he helped change American history. It was while at Grumman that he worked on what is now called the Lunar Module. According to a NASA history document, the lunar module was called the “lunar excursion module (LEM)” until 1966, when it became known as the Lunar Module (LM). And Campbell had a hand in getting Commander Neil A. Armstrong and LM pilot Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. to the moon on July 20, 1969. Campbell and his late wife came to Tarboro in 1998 at the urging of LaPera, who had signed an elementary school teaching contract in Rocky Mount. In a 2019 interview, Campbell said, “She was really scouting (for a place for her parents) and found the Albemarle.” LaPera recalls that she played a lot of tennis with several different people, one of whom was Sandy

Bell, who was the marketer for The Albemarle at the time. “She and I talked, and she said to bring my parents over and let them look,” she said. Steve, one of Campbell’s three sons, lives in Richmond and LaPera said she told her parents at the time that it “was only a couple of hours (away)”. Another son, Rob, is in Hawaii while Guy lives in San Francisco. Campbell previously said he saw no need to relocate, but that his wife asked him if he wanted to keep shoveling snow every winter in Long Island.

They moved. “My mother really loved it,” LaPera said. Previously, Gordon acknowledged that his wife was very happy with the move but that while it took time to grow on him, it is now home. Campbell is a voracious “reader” of recorded books and is an avid painter, having completed more than 100 pieces. “He went to his dentist one time and told him that his office was pretty bland before giving him a painting to hang,” LaPera said. “Here, this should help,” she said he told him.

“I got pretty

good at crossing the Atlantic.” AS IT TURNS OUT, HE SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATED HIS CREWS ACROSS THE ATLANTIC MORE THAN 25 TIMES.

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ALLEN Doris R.

ARRINGTON Tony R.

AVENT Luther N.

BATTS, SR. David W.

BATTS George Dennis

BATTS Phillip David

BEDMON John C.

BRYANT James E.

CAUDLE John

CLARK Kenneth A.

DAVIS Bobby

EVANS Henry Kelly

EVANS James Melvin

EVANS James Palmer

EVANS Velma R.

FREER James A.

FRYE Wilford “Wimpy”

HUNTER JR. Paul

JENKINS Percy

JOHNSON James Earl

KNIGHT, SR. Forrest E.

LEE Jerry

MILLS Murzie

MORRIS Willie

PARKER Donald Ray

PHILLIPS Harvey L.

PHILLIPS LEE VERNE

PITTMAN Jacoby

RICHARDSON Danny Ray

RICHARDSON John T.

RICHARDSON Russell

RICHARDSON Stephen

MASSENBURG Sorell

THORPE Hugh

TISDALE Robert Lee

VEALS Joseph

WALKER Robert

WATSON William

WHICKER, JR. Donald E.

WHITEHEAD Donald

WHITEHEAD Marcus

Army Sgt. E-5 9 Years of Service

Air Force MSE8 22 Years of Service

Army 6 Years of Service

Army 2 Years of Service

Army National Guard 37 Years of Service

Air Force Sgt. 2 Years of Service

Air Force 4 Years of Service

Army Staff Sergeant 14 Years of Service

Air Force Tsgt 23 Years of Service

Army Army Private 1942-1945 WWII Veteran (Purple Heart)

Air Force Master Sergeant 24 Years of Service 7/6/2020

Army Sgt. 2 Years of Service

Army 20 Years of Service

Army Sgt. 11 Years of Service

Army E4 1975-1979

Army

Navy

Air Force 4 Years of Service

Air Force Airman 2nd Class 1957-1961

Army Corporal 2 Years of Service

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TISDALE Roy Lee

Army Private First Class 2 Years of Service

Army SSGT E-6 57 Years of Service

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Air Force Senior Master Sergeant 26 Years of Service

Navy Master Chief Petty Officer 1940-1969

Marines 5 Years of Service

Army Spec 5 1967-1970

Navy 4 Years of Service

Marine Corps GySgt 1982-2002

Marines Corporal 2 Years of Service

Air Force Sgt. 6 Years of Service

Army E4 3 Years of Service

Army Sgt. 1st Class (E7) 3 Years Active Duty 24 Years Reserve

Navy SK 2 4 Year of Service

Army Sgt. 2 Years of Service

Navy 26 Years of Service

Army E3 101/2 Years of Service

Army 1969-1971

USMC LCPC

Army 4 Years of Service

Army Sergeant 3 Years of Service

Army 12 Year of Service

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Army SP4 1964-1966 Vietnam Veteran

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ALSTON Nathan

ANTHONY SR Malton R.

ASHLEY Margo Whitaker

AVENT, M.D. John T.

AVENT, JR. Willie Leader

AVENT Madylin Hinton

BASS Samuel Manin

BATTLE Camryn A.

BATTLE Crait M.

BATTLE JR. Claude

BATTLE II Frank Gorham

BATTLE, JR. Rayvon

BATTLE SR. Samuel K.

BEDGOOD Eddie Lee

BETHUNE Richard F.

BLACKMON William B.

BRASWELL James H.

BRASWELL Lonnie

BRASWELL Thomas

BRIDGERS JR Luther Ernest

Army Artillery 1st Lieutenant 1961-1963 - Cuban Missile Crisis

Marine Corps Sgt. 1968-1972

BODDIE Sam Leon

BROUGHTON Wm. Earl “Bill”

BROWN JR. Earnest L.

BROWN JR. Thurman Lee

BRYANT William A.

BULLUCK Howard

BULLUCK Johnnie Lee

BULLUCK Willie J.

BUNN JR. Benjamin

BURTON Doris

CALHOUN Raymond Cecil

CAMERON Talmond

CARPENTER Bobby

CHERRY David

COKER, JR. Theodore

COOPER Reginald Carlton

COOPER Roy Rogers

DAVIS Bobby Ray

DAVIS Donald Ray

DEATON John

DEMPSEY William H.

DICKENS, JR. Felton

DICKENS Odell

ESTELLE Chalonda J. “CJ”

ESTELLE Davon E.

EVERETT Donald T.

EZZELL Charles

FARLOW Jesse Quinton “Buck”

FREER JR Arthur

Army E4 1954-1961

Navy E-3 2 Years of Service

Army PFC 3 ½ Years of Service

Army Sgt 2 Years of Service (KIA)

Marines 2 Years of Service

Marines PFC 1 ½ Years of Service (KIA)

Army 6 Years of Service

Army E-5 5 Years of Service

Marines PFC 1959-1963

Air Force E4 Sergeant 4 Years of Service

Air Force E8 26 ½ Years of Service

Army PFC 1949-1952

Army & National Guard Staff Sgt 7 Years of Service

Air Force Sgt 4 Years of Service

Army 4 Years of Service

Army Captain 8 Years of Service

Army E5 1977-180

Air Force Colonel 30 Years of Service

Army Captain 9 Years of Service

Air Force Major 1968-1975

Army PFC 1945-1947

Army Private E2 1969 (Vietnam Veteran)

Army Staff Sgt. 24 Years of Service

Army Administrative NCO 1944-1946

Air Force Airman 1st Class 1965-1969

Army / Army National Guard Lt. Colonal / Commander 1965-1968 (Vietnam Veteran)

Army SFC Quartermaster Corps 20 Years of Service

Army Staff Sgt. 2005-2012

Navy 1940-1944

Army Master Sergeant 26 Years of Service

Marines Cpl Vietnam Veteran

Army E-5 2 Years of Service

Army SFC 1956-1977

Army LTC Nurse Corps 16 Years of Service

Army E-8 24 Years of Service

Army 1940-1944

Air Force Staff Sergeant 24 Years of Service

Army PFC 1961-1964

Army E2 1950-1953

Navy Petty Officer 1941-1982

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Army Specialist 4 1967-1969 - Vietnam Veteran

Navy GM3C 8 Years of Service

Army 1st Lieutenant 3 Years of Service

Army Sergeant 10 Years of Service

Army Cpl. 3 Years of Service

Army Cpl 1975-1980

Army Sergeant 2 Years of Service


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FREER James A.

FREER James R.

GAGLIANO Charles

GONZALEZ Silas

GORDON-BRAY Arnold N.

GREGORY, JR. Dolphus L.

HAMMOND James A.

HARGROVE Ronald

HARPER Boice

HARRIS Harvey Lee

HART Benjamin

HART William K.

HAWKINS Linda Powell

HEDGEPETH Keith L.

HENDRIX Kenneth R.

HINTON, JR Jesse J.

HOBBS William L.

HOWARD, JR. Joe Louis

HUNTER Julius

JEFFERSON, JR. George

JOHNSON Bryson

JOHNSON Leenae

JOHNSON Reginald

JONES Dennis

JONES J.B.

JOYNER Alton F.

JOYNER SR Harold C.

JOYNER JR Harold C.

JOYNER Zy’Keith M.

KENNEDY Andrew Jackson

KENNEDY JR. Andrew (Jack)

KENNEDY James Henry

KENNEDY Robert Dean (Bobby)

KENNEDY Theodore

KING John

KING Kenneth Albert

LAMM James Ray

LAMM John T.

LEE Eugene

LEGGETTE L. Nelson

Air Force/Army Col. 24 Year of Service

LEWIS, JR. Antonio D.

Army (Airborne) Private E2 March 2019 - Active Duty at Fort Bragg

LEWIS Clarence H.

LEWIS Levern N.

LEWIS Micheal E.

LONG SR. William L.

LONG JR. William L.

LUCAS Brandon

Navy Lieutenant 6 Years of Service

LUCAS Brandy

Navy Lieutenant 8 Years of Service

LUCAS Raymond

MANN Calvin Q.

MANN Reginald A.

MANZEL Charles H.

MATTHEWS James W.

MITCHELL, JR. Kester

MITCHELL Roy

MITCHELL Warren

Air Force Sgt. 2 Years of Service

Army SP-4 1986-1992

Army Colonel 1964-1988

Air Force AIC 4 Years of Service

Army 14 G Air Defense 2015-Currently Serving

Army Corporal 1953-1955 - German Occupation Forces

Army Sgt. 2 Years of Service

Navy E6 1979-1983

Air Force Sgt. 4 Years of Service

Navy GM3 4 Years of Service

Infantry/Airborne/Special Forces 23 Years of Service

Army National Guard SGT (Ret) 1976-1996

Army World War I 1918-1919

Air Force Sgt. 8 Years of Service

Army/Air Force Sgt E7 20 Years of Service

Navy E6 1980-1985

Army 22 Years of Service 1959-1980

Air Force 22 Years of Service

Army E4 2 Years of Service/Vietnam

Army Reserve 1980-1985

Army CPL 3 Years of Service

Air Force July 2018-Currently Serving

Army Sgt 3 Years of Service

Marines & National Guard PFC 1988-1993

Army Staff Sergeant 20 Years of Service

Army Corporal 1944-1946

Army Army Private, Company L, 38th In- 1940-1944 fantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division , 1942-1944 (KIA)

Army PFC 1941-1945

Navy HTC 20 Years of Service

Army Sgt E5 1966-1968

Army Sgt 221 Aviation Company 1 ½ Years of Service Vietnam Veteran

Army BG 34 Years of Service

Navy 1940-1970

Air Force 30 Years of Service

Marine Corps 2 Years of Service

Air Force Airman 1st Class 1951-1955

Army E3 1944-1946

Army E-6, SSGT 20 ½ Years of Service

Army Reserve SFC 1980-2000

Army SFC (Ret) 23 Years of Service

Army Spec 4 1966-1968

Air Core PFC 1942-1945

Army 1942-1945

Air Force E6 1959-1979

Air Force Lt. Col. 21 Years of Service

Navy Petty Officer 4 Years of Service

Air Force Senior Airman 1996-2000

Army 1954-1961

Navy 1 Year of Service

Army Sgt 2 Years of Service

Army Tuskegee Airmen WWII Veteran

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MOORE Donald O.

MOORE Ronald L.

NEAL Harold

NICHOLSON George Thomas Army MP 4 Years of Service

NOEL Reginald

Marines E6 1981-1991

NORFLEET Brian

NORFLEET Norris

OWENS Cecil R.

PANARESE Adam F.

PARKER Alton

PARKER Darrell

PARKER JR. Harry

PARKER Jimmy

PEELE Leon

PERSON Arthur Lee

PINCKNEY Carl

PITTMAN Storkey T.

POWELL Clarence G. Army Cpl 1944-1949

POWELL John G.

Navy 1950-1954

POWELL Otis C.

POWELL Walter B.

POWELL Willie

PURVIS Elbert

PURVIS Michael

PURVIS Tina

QUIGLEY Thomas

RHODES Bobby D.

ROBERSON Ronald

ROBINSON William M.

ROSE James C.

SEARS Earl O.

SESSOMS Isaac Solomon Army PVT 2 Years of Service

SESSOMS, JR. Isaac Solomon

PFC 1 Year of Service (WWII Veteran)

SHARPE Jackson T.

SHARPE Milton A.

SHAW Ellis Mack

SHERROD Charlie J.

SHERROD Daniel Willie

SHRAGO Harry I.

SHRAGO William

SILVER Mark

SILVER Melvin

SMITH, JR. Earl

SMITH James L.

SMITH William Thomas

SPIVEY Derrick

TAYLOR Edward L.

THOMPSON Ronald

THORPE Joseph

THORPE Russell

TILLMAN Herbert B.

TILLMAN, JR. Willie C.

UNGER Peter E.

WALLACE Lawrence “Larry”

WARD JR. Willie H.

WATFORD Heyward W.

Army Staff Sgt 4 Years of Service

Army Cpl WWII Veteran

Army SSG (Retired) 1976-1999

Army 1950-1955

Army Sgt 1968-1970

Army Sgt. 2 Years of Service

Marines Private 4 years of Service

Navy 2 Years of Service

Marines Lance Corporal 4 Years of Service

Navy CDR 30 Years of Service

Army 1969-1971

Army SP-4 1969-1971

Army PFC 1944-1945 WW II

Army/ Marines Communication 6 Years of Service

Army Specialist First Class 1951-1952

Army Sgt E5 (Air Borne) 1963-1966

Army E2 1969-1971

Air Force MSGT 1955-1978

Army Sgt. 2 Years of Service

Army PFC 2010-2014

Army Cpl 2 Years of Service - Korean War

Air Force PFC Military Police 6 Years of Service

Coast Guard/Army TTC 23 Years of Service

Army PFC 1963-1966

Army Staff Sgt. 1990-2008

Army SP1 2000-Currently Serving

US Army WW I

Marines Sgt. 1991-1997

Navy 1967-1972

Army Sgt. E5 4 Years of Service

Marines Sgt. 8 Years of Service

Air Force 1st Lieutenant 1950-1953

Army SFC 1952-1953

Air Force Staff Sgt 1956-1960

Marines Lance Corporal 1986-1990

Air Force E3 1970-1974

Army Spec 5 1970-1971

Army Cpl. 1949-1952

Air Force AIC 1957-1965

Air Force 21 Years of Service

Army Command Sergeant Major 1969-1999

Army SFC 20+ Years of Service

Army E5 1950-1953

Army Spec 4 E4 3 Years Active/3 Years Reserve

Marines 1969-1972

Army Sergeant 9 Years of Service

Air Force E4 4 Years of Service

Air Force 21 Years of Service

Army 2 Years of Service

Army Specialist E4 1966-1970


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WATSON Audrey L.

WATSON McKinley C.

WATSON Milton

WEAVER Lester Eugene

WEST Alvin T.

WHITAKER James

WHITE Edith

WHITEHEAD Dan A.

WHITEHEAD Elbert S.

WHITEHEAD JR George

WHITEHEAD Selesta

WHITEHEAD, JR. Selesta

WHITEHURST Allen Kyle

WHITEHURST James Allen

Army Reserve 1993-1999

Air Force Master Sgt 22 Years of Service

Navy Army CS3 Sgt. 1st Class 1967-1999 (Vietnam Veteran) 22 Years of Service

Army Sergeant 1985-1989

Air Force SMSGT 28 Years of Service

Army Sgt. Major 43 Years of Service

Army SPC 3 1944-1946

Army SP-4 3 Years of Service

Army SP 4 2 Years of Service

Army Staff Sergeant E6 26 Years of Service

Navy IT2 7 Years of Service

Army E8 Master Sgt. 1977-1997

Army Spec4 4 Years of Service

Thank You For Your Service! Harrison_Ronald A. Air Force SP4 3 Years of Service

WHITEHURST James Cecil Air Force Tec/Sgt 20 Years of Service

WILLIAMS W.T.

Army E3 2 Years of Service

WILLIAMSBEASLEY Robert

Army Lieutenant General 15 Years of Service

Hedgepeth_ Jeremiah

Army PFC 3 Years of Service

Hill Sr._Archadle Alston_Robert L. Air Force Sgt 27 Years of Service

Anthony_Malton Ray Army Sgt 4 Years of Service

Arrington_Kenneth Army SP4 2 Years of Service

Arrington_Russell Army SP4 3 Years of Service

Avent_Bronis

Army SP4 2 Years of Service

Battle_Anothy Marines Sgt 8 Years of Service

Battle_Garfield Army E5 2 Years of Service

Battle_Willie G. Army 3 Years of Service WW II Veteran

Beaufort_Clarence

Army SP/5 3 Years of Service

Navy 4 Years of Service

Army Sgt 3 Years of Service

Hines_Michael A.

Crews_Otto M.

Gray_Richard E. Army Sgt 2 Years of Service

Cooper, Jr._James E. Gray_Courney

Navy

Daniels_Clarence Air Force Master Sgt. 24 Years of Service

Gray_Rodney

Daniels_Waverly

Gray_William Eddie

Army 1st Sgt Master Sgt. 24 Years of Service

Dancy_Larry

Army Sgt 3 Years of Service

Davis_Petronee Air Force Sgt 4 Years of Service

Dickens_Bobby E. Army Sgt 2 Years of Service

Dickens_Harry

Army SSG 3 Years of Service (Vietnam Veteran) Purple Heart

Dickens_Kary

Army Sgt

Army 1st Sgt. 24 Years of Service

Boone_Horace

Draughn_Kendra T.

Air Force Sgt 3 Years of Service

Brown_Joseph

Army Sgt 13 Years of Service

Evans_David W.

Army Sgt 3 Years of Service

Marines Sgt. E9 30 Years of Service

Bryant_James E.

Fox_Johnnie

Army SP4 6 Years of Service

Army Sgt 8 Years of Service

Bunn_James

Fox_Lorenzo

Air Force

Coley_John

Army SP4 1 Year of Service (KIA)

Army Sgt 2 Years of Service

Fuller_Joseph F.

Coley_Thomas

Grant Jr._Claude

Air Force

Army Sgt 2 Years of Service

Army Sgt 2 Years of Service

Cooper_David

Gray_Chester T.

Navy Sgt 25 Years of Service

Navy E5 3 Years of Service

Navy 4 Years of Service

Army PFC 4 Years of Service

Hagwood_L.B. Navy MoMM2 1943-1945

Hagwood_Lawrence M. Marines 1st Lieutenant 1976-1980

Hagwood_Nathan B. Marines CPL 2005-2009

Harper_Weldon Ray Army SP4 2 Years of Service

Harris_Jerome Marines Sergeant 2 Years of Service

Harris Sr._Marice B. Army 2 Years of Service

Harris Jr._Marice B. Air Force 2 Years of Service

Harris_Nathan Navy 2 Years of Service

Harris_Odessa Bryant

Army Sgt 20 Years of Service

Harrison_Donald A. Air Force Master Sgt. 18 Years of Service

Harrison_Robert M. Army E4 2 Years of Service

Navy / Army E4 / Sgt E5 4 Years of Service / 5 Years of Service

Hines_Thurman L. Army - 101st Airborne Sgt E5 3 Years of Service (Vietnam Veteran)

Hines, II_Thurman L. Army Spec 4 6 Years of Service

Horne_Larry

Army SP4 2 Years of Service

Hunter_Julius

Air Force Master Sgt 30 Years of Service

Johnson_Elvin U.

Lewis Sr._Robert B. Pullen_Phillip Marines Sergeant 8 Years of Service

Lynch_Glandus

Air Force S.M. Sgt. 22 ½ Years of Service

Lynch_Thomas Air Force Sgt. 4 Years of Service

Mann Sr._Calvin Navy Sgt 4 Years of Service

Mercer_Debra

Air Force Sgt 20 Years of Service

Mercer_William Air Force Sgt 10 Years of Service

Milbourne_Rodney Army Sgt 3 Years of Service

Modlin_Ray A. Army Sgt 11 Years of Service

Moody_Willie Army Sgt 1966-1968

Army Sergeant 20 Years of Service

Moore_Malachi

Jones_Lorenzo

Morgan Sr._Leodus

Army SP4 2 Years of Service

Jones_Percy Army

2 Years of Service

Jordan_Curtis Marines 4 Years of Service

King_Charlie

Army Sgt 3 Years of Service

Knight_Ernest Air Force Sgt 4 Years of Service

Knight_Joe A. Marines Sgt 4 Years of Service

Knight_William Marines E5 5 Years of Service

League_Bob

Air Force 4 Years of Service

League_Will

Marine Corps 8 Years of Service

Army 2 Years of Service Army

Noel_Richard

Army Sgt 2 Years of Service

Norwood_Edward Army 82nd Airborne Paratrooper 20 Years of Service

Parker_Debra Army E4 3 Years of Service

Army Served in the Battle of the Bulge 1945-1946 (WWII Veteran)

Randolph_Dennis Earl Air Force Sgt 25 Years of Service

Randolph_Edgar Ray Army Sgt 3 Years of Service

Randolph_ Raymond

Army Sgt 25 Years of Service

Richardson_Charles Army Mst. Sgt. 30 Years of Service

Tucker_Alvin Army

4 Years of Service (KIA)

Washington_Coley

Marines 2 Years of Service (KIA)

Whitaker_Alvin Army Sgt 3 Years of Service

Whitaker_Anthony Army Sgt 3Years of Service

Whitakers_Garvin Army Sgt 4 Years of Service

Whitakers Sr._ Walter

Air Force Master Sgt 20 Years of Service

Whitehead_ Richardson_Woodrow Alexander Army Army Mst. Sgt. 25 Years of Service

Sgt 2 Years of Service

Royster_Alton

Whitehead_Donald

Air Force Master Sgt 12 Years of Service

Sessoms_Carmillus Air Force Sgt 22 Years of Service

Silver_Floyd

Army Sgt 3 Years of Service

Spaton_Donald Army/Air Force Sgt 19 Years of Service

Speight_James E. Army Sgt 20 Years of Service

Stevenson_Bruce Army SP4 3 Years of Service

Stokes_Elton

Air Force/Army Sergeant Parker_Donald Ray 20 Years Air Force Airman 2nd Class Taylor Sr_Melvin 1957-1961 Air Force Sgt Parker_Harold 8 Years of Service Army Sgt Taylor Jr._Melvin 3 Years of Service Air Force Sgt Phillips_Colbert 4 Years of Service Army Sgt Thorne Sr._Robert 2 Years of Service Air Force Sgt Phillips_Milton 4 Years of Service Air Force Sgt Thorpe_Hugh 4 Years of Service Army Sergeant 2 Years of Service

Army Sgt 20 Years of Service

Whitehead_Donald Navy Sgt 25 Years of Service

Whitehead_Frank D. Army Sgt 3 Years of Service

Whitehead_James D. Army Sgt 3 Years of Service

Whitehead_Marcus Army Sgt 10 Years of Service

William_Albert Air Force Sgt 15 Years of Service

William_Daryl

Army E6 20 Years of Service

William_David Army Sgt

William_Otis T. Army Sgt 7 Years of Service

William_Robert Air Force Sgt 4 Years of Service

William_William H. Army Sgt E7 23 Years of Service


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ANDREWS Teddy L.

BARRETT John

BRASWELL Elmas

BROOKS Robin

BULLUCK Alan Jerome

BULLUCK Garland

Major WWII Veteran

Army

BRASWELL James A.

CARTER Mark

DAVIS Jerry M.

Air Force Major 20 Years of Service

DEANS JR Alfred

Army SP4 6 Years of Service

DEMPSEY Anthony

DEMPSEY Windsor Dolph

EDWARDS Harvey L.

EDWARDS James W.

FARMER Donald Ray

GALLOWAY Luther D.

GIRONA Kerry Lawrence

Army WWII

Navy Private 2nd Class 1992-1998

GUNTER Levy

HALL Leaster

HARRIS Tony

HARRIS Uylsses

HINSON Robert Brice

HOPKINS JR Tyrone

HOWARD Bernard

HOWARD Milliard

JONES Duan T.

JONES Larry P.

JOYNER Frederick Marshall

Army SP4 2 Years of Service

Army Sgt. 20 Years of Service (Retired)

Air Force Captain B52 Bomber Pilot

Army/Marines Corporal 1949-1954

JOYNER Ray

Navy 3 Years of Service

MODLIN Steve

Marines Lance Corporal 1976-1982

Army Specialist 4 Years of Service

Navy RD2 1965-1969

Air Force E-4 Senior Airman 4 Years of Service

Army Sgt. 274th MP Company

Army/Marines E4 Army 3 Years /Marines 6 Years

Air Force Major 20 Years of Service

Army 6 Years of Service

Army Sgt. First Class 20 Years of Service

Army 1942-1946

Army SP4 2 Years of Service

Army Sgt. 17 Years of Service

Army Corporal WWII

Army SP4 4 Years of Service

Navy E5 Petty Officer

Army

MODLIN Ray

KEMP JR Edward A.

LYNCH Ricardo L.

MANLEY Jordan Montelle

MODLIN Leroy

NEAL Donald

PARKER Horace

POWELL Anthony G.

POWELL Henry

REYNOLDS, SR. Alton L.

RICHARDSON Stephen

VICKERS Cordell

VICKERS Eugene

VINES Joe Clyde

VINES Leroy

Marines Retired

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Army PFC Died in Battle of the Bulge

Army

Army Staff Sgt. 28 Years of Service

Air Force E-7 MSGT 20 Years of Service

Army Staff SGT 11 Years of Service

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STATON James H.

STATON Tommie Lee

STATON William Henry

STEWARD James

VICKERS Frank

VICKERS Harold

VICKERS Jimmy

VICKERS John

VICKERS Joseph

National Guard SSGT 1955-1964

Army 1940-1944

Air Force T-Sgt. 1952-1971

JOYNER Tony

ROLLINS Joseph S.

Air Force TSGT 22 Years of Service

Army 2 1/2 Years of Service

Army SP3 1954-1957

NC National Guard S.F.C 1963-1969

Army PFC 2 Years of Service

Army SPC-5 1965-1967

Army PFC 4 Years of Service-WWII

Air Force MSGT 1968-1992

Army SP5 Sgt. 1968-1970

Marines Corporal 1960-1964

Army WWII

Army E-8 First Sgt. 23 Years of Service

Air Force Sgt 1964-1968

Navy SN Seaman 4 Years of Service

Army Sgt. 1976-1986

Army CPL 2 Years of Service

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WILLIAMS Corey D. Navy SP4 1997-1999

WILLIAMS Darnell Army SP4 1973-1975

WILLIAMS SR Emanuel Army 1945-1947 WWII

WILLIAMS Emanuel

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WILLIAMS Linwood

Navy 4 Years of Service

WILLIAMS Ted Air Force Staff Sgt. Retired

A day to honor all veterans The month of November is a special time for the nation’s veterans. While Memorial Day honors fallen soldiers and service people, Veterans Day, which takes place each November, is an opportunity to commemorate the efforts of all who have been in the armed forces, with a special emphasis on living veterans. While people are encouraged to thank veterans throughout the year, Veterans Day is a particularly poignant time to show your appreciation for the men and women of the military. Veterans Day takes place on November 11 and marks an important moment in history. On November 11, 1918, World War I, known at the time as “The Great War,” unofficially ended when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, took place between Germany and the Allied nations on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. World War

I ended on paper when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. In November 1919, President Wo o d r o w Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Armistice Day became a federal holiday in the United States in 1938. However, after subsequent wars, including World War II and the Korean War, veterans’ service organi-

zations lobbied for Armistice Day to be revised so it would be more inclusive of all veterans. On June 1, 1954, President Dwight D . Eisenhower signed legislation to strike the word “Armistice” from the holiday’s name in favor of “Veterans.” Since then, November 11 has been known as “ Ve t e r a n s Day” and has honored veterans of all wars. Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday in October for roughly seven years under the Uniform Mon-

day Holiday Act, which sought to ensure three-day weekends for federal employees by celebrating certain national holidays on Mondays. But since November 11 bore such significance, many states disapproved and continued to observe the holiday on November 11. In 1975, President Gerald Ford signed legislation to return the observation of Veterans Day to November 11 beginning in 1978. Should the day fall on a Saturday or Sunday, the federal government observes the holiday on the previous Friday or following Monday, respectively, according to History. com. The United States isn’t the only country to celebrate its veterans. Canada, Great Britain, Australia, and France also commemorate the veterans of World War I and II on or near November 11 as Remembrance Day or Remembrance Sunday.

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For 112-year-old veteran’s daughter, care is a labor of love LEAH WILLINGHAM AP/Report for America

Vanessa Brooks was gentle as she held the face of her 112-year-old father in her hands. She patted the shaving cream carefully on his cheeks and along his jaw before sliding the razor across his face to make a clean strip. Lawrence Brooks sat quietly in his big armchair in their double shotgun house, a New Orleans Saints blanket draped over the back. The oldest living U.S. veteran’s arms were clasped together in his lap and his eyes were closed. Around him were banners from the National World War II Museum and the Veterans Affairs hospital celebrating past birthdays. A portrait of him in his Army uniform, three-quarters of a century old, sat on the dresser. “I want him to be comfortable, happy and himself,” Vanessa, 61, had said the day before, lying on the couch for a break in between feeding him and giving him therapy for his swelling legs. “If I can keep him in his right state of mind until God calls him home, that’s my intent.” For the past 13 years, she has been her father’s primary caregiver, providing round-the-clock attention. It’s a full-time job, one she’s tried to balance with her work as a neighborhood security patrol officer — the job that pays the bills. But as her father has aged, that balancing act has become trickier. The centenarian Brooks is still mentally sharp — he can tell decades-old stories of his childhood in Louisiana and rural Mississippi, of being drafted to join WWII. But his body is weak. Brooks’ hearing is becoming more limited, he has lost his sight in one eye, and his vision is fading in the other. Several hospitalizations in the past year have been taxing physically and emotionally. Each day, Vanessa starts early, bringing him medications, cleaning him and his space, loading his wheelchair onto the electric lift when he has doctor’s appointments. “Taking care of him, it’s sun up to sundown,” she said. Brooks recently qualified for a program that will al-

low a VA home-health care aide come to their house during the day to help Vanessa. But she said there are a lot of personal care needs that he only feels comfortable with her attending to, keeping most of the responsibility on her. In late September, Vanessa took indefinite leave from her job of nine years. Too young to begin collecting Social Security, she knows the loss of income will take a toll. But she considers caring for her father the most important job in the world. “I don’t work; I don’t get paid — bottom line,” she said. “Basically, I just made that sacrifice. I just stepped out on faith and decided to do what I felt in my heart that I need to do, and that’s stay here and take care of my dad.” A concerned friend set up a GoFundMe page to help support Vanessa and her dad while she cares for him at home. The Brooks family isn’t alone in trying to juggle priorities. One in five fulltime workers in the U.S. is a caregiver, according to a Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers survey released last month. About 45% of family caregivers who are employed full time said they had to go part time at some point and roughly two in 10 said they had to quit their jobs altogether. “It’s a very common story, and the people who are affected the most are those

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people who are in low wage, hourly wage jobs,” said Howard Gleckman, a retirement policy expert with the Urban Institute think tank. A year ago, Vanessa shifted to part time. She had been working patrol shifts from 3 to 11 p.m. and contracted with an agency for an aide to care for the elder Brooks while she worked. But with a shortage of health care workers during the pandemic, the help was inconsistent. She found herself increasingly exhausted and having to take more and more time off work to meet her dad’s needs. “When I’m driving, I can’t really go out tired and exhausted, either, because I can injure myself or someone else,” she said. “I felt like I was in a tug of war.” Even with an aide from the VA coming to help care for her father, she doesn’t think she can go back to work anytime soon. A VA stipend program covers caregivers only for veterans who are suffering from service-related injuries. Lawrence Brooks, who was in the mostly-Black 91st Engineer General Service Regiment, never had a combat job, a legacy of racist policies that relegated many Black soldiers to service-oriented jobs in the then-segregated U.S. Army. Brooks was a caretaker for three white officers in Australia and was discharged in August 1945 as a private

first class. When he left the service, he worked as a forklift driver before retiring in his 60s. In May of this year, he had surgery, which required Vanessa to take time off to stay with him in the

hospital. Then, two and a half months ago, her father had a fall. A doctor said he was suffering from a kidney infection. She spent the past week caring for him after he was transferred to the VA hos-

pital intensive care unit. The doctors said fluid had built up in his lungs, and his kidneys were again at risk. When she’s tried to go back to work recently, her father became depressed and started regressing. He did not want to eat or drink water, she said. He is in his best health when she is able to stay home with him. “That’s what makes him happy, and that’s what keeps him living,” she said. “It’s like, I am his lifeline. When I’m not around, he’s sad, he’s depressed, he falls into delirium.” She said she and her father enjoy going out for chocolate frozen yogurt, watching television — especially sports, like wrestling and football — and playing solitaire. He loves sitting on their porch directly in the sun. People from the neighborhood, who all know him by name, will wave and leave little treats for him. “I just want him to have a good life,”Vanessa said.“He worked hard. He took care of our family. Now, I take care of him.”

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