Editor's Note: This story, written by Susan Amundson, was originally published in the Oct. 10, 2019, edition of The Columbian-Progress.
Walking through the home of Oliver Whittington you see a beautiful house lined with pictures of family and also a glimpse into the past when Whittington was a sailor in the U.S. Navy.
Edward L. Lowe at 16 decided he needed to enlist in the Navy to take the place of some “draft dodger” who wouldn’t. The Foxworth resident along with three of his buddies, Doby McDaniel, Junior Burkes and Charles Lowe, all volunteered for the service in December 1944.
Editor’s Note: This story was originally published in the 2017 Profile edition, written by Mark Rogers, and is reprinted here with minor edits.
As he flew over the beaches of Normandy on D-Day in 1944, Henry Howard Bennett of New Hope noticed one thing: the color of the water.
The closest he’s ever come to dying, Henry O. Johnson says, was during a typhoon in Okinawa in 1945. Navy records report 92 mph winds sending 35-foot waves that battered ships, sinking 12 and grounding 222. The human toll was 36 sailors killed, 100 seriously injured.