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.
Dr. Charles Griffith refers to the swing bed unit at Marion General Hospital as the “Dollar General of health care.”
“Because we think you should get quality care for lower prices,” he said.
The Columbian-Progress was filled with news about World War II from the very beginning of American involvement in 1941. The most somber reports were of Marion County boys killed or missing, which were all-to-common throughout the war.
Some people dream of going to the Super Bowl just once in their lives, but Lyssa Prine of Columbia has actually been there each of the last eight years.
Yet she doesn’t go to watch the game; for her it is all about the half-time show.