Living Histories

To Honor, Educate and Preserve our History by Remembering and Honoring our Veterans.

“We Shall Come Home Victorious.”

“We Shall Come Home Victorious.”

Gattis Ervin Allen (known as G.E.) was born on May 1, 1911, in the town of Marshall (Madison County), North Carolina. He passed away in 1997. Like many of our fathers, my daddy never talked to me about his service in the Pacific in WWII, and I wasn't smart enough to...

Serving in the Coast Guard on Both Coasts

Serving in the Coast Guard on Both Coasts

 John, standing, third from left with his Coast Guard buddies John was in the Coast Guard before and during World War II. When the war started, he was based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His wife-to-be, Laurel Crawford lived in Jacksonville, Florida. They met when John’s...

The Jolly Green Coasties

The Jolly Green Coasties

Submitted by Carl Burkhart[adapted from ‘The Coast Guard at War’ by Alex Larzelere] Smoke streamed from an Air Force F-105 Thunderchief as it flew south toward the demilitarized zone separating North and South Vietnam.  It was the afternoon of 1 July 1968 when its...

Part 2 of Howard Hamilton Story

Part 2 of Howard Hamilton Story

Geraldine Hamilton, wife of WWII veteran Howard Hamilton, speaking about her husband’s capture in WWII: This is from an article in the Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette, May 21, 2000.They’d been married only three months when Howard Hamilton left. They’d known each other...

Howard Hamilton

Howard Hamilton

Howard Hamilton, father of Brevard veteran LTC Jana Gruber, USAR, Ret, was born October 28, 1923 in the small town of Augusta, KS. Upon graduating from high school in 1942, he joined the Army and became a bombardier on B-17 “Flying Fortress”, stationed at Thorpe...

Help us honor and celebrate Women in the Military at the Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas. We will honor women who have served or are currently serving in the military in a special month-long exhibit during November.