Living Histories

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

Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers

Private Bradford Freeman of Caledonia, Mississippi and Colonel Ed Shames of Virginia Beach, Virginia are the only two living members of the "Band of Brothers" 101st Airborne Division, WWII.An Interview with Bradford C. Freeman By Janis AllenBrad Freeman was one of...

Honoring Vietnam War Veterans

Honoring Vietnam War Veterans

By Michel RobertsonThe photos in this article are of local Vietnam War veterans, many of whom you may know. See whether you’re able to recognize them! Today, March 29th, is National Vietnam War Veterans Day, a day of remembrance established by the Vietnam War Veterans...

Gil Mays flies the TBF Avenger

Gil Mays flies the TBF Avenger

Rutherford County resident Gil Mays (center) with his crew next to their TBF Avenger onboard the U.S.S. Yorktown in 1944.  There were three crew members: pilot, turret gunner and radioman/bombardier/ventral gunner.An interview with WWII pilot Gil Mays and his son...

They call you Doc

They call you Doc

Thomas Greenway tells his story from his home near Columbus, North Carolina."They call you 'Doc' on the front line."  By Michael McCarthy“This is part of my great-grandfather’s place right here. I worked about a year in Community Cash store in Spartanburg. I was just...

Choreography on Deck USS Kitty Hawk

Choreography on Deck USS Kitty Hawk

By Michel Robertson, from the bookWelcome Home, Brother: Memoirs of Vietnam War VeteransYoung Ray Pavlik had not heard of Vietnam when he graduated from high school in 1964 and enlisted in the Navy. “I wanted to get as far away from Cleveland as I could.” His...

The World Trying To Stop Communism

The World Trying To Stop Communism

An Interview with Korean War Veteran Bill Lack By Mike McCarthy I grew up in Meridian, Mississippi and my father and mother were divorced in 1940. My father was automatically drafted into the military before WWII started. Then his two brothers got called in after he...

Harry Viruet 100 year old D-day Survivor

Harry Viruet 100 year old D-day Survivor

At 100 years old, veteran looks back on time serving in the Army.  By Ken Corn Old Fort, North Carolina, resident and WWII veteran Harry Viruet celebrated his 100th birthday in May this year. Viruet was born in 1920 and joined the US Army when he was nineteen, a year...

Don’t Ask That Question

Don’t Ask That Question

Don’t Ask That Questionby John Hallimore Veteran’s Creative Writing Workshop 4th meeting, February 17th, 2016 Coming home from Vietnam to America amidst college sit-ins, peace protests, passionate political debate, and random cultural turmoil is not a fond memory. My...

Driving a Howitzer with The Big Red 1

Driving a Howitzer with The Big Red 1

Jimmy McKinney – Driving a Howitzer with The Big Red 1 By Michel RobertsonNorth Carolina native Jimmy McKinney was working at a paper plant when he received his draft notice in May 1966. “I’d been married about three years, with no children. I preferred it to be me...

Flying a U-2C with the Canopy Open

Flying a U-2C with the Canopy Open

A Dubious Honor:Having Flown a U-2C with the Canopy Open by Richard "Duke" Woodhull One fine day in 1968, I accompanied a squadron mate of mine to Palmdale in a T-33, for the purpose of retrieving one of our U-2Cs that had been loaned to another organization. The plan...

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.