Living Histories

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

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...

Ronald B Hanchett Interview

Ronald B Hanchett Interview

Ronald B. Hanchett is one of millions of Americans to have served his country honorably... He is an American Patriot! Thank you for your service! USS Tabberer – a small John C. Butler-class destroyer escort – lost her mast and radio antennas. Though damaged and unable...

A STORY OF FATHER & SON IN TWO WARS

A STORY OF FATHER & SON IN TWO WARS

My Father Raymond J. Norris I was born in June 1906 and I, his son Raymond J. Norris II, was born in July, 1945. This is the story of our journeys and service in World War II and the Vietnam War. Part I: Father Ray J. Norris I was working in Toledo, Ohio when he was...

My Brother’s Keeper in Vietnam

My Brother’s Keeper in Vietnam

Left - Joe, Right - Mike DiRocco 1969 was the magic year for my brother Joe and me. I was six months into serving my third and final combat tour in Special Forces where I had found a home thirteen and a half years earlier. Imagine how excited I was to learn that my...

Vietnam Army Ranger Tales

Vietnam Army Ranger Tales

Vietnam Army Ranger Tales By Phil Mayrand Not all that happens in war is sad/grim/ugly. In 1969 while I was in Co. F, 75th. Inf. Rangers, several Ranger LRP (Long Range Patrol) Teams were sent TDY  (temporary duty) to Tay Nihn.  We were treated like 'redheaded...

I found this letter to Daddy in his files

I found this letter to Daddy in his files

I found this letter to Daddy in his files. It is from Mrs. Harriet Towers dated February 2, 1958. The postal service delivered mail then without all the “codes” they need now. Daddy knew “everyone” in the county and had written Mrs. Towers about selling property in...

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.