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Unsung Heroes

Savage served across country and the world in Air Force

ELKINS — Davis & Elkins College alumnus Steven S. Savage spent 27 years of his life serving in the United States Air Force. Savage started his Air Force career in October 1972 and retired in 1999. He achieved the rank of colonel. He grew up in Wheeling, where he graduated from high ...

Smith earned a Purple Heart serving in Vietnam

Editor’s Note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2019, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. BUCKHANNON — An Upshur County man who earned a Purple Heart after being injured in Vietnam is continuing ...

Westfall served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam era

Editor’s Note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2019, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. BUCKHANNON — The current commander of the American Legion Post 7 Frank B. Bartlett Chapter served in the ...

Steffan saw the world while serving 20 years in the Navy

ELKINS — Area native Mike Steffan served in the United States Navy for more than 20 years. His selfless career of service, which was inspired by his beloved grandfather, included experiences both in and outside of the United States. Steffan earned his highest rank of first class petty ...

Polesnak served in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam era

Editor’s Note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2019, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. ELKINS — Elkins resident Tom Polesnak served a total of 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a ...

Lemons served in the National Guard in U.S. and Germany

Editor’s Note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2019, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. PARSONS — Richard Lemons served in the U.S. Army National Guard for a total of 15 years, working his way ...

Kisner flew more than 50 missions during WWII

Editor’s Note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2019, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. ELKINS — A local 99-year-old World War II veteran recalls his flying missions during the war, several of ...

Lemons served in Japan, the Philippines and Hawaii in the Navy

Editor’s Note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2019, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. ELKINS —James Herbert Lemons experienced both triumphs and tragedies during his time in the Navy. After ...

Stokes traveled in tropics and polar regions in Coast Guard

Editor’s Note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2019, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. ELKINS — Life can pass in an instant, and some decisions can have life-altering impacts. While attending ...

Pernia served 37 years in the Air Force, National Guard

Editor’s Note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2019, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. ELKINS — Florencio D. Pernia, like many 17-year-olds, chose to turn away from his former child-like ...

Carlson served on the same ship as his brother in the Navy

Editor’s Note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2019, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. DAILEY —At age 88, Joe M. Carlson now looks back and reflects on the life experiences he earned while ...

Crites served as a motion picture cameraman in Vietnam

Editor’s Note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2019, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. ELKINS — An Elkins man served as a military motion picture cameraman during Vietnam. Sgt. John Crites ...

Rizzio served in Iraq, North Africa and South America

Editor’s Note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2019, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. ELKINS — Traveling the world is often the dream of those with adventurous souls. To stand under the ...

Currence served in Air Force at Langley, across Europe

Editor’s Note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2019, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. ELKINS — An Elkins man said he enjoyed every minute of serving in the U.S. Air Force for more than 20 ...

Jack served 30 years, earned rank of colonel in the Air Force

Editor’s Note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2019, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. ELKINS — Proud Elkins native Tharon L. Jack, an alumnus of Elkins High School and Davis & Elkins ...

Myers learned life lessons serving in the National Guard

Editor’s Note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2019, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. ELKINS— Inspiration can be found in both the small events and the life-changing experiences that one ...

Knutti served with the Air Force in Vietnam and worked at the Pentagon

Editor’s Note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2019, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. ELKINS — A Randolph County native worked his way up to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, ...

Roy served in the U.S. Army in both Korea and Japan

Editor’s Note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2019, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. ELKINS — An Elkins native’s Army service in the 1940s took him to Korea and to see the ruins of ...

Brubaker passed up college life to enlist in the Air Force

Editor’s Note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2019, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. RED CREEK — Like many teenagers, Ronald Brubaker dreamed about attending college. However, after ...

Army Air Corps veteran recalls service during bombing missions

Editor’s Note: This article is the first in The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2019, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. ELKINS — A local World War II veteran has vivid memories of the time he served in the United States ...