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Unsung Heroes

Corcoran’s 30 years of service took him around the world

ELKINS — Matthew Corcoran now has time to look back on the things he accomplished, and the places he visited, during his 30-year career with the United States Air Force, after retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant in April. Corcoran’s journey, which took him around the world, began with ...

Yokum served in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom

ELKINS — People join the military for many different reasons. Some are seeking a career or to obtain money for college. But Beverly resident John Yokum joined the Army Reserves for one reason and one reason only — to serve his country. Yokum, who graduated from Elkins High School in ...

Vance served in the Army National Guard for more than 40 years

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2020, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. The series will be published through Veterans Day. ELKINS — Local resident Bob Vance made a lifelong ...

Dale served on Navy amphibious assault ships during World War II

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2020, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. The series will be published through Veterans Day. HUTTONSVILLE — Hurricane Isaias wreaking havoc on ...

Sayres worked with nuclear missiles, launching rockets in the Air Force

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2020, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. The series will be published through Veterans Day. ELKINS — Former local resident Jimmy Sayres ...

Bennett served in the Navy in Japan during WWII

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2020, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. The series will be published through Veterans Day. ELKINS — Elkins resident Calvin Bennett spent two ...

Hensley served 27 years as a U.S. Navy chaplain

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2020, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. The series will be published through Veterans Day. ELKINS — The Rev. Basil Hensley, a longtime Elkins ...

Summerfield served as an F-4 fighter crew chief in Vietnam

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2020, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. The series will be published through Veterans Day. ELKINS — An Elkins native and Vietnam veteran was ...

Lambert the youngest commander in H.W. Daniels Post 29 history

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2020, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. The series will be published through Veterans Day. ELKINS — An Elkins native and active member of the ...

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 ...