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Unsung Heroes

Broughton took part in covert operations as an Army Ranger

ELKINS — An area resident and former Elkins mayor was involved in two covert operations during his time in the United States Army. Virgil Broughton, 79, enlisted into the U.S. Army in December 1958 before becoming a corporal in the Army Rangers. “I was stateside here for a year. I went ...

White spent much of World War II on ships and in the air

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2018, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. ELKINS — A local United States Army veteran spent much of his time in the service on ships or in the air ...

Arlington Cemetery organist performed at 35,000 funerals

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2018, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. DAVIS — An army veteran and former organist at Fort Myer Chapel at Arlington National Cemetery, who ...

Gaynor served as an MP in Korea and Vietnam

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2018, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. PHILIPPI — A longtime local police chief first learned his craft while traveling the world as an MP ...

Lanham performed more than 200 aircraft jumps

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2018, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. ELKINS — A 24-year United States Army veteran did three tours in Vietnam while serving his ...

Ware dreamed of flying as a boy growing up in Huttonsville

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2018, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. — A Randolph County native retired from the Air Force after a 21-year career in which ...

Lothes traveled the world as an Air Force intelligence specialist

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2018, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. ELKINS — An Elkins woman traveled the globe during her 25 years in the military. Wilga C. Lothes served ...

Anderegg flew 127 missions for the Air Force in the Vietnam War

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2018, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon native reflected on 27 years of actively serving in the United States Air ...

Petrice bonded with fellow soldiers in Cambodia

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2018, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. ELKINS — An area Vietnam War veteran, who was wounded during his service, said his biggest takeaway from ...

Barbo-Vezinat overcame traumas while serving in the Army

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2018, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. BUCKHANNON — Surviving assault and coping with the death of her child was not easy for Amanda ...

Lothes helped bring home prisoners of war

ELKINS — Throughout his more than 25-year military career, an Elkins man helped to bring home a number of prisoners of war. John Lothes, 78, served as a member of the United States Army from August 1958 through the summer of 1964 when he retired as a Specialist E-5. He returned to the ...

Tucker’s Air Force career took him to Europe and the Pentagon

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2018, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. BUCKHANNON — With commitment and a hardworking squadron, retired Lt. Col. Al Tucker and his team received ...

Connolly recalls service as Navy Seabee during WWII

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2018, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. ELKINS — A 97-year-old Elkins man recalled his time as a Navy Seabee during World War II. Lee ...

Kincaid was the National Guard theater engineer in Iraq

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2018, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. BUCKHANNON — With more than 30 years in the National Guard, Upshur County resident Robert Kincaid wore ...

30-year veteran Navy pilot had several close calls in the air

ELKINS — A 30-year Navy veteran performed hundreds of flights throughout his career as a military pilot, including flying during the Vietnam War. Edward John Thaubald III, 86, retired as a captain in the United States Navy in 1985 after three decades of service to the country. Thaubald said ...

Veteran spearheaded effort to teach patriotism in W.Va. schools

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2018, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon native, who spent nine years, six months and 22 days in the military, ...

Elkins veteran took part in two WWII invasions

ELKINS — A lifetime Elkins resident and retired United States Marine Corps veteran said he is lucky to be alive following his involvement in two invasions during World War II. Ninety-four-year-old Ward Cox served the country from 1943 to 1946, including his involvement in invasions of ...

Thayer put his career on hold to serve in Korea

BEVERLY — Despite having a college degree in hand and a goal in mind to work for the West Virginia Division of Forestry, John Thayer was drafted into the United States Army at the age of 24, and was soon serving in Korea. Thayer, who currently resides in Beverly, was raised in a small town ...

Holland served a tour of duty in Operation Desert Storm

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2018, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. ELKINS — An Elkins resident and 30-plus year member of the Army National Guard spent a tour of duty in ...

Paugh served in Korea and Vietnam, then helped other veterans

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series for 2018, which features veterans in our area sharing first-hand accounts of their military service. The series will be published each Monday through Veterans Day. BUCKHANNON — Not only did Miles Paugh ...