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Unsung Heroes

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 ...

Hartman still using many of the skills he learned in the service

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. ELKINS — Elkins native Bill Hartman spent ...

Tucker County’s Mauzy brothers served in World War II

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. PARSONS — Being apart while serving ...

Albaugh has assisted other military veterans for decades

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 — For Mary Albaugh, joining the ...

Metheny served in Vietnam, Desert Storm

Editor’s note: This article is the first 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. ELKINS — A lifetime Elkins resident ...

World War II hero remembered

HUTTONSVILLE — On Memorial Day weekend, a native of Huttonsville is being remembered for his heroism and remarkable military accomplishments for the United States during World War II. Boggs Collins, a Huttonsville native, served in the United States Army during WWII, from 1942 until 1945, ...

Elkins native remembers expansive military career

Editor’s note: This is the final article in The Inter-Mountain’s 2017 Unsung Heroes series, which began at Memorial Day and continued each Monday through Veterans Day. ELKINS — A four-star general who flew combat missions in Southeast Asia and eventually commanded all special ...

WWII veteran, now 99, volunteered for the Army in 1942

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series, which features veterans in our area and shares first-hand accounts of their military service. The series is published each Monday through Veterans Day. ELKINS — At nearly 100 years of age, an area World ...

Randolph County native became Vietnam prisoner of war

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series, which features veterans in our area and shares first-hand accounts of their military service. The series is published each Monday through Veterans Day. LEWISBURG — It’s been nearly 45 years since Staff ...

WWII vet DiBacco stormed the beach at Normandy on D-Day

Editor’s note: This article is part of The Inter-Mountain’s Unsung Heroes series, which features veterans in our area and shares first-hand accounts of their military service. The series is published each Monday through Veterans Day. THOMAS — A local World War II veteran and native of ...

Military couple met in service, continued family traditions

MINNEHAHA SPRINGS — For a Pocahontas County couple who met in the 1960s while serving in the U.S. Army, military service was a longtime family tradition. Both Del and Laronia Cohrs enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduating from high school, following the footsteps of their fathers, uncles ...