Stories from local veterans on Memorial Day
Over the years, the Hook has profiled several local veterans whose stories are worth remembering on this Memorial Day. Last year, the Hook looked back at the life of Marine Cpl. Brad Arms, the Charlottesville resident who was killed in 2004, only a few months into his service in Iraq. In the run-up to that war in Iraq, the Hook sought the insights of veterans of the first Gulf War Eric Allen and Jacke Brown, as well as Vietnam War veteran and Green Beret Alan Farrell. In 2005, the Hook interviewed Hank Allen, Horace Boykin, and Mason Allen, all among the African-American veterans of World War II. And in 2004, the Hook learned of the remarkable story of the seven brothers Cason, who all served in and survived their tours in the Second World War.
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