Fred Sharpe from Patterson in Caldwell County, served in France in the artillery with the 81st Wildcat Division in World War I. Those are his dog tags on the left and some collar insignia on the right. - Scott Sharpe
Ralph K. Rottet graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1934 and elected to become a Marine Corps pilot. In the left photo he's at top right flying a Grumman F3F-2 with Marine Fighting Squadron Two, circa 1940. In the right photo he is somewhere in the South Pacific standing next to his Vought F4U Corsair circa 1944, which he also flew inKorea. He received many medals and commendations, including the DistinguishedService Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and Air Medal.He retired in 1968, a Lieutenant General.- John Rottet
1LT Brad Witt with his wife Kayla Witt and 9-month-old daughter Eloise Witt during a homecoming ceremony July 21, 2015 in Fort Campbell, K.Y. Jill Knightjhknight@newsobserver.com
Odie McCullen from Sampson County (Newton Grove/Keener area), North Carolina. He enlisted in the Army on 9/24/1917 at the age of 23. He was a private in Company E, 120th Infantry, 30th Division. He received a Purple Heart after the loss of his arm during battle and was honorably discharged on March 14, 1919. Submitted by his granddaughter Sandra McCullen
Robert Alton Cain of Garland, N.C. in Vietnam in 1963. Cain served in the An Khe province in central highlands area of South Vietnam. Submitted by his daughter Brooke Cain
George B. Riggle in Korea, 1951. I was an Army brat. My dad was career Army. He lied about his age to join in World War II. He retired after 30 years. He served in Europe during WWII, served in Korea and had 2 tours in Vietnam. He had numerous commendations, a sharp shooters' badge, a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. I have no idea what the Bronze Star was for. He rarely ever talked about such things. - Mary Cornatzer
Grover C. Lee and his brother in WW II. My grandfather spent 21 months in the Army in and around the South Pacific Solomon islands beginning in May 1942. He was a member of the 37th Division 145th Infantry Regiment, Company E. He was one of nearly 5,000 men from the 37th wounded in the Pacific. He received a Purple Heart. - David Raynor
US Army First Lieutenant (now Colonel retired) Randy Stagner in a UH-1 (Huey) at the Philippine Army Jungle School, Spring 1985.
William S. Powell joined the Army shortly after graduating from UNC in 1940 serving for the next five years. Powell made it through the Phillipines campagin and went on to become a professor at UNC and the foremost authority on North Carolina history. - submitted by his son John Powell
2LT Jake Reddington, his wife Kaitlyn Lusk and children Lily Reddington, 2, and Weston Reddington, 1 prior to deploying August 26, 2014 in Fort Bragg, N.C. Jill Knightjhknight@newsobserver.com
My father, R.E. Sharpe served in the N.C. National Guard's 120th Regiment, 30th Division during Korea as a heavy weapons Platoon Sgt. This was his marksmanship badge showing his expert qualifications. He was always a darned good shot. Scott Sharpessharpe@newsobserver.com
2LT Alex Knight and wife Jill Knight during a homecoming ceremony at Green Ramp October 3, 2012 on Pope Army Airfield in Fort Bragg, N.C.
Cpl. Cody Stanton is all smiles as he puts on his old beret outside of his new house in Holly Springs on Thursday, June 27, 2013. "It found its way back home," said fellow soldier Lt. Jason Hollenbach, behind Stanton on the right. Stanton received the new 5-bedroom house as a part of Operation: Coming Home V. Al Drago
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Ryan Wightman and his wife Melissa hug after being presented with the keys to their new home that was built free of cost by Operation: Coming Home on Thursday, March 26, 2015 in Fuquay-Varina, N.C. Wightman was injured by an IED while trying to help a fallen Marine in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan in 2012. Jill Knightjhknight@newsobserver.com