Remembering the fallen on Memorial Day

Published 12:09 am Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Rainy weather cancelled many Memorial Day activities, but the Three Notch Museum was open with its updated military display. Shown are a tribute to the U.S. Navy, as well as a hand-written history of Private Sid Blair, and photos of Ben Crum Foshee, and SFC Lenton L. Mack.

A written history of Blair’s story

Blair, who was born in Andalusia in 1900, lied about his age to join the Army during World War I. His parents presented legal documents, but were unable to get him released. He died in France July 15, 1918, a month before his 18th birthday, and was buried in Meuse-Argonne, American Cemetery, France.

Foshee, a Red Level native, died while serving with the Flying Tigers. The Flying Tigers was the nickname of the American Volunteer Group (AGV) recruited and commanded by Gen. (ret.) Claire Chennault to defend China from Japanese invasion. His family later located his burial place, and his remains were returned to the United States and interred in Fairmont Church Cemetery.

Mack, an Opp native and graduate of Opp High School, was killed in action in Korea. According to his obituary, also on display in the museum, he was survived by his wife, Mrs. Nelda Mack of Pensacola; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Mack of Opp; one sister, Mrs. C.M. McCall; and one brother, Guy Mack.

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