The person whose story Iâ€™m telling today is not someone local or even anyone you know, but he was very dear to me.
Todayâ€™s column is about my father, Clyde E. Smith, an Appalachian farm boy and unlikely soldier who was drafted into World War II at the age of 30, after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Today would have been his 100th birthday.
Dad was the last of four children born in Halleck, an unincorporated West Virginia outpost with a tiny church, cemetery and school surrounded by sprawling family farms where men worked themselves and their children nearly to death.
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