Editorial: Extend your thanks today to a deserving veteran

Our lasting gratitude

Staff/File Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Tim McCarthy waved a flag as he walked in the Veterans Day parade in Augusta in 2016.

If you’re into comic-book heroes, you’ll likely hit the movie theaters in the next week or so.


On screens now is a movie about Marvel’s Thor battling evil on a far-off planet. In a few days, Batman, Wonder Woman and other members of DC’s Justice League will be in theaters fighting some super-threat here on Earth.

But if you’re into real heroes, there are plenty around the Augusta area today, on Veterans Day.

The Augusta Chronicle published its special Salute Our Veterans section in Friday print editions, but we’d also encourage you to check our website to read some of the profiles of men and women who live among us, who have earned our lasting gratitude for serving our country in the military.

You’ll get to read about Jim Dover, a 93-year-old North Augustan who as a U.S. Army paratrooper invaded Normandy on D-Day in World War II, and served two tours each in Korea and Vietnam.

You’ll learn about Columbia County resident Curby “C.L.” Smith, a sailor whose very first sea tour was on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hornet – the last American fleet carrier to be sunk by enemy fire, in the Solomon Islands in 1942. And Smith lived to tell the tale.

Aiken’s George Waddell was a World War II tail gunner on a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber. He miraculously returned from one of his 18 combat missions after losing three of the plane’s four engines, and with 200 bullet holes in the fuselage.

You might not have the good fortune to run into any of these gentlemen today. But odds are you’ll come across folks with hats, shirts or jackets bearing military insignias – wearing it just as proudly as the day they swore to defend their country.

When you see these brave folks – any day, really, but especially today – take just a moment to thank them for their service.