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Wendell Haire and the

Wendell Haire and the Invasion of Normandy By: David Bennett, Curator at the Port o’ Plymouth Museum In May 1943, Wendell Haire, a native of Creswell, N.C., dropped out of high school to join the United States Navy. Haire chose the Navy because he thought it would offer him an adventure and he liked the uniform. Little did he know that one adventure would change his life forever. At 10a.m., June 6, 1944, Haire was aboard a troopship off the coast of Normandy disembarking soldiers bound for Utah Beach. It was D-Day and the invasion of Normandy was on. Unfortunately, due to a lack of landing craft, the ship was unable to disembark all of its troops. The captain decided to move the ship close to shore to find an available landing craft and disembark the rest of the troops. Just after the vessel had unloaded its remaining soldiers it was struck by a German artillery shell on the starboard side below the waterline. Four explosions rocked the ship instantly killing five of the crew and wounding everyone else. Wendell Haire suffered a broken leg and severe burns. He was also trapped in the galley by himself. All seemed lost until one man selflessly came to his rescue. An African American sailor by the name of Flynt carried Haire up to the main deck and put him in a lifeboat. They cast off right before the ship rolled over and sank. Then everything went black. When Haire woke up he was in a hospital bed in England. He was lucky to be alive. His ship had sunk in five minutes taking over half of the crew with her. Haire’s war was over. He would spend the next three years in the hospital undergoing a total of seven surgeries for his shattered leg. For his wounds, he received the Purple Heart. After the war, Wendell Haire married, had a family, and a made a career with the U.S. Postal Service. He was plagued, however, by his wounds for the rest of his life. He had sacrificed his health and comfort for his country. Comments? E-Mail (Photo courtesy of Virginia Haire.) Special thanks to the Golden Skillet and U.S. Cellular for sponsoring this article on behalf of the Port o’ Plymouth Museum. Helping Northeastern NC Families since 1998 with Personal Loans Automobile Financing Retail Financing Convenient terms to fit your budget Apply online, or give us a call: 338-9008 145 Rich Blvd ~ Elizabeth City 441-4422 1300 S Croatan Hwy ~ Kill Devil Hills 232-3320 109 Currituck Commercial Dr ~ Moyock Mention this ad for a free gift! The Albemarle Tradewinds reaches 60k readers each month in printed and social media ...... call Ken and learn how. 252-333-7232 14 Albemarle Tradewinds October 2016

Big Red Drum Fishing By Jimmy Fleming One of the main things I have enjoyed over the past ten years is fishing for big Red Drum in Pamlico Sound. Ever since my buddy Ricky Vanhorn took me on my first drum fishing trip I have been hooked. I like to go out of Swan Quarter in Hyde County, NC in the mid summer to early fall (July – September). To make the trip even better, I like to fish for my bait earlier in the day around Judith Island. I like to catch croakers, spot, and pig fish using light tackle with bottom rigs baited with shrimp, squid, or cut bait. Those fish along with mullet and menhaden are the best bait for big drum … the fresher the better. Also while fishing for bait, it is not unusual to catch other varieties of fish such as speckle trout, gray trout, puppy drum, black drum, sea mullet, and flounder. Any of these fish along with any nice sized croakers or spot that aren’t used for bait will make for a great meal. After either catching fresh bait or bringing some along, I like to head out to a spot in the sound to set up for drum fishing. Big Drum seem to like hard bottoms, especially ones with oyster shells and drop offs where the water depth changes from shallow to deeper somewhat abruptly. Once securely anchored, I then put out my drum rigs which my choice is manual bait cast reels spooled with 30# mono on 7 foot medium heavy rods. You must have 9/0 circle hooks with the barb pinched down to be legally fishing from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.. You have to use circle hooks because you don’t want to deep-hook drum if you can help it. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., J-hooks or circle hooks are legal because people fish other species of big fish such as tarpon with the same rigs and bait used for drum. I like to cut a medium to large bait fish in ½ and thread it on the circle hook, then cast the rig (9/0 circle hook, 60 – 80 lb test leader, and a 3 – 6 oz barrel sinker) as far as I can from the boat. I like to put out four to six rods and I usually try to get set up by 3-4 pm and fish until dark or shortly thereafter. Most of the best drum fishing takes place after dark but I’m just not a night fisherman. Most of the big drum caught will weigh 30 to 60 pounds and measure 38 to 60 inches in length. To learn more about catching Bull Red Drum in Pamlico Sound, do some online reading and check out the many Youtube videos that will show you how to rig, bait, and fish for the drum. Make certain that you have the proper fishing license and fully understand the rules and regulations for Bull Red Drum fishing in the Pamlico Sound … then get yourself out there and have the fishing time of your life. We’ve got this town covered with 4G LTE. Did you know the Albemarle Tradewinds is located in more than 250 locations in NENC and Chesapeake? With U.S. Cellular,® get high-speed 4G LTE data coverage where and when you need it. Visit Ace Paging Carolina Communications for more information. Plymouth 77 US Hwy 64 E., 252-791-0008 CALL FOR STORE HOURS. 4G LTE not available in all areas. See for complete coverage details. 4G LTE service provided through King Street Wireless, a partner of U.S. Cellular. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. ©2016 U.S. Cellular New_No_Contract_4GLTE_Version1_Flyer_DI_8_5x11 2293849 The Dismal Swamp State Park is seeking nature-based vendors for their upcoming 4th annual Dismal Day to be held at the Dismal Swamp State Park in Camden County on Saturday, October 22nd from 10 am - 2 pm. If you are interested, please contact Lisa Doepker at (252)771- 6593 or by email at Albemarle Tradewinds October 2016 15