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June 2016

Major Louis E. Schucker

Major Louis E. Schucker and the Last Battle By: David Bennett, Curator at the Port o’ Plymouth Museum On November 11, 1918, the Armistice that ended the First World War was signed. On that day, however, men were still being maimed and killed. One man who stood out heroically was Major Louis E. Schucker of Washington County, North Carolina. He was the commanding officer of the 2nd Battalion, 321st Infantry Regiment, 81st Division. It was Schucker’s first and last battle of the Great War, but his presence on the battlefield that day made all the difference. At 6 a.m., Schucker and his men were ordered to go “over the top” and they charged head first into heavy artillery and machinegun fire. The fog was heavy that morning and the American forces became scattered on the battlefield. A gap opened in the divisional line exposing the flanks of two American battalions. On his own initiative, Schucker moved his battalion into the gap to prevent a slaughter. He then pushed 2nd Battalion forward aggressively. Two of his companies made it through the German barbed wire and took out several machinegun nests. They proceeded to capture the German trenches. By then, however, it was 11 a.m. and the Armistice came into effect. The war was over. The American offensive on November 11th was a pointless exercise that resulted in unnecessary bloodshed. Maj. Schucker, acting with courage and a cool mind, possibly prevented further bloodletting by strengthening the weak point in the American line. He was not heralded as a hero and he has largely passed from memory. His legacy, however, lives on. Every man from Washington County that Schucker led into battle survived the war and returned home. The Washington County men who fought side-by-side with Schucker include: Arthur Furlough, Willie Hufton, Allie Latham, Seaton Phelps, John Rodgers, Henry Sawyer, and John Sawyer. Special thanks to the Garden Spot Café, the Golden Skillet, and US Cellular for hosting this article by the Port o’ Plymouth Museum. Bombed out German trench. A trench filled with human remains The Albemarle Tradewinds reaches 60k readers each month in printed and social media ...... call Ken and learn how. 252-333-7232 14 Albemarle Tradewinds June 2016 albemarletradewinds.com

BRIARBERRY PICKIN’ By Jimmy Fleming mrflemz@embarqmail.com Late spring and early summer are a great season of the year. Warm weather, blue skies, green grass, the fish are biting, and briar berries are ready for picking. Briar berries or black berries as some folks call them, can be found just about anywhere in eastern North Carolina. The thick briar covered bushes grow on ditch banks, road sides, field edges, and some locations where neither man nor beast would go under normal circumstances. The unripe berries are rather hard and bright red in color and they soften and turn a deep purple color as they ripen. When briar berries get ripe they are excellent eating but like most things that are so good, there are some drawbacks involved. Briar berries grow in some pretty thorny places and you may encounter other berry pickers (bears, coons, foxes, etc) while you are berry hunting. Briar berries can also be protected by “red bugs/chiggers” and I don’t have to tell anyone who has ever had a decent case of these critters what a drawback that can be. You may even encounter a snake or two that likes calling the briar berry patch home. If you brave the briars, bears, and bugs and manage to pick a nice bucketful of ripe berries, you have a treasure fit for a king. Briar berries can be eaten just as they are or you can put them in a bowl and add a little sugar and or fresh cow’s cream which is the method I prefer. These fine berries can also be made into jams, jellies, cobblers, or anything else that can be done with other types of berries. Briar berry picking makes for a great day of fun for a family or just the two of you and the rewards for your efforts are quite tasty. Carry on the tradition of picking briar berries this season or maybe it’s a great time to start a tradition. All of our clients get their own QR code for free when purchasing an ad. We’ve got this town covered with 4G LTE. We are located in downtown Elizabeth City. Our mission is to make using tobacco a thing of the past! 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 uscellular.com/4G 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 Come by The Vapor Station every Saturday to receive 10% off Seduce Juice when you mention this ad. facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds June 2016 15