In remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day, our speaker was Emmett Casciato, founder and curator of the Veteran's History Museum of the Carolinas
in Brevard. After telling us some interesting facts and history about Pearl Harbor, he shared about the museum. The mission of the museum is to honor our nation’s veterans, to educate the public about our country’s military history and the contribution of our service men and women, and to preserve important and unique historic artifacts. You will find newspapers, documents and personal histories of all our 20th Century wars from WWI to the War on Terror in the museum which is located beside the Transylvania Courthouse. Admission is free.
We also heard from a 97 year old WWII veteran, Harold Wellington, who was in the Merchant Marines. During the war he delivered supplies to the troops all over the world, making 2 trips to the Persian Gulf as well as France, North Africa and the Mediterranean. His ships were frequently followed by German subs and attacked. The Merchant Marines didn't become recognized as a branch of the service until 1988. They had the highest mortality rate of any of the services during the war.