November 2, 2013
COLUMBIA — In honor of upcoming Veterans Day, two new programs on South Carolina servicemen will air Nov. 7 starting at 8 p.m. on ETV.
“Carolina Stories: General William C. Westmoreland: The Man Behind The Four Stars” provides an in-depth look at this four-star general from Spartanburg County who graduated from West Point, earned medals for bravery in World War II, and became the Military Commander of Allied Forces in Vietnam from 1964 to 1968.
“The Man Behind The Four Stars” offers commentary from General Westmoreland’s son, James Ripley Westmoreland; historian with the U.S. Army Center of Military History Dr. Andrew Birtle; and S.C. State Superintendent of Education Brig. General Mick Zais, whose father, General Melvin Zais, was General Westmoreland’s close friend.
Following at 8:30 p.m., “Carolina Stories: Fallen Heroes” features two men from South Carolina who gave their lives during World War II. William Farrow from Darlington was one of 80 airmen to volunteer with the famous Doolittle Raid in 1942.
After the raid, Farrow had to bail out in Japanese-held territories, was captured and later executed. Thomas Dry Howie from Abbeville was given command of the 3rd Battalion after D-Day and sent to take the pivotal town of Saint-Lo, France.
He was killed before reaching the town, but his men draped an American Flag over his body and transported him the remaining distance. Howie has a monument in Abbeville that reads, “Dead in France, Deathless in Fame.”
“Carolina Stories: General William C. Westmoreland: The Man Behind The Four Stars” and “Carolina Stories: Fallen Heroes” are part of a continuing South Carolina ETV series on South Carolina Hall of Fame inductees and were produced in part by a production grant from the S.C. Hall of Fame.