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I received an email from a gentleman questioning why many events I write about have happened before he gets the Neighbors section of The Sun News, which includes this column. I had written about military/veterans events that were happening, but he couldn’t attend because they were past.

I have heard from many people about events having passed before they read about them. The first answer is that I often don’t know about some of these events until it is too late for me to write about them two weeks in advance. To try to avoid confusion, I always use dates, not days.

Here’s what makes the difference. Those of you who subscribe to The Sun News, or its website, will be able to read this column when it comes out in The Sun News on June 2. The next Thursday, June 9, the Neighbors section, including this column and many coupons, is distributed to numerous locations where no one subscribes to The Sun News.

I am sometimes astounded at the number of people who read this column. I believe it is because it is not a place that I voice my own pinions often, but instead try to include your community events, many of which are done for the benefit of others. Remember, if you want the most people to read your news, send it as far in advance as possible so that all of those people getting Neighbors on the second Thursday can read it also – and attend if they choose.

I thank that gentleman for contacting me, and reminding me to try to explain this.

The gentleman also questioned my writing about military events in May, since that is the month to concentrate on those who gave their lives in wars. I am very aware of the price paid for my freedom by men and women across America, and especially from Horry County, and I have done much research about our wars and warriors.

For instance, a lot has been written about Conway twins James and Edward Norton, whose plane went down in the North Sea during World War II, but much was written before the Internet provided valuable information that changes the story as most people know it, including the fact that several men survived that doomed mission on May 17, 1943.

On Dec. 6, 1944, Joe Marlowe of Conway, the bombardier on the B17 Blanco Diablo, was the last to parachute out of the shot-up plane and died because his parachute didn’t open. Marlowe’s picture can be found on the Internet in happier times with the eight crewmembers that became POW’s soon after landing.

According to the Chicago Sun Times in 2014, every Dec. 6, for 70 years, right waist gunner and POW Henry Rutkowski goes to St. Bruno Catholic Church to pray for that quiet boy from South Carolina who always carried his Bible. After Chicago named a street for Rutkowski, he’s quoted as saying, “Don’t figure I’m any kind of hero. Joe is the hero. He gave his life for his country and is buried in the Netherlands. He is the one who never came home.”

When you want to know more, search the Internet. If you don’t have a computer, the libraries likely have books on the subjects and have computer you can use.

Peggy Mishoe, pegmish@sccoast.net, 365-3885.

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