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Remembering Pearl Harbor
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Dec 06, 2012 | 1232 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WWII veteran Noel Smith is pictured in his home in front of a picture of a B-12 bomber, one of the airplanes he flew as a fighter pilot against the German forces in North Africa. The picture was given to him by his granddaughter. Smith joined the Army Air Corps, the predecessor of the Air Force, in November of 1941 after graduating from high school.
WWII veteran Noel Smith is pictured in his home in front of a picture of a B-12 bomber, one of the airplanes he flew as a fighter pilot against the German forces in North Africa. The picture was given to him by his granddaughter. Smith joined the Army Air Corps, the predecessor of the Air Force, in November of 1941 after graduating from high school.
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Pearl Harbor Day will forever be etched in the memory of the members of the “greatest generation” and two of Jones County’s WWII veterans recently reflected on how the events of Dec. 7, 1941, affected their lives.

Hunton Morgan and Noel Smith are both in incredibly good shape and have families who take great pride in their service to their country. The veterans share their branch of service with one flying planes and the other serving as a gunner.

Hunton Morgan will turn 90 Dec. 14, a week after this year’s observance of Pearl Harbor Day. Morgan is a decorated veteran of both WWII and the Korean War and currently lives in Jones County with his daughter.

The veteran grew up in Macon and joined the Army Air Corps, the predecessor of the U.S. Air Force, in November of 1942 after he graduated from high school. Morgan said America’s entry into the war, following the Japanese attack and the draft, was the reason he joined the military.

He was 19 when he enlisted and was sent to Keesler Field in Mississippi for basic training and then airplane mechanics school. His next stop was aerial gunner school in Arlington, Texas.

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