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Local journalists honored

The Friends of Fort Caswell presented framed certificates to two local journalists, recognizing their efforts in promoting the Friends’ missions.

On a rainy Veterans Day morning, Norma Eckard, president of Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range, recognized staff writer Lee Hinnant of The State Port Pilot for promoting the stabilization work at the 1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range and attending every commemoration and fundraising event. Lee was at the rifle range to document the event for Veterans Day, Veterans honored at Fort Caswell Rifle Pit.

Lee’s initial coverage of the rifle range was in 2012, Group aims to save World War I rifle range. He continued to document each step advancing the preservation of this unique piece of history. The Friends are thankful for his years of journalism!

To read all of Lee’s work about the rifle range in the State Port Pilot, click on the News tab.

Board members Gwen Causey, and Norma and Ron Eckard presented Brunswick Beacon Managing Editor Sam Hickman and his staff with a framed certificate of honor for publishing the World War I Profiles of Brunswick County men and women who served in the Great War. Since January 2018, Hickman and his staff have dedicated a space in the newspaper honoring the 718 local men and women who were identified as enlisting or reporting for duty, sacrificing their livelihoods and in some cases, their lives.

The Friends of Fort Caswell is a nonprofit whose members receive no compensation. Their mission is to stabilize and preserve the 1918 Fort Caswell Rile Range, which was built to train soldiers for World War I, as well as publicize and preserve the legacies of the men and women of Brunswick County who served in the Great War. The State Port Pilot and Brunswick Beacon provided significant assistance in accomplishing that mission.

The WWI Profiles published in the Brunswick Beacon and work to stabilize the 1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range are included in the book published in 2020, Brunswick County in the Great War: Preserving the 1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range and the Legacies of the Men and Women Who Served.

To order your own book, call or contact The Friends now as shown below (click to enlarge), or use the Purchase a Book link.

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Great War book donated to local libraries

Local libraries were presented with copies of the book published by Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range.

Two copies of Brunswick County in the Great War: Preserving the 1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range and the Legacies of the Men and Women Who Served were donated to each of the five library locations in Brunswick County. An additional copy was donated to the Brunswick County Community College.

These donations were made possible thanks to gifts from Gwen Causey, Barbara Griffin, Judith Holden, Kirk James, and Teresa A. McLamb.

You can read about the donations in local newspapers using the following links. They are also listed on the News webpage or using the News tab at the top of this website.
Brunswick Beacon: McLamb donates Great War book to BCC library
State Port Pilot: Friends of Rifle Range gift book

To order your own book, call or contact The Friends now as shown below (click to enlarge), or use the Purchase a Book link.

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In the News – November 18-19, 2020

The book signing and purchase events and Taps Across America were covered in the local newspapers this week, and Norma Eckard presented to Southport Historical Society.

As always a big Thank you! to our valuable local media for continuing to publicize and support our efforts, and to Southport Historical Society for their support!

There are no plans for book signing and purchase events in the near future. As a reminder, click on Purchase a Book to choose a method convenient for you.

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In the News – November 4-5, 2020

The book signing and purchase events were covered in the local newspapers this week, accompanied by several photos.

The Brunswick Beacon published Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range host book-signing event

Lee Hinnant from the State Port Pilot attended and covered the event in Great War book out; focuses on county

As always a big Thank you! to our valuable local media for continuing to publicize and support our efforts. And another Thank you! to Phyllis Wilson for the photos, most of which were used in the published stories.

A reminder that Brunswick Beacon continues to publish weekly WWI Profiles and Snapshots, an effort of over two years. We thank them for preserving the legacies of our WWI veterans.

These stories and the Brunswick Beacon’s weekly profiles can also be found by selecting the News section at the top of the website.

Newspaper articles courtesy of
The State Port Pilot
Brunswick Beacon

The next book signing and purchase event is scheduled this Saturday (November 7, 2020), noon – 3 pm at the Caswell Beach Town Hall. Read the previous post with details here or select the Events section at the top of the website.

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Our Hometown Interview: March 2019

During the month of March, ATMC a non-profit cooperative offering services such as internet and cable to Brunswick and Columbus County, will feature The Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range on their Our Home program, which includes interviews with Norma Eckard, president, and Ron Eckard, who serves on the Board.

The half hour program will air 3 times a day, 8:30 am, 11:00 am, and 6:30 pm.

For the new readers to the website, welcome!

Highlights of the Honor a Brunswick County World War I Veteran program include the following lists.

  • The Brunswick County WWI veterans list, which acts as an index to additional information such as WWI Profiles either written about or mentioning the veteran, as well as posts such as visits to cemeteries that mention the veteran. Date of birth, death, and Findagrave listings are included if known.
  • The WWI Army/Marine Division rosters webpage includes some of the divisions that have been included in WWI Profiles, the sources and even rosters published for the units. Of those divisions, a small roster of Brunswick County veterans is also provided.
  • The Published WWI Profile list shows the dates WWI Profiles have been published, as well as the dates the veteran was featured in local newspaper articles.

Please consider donating to honor a veteran. To date, 401 of 724 veterans have been honored. Funds will be used to publish the book of WWI Brunswick County veterans, as well as continue restoring the Fort Caswell Rifle Range.

Thanks to Mary Earp for reaching out to ATMC and organizing the interview!

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Podcast interview: WWI Centennial News

Last week, Theo Mayer interviewed the Eckards for the weekly podcast “WW1 Centennial News for September 07, 2018 – Episode #88.” These podcasts are held to educate the nation about World War I during the two years leading up to the Centennial Commemoration.

The 100 Cities/100 Memorials segment includes interviews with those behind the rescue of WWI memorials which have been awarded the official designation of National World War I Centennial Memorial, which the rifle range was awarded in May.

 

Listen to the podcast here: WW1 Centennial News for September 07, 2018 – Episode #88

Click here to view the transcript of the interview: Transcript of 100C_100M podcast episode 88

The WWI Centennial Commission was established by the World War One Centennial Commission Act, passed by the 112th Congress and signed by the President on January 16, 2013. The WWI Centennial Commission Act gave the Commission, among other things, the authority to designate memorials to the service of members of the United States Armed Forces in World War I.

Read the announcement posted on the website in May: WWI CENTENNIAL MEMORIAL: 1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range.

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In the News – July and August 2018

Click here or the NEWS selection at the top of the website to see the many stories in the media about the rifle range and Honor a Brunswick County WWI Veteran project.

The Brunswick Beacon continues to print a WWI Profile each week! Click here to view the List of WWI Profile Posts by date: Published WWI Profiles

As always, The Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range appreciates the support of the local media!

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In the News – June 2018

Click here or the NEWS selection at the top of the website to see the many stories in the media about the rifle range and Honor a Brunswick County WWI Veteran project.

As always, The Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range appreciates the support of the local media!

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In the News – April 11-12, 2018

A very nice full-length spread was published in the The State Port Pilot, featuring stories in the recap posted yesterday.

These include the Eagle Scout Service Project by local Boy Scout Ethan Pannkuk, and the World War I Ceremony held at the rifle range on Friday. Click here to read both.

Appearing in tomorrow’s issue of Brunswick Beacon is a tribute to the Brunswick County WWI veterans serving with the 105th Engineers. Click here to read.

As always a big Thank you! to our valuable local media for continuing to publicize and support our efforts.

These stories can also be found by selecting the News section at the top of the website.

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The State Port Pilot
Brunswick Beacon

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Status Update: Honor a Brunswick County World War I Veteran

On November 11, 2017, The Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range began the year-long commemoration of the end of World War I. A memorial to Brunswick County WWI veterans is planned for November 11, 2018 at the site of the 1918 Fort Caswell Rifle Range.

It’s been about two months since “Honor a Brunswick County World War I Veteran” began. Much has happened.

The 700+ Brunswick County WWI veteran names were gathered from records and the list was created on the website. Click here for the list or use the blue button on the side of every page. Click here for the list of donors and the veteran they honored or use the blue button on the side of every page.

To date, 110 veterans have been honored with a donation.

A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) was created to assist in choosing a veteran to honor.

 

A design for the WWI Memorial for Brunswick County veterans was chosen, based on a sketch by Helen Radcliffe.

A logo was created.

The following WWI Profiles about Brunswick County veterans were posted to the blog using historical documents. Except for Nurse Williams, profiles are focused on veterans who were Wounded, KIA, Died of Wounds or Disease. More profiles are planned. Subscribe or visit the website often!

Dorman L. Mercer, probably the longest living Brunswick County WWI veteran (Dorman passed away in 1996 at age 102).

Susan Adkins Williams, the only known WWI nurse born and raised in Brunswick County.

From the 365th Infantry, 92nd Division “Buffalo Soldiers”

William Frederick Brooks
William James Gordon
Robert Bollie Stanley, Brunswick County’s only known POW.

From the 105th Engineers, 30th Division “Old Hickory”

Lawson Devaun Ballard
George Harker Hewett
Harvey T. Chadwick
Thedford S. Lewis

Norma Eckard, president of Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range, spoke to the Brunswick County Historical Society. Local media reported.

November 23, 2017; Brunswick Beacon:
Club Profile: Brunswick County Historical Society

November 29, 2017: State Port Pilot:
Great War vets honored

December 15, 2017: Star News:
Ft Caswell Rifle Range subject of talk

Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range received a large donation. This story was posted on the blog, plus published in the Brunswick Beacon.

The local media has shown interest in sharing the WWI veteran profiles. The profile on Nurse Susan Williams was included in these newspapers.

December 28, 2017; Brunswick Beacon:
A World War Profile of Susan Adkins Williams

December 30, 2017; Star News:
Southport’s Nurse Williams served in WWI

January 31, 2018; State Port Pilot:
World War I stories part of monument effort

Keep current on published stories by viewing the News section of the website.

Thank you for your continued support!

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