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Andrew Michael Fedyschyn cel-
‘ebrated his second birthday June 6
* with a "Choo Choo" train party.
" He is the son of Pam Bolton
Fedyschyn and Gary Fedyschyn of
Westminster, SC and grandson of
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Morrow and
great-grandson of Mabel Teague,
all of Kings Mountain.
=i JETTIE B. LINDSAY
2! Jettie Barber Lindsay, 86, of 610
W. Gold St., died June 8,1992 at
South Fulton Hospital in Atlanta,
« She was a native of Lynchburg,
Virginia, and thewife of Clyde
Louis Lindsay. She was daughter
of the late William Banks and
Elizabeth Ashby Barber and a
member of First Baptist Church.
.. Surviving, in addition to her
husband, are two daughters, Louise
Early of Orlando, Florida and
Lyvonne Ruth of High Point; two
sisters, Arlene McMurry of
Charlotte and Sarah Greene of
Lexington; eight grandchildren;
and seven great-grandchildren.
¢ The funeral will be conducted
Thursday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist
Church. Rev. John Sloan and Rev.
Gordon Weekley will officiate.
Burial will be in Mountain Rest
: Memorials may be made to First
Baptist Church, 605 West King
Street, Kings Mountain, 28086.
Mrs. Eula Hayes Ledford, 93, of
White Oak Manor, died June 9,
1992 at White Oak Manor.
# A native of Gaston County, she
was widow of Clarence Theodore
Eedford and daughter of the late
Emest and Cora Moss Hayes. She
was a homemaker and a member of
Bethlehem Baptist Church.
= Surviving are two sons, Clarence
Eedford Jr. of Mountain Home and
Gene Ledford of Shelby; two
daughters, Mrs. Lucille Wells of
Kings Mountain and Mrs. Virginia
Efird of Oakboro; one brother,
Ered Hayes of Charlotte; 16 grand-
¢hildren; 25 great-grandchildren;
and two great-great grandchildren.
= The funeral will be conducted
Thursday at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem
Baptist Church. Rev. Harold Beam
and Rev. Russell Fitts will offici-
ate. Burial will be in Bethlehem
: Mattie Logan Ginther, formerly
of Kings Mountain, died June 1,
1992 in New Holland, Illinois.
% She was widow of Paul Ginther
and daughter of the late John and
Susie Sellers Logan of Kings
= Surviving are one brother, Albert
Eogan, and one sister, Lula Hardin,
Both of Kings Mountain.
“ Funeral services were held in
RALD-Thursday, June 11, 1992
From Page 1-A
The USS Meredith was.a de-
stroyer made in Bath, Maine with
guns, radar, torpedoes, and depth
chargers getting ready to ship out.
Hedden's fiancee Frances Crouse
went to Maryland and the two got
married March 12, 1944 and had a
Hedden tells how his bride met
him for a short leave at Grand
Central Station in New York, a 19-
year-old girl from Kings Mountain
sitting on her suitcase waiting for a
sailor, 21. They had a week before
his orders came to report for
June 1944 found Hedden's crew
outfitted for the invasion of
Normandy, escorting ships with
troops to Utah Beach and looking
for mines. A spotter was dropped
by parachute on the beaches. Joe's
job was to run the communica-
tions system. June 4, 1944 he
shelled the beach, firing twin five
inch guns from the new 2200 ton
destroyer, one of the U.S.A.'s
finest at that time .
June 5,1944 Hedden and crew
shelled until noon. They lost their
spotter, swept for mines, and
cleared the channel of mines.
June 8 his ship was hit by what
he thought was a mine. A bomb
from:an airplane hit the middle part
of the ship below the water line.
The keel was ripped and the ship
started sinking. Sailors abandoned
ship. More than 200 of the 350 on
board were killed. Joe said he did-
n't recall the names of any of his
shipmates, he had known them
such a short time.
The English channel was swift
and cold in June. Those who
jumped overboard had no chance
June 9 Joe was picked up by tug-
boat but before that he and 15 other
officers destroyed all communica-
tions materials and classified infor-
mation, dropping them overboard.
Joe took a sledge hammer, broke
up radio and radar equipment, and
took bodies from the ship.
At 10 a.m. Hedden was on the
port side of the ship. Bullets were
From Page 1-A
transaction. Reynolds exchanged
approximately 885,000 of its Class
A common shares for the Norick
business that totaled more than $35
Before the acquisition there
were nine manufacturing facilities.
"Norick and Reynolds have been
competitors in automotive business
forms for over 60 years, with
strong reputations for excellent
customer service, high-quality
forms, and a high level of under-
standing of the automotive market-
flying. He crawled forward.
He found he had no where to go,
no orders, no ship. There were few
survivors, it appeared. He hitched a
ride on a merchant ship and spent
the night sitting off Utah Beach in
France. He said he was told to help
calm down the crew.
June 11, 1944 he lay down on
deck. He had not slept for days. He
told the Lord, "I leave it in your
hands." He said he slept like a ba-
Finally, making his way to
England, Plymouth, and Scotland
he sailed on the Queen Elizabeth to
New York, where he was met by
his wife. He had only the clothes
on his back but the Statue of
Liberty never looked better. He
bought a white sailor suit at
Abercrombie & Fish in New York
and new shoes at the old Moore
General Hospital in Asheville.
The Heddens had 30 days to-
gether before Joe was off to the
Pacific. Movie star George
Montgomery was on the same train
with him from Spartanburg. Ensign
Hedden landed in the Philippines
October 20. The Battle of the
Philippines was the biggest naval
battle of World War II. Admiral
William Bull Halsey was comman-
der of the third fleet. He fell prey
to deceptive measures by the
Japanese, however, according to
Hedden, and dispatched his troops
in the wrong direction, leaving the
old Liberty ships and baby flat tops
to battle with the enemy which
luckily for the Americans turned
around, said Hedden.
Japan had five battleships, the
biggest in the world at the time,
which fired 18 inch guns. Hedden
said when the alarm went off in
early morning a sailor screamed,
"The whole damn Japanese fleet is
coming.” Hedden looked up to see
the big battle flag flying and shells
bombarding them, sinking several
“of the American carriers. He could
hear the pilots in the Allies planes
overhead crying that they were out
of ammunition and gas. With the
American ships sunk, the planes
had nowhere to land. The USS
Johnson flagship was the first
American ship to go, said Hedden.
"The Japs started shooting at us.
place. The combined businesses
will offer a broader product line
and expanded market coverage, as
we continue to innovate and lead
this very important market," David
R. Holmes, Reynolds’ chairman,
president, and CEO, said.
As required in a pooling of ‘inter-
ests transactions, Reynolds will re-
state ‘its historic financial state-
ments to include Norick
operations. Holmes stated that
while the pro forma impact on pri-
or periods was slight, the transac-
tion will have a significant, posi-
tive impact on earnings and
earnings per share in future years.
Reynolds and Reynolds is a
Kings Mountain Weather Report
; June 3-9
Total precipitation 2.60
Maximum one day 1.03 (4th)
Year to date 25.88
Minimum temperature 58 (5th)
Maximum temperature 91 (8th)
Average temperature 74.4
Goode reunion planned
The descendants of Annie
Powell and Giles Goode will host a
family reunion in Kings Mountain
on Saturday, July 18. The reunion
will be held at the Kings Mountain
Community Center located at 208
N. Cleveland Avenue. The time
will be from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
The family will attend the morn-
ing worship service at 11 a.m. at
the Long Branch Baptist Church in
Grover on Sunday, July 19. The
church is located on the Long
Branch Church Road off Highway
For further information, contact
Victoria Bees in Kings Mountain at
739-2000, Donnis Goode in
Gastonia at 865-5011 or Willie
Mae Ward in Gastonia at 864-
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Our men fell seven miles down in
the ocean.” :
The shells from the five-inch
guns the Americans were firing
bounced off targets like BB's.
Sailors were sick, the enemy was
giving chase, and then suddenly
the big cruiser turned around.
Japan had got word that Halsey
was on his way. Halsey caught
them and wiped out the Japanese
Hedden said he could write a
book about his Naval service as a
young man not yet old enough to
vote.” A typhoon sunk two destroy-
ers. One of the bloodiest operations
of WWII was the Battle of Iwo
Jima. Hedden was on the
first American ship in the China
Sea Operation. On Okinawa and
Iwo Jima he shelled and bombed
industry and knocked out steel fac-
tories, remembering how cold it
was there compared to the Equator.
There was no heat on the ship and
no warm clothes. He says he will
never forget Japanese suicide
planes attacking USA picket boats.
After Okinawa the Junior Grade
Lieutenant, 23, put in for shore du-
ty. He went to Hawaii with
Admiral Hiram G. Rickover, the
father of automatic submarines.
When Japan surrendered, Hedden
was elated but plenty scared.
"There were so many guns going
off. People were firing anything
and everything in the air and the
harbor." Hedden got under his desk
and stayed the night.
Hedden was awarded the
Liberation of the Philippines medal
with two battle stars from the
Philippine government and the
Invasion of Normandy medal with
one star. He also received a
Presidential Citation for service
during Operation China Sea.
As a young student at WCU,
Hedden learned about Kings
Mountain from his bride-to-be and
of the late Paul Hendricks' reputa-
tion as a fine band leader at Kings
Mountain High School, never
dreaming he would follow in
Hendrick's footsteps. Hedden came
home to Kings Mountain from the
war and when Will Mauney asked
him to work part times at KMHS
with the band he jumped at the
major supplier of information pro-
cessing systems, including. busi-
ness forms and computer systems
to automotive, professional, medi-
cal, and general business markets.
The Kings Mountain printing
shop, a branch of the parent Norick
company, printed automotive busi- ©
ness forms for a nationwide mar-
chance. His first wages, he said,
were $100 a month. He stayed with
the school system for 33 years, re-
tiring as Principal of West School
in 1982. Some of his first band stu-
dents were Reggie Murray, W.P.
Fulton, Avis Warlick, Norman
McGill, and Gene Ellis.
A native of Sylva, Hedden and
his father, Jeff Hedden, 93, plan
frequent fishing trips, a hobby that
Joe loves during retirement. The
Heddens have two sons, Joe
Hedden Jr. of Nashville, TN and
Jeff Hedden, a U.S. Marshal in
Greenville, TN. There are two
granddaughters and the family is
active in St. Matthew' Lutheran
After the war Charlie Carpenter
came home to his family and went
to work as sports editor of The
Kings Mountain Herald. The Kings
Mountain native, son of the late
Mr. and Mrs. C. Troy Carpenter
Sr., is a Clemson University gradu-
ate. He and his family are active in
Central United Methodist Church.
The Kings Mountain veterans
say that today the West seems un-
able to find the resolve that united
the free world on that June mormn-
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mote to youth as Bunker Hill but
Hedden and Carpenter believe that
young people today need to know
more about history. When they
went to France that summer of
1944 they were young people but
they were lucky. Lt. Gen. Omar N.
Bradley, Invasion commander of
the U. S. ground force, said of June
4, 1944 that' 'every man who set
foot on Omaha Beach that day was
a hero." i
Carpenter and Hedden don't see
themselves as heroes. They were
doing a job. When Carpenter re-
turned to Normandy in 1990 he
said it was hard even to imagine
the ruin of nearly 50 summers ago.
"Things may have been simpler
then but remember a lot of those
young men never went home. They
died so the generations of today
would be free to make its own de-
cisions," said Carpenter.
"The D-Day vets take it hard. It's
tough to remember those days,"
said Hedden. With tears in his
voice, he said, "We know the price
of that strip of beach."
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