Knox News

By Rita Doughty | Nov 10, 2019
2nd Lt. Clair H. Thurston Jr., June 20, 1943 - Nov. 8, 1965


Hello All,

It is getting colder out there. We had our first snow dusting on Thursday morning, enough to cover the ground. The temps have been in the 20s. Much to my dislike, and what happened to our fall? Reckon, this is to be expected from here on out. The furnace is a-cranking.

Had the American Legion supper and raffle tonight. A good turnout and delicious supper prepared by members. Thanks to those that helped me sell raffle tickets for the Legion. It is most appreciated, wish you all could have won.

The top three prizes were won by, 1. rifle, Kelsea Doughty, Knox; 2. shotgun, Ron Cropley of Troy; and 3. pistol, Holly Castle, also of Troy.


Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of Christine Elizabeth Grant, who passed away on Thursday morning. She was just shy of her 97th birthday. She will be missed.

Our sympathy to the family and friends of Sallyann Hadyniak, who passed away on Tuesday. She was 82 years of age, and the Freedom town news correspondent for Village Soup/Republican Journal for many years. We will miss her. A celebration of life was held at Freedom Congregational Church Saturday.


A deer stand was stolen from Knox recently. It is sad when you want to go hunt with your family, and some low life has stolen your stand. Maybe since the game cam was working it will be returned, and no charges coming. This is truly sad, as it had been there for several years and no one carried it off.

Happy hunting to the rest of you folks. Several people have tagged out this season.


The boys' soccer team ventured to Falmouth on Saturday for the state championship game. They lost the game 4-0. They are the State Class C runners-up. Congrats to them. The game will be on their YouTube channel, MVTV 2 Mount View High School. I haven't tried this channel to find it yet.


The Demmons Deer Processing has relocated to China from Liberty. Contact Lisa Dunn at 323-1272.

First snow

The littles were happy to see it snowing, but it didn't amount to much. Just about enough to say we got snow. A light dusting along with cold and wind. Always another time coming along.

My Florida friends Jan and Robert headed to Florida in the nick of time from their cabin. Although Jan would have loved to see it snow. Something about that Florida rebel that loves the snow. Until next time, Reb! I will save you some.

Remembering 2nd Lt. Clair Thurston Jr.

Fifty-four years ago on Nov. 8, 1965, Knox lost a true hero, killed in action: 2nd Lt. Clair Thurston Jr.

According to an email from Hervey Littlefield, on May 5, 1965, the “Sky Soldiers” of the 173d began arriving at the Ben Hoa Air Base as it became the first major U.S. Army combat unit to fight in Vietnam. Its mission was to defend the vital complex of bases around Saigon.

The “Sky Soldiers” began Operation Hump (so-named because the troops had just gone over the hump — the halfway point of their one-year tour of duty in Vietnam) in the dangerous “Iron Triangle” area on Nov. 5. On Nov. 8, the First Battalion, 503d Infantry engaged a regiment of the North Vietnamese Army in what was to be the heaviest fighting of the war up to that time.

With B Company pinned down by heavy enemy fire from its left flank, 2nd Lt. Thurston volunteered to lead his platoon around the flank to seize a key hill. Only 22, he had already experienced almost six months of combat in search and destroy operations and had been wounded by grenade fragments just a month before.

Leading his men in the attack, Thurston took pains to maintain his own position between his soldiers and the enemy at all times. When he was ready, he rose and gave the classic infantry order, “Follow me!” and led the assault on the hill.

Just 30 feet from his objective, he came under direct enemy fire, was hit, and died instantly. For his actions he was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, our nation’s second highest combat medal. The battle is memorialized in a song by Big & Rich, "The 8th of November."

Remember our veterans on Veterans Day Nov. 11. Please remember all who made the ultimate sacrifice as well as veterans who answered the call. God bless!

Veterans Day

I want to wish Roy Ward a happy 100th birthday Nov. 11. May you always be the most wonderful person you are. A Navy veteran and dear friend to many. Happy, happy birthday, Roy!

In Freedom

On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., the bells will toll at Freedom Congregational Church. There will be a service and afterward a birthday celebration for Roy Ward. Please come and support this, and our friend Roy.

Live auctions

At the Jackson Community Center for Jackson Food Pantry Nov. 16 and Dec. 7, both at 9 a.m. Look up the JCP on Facebook.

Jackson Food Pantry

Spread the word to clients of the pantry as the pantry food boxes are given out on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m. this month. This is two weeks early. Share this info.

Psychic Dinner

On Monday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m. at Mammie's Country Kitchen in Unity. With Bonnie Lee. Includes reading, soup and assorted sandwiches, coffee, tea or soda and dessert. Tickets $35; call to reserve, 948-1515. Come and find out your fortune maybe.

Until next week,

Stay warm and be safe. We have cold now, check on your elderly neighbors. Please let them know about all those scam phone calls, and stop falling for someone stealing your money over the phone by telling you about bogus money you will be receiving.

You will not get anything except your bank account and savings stolen from you. There is no winning anything at all. It is just not true, and do not fall for this. Your money is going to some thief in most likely another country. You will not get it back.

The Publishers Clearing House does not call you to send tax money on any earnings, never. The IRS will not call you, or a relative does not need help from a jail or is not hurt somewhere, for you to send money to.

Call your local police if you feel someone is trying to cause you to lose your hard-earned money. Never keep it a secret, as that is how you lose everything by being secretive. Reach out for help. Stay safe from this.

Time for me to make apple pie, and apple crisp. Contact me with any news for the paper.



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