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Four Days - 1,700 Miles
Gold Hill, NC (August 11, 2016) - I can't believe it! I actually got away from the constant rains that had surrounded the Carolinas. An early Sunday morning departure put me slightly north of Wythville, Virginia, before I felt any rain. I figured I would ride wet for many miles, but the worst of it was just a slight sprinkle which helped cool me down.
Crossing the West Virginia border at Princeton was a treat. The rest area/welcome center now has a very nice VietNam honor roll remembering the fallen of several WV counties in the region. While there I got the opportunity to meet and get acquainted with Officer Brandon Schoonover of the Roanoke County, Virginia, PD. A veteran himself, he gave me a few clues to memorial in his area. This was just the first of a few good conversations I had during the next four days.
Like many early "Baby Boomers," my first knowledge of music from a record player came via the old 78 RPM shellac discs; and most of them were from the 30's and 40's, including lots of songs from the war years. A favorite was "The Duckworth Chant" by Vaughn Monroe.
Duckworth himself, a native of Sandersville, Georgia, probably didn't give it a second thought that his little ditty would be a hit song. During World War II the public was looking for anything that would help them identify with their GI's. Although not fully immersing themselves in the blood, guts, and gore of what the new recruits were facing, the public did learn their cadence counts. When the simple cadence got the Hollywood treatment it took off and every USO tour had at least one singer, or group, that would belt out the Duckworth Chant and bring a rueful smile to those in the audience.