D-Day 75th Anniversary

D-Day Remembered


NOTE: Legendary Saluda attorney Billy C. Coleman died earler this year at the age of 103. He was noted for his story telling, and is remembered as a veteran of D-Day. Since the 75th anniversary of D-Day was observed June 6, we decided to rerun this story, featuring Mr. Billy we published on June 14, 2007, that marked the 63rd anniversary of this historic WWII battle.
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  For most Americans Wed., June 6, 2007, was just another day, but for 91-year-old Saluda attorney Billy Coleman, it was a day of remembrance.
  On June 6, 1944, Coleman was a member of the Allied forces involved in the D-Day invasion, the most important European battle in World War II.
  An ensign in the U.S. Navy, Coleman was in command of a crew 15-men and three small boats that were used to transport soldiers to the beaches of France on that fateful day.
  Years ago Pat Berry gave Coleman a “D-Day Veteran” pin, but he had never worn it.
  He doesn’t know why, but on Wed., June 6, 2007, the 63rd anniversary of D-Day, he decided to wear the pin to work.
  “It’s a little conspicuous,” Coleman said.
  Coleman was involved in the battle of Utah Beach, one of five beaches invaded by the Allies.
  “It was bad, but not a bad as Omaha Beach,” he said.
  Coleman’s boat would transport soldiers to the shore, then return to the ship to load more soldiers.
  On one return to the ship a German bomb sailed over Coleman’s head and struck the ship.
  This week a terrible milestone was reached when the 3500th American soldier was killed in the four-year war in Iraq. On D-Day 6603 American servicemen lost their lives.
  Coleman, like all survivors of D-Day, lost friends that day.
  Coleman was also involved in the invasion of Sicily earlier in the war. This time Americans met little resistance.
  On one of his trips to shore Coleman transported an American general.
  “I didn’t know who he was. Nobody had heard of him at the time,” Coleman said.
  The general’s name? George S. Patton.
  “He slapped a soldier later, and became famous around the world.”

Candidate Forum

  The Saluda County Republican Party invites the public to a candidate forum on Tues., June 18, 7 p.m., at the American Legion Building.
  Present will be County Council District 2 candidates Kevin Crouch and Wayne Grice. Both will speak, followed by a question and answer period.


Adult Education Awards/Graduation

  On May 23, 2019, students at the Saluda County School District Adult Education Program were recognized for their accomplishments. 
  So far this year, we have four graduates, Jasmine Sims, South Carolina High School Equivalency Diploma (not pictured), Jared Edwards, South Carolina High School Equivalency Diploma, Shelby Taylor, South Carolina High School Diploma, and Belinda Williams, South Carolina High School Diploma. 
  Jared and Shelby also earned WIN Career Readiness certificates.  Corenika Williams was recognized for making a gain in her Educational functioning level and earning 2.5 credits toward her high school diploma.  Please join us in congratulating these students.
  The Adult Education program offers GED preparation, high school diploma classes, Englsih as a Second Language classes, and WIN preparation and testing. 
  For more information regarding the program and how to enroll call Andrea Minick or James Crawford at 864-445-3346 or stop by the center at 401 North Calhoun Street in Saluda.