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Robert Lee McComb, Jr. was born in Marlinton November 24, 1948, the son of Robert L. and Nadine Eddy McComb. A graduate of Marlinton High School, he entered the U. S. Air Force on March 4, 1969, completing his basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana. He completed the helicopter pilot course at Fort Wolters, Texas, and would have completed advanced flight training and received his commission on March 10, 1970. Warrant Officer Cadet McComb died of injuries received in a helicopter crash during practice maneuvers at Fort Rucker, Alabama, on Friday, February 20, 1970, at the age of 21. He was buried at Mountain View Cemetery. Mary Jo Sharp Collection, ID: PHP001238

PHOTO UPDATE: More information on last week’s photograph of “Farmer” Blackhurst in the Cass Shop, ID. PHP001343. Mower Lumber Co. Foundry Crew, August 1956. Men pictured left to right: Jesse McCalpin, Huffman Summerfield, Roy Day, Allen Blackhurst.

Access the “Preserving Pocahontas” Digital Library at www.pocahontasp or If you have historical records or photographs to be scanned for the county Historical Archive contact Preservation Officer B. J. Gudmundsson at 304-799-3989 or email info@pocahon Prints of photographs are available.

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