Veteran’s From Edgecombe County Spotlight

Edgecombe County has been the home of thousands of individuals wh0 have served in the military from the Revolutionary War forward.

Veteran Spotlight

Quarterly we highlight two veterans from Edgecombe County.

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Norfleet Sugg

World War II Veteran

Norfleet “Fleet” Sugg has been a long time volunteer at ECVMM. He earned a BS in Agronomy from NC State. He served as chairman of the Agricultural Council of America and was the first president of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Society at NC State. In recognition of his professional work, he was inducted in the Twin County Hall of Fame in 2011.

“Fleet” did not begin his professional life without interruption. He delayed his education at NC State to serve his country and joined with many of his fellow classmates in the US Navy. His service included 22 months in the Pacific Theater primarily on the USS Sabine which was a heavily armed Tanker. His duty station was the Engine Room, but his battle station was the 20mm anti-aircraft gun. During his time he saw service in late 1944 with the Third Fleet in action in the Philipines. Later he was in the invasion of Okinawa.

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Carl L. Doughtie

Vietnam War Era

Carl Doughtie attended the U.S. Naval Academy where he was a part of the 1963 graduating class. His academic and extracurricular activities landed him a spot in Flight School. His natural ability allowed him to be assigned to fly the A-1 Skyraider, and he got his Navy wings in December 1964. Carl was shot down just two weeks after reporting to the carrier Midway on June 10, 1965.  It was his tenth mission. His remains were not found until 1998, approximately 33 years after the fateful day. He was posthumously awarded the Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross. Upon the finding of his remains, Lt. Carl L. Doughtie received a full military honors funeral in Arlington National Cemetery in January of 1999.

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