Blan Swofford and some of his buddies in the Phillipines during World War II. Blan is at top left, wearing the cap.
Linder “Blan” Swofford has recently returned to his family’s land in the North Cove community after decades of traveling the world and the country. He first left western North Carolina when he was drafted into the service during WWII. Here, he talks about going from the cool mountain environs to the sweltering tropics and lays out a scholarly WWII timeline in the process.
POST SCRIPT 11/23/10: Word has just come to me that Blan Swofford passed away on 11/1/10. He was a very gracious and kind gentleman, and I am very glad that I was able to record his story. I’ll never forget the fun tour he gave me of the area on his “four-wheeler” after we completed our interview. -Kim
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