Fred McCorkle had a simple goal while growing up in Harriman.
He wanted to drive a coal truck.
“I never figured I’d make it through to graduate,” McCorkle confessed on Sunday.
“I used to watch the coal trucks head to Oliver Springs and I thought if I could be good enough to drive one of them, then I’d be happy.”
Instead, he became one of the most decorated naval aviators in history en route to becoming a three-star lieutenant general in the United States Marine Corps.