by Sherrill Tague Clatt
One significant affect the Gorin School had on its graduates was in the shaping of many of our young men to serve in the military. Some even left school before graduation to serve our country. Wayne and Donna Tague Bailey (class of 1968) developed, and presented to the Gorin Alumni banquets awe-inspiring patriotic displays of pictures of the many young men from Gorin School who answered our country’s call.
Coming from the back roads of Scotland County, so young and inexperienced, to contribute to the great conflicts of the battlefields as well as to protect the home front, they shouldered their duty leaving the safety of their homes behind. The list of these servicemen is too long to name each one here, but what a great tribute to the lessons, values, and comradeships instilled by the school community in these young men that they would become part of military teams to help preserve our freedom here and abroad.
Don Tague (class of 1943) tells this story, “When they dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan, I was in Enns, Austria (oldest town in Austria) with a company of 176 officers and men. Two men in that company knew what an atomic bomb was—a lad from New York City and a lad from Gorin High School. The company commander, Captain George La Maine, came to me and asked what kind of high school I graduated from that I would know about the atomic bomb. I replied that it was a small country school with 55 or 60 students, and that our general science teacher, Mr. C. D. Morlan, taught this lesson in my freshman year. Mr. Morlan thought the bomb was possible, and maybe it would start a chain reaction, and keep blowing up. In 1940, the War Department stopped him from saying any more about the atomic bomb.”
We will never know all of the stories of what our students who went into the military endured, but we will never forget their service, or the fact that they are a part of the legacy of Gorin School.