2017 Annual Meeting and Symposium

- North Carolina and the Great War -

Part I

Symposium and Annual Business Meeting of the North Carolina Military Historical Society
Saturday, May 20, 2017


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Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Sion H. Harrington III, a lifelong resident of Erwin, North Carolina, served nearly four decades in uniform, twelve years on active duty, primarily with airborne units as a United States Army Paratrooper.
     He retired in April of 2011 as the Military Collection Archivist for the State Archives of North Carolina.  Colonel Harrington served on the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ (DNCR) War of 1812 Bi-Centennial Committee and currently serves on the Department’s World War I Centennial Committee.  He remains active with an on-going effort to compile a roster of “North Carolinians in Confederate Naval Service,” which he is donating to DNCR’s North Carolina Civil War Roster Project, and with researching materials for a history of the “North Carolina Naval Militia.”  He helped create DNCR’s “North Carolinians in World War I” roster project.
    Harrington is a 1971 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds Master's degrees from Webster University in St. Louis and North Carolina State University.  Prior to his active Army service, he was a high school history teacher and coach.  His teaching experience spans the junior high school through university levels.
     Colonel Harrington has contributed stories to several history publications, including “Recall,” the magazine of the North Carolina Military Historical Society, and is the co-author of a volume titled “Eyewitnesses to Averasborough, Volume I, The Confederates,” based on first-person accounts of the 1865 North Carolina Civil War battle.
      A five-decade veteran of the military living history hobby, Harrington serves as president of two historical societies and is active with several other historic and living history organizations.

Mr. Daniel J. Jutson was born into a military family at Phoenix, Arizona. He began his military career by enlisting in the Arizona Army National Guard’s 153rd Artillery Brigade and later served in the 82nd Airborne, 1st Infantry Divisions, and the 18th Fires Brigade. He received a direct commission into Ordnance through the North Carolina Army National Guard in 2001. He earned an Associate of Arts degree from Central Texas College in 1988 and a Bachelor of Arts degree (History) from Fayetteville State University in 1994. His military education includes the Ordnance Officer Basic and the Signal Officer Advanced Courses.
Mr. Jutson retired from the North Carolina Army National Guard after 28 years of combined active and reserve service in 2007 having been awarded two officer and five enlisted military occupational specialties. His final assignment was Commander of Headquarters Company, 230th Forward Support Battalion, 30th Armored Brigade, North Carolina Army National Guard. While serving as Executive Officer and Ground Support Platoon Leader for B Company (Maintenance), 230th Brigade Support Battalion, he deployed to Diyala Province, Iraq supporting full-spectrum warfare operations in 2004. He also served as the Battalion Signal Officer (S6) from 2005-2006.
     Mr. Jutson has served in the Department of the Army, Civilian Corps since 2011. Prior to joining the Federal workforce, he worked as an information technology technician with several companies at Fort Bragg, North Carolina from 1989-2011.
Mr. Jutson is a member of several genealogical and military associations to include the Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Sons of the Republic of Texas, Society of the First Infantry Division, 30th Infantry Division Association, 82nd Airborne Division Association, Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry, NC National Guard Association, and the NC Military Historical Society.

Mr. Jutson is also an active living historian with membership in the Old Hickory Association (Co. K/120th Infantry-both World Wars), Great War Tar Heels, and the USS North Carolina (BB-55) Living History Crew. He is an active militaria collector of U.S. Army insignia and equipment (1902-1945), concentrating on enlisted chevrons and Signal Corps equipment.
Mitchell Yockelson, the recipient of the Army Historical Foundation’s Distinguished Writing Award, is an archivist with the National Archives and ex-officio historian with the United States World War One Centennial Commission. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, and he has appeared on 60 Minutes, Fox News, PBS, and the History Channel. He is the author of four books: Forty-Seven Days: How Pershing’s Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the German Army in World War I; Borrowed Soldiers: Americans under British Command, 1918, named one of the best military history books by The Independent (UK) in 2008; MacArthur: America’s General; and Grant: Savior of the Union. An historical adviser to the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, Yockelson regularly leads tours of World War I battlefields for the Smithsonian Journeys and New York Times Journeys series, and frequently lectures on military history. He lives in Annapolis, MD.

R. Jackson Marshall III, Deputy Director of the Division of State History Museums, received his BA and MA (History) from Wake Forest University.  His thesis focusing on the personal experiences of North Carolina Doughboys in World War I, was expanded and published in 1998 as "Memories of World War I, North Carolina Doughboys on the Western Front".  Mr. Marshall is an authority on World War I and teaches courses on the subject.  He was instrumental in the development of the new museum exhibit on North Carolina's role in World War I now open in the North Carolina Museum of History.

Marvin W. Barrash is the author of two naval history books.  His first volume, U.S.S. Cyclops, published in 2010, is the only comprehensive history of the collier that disappeared without a trace in 1918.  His great uncle was a member of the crew and one of the 309 souls who perished.  His tenacious research of all existing Cyclops’ logs and documentation, over a thirteen-year period, resulted in substantial narrative in lay terms, and a detailed finding aid for all source documentation.
     Although U.S.S. CYCLOPS contained nearly 800 pages, there was much more history to convey. Mr.  Barrash’s prequel volume, Murder on the Abarenda, published in 2016, provided the vehicle by which he could expand on some of the events surrounding the naval officer who commanded the collier Abarenda and later, the collier Cyclops.
     Mr. Barrash has appeared on-camera as the subject matter expert concerning the U.S.S. Cyclops in two television documentaries produced for the National Geographic Channel.  He continues his research of the collier Cyclops with the hope that the ship’s remains will be located and studied, but not salvaged.
     A life member of both the U.S. Naval Institute and the Naval Historical Foundation, Mr. Barrash provided many years of volunteer service with the Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington Navy Yard.  He produced finding aids for many artifacts and documents, aided in preservation of historical materials, and researched responses to historical inquiries.
     Mr. Barrash has been in the employ of the U.S. Department of Defense, in various capacities, since the 1970s.  He currently resides, with his wife and son, in Maryland.