June 6th, 2016
Brendan Gaughan, driver of the No. 62 South Point Chevrolet, joined veterans this past Wednesday morning for coffee and camaraderie during the Davidson County Veterans Coffee at Richard Childress Racing.
Gaughan is a strong supporter of the military, an honorary member of the Combat Control Association and honorary commander of operation location bravo, 720 Operation Support Squadron, Joint Terminal Attack Controller Weapons Instructor Course at Nellis AFB NV.
When presented with the opportunity, the Las Vegas native was excited to talk to the veterans. However, three World War II veterans that stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day caught his attention the most. After chatting with the veterans about their experiences, Gaughan had each of them sign his Combat Control helmet.
“I would sit here and listen to their stories for hours if I could. I find their past more interesting than turning left for a living,” said Gaughan, who addressed the group of veterans and immediately realized he was in the company of men who changed the course of world history. “I get the opportunity to speak in front of our troops pretty regularly, but it is rare to get the opportunity to talk with soldiers who charged the beach at Normandy.”
With Monday, June 6 serving as the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day landings, Gaughan was honored to sit with those who experienced this famed day in our military history firsthand.
“I’ve been very fortunate to spend some time with quite a few of our American heroes and cherish all the time I get to spent with this generation’s military force. But to be able to meet just a few of the men that changed the course of history, not just American history, but world history was an amazing day for me personally. I will carry their names around for the rest of my life on my Combat Control helmet and this helmet will be in the Gaughan family for generations to come, it will never leave my family’s possession.”
The Davidson County Veterans Coffee at RCR currently hosts 75 to 100 veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, as well as the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The event at RCR is just one of many veterans coffees held around the Triad area. For more information about the monthly veterans coffees, visit http://hospicecarecenter.org/events/veterans-coffee-event.