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Carthage in Moore County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Ret. SFC Zeb D. Harrington and The “Junkyard Dog”

 
 
Ret. SFC Zeb D. Harrington and the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Forest McDermott, September 4, 2015
1. Ret. SFC Zeb D. Harrington and the Marker
Inscription. Zeb Harrington was raised in Chatham County N.C. Near Moncure. He was a young boy during WWII and was always fascinated by anything military, especially airplanes. He grew up and married his wife, Martha, and raised four children. Gerald, Sherri, Jane and Chris. Zeb was in the U.S. Army and Reserves for 30 years and was in the Nike Ajax missile program and the paratroopers, and had many other military duties. He retired from the military in 1986 and then worked in the construction industry as a welder, millwright, pipefitter and as he says “other stuff”. He decided to build a replica airplane, a missile and restore a WWI Army wagon. He built all three in his backyard in rural Chatham County, N.C. The replica plane was a Curtis P-30 Warhawk and he built it from materials collected from scrap yards and construction sites where he worked. Hence, the name “Junkyard Dog”. This plane was started in 2007 and finished in 2010. It was constructed by Zeb, totally alone and without plans. It is approximately 91% of actual size and is a very good representation of what Lt. Hoyle Upchurch flew on his last mission with the Flying Tigers. Roland Gilliam was told about a plane in someone's backyard, and the approximate location. He found it and met Sgt. Harrington and eventually made an agreement to bring it to his airport on
Ret. SFC Zeb D. Harrington and his replica airplane image. Click for full size.
By Forest McDermott, September 4, 2015
2. Ret. SFC Zeb D. Harrington and his replica airplane
Marker is on the right next to the fence
loan as long as it was properly cared for. Sgt. Harrington is commended for sharing this plane for all to see. Please honor this memorial as a historic reminder of the millions of men and women around the world that fought against oppression.
April 7th, 2012
 
Erected 2012.
 
Location. 35° 20.445′ N, 79° 26.208′ W. Marker is in Carthage, North Carolina, in Moore County. Marker is on Gilliam McConnell Road 0.2 miles west of Dowd Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located within the Gilliam-McConnell Airfield next to the parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 194 Gilliam McConnell Rd, Carthage NC 28327, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. East Meets West (here, next to this marker); Lt. Robert "Hoyle" Upchurch (here, next to this marker); Biography of Robert Hoyle Upchurch (here, next to this marker); James Rogers McConnell (a few steps from this marker); James McConnell (a few steps from this marker); Buggy Company (approx. 1.1 miles away); John McConnell (approx. 1.1 miles away); Plank Road (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carthage.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceMan-Made FeaturesWar, World II
 
Ret. SFC Zeb D. Harrington and his replica airplane image. Click for full size.
By Forest McDermott, September 4, 2015
3. Ret. SFC Zeb D. Harrington and his replica airplane
Marker can be seen on the right just over the tip of the wing.
Ret. SFC Zeb D. Harrington and his replica airplane image. Click for full size.
By Forest McDermott, September 4, 2015
4. Ret. SFC Zeb D. Harrington and his replica airplane
The Gilliam-McConnell Airfield is in the background on the right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2017, by Forest McDermott of Masontown, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 67 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 14, 2017, by Forest McDermott of Masontown, Pennsylvania. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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