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McClure, Christine and Dennis

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Christine McClure was a registered nurse and served in the United States Army at the end of the Vietnam Era.  In 1986 she earned a master's degree in nursing from Brigham Young University, and in 1998 she graduated from the Family Nurse Practitioner program at East Tennessee State University. She worked until her retirement as an FNP in the emergency department at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC.

Dennis McClure graduated from Michigan State University in 1970 then studied European and American history at Cornell University where he completed his Admission to Candidacy for a PhD in 1974.  He served on active duty with the United States Army through 1975 and 1976. He left academia after the army and recently retired from a career as a Building Automation Engineer.

A family connection led the McClure’s to the Alaska Highway in 2013, but traveling the famous road raised issues far more important than family. The racism that distorted the experience of thousands of young, black American soldiers and the fact that they received no credit for their enormous contribution infuriated them.   The fact that those men faced up to all the challenges that made the project epic—stood up to racism on top of that, and still delivered inspired them.

Back home in North Carolina, they created a website that told the story of the 93rd in Yukon, designed to locate Alcan veterans or their families; spent four years traveling to archives, visiting the veterans and families, exhaustively researching the black experience on the Highway and writing a book to present it to the world.  We Fought the Road, was just published by Epicenter Press.

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