The Loafer’s Veteran of the Week is Darrell Bruce Honeycutt (DB Honeycutt), a long-time resident of Erwin, TN. Honeycutt was born in Johnson City, TN and raised in an orphanage in Grundy, VA. He currently lives in Piney Flats, TN. Honeycutt served in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy.
After leaving the orphanage at age 17, Honeycutt devoted his life to the military. He served in the Army from September 1953 to January 1954. After he left the Army, he went straight to the Navy, where he served from February 24th, 1954 to January 25th, 1963. When asked why he served, Honeycutt responded: “Because I love this country, and I would still go today.” He spoke of the life-long friendships he made while aboard a Naval ship. He states, “During battle, those around you become closer than family.”
Honeycutt served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War, which started just before he retired. He did two tours on the Mediterranean Sea. Honeycutt was stationed aboard Naval ship USS Kirkpatrick.
th, 1963. After leaving the military, Honeycutt decided to carry on a career as an electrician, which he started while deployed in the Navy. His military experience as an electrician helped him return to life back home.
Darrell Bruce Honeycutt recounted his time in the military with nostalgia. He expressed how grateful he was to have been able to serve for his country and for the lasting friendships he made while doing so. We thank Mr. Honeycutt, our Veteran of the Week, for his service and devotion to the United States Military.