For the first 10 days of 40 Days of Honor we focused on young men from our area who gave their lives in Iraq or Afghanistan. And while Memorial Day is truly meant to honor their sacrifices, there are many still living in our area who served with significance in some of the hardest circumstances any man could face – and lived to tell the story. Today, on the anniversary of D-Day, we tell one such story.
His name is Orva Ray Dulaney, but everyone calls him “O.R.” He has run a gun repair shop in Mantachie since the early 1960s. His workshop has plenty of room for a man working alone. Inside there is a rugged workbench and a worn out padded stool. The leg supports of the stool are worn out from where O.R. props his feet, supporting his lanky 94-year-old frame. Behind the workbench is a row of two dozen rifles, all waiting to be fixed. O.R. Dulaney is a hard-working old man who repairs guns broken by people. But on June 7, 1944 he was a hard-working young man repairing people destroyed by guns.