By JERRY “SHUG” HAIGLER
For The Progressive Journal
After graduating from Pageland High School in 1972, Donny Benton attended Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C., for a year and then joined the U.S. Air Force.
During his time in the Air Force Benton attained the rank of sergeant and was awarded the Combat Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and Sharp Shooters Medal. He left the military in 1977.
Benton took his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, where he was stationed for six months.