WWII hero, NASCAR legend inducted into SC Hall of Fame

Hundreds attended the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday
Hundreds attended the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Two distinguished South Carolinians were inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame Monday afternoon: a decorated World War II pilot and a NASCAR racing legend.

Hundreds attended the ceremony, including one of the inductees, at the Hall of Fame, located in Myrtle Beach

William Caleb 'Cale' Yarborough was selected as the contemporary inductee to the hall of Fame, and was at the ceremony to accept the honor. He began racing in 1957 and won three consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championships from 1976-78 – a feat unmatched until 2008. During these three years, he won 28 races.

"He was the second NASCAR® driver to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated and he totaled 83 victories in his 31 year career, which ranks fifth all time," the Hall of Fame news release states. "He won the Daytona 500 four times and became the youngest driver to qualify for the race with a top speed of more than 200 mph. In 1993, Yarborough was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and in 2012 was inducted into the NASCAR® Hall of Fame."

"I was always a big dreamer," Yarborough said at the ceremony Monday. "I just believed that I could do anything that I put my mind to, and it turned out that if you don't dream, it wont come true."

William G. Farrow, a deceased inductee, was born in Darlington on September 24, 1918, according to Hall of Fame representatives. He was one of three University of South Carolina students selected for pilot training at Hawthorne Aviation School in Orangeburg, received his commission, and was transitioned to the B-25 Mitchell Bomber.

Farrow volunteered for a secret, hazardous mission that would come to be known as a the Doolittle Raid: in April 1942, his plane bombed Japan's fourth-largest city and soon after, sputtered out of gas.

"Farrow and his crew bailed and crossed into Japanese held territory in China, where they were captured, interrogated and tortured by the Japanese," the Hall of Fame news release states. "They were sentenced to be executed by the Japanese Emperor. The ashes of Farrow and his crew were found by American investigators in 1945 and returned to America in 1946. Lt. Farrow is buried at Arlington National Cemetery and was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and Chinese Breast order of Pao Ting. Farrow Parkway along The Market Common in Myrtle Beach is named after this war hero."

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