“Historic Bain Remembers Our Heroes” was the theme of Historic Bain Restoration’s float in this year’s Mint Hill Madness Parade, thanks to the Mullis family, creators of the float for the past three years.
Decorated in red, white, and blue, the float honored three Mint Hill servicemen who were killed in action: Sgt. Gerald Stancell, US Marine Corps; S. Sgt. E.L. Williams, US Army; and Cpl. Troy Earp, US Army. The Earp-Williams VFW Post 4059 in Mint Hill is named in memory of Earp and Williams, who were killed in WWII. Sgt. Stansell died on February 8, 1966 in Quang Tin, Vietnam during his second tour of duty.
Riding on the float were Bobby Long, the town’s first mayor, who served in the U.S. Navy, 1944-46, patrolling the Atlantic from New England to Venezuela; Charles Mullis, US Army, 1969-75, who served in Germany and at Ft. Jackson; Tom Mullis, U.S. Marine Corps, 1971-72, who spent his time working in naval weapons in California.
All the men except Long attended Bain School.