Decorated Vietnam war veteran, Lt. Clebe McClary, will be a special guest at select July TCO pre-shows at The Calvin Gilmore Theater in honor of Independence Day. Critically wounded in Vietnam, Lt. McClary was presented the Silver Star and Bronze star by the President of the United States for his bravery and concern for his men. Despite suffering the loss of an eye and an arm, Lt. McClary is one of the country’s most outstanding motivational and inspirational speakers; his message of courage, determination and dedication reminds us what we are really honoring this Fourth of July.
Gilmore has known McClary for many years. “I have had the honor of knowing Lt. McClary for nearly 30 years and his message moves me every time I hear it. This Fourth of July I wanted to do something different to help us all stop and remember those that have given so much for us and honor them by learning from their example.” Lt. McClary can be seen July 1, 3 and 5 before the award-winning TCO show at The Calvin Gilmore Theater. Lt. McClary will also be greeting attendees at a book signing in the lobby of The Calvin Gilmore Theater during intermission and following the TCO show.
On March 3,1968 during his 19th reconnaissance mission in Vietnam, Lt. Clebe McClary was critically wounded by an enemy attack. As a result of his bravery under fire, Clebe was presented the Silver Star and the Bronze Star by the President of the United States. Clebe suffered the loss of an eye, an arm and was told he would never walk again, but he never lost the determination, dedication and courage to overcome. His story has inspired many through the years, as he speaks to such groups as Dupont Corporation, The Dallas Cowboys, Motorola, and The FBI. McClary and his wife Deanne continue to support our active duty military through organizations like Love in a Box.
Gilmore Entertainment has long been the leader of musical variety show entertainment in the Southeast, with the classic TCO show (The Carolina Opry) and their newest hit, Good Vibrations. Gilmore and his Carolina Opry have been featured by USA Today, ABC Nightly News, Southern Living Magazine, Variety, and a host of other newspapers and television shows. It is the only Myrtle Beach show to receive the coveted South Carolina Governor’s Cup, as well as being voted South Carolina’s Most Outstanding Attraction. In recent years, Gilmore has performed regularly on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and he is designated as South Carolina’s Official Country Music Ambassador.