Yarborough, Farrow inducted into SC Hall of Fame

Portrait of William G. Farrow that will hang in the South Carolina Hall of Fame.

A World War II pilot and a NASCAR racing legend were inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame Monday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

William G. Farrow and William Caleb "Cale" Yarborough were selected by the South Carolina Hall of Fame Board of Trustees to be inducted.

Yarborough, a Timmonsville native, won three consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championships from 1976-1978. During his three-year dominance, he won 28 races.

Yarborough also won the Daytona 500 five times and became the youngest driver to qualify for the race with a top speed of more than 200mph.

In 1993, he was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and in 2012 was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Yarborough has received many awards in his lifetime. But he said this induction is his best one, "in my early days I dreamed of being a success and here we are. It was a long hard career I've had a lot of people say well you are so lucky. I wasn't lucky I was blessed to have the talent that I had and the dreams to go along with it."

William Farrow, chosen as the deceased inductee, was born in Darlington in 1918.

He was one of the three University of South Carolina students to be selected to pilot training at the Hawthorne Aviation School in Orangeburg, then received his commission and eventually was transitioned to the B-25 Mitchell Bomber.

In April of 1942, his plane bombed Japan's fourth largest city and soon after, his plane experienced a gas leak. Farrow and his crew bailed and crossed into Japanese territory in China, where they were captured, interrogated and tortured by the Japanese.

Farrow and his crew were executed by the Japanese emperor. The ashes of Farrow and his crew were found in 1945 and returned to America where they were buried at Arlington National Cemetary.

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