Adrift at sea: how a little-known sailor from Morgan County survived the Navy’s worst disaster

by LISA SCHAUER “Momma always said ‘my boys will come home’ and they did,” recalls Jackie Mellott, 86, of Hancock, whose five brothers served in World War II. Mellott grew up as Jackie Payne, the last of 14 children on a family farm on Culp Road near Mahnes Chapel in Morgan County. “I rode on . . .