Thanks to our Veterans

Transcription

Thanks to our Veterans
A Salute to
Section C
Rappahannock Record
Kilmarnock, VA
Our Veterans
24 pages
in two
sections
November 10, 2010
W
elcome to this special Veterans Day 2010 salute to the hundreds of veterans who have called the
lower Northern Neck home at some point in their lives. We honor those who have served their
country in uniform, many living and some even on duty today, some deceased but still remembered,
and some who gave their lives on the battlefields of several wars to protect our land. They have served
in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force or Coast Guard. Each has had a hand in preserving the freedoms that define the United States of America.
These are your neighbors and friends, our hometown patriots. Today would be a good time to remember those no longer with us, and to say thanks to those still living.
Oldest seaman from the USS Midway recognized at reunion
by Lisa Hinton Valdrighi
During the reunion, Butler, who
served as a radarman, was awarded the
eing old has its privileges. One, World War II Victory Medal.
according to Robert W. Butler
“I didn’t do any more than any of the
of Irvington, is being recog- 4,000 other guys that served [on the
nized by the U.S. Armed Forces.
Midway],” said Butler, modestly. “I’m
Butler, 89, was recently honored as just old.”
the oldest living original crew member
Butler’s medal is now framed alongof the USS Midway, which was com- side the World War I Victory Medal
missioned in September 1945.
awarded to his father, Clarence W.
“It was an amazing reception I got,” Butler.
said Butler, who lives at Rappahannock
Butler shared his father’s patriotism
Westminster-Canterbury (RW-C). “All and joined the Navy in 1942. He was
this adulation from strangers for no training to be a fighter pilot but vertigo
other reason except that I’m old.”
kept him grounded and he received a
Butler returned last month from a medical discharge.
three-day reunion of Midway crew
But, because Butler says he was in
members in San Diego, Calif.
perfect health other than being unable
to fly, he rejoined the Navy
on the same day and went
through five radar training
schools up and down the
east coast.
“Things were different in
World War II,” said Butler.
“Everybody was patriotic
and everybody wanted to do
what they could. There was
nothing wrong with me,
so I didn’t want to be discharged.”
As an aviation cadet,
Butler attended pre-flight
school in Georgia and
bunked with three other
cadets. They all talked about
graduating and that they all
wanted to be commissioned
as Marines.
All three of his roommates were killed while
flying combat flights with
the Marines.
“It’s amazing how things
work out, how things
happen,” said Butler of his
failure to become a fighter
pilot. “Things could have
Robert Butler and his wife, Marjorie, stroll in turned out a lot different.”
Washington, D.C., in December 1942.
The Midway, retired as a
B
Robert Butler and companion Linda Small stand on the USS Midway during a recent reunion in California.
museum in San Diego three years ago,
was the biggest ship afloat when it was
launched in 1945. There were 4,000
men in the ship’s original crew.
“I strongly suspect that there are
other [older] members than me,” said
Butler. “They just haven’t found them
yet.”
Born in Washington, Butler first
came to the Northern Neck as a visiting
boyfriend of Marjorie Hurst. They were
married while Butler was in the service. His discharge papers came while
he was on the Midway in the Caribbean
and he returned home to Marjorie on
their first wedding anniversary.
The two moved to California, where
he attended the University of Southern
California on the GI bill. He and Marjorie lived in California for 35 years
before he retired in 1981 as a shopping center developer and built a home
in Bluff Point. They lived there for 25
years before moving to RW-C. They had
been married 63 years when Marjorie
died two years ago.
A civil engineer, Butler is best known
around these parts as a model builder, a
talent he began to develop when he was
seven. He has models in five museums
in the Northern Neck.
He has 20 models in the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, one at the
Steamboat Era Museum in Irvington,
one at Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern in
Heathsville and one at Christ Church in
Weems.
His model at Christ Church is of the
historic building. It took 14 months to
make and Butler calls it his finest work.
“I’m a stickler for realism,” said
Butler. “If it takes a week to make a
window, why not. When my wife died,
the secret to my emotional stability was
to stay busy.”
Longtime teacher here quit college, joined the Navy
by Audrey Thomasson
returned the next morning.
But there were advantages to her job.
When her brother’s ship sank in the Pacific, Hayden was
one of the first to know. “But I wasn’t allowed to call my parents and tell them,” she said.
Then she learned the survivors would arrive in D.C. by
train. She went to the station and was elated to see her brother
step from the train. The two went home to Atlanta to celebrate
with her family.
Hayden’s father finally broke his silence when she promised
to complete her education.
True to her word, Hayden completed her education, took
a job demonstrating Frigidaire appliances and soon handled
the mid-Atlantic region, which included calling on Noblett’s
Appliance in Kilmarnock. She was still single at 45 when she
was introduced to the late Clyde Hayden from Ottoman at
the 1965 Richmond Fair. When they married, Hayden settled
in Lancaster and started a 20-year career teaching Lancaster
children until her retirement in 1985.
On November 10, Hayden celebrated her 90th birthday. She
proudly displays a picture of her late parents, Joe and Clare
Buffington, wearing the service pins of their children. Her
mother is pictured with several pins on her lapel. Her father
wore only one—a navy pin for his favorite daughter.
A
lthough she is well known locally as a retired home
economics teacher from Lancaster Middle School,
many are surprised to learn that Sylvia Buffington
Hayden was one of the first to run down to the recruitment
office and enlist in the Navy after the Japanese bombed Pearl
Harbor and brought World War II to American shores.
A farmer’s daughter from Georgia, Hayden was in her
second year at the University of Georgia, majoring in home
economics, when she decided to leave school and join the
Navy.
At the time, patriotism was the chief motivating factor for
those rushing to enlist, including Hayden’s fiancee, Rollins
Moultrie Jones. But Hayden also had another reason.
“I joined to be with my boyfriend. We were stupid enough
to think we’d be sent to the same place,” Hayden said with a
laugh. The reality is Jones shipped out to sea and she never
saw or heard from him again. She assumes he died in the
war.
Hayden was assigned to the Department of the Navy where
she was landlocked in Washington, D.C., for the entire war. It
was devasting to a young woman in love.
When Hayden gathered up enough courage to tell her parents about her enlistment, she expected them to be upset,
but their reception was much worse. “My father sat in his
chair and didn’t say a word,” she said. And he maintained his
silence toward his favorite daughter during most of her service years.
“He was upset that I dropped out of college. He really
believed in education” for his seven children, Hayden
explained.
Hayden’s assignment for the Naval Department was handling highly classified documents that dealt with ship movements. Her work was considered so sensitive, she wasn’t
allowed to tell her parents what she did, and she still refuses
to give details today.
Getting security clearance required a complete background
check on the new recruit. A team traveled to Hayden’s hometown near Atlanta to interview family and friends. But when
townsfolk pointed out her father having lunch in the local
diner, the farmer refused to talk to them and even denied
knowing her.
Despite her father’s attitude, Hayden received clearance and
began working in the publication department where her work
Patriotism, and a boyfriend, led Sylvia Buffington Hayden
(above) to join the Navy.
was locked in a vault each night with only one other person
having access to a key.
Her life in the city was as locked up as her work. Moving
from her work area to another location in the building required
a military escort. The workers were corralled at the end of
the day and taken to the nearby barracks for the night and
After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, siblings
(from left) Robert, Sylvia and Ned Buffington enlisted in the
service.
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ABOUT THE PHOTOS: We have asked for veterans’ photos for several months,
and almost received more than we could handle. They have arrived in all forms, some
well preserved in frames, some very old clippings from newspapers, and every form
in between. Some we simply couldn’t use, most we have made an attempt to reproduce here. For some we have little more than a name. Over 100 photos were supplied
by Terry Tignor and the O’Smack group at Irvington Baptist Church.
Yet, we suspect lots of veterans from Lancaster, Northumberland and Richmond
counties are still missing. If you have a photo and information (name, hometown,
branch of service, years served) about another veteran, we would like to add it to our
files. Also, if you see something here that’s incorrect or incomplete, please call. Periodically we will update this feature on our website, RRecord.com, and sometime in
the future we may reprint this “Salute to Our Veterans” with the additional information added.
See page A2 for information on how to contact us.
H. Gordon Blundon Jr.
Lively
Army
1941-1946
Morton Thomas Brent
Lancaster
Marine Corps
1970-1971
Austin Yates Thompson
Warsaw
Army
1946-1947
Buddy Sorrell
Emmerton
Army
1952-1954
C. W. Haydon Jr.
Weems
Coast Guard
1942-1946
Bruce Brown
Emmerton
Army
World War I
David W. Davenport
Lancaster
Marine Corps
1963-1969
Edward Jefferson Davis Sr.
Kilmarnock
Army
1943-1945
Charles E. Dixon Sr.
Kilmarnock
Army
World War I
Carroll William Hughlett
Northumberland
Air Force
1950-1954
Adrian Alonzo Walker
Lancaster
Navy
1942-1946
Charles K. Hinson
Foxwells
Coast Guard
World War II
Cleveland Hinson
Foxwells
Marine Corps
1952-1955
Donald Neale Headley
Heathsville
Army
1943-1946
Francis T. Walker
Lancaster
Army
1948-1952
Luther L. Carter
Weems
Army Reserve
1950-1952
Cecil Rock
Northumberland
Army
World War II
Edgar J. McCrobie
Weems
Navy
1950-1972
Willy A. Smith
Merry Point
Army Air Forces
1943-1946
Russell H. Kellum
Weems
Army
1946-1949
Rannie Mozingo
Haynesville
Army
1917-1919
Rhett Newton Moore
Lancaster
Marine Corps
1967-1973
Dallas R. Keyser
Northumberland
Army
1952-1954
John Berryman McKenney Jr.
Lancaster
Navy
1944-1946
Joseph Tilton Davis
Northumberland
Army
World War II
Thomas M. Haynie
Lively
Army
1943-1946
Charles Voss
Northumberland
Navy
1944-1965
William L. Humphreys
Kilmarnock
Army
1951-1953
Melville D. Schools
Warsaw
Army
1942-1945
Wilbur E. Mitchell
Irvington
Army
1943-1946
Lawson P. Schools
Kilmarnock
Marine Corps
1942-1945
G. Franklin Swann
Heathsville
Army
1945-1948
Daniel F. Lewis
Northumberland
Army
World War II
Robert Henry Thrift
Wicomico Church
Army
1944-1946
Fred William Carter Jr.
Sharps
Army/Army Reserve
1983-1990/1990-1993
George Robert Whaley
Northumberland
Army
Korean War
Herman Gulbranson Jr.
Foxwells
Air Force
World War II
James Turner
Kilmarnock
Army
1942-1945
John B. Doggett
Lively
Navy
1942-1946
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Willie Warner Brown
Nuttsville
Navy
World War II
Virgil Barber Jr.
Warsaw
Army
World War II
T. Straughan Beane Sr.
Miskimon
Navy
1944-1945
Francis L. Brent
Kilmarnock
Army
World War II
S. Leo Saunders
Lancaster
Navy
1945-1949
Randolph Rock
Northumberland
Army
World War II
Roy Hundley
Lancaster
Navy
1950-1954
Neal Stanley Taylor
Farnham
Army
1984-1985
DREADED TELEGRAMS: The fate of Francis L. Brent of
Kilmarnock (pictured at the top left of these telegrams)
had his family concerned during World War II. The top
telegram, sent on December 18, 1944, said he was missing
in action. The second, dated March 15, 1945, said he was a
prisoner of war of the German government.
Manuel Steppe
Lively
Navy
1944-1946
John C. Christopher
Irvington
Army
1950-1953
Hoyt Glenn Price
Kilmarnock
Navy
1945-1946
George Walter Ebeling
Irvington
Navy
1942-1946
Henry Dixon Sr. (left) and Charles Davis Jr., both of
Lancaster County, served together in the Navy. Davis
is deceased. Both served from February 10, 1953, to
February 9, 1957.
Donald Morgan Dunaway
Kilmarnock
Army
1962-1964
Henry M. Jones
Lancaster
Army
1952-1954
Claude Ree Thompson
Richmond County
Army
1941-1943
Eugene L. Pittman
Regina
Army
1941-1945
Harry Eugene Revere Jr.
Lively
Navy
1946-1948
H. Calvin Hudnall
Heathsville
Army
1942-1945
Garland Lee Packett
Haynesville
Army
1946-1948;1950-1951
Foster E. Lee Sr.
Kilmarnock
Army
1943-1946
Johnnie George Cornwell
Lancaster
Navy Reserve
1944-1946
Leon Bonner
Lancaster
Army
1943-1945
Marian Irene Davenport
Lancaster
Army
1943-1945
Leo G. Loftus
Northumberland
Navy
1942-1969
Andrew Samuel Kelsey
White Stone
Army Air Forces/Air Force
1943-1948/1950-1951
Charles E. Lake
Northumberland
Navy
World War II
Harry W. Laws
Weems
Army
1945-1947
Asa M. Pittman Jr.
Regina
Army
1953-1955
Most of the Shelton family in Lancaster County served in
the Armed Forces. From left (back row) are Lewis Shelton,
Army-Korean Conflict; *Lloyd Shelton, Navy-WWII;
*Douglas “Buck” Shelton, Army-WWII; *Calvin Shelton,
injured and unable to serve; (front row) *Joseph Shelton,
Army-WWII; Steven “Dinky” Shelton, Army-Korea; and
John Thomas Shelton, Navy-WWII. (*Deceased)
Louise Walker Barnes (right) of Fleet’s Bay Neck served
in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II. She was
stationed at Hammond General Hospital in the San
JoaquinValley, Calif., where injured troops from the Pacific
theater were sent for treatment and convalescence.
H.J.(Chink) Barnes served in the Army during World War
II and was stationed in Guadalcanal.They moved back to
Kilmarnock from Portsmouth in 1974 and lived there
until her death in 1976 and his death in 1985.
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Joseph Emory Currell
Weems
U. S. Army
1917-1919
Clifford O. Lawson
Northumberland
Army
World War II
Walter Cameron Roberts
White Stone
Army
1918-1962
Braxton H. Lee
White Stone
Army
1944-1946
Lawrence Vergil Henderson
White Stone
Coast Guard
World War II
Russell Herbert Haynie
Lively
Army
1951-1953
Romie W. Davis III
Weems
Army
1966-1969
Joseph Irving Samuels
Lewisetta
Army
World War II
W. Millard Hayden
Lancaster
1942-1944
Theodore A. Jett
Northumberland
Army
World War II
Franklin C.Voss
Lancaster
Army
1945-1946
Vinson R.Veney
Emmerton
Army
1951-1954
William George Beane
Lancaster
Confederate Army
1863-1865
William Allen Norris
Emmerton
Army
1961-1982
Milton Sorrell
Emmerton
Army
1956-1960
Rudy Grissom
Farnham
Army
World War II
Steven G. Self
Village
Army
1943
Gordon D. Walters
Morattico
Army
World War II
James H.Turner Sr.
Lancaster County
Army
George W. Meade
Lancaster
Marine Corps
1983-1986
Hiram H.Thrift
Wicomico Church
Army
World War I
Robert Delano
Northumberland
Navy
Donald George Wyman Sr.
Northumberland
Army Air Corps
World War II
James Lester Dull
Kilmarnock
Air Force
1956-1959
Allen Whay
Lancaster County
Army
Gordon R. Murray
White Stone
Army Air Corps
World War II
James Anthony Sr.
Lynhams
Army
1943-1945
Granville Carrington
Dawson
Northumberland
Navy, 1943-1946
Frank Benjamin Howard
Mollusk
Navy
1943-1973
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Arthur Robert Wormley
Richmond County
Army
1940-1943
Kenneth E. Kidd
Burgess
Army
1947-1968
Meredith McKenney
Kilmarnock
Army Air Corps
1942-1946
George Phillip Robertson
Foxwells
Navy
1943-1945
Herbert W. Schools Sr.
Richmond County
Army
1942-1946
Jesse Hunter Newberry
Lancaster
Army
1943-1945
John Wesley Taft
Lancaster
Army
1942-1945
Joseph S. Walters
Lancaster
Army
1979-1985
Luther W. Harris
Lancaster
Navy
1943-1946
Orville Betts Lackey
Northumberland
Navy
1943-1945
Thomas C. Headley
Northumberland
Army
1943-1945
Ralph Ingram
Northumberland
Marine Corps
1941-1945
Steve Potter
Kilmarnock
Army
1967-1969
Benjamin Newton Hubbard
Lancaster
Army
1943-1946
Wayne Carter Pope
Lancaster
Army
1975-1982
William Pete Thompson
Warsaw
Army
1945-1947
Thomas Cephas Carter
White Stone
Army
World War II
Aubrey E. Hinson
Foxwells
Army
World War II
Raymond Pete Benson
Kilmarnock
Air Force
1943-1946
Phillip Cox
Lancaster
Army
1941-1944
Baron Pitts Didlake
Ottoman
Army
1918-1919
Raymond F. Sullivan
Richmond
WWII/Korean War
Thomas Hugh Smither
Richmond County
Army
WWII
Gary E. Lapin
Army
Vietnam
1955-1958
We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are
perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to
establish the Bill of Rights.
—Felix Frankfurter
THANKS TO OUR VETERANS
Joseph William Beane Sr.
Lancaster
Army
1940-1946
John W. Northern
Remo
Navy
World War II
George Sanders
Irvington
Navy
1943-1947
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Army
1944-1946
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Northumberland
Army
1945-1946
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Lancaster
1943-1945
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Haynesville
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Carlton J. Schmidt of Rocky Neck (later Richmond and
Kilmarnock) served in the U.S. Coast Guard, attached
to the U.S. Navy during the war years from September
17, 1941, to May 28, 1946. While he was executive
officer of the USS Vance, the ship captured a German
submarine in the north Atlantic on May 11, 1945. He
served as officer-in-charge of the prize crew on board the
surrendered submarine and took it 1,600 miles across
the Atlantic to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. For his
meritorious performance, he received a commendation.
He is pictured here with some of the captured flags and
weapons. Retired Lieutenant Commander Schmidt died
April 19, 1978.
Archie Robertson Beane
Lancaster
Army
1917-1918
Joseph Shehigh Mitchell
Northumberland
Army Air Corps
1943-1967
Henry S. Pittman Sr.
Kilmarnock
Army
unknown-1952
Stanley B. Wilson
Weems
Navy
1941-1945
David R. Campbell
White Stone
Army
World War II
Dwayne Anthony Jones Sr.
Northumberland
Army National Guard
1987-1990
William Marion Reynolds
Irvington
Navy
1944-1946
Elton J. Forrester
Miskimon
Army
1944-1945
Wilbur H. Rose
Foxwells
Navy
World War II
Stanley Headley
Northumberland
Navy
1943-1945
Willard B. Whaley
Remo
Army
1917-1919
Thomas W. Lawson
White Stone
Army Air Corps
1942-1946
Sampson Benjamin Jackson Jr.
Mollusk
Army
1968-1972
R.M. Lee Jr.
Kilmarnock
Navy
1941-1945
Lombard John Taylor
Lancaster
Army
World War I
John Henry Dize
Kilmarnock
Navy
1941-1945
Jerry Lorenzo Ball
Sharps
Army
1978-1984
Harry Eugene Bush
Litwalton
Navy
1951-1955
George Carroll Dunaway
Lancaster
Army
Spanish-American War
William Howard Owens Sr.
Lancaster
Army
1944-1945
Robert S. Gallimore Sr.
Lancaster
Army Air Corps
1942-1946
Ray Richard Rose
Foxwells
Coast Guard
1942-1943
Leonard Beale Bareford
Farnham
Army
1943-1946
John Preston Franz
Weems
Navy
1942-1946
This trio of Navy brothers with ties to Irvington
includes, from left, Oliver Foster, Merritt Foster and
Dixon Foster. Oliver and Merritt are deceased.
This nation will remain the land of
the free only so long as it is the
home of the brave.
—Elmer Davis
From left are Leroy E. Granacher (deceased), pictured in
1917 in his World War I Army uniform, and his son, Robert
L. Granacher of Kilmarnock. A member of the Class of
1943 at Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon,
Tenn., Bob is pictured in full cadet uniform before being
drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944. Bob recently enjoyed
his 85th birthday with his family.
Please accept our thanks for all you
and your families have done for all of us.
From left are Capt. Bill Evans of Irvington, First Sgt. Fred
Gandy (deceased) and Capt. Bob Westbrook of Irvington.
This picture was taken in 1989 at combat med school.
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Valor is stability,
not of legs and
arms, but of courage and the soul.
—Michel
de Montaigne
Robert Henry Forrester
Lively
Army Air Corps
1941-1945
John Robert Cornwell
Lancaster
Army
1917-1919
Francis Self
Richmond County
Army
1944-1945
Robert W. Harris
Lancaster
Army
1943-1946
Carlie O. Smither
Army
WWII
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Henry Clarence Mitchell Jr.
Northumberland
Navy
1943-1945
James C. Moore
Foxwells
Navy
World War II
Lloyd Bernard Veney
Farnham
Army
1950-1952
Herman Jackson Sr.
Haynesville
Army
World War II
Thank you for your
sacrifices on all our behalf.
William B.Thomas
Lancaster
Army Air Forces
1943-1946
William Arthur Dize Jr.
Kilmarnock
Army
1960-1963
Robert H. Griffin Sr.
Lancaster
Army
1918-1919
Thomas Earl Towles
Lancaster
Navy
World War I
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Irvington
Marine Corps
1943-1946
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Lancaster
Navy
1942-1946
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Warsaw
Army
1943-1946
John Lowry Shelton
Northumberland
Navy
1941-1945
It is easy to take
liberty for granted,
when you have
never had it taken
from you.
—Author unknown,
sometimes attributed
to M. Grundler
James Wayland Hinton
Miskimon
Army
1942-1945
William Austin Crawford
Lancaster
Army Signal Corps
1941-1945
Garland Wayne Packett
Farnham
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1945-1947
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Lancaster
Army
1941-1943
Richard McArthur Sorrell
Emmerton
Army
1962-1966
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George Moore
White Stone
U.S. Public Health Service
1951-1971
John Calvin Bellows Sr.
Irvington
Army
1945-1946
Marvin F. Smither
Weems
Navy
1942-1946
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Donald Grey Doeppe
Kilmarnock
Army
1955-1957
C. Barnett Whaley
Remo
Navy
1942-1946
William Packett
Weems
Army Air Forces
1941-1944
Bradley Sisson
Kilmarnock
Marines
E. Clayton Bullis
Lancaster County
Air Force
Elmo Jackson
Lancaster County
Air Force
Virgil Henderson
Lancaster County
Coast Guard
Henry Earl Hayden
Lancaster County
Army
Jimmy Turlington
Irvington
Army
Kathryn Davis Williams
Lancaster County
Army
Vernon “Buddy” Crockett
Irvington
Army
William Kerr
Lancaster County
Army
Richard L. Conkle
Lancaster County
Air Force
Prisoner of War
Pierce Pittman
Lancaster County
Army
Mortimer Brown
Lancaster County
Army
Luther Robinson
Army
Garland T. “Duna” Purcell
Lancaster County
Army; Killed in action
January 8, 1945, in the Battle
of the Bulge, Belgium, in
WWII
Robert Lewis Tignor
Lancaster County
Coast Guard
Thank You Veterans
For Your Courage
and Sacrifice
To Keep Us Safe
and Free!
Don Baxter
Lancaster County
Army
Barron Dawson
Lancaster County
Army
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Millard William Hayden
Lancaster County
Army; died on D-Day, June 6
1944, during the Allied force
invasion of Normandy, France
during WWII
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And I’m proud
to be an
American, where
at least I know I’m
free. And I won’t
forget the men
who died, who gave
that right to me.
—Lee Greenwood
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Arnold Smith
Lancaster County
Navy
Calvin Barrack
Irvington
Navy
James Monroe Robertson Jr.
Lancaster County
Coast Guard
Elzie Lokey Currell
Weems
Army
Morteen Lewis
Army
John Albert Tignor
Lancaster County
Army
Albert Claire Pierce
Lancaster County
Army
George Washington
Lancaster County
Navy
In war, there are no
unwounded soldiers.
—José Narosky
Jack Thompson
Lancaster
Marines
James H.Turner Jr.
Lancaster County
Air Force
Wallace Dawson
Lancaster County
Army
Lloyd W. Sheppard
Lancaster
Army
1943-1945
Rhett Newton Moore
Marines
Smith family serves
for 4 generations
Clifford Leroy Smith
White Stone
Army
World War I
(deceased)
Robert Joseph Thrift
Northumberland
Army
Robert Dawes
Lancaster County
Navy
Franklin Curtis
Lancaster County
Army
Wayne Smith
White Stone
Navy
1970-1974
B. Paul Jones, Sr.
Northumberland
Army
World War II/Korean War
Jack R. Gustafson
Lancaster County
Army
James H.Turner III
Lancaster
Booker Barrack
Lancaster
Navy
With Gratitude to Our Veterans
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White Stone
Army/Coast Guard
World War II
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White Stone
Navy
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:
Charles Joseph
O’Shaughnessy
White Stone
Marine Corps
1942-1945
Charles W. Mothershead
White Stone
Army
1942-1945
Edwin L. Sherrill III
Lancaster
Navy
2000-2005
Frederick N. Gardner
Richmond County
Navy
World War I/World War II
Hovey R. Curry
Kilmarnock
Marine Corps
1967-1968
Tom Davis
Weems
Army
1960-1962
J. William Edwards Jr.
Regina
Navy
1942-1944
J. Warren Bowles
Northumberland
Army
1943-1946
James Haynie
Irvington
Navy
World War II
James W. Revere Sr.
Lively
Marine Corps
1951-1953
Booker Barrack
Lancaster
Navy
Joseph F. Nickens
Lancaster
Navy
This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith.
—Lyndon B. Johnson
Serving the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula
Ralph Delano Lewis Sr.
Sharps
Army
1963-1965
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Military Members – Limited Time Only!
Thomas E. Messemer
Weems
Army
1958-1960
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2007 Chevrolet Suburban LT 4x4,
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Running Boards, Stock #U2064, Sale $32,500
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2010 Mazada M3 - Gray / Black, Front
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financed $12,720, APR 3.9%
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cash or trade equity down. Amount
financed $29,424, APR 3.9%
2008 Chevrolet Cobalt - White / Tan Leather,
Woodgrain Trim, Sunroof, CD Player,
Stock #CT74231, $12,995
Wesley L. Clarke
Alfonso
Army
1945-1946
2006 Ford Super Duty F-250 - Red / Dark
Gray, Ext. Cab, Bedliner, Running Boards, Only
21,765 Miles, Stock #U2050, Sale $23,995
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financed $20,120. APR 3.9%
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Kilmarnock
Navy
1944-1946
2007 Cadillac DTS - Silver / Tan Leather,
Cruise Control, Woodgrain Trim, Only
24,586 Miles, Stock #U1979, Sale $26,500
2009 Chevrolet Traverse - Silver / Gray,
Cruise Control, CD Player, 3rd Row Seating,
25,500 Miles, Stock #U1946, Sale $29,995
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Cruise Control, ABS, Power Windows, Only
60,544 Miles, Stock #CV52142, $20,995
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Gilbert Randolph Harrison
Northumberland
Air Force
1952-1956
Korean War
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A Salute to Our Veterans
Delanor Revere
Lively
Army
1966-1969
William Randy Smith
Lancaster
Army
1982-2002
Terence G. Carter
Irvington
U.S. Army Air Force
1944-1946
Richard Leroy Arnett
White Stone
Army
1972-1978
Glendon A. Pinn Sr.
Lancaster
Army
1952-1954
Constance Moody Wilcox
Warsaw
Air Force
1981-2002
Mallory Preston Spence
Lively
Army
1970-1971
Lloyd Hill
Weems
Army
1958-1979
Levern Sydnor Sr.
Haynesville
Army
1962-1967
John B. Wiggins Sr.
Northumberland
Army
1979-1999
George Henry Deihl Sr.
Sunnybank
Navy
1938-1943
Edward Oklesson
Northumberland
Army
1948-1951
David L. Reedy
Kilmarnock
Army
1953-1955
Charles E. Dixon Jr.
Alfonso
Army
1968-69
Innis H. Wood Jr.
Wicomico Church
Army
1953-1956
Donald McLeod
Lottsburg
Navy/Coast Guard
1960-1970/1971-1981
George W. Urban
Northumberland
Navy
1942-1946
James N. Rice
Weems
Navy
1989-1993
John R. Ollis
Northumberland
Army
1966-1991
Charles Price
Weems
Marine Corps
1958-1966
James Ross Kellum
Weems
Navy Reserve
2010
William L. Elswick
White Stone
Army
1968-1970
Warren S. Sellew
Kilmarnock
Army
1954-1956
Thomas Harris Jr.
Wicomico Church
Marine Corps
1982-1991
November 11th - Thank a Veteran
Farnham Manor Assisted Living Residence
“Taking Care of Life’s Necessities so You Can Enjoy Life’s Niceties”
Assisted Living Residence
Peter L. Stoughton
White Stone
Air Force/National Guard
1968-1975/1975-1990
Randolph H. Dunn Sr.
Lancaster
Army
1980-1984
Ralph E. Page
Lancaster
Air Force, WWII
POW in Germany from
August 1944 until April 1945
With Sincere Appreciation To Our Veterans
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RAPPAHANNOCK RECORD A Salute to Our Veterans
Wesley Hearold of Irvington (left) and a buddy ham it
up while serving in the Army.
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Alan K. Hinson
Kilmarnock
Navy
1978-1982
Carroll Davis Jr.
Weems
Navy
1951-1954
Christopher Wiggins
Lively
Army National Guard Reserve
2006-present
Cecil R. Courtney
Lancaster
Air Force
1952-1956
Lawrence M.Taylor
Lancaster
Navy Reserve
1943-1946
Levern Sydnor Jr.
Farnham
Navy/Coast Guard
1981-2002
D. Leroy Davis
Weems
Marine Corps/Army
1971-1997
Nancy Grissom Banes
Farnham
Marine Corps
1981-1983
Jeffrey W. Hayman
Reedville
Army
1983-2005
James W. Stone
Wicomico Church
Marine Corps
1950-1953
James Kenner
Sunnybank
Air Force
1966-1968
Kenneth Bradshaw Price
Ditchley
Air Force
1950-1976
Jack Davis
Kilmarnock
Navy
1942-1945
H.T. Courtney Jr.
Lancaster
Army Air Corps
1944-1945
John Robert Cornwell Jr.
Callao
Army
1944-1946
Norris Chamberlain
Reedville
Navy
1942-1946
Ge’ron K. Wiggins
Lancaster
Army
2009-present
Tyler M. Kelley
Lancaster
Army
1943-1946
Robert Bud Bolger
Reedville
Marine Corps
1966-1967
Robert H. Griffin Jr.
Lancaster
Army
1957-1959
James E. Banes III
Farnham
Air Force
1967-1992
Jaehn B. Wiggins
Heathsville
Army
1979-1999
Sylvia B. Haydon
Lancaster
Navy
World War II
Terence Frisby
Lancaster
Army
1988-1992
Ryan D. Smith
Merry Point
Army National Guard
1996-2003
Rodney K. Griffin Sr.
Lancaster
Air Force
1985-1999
Anitra C.Tull
Lancaster
Army
1988-2006
Robert L. Covington
Heathsville
Army
World War II
From left, first cousins in the Marine Corps, Maj. Edward
Davis McNulty and Capt. Joshua Nelson Nunn, found
each other while on separate missions in Iraq. Both men
have served two tours in Iraq and remain on active duty.
They are the grandsons of Elizabeth and the late Gordon
Walters of Morattico.
There is nothing wrong with
America that cannot be cured by
what is right with America.
—William J. Clinton
First Lt.Rob Ransone is in a
partial pressure suit ready
for a high altitude test
flight of the USAF YB-58A
supersonic bomber in the
summer of 1959. He lives
in Wicomico Church with
his wife, Paula. His father
was Lt. Col. Reuben K.
Ransone, a field artillery
officer in WWII (died in
1953 in Texas), and her
father was USAF Col.
Paul Cooke McBride,
Deputy Chief of Staff for
Installations at Edwards
AFB, where Paula and
Rob met. Col. McBride
died at Rappahannock
Westminster-Canterbury
in 1996.
Bill Goss of White Stone served in the U.S. Marine Corps
from 1964 to 1967.
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A Salute to Our Veterans
Freedom is never free.
—Author Unknown
For All You Have Sacrificed
We Salute You!
William F. Dale
Ophelia
Navy
1957-1961
Adrian Bud Ackerman
Lancaster
Navy
1947-1967
Alvin Leroy Fisher
Weems
Army
1962-1964
Your hometown Vally Forge flag store
3010 Northumberland Hwy. ~ Lottsburg, VA
804-529-7578
www.allisonsacehardware.com
John B. Ellis
Burgess
Navy
1957-1985
John W. Coyle
Kilmarnock
Navy
1971-1975
Brian J. Webb
Weems
Army National Guard
2010-present
Keep Warm - Be Cool
N BLETT, INC.
(804) 435-1111
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17 South Main Street
Kilmarnock, Virginia 22482
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James Robert Veney
Farnham
Army
1972-1974
Kevin Maloy
Heathsville
Marine Corps
1958-1961
Benjamin F. Northern
Remo
1953-1955
Thank You Veterans
Marshall L. Wise
Reedville
Marine Corps
1959-1980
George E. Simmons
White Stone
Air Force
1972-1992
William Ray Whaley
Kilmarnock
Army
1970-1971
BUILDING MATERIALS, INC.
(804) 435-1695
S. Wayne George
Ottoman
Coast Guard
1986-1991
Raymond E. Sisson
Heathsville
Army
1945-1946
White Stone, VA
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Ronald B. Benson
Lancaster
Army
1958-1962
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Kilmarnock
Navy
1960-1986
Thomas B. Brown
Emmerton
Marine Corps
1969-1971
Michael Scott Whaley
Kilmarnock
Air Force/Reserves
1989-1993/present
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Lancaster
Army
2002-2005
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Northumberland
Fleet Marine Force
1953-1955
Clarence A. Ball
Merry Point
Army
1943-1946
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Frederick A. Gaskins
Irvington
Army
1963-1966
K.C.Troise
Lancaster
Navy
1962-1966
E. Derwin Booker Jr.
Lancaster
Air Force
1964-1968
Elizabeth Newberry Smith
Lancaster
Air Force
1968-1970
James E.Tadlock
Northumberland
Air Force
1965-1969
Harvey A. Hinton
Miskismon
Army
1965-1967
Reginald A. Gibson
Lancaster
Army
1972-1975
Robert B. Bellows
Irvington
Army
1967-1970
Roland Courtney
Lancaster
Navy
1952-1954
Stanley B. Sauer
Weems
Army
1966-1968
Terence Taylor
Warsaw
Air Force
1997-present
William Dean Loudy
Kilmarnock
Navy
1950-1954
Thomas Cecil Bromley
Morattico
Army
1943-1946
Stewart A. Revere
White Stone
Marine Corps
1958-1961
Carlyle C. Swann
Heathsville
Army
1969-1971
Frank P. Navarro
Reedville
Marine Corps
1948-1981
Severa Roger Thompson
Richmond County
Army
1966-1968
Robert Carter Ball
Northumberland
Army
1956-1958
Robert G. Degen
Weems
Army
1968-1971
Mark A. Henderson
Lancaster
Army
1980-2002
Charles L. Pittman Jr.
Regina
Army
1973-1995
Sherry H. Sargent
Weems
Army
1982-2009
John R. Roscher
Merry Point
Army
Vietnam
Lester H. Brent Jr.
Kilmarnock
Air Force/Reserve
1954-1958/1960-1981
Jack Atkinson
Air Force
Joe Hecht
Lancaster County
Navy
Thomas Francis Ball Jr.
Burgess
Army
1952-1954
Frank H. Galloway
Lancaster
Army
1950-1952
Emory Earl Davis
Kilmarnock
Army
1950-1952
Thank You to Our Veterans
Cathy Rowe
804-438-9882
4503 Irvington Road, Irvington, VA
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Donald O. Holt
Weems
Navy
1970-1974
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A Salute to Our Veterans
Ashby L. Allen Jr.
Weems
Army
1969-1972
Andrew Gulbranson
Kilmarnock
Air Force
1964-1968
Henry J. Millward Jr.
Callao
Army
1974-1994
Albert C. Harding
Kilmarnock
Navy
1951-1955
Al Stackpole
Northumberland
Army/Army Reserve
1961-1963/1963-1969
Agnes Liddell Lee
Kilmarnock
Army
1945-1946
Andrew J. Sarlis
Lancaster
Army
1963-1983
Calvin S. Meade
Lancaster
Marine Corps
1982-1988
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From left, brothers Harold and Billy Franklin of
Irvington wish each other well. Harold was in the Air
Force heading to France. Billy was in the Army heading
to Korea. Harold served from 1965 to 1969. Billy served
from 1960 to 1968.
“We few, we Band of Brothers. For he who sheds his blood
with me shall be my brother.”
—William Shakespeare,
Henry V
Brandon Lake
Northumberland
National Guard
2006-present
James C. Davis III
White Stone
Navy
1966-2003
Alfred Tom Miles
Heathsville
Coast Guard
1954-1986
Vernard Butch Fisher
Northumberland
Army
1966-1968
Terence Cooper
Burgess
Navy
1952
W. G. Clarke
Irvington
Army Air Corps
1943-1946
Angrus Chinn
Lancaster
Army
1970-1993
Donald Lee Ashburn
Northumberland
Army
1952-1954
Wes Werling was a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and
a T-37 instructor at Laredo AFB,Texas, in October 1969.
Lt. Col.Werling is now retired and lives in the Northern
Neck.
Robin Routt
Foxwells
Army
1945-1946
James C. Webber
Heathsville
Army
1956-1989
Bryan Michael Thrift
Wicomico Church
Marine Corps
2001-present
Francis H. O’Brien
Kilmarnock
Army
1942-1945
With Sincere Thanks To All
Veterans For Your Service & Sacrifice
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Calvin L. Rice
Northumberland
Army
1974-1976
Sgt. Major Hubbard Ashburn
Davis of White Stone served
in the U.S. Army Reserve
from 1977 to 1993, and the
U.S. Navy reserve from 1971
to 1977. He’s pictured here in
dress uniform with his wife,
Joanne.
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Shawn Hill
Weems
Army
1981-1991
Mark A. Curran is promoted to chief petty officer. His
wife, Donna, and dad, Jack Gotch, pin on his anchors.
Curran served in the U.S. Navy from September 1970
to January 1992. He now lives in the Northern Neck.
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Brandon A. Burrell-Rhone
Warsaw
Army
1997-2001
Charles Gerhart
Northumberland
Coast Guard
1955-1959
Phillip B. Cross III
Irvington
Army
1961-1963
Richard S. Krolak
White Stone
Marine Corps
1955-1975
Robert K.Vogel
Weems
Navy
1961-1968
Paul Mc.E. Fleming
Kilmarnock
Army
Vietnam
William Hobson Walker
Lancaster
Navy
1968-1972
Frank Stuart Painter
White Stone
Marine Corps
1963-1966
Edward Cockrell Sr.
Burgess
Army National Guard, Navy
1947-1954
Donal E. McGonegal
White Stone
Navy
1955-1968
David W. Courtney
Lancaster
Air Force
1962-1964
Melvin Lewis Pitman
Kilmarnock
Army
1941-1945
Bobby Abbott
White Stone
Army
1956-1957
John Jennings
Lancaster
Navy
1953-1979
Clayton J. Smith
Lancaster
Air Force
1967-1971
Thomas Parrish
Weems
Marine Corps
1965-1989
Keenan J. Cox
Merry Point
Air Force
1982-1985
Ernest Delano
Heathsville
Army
1943-1946
Robert N. McKenney
Lancaster
Army
1951-1953
Danny Kaye Tobin
Marine Corps
Lancaster
1965-1969
Fuller Sorrell
Emmerton
Navy
1962-1968
James McNeal
Lancaster
Army
1944-1946
Franklin M. Sullivan
Warsaw
Navy
1954-1957
Carl Gruel
Kilmarnock
Coast Guard
1954-1978
Herbert W. Stover IV
White Stone
Army National Guard
1994-present
Howard L.York
Callao
Navy
1955-1980
James E. C. Norris
Kilmarnock
Navy
1967-1969
Curtis D. Carter
Lancaster
Army
1980-1986
Jesse H. Dize
Kilmarnock
Coast Guard/Army
1966-1968/1969-1998
Dave Green
Northumberland
Army
1966-1969
Edward Rudolph Veney
Haynesville
Army
1955-1963
David R. Whittaker
Lancaster
Navy
1970-1974
Lewis M. Cobb
Lancaster
Navy
1941-1969
In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man,
and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a
patriot.
—Mark Twain, Notebook, 1935
THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO OUR COUNTRY
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Stanley James
Lancaster County
Army
james Ryan Dawson
Lancaster County
Coast Guard
Robert H. Griffin III
Lancaster
Marine Corps
1978-1981
Richard Whittaker
Lancaster
Navy
1948-1953
James S. G. Davenport
Lancaster
Army
1943-1946
Laura Lee Sampson
Northumberland
Navy
Joshua Wood
Lancaster County
Navy
Alonzo A.Trainham
Lancaster County
Army
Billy Walker
Air Force
Bruce V. Conkle
Lancaster County
Army
Carroll Lee Ashburn
Lancaster County
Coast Guard
Fletcher Brown
Lancaster County
Marines
Travis Tomlinson
Northumberland
Army
Raymond Dennis
Lancaster County
Army
Robert P. Hansen
Northumberland
Air Force
Donte Henderson
Lancaster
Army
2000-2006
H. “Hap” Jones
Kilmarnock
Navy, WWII
Harold Franklin
Lancaster County
Air Force
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William H. Bryant
Northumberland
Army Air Force
Korean War
Ira J. Killman
Lancaster County
Air Force
From left, Chris and Ken Harper of Northumberland
County both served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Chris
served five years in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ken served
28 years.
William S. Blackwell of
Sunnybank gets ready
to leave Washington,
D.C.,
for Germany
with the U.S. Army. His
parents, Thomas and
Cecilia Blackwell, were
there to see him off.
William “Billy” Ancarrow
Lancaster County
Marines
DeShawn R.Veney
Farnham
Navy
2008-present
Vernon Hayden
Lancaster County
Air Force
George McNeal
Lancaster County
Army
I think there is one higher office
than president and I would call
that patriot.
—Gary Hart
Matthew L. Hathaway
Lively
Marine Corps
2005-2009
Einer Thompson
Lancaster County
Marine Corps
Eugene C. Walker
Lancaster
Army
1950-1952
John Mann
Lancaster High
Air Force ROTC
Wesley Hall
Lancaster County
Army
Glenwood C. Sampson
Mila
Army
1941-1945
Edward Long Haynie
Irvington
Navy
World War II
Clarence F.”Toodles” Sadler
Lancaster County
Army
Captured May 18, 1951 at
Chipyong-Ni, Korea. Released
August 31, 1953. Retired 1969.
Robert Eugene Hall (left) of Rehoboth Church served in
Germany from 1944 to 1946 in Military Police units.
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William H. Whealton
Morattico
Navy
1959-1963
Wardell Henderson
Lancaster
Army
1979-1983
Vann Beatty Holloman
Reedville
Navy
1962-1966
Toki Sydnor-Smith
Warsaw
Navy
1983-1998
John N. Poundstone
Heathsville
Army
1967-1969
Kenneth S. Conway
Northumberland
Army
1953-1956
W. Madison Webb
Kilmarnock
Army
1941-1945
William A. Nunn III
White Stone
Army
1959-1961/1969-1972
Lawrence Taft
Lively
Army
1939-1941
Michael H. Logan
Lancaster
Army
1975-1978
Wilbert Morris Cornwell
Kilmarnock
Air Force
1952-1953
Tom Juskiewicz
White Stone
Army
1968-1970
Mable S. Langston
Richmond County
Army Nurse Corps
1956-1976
Reuben Laws
Lancaster
Army
1965-1967
Gilbert F. Dorman
Kilmarnock
Army
1960-1984
Patriotism is easy
to understand in
America - it means
looking out for yourself by looking out
for your country.
—Calvin Coolidge
Thomas B. Winstead
Weems
Army
1958-1960
Robert Wayne Davis
Lancaster
Marine Corps
1972-1975
Amy N. Doggett
Lively
Navy
1972-1994
Larry D. Smith
Merry Point
Army
1972-1974
Jack T. Bailey
Lancaster
Navy
1976-1998
George A. Horger
Heathsville
Army
1969-1971
James Jenkins
White Stone
Army
1968-1969
Herbert W. Schools Jr.
Richmond County
Air Force
1974-1997
Brian Webb
Lancaster County
Army
Cliff Davis
Lancaster County
Navy
Edward Carter
Lancaster County
Army
George O. “Jackie” Hodges
Lancaster County
Army
George A. Galo
Lancaster
Army/Reserves
1966-1970/1970-1995
William Henderson
Merry Point
Army
1950-1952
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With great appreciation
for your service
to our country,
we thank you, veterans.
Currie Funeral Home
An independently owned and operated funeral home
serving the community for over 85 years.
Gerald W. Sellers
Funeral Director
Thomas W. Gale
Funeral Director
If not for the Veterans
that protected us,
We would not be here to
protect the Animals.
116 East Church St. Kilmarnock
435-1077
I am proud to be an American and even more proud to be
married to one of the greatest soldiers in our country!
Thank you Dave for being Cameron’s Hero and mine!
Love, Merry Beth
Steven J. Short, D.D.S.
Daphne Papaefthimiou, D.D.S.
General & Cosmetic
Dentistry
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Thank you to
all our Veterans.
The Animal Welfare League
75 S. Main Street
Kilmarnock, VA
804 435 0822
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Douglas Fallin
Northumberland
Army
1942-1945
Faye A. Harcum
Lancaster
Army
1979-1981
Harry D. Rowe
White Stone
Marine Corps
1952-1954
William R. Keyser Jr.
Northumberland
Air Force
1950-1953
Ashby L. Allen
Ocran
Army
World War II
Clarence Ellsworth Landon
Northumberland
Army
1953-1955
Leroy Chewning
Lancaster
Army
1964-1966
Lucille Ravinski Newberry
Lancaster
Navy
1943-1945
Kermit W. Rice Sr.
Weems
Navy
1989-1996
Jeter Ray Swift
Northumberland
Navy
1942-1944
Duane Hill
Weems
Army
1980-present
B. Reamy Schools
Warsaw
Army
1951-1953
John Amiss
Mila
Marine Corps
1965-1971
John G. Ellis
Burgess
Navy
1981-1993
Harold Thomas Hinson
Warsaw
Air Force
1961-1967
James L. Dull Jr.
Kilmarnock
Air Force
1981-2005
Patrick E.Thomas
Lancaster County
Army
John Howard Farmer
Lancaster County
Marines
America’s Veterans have served
their country with the belief that
democracy and freedom are ideals to
be upheld around the world.
—John Doolittle
E.W. Haynie Jr.
Lively
Air Force
1941-1946
George V. Cadmus Jr.
White Stone
Army
1968-1970
Harvey Boyer
Irvington
Air Force
1945-1949
James Mervin Mitchell
Kilmarnock
Army
1952-1954
Retired CW4 Jesse H. Dize
Lisa D. Harding
Lancaster
Army
2006-2008
Mike Walters
Morattico
Army
1977-2000
Newton D.Veney
Warsaw
Army
1951-1953
Richard Wade Hall
Wicomico Church
Army
1991-1994
3 Distinguished Flying Crosses for Valor,
2 Bronze Stars, Legion Merit of Award for Valor
Because of you and many other men & women of
valor who risked their lives defending our
nation-we have known the sweet taste of freedom
to live & worship in peace & security.
With grateful hearts to you and almighty God for
your safe return home to us, we thank you.
– Your loving family
You’ll always remain a hero in our hearts.
R. Luttrell Bryant
Northumberland
Army
WWII
Victor K. Stover
Merry Point
Marine Corps/Reserves
1951-1953/1953-1999
G. Richard Packett Jr.
Lancaster
Army
1973-1979
C.P. Hilliard
Northumberland
Army
1959-1969
W. Carroll Evans
Kinsale
Navy
1944-1946
Harvey Goode Jr.
Kilmarnock
Navy
1943-1946
Archie Boyce Price
Kilmarnock
Army Air Corps
1944-1946
Bob Flore
Northumberland
Army
1953-1955
Joseph “Joe” M. McGrath
of Mila
Wicomico Church
Corporal
USMC Retired
1968-1972
Joe was in Hotel
Company w/81
mortar division as
forward observer
in Vietnam-Khe Sanh
& DaNang was
injured by stepping on a land mine or
“booby trap” Oct. 28, 1968 & spent 18
months in Bethesda Naval Hospital for
corrective surgeries, skin graphs and
shrapnel removal.
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Vinson Russell Veney
Richmond County
Air Force
1969-1975
Chris Wiggins
Lancaster
Army
2006-present
Gilliam L. Hayden
Lancaster
Army
1942-1945
David John Carlson
Kilmarnock
Army/National Guard
1980-1984/1984-1998
Cecil B. Whaley
Kilmarnock
Army
1969-1971
William Lee Christopher
Lancaster County
Army
1995-present
Elizabeth W. Lake
Northumberland
Navy
World War II
Ferdinand H.Thomas
Lancaster
Air Force
1970-1973
Ernest D.Veney
Emmerton
Army
1973-1994
Angela Foxwell Andoe
Lancaster County
Army
Cannie B. Brown
Emmerton
Army
1968-1989
Norman “Pat” Patterson
Weems
Army
1943-1946
George Robert Jarrell
Kilmarnock
Army Air Force
1944-1946
Irving T. Brittingham
Lancaster
Navy
1978-2007
Jerry D.Thomas
Lancaster
Army
1971-1974
Stanley Sauer
Lancaster County
Army
Thomas Fowler
Northumberland
Army
William H. Smith
Northumberland
Army
1962-1964
Kim Sydnor
Farnham
Army
1984-1995
William Hines Jr.
White Stone
Army
1965-1987
Stephen G. Cornwell
Lancaster Court House
Army Reserve
1972-1978
William Donald Carter
Heathsville
Army
1977-1999
Hate war as only a
soldier who has lived
it can, only as one
who has seen its
brutality, its futility,
its stupidity.
—General Dwight
D Eisenhower
Bert Chase
Lancaster County
Navy
“
HIS NATION will remain the land of the free
only so long as it is the home of the brave.”
~Elmer Davis
Boyd B. Ashburn
Lancaster County
Navy
John Wesley Winstead
Weems
Army
1961-1964
Jerry Veney
Warsaw
Army
1972-1973
Thank you veterans!
Carroll Whay
Lancaster County
Army
David A. Crandall
Kilmarnock
Air Force
1951-1956
Dr. James Prince
Lancaster County
Navy
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Ellis Randolph Bush Jr.
White Stone
Army
1962-1964
Franklin Fisher
Kilmarnock
Army
1953-1954
Fred Burke Sr.
Lancaster County
Army
Gilliam L. Hayden
Lancaster County
Army
Willard J. Hall
Irvington
Navy
1943-1945
Robert M. Curry
Kilmarnock
Army
1968 – 1976
J. K. Zeb
Lancaster County
Army
Jason Wilkins
Lancaster County
Army
Jerry Duke
Marines
Robert Hill Fleet Sr.
Lancaster County
Army
Stan Dawson
Kilmarnock
Marine Corps
1968-1970
Virgil Gus Dunaway
Kilmarnock
Army
1952-1954
Lawrence A. Hollister
Lancaster County
Marines
Michael Wood
Lancaster County
Navy
Richard I. Conkle
Lancaster County
Marines
Stuart Dunaway
Lancaster County
Army
Carl Clark of Kilmarnock served in the Navy from 1951
to 1955. Here he is aboard the USS Missouri.
Kevin Lee
Lancaster County
Army
John Hort
Lancaster County
Army
Howard French
Lancaster County
Air Force
Guy Billy Franklin
Lancaster County
Army
William A. Saunders of Fairport served in the Navy
from January 1956 to November 1959. An electricians
mate EMP2 aboard the USS Newport News C-148, he
was somewhere off the coast of Cuba in 1956 when this
photo was taken.
James Tapscott
Mila
Army
1952-1954
G. William McClintock
White Stone
Navy
Vietnam
David C. Cunningham
Lancaster County
Navy
Donald Arthur Potter
Kilmarnock
Army
1996-1999
William E. Hillman
Heathsville
Army
1950-1952
Kristen Foxwell
Lancaster County
Army
Eugene C. Ashburn
White Stone
Army
1956-58;1959-78
Donal Cameron McGonegal
White Stone
Navy
1987-present
William H. Cowardin
Reedville
Navy
1943-1947
Robert Lee Farmer
Northumberland
VA National Guard
Joseph M. Burtner
Kilmarnock
Navy
1999-2003
Elzie Sampson
Lancaster County
Army
William R. Gibson
of
Kilmarnock
is
shown on the deck
of the U.S.S. S-30,
an antiquated World
War 1 submarine
pressed into service
during World War II.
The location is the
Submarine Base at
Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
The date is June or
July 1943. He was the
engineering
officer
and had just returned
from
an
exciting
patrol off Kamchatka
Peninsula.
Military service is a tradition in the Taylor family,
beginning with the late attorney Thomas Daniel Taylor of
Warsaw, a captain in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1962.
From left are Margaret Taylor, retired Capt. Anthony
“Skip” Taylor, Major Terrence G. Taylor, the late retired
Capt. Thomas Daniel Taylor and retired Lt. Col. Monica
Taylor Lee.
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David A. Pitt
Lancaster County
Army/National Guard
Charles W. Alsup
Wicomico Church
Army
1971-1999
Clarence P. Dameron
Northumberland
Army
20 years
Edward A. Dawson
Kilmarnock
Army
1959-1961
David L. Diggs
Lancaster
Army
20 years
Harry Rowe
Lancaster County
Marines
Hubbard Davis
Lancaster County
Navy/Army Reserve
George P. Conley
Heathsville
Army National Guard
Andrew Pitts
Heathsville
Navy
30 years
Alan M. Nary
Reedville
Navy
1942-1969
Alonza Joseph Davis
Kilmarnock
Army
1948-1952
John D. Rice Jr.
Lancaster County
Army
Kenneth Parks
Tangier Island
Army
Jackson C. Reavill
White Stone
Army, 26 years
Luther Bay Rowe
White Stone
Marine Corps
1968 - 1970
James W.Turner
Kilmarnock
Army
1962-1983
Harry Taylor Lackey
Northumberland
Navy
1943-1947
William Balderson
Lancaster County
Army
Frank Schaff
Merry Point
Coast Guard
1956-1963
Michael Pawlukiewicz
Heathsville
Coast Guard
1963-1967
William W. Curry
Kilmarnock
Army
1965-1967
Wayland Bud Doggett Jr.
Heathsville
Army
1951-1953
Stanley W. Diggs
Lancaster
Army
1967-1968
Emory Shelton Ryan
Irvington
Army
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Jarees R. Commuck
Warsaw
Navy
2002-present
M. Everett Dameron
Lancaster
Navy
World War II
Joseph William Beane Jr.
Lancaster
Coast Guard
1966-1970
Joe Forrester
Lancaster County
Army
Bryan McClain
White Stone
Air Force/Reserves
2004-2008/2008-present
Richard C. “Dick” Snyder
Lancaster County
Air Force. Stalag Luft 1
Barth, Germany, captured
September 18, 1944, released
9 months later.
Jamie Rydell Smith
Lancaster
Marine Corps
1991-1994
Paul Robinson
Heathsville
Air Force
Cliff Fitzhugh
Lancaster County
Army
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God Bless America
and those who
serve & protect her.
Ann Shelton
John G. Kines Sr.
Northumberland
Army
WWII/Korean War
Gerald C. Headley Jr.
Northumberland
Navy
Korean War
Ronald D. Nickles
Army
1955-1957
Wilson E. Bryant Jr.
Marine Corps
1969-1973
B. Paul Jones Jr.
Northumberland
Air Force
1972-1974
Edward G. Hicklin
Northumberland
Marine Corps
Vietnam
John G. Kines Jr.
Northumberland
National Guard
Gerald C. Headley III
Northumberland
Air Force
1982-2005
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Gil Williams
Air Force
22 Years
Thanks, veterans!
ould you like to know more about today’s military life and policies? Led
by Major William Christopher of Williamsburg and Lancaster, a group
of armed forces representatives studying at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, has
agreed to answer your questions.
Christopher is an Army Artillery Officer currently attending Intermediate
Level Education at Fort Leavenworth. The 10-month-long school is akin to
graduate school and helps prepare military officers for the transition from
Company Grade Officers to Field Grade Officers.
The officers are in the Army, Air Force and Navy, and look forward to sharing the story of the armed services by answering any questions you may have.
The questions and answers will be printed in the Record as space permits and
others will be included on our website.
For the next four weeks, please send your questions to [email protected]
com and they will be forwarded to the class at Fort Leavenworth.
I dream of giving birth to a child who
will ask, “Mother, what was war?”
—Eve Merriam
This is in remembrance of our father, Daniel C. Jenkins, who
served in the U.S. Army during World War II. We also remember
and honor all our family members who served in the military.
Gary L. Jenkins and Merry Beth Carlson
THE AMERICAN LEGION
FAMILY OF ADAMS
POST NO. 86
Joins in paying tribute to our brothers and
sisters in arms, past and present, wishes all a
very enjoyable Veterans Day weekend, and
invites those war time Veterans who are not
yet members to join us, the Nation’s largest
veterans organization, in continued service to
our Community, State and Nation. For God
and Country. The American Legion.
If interested call 462-7192
Join us for a special
Veteran’s Dinner
Wednesday, November 10th
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Full Menu
Specials
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Show your military ID and receive $1 off your bill for every
year of active duty (excludes tax, tip & gratuity)
Call for reservations
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Dinner at the Inn Fri. & Sat. nights with reservations
Breakfast 7 days a week with reservations
www.kilmarnockinn.com
We will be offering Thanksgiving
brunch & dinner. Call for info.
A special thanks to our veterans
and active military for defending
our country and protecting our
freedom.
God Bless You
Ed & Gloria Bosher
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Virginia to honor veterans
with free admissions Nov. 11
Military sites, iconic destinations, parks and lodging partners will offer free and reduced
rates for veterans and active
duty military on Veterans Day,
November 11, according to the
Virginia Tourism Corporation.
Many sites are offering special military discounts at lodging facilities to help visitors
celebrate Veterans Day with
loved ones. Mount Vernon
offers veterans free admission
for active duty, former and
retired military personnel with
a community concert by an allveteran barbershop chorus singing traditional tunes and a military medley.
The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, the town with
the highest per capita D-Day
losses in the nation, offers free
admission on Veterans Day
from 10 a.m. to noon.
Colonial Williamsburg offers
free admission passes on Veterans Day to active duty military,
guard and reservists, retirees,
veterans and their dependents
with the Honoring Service to
America pass, which includes
admission to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and
museums, an orientation walk, a
viewing of “Williamsburg, The
Story of a Patriot,” free shuttle
bus service and parking at the
visitor center, from November
11 to 14.
In honor of the members and
families of America’s armed services, current and past, Virginia
State Parks will waive parking
fees for all Virginians on Veterans Day at all 35 state parks.
National Parks and National
Park Service sites in Virginia are
also free to all visitors on Veterans Day. They include Appomattox Court House National
Historical Park, Assateague
Island National Seashore, Colonial National Historical Park,
George Washington Birthplace
National Monument, George
Washington Memorial Parkway’s Great Falls Park, Manassas National Battlefield Park,
Petersburg National Battlefield,
Prince William Forest Park and
Shenandoah National Park.
To thank military members
and their families, hotels, B&Bs
and inns across Virginia offer
special rates, reductions and
promotions for Veterans Day
and throughout the year. For a
complete listing, visit Virginia.
org/veteransday.
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to
our
Veterans
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The Origin of Veteran’s Day
In 1921, an unknown World War I American soldier
was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. This site, on a
hillside overlooking the Potomac River and the city of
Washington, became the focal point of reverence for
America’s veterans.
Similar ceremonies occurred earlier in England and France,
where an unknown soldier was buried in each nation’s highest place of honor (in England, Westminster Abbey; in France,
the Arc de Triumph). These memorial gestures all took place
on November 11, giving universal recognition to the
celebrated ending of World War I fighting at 11 a.m.,
November 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th
month). The day became known as “Armistice Day”.
Armistice Day officially
received its name in America
in 1926 through a
Congressional resolution.
It became a national
holiday 12 years later by similar Congressional action. If
the idealistic hope had been realized that World War I was
“the War to end all Wars,” November 11 might still be
called Armistice Day. But only a few years after the holiday
was proclaimed, war broke out in Europe. Sixteen and onehalf million Americans took part. Four hundred seven thousand
of them died in service, more than 292,000 in battle.
Armistice Day Changed To Honor All Veterans
Realizing that peace was equally preserved by veterans of WW II and Korea, Congress was
requested to make this day an occasion to honor those who have served America in all wars. In
1954 President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day.
On Memorial Day 1958, two more unidentified American war dead were
brought from overseas and interred in the plaza beside the unknown
soldier of World War I. One was killed in World War II, the other in the
Korean War. In 1973, a law passed providing interment of
an unknown American from the Vietnam War, but
none was found for several
years. In 1984, an unknown
serviceman from that conflict
was placed alongside the
others. To honor these men,
symbolic of all Americans who gave their lives in all wars,
an Army honor guard, The 3d U.S. Infantry (The Old
Guard), keeps day and night vigil.
A law passed in 1968 changed the national
commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in
October. It soon became apparent, however, that November
11 was a date of historic significance to many Americans.
Therefore, in 1978 Congress returned the observance to its
traditional date.
National Ceremonies Held at Arlington
The focal point for official, national ceremonies for Veterans Day
continues to be the memorial amphitheater built around the Tomb of the Unknowns. At 11
a.m. on November 11, a combined color guard representing all military services executes
“Present Arms” at the tomb. The nation’s tribute to its war dead is symbolized by the laying of
a presidential wreath. The bugler plays “taps.” The rest of the ceremony takes place in the
amphitheater.
Every year the President of the United States urges All Americans to honor the commitment
of our Veterans through appropriate public ceremonies.
Reprinted with permission by: www.vfw.org

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