Koreans Express Appreciation for American Sacrifices for Their Freedom

Upstate chapters of the Korean War Veterans Association joined together Saturday in remembrance of the 60th Anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War, June 25th, 1950. The event revolved around a buffet luncheon at the Phoenix Inn in Greenville. Several natives of Korea who are now naturalized American citizens attended and participated in the program.

Reverend Peter Chong, pastor of All Nations Full Gospel Church opened the program with the Invocation.

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Ruth Helen Massey, Gold Star Mother, and American Legion Post 3 Commander John Collins prepare to place a wreath in front of the Veterans Wall of Remembrance.

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DSC_0861The Third Annual Blue Ridge High School Air Force JROTC Awards Program and Banquet was held at Ebenezer Welcome Baptist Church on Tuesday, May 11.

U.S.A.F. Lt. Col. Laura Kinard presented Mat Gedenberg a four-year scholarship to any college that has an Air Force ROTC program.

The Blue Ridge H. S. AFJROTC Squadron earned the “Distinguished Unit Award with Merit” based on setting and achieving/exceeding Cadet Corps goals.

The Squadron also received “Exceeds Standards” recognition during the graded unit inspection conducted by USAF Area Administrator Col. Williford.

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Nine graduating seniors successfully completed the requirements to receive commissions as Second Lieutenants in the United States Army or National Guard during commissioning ceremonies May 8, 2010. An awards ceremony was held on Friday, May 7th.

Awards were presented to cadets and members of the Military Science Department by officers of the Colonel Robert Anderson Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Cadet Alex Moore, a freshman enrolled in the Furman Army ROTC program received an SAR medal and certificate.

Signed and numbered paintings by Doug Chaffie entitled The Southern Campaign were presented to LTC William Maddox and LTC Bill Price.


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Eighty World War II veterans from Upstate S.C. departed Greenville-Spartanburg Airport around 9:15 a.m., Tuesday, April 20, on board U.S. Airways flight 9090 to Washington, D.C.

As the plane taxied toward the gate area, two Reagan National Airport fire trucks, one on each side, presented a water cannon salute to the veterans.

When the veterans entered the airport they were greeted by well-wishers carrying American flags and patriotic posters.

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World War II Vet Pays Respects to Soldier Who “Gave it All”

Spc Geoffrey A. Whitsitt,  United States Army, Age 21 of Taylors, S.C., was Killed in Action when his vehicle was damaged by an improvised explosive device near Combat Outpost McClain in central Afghanistan’s Logar Province south of Kabul, on January 13, 2010.

He was assigned to the 118th Military Police Company (Airborne), 503rd Military Police Battalion (Airborne), 16th Military Police Brigade (Airborne) with home base at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.

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Shortly after 6 a.m. on a rather cold Wednesday morning last month, forty-five American Legion Post 3 members left Greenville for a bus trip to Norfolk, VA.

The trip resulted from an eventful week that took place October 5-10, 2009. Greenville was chosen by the U.S. Navy Outreach as one of twenty-three cities in the United States for a group of U.S. Navy officers and sailors to visit and explain to citizens what the U.S. Navy is doing with regard to the “War On Terror,” as well as humanitarian projects around the world.

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