Volunteer State War Era Veterans Honor Guard


American Hero Dying For Freedom

Isn't The Worst That Can Happen

Being Forgotten is! ...

"A Nation Reveals Itself Not Only By

The Men It Produces, But Also By The

Men It Honors. "

John F. Kennedy, President



Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard Members 



The Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard was assembled to offer our last tribute of respect and affection to our departed comrades by providing Military Funeral

 Honors to all East Tennessee County Veterans who are honorably discharged, without regard to rank, sex, race, color, creed or national origin. What these men and

 women gave for America and the World holds an important message that must never leave our thoughts. We are here to make sure that "THE PROMISE" is kept. All

 of the Veterans listed below were trained and have received a Military Funeral Honors Certificate from the Department of Defense.



Past Members of the Volunteer State War Era Veterans Honor Guard

We Will Never Forget Those That Showed Us the Way


Charter Members of the Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard, August 1987


United States Army

Arnold Mullins (Founder)     Claxton E Hallman     Grandville Jett

Hall E Medlin     James Allington     John Campbell

Leon E Lough     Robert Mize     T.R. Schroshier

Riley G Wheeler     Gary M Phillips     William N Beeler

Calvin Stanley     Robert Courtney     Ben Peterson (Vergie)

Ralph Day     Vaughn Cooper     Allen Bivins

Larry Kinney     Charles Sweat     Thomas Berkley

Tom Hubbard     Gene Swartz     Frank Abner

Mary Abner     Howard Simerly


United States Marine Corps

Carl Galyon     David Spangler     Elrod Gibson

Ludwig Oster     Frank W Waller, Sr


United States Navy

Boyd Armstrong     Jerry Parker Lawson     Anthony Thornton


United States Air Force

Allen Lewis     John Randle     K.C. Jones

Sheldon Barker     David Monroe     Bill Cave

David M Davis



Jean Barker     Marc Simpson     Pat Mullins (Wife of Co-Founder)

Teresa A Armstrong     Jewell E Roberts     Dorothy Jones


Salute To Hero's

Women in the Military

Staring our own Lieutenant Commander Amelia Sweeney

 and Staff Sergeant Pam Burdette

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Silver Star Medal (2)

Defense Superior Service Medal - w/0, w/1Device

Legion of Merit Medal

Distinguished Flying Cross Medal

Bronze Star Medal w/Valor

Bronze Star Medal

Purple Heart Medal - w/0, w/1, w/2 Devices

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal  - w/0, w/1 Devices

Air Medal - w/0, w/1, w/2, w/3, w/4 Devices

Army Commendation Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal - w/0, w/1 Devices

Army Achievement Medal

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, w/Valor

Good Conduct Medal -Army, Marine, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine

American Defense Service Medal

National Defense Service Medal - w/0, w/1 Devices

Korean Service Medal

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - w/0, w/1 Devices

US Vietnam Service Medal

Southwest Asia Service Medal

Kosovo Campaign Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Iraq Campaign Medal

War on Terrorism Medal

War on Terrorism Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal

Vietnam Campaign Medal - w/0, w/1, w/2, w/3, w/4 Devices

Saudi Arabian Liberation Medal

Kuwait Liberation of Kuwait Medal

Republic of Korea Service Medal

Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Medal w/Palm


We are Proud to Introduce Our Members of the Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard


Back row (Left to Right) Sergeant First Class Dan Morris, Staff Sergeant Richie O'Brien, Petty Officer 3rd Class Roger Apel

Major David Caldwell, 1st Sergeant Bruce Sweeney, Sergeant First Class Donald Booker, Senior Chief Petty Officer Randy Tipton,

Petty Officer 1st Class Herb Kraehmer, Staff Sergeant Doug Kesterson and Sergeant First Class James Humbard

First Row (Left to Right) Chief Master Sergeant Gary Woolf, Major Mike Inman, Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Rabb

Captain Ed Layman, 1st Sergeant Bud Cassidy, Staff sergeant Gary Post, Colonel Rolan Waters and Petty Officer 1st Class Mike Church


Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard




Practice, Practice and More Practice






Sergeant First Class Donald Booker Bugler for the United States Army and the United

States Marine Corps


Staff Sergeant Gary Post Bugler for the United States Air Force and

the United States Navy


  This is Who We Are







          Obverse image of the medal with a Korean gateway encircled by the inscription "Korean Service".     

      Colonel Rolan J. Waters, United States Army - National Defense Service Medal,

Korean Service Medal and  Korean Defense Service Medal - War Era Veteran - Rolan entered the United States Army in 1954. He was assigned to the

24th Division and served in Korea, 1955-1956 in the Artillery. He was assigned to the 1st Infantry in Kansas. He was Honorably Discharged in 1957.

Life Time Honor Guard CEO, 3 yr (2022) Chief of Chaplains and Honor Guard Chaplain.






          Major Michael A Inman, United States Army  -National Defense

Service Medal, Bronze Star, Purple Heart  w/2  Clusters and Air Medal w/3 Clusters,  Vietnam Service Medal w/1 Battle Star, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry

Cross w/Palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal. Vietnam War Veteran. Mike served with H 

Company, 75th Infantry (Ranger Airborne) and D Company, 1/7 Calvary, 1st Air Calvary Division (Airmobile). He also served with A Company 1/325th

Airborne Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division. Mike also served with the 489th Civil Affairs Company (Airborne) and with the 844th Engineer Battalion, United

States Army Reserves. Member of VFW Post 12051, Oak  Ridge, Tennessee. Member of  Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 86 and is a member

of the AMVETS Post 2, Oak Ridge, Tennessee. and Member of the AMVETS Riders, Post 104,  Knoxville, Tennessee.  Mike is also a member of the

American Legion at Large and an honorary member of the American Legion Post 202 Honor Guard, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

1 yr (Feb 2020) (Honor Guard Board Member and Honor Guard Chaplain





Ed Layman, United States Army, Retired  -  National Defense Service Medal, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal,

with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Service Medal w/3 Battle  Star, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/Palm and Republic of Vietnam Campaign

Medal.  Captain Ed Layman began his career with the 5th Army and 24th Infantry Division in Germany before joining the America Division in Vietnam. He 

completed 3 years of Active Duty while finishing at Ft Sill, OK with the 75th Field Artillery Brigade before joining and serving 19 years with the 278th ACR

both in Newport and  Morristown units with the Tennessee National Guard. He now serves as a Chaplain with Volunteer State Honor Guard.

Honor Guard Chaplain





           Sergeant Major Aubrey "BUD" Cassidy, United States Army -

National  Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Expert Infantry Badge.  Bud is also  an honorary member of the American Legion

Post 202 Honor Guard, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

3 yr (Feb 2025 Honor Guard 1st Vice President, Honor Guard NCOIC



        Sergeant First Class Donald Booker, United  States Marine Corps and United States Army,

Retired - National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Vietnam Service Medal.  Donald went to Fort Jackson and then to Fort

Gordon for 8 weeks. He was sent to West Point, New York and then on to Thailand. Donald spent 13 months in Thailand. Upon return from Thailand, Donald

joined the United States Army Reserve and transferred to the Tennessee Army National Guard.

Honor Guard Bugler for the United States Army and United States Marine Corps.




Sergeant First Class, James Humbard, United States Army - National Defense Service Medal, United States Army Commendation

 Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/1 Battle Star, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/Palm and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Vietnam War

Veteran. James entered the United States Army, 25 May 1966 and was assigned to Company A, 8th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, USATC, Fort Benning, Georgia

and completed Basic Training 29 July, 1966. From Fort Benning, James was assigned to A Battery, 5th Battalion (Hercules), 56th Artillery, Wilmington, Ohio.

He was assigned to Battery A, 3rd (Missile), 1st Battalion, 71st Artillery, Kornwestheim, Germany and the 32nd Army Air Defense Command (USAEUR).

James was assigned to the 75th  (Hem) Company, Fort Knox , Kentucky. He was assigned to the 604th CS Maintenance Company, Fort Eustis, Virginia

(Unit PCS). James was assigned to the 604th CS Maintenance  Company Viet-Nam (USAPAC). After returning from Viet-Nam, James was assigned to the

HHC INST Brigade USA IMA, Ft Bragg, North Carolina. James was assigned to Germany again to Company C, 85th Maintenance Battalion, Fiori Barracks,

Aschaffenburg, Germany (USAEUR). James last assignment was to the 531st Maintenance Company (USAEUR) Germany.  James is a Life Member of the

Vietnam Veterans Post 1073, Morristown,  Tennessee. He is also a Life Member of the AMVETS, Post 104, and is the Rider President.




Sergeant First Class, Dan A Morris, United States Army Retired - National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal,

Vietnam Service Medal w/1 Battle Star, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry, Cross w/Palm and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Presidential Unit

Citation, Army Meritorious Unit Citation w/ Two Silver Leafs, Vietnam War Veteran. Dan joined the United States Army in 1969. He took Basic Training

at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was selected for Radio, Cooking and Airborne School. Upon completing his schools he was sent to Vietnam with the 20th

Combat Engineering Command. He was attached to MAC-V and was sent to Can To and then to the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Upon completing his

tour in Vietnam he was discharged and assigned to the United State Arm Reserve where he spent 10 years and was assigned to the United States Army 

National Guard for another 7 years. Dan was discharged in1989. Dan is also a member of the Manhattan Project, VFW Post 12051, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 

where he is serving as Junior Vice Commander.

2 yr (Feb 2023) Honor Guard Board Member and Van Driver





Sergeant First Class Richard (Richie) O'Brien, United States Army - National Defense Service Medal, Meritorious  Service

Medal and Expert Infantry Badge.  Richie entered the United States Army at Newark, New Jersey, February 23, 1955. He was issued shoes and

boots and a uniform. After receiving all of his shots he was transferred to Fort Riley, Kansas and completed Basic and advanced Basic Training. During

Advanced Basic, Richie qualified on the M1 Rifle and Carbine, 57MM anti-tank recoilless rifle. The equipment that Richie trained on was World War II

and Korean vintage. After leave, he boarded a troop ship out of Brooklyn Navy Yard and sailed to Bremerhaven, Germany. He then boarded a troop train

to Frankfurt, Germany. Richie took a bus and truck to Aschaffenburg, Germany and trained in Grafenwhor, Germany. He took part in Operation Gyro and

10th Mountain replaced the Big Red One in Europe. Richie came home to Fort Dix for separation from active service on December 31, 1956 and was

transferred inactive "stand-by" Reserve until 31 January, 1963 then Honorably Discharged from the United States Army.

2 yr (Feb 2023) Honor Guard Board Member



 Simpson- MaryLou is representing her Father, Private First Class Eugene T. Ault. He enlisted September 20th, 1941 at Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia and fought

with Co. I, 106 Infantry, 27th Division. His was nicknamed (RANGER). He was wounded in Saipan, June 27, 1944 during World War II  and was awarded the

Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Eugene was released from Kennedy General Hospital and was honorable discharged on November 29th. 1944.






  Marine Corps Sergeant       Sergeant Keith Kregel, United States Marines Corps - National

Defense Service Medal.  No Bio available

Honor Guard Facebook/Twitter Master







       Lieutenant Chuck Sayne,

United States Navy - National Defense Service Medal  No Bio available

Honor Guard Chaplain and Honor Guard Bugler  



           Senior Chief Petty Officer,

Randy Tipton,  United States Navy Retired- National Defense Service Medal,  No Bio available

1 yr (Feb 2021) Honor Guard Board Member


                         Chief Petty

 Officer Robert J Bridges, United States Marine Corps and United States Navy Reserve, Retired,  National Defense Service Medal, Bob served in

 the  United States Marine Corps in Okinawa, Japan and Camp Pendleton, California from March 1960 - March 1964. Bob then enlisted in the Naval Reserve

 at Southfield, Michigan in May of 1979 and moved to Knoxville, Tennessee in 1980. He served at the Navy, Marine Corps Center in Knoxville, Tennessee until his

 retirement in February, 1996.



       Petty Officer First Class Herb Kraehmer, United States Navy, Retired, Lieutenant Herb

 Kraehmer, United States Navy (Chaplain) - Herb is a Vietnam War and Desert Storm War Era Veteran. He served with the United States Naval

Security Activity in Pensacola, Florida, Winter Harbor, Maine and  San Vito, Italy. Herb then reenlisted in the Naval Reserve and served with NSGA,

Knoxville, Tennessee from 1976 to retirement in 1994. Herb is also a member of the American Legion Post 202 Honor Guard, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

3 yr (Feb 2022) Honor Guard Secretary, Honor Guard Chaplain and Family Folder Coordinator



     Petty Officer First Class, Mike Church, United States Navy - Mike joined the Navy in December 1965.

 After completing 6 months at the Great Lakes training facility for boot camp and Machinist Mate "A" school, served 3 1/2 years aboard the USS Springfield

Guided Missile Light Cruiser, Flagship for the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea and later Flagship for the 2nd Fleet in the North Atlantic Ocean. While

working in the forward engine  room he obtained the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class (E5) before being discharged in November 1969. Mike is currently

erving as Commander of AMVETS Post 104 and State Finance Officer for AMVETS Department of Tennessee.

1 yr ( Feb 2021) Honor Guard Board Member



         Petty Officer First Class,

Kelly E Rabb, United States Navy - National Defense Service Medal, Golden Dragon Certificate for Crossing the International Date Line (2 Times),

Kelly is a Cold War Veteran. He volunteered to join the Navy in January, 1957. Kelly attended the Recruit Training Command, U.S. Training Center, San

Disgo, California and attended U.S. Naval Guided Missiles School, Dam Neck, Virginia, and U.S. Naval Guided Missile Group One, Continental United

States Detachment Naval Air Missile Test Center, Point Mugu, California. Assigned to the U.S.S Toledo CA-133, Baltimore Class Heavy Cruiser, Long

Beach, California. She carried the Regulus I Missile as well her normal armament. Released from Active Duty January 1960, transferred to Navy Reserve

(in-active), Honorable Discharge January, 1963




            Petty Officer First Class, Roger Apel, United

States Navy  National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam War Service Medal and Golden Dragon Certificate for Crossing the International Date Line (3 Times),

Roger enlisted into the Navy January 6, 1966, and after completing  6 weeks of Basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center reported to San Diego

for Class "A"  Shipfitters School. Upon graduating Shipfitters School, Roger was assigned overseas duty aboard the Repair Tender USS Hector AR-7 where he

would spend the next 3  years serving the 7th Fleet in the Western Pacific, during his duty aboard the Hector he would make Shipfitter Petty Officer 3rd class.

Roger was part of President Nixon's Vietnam force reduction cutbacks and was Honorably Discharged October 6, 1969.






         Brigadier General James (Jim) Mungenast, United States Air Force, Retired - Prefers to be

called Jim. Distinguished Graduate, University of Alabama AFROTC, 1973.  Retired December 2007, as Mobilization Assistant to the Director, Defense

Intelligence Agency, Wash DC.  Active duty 1973-1975, as Personnel Officer at 317 Tactical Airlift Wing, Pope AFB NC. Began reserve career with Air Force

Intelligence Reserve Program serving  with Intelligence Reserve Detachments at Ft. Belvoir, VA; Maxwell AFB, AL; McGhee Tyson ANGB, TN.  In 1995

promoted to Colonel and began the first AF Intelligence Reserve Program at DIA's Missile and Space Intelligence Center (Air Intelligence Agency); shortly

after 9/11, reassigned as Assistant Intelligence Director, United States European Command, responsible for about 600 Reservists assigned during Operations

Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Promoted to Brig Gen in 2002, and recalled to active duty during OIF, later serving  for two months as

Intelligence Director, EUCOM during the absence of the Director.  Selected as Mobilization Assistant to Defense Intelligence Agency Director May 2005, where

he remained until retirement.  Responsible for oversight of about 1200 all-service intelligence professionals, many of whom deployed.    Decorations include

Defense Superior Service Medal (w/ OLC), Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal.  Current President, Air Force Association (AFA) Holloway

Chapter (367); Member, Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR);and Member, Board of Trustees, East Tennessee Military

Affairs Council (ETMAC). He is also a board member of the Air Force Sergeants Association, McGee-Tyson Air National Guard Base, Knoxville, Tennessee.





Colonel Steve Holbert,   United States Air Force, Retired -National Defense Service Medal, Command Pilot Wings, Distinguished Flying Cross,

Meritorious Service Medal w 1 OLC, Air  Medal w/4 OLC  Clusters, AF Commendation Medal,  Vietnam Service Medal w/8 Battle Stars, South West Asia

Service Medal w 1 device,  Republic of Vietnam  Gallantry Cross w/Palm, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, & Kuwait Liberation Medal.  joined the

USAF in Oct 66. He was Commissioned a 2LT from OTS at Lackland AFB, TX in Jan 67 and was assigned to Craig AFB, AL from Jan 67 Jan 68, UPT,

(Pilot Training). Hurlbert Field, (Eglin AFB, FL), C-123 Transition Training from Jan 68 - May 68. During the Vietnam War he was assigned to Phan Rang

AB, RVN, C-123B & C-123K Pilot and Aircraft Commander, 310th ACS,315th Military Airlift Wing, Altus AFB, OK, C-141A,  from May 68 - Aug 68. 

Norton AFB, CA, C-141 Pilot, Aircraft Commander, and Instructor Pilot, 14 MAS,  from Aug 68 -Aug 72. Altus AFB, OK, C-141 A Instructor Pilot, 57MAS,

443 MAW,  from Aug 72 - Aug 73 and was assigned to the 701st AFRES ** Charleston AFB, SC, (see below)**.Left active duty in Aug 73 & was assigned to

Charleston AFB, SC to the 701 MAS.  C-141A & C-141 B Aircraft Commander & Instructor Pilot from Sep 73 - Jun 90. In 1983, he participated in Operation

Urgent Fury - in Grenada. He was Commander of the 701 MAS from Jan 89 - Jun 90. In 1989, he participated in Operation Just Cause - in Panama.

He attended Maxwell AFB, AL, Air War College from Aug 90 - Jun 91. Charleston AFB, SC, 707 MAS & 315 MAW 14th Air Force, AFRES from Jun 91 -

Dec 91. In Sep 91, he participated in Operation Desert Storm, during the Gulf War. He retired from the Military in Dec 91.In Aug 73, when he left Active 

Duty at Altus AFB, OK, in addition to transferring into AFRES, he became a pilot for Eastern Airlines. Following the failure of Eastern Air Line in 1989, he

continued commercial flying with KIWI (pronounced keeee-weeee) International Air Lines, & then Air Tran Air Ways; He retired from Commercial Flying

in 2002. He is a member of  Sons of  Confederate Veterans, Camp 87, Longstreet- Zollocoffer, Knoxville, Tennessee. Steve belongs to the American Legion

Post 202 Honor Guard, Gatlinburg, Tennessee and is also a member of VFW Post 10025, Seymour, Tennessee.

Honor Guard Military Funeral Honors Contact



Major David Caldwell, United States Air Force, Retired - National Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal Air Force

Commendation Medal  - Vietnam War Era Veteran - Commissioned 2nd LT Nov 1962, ACFT Maintenance. Class Chanute AFB, ILL Nov 62 - Jun 63. ACFT

 Maints. Officer Patrick AFB, FL, Jul 63 - May 66. HQ  TUSLOG, Ankara, Turkey Jun 66 - May 68. Squadron Commander 549th Field Maints. Squadron,

Patrick AFB, FL, Jun 68 - May 71. ACFT Maints. Officer Edwards AFB, CA, Jun 71 - May 74. Discharged May 74 as Captain. Reenlisted USAF Aug 74 as

SSG at Dover AFB DL as ACFT Scheduler for all flying and Maints scheduling for the 36 Plane C-5 Fleet. Sep 74 - Jun 77, assigned to Shahrokie AFB, Iran

as advisor to Iranian Air Force in ACFT Maints. Jul 77 - May 78 assigned to Dover AFB, DL as ACFT Scheduler Jun 78 - Apr 81, assigned to Arnold AFB,

Tullahoma TN, Test Control Center Supervisor from May 81 - Nov 85 as a Master Sergeant. Retired as Captain with 23 years active service in the USAF.

3 yr, (Feb 2022) Honor Guard President, Military Funeral Honors Coordinator, and Honor Guard Chaplain





       Chief Master Sergeant Gary T.  Woolf,  United States Air  Force, Retired -National Defense

Service Medal  Meritorious Service Medal w/ 1 OLC Cluster and Air Force Commendation  Medal w/1, OLC, Humanitarian Achievement

Medal, Vietnam Service  Medal w/2 Battle Stars, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross  w/Palm and Republic of Vietnam Campaign 

Medal. Vietnam War Veteran - Gary joined the United States Air Force in June of 1960 and was trained as a USAF Communications Equipment and Crypto

Maintenance Technician. He was assigned to the 20th Communications Squadron (AACS) which changed to the 2135th Communications Squadron (AFCS), \

Ramstein AB, Germany, 2102nd Communications Squadron (AFCS), Clinton-Sherman AFB, Oklahoma, 1876 Communications Squadron (AFCS), Tan Son 

Nhut Airfield/Cholon, Vietnam, 46th Communications squadron (SAC), Barksdale AFB , Louisiana, 3760th Instructor Squadron (ATC), Sheppard AFB,

Texas, (Master Instructor), 2166 Communications Squadron (AFCS), Royal Air Force Alconbury, England, and retired at 3391 School  Squadron (ATC),

Keesler AFB (Master  Instructor Supervisor), Mississippi. Gary is also a retired Major that served as the RS-4 Officer, 3rd Alvin C York Regiment,

Tennessee State Guard. Gary is also a life member of the Manhattan Project, VFW Post 12051 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is a member of the Sons'

of the American Revolution, (Steven Holston Chapter) Knoxville, Tennessee, Sons' of Union Veterans, Colonel Rob Byrd, Camp 8, Department of

Tennessee, Athens, Tennessee.  He is also a member of the Air Force Sergeants Association, McGee-Tyson Air National Guard Base and the American

Veterans (AMVETS) Post 2, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1078, Knoxville, Tennessee and the Air Force Communications

and Air Traffic Control Association.

Honor Guard Web Master, Honor Guard Roster Coordinator and Military Funeral Honors


          Staff Sergeant Carl McCarter, United States

 Air  Force - National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/1 Battle Star -  Carl is a Vietnam War Veteran and is a member of the American

Legion Post 202 Honor Guard, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

2 yr, (Feb 2023) Honor Guard Board Member



Staff Sergeant Gary Post, United States Air Force - National Defense Service Medal, No Bio available

Honor Guard Bugler for United States Air Force and United States Navy)


           Staff Sergeant

Michelle Eberie, United States Air Force - National Defense Service Medal, No Bio available





       Vice Commander, Fred Adomat, United States Coast

Guard- National Defense Service Medal, Fred is Vice Commander of District 8E, Flotilla 1201, 1202, 1203, Group Ohio Valley


Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard Treasurer


  Lori Colwick - Volunteer State War Era Veterans Honor Guard Treasurer




Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard Escorting Veterans Ashes to the Mausoleum


 Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard Members



Honorary Members of the Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard


  Clyde (Mule) Sutton


    Master Sergeant John Willis, United States Air Force Retired,  John entered the

United States Air Force in January, 1965. He attended basic training at Lackland Air Force, San Antonio, Texas and attend Electronics and Air-to-Air

Missile Technical School in Denver, Colorado. First overseas assignment was to Libya, North Africa. He also had temporary duty assignments in Asia.

John was stationed at many United States Air Force Bases in the United States. They were, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, Fairbanks, Alaska, Langley,

Virginia, and a Electronics Instructor, Goldsboro, North Carolina. He was also stationed in the Philippines. John retired in 1987 after 22 years of service

in the Air Force at Whiteman  Air Force Base, Missouri. He became a Gunsmith in the early 1970's after being taught by his father who was also a Master

Gunsmith. (go to Honor Guard Sponsors and Supporters Button for his website).

Honor Guard Master Gunsmith



James Rogers - Singer, Songwriter, and Entertainer



James is a veteran of the US Army and the Tennessee Army National Guard.

James has performed in large show rooms and in concerts with some of the biggest names in show business, including Alabama, Suzy Bogguss,

Roy Clark, Steve Martin, Ricky Skaggs and superstar Dolly Parton. Voted BEST ENTERTAINER" 1997 and 1998

 James Rogers song "I GUARD AMERICA" was adopted in 1997 by the Enlisted Men's and Women's Association

of the National Guard as their official theme song.

 In 2002, James wrote a special song for the Fraternal Order Of Eagles. As a result, he wrote "Where Eagles Fly"

which has been adopted as their theme song on August 7th, 2003.

He also is an honorary board member of the American Eagle Foundation.

 He presently is a featured entertainer at Dollywood during the operating season and tours the country performing special

concerts during the off season James is known to always recognized and honor our veterans and the

United States Armed Forces in all of his performances. 





   James Rogers Presentation  at Dollywood  October 24, 2009

From left to right

   Bob Bridges - U.S. Navy     Amelia Sweeney - U.S. Navy    Fred Adomate - U.S. Coast Guard     Gary Laymance - U.S. Army 

                           Brad Heun - U.S. Army    Floyd Cleaveland - U.S. Merchant Marine    Mike Inman - U.S. Army    James Rogers,  

 John Bell - U.S. Marine Corps     Pam Burdette - U.S. Air Force     Bob LeTellier -U.S. Army


From Left to Right-Sergeant First Class Dan Morris, Sergeant First Class James Humbard,

Staff Sergeant Carl McCarter, Major David Caldwell, Captain Ed Layman, Major Mike Inman

and Major Gary Woolf


 Service Prayers

I saw a soldier kneeling down, for this was the first quiet place he had found. He traveled through jungles, rivers, and mud. His hands were scarred and

toil-worn. He had fought for days from night till morning. He folded his hands and looked to the sky, I saw his tears, as they welled in his eyes. He

spoke to God, and this is what he said:




God bless my men, who now lie dead, I know not what You have in mind, but when You judge, please be kind when they come before You, they will be

poorly dressed, but will walk proudly, for they have done their best. Their boots will be muddy and their clothes all torn but these clothes they have so

proudly worn. Their hearts will be still and cold inside, for they have fought their best and did so with pride. So please take care of them as they pass

Your way the price of freedom they've already paid.




Oh God, our sea is so great and our boat is so small. Fill our sails with the winds of Your spirit. May we trust Your steady hand on the helm of our lives.

Keep our eyes each alternating between the compass of Your word and the distant horizons. At the end of our journey, may we cast our anchor in the

quiet harbor of Your love. In the precious name of Christ Jesus, our Savior, I pray.




Almighty Father, whose command is over all. And whose love never fails, make me aware of Thy presence and obedient to Thy will. Keep me true to

my best self, guarding me against dishonesty in purpose in deed and helping me to live so that I can face my fellow Marines, my loved ones and Thee

without shame or fear. Protect my family. Give me the will to do the work of a Marine and to accept my share of responsibilities with vigor and enthusiasm.

Grant me the courage to be proficient in my daily performance. Keep me loyal and faithful to my superiors and to the duties of my country and the Marine

Corps have entrusted to me. Make me considerate of those committed to my leadership. Help me to wear my uniform with dignity, and let it remind me daily

of the traditions which I must uphold. If I am inclined to doubt, steady my faith; if I am tempted, make me strong to resist; if I should miss the mark, give

me courage to try again. Guide me with the light of truth and grant me wisdom by which I may understand the answer to my prayer.




Dear God, maker of heavens above earth and sea below hear our prayer for the men and women of the United States Air Force as they answer their country's

call to serve, defend, and protect all we hold dear. Accept their sacrifices of time, energy, effort, blood, life. In times of peace and in times of strife be with them

and their families, loved ones who they want to be with but must leave our nation to serve and defend. Give them hope, peace, joy without end, and bless

America with Your Grace and Love.




Almighty and Everlasting God, Whose hand stills the tumult of the deep, we offer our prayers for those who serve in our Coast Guard. We are mindful of

their traditions of selfless service to the seafarers who make their ways to appointed ports. Employ their devotions of good ends as they track the weather

and search for the seas for those in extremity of the storm, shipwreck or battle. Make their soundings and markings sure that safe passages may be found

by those who go down to the sea in ships. Encourage them, O Lord, as they stand guard over our coasts and the bulwarks of our freedoms. Graciously deliver

them from threatening calamities in all their perilous voyages. Bless the keepers of the lights and be Thou their close friend in lonely watches. Keep the

beacons of honor and duty burning that they may reach the home port with duty well performed, in service to Thee and our land.



Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard Members Escorting Casket


Future Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard Members


  Bowers Elementary School, Harriman, Tennessee

   Walnut Elementary School South Harriman, Tennessee




Bowers Elementary School Color Guard, Harriman, Tennessee






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