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



Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard


Our Sisters  

   From left to right MaryLou Simpson and

Joyce Scarbrough-Gick

             From left to right - Rita Caldwell, Renee Fullom

             Pam Burdett, MaryLou Simpson and Joyce Scarbrough-Gick



         This is Who We Are







                           Brigadier General Caleb Archer, United States Army,  Retired - Army Distinguished Service Medal,

Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Vietnam Service Medal w/1 Battle Star, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/Palm and Republic of Vietnam

Campaign Medal. Badge and the Army Recruiting Badge. Prefers to be called Jack. Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of

Oklahoma and later received an MA Degree from Washington State University. Military education includes Army Command and General Staff College

and the US Army War College. Commanding Officer assignments include: commanding officer of an Army Company in Vietnam, commanding officer of

an Army Battalion in Germany and commanding officer of two Army Brigades in the US. Served three years in the pentagon on the Army General Staff.

Was appointed Commandant and Chief of Army Military Police serving three years with Army wide responsibility. Also served as senior commander for

Army Recruiting for the ten Western States. Later was Commanding General of the US Military Processing Command with 70 MEP Stations located in

 all 50 States. BG Archer was assigned to CO of the212th Military Police Company, 18th Military Police Brigade in Vietnam.  CO of the 793rd Military

 Police Battalion, 15th Military Police Brigade in Germany. In US he was assigned to CO the Army Military Police Training Brigade, assigned to TRADOC

(Army Training and Doctrine Command) and my second Brigade CO job, Western Brigade, Army Recruiting Command. And finally, Commanding General,

United States Military Entrance Processing Command (USMEPCOM) a DOD unit.


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

     Colonel Rolan J. (MUDDY) Waters, United States Army, (CEO) and (Chaplain)  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.



Major Ronald G. Ward, United  States Army (Ordained   Episcopalian Priest), Chaplain - Vietnam War Era  Veteran. Ron was drafted in the state

of West Virginia. He was considered a divinity student under Bishop Campbell of the Diocese of West Virginia. The Bishop wanted to  request a wavier. However,

Ron made the decision to serve his country and enlisted for three years. Ron scored high in electronics and was sent to the Signal Corps Center at Fort  Monmouth,

New Jersey. Upon the Bishop and the Post Colonel's request, he was assigned to the Post Chaplain (Colonel Wilson) and the Diocese of New Jersey. Ron continued

his studies under Stan Wooley (Priest and Instructor) and attended Monmouth College. Due to a shortage of Episcopal Priest's, and the absence of an Episcopal

Priest's at Fort  Monmouth, Ron was authorized to conduct a general Protestant Service. Father Wooley was permitted by the Military and Post Chaplain to celebrate

Holy Mass every Sunday at  07:00. Ron conducted the service except for Holy Mass. Through his military training, Ron can conduct all facets of  Military Funeral

Honors. He is proud to say that every  Chaplain gave him the best  training that a divinity student could ever receive. After returning to civilian life he was ordained

to the Priesthood. Ron received his commission  under Governor Don Sunquest and served as a Chaplain in the Tennessee State Guard. Ron is also a member of the

American Legion Post 202 Honor Guard, Gatlinburg, Tennessee





      Major Michael A Inman, United States Army (Board Member) and (Chaplain) - 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,





          Captain, Ed Layman,

United States Army, Retired (Chaplain) -  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.

     10" Army National Guard Large Patch  278th Armored Cavalry Regiment Shoulder Sleeve Insignia    Warrant Officer O4 Charles (CHUCK) Godfrey,

 National Guard, Retired - Vietnam War Era Veteran- Chuck served three years in the USA and 31 years with the Tennessee Army National Guard. He was

stationed in Germany, Bulgaria and several stateside assignments. Chuck served as a Gunnery Sergeant, Food Service Sergeant, Food Service Tech, Motor Pool

Sergeant and Training NCO in a maintenance Battalion. He also has served as a Food Service Officer and Personnel Officer. He is a retired Master Sergeant. Charles

is presently serving as a Chief Warrant Officer W04, in S4 Logistics, 3rd Alvin C York Regiment in the Tennessee State Guard.





         First Sergeant Aubrey "BUD" Cassidy, United States Army - Meritorious Service

Medal and Expert Infantry Badge.  Bud is also  an honorary member of the American Legion Post 202 Honor Guard, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.



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




Sergeant First Class, James Humbard, United States Army - 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 Viet-Nam Veterans Post 1073, Morristown, Tennessee. He is also a Life Member

of the AMVETS, Post 104, and is the Rider President.





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Sergeant First Class, Brad Robert Heun, United States Army, -  Purple Heart, Air Medal, United States Army Commendation Medal, Kosovo

Campaign Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, War on Terrorism Service Medal, Kosovo and Iraq War Veteran. Brad served with the 109th, 3rd Army

and the 101st Airborne. He is a member of the Manhattan Project, VFW Post 12051 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Brad is also a Disabled Veteran Service Officer

and Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard Training NCOIC.


              Joyce A.

 Scarbrough-Gick  Joyce is representing her Father, Staff Sergeant, J.C.  Scarbrough.  Staff Sergeant Scarbrough was among the first wave of D-Day, Normandy

Landing at Omaha Beach. He was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division, Battery C, 371st Field Artillery Battalion as a Supply Sergeant and served for six years.

 He received the Good  Conduct Medal,  American Defense Service Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with 1 Silver Battle Star and

1Bronze Battle Star and Bronze Arrowhead.



 Staff Sergeant Richard (Richie) O'Brien, United States Army - 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.



            Staff Sergeant, Dan A Morris,

United States Army Retired - 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.


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Corporal Mickey Vickory, United States Army Mickey is a Desert Storm Veteran- United States Army Commendation Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal,

War on Terrorism Service Medal, Saudi Arabian Liberation of Kuwait Medal and Kuwait Liberation of Kuwait. Mickey was assigned to Germany from 1988-1990

and served at Fort Benning Georgia from 1991 - 1992. Mickey served in Desert Storm from 1990 - 1991 and received his Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) during his

Desert Storm tour. He served 4 years active and 4  years inactive service. He served in the Tennessee National Guard from 2005 -2012. Mickey served in the

Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2009 - 2010. He received two Honorable Discharge Certificate's from both the United States Army and the Tennessee Army National

Guard. Mickey is also a member of the Manhattan Project, VFW Post 12051, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where he is serving as Post Commander. He is also a member

of the American Legion post # 12051, Oak Ridge, Tennessee,.


       Sergeant Jerry Hurst, United States

 Army, Served US Army May 20, 1969 thru May 10, 1971.  Eight weeks basic training at Ft. Gordon, GA.  AIT training at Ft. Jackson, SC for MOS 64A10, light

vehicle driver.  Last three weeks of AIT training, served as Battalion Duty Driver.  After nineteen days leave, returned to FT. Jackson, SC and three days later,

shipped out to Frankfurt, Germany. Arriving in Germany, was assigned to Company A, 14th Battalion, Service and Supply Company stationed in Hanau, Germany. 

Shortly after arriving,, I  joined the Unit Police Force in Gross Auheim, Germany.  After a brief time with the Unit  Police, was designated as the permanent front

gate guard.  Was later promoted to shift leader and then shift commander.  Due to a medical emergency in NCOIC's family that required him going home for a period

of time, was promoted to Temporary Assistant NCOIC and served as the NCOIC during the NCOIC's absence. Upon return of the NCOIC, was awarded the permanent

position of Assistant NCOIC.  During service with the Gross Auheim Unit Police Force, was awarded three Certificates of Commendation and three three day passes.



           MaryLou 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.




Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard






    Sergeant Major Steven Teague, United States Marine Corps, Retired - Kuwait Liberation

and Iraq War Veteran.






Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard Members









       Lieutenant Chuck Sayne, United States Navy - Chaplain and

 Bugler No Bio Available



         Senior Chief Petty Officer, Randy Tipton,

 United States Navy Retired- No Bio available




          Chief Petty Officer Robert J Bridges,

United States Marine Corps and United States Navy Reserve, Retired, (Knoxville Van Driver) 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, (Secretary) / 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



Petty Officer First Class, Leona R (Lee) Long, United States Navy Reserves - Operation Iraq Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

Veteran - Lee was mobilized June, 2006 and January of 2007 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. She was stationed

at Kuwait Naval Base, Kuwait, through October 2007. She has continued to serve on active duty.



 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 serving as Commander of AMVETS Post 104 and State Finance Officer for

AMVETS Department of Tennessee.


                  Petty Officer Second Class, Kelly E Rabb, United States Navy -

Volunteered to join the Navy in January, 1957. Kelly attended the Naval Training Facility San Diego, CA. and is a Cold War Veteran. He attended

Technical Training at the Electronics and Regulus I Naval Guided Missile training at the Guided Missile School, Fleet Air Defense Training Center,

Dam Neck, VA. His Duty Stations  was the Guided Missile Group One, Continental United States Detachment, Naval Air Missile Test Center, Point Mugu,

CA.U.S.S Toledo CA-133, Baltimore Class Heavy Cruiser.  She carried the Regulus I missile as well her normal armament. Guided Missile Group One,

Continental United States Detachment, Naval Air Missile Test Center, Point Mugu, CA. Released from Active Duty January 1960, transferred to Navy

Reserve (in-active), Honorable Discharge January, 1963


              Petty Officer

 3rd Class, Roger Apel,  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 Hectorhe 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 -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 & 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, & 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.




      Lieutenant Colonel Charles Davis, United States Air Force, Retired - Command Pilot

Wings, Meritorious Service Medal w 3 OLC - He is a Vietnam War and Desert Shield/Desert Storm Era Veteran. After being commissioned through

AFROTC, Lieutenant Colonel Davis served in  the inactive reserve while attending the University of  Arkansas working on his Master's Degree. He was at

Craig AFB, Alabama - Oct 72 - Sep 73 attending flight school. From Oct 74 - Dec 74. Charles attended C-141 flight school at Altus AFB, Oklahoma, survival

training at Fairchild AFB, Washington and water survival at Homestead  AFB, Florida. Jan 75 through Dec 78 he was a C-141 pilot/instructor/flight examiner

at Charleston AFB, South Carolina. He attended Air Command and  Staff College during this time. He worked with Air Force MARS running phone patches

for military members overseas and working communications for  a tornado disaster and for aircraft crash sites. Charles served as a System Development

Project Manager at Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts from Jan 79 -  Dec 81. He was a C-141 instructor/flight examiner and Chief of Command Post at Altus 

AFB, Oklahoma from Jan 82 - Sep 86.  He graduated from Air  War College. His last assignment, Oct 86 - Jan 94, was at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois

as a C2 System Program Manager. He earned the rating of  Command Pilot.        


      Natalie Davis - Wife of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Davis. Natalie creates the file folder

that is presented to the next kin at all Military Funeral Honors.



Lieutenant Colonel David Caldwell, United States Air Force, Retired - Meritorious Service Medal and Commendation Medal

( President) and (Military Funeral Honors President/Coordinator) - 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.


                Captain Rita Caldwell,

(Historian) - United States Air Force -  Vietnam War Era Veteran - Graduated from  Mount Mercy College (now Carlo College), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

in June 1954. Rita majored in Nutrition and Hospital Food Service Management. She entered into the United States Air Force in October 1962 with appointment

to Captain. Rita was assigned to the United States Air Force Base Hospital, Air Training Command, Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois as a Dietitian after completing

Officer Orientation School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama . She was transferred to the 836th Tactical Air command (TAC) Hospital, McDill Air

Force Base, Tampa, Florida in August, 1963. Rita was released from active duty for medical reasons at McDill Air Force Base, 23 September, 1964.




Chief Master Sergeant Gary T. Woolf,  United States Air  Force, Retired Meritorious Service Medal w/ 1 OLC Cluster and Air Force 

Commendation  Medal w/1, OLC, Vietnam Service Medal w/2 Battle Star, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/Palm and Republic of Vietna

m Campaign Meal. 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) and the Sons' of Union Veterans in Knoxville, 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.


    Master Sergeant John Willis, United States Air Force Retired, (Master Gunsmith) (Honorary

Member)  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).


            Staff Sergeant

 Pam E Burdette United States Air Force - Air Force Commendation Medal - Pam served as an Instrumentation Mechanic from 1981-1985 at the

Frank J Seiler Research Laboratory, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Air Force Systems Command at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado

Springs, Colorado. She helped design and manufacture a pulse counting system used in Laser Damage Research. Pam was also involved in the layout and building

of the embedded "z-pinch Laser" Experiment. She is currently a speech pathologist working with special needs children in the public schools of East Tennessee.


         Staff Sergeant Carl McCarter, United States Air Force -

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.


         Buck Sergeant (SrA) Garrett (Gary) Post,

 United States Air Force - No Bio available


         Buck Sergeant (SrA) Michelle Eberie,

 United States Air Force - No Bio available






      Vice Commander, Fred Adomat, United States Coast Guard -

Fred is Vice Commander of District 8E, Flotilla 1201, 1202, 1203, Group Ohio Valley


Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard Treasurer


  Lori Colwick - Volunteer State 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


Remote Area Medical (RAM)

2200 Stock Creek Blvd,

Rockford, Tennessee  37853

(865) 579-1530



         Stan Brock is RAM’s Founder and

Director of Operations of the Remote Area Medical (RAM) - Stan Brock, chief pilot of N982Z, founder of Remote Area Medical® and former

co-host of the Wild Kingdom television show, cut his pilot’s teeth in the Amazon rain forest while living in the South American country of Guyana. His

airborne journey has taken him from bush pilot to the airline transport business and full circle to a RAM free air ambulance service to the indigenous

dwellers in the jungle where he learned to fly. Stan is RAM’s volunteer Director of Operations and flies other aircraft donated to the organization.

The DC-3 is a very historic airplane. She rolled off the assembly line a C-47 and was delivered to the European Theater of Operations with the

 U.S. 9th Air Force on June 3, 1944, and she dropped paratroopers into Normandy! She is one of about 1200 DC-3's still flying and has spent many years

as a commercial cargo carrier. Her use is generously donated to RAM.


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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


Josephine Begley

(Granny Jo)

Granny Jo comes to the East Tennessee Veterans' Cemetery (Lyons View)

every Thursday to be with her son and clean his headstone.

 The Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard has adopted her and made her

an honorary member of the Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard.

Granny Jo is deceased now, but we will never forget her kind nature.



 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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