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

 

 

 

 

Gone, But Not Forgotten

 

A Soldier Died Today

To View Video, Click on Link below

Length 5:30 minutes

http://www.justacommonsoldier.com/

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THE FINAL INSPECTION

The Soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.
 
'Step forward now, Soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?'

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
'no, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.
 
I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep.
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills just got too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.
 
If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand. 
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.
 
There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the Soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
 
'Step forward now, you Soldier, 
You've borne your burdens well.
 Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.

~Author Unknown~

 

Paying Homage to our Fallen Honor Guard Comrades

 

 

 

We Salute You and Will Never Forget Our Brothers

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United States Army

 

Technical Sergeant Eugene Swartz

No Pictures Available

Date of Birth: Wednesday, August 22, 1923

Date of Death: Saturday, July 17, 2010

Date of Interment: Wednesday, July 21, 2010

East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery (Lyons View)

 Section E, Site Number:  1860

Knoxville, Knox Co., Tennessee, USA

Age: 86

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Colonel Robert Lee "BOB" Mize

 

 

                

 

Colonel Robert Lee Mize, United States Army and Tennessee State Guard (Chief Chaplain) - COL Mize trained at Camp Clabourn LA., Ft Jackson,

 South  Carolina and  Fort Shanks, New York. He served in Italy with the 88th Division, 349th Infantry Regiment I&R. He was appointed 2nd Lieutenant, Infantry

 Platoon Leader.  Appointed 1stLieutenant,  Company Commander, C Company and was promoted to Captain in charge of Public Affairs. Bob was then promoted to

 Major (BOP) and was  assigned as Battalion Executive Officer.  Reassigned as Chaplain.  Bob has been with the Honor Guard since 1989 and hade conducted over

 5300 Funerals.  Bob  retired as a Major from the 3rd Alvin C York Regiment in the  Tennessee State Guard. COL Mize conducted the 1st Military Funeral Honors

at the East Tennessee Veterans  Cemetery (Lyons View), Knoxville, TN.

 

Obituary 

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on November 28, 2010

MIZE, COL. ROBERT LEE - loving father, adoring Papaw, and loyal friend, was born May 29, 1927 and received his marching orders Tuesday, November 23, 2010.

The family will receive friends Sunday November 28, at Farragut Christian Church from 3 - 6pm. The celebrations of Bob's Life will follow at 6pm with Minister Jason

 Warden presiding. Graveside services will be held at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery on Monday November 29, at 11:30 am with Full Military Honors presented

 by  Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Volunteer State Honor Guard, P.O. Box 22122, Knoxville, Tennessee

37933, for  the thousands of volunteer hours put in by the men and women who honor our veterans. www.milhonors.com. Arrangements by Rose Mann

Mortuary Heritage Chapel.

 


 

Date of Birth: Sunday, May 29, 1927

Date of Death: Tuesday, November  23, 2010

Date of Interment: Monday, November  29, 2010

East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery (Lyons View)

 Section J, Site Number:  4365

Knoxville, Knox Co., Tennessee, USA

Age: 83

 

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Colonel Robert Lee Mize MFH Video

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Length 2:10 minutes

https://youtu.be/yFnY_-2XesU

 

Colonel Robert Mize, 4th From Left Side

Colonel Robert Mize, 1st in 2nd Row From the Left

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Corporal Howard S Simerly

No Pictures Available

Date of Birth: Thursday, March 9, 1922

Date of Death: Monday, December 13, 2010

Date of Interment: Friday, December 17, 2010

East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery (Lyons View)

 Section G, Site Number:  2503

Knoxville, Knox Co., Tennessee, USA

Age: 88

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Lieutenant Colonel (TR) Schropshier

 

                  Lieutenant Colonel (TR) Schropshier, United States Army (Vice President) World War II Veteran – LTC

 Schropshier was  assigned to 59th AAA Brigade. Inducted at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. Basic training at Camp Haan and Irvine, California. Served on Saipan, Western

Pacific. Honorably discharged at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas, 13 February, 1946.  Retired from the Tennessee State Guard

 

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Date of Birth, November 14, 1922

Date of Death, March 1, 2011

Date of Internment, March 5, 2011

Knoxville, Knox Co., Tennessee, USA

Age 89

Lieutenant Colonel (TR) Schropshier, 2nd from left

 

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Lieutenant Colonel (TR) Schropshier, 5th From Right Side

Lieutenant Colonel (TR) Schropshier, 2nd Row, 5th From Right Side

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Major Grandville D. Jett, SR.

 

                     

Major Grandville D. Jett, SR. United States Army (Chaplain) Vietnam War Veteran- Grandville entered the United States Army, January 5, 1965 and was Honorably

Discharged in 1968. He was Assigned to the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii and was transferred to Vietnam. When his Vietnam tour of duty was completed, he was

assigned to the 154th AVN Company at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  Grandville was awarded the Vietnam Campaign Medal w/Dev-60, Rifle Sharpshooter Medal, US Vietnam

 Service Medal w/1 Bronze Star, Republic of   Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/Palm and 2 Overseas Bars.

 

Date of Birth:  Tuesday, February 05, 1946

Date of Death:  Thursday, April 15, 2010

Date of Interment: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery (Lyons View)

 Section C, Site Number:  2852

Knoxville, Knox Co., Tennessee, USA

Age 64

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Major Grandville D Jett, 3rd From Left Side

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  Command Sergeant Major Arnold Ray Mullins, SR. 

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

                  

          

Command Sergeant Major Arnold Ray Mullins, SR. United States Army, Retired (CEO) Korean War and Vietnam War Veteran - Arnold entered the

United States Army in  1952 and took his basic training at the 101st ABN Division, Fort Breckinridge, Kentucky. He served in Korea with the 3rd Infantry Division,

15th Regiment. The Divisions motto was:  Can Do! Of the three battalions, the 3rd was "Blue" - so their motto was “Can Do-Blue"!  He was in M Company, which

was the Heavy Weapons stationed at Outpost OP Harry from 1952- 53. Arnold was assigned to Cantho, Vietnam from 1971-72. Arnold retired from the United States

Army in 1979 after 26 1/2 years as a Command Sergeant Major, Fort Polk, Louisiana. One of his most rewarding experiences during his military career was as First

Sergeant with the 457th Supply Company stationed in Korea. He was volunteering his time working with the Pyung Hwa Orphanage and Uijongou Korea Kumo Primary

School from 1969-70. Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard Founder.

 

Obituary


 

 

 

Date of Birth:  Monday, March 18, 1935

Date of Death:  Monday, September 20, 2010

Date of Interment:  Friday, September 24, 2010

East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery (Lyons View)

 Section G, Site Number:  2874

Knoxville, Knox Co., Tennessee, USA

Age: 75

 

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Command Sergeant Major Arnold Mullins, 2nd From Right Side

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Staff Sergeant John Bernard Campbell

No Pictures Available

Date of Birth: Saturday, March 2, 1918

Date of Death: Thursday, June 2, 2011

Date of Interment: Friday, August 26, 2011

East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery (Lyons View)

 Section I, Site Number:  4189

Knoxville, Knox Co., Tennessee, USA

Age: 93

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Staff Sergeant Charles W Kelly


                  

         10 1/2" 1st Cavalry Patch        Staff Sergeant Charles W. (RECONDO)

 Kelly, United States Navy and United States Army, Retired, ( Rifle Squad NCOIC) -  (Board Member) Vietnam War Veteran -  Charles joined the United

States Naval Reserves in 1954 and in 1963 he entered the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. He re-enlisted and attended Helicopter School and upon

 graduation at Fort Carson, Colorado, received his orders to Vietnam where he served with the 1st Air Cavalry Division. He was discharged in 1969 and enlisted again

 in 1971. Charles spent 3 tours of duty in Alaska with the 222nd Aviation Battalion, 172nd Infantry Brigade. and was Honorably Discharged in 1983.

 

Obituary

 

KELLY, CHARLES W., SSGT age 73, of Knoxville, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2011. He was born in Harlan, Kentucky on August 15, 1937. SSGT. Kelly was a

 member of Valley View Baptist Church. He was a retired Vietnam Veteran, having served with the US Army. SSGT. Kelly received many medals and awards during his

 time in the military including: National Defense Service Medal, Senior Aircraft Crew Member Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal,

 Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Overseas Service Bar, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Good Conduct, Expert Rifle Badge, and other numerous outstanding

 Performance reports. SSGT. Kelly's commanding officer stated, "Loyalty and Integrity to the United States Army has been above reproach". SSGT. Kelly continued to

 serve his fellow comrades as an outstanding member of the Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard, serving as NCOIC of the Rifle Team. He was preceded in death

 by his parents, Wilford and Alpha Kelly; wife, Kathleen Kelly; son, Charles Allen Kelly; daughter, Suzanne Kelly. SSGT Kelly is survived by his brother, Robert Kelly

 and wife Mary; nephews, Lee Kelly, of West Virginia; 2 great nephews; several friends, especially the Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard. The family wishes

to give a special thanks to the Cardiovascular unit at Fort Sanders Medical Center and Dr. Young. Funeral service 12:30 pm Tuesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage

 Chapel. Interment 9:30 am Wednesday at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the Family requests memorials be made to the Volunteer

 State Veterans Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 11:00 - 12:30 pm at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.

 

Date of Birth: Sunday, August 15, 1937

Date of Death: Sunday, June 19, 2011

Date of Internment: Wednesday, June 22, 2011

East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery (Lyons View)

 Section G, Site Number:  2537

Knoxville, Knox Co., Tennessee, USA

Age: 74

 

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Staff Sergeant Charles Kelley, 5th From Left Side

 

Staff Sergeant Charles W. Kelly's Son

Specialist Fourth Class Charles Allen Kelly

Date of Birth: Sunday, March 5, 1950

Date of Death: Sunday, June 17, 2006

East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery (Lyons View)

Knoxville, Knox Co., Tennessee, USA

Plot: D, 0, 1531

Age 56

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Staff Sergeant Charles Clifton Sweat

No Pictures Available

Date of Birth: Friday, June 12, 1936

Date of Death: Sunday, October 28, 2012

Date of Internment: Friday, November 2, 2012

East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery (John Sevier)

Knoxville, Knox Co., Tennessee, USA

Section: O Site Number: 2672

Age 76

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Sergeant First Class Claxton E Hallman

 

Date of Birth: Tuesday, September 25, 1928

Date of Death: Friday, September 25, 2015

Date of Internment: Friday, February 12, 2016

East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery (Lyons View)

Knoxville, Knox Co., Tennessee, USA

Section: I  Site Number: 4179

Age 87

 

Master Sergeant Claxton E Hallman, 3rd From Right Side

 

Master Sergeant Claxton E Hallman, 2nd Row, 3rd From Left Side

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Staff Sergeant Leon Claude Lough,

 

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

Staff Sergeant Leon Claude Lough, United States Army - World War II, Army of Occupation (Germany), Korean War Service and United Nations Service

 Medal .

 

Obituary

 

Date of Birth: Sunday, February 14, 1929

Date of Death: Monday, January 7, 2013

Date of Internment: Thursday, January 10, 2013

Anderson Memorial Gardens,

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA

Age 83

 
Staff Sergeant Leon Lough, 1st Row, 2nd From Left
 
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Staff Sergeant Robert G. Courtney
 
                   
 
  Staff Sergeant Robert G. Courtney, United States Army - World War II Veteran, received a Silver Star and
 
Purple Heart for his actions in Anzio, Salerno, and Omaha Beach the European Theater.
 
 
 
Obituary
 

 

 

Date of Birth: Sunday, February 24, 1913

Date of Death: Sunday, February 24, 2013

Date of Internment: Wednesday, February 27, 2013

East Tennessee Veterans' Cemetery (John Sevier)

Knoxville, Knox Co., Tennessee, USA

Age 90

 

        

Bob Courtney 2nd From Left, Back Row

Bob Courtney Holding American Flag

 

Master Sergeant Bob Courtney, 2nd Row, 2nd From Right Side

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Staff Sergeant Harry F Colley

 

               

Staff Sergeant Harry F Colley, United States Army Retired - Vietnam War Era Veteran. Harry had Basic Training at Ft. Gordon, Georgia. He had his

 Advanced Infantry Training at Ft Polk, Louisiana and Recondo Training at Ft. Carson, Colorado. Active Reserves in Knoxville, Tennessee

 

Staff Sergeant Harry Colley's Military Funeral Honors Video (3 parts)

 

Harry Colley MFH #1

To View Video, Click on Link below

Length 7.26 minutes

https://youtu.be/qU_6nhvM304

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Harry Colley MFH #2

To View Video, Click on Link below

Length 11:03 minutes

https://youtu.be/b_vsblIXDAM

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Harry Colley MFH #3

To View Video, Click on Link below

Length 1:49 minutes

https://youtu.be/TZBDoAd3AwY

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Staff Sergeant Harry Franklin Colley

Obituary

 

 

 

 

Date of Birth: August 23, 1949

Date of Death: Sunday, March 30, 2014

Date of Internment: Thursday, April 3, 2014

East View Memorial Gardens

Strawberry Plains, Tennessee, USA

Age 65

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Staff Sergeant Hall Medlin

        Staff Sergeant Hall Medlin, United States

 Army - Korean War Veteran. Hall joined the United States Army and spent his basic training at Camp Rucker, Alabama and was assigned to the

 41st AAA Battalion, Eastern Anti Aircraft Command site on Long Island, New York. Hall was Honorably Discharged. Honor Guard Offices held:

Vice President.

Obituary

Date of Birth: Sunday, March 08, 1931

Date of Death: May 27, 2014

Date of Interment: June 1, 2014

Highland Memorial Cemetery (Chapman Highway)

Knoxville, Knox Co., Tennessee, USA

Age: 81

Staff Sergeant Hall Medlin, 1st On Left Side

Staff Sergeant Hall Medlin, 2nd Row, 3rd From Right Side

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Sergeant First Class Riley G Wheeler

              Obverse image of the medal with a Korean gateway encircled by the inscription "Korean Service".    10 1/2" 1st Cavalry Patch     

Sergeant First Class Riley Gaston (SARGE) Wheeler, United States Army, Retired - Korean War and Vietnam War Veteran

 

Sergeant First Class Riley G Wheeler, 1st From Left side

 

Obituary

 

Date of Birth: Sunday, March 08, 1931

Date of Death: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Date of Interment: Monday, August 25, 2014

East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery (John Sevier)

Grave location: Section O, Site Number 2629

Knoxville, Knox Co., Tennessee, USA

Age: 83

 

Sergeant First Class Riley Wheeler, 2nd From Left Side

Sergeant First Class Riley Wheeler, Front Row, 1st Left Side

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Staff Sergeant David M "POPPY" Davis

 

             Staff Sergeant

David (POPPY)  Davis, United States Army Air Corps - He is the 4th soldier from left, back row

 

Obituary

 

 

Date of Birth: July 27, 1919

Date of death: September 20, 2014

Date of Interment: September 25, 2014

 Grave Location: Garden of Devotion, Plot 78 A1

Highland Memorial Cemetery (Southerland Ave)

Knoxville, Knox Co., Tennessee, USA

Age: 92

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Sergeant William Gene Beeler

No pictures available

Date of Birth: Friday, August 19, 1927

Date of death: Saturday, August 29, 2015

Date of Interment: Wednesday, September 02, 2015

 Grave Location: Section: M, Row Number: 310

East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery

Knoxville, Knox Co., Tennessee, USA

Age: 88

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Staff Sergeant Harvey Weldon

 

Obituary

 

Date of Birth: Friday, June 12, 1944

Date of Death: Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Date of Internment: Monday, February 8, 2016

East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery (John Sevier)

Knoxville, Knox Co., Tennessee, USA

Section: L  Site Number: 1738

Age 72

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Specialist Fifth Class James Francis Allington

No Pictures Available

Obituary

 

Date of Birth: 1937

Date of Death: Sunday, October 10, 2017

Date of Internment: Friday, October 13, 2017

East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery (Lyons View)

Knoxville, Knox Co., Tennessee, USA

Section:   Site Number:

Age 80

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United States Marine Corps

 

 

Sergeant Ludwig Edmund Oster

 

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

  Sergeant Ludwig Edmund Oster , United States Navy and United States Marine Corps- Korean War Era - He was assigned to

 Headquarters Battalion 3rd Marine Division,  assigned as a Drill Instructor (DI) at Paris Island and assigned as a Communications Wireman. Sgt. Oster served

 6 months in the Mediterranean, 18 months in Okinawa, 1 year at Paris Island, 9 months at Camp Jejune and 3 months in Boot Camp.

 

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Sergeant Ludwig Edmund Oster, 1st Row, 1st on Right Side

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Sergeant Carl Benjamin Galyon

             Sergeant Carl Benjamin Galyon,

 SR., United States Marine Corps – World War II Veteran - Carl joined the United States Marines and spent his boot camp at Paris Island, South

 Carolina. He was selected and attended Sea School in Portsmouth Virginia. He was assigned to the Aircraft Carrier, USS Yorktown, (CV-10), 1943 - 1945.

 He was a 20 MM Gunner. The Ship's guns shot down 28 aircraft that were attacking the USS Yorktown. Carl received the Presidential Unit Citation and 11

 Battle Stars. He was with the United States Marine, 5th Regiment in the first initial landing on Japan 10 days before the Peace Treaty was signed on the

 USS Missouri. Carl also saw duty at the Marcas Island, Wake Island, Gilbert Islands, Marshall Islands, Trwk,  Marianna, Guam, Saipan, Leyte, Luzon,

 Formosa, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.. Carl was Honorably Discharged and a hero to us all.. 

 

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Staff Sergeant David Spangler

No Pictures available

      Obverse image of the medal with a Korean gateway encircled by the inscription "Korean Service".    Staff Sergeant David Spangler, United States Air Force and United

States Marine Corps -  Korean War Veteran. No further information available

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Sergeant Robert W (Bob)  Thompson

                       

     Sergeant Robert W (Bob)  Thompson, United States Marine Corps -  Purple Heart w/2 Stars,

 Vietnam Service Medal w/3 Battle Star, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/Palm and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.  - Vietnam War Veteran. Bob

 completed  Boot Camp at Parris Island and was transferred to Camp Lejune, North Carolina.  Bob spent 19 1/2 months in Vietnam and was in the siege (Khe-Sanh)

and received 3 Purple Hearts for his action. Bob is the One Year Trustee of the Manhattan Project, VFW Post 12051 in Oak  Ridge, Tennessee and was a

 member of the Disabled Veterans.

 

Obituary

 

 

Date of Birth: Saturday, March 02, 1946

Date of Death: Sunday, January 26, 2014

Date of Interment: Thursday, January 30, 2014

East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery (John Sevier Highway)

 Grave Location: Section O, Site Number:  2888

Knoxville, Knox Co., Tennessee, USA

Age: 67

 

 

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Gunnery Sergeant, Elrod Gibson

          Obverse image of the medal with a Korean gateway encircled by the inscription "Korean Service".     Gunnery Sergeant,  Elrod Gibson,

United States Marine Corps, Retired. Vietnam and Korean War Veteran. No further information and pictures available.

 

Date of Birth: Saturday, December 27, 1927

Date of Death: Monday, October 26, 2015

Date of Interment: Friday, November 20, 2015

East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery (John Sevier Highway)

 Grave Location: Section L, Site Number:  1606

Knoxville, Knox Co., Tennessee, USA

Age: 88

 

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United States Navy

 

 

EM2 Anthony Thornton

No Pictures Available

 

Date of Birth: Wednesday, August 27, 1924

Date of Death: Saturday, August 3, 1013

Date of Internment: Wednesday, August 7, 2013

East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery (John Sevier)

Knoxville, Knox Co., Tennessee, USA

Columbarium: 14,  Row: D,  Site Number: 25

Age 88

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Non-Veteran

Dorothy C Jones

No Pictures Available

 

Date of Birth: Tuesday, Feb 08, 1921

Date of Death: Thursday, August 30, 2001

Date of Internment: Thursday, September 06, 2001

East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery (Lions View)

Knoxville, Knox Co., Tennessee, USA

Grave Location: Section: L, Site Number: 5434

Age 80

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United States Air Force

 

Chief Master Sergeant Sheldon Livermore Barker, JR

 

    Chief Master Sergeant Sheldon Livermore Barker, JR, United States Air Force -

Korean War and Vietnam War Era. No further information available.

 

Date of Birth: Saturday, May 8, 1930

Date of Death: Sunday, March 10, 2009

Date of Interment: Thursday, March 13, 2009

East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery (Lyons View)

 Grave Location: Plot C, Section O, Site Number:  1363

Knoxville, Knox Co., Tennessee, USA

Age: 79

 

Chief Master Sergeant Sheldon Livermore Barker, JR 1st From Right Side

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Master Sergeant Robert Francis "Bob" McIntyre

No Pictures Available

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Date of Birth: Saturday, January 10, 1937

Date of Death: Wednesday, June 22, 2017

Date of Interment: Friday, June 30, 2017

East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery (John Sevier)

 Grave Location:

Knoxville, Knox Co., Tennessee, USA

Age: 80

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UNITED STATES MERCHANT MARINE

 

 

 

Marine Engineer Floyd Cleaveland

    Floyd Cleaveland, United States Merchant Marine Service 1945-1954 - World War II Veteran

 with rating from Wiper to Marine Engineer Floyd served on Liberty Ships, Victory's and T-2 Tankers with voyages to Europe, South America, England,

 Africa and many other countries. Many of the unarmed Merchant Marine ships lived through the horror of German Submarine attacks taking a great toll

 on shipping supplies to the US troops in Europe. 1 out of every 26 merchant Marines did not returned home to their families during World War II. Many

 voyages were made returning German POW's from the United States to Europe after World War II and ferrying U.S. troops home from Europe. Floyd left

 the Merchant marines as a 3rd Assistant Engineer in October, 1954

 

Obituary

 Floyd Leslie Cleaveland, age 86 of Seymour, TN., went to be with The Lord on Friday, July 12, 2013, while a resident of the Sevier County Health Care

 Center in Sevierville, TN. He was born the 6th of 10 children in Norway, Maine on July 7th, 1927. Mr. Cleaveland joined the U.S. Merchant Marines

after high school in June, 1945, serving during the last months of World War II and for nine more years after. He was discharged in December, 1954. He

 was considered a World War II veteran by legislation signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 and was proud of his service. He had

participated in many local Veterans and Memorial Day events, proudly carrying the U.S. Merchant Marine Flag. In 1953, Mr. Cleaveland settled in

 Jacksonville, Fl. where he met and married the former Anita A. Graham and reared 5 children. After the Merchant Marines, he worked for Atlantic

National Bank for over 22 years, drove a truck in the uranium mines of Wyoming, worked for the K-Mart and Wal-Mart companies, and as a security

officer for NARF (Naval Aviation Rework Facility) in Jacksonville, Fl. until he retired in 1998. He and his wife moved to Seymour, TN. in December

of that year, following his son, Ryan, who had moved to Sevierville in 1995. Mr. Cleaveland was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and a great-

grandfather, and loved being with all of his family. He also loved living in the area of the Great Smoky Mountains, and loved woodworking. Mr.

Cleaveland is preceded in death by his parents, Horace and Hazel Cleaveland, his brothers Edwin, George, and Ken, and his sisters, Hazel Wertz and

 Agnes Parker. He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Anita, sons Kenneth, Lynwood and wife, Kathy, Ryan and wife Edie, Lowell and wife Robin,

 daughter, Leaette Vollmar and husband, Pete, grandchildren Daniel, Rachel, Mason, Christopher, Olin, Celia, Lyndell, David and Marcia, great-

grandson Ryan, brothers Sherwood, Burton, and Roland and sister Bessie Hartford. The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 14th, from 3-5 PM at

 Atchley Funeral Home in Sevierville. Funeral service will be held at the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home on Monday, July 15th, at 11 AM, with

Rev. Donny Jester and Rev. Ken Cook officiating and eulogy by Pete Vollmar. Interment will follow at the Boyd's Creek Cemetery on Jim Fain Road.

 Funeral arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home in Sevierville. (www.atchleyfuneralhome.com) -

See more at:

 http://www.atchleyfuneralhome.com/obituary/Floyd-Leslie-Cleaveland/_/1224701#sthash.gOudrtfK.dpuf

 

Date of Birth: 1927

Date of Death: Friday, July 12, 2013

Date of Internment: Monday, July 15, 2013

Boyd's Creek Cemetery, Clinton, Tennessee, USA

Age 86

 

Floyd is presenting the Merchant Marine Flag at the 2013 Veterans Day

  Ceremony at Dollywood

 

Floyd is 2nd from the left at the 2012 Veterans Day Ceremony at Dollywood                                                  Floyd is 2nd from the left

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Captain Ron Williams

 

Ron Williams - Singer, Songwriter, and Entertainer

Ron Williams died 16 October, 2013

Interned in Georgia, USA

 

 

                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                         

Captain  Ron Williams United States Air Force  1966 - 1970

 C-130 Hercules Pilot -  Vietnam Veteran

Ron is wearing his fathers Garrison Hat.

His father is a World War II Veteran and was a P-51 Pilot.

 

 Music Entertainer      

        Featured vocalist at Roy Rogers Apple Valley Inn, Apple Valley Calf.

            Guest of the famous “Sons of the Pioneers” for 3 years.

        Nominated “Most Promising  Male Vocalist”  in 1968.

        Sang on the Clayton Star-time TV show with “The Kountry Kings”  band along with Miss Kathy Hill for 4 years.

        Lead singer at “Country City USA” in Charlotte NC along with Randy Travis.

        Sang with Conway Twitty band 2 years.

        Currently appearing on East Tennessee Public TV with Marshall Andy Riders of the Silver Screen Band in Knoxville TN

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The Old Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard (March, 2004)

All but the 3rd and 4th from right side has answered their final roll call

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The Old Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard (May 2005)

All of the above with the exception of 4th From Right Back Row

and 2nd From Right Front Row

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All of the above Honor Guard Members have either answered the final roll call or have retired

from the Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard except the 2nd and 4th from right

 

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Reckless was a pack horse during the Korean war, and she carried recoilless rifles, ammunition and supplies to Marines. Nothing too unusual about that, lots of animals got pressed into doing pack chores in many wars. 
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But this horse did something more . . . during the battle for a location called Outpost Vegas, this mare made 50 trips up and down the hill. On the way up she carried ammunition, and on the way down she carried wounded soldiers.. 
 
What was so amazing? Well she made every one of those trips through enemy fire and without anyone leading her.
 
Here's her story and photos to prove where she was and what she did:
 
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