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It is no secret that those who are part of “The Greatest Generation”
are in the minority.
The county is familiar with the service of our veterans in every war
and, even today, family and friends serve in the deserts of the Middle
Will we honor them? Will we remember the lost, the wounded, and the
brave who fought? The veterans of Calhoun County deserve our deepest
The members of one organization have made it their mission to “Honor
the dead by helping the living.”
That organization is the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post No.
At the end of World War II, veterans returned to their homes in West
Changed by the experiences of conflict and combat, 102 men joined
together to form VFW Post No. 5959. On Feb. 23, 1946, the organization
was authorized and constituted as a Post in Grantsville.
These men had served honorably in the Armed Forces during World War
Today, VFW Post No. 5959 continues the legacy of these comrades.
We, too, should be proud of this group of patriots and always honor
Listed below are the charter members of VFW Post No. 5959:
Clyde Allen, Teddy A. Allen, James D. Arnold,
Melvin D. Arnold, Bernard H. Ayers, Albert E. Ball,
Donald M. Ball, Rexie Barnes, Brenton
Boggs, Rayman Boggs, Brettny Bower,
Emitt Bower, Bernard E. Brady, Arlan G.
Burns, William G. Burrows, Donald C. Bush,
Robert M. Campbell, Oda E. Carpenter, Loura T.
Cooper, Tracy G. Crawford, Dennis A. Cronin,
James L. Dawson, Lora V. Edgell,
Hulbert C. Elliot, Doyle S. Elliott, Bruce H. Ferrell, Jr.,
Glen V. Fowler, Obert E. Fowler, James M. Garretson,
Oless L. Gherke, Paul B. Hammer, David
B. Hathaway, Joseph W. Haught, Shade I. Hedge,
Sherley M. Hosey, Rex F. Hoover, Otto N. Howes, Denzil C.
Hughes, Harold A. Huffman, Clyde D. Jackson,
Henry M. Jarvis, Karl C. Johnson, John E.
Kellar, Alfred A. Kemper, James H. Kemper,
Freddie L. Kerby, Robert L. Kerby, William H.
Kerby, Henry Kight, Victor Kirby, Scott Knotts,
Russell C. Law, William J. Mathers,
David F. Marshall, Ariel E. McClair, Jr.,
Arco E. McKee, Sammie Montana, Lester R. Murphy,
Holly Nester, Howard R. Owens, Okey D. Parsons,
Harold B. Proudfoot, Adrin H. Richard,
Ivan C. Richards, Benjamin F. Riddel, Dale W. Riddle,
Dale Ritchie, Denver D. Ritchie, Dey M. Richards,
Oral E. Rogers, James R. Rogers, Thurl Rogers,
Okey Rowen, Roe Schoolcraft, Ezra C.
Sears, Clarence E. Shaffer, Kenneth R. Shaffer, Frederick
L. Shock, Edmond M. Smith, Lewis E. Smith,
Edwin Starcher, Jesse W. Stump, Arlie L.
Tingler, Hoyt R. Umstead, William O. Umstead,
Leavey O. VanHorn, Emanuel Vannoy, Edward O.
Vannoy, Ronsel Watkins, Ernest H. Weaver,
Lowell E. Weaver, James J. West, Alfred L. Westfall,
John C. White, Verdis R. White, Chester
K. Wilson, Avis G. Wright, Carl Wright, Guy D.
Wright, Herbert W. Wright, John J. Wright and
This Week's Editorial:By Helen Morris:
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