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VFW Post Honors Veterans
With Appreciation Dinner
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VFW Post 5959 and Ladies Auxiliary hosted the 10th annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner on Saturday, Aug. 29, at Arnoldsburg Community Building.

Speaker Del. David Walker said, “There are two people who will die for you. Jesus Christ, who dies for your sins, and the American soldier, who dies for your freedom . . . Honor them with your memories and your time.”

VFW Post and Ladies Auxiliary have honored veterans through their 10 years of hosting this celebration.

Other speakers were state representative for Ladies Auxiliary Donna Bodkins, and District 5 past commander Jim Horner.

DAV van drivers from January to August were recognized: Robert Yoak, who logged 560 hours, 13,295 miles, and transported 127 patients; Adrian Ball, 40 hours, 624 miles, eight patients; and Burl Simers, 260 hours, 4,056 miles, 46 patients transported. Paul and Freda Whytsell, van coordinators, logged 181 hours.

The following VFW officers were recognized: Albert Tanner, commander; Jimmy Dale Yeager, senior vice commander; Victor Whytsell, junior vice commander; Stan Norman, quartermaster; Paul Whytsell, service officer; Bob Yoak, chaplain; Adrian Ball, Roger Yoak, and Charles Snyder, trustees.

Ladies Auxiliary officers are Frances Tanner, president; Francie Adwell, senior vice president; Linda Staton, junior vice president; Freda Whytsell, secretary; Tina Whytsell, treasurer; Marie Hays, guard; Ernestine Ball, conductress; Patty Wyatt, chaplain; Freda Whytsell, Lee Miller and Kim Marcou, trustees.

Paul Cottrell and High Mountain Bluegrass performed.

Veterans attending were residents of Calhoun and neighboring counties.

World War II veterans, left to right, Bernard Wyatt, Arnold Yoak, Perry Daugherty, Denzil Ball, Lou Staton, Carl C. Lee, John Hale, Scott Bailey, John Lowe, Denver Gandee, Gene “Sheriff” Stump, Dale Rupert, Clarence West, Gordon Schoolcraft, Odus Miller, Raymond Smith, Victor Whytsell, Sam Hatten, Roscoe McCune, Denver Roberts and Paris Parsons.

Korean War veterans, left to right, Gordon Schoolcraft, Bob Shannon, Bernard Murphy, Hershel Webb, Albert Tanner, Okey Wade, Adrian Ball, Ron White, Ray Fought, Brice Laughlin, Robert Bush, Arnold Yoak, Gene Deel, Kenneth Keaton, Harold Craddock, Charlie Snyder, Leo Craddock and Frank Clowser. Not pictured - Bernard Wyatt.

Vietnam War veterans, left to right, Vier Brannon, John Riley, Harold Whytsell, Dave Cottrell, Ted Copeland, Jim Horner, Richard Fisher, Kermit Saunders, Jerry Wing, Robert Yoak, Roger Yoak, Dennis Dickson, Dan Uplinger, Larry Craddock, Steve White, Starling Holbert, Fuzzy Melvin and Donnie Hayes.

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