Biographical Information, Honor Flight Veterans, September 25, 2010
Bullard, Sr. Donald G.(Age 83) Entered the military in White Springs, FL. Currently lives in Statesboro, GA.
(Don)Corporal, US Army
Medic, X-Ray Tech
Higgins, Burton (Age 91) Entered the military in DeWitt, IA. Currently lives in Statesboro, GA.
("Hawkeye") Major, US Army. Hospital Director, Retired from US Public Health Service.
N. Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, Burma. Battle of the Bulge.
Lee, William N. (Age 82) Entered the military in Statesboro, GA. Currently lives in Statesboro, GA.
(Bill) Yeoman 2nd Class, US Navy
Served on troop transports, Pacific Theater.
Miles, Hubert C. (Age 86) Entered the military in Metter, GA. Currently lives in Pulaski, GA.
Motor Machinist Mate 3rd Class. US Navy.
N. Africa, Invasions of Sicily, Italy, and Normandy, D-Day. Crewed LST 316
Miles, Andrew L. (Age 84) (Andy) Entered the military in Metter, GA. Currently lives in Lyons, GA.
Petty Officer 2nd Class, US Navy
Amphibious landing craft, Pacific Theater. In Japan at end of war.
Neville, William J. (Age 87) Entered the military in Statesboro, GA. Currently lives in Statesboro, GA.
(Joe) 28 years in Army Air Corps, GA National Guard and the reserves. Retired as a lieutenant colonel. China-Burma-India Theater
Parker, George E. (Age 90) Entered the military in Screven County, GA. Currently lives in Statesboro, GA.
Technical Sergeant, US Army Air Corps. Flight radio operator and gunner, anti-submarine squadron. Radio operator for BG Robert Travis (Travis Field, CA)
Prosser, Jacob M. (Age 85) Entered the military in Statesboro, GA. Currently lives in Statesboro, GA.
(Jake)Corporal, US Marine Corps
Served in S. Pacific, combat in Guam and Iwo Jima.
Riggs, Leland (Age 94) Entered the military in Statesboro, GA. Currently lives in Statesboro, GA.
(Lee) Major, US Army Retired. Anti Air Defense in S. Pacific
Infantry school, AAA Officer Candidate School.
White, Buford F. (Age 82) Entered the military in Atlanta, GA. Currently lives in Statesboro, GA.
Private 1st Class, US Army
Williams, Lawrence M. (Age 89) Entered the military in Soperton, GA. Currently lives in Statesboro, GA.
("L.M.")Technical Sergeant, US Army
They proudly displayed the Stars and Stripes as they fought in North Africa, Europe, the Far East, and the Pacific Islands. They were the backbone of the Allied Forces that slowed and then turned back the imperialistic armies of Germany, Italy, and Japan during the most devastating war ever fought on Planet Earth.
Now they are dying at a rate of more than 1,000 per day, and by 2020 few if any World War II Veterans will be alive. A group of surviving vets from southeast Georgia, including nine from Statesboro, and South Carolina will fly to Washington, D.C., Saturday to see the World War II monument erected on the Washington Mall to honor their service and sacrifice. The trip is sponsored by Honor Flight-Savannah.
Honor Flight-Savannah is part of the nationwide Honor Flight volunteer organization which has transported thousands of veterans along with guardians and other volunteers to Washington from all over the United States. The trip from Savannah is accomplished in one day. Memorials that will be visited include the WW II Memorial, the USAF memorial, the USMC Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, the Korean and Vietnam Memorials and the USN Memorial.
Some veterans will be able to walk; many will be pushed along in wheel chairs as they move around and through the huge oval monument consisting of two arches 43 feet high symbolizing the Atlantic and Pacific Theatres and the fifty-six pillars which represent individual states, territories, and the District of Columbia.
For many veterans, it will be their first and last opportunity to witness a grateful nation's efforts to memorialize the sacrifices of the 16 million men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces in World War II. For most, it will be an emotional experience as they remember their comrades who did not return, but it will also include moments of pride as they remember their part in the military effort to defeat the forces of Nazi Germany and Japan.
Bringing veterans to the World War II Monument and the other war monuments on the mall is what motivates the men and women who make up the Board of Directors and Guardians of Honor Flight-Savannah.
Recently the small group of individuals from rural southeast Georgia counties, Savannah, and southeastern South Carolina met at Beef O'Brady's in Richmond Hill to complete the details for Honor Flights to Washington on Saturday and Oct. 23. Approximately 24 veterans will make each trip along with guardians who push wheel chairs and otherwise look after the aging heroes. It is an all expense paid trip for the veterans; however, guardians must pay their own expenses including airfare, and they must complete a short training session to qualify.
Although emphasis is placed on WW II veterans, Korean and Vietnam veterans also qualify for the trip. Korean War veterans are rapidly passing on, and the Vietnam veteran mortality rate is increasing.
Although flights on Saturday and Oct. 23 are full, Honor Flight-Savannah is accepting applications from veterans in southeast Georgia and the low country of South Carolina to make the trip to Washington during the spring of 2011. The organization is in need of guardians who can make the trip and donations to help sponsor veterans.
The trip costs approximately $300.00 per veteran. However, donations in any amount are gladly accepted. To make a donation, send checks to Honor Flight-Savannah, Inc. P.O. Box 60176 Savannah, Ga. 31420. For more information or to recommend a veteran for the honor flight to Washington, contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Ronald E. McCall is a Vietnam veteran and writes for The Tattnall Journal in Reidsville, Ga.