Military veterans honored by UDC

Published 10:58 am Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), H.A. Carrington Chapter 1055 held an awards ceremony honoring veterans recently, all of whom had a Confederate ancestor, according to a press release.

“The event was held at Hebron United Methodist Church in Saxe, having approximately 70 attendees witness the presentation of Crosses of Military Service, a National Defense Medal and Expeditionary Medals, all with certificates of appreciation. Receiving crosses or medals that may be worn were Aubrey C. Foster, Vietnam, Army, Specialist 5; Thomas S. Goff, Vietnam, Army, Specialist 5; Michael R. Wiles, GWOT, Army, PFC; Cecil B. Rickmond, Vietnam, Army, Specialist 5; Kenneth M. Townsend, Persian Gulf-SW Asia-Southern Watch, Air Force, Master Sergeant and Timothy R. Adams, Persian Gulf-Desert Shield-Desert Storm, Marine Corps, Corporal.”

Posthumous Crosses of Military Service were presented to family members on the service of their loved ones. Ronnie Newcomb accepted for his father, William Asa Newcomb; Richard M. Ellett accepted for his father, Richard L. Ellett; and Shirley Morris Vaughan accepted for her father, Pell Lee Morris, World War II, Army, PFC. The posthumous crosses and certificates may be displayed as a memorial to the servicemen who honorably served.

“On display were photos of the servicemen in their uniforms and an additional display of artifacts from the War Between the States,” according to the press release. “Also on display were the flags of the Army, Air Force and the Marine Corps as well as the five flags of the Confederacy.

“As members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, H.A. Carrington chapter 1055, we take great pride in honoring our Confederate ancestors by presenting military service awards to veterans of the Armed Services, both living and deceased, who are lineal decedents of a Confederate ancestor,” officials said in the release. “If you or a member of your family have served or is serving, please contact us so we may see if you are eligible to receive an award.”