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52 veterans honored for service during ceremony in Slater Nov. 15

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Fifty-two area veterans were honored Sunday, Nov. 15, at Slater's Bethel Evangelistic Center in a ceremony organized by Charlie Guthrie.

Slater Mayor Stephen Allegri spoke about a veteran who is a Slater native, saying, "This guy is pretty typical of most of our veterans. He came home with not a chest full of medals and he didn't ask for anything special. (He came) back and did his job."

State Rep. Joe Aull, D-Marshall, mentioned the importance of giving veterans a proper welcome back home.

"When they come home, we need to remember they are truly heroes. And regardless of how you feel politically about the war, these folks are heroes, and we need to make sure we treat them as the heroes that they really are," he said.

Saline County Northern District Commissioner Norvelle "Brownie" Brown spoke of veterans' families.

"Let's not forget the spouses and the children and the grandmothers and grandfathers that have to step up to the plate when mom (or) dad or their child is called away," he said.

Judge Dennis A. Rolf also gave remarks before veterans were honored one by one, each coming to the front of the hall to receive a folder and a series of handshakes and thank-yous. For deceased veterans, a family member came in their stead.

Veterans from World War II who were honored include William E. Clements, James E. Mendenhall, Lowell D. Moore, Charles Hannaford, Harold Jackson, Don Martin, Gene Phelps, Roland Steinmetz, Phillip Therofeld, Jack Sandwith, Ralph E. Belcher, Boyd T. Butler, Joseph M. Clements, Claude R. Fizer, Robert B. Gillum, Oscar M. Hannaford, Charles O. Hemme, Earl F. Hinnah, Noah O. Humphreys, Amiel A. Leimkuehler, Ralph L. Smith, Roger Tennill, Charles P. Thornton, Russell E. Whitlock, Kenneth R. Yowell, Guy F. Hays, Charles Hemme and Robin Lightfoot.

Veterans honored who served in Korea were Bobby L. Ashford, Charles Berlekamp, George C. Berlekamp, Gerald E. Brown, Barney Burks, Arnold C. Gerloff, Thomas H. Harris, Richard Hupp, Roscoe I. Hupp, John T. Huston, William D. Meyer, Albert W. Potts, Raymond L. Tennill, Eugene Wyatt, Ralph E. Belcher, Robert L. Blumhorst, Harry Hibbard, Johnny S. Johnson, Donald L. Leinkuehler and Albert L. Sullivan.

Vietnam veterans honored during the services were David R. Moore, Gerald C. Venable, Charles P. Thorton Jr. and Luther D. Toliver.

Guthrey thanked all veterans for their service and said that any veterans who had not been honored could contact him for an application to be honored in a future service.

Contact Geoff Rands at marshallreporter@socket.net

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Claude R. Coleman was the veteran honored, not Claude R. Fizer.

Thank you so much for covering this story!! It was a beautiful ceremony, I was able to be there as three of my grandparents were honored!!!

Once again Charlie Guthrie out did him self!!!

-- Posted by Steelmagnolia on Fri, Nov 27, 2009, at 1:25 PM

Charlie's last name is spelled Guthrie. Thanks for the coverage!! We owe our veterans so much!!

-- Posted by opin on Wed, Nov 25, 2009, at 8:29 PM

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