Archive for July, 2014

Good Citizenship Medal Awarded to WWII 2nd Armored Division Officer

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Veterans, Veterans Projects, Veterans Support on July 31, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Geoff Baggett and Steve Mallory recently honored WWII veteran Maj. Herbert Lee Segler, Jr., with the Veteran’s Appreciation Medal and Certificate, as well as the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal for his military service to our nation.

Geoff Baggett and Steve Mallory with Maj. Herbert Lee Segler, Jr., Wearing His Bronze Good Citizenship Medal

Geoff Baggett and Steve Mallory with Maj. Herbert Lee Segler, Jr., Wearing His Bronze Good Citizenship Medal

Maj. Segler served our country with distinction in the Second World War. He enlisted in the National Guard in Florida in 1937, then transferred to the Regular Army in November 1940. Though a Private in his early days, he was nominated for Officers Candidate School and commissioned as a 2Lt in July 1942. He was assigned as a tank platoon leader at Camp Campbell. He married a “local girl” from Christian County, Frances Farmer, on April 3, 1943, then shipped out four days later to the ETO (European Theater of Operations).

Lt. Segler fought across North Africa. He was in the invasion of Sicily, and after the fall of Palermo, his unit was transported to England. His unit, the 2nd Armored (Hell on Wheels), was the first armor on Omaha Beach. His unit fought through the French village of St. Lo and by July 26 had survived several encounters with German SS units in France.

His unit crossed the Seine River and entered into Belgium on September 15, 1944, then moved quickly through the Siegfried Line, crossing the Roer River into Aachen, Germany, and making it all the way to the Rhine River on December 16. When the Germans pushed through at Bastogne (Battle of the Bulge), the 2nd Armored was ordered to relieve the American forces surrounded there. Lt. Segler fought in that battle until Jan. 16, 1945.

The 2nd Armored later moved to the outskirts of Berlin where it took many German prisoners fleeing from the Russians. After the end of hostilities, he was stationed at Berlin until October 1, 1945, when he was pulled out to return home.

Upon returning home he served in the Army Reserve and National Guard. He retired from the Guard as a Major on his 65th birthday … after 44 years of combine active and reserve service.

We were honored to share the afternoon with Major Segler, and we are humbled by his selfless service to our nation.

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A Complete Set!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, New Member on July 21, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

We just received word today that Connor and Ryan McCloud have been officially examined and registered as full members and Compatriots of the Sons of the American Revolution!  At long last, the “set” of McCloud men is officially complete.

We welcome Connor and Ryan, who entered the SAR under their Patriot ancestor Leonard Bowers.  They also share with their father and brother  Patriot ancestors Teter Nave and Michael Hyder of the Watauga Association of East Tennessee.

Join us in welcoming the last two of the McCloud men!

Dallas, Travis, Connor, and Ryan McCloud

Dallas, Travis, Connor, and Ryan McCloud

James Thomas Grave Marking Ceremony is Complete!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Grave Marking, James Thomas on July 19, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Approximately seventy participants, descendants, and guests gathered at the James Thomas Cemetery near the Donaldson Creek in Trigg County to mark the grave of Pvt. James Thomas of the 1st Regiment, North Carolina Line.  James Thomas is the “patriarch” ancestor of the vast majority of Thomases who now populate Trigg County and surrounding areas, having arrived on the Donaldson Creek before 1805.

The James Thomas Grave Site

The James Thomas Grave Site

Fourteen compatriots of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter were present, thirteen of those in uniform.  They also welcomed a contingent of four Compatriots from the Lt. Robert Moseley Chapter in Owensboro, led by chapter President Gary Tunget.

Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter President Geoff Baggett served as Master of Ceremonies.  Descendant Linda Fritz brought the Biographical Tribute.  Ladies from the James Thomas Chapter of the KSDAR were in attendance, as well.  The local chapter of the Woodmen of the World just completed the installation of a large, permanent flag pole at the entrance to the cemetery.

You can click the image below to have access to the Facebook photo album from the event.

Click Image to visit the Facebook Album

Click Image to visit the Facebook Album

And … once again, our chapter has provided “Today’s Top News Story” at WKDZ Radio.  News Correspondent Travis Faulkner was present to take photos and record audio of the event.  Click the image below to go to the online story and clips …

Click the image to visit the WKDZ radio story!

Click the image to visit the WKDZ radio story!

 

WWII Veteran Frank Allen Honored

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Veterans, Veterans Projects, Veterans Support on July 17, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia
(left to right) - Allen Young (nephew), David Allen (son), Frank Allen (WWII Marine Veteran) and Chapter President Geoff Baggett

(left to right) – Allen Young (nephew), David Allen (son), Frank Allen (WWII Marine Veteran) and Chapter President Geoff Baggett

Frank Allen, age 97, was the third-oldest surviving U.S. Marine in last year. He thinks he might be at the top of the list today! He still wears his USMC emblem on his collar every day.

Frank joined the Corps in October 1941 and served throughout the Pacific until October 1945. He served in such infamous places as Guadalcanal, Espiritu Santo, Truk, and Peleliu. He was an aircraft mechanic, specializing in propellers. He primarily worked on the Chance-Vought F4U-1 Corsair, although his squadron did have some reconnaissance versions of the B-24. His squadron was famous for flying some of the shortest missions of the war … three minutes from take-off to landing when dropping napalm on the cave entrances of the Peleliu mountains.

Compatriot Geoff Baggett recently had lunch with Mr. Allen, his son, and his nephew, and presented him with the chapter’s Veteran’s Appreciation Medal and Certificate, thanking him for his service.

The F4U1 Corsair, known as "Whistling Death" by the Japanese, the primary aircraft of SSG. Frank Allen's squadron.

The F4U1 Corsair, known as “Whistling Death” by the Japanese, the primary aircraft of SSG. Frank Allen’s squadron.

 

Col. Trigg in the Paper Twice This Week!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Fourth of July, Grave Marking, James Thomas, Newspaper / Press on July 11, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

In case you missed it …

Front Page Story in the Cadiz Record!

Front Page Story in the Cadiz Record!

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James Thomas Grave Marking Mentioned

James Thomas Patriot Marker Placed Today!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Grave Marking, James Thomas on July 11, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Compatriots Geoff Baggett and James Sumner (direct descendant) placed the SAR Patriot marker on the grave of Pvt. James Thomas today.  In addition, they located the older DAR Marker that had fallen off and become misplaced from its rusted post.  Mr. Sumner is taking it to the monument place to see if the brass can be treated and restored and the marker placed directly on the Patriot’s tombstone.  Below are some pictures …

James Sumner Placing the Stone on His Ancestor's Grave

James Sumner Placing the Stone on His Ancestor’s Grave

The Finished Product!

The Finished Product!

James Thomas and Wife

James Thomas and Wife

Historical Marker on Donaldson Creek Rd.

Historical Marker on Donaldson Creek Rd.

WKDZ Radio Story

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter on July 7, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Here is a link to the story about our July 4th reading of the Declaration of Independence.  It includes audio clips!  Just click the image below.

WKDZ Radio Link

WKDZ Radio Link