Archive for December, 2014

Two Stories in Princeton’s Times-Leader!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Newspaper / Press, Veterans on December 31, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

More awesome media coverage for our chapter to finish out the year.  The story about Mr. RJ Kem was front page!  Enjoy …

Kem Part 1

Kem Part 2

 

Cemetery Story

Vietnam War Veteran Honored Today

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Veterans on December 28, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

This morning after church, Compatriots Geoff Baggett, Jerry Burlingame, and Tony Dothsuk honored one of their fellow church members with the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter’s Veteran’s Appreciation Medal.  The honoree was David Smith, who served in the famed 25th Infantry Division in the Vietnam War.

David joked that his ancestry is Canadian and his people were Tories who fled the United States into Canada during the Revolutionary War.

We honor him for his valiant service to our country in wartime.

Compatriot Jerry Burlingame, Medal Recipient David Smith, Compatriot Tony Dothsuk

Compatriot Jerry Burlingame, Medal Recipient David Smith, Compatriot Tony Dothsuk

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Honoring a Family of Veterans

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Medals and Decorations, Veterans, Veterans Support, Vietnam Veterans, World War II Veterans on December 26, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Compatriot Glenn Greenfield honored an entire family of veterans during Christmas.  He presented each with the chapter’s Veteran’s Service Medal and accompanying certificate.

Jack E. Poland III - U.S. Air Force, Ronald W. Luttrull - U.S. Army, Virginia Luttrull Poland - U.S. Air Force

Jack E. Poland III – U.S. Air Force, Ronald W. Luttrull – U.S. Army, Virginia Luttrull Poland – U.S. Air Force

He also presented a posthumous medal to his wife, Donna Wallen Greenfield, in memory of her father, Frank Wallen, Sr.  He retired from the UNited States Army, having served during World War II and Vietnam.  His World War II service included landing on Omaha Beach while in the 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One), as well as the Battle of the Bulge.

Frank Wallen. Sr.

Frank Wallen. Sr.

R.J. Kem Receives the Veteran’s Appreciation Medal

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Veterans Projects, Veterans Support with tags , , , on December 24, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

This past weekend Col. Stephen Trigg Compatriot Ron Drennan presented the chapter’s Veteran’s Appreciation Medal to Mr. R.J. Kem.  He is ninety years old, and a U.S. Army World War II veteran.  We are truly grateful for his service and sacrifice.

 

Compatriot Ron Drennan and Medal Recipient R.J. Kem

Compatriot Ron Drennan and Medal Recipient R.J. Kem

In Today’s Kentucky New Era!

Posted in Americanism Poster Contest, Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Newspaper / Press on December 22, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter reached a milestone today!  We had our incredible 60th published story in an area newsletter/periodical!  The Kentucky New Era in Hopkinsville included two photos and a brief story about our Elementary School Poster Contest Winners at Heritage Christian Academy.

Here’s what they published …

New Era Story

Kentucky Pioneer – December 2014 Issue

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Kentucky Pioneer Newsletter on December 22, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter is represented well in the latest edition of the Kentucky Pioneer!  Click this image to download and read the newest edition!

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Awesome New Addition to Our History Trunk!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Colonial Artisan, Rick Sheets on December 20, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

We just received a gift in the mail today from our newest and most distant member, Rick Sheets of Durham, North Carolina.  Rick is a colonial artisan and horn-maker.  He specializes in making reproduction colonial-era powder horns and other horn objects.

And what did he send us?  This incredible horn book!

Horn Book by Rick Sheets

Horn Book by Rick Sheets

The hornbook originated in England as long ago as 1450. They were used in Colonial America as well. The hornbook was used to teach reading to children for over 300 years. A child was not trusted with an expensive book, but would start out with this primer of a single sheet of press-printed paper usually containing the Lord’s Prayer.

The sheet was pasted on a wooden paddle then covered with a pane of horn that was flattened and thinned to the point of being nearly transparent. A mica pane was also used instead of horn on many hornbooks.

The horn or mica was held in place with metal or leather strips (called lattens) and tacks.
Around 1800, the hornbook fell out of use in favor of cheaply printed lessons on thin cardboard.

Rick wanted this piece of history to be included in our “American Revolution in a Trunk” presentation in classrooms and schools.

Here’s a picture of Rick at work in the field, wearing his colonial clothing and working with authentic tools.

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Check our Rick’s work and the merchandise he has for sale at patriothorns.com!

2014 Annual Awards Dinner

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Medals and Decorations on December 20, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

The Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter recently hosted over forty compatriots, spouses, and guests at their second annual Awards Dinner.  After enjoying a dinner of pork barbecue and all the “fixins,” the chapter presented several awards to guests and Compatriots.

Here are a few moments from the evening.

Virginia Alexander is awarded the Lydia Darragh Medal for Three Years of Conspicuous Service to our Chapter.

Virginia Alexander is awarded the Lydia Darragh Medal for Three Years of Conspicuous Service to our Chapter.

Dalton Hendricks Receives the Eagle Scout Medal.

Dalton Hendricks Receives the Eagle Scout Medal.

Mason Shelton Receives the Chapter's Essay Contest Medal

Mason Shelton Receives the Chapter’s Essay Contest Medal

Steve Mallory Receives the 2014 Chapter Distinguished Service Medal.

Steve Mallory Receives the 2014 Chapter Distinguished Service Medal.

Awards given include:

AWARDS TO GUESTS

  • Chapter Essay Medal – Mason Shelton
  • Eagle Scout Medal – Dalton Hendricks
  • Certificate of Appreciation  – Sharon McCloud (Service and Support)
  • Certificate of Appreciation  – Mitzi McNichols (Service and Support)
  • Veteran’s Appreciation Medal – Charles Carpenter (Posthumous) – Awarded to Alecia Dothsuk
  • Medal of Appreciation – Margery Sumner (DAR Service and Support)
  • Medal of Appreciation – Martha Maxfield (DAR Service and Support)
  • Martha Washington Medal Sue Burlingame (Exceptional Service and Support)
  • Martha Washington Medal – Debbie Mallory (Exceptional Service and Support)
  • Martha Washington Medal – Kim Baggett  (President’s Wife, Exceptional Service and Support)
  • Lydia Darragh Medal – Virginia Alexander (Three Years of Service to Chapter)

CHAPTER COMPATRIOT AWARDS

Certificate Awards

Colonel’s Muster Award – Given to the Year’s Top 5 Color Guard Participants

  1. Geoff Baggett
  2. Steve Mallory
  3. Jerry Burlingame
  4. Ken Oakley
  5. Tony Dothsuk
  • Col. Stephen Trigg Service to Veterans Award – Dennis Adams
  • Col. Stephen Trigg Grave Marking Service Award – Steve Mallory

Medals

  • Bronze Roger Sherman Medal Gary Thompson (Officer – 3 Years)
  • Bronze Roger Sherman Medal James Sumner (Officer – 3 Years)
  • Bronze Roger Sherman Medal Bobby Skinner (Officer – 3 Years)
  • Bronze Roger Sherman Medal Steve Mallory (Officer – 3 Years)
  • Bronze Roger Sherman Medal Billy Redd (Officer – 3 Years)
  • Military Service Medal – Randle Cruse
  • War Service Medal (With World War II Device) – Herbert Segler
  • New Member of the Year Award & George Washington Medal – Ron Drennan
  • New Member of the Year Award & George Washington Medal – Jerry Burlingame
  • Chapter Distinguished Service Medal – Steve Mallory

Visit here to see a photo album from the evening.

Kentucky New Era Coverage Today!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Grave Marking, Newspaper / Press on December 15, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

It’s a bit of an “old” story from November 22, but the Kentucky New Era ran info and pictures from our triple Grave Marking at Old Hebron Cemetery in Muhlenburg County.

Once again, chapter Vice-President Steve Mallory is basking in the media limelight!

KNE Story

Murray Times-Ledger Story Last Week

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Educational Presentation, Speakers Bureau on December 15, 2014 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

We just found out that the Times-Ledger ran a story last week about Chapter Pres. Geoff Baggett’s appearance at the Calloway North Elementary School on December 5!

Here is an image of the story:

MTL Story

Click here to view our photo album of the classroom presentations.