Archive for December, 2015

World War II Veteran Honored

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Veteran's Appreciation Medal on December 29, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Compatriot John Humphries of Princeton honored a local World War II veteran in his home today by presenting him with the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter’s Veteran’s Appreciation Medal.

Jack Scott Medal

Jack Scott, age 93, entered the United States Navy in 1942.  He served during the war as a radio operator aboard the destroyer escort USS Pope (DE-134).  After a shakedown cruise off Bermuda, the USS Pope escorted her first convoy eastwards to Casablanca, arriving on 23 September 1943. Subsequently, she escorted two more convoys into to the Mediterranean Sea. She then began work with Task Group TG 22.3, an antisubmarine task group centered on the aircraft carrier USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60). On 9 April 1944, the Pope’s task group sank the U-515 off French Morocco, and on 4 June, she participated in the capture of the German U-boat U-505 west of Cape Blanche. For her part in that action, the USS Pope received the US Presidential Unit Citation. The Pope continued operations with the USS Guadalcanal in the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea until the end of the war in the Atlantic and Europe. She assisted in the sinking of the U-boat U-546 on 24 April 1945.

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We salute this noble US veteran and will be eternally grateful for his sacrificial service on the seas during World War II.

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2015 Annual Awards Dinner – Ron Drennan Decorated with Chapter Distinguished Service Medal

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Medals and Decorations on December 16, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Approximately twenty Col. Stephen Trigg Compatriots and their guests gathered at the Crossroads Fellowship church in Cadiz this past weekend for the chapter’s third annual Awards Dinner.  Attendees enjoyed a catered barbecue supper from Porky’s BBQ in Cadiz and a program on the Battle of Blue Licks from author and historian Eddie Price.

Following the dinner and program, Kentucky Society President Chuck Scott presented several Patriot Grave Marking Medals and Col. Stephen Trigg President Geoff Baggett recognized chapter members with medals and certificates for their service in 2015.

The highest honor of the evening went to Ron Drennan of Owensboro, who joined the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter in 2014.  He was awarded the Chapter Distinguished Service Medal, the highest decoration awarded by a local chapter.  The chapter president is authorized to present just one of these awards each year to the recipient of his choice.

Ron

ALL AWARDS FOR 2015

Patriot Grave Marking Medal (Presented by KYSSAR Pres. Chuck Scott)

  • Ken Oakley
  • Ron Drennan
  • Glenn Greenfield
  • James Sumner
  • Geoff Baggett (Third Award)
  • Steve Mallory (Third Award)

Certificate Awards

2015 Col. Stephen Trigg Grave Marking Service Awards

  • James Sumner
  • Ron Drennan
  • Steve Mallory
  • Geoff Baggett

Color Guardsman of the Year Award: Steve Mallory

Colonel’s Muster Award (Top 5 Color Guard Participants)

  • Glenn Greenfield
  • Jack Dawson
  • Eddie Price
  • James Sumner
  • Ron Drennan

2015 Col. Stephen Trigg Service to Veterans Award

  • Glenn Greenfield
  • John Humphries

Medals and Pins

10-Year Service Pin – John Humphries

2015 Congress Medal – Eddie Price

Military Service Medal  – Steve Francis

Living Historian Award  – Rick Sheets

Veteran’s Service Medal

  • Geoff Baggett (With Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • Steve Mallory

Bronze Color Guard Medal

  • Geoff Baggett
  • Steve Mallory

Bronze Roger Sherman Medal – Geoff Baggett

New Member of the Year – Jack Dawson

Long Distance Member of the Year – Eddie Price

Chapter Distinguished Service Medal – Ron Drennan

Wreaths Across America 2015

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Wreaths Across America on December 14, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Approximately twenty people from the Trigg County community joined nine Compatriots of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter to celebrate the Wreaths Across America in the first-ever WAA ceremony held in Trigg County, Kentucky.

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Compatriots led the ceremony at the Lawrence Cemetery in rural Trigg County, rendering honors to the seven ceremonial wreaths, firing a flintlock rifle salute, and played taps in honor of the veterans.

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Following the ceremony, everyone present went about the task of placing wreaths on the graves pre-marked with new U.S. flags.

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Col. Stephen Trigg Compatriot Ronnie Mathis of Aurora Renders Honors at a Veteran's Grave

Col. Stephen Trigg Compatriot Ronnie Mathis of Aurora Renders Honors at a Veteran’s Grave

Thirty-five graves of veterans from World War I through the Vietnam War are located in the cemetery and marked by VA footstones or headstones.  Descendants helped identify another four veterans of the Civil War for marking.  Following the ceremony, the chapter had another fourteen wreaths available for placement.  Participants and  Compatriots took the remaining wreaths to other cemeteries and placed them on their ancestors’ graves.

Chapter President Geoff Baggett placed a single wreath and flag at the Military Memorial in East End Cemetery in Cadiz.  This monument names many of the Revolutionary War Patriots buried in Trigg County.

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Click this link to view the chapter’s photo album from the event.

World War II Veteran Honored Today!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Veteran's Appreciation Medal, Veterans on December 11, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

Compatriot Geoff Baggett honored a very special World War II veteran today with the chapter’s Veteran’s Appreciation Medal.  Frosty Martin, a native of Trigg County,  served in the United States Navy during the war.

Frosty Martin

Here’s a photo of Mr. Martin during the war …

 

Frosty Young

We salute you and thank you for your service, Mr. Frosty Martin!

Shopping for Veterans!

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter, Veterans Projects, Veterans Support on December 11, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

In November the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter received a sum of $500 as a “grant” from the Kentucky Society SAR for veterans’ causes.  The Pennyroyal Veteran’s Center in Hopkinsville provided a big “wish list” of items needed by the residents at their center so that we had a shopping guide for the $500 gift.

This week chapter president Geoff Baggett, accompanied by his wife, Kim, and daughter, Katie, took the cash to Wal-Mart and attacked the list!  They purchased a basket full of winter coats, gloves, winter caps, umbrellas, socks, underwear, t-shirts, and house slippers.  It was amazing how quickly $500 disappears!

The items are on display for this weekend’s annual dinner.  They will be delivered to PVC early next week,

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A Hero is Gone

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter on December 7, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a heroic soldier and honored Compatriot of the Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter.  Herbert Segler, 96, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, passed away overnight following a prolonged period of illness.

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Herb 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 Second Lieutenant in July 1942. He was assigned as a tank platoon leader at “Camp Campbell” (now Ft. Campbell, KY). 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 Division (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 in 1974 … after 44 years of combine active and reserve service.

After his retirement he worked for many years with the Internal Revenue Service and owned his own accounting business.

Herb Segler was a descendant of John Payne, Sr., of Virginia who rendered Patriotic Service during the Revolutionary War.  He was administered the oath of membership on the SAR on December 13, 2014.  During his short time in the SAR he was awarded the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal (2014) and the War Service Medal with World War II Device (2014).

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

His arrangements are incomplete at this time.  Hughart, Beard, & Giles Funeral Homes in Hopkinsville is in charge of arrangements.

Cadiz Christmas Parade

Posted in Col. Stephen Trigg Chapter on December 6, 2015 by Colonel Trigg - Virginia Militia

For the second consecutive year the Col.Stephen Trigg Chapter took part in the annual Cadiz Christmas Parade.  The event provided an excellent opportunity for the chapter to display its mission before hundreds of people in the community.

Plans are already in the works for a fantastic, creative float for next year!

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