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Know and Remember

During WW2 263 submarines conducted war patrols in the Pacific against Japan. 52 were lost and remain on Eternal Patrol. Remember

April 10, 1963

USS Thresher SSN 594 sinks in the Atlantic while conducting sea trials. 129 Crew and shipyard personnel lost. Remember

May 22, 1969

USS Scorpion,SSN-589. was lost with all hands 400 miles southwest of the Azores islands. There were 99 sailors onboard. Remember

August 26, 2021

13 U.S. service members  die during a terrorist bombing in Afghanistan.

They were:

Navy Corpsman Max Soviak of Berlin Heights, Ohio. His high school football coach described him as fearless. He was 22.

Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Knauss of Corryton, Tennessee, was a member of the 82nd Airborne. He was 23.

Marine Staff Sergeant Darin Hoover of Salt Lake City was serving his third tour of duty in Afghanistan. He was 31.

Marine Sergeant Johanny (JOE-honny) Rosario Pichardo of Lawrence, Massachusetts, was a member of her brigade’s Female Engagement Team. She was 25.

Marine Sergeant Nicole Gee of Sacramento, California, posted an Instagram photograph of herself cradling an Afghan baby and the caption, “I love my job,” just days before the attack. She was 23.

 Marine Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz of St. Charles, Missouri, liked to play video games, according to his father. He was 20.

Marine Lance Corporal Dylan Merola of Cucamonga, California, had been in Afghanistan for just more than a week. He planned to attend college and study engineering. He was 20.

Marine Lance Corporal Kareem Nikoui (nick who ē) of Norco, California, served in Junior ROTC before joining the Marines. He was 20.

Marine Corporal Hunter Lopez of Indio, California, was the son of two Riverside Sheriff’s Department officers. He was 22.

Marine Corporal Humberto Sanchez of Logansport, Indiana, was on the homecoming court during his senior year in high school. He was 22.

Marine Corporal. Daegan W. Page, of Omaha, Nebraska, a rifleman. A Boy Scout and played hockey for Omaha Westside in the Omaha Hockey Club. He was 23.

Marine Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, of Rio Bravo, Texas, a rifleman. He always told everyone that knew him that he was going to become a US Marine. He was 20.

Marine Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, of Jackson, Wyoming, a rifleman. He had dreamed of being a Marine since he was 3 years old. He was 20.

February 10, 1952

Air Force Major George Andrew Davis, Junior, was a World War II flying ace

Led his last aerial patrol mission, near the Manchurian border. Major Davis spotted 12 enemy MIG-15 aircraft speeding toward friendly fighter bombers. He sped through the rear of the enemy formation and downed two enemy MIGs. Rather than evade the enemy, who by then had been concentrating fire upon his aircraft, he reduced his speed to engage a third MIG-15. It was during this engagement that he sustained a direct hit and lost his life.



            Not only are these diverse men and women forever in our hearts, but for those who knew them, they are forever young.

            They came from every background, yet they shared a common goal – to serve America and make life better for others.

            It was the same spirt that drove our Korean War veterans seventy years ago.


From the American Revolution to the Global War on Terrorism, more than one million American veterans have made the Supreme Sacrifice. They died so that we could continue to cherish the things they loved – God, country, and family.

That is why we are gathered here on Memorial Day… to honor the memory of our fallen warriors who have given everything for their country.

We are also reminded on this day, that brave men and women have always stepped forward to take the oath of allegiance as members of America’s armed forces, willing to fight and if necessary, die for the sake of freedom.

In reflecting on the sacrifices of their comrades during World War I, the founders of The American Legion saw four common pillars as to why Americans so often answer their nation’s call – even to the point of sacrificing their lives.

They do it to provide a strong national defense – to keep America safe and secure against those enemies who would destroy our American way of life.

They do it for their fellow comrades … for those fighting by their side against all odds and for those who eventually separate from the military but proudly claim their status as veterans.

They do it for American core values of God and country – family, patriotism, and our freedom to worship as we please.

They do it for their children … so that they can grow up in an America that is strong and free.

It is through this last pillar – children – that we must continue to honor the spirit of these heroes. We must share the legacies and tell the stories of those who are no longer here.

Nearly 7,000 American men and women have died while fighting the Global War on Terrorism. Many were parents.

The loss felt by these Gold Star families is forever.

There are many tangible things we can do to honor the service of our fallen heroes. Primarily, take care of their loved ones. In some cases, this means providing financial assistance to help their children obtain higher education.

Across this great country, The American Legion and other Veterans Organizations are raising funds to ensure that college education will be a reality for these families.

It is also why we wear the Poppy, a symbol of hope that sprouted on a Belgian battlefield.

Memorial Day is about gratitude and remembrance. It is about honoring the men and women who made it possible for us to gather here today in peace.

But the reason that there is a Memorial Day – the reason that we are gathered here – is to remember those who made our way of life possible.

They truly are the guardians of our freedom.

Please give thanks to all those who have sacrificed.



Attention Veterans

No Special Announcements at this time

Web Site updated on May 19th, 2022

Follow us on FACE BOOK

The following are the Face Book Pages for the various Veterans Groups
that are found in Polk County NC. You can connect to all of the pages
and follow all of the veterans activities in Polk County NC.  Or you may
visit their web page further down for more information.

For VFW Post 9116 in Columbus NC

For the Veterans Memorial Park in Columbus NC

The Polk County NC Memorial Honor Guard

The American Legion Post 250, Tryon NC










The Two Military Service Posts in Polk County NC


Arlington Nation Cemetery



The Very First Vietnam Veterans
National Memorial

Constructed between 1968 ~ 1971
Started During  the 1968 TET Offensive.
Angel Fire    New Mexico
A 35 minute video.

Click here to view the history and the video



History of Bryant Homer Womack.
Polk County's Medal of Honor Recipient.
The Korean War Conflict.
Includes a special video.

The Womack P


The Veterans Park
Columbus, North Carolina

Below are pictures of the festivities
at the Veterans Park and the Parades
plus history of the Veterans Park
in Columbus, NC.

2002 History of the Veterans Park
This is from the Tryon Daily Bulletin - Nov. 8, 2002
- in a scanned PDF format.

2002 History of the Polk County Veterans
This was a listing of all of the Veterans
that were living in this area during this time.
From the Tryon Daily Bulletin
A Special Veterans Pullout Section - Nov. 8, 2002
- in a scanned PDF format.

2011 ~ Festivities at the Veterans Park
 and the Dedication of the House of Flags

2012 ~ Festivities at the Veterans Park

2013 ~ Veterans Day Parade

2015 ~ Veterans Day Parade

2016 ~ A Eagle Scout Project to put a roof
 on the Pavilion at the Veterans Park.

2016 ~ Veterans Day Parade

2017~  Veterans Day Parade
and a Presentation in Columbus, NC

2019 ~ Memorial Day at the Veterans Park

2019 ~ Dedication of the Charters Of Freedom
at the Veterans Park in Columbus, NC

2019 ~ Veterans Day Parade in Columbus, NC
Plus photos at the Veterans Park and Saluda, NC

2020 ~ The Veterans Park War Memorials
showing the progress that has been made to date.
This page has been updated on 6-30-21.

2020 ~ Veterans Day showing activities in both
Polk County NC Veterans Park and Saluda NC

2021 Veterans Day Parade in Columbus NC

2021 Honor Guard Firing Salute and Taps
at the Veterans Memorial Park. 
Sorry for the fuzzy picture but it was poring down
rain the hole time this took place.
To view the video click on this link:
Honor Guard Salute


Polk County Memorial Honor Guard

Pictures of the Polk County Memorial Honor Guard plus
requirements to become a member of the Honor Guard.

Polk County Memorial Honor Guard

Polk County Honor Guard had a little help from the Patriot Riders when they were at Black Mountain NC State Veterans Cemetery.

Flag Pool finally installed in front of the
American Legion Post 250, Tryon, NC

These are all of the various Veterans Posts located through out this area.
American Legion National
 Web Page
V.F.W. National Headquarters
Web Page
NC State American Legion HQ
Web Page
NC State V.F.W HQ.
Web Page
The American Legion is open to ANY Veteran that has served in any branch of the military and has a honorable discharge.  The Legion offers assistance and / or guidance to any Veteran in need or has to deal with the VA. The V.F.W. page has a list of military awards / ribbons that will indicate if you qualify for membership.  Please click on any link below and check to see if you  have earned one of the awards / ribbons. Please keep in mind that these are all combat zones in all years.

Post 10349
Mill Spring, NC

This site has been archived
for its history.

Post #4873
Landrum, SC

Post #4873 was merged with
Post #11252 in Chesnee SC in the spring of 2012.

DAV National Headquarters

D.A.V. Chapters are located in Hendersonville and Asheville NC.

Please Note: The Asheville DAV Chapter #2 has a office downtown but does not currently have a web page.  They hold their meetings the first Tuesday of each month in the Multi Purpose room of the VA Medical Center lower level starting at 1900 hrs. Sign in with campus police and they will direct you to the proper parking area.

D.A.V. Chapter #14
Hendersonville and Asheville NC State Page

DAV14.org local web page

The Hendersonville and Asheville Chapters have merged into one large chapter.  The DAV meets at the American Legion Hall Post 77 in Hendersonville NC. You pay for your own meal at the Post. They have a full kitchen and serve 3 meals a day. Please refer to web page for meeting dates and times.  

NC State V.V.A. HQ

V.V.A. Chapter #1049
Spartanburg SC

The contact person for this post is Larry Miller at 864-663-9482. This post holds their meeting on the 2nd Saturday at 0830 hrs. at the American Legion in Spartanburg SC  This meeting includes a breakfast with a RSVP required. No Web Page
at this time but they have a face book page only.
Contact via email is via vvachapter1049@yahoo.com.

 V.V.A. Chapter #124
Asheville NC

This chapter meets at the Charles George VA Hospital in the multi purpose room in the basement level of the VA Hospital at 1800 hrs. The meeting are normally held on the 3rd Tuesday each month. No web page at this time.

I have no current contact information at this time.


The History of TAPs

This is quite a telling story from the Civil War Era when this music was composed. This also includes the words which most people do not know exist.

The House of Flags
located in Columbus, North Carolina

This museum display more than 300 flags that represent
our country from its earliest days through today.
For more information and / or to schedule group tours contact them at:
www.houseofflags.org or call 828-894-5640 for more information.

The Above and Beyond Memorial

58,000+ Dog Tags for KIA's / MIA's.
The National Veterans Art Museum of Chicago, IL.

Vietnam Era ROMAD / FAC / TAC-P / J-TAC  Web Page
The Forward Air Controller and Radio Operator in the Vietnam Era

693rd Radar Squadron (AC&W ~ ADC)
Home Land Defense ~ Dauphin Island AL

KWVA Chapter 314

Korean War / Korean Defense Ribbons

The Korean war was over in 1954 but the Current USA Military Korean Defense is still on going and it does not have an end date yet insight. 

IF you were stationed at any time in South Korea as PCS for 30 days or more then you are qualified to have this Ribbon for the Korean Defense and thus you are eligible for being a member of this veterans group.

Please note that this ribbon - center above - is a Expeditionary Ribbon issued to all Korean Veterans of the actual Korean War.

Korean War Veterans Association, Chapter 314 of Western North Carolina, Upstate South Carolina, and Eastern Tennessee.

To become a member of this Korean Veterans Association please go to this link and fill out the form on line then either submit it on line or you may mail with your check to the address provided. 

This is the main KWVA National Headquarters website.

Application to Join the KWVA

Hendersonville Chapter 314 Web Page

Hendersonville Chapter 314 Facebook Page

Remember that "Freedom is Not Free"

 "Korean War Veterans in Their Own Words"

Below are some useful resource links for those Veterans that need this information.
Veterans Resources

What is a Typical Recruit

A Tribute To Our Troops
and a prayer for them. 

What Is A Vet 

Wife Of A Vet 

A Bit Of History

Just take a moment. Have you ever wondered what happened
to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? 

Please do not forget the

To Look Up A Loved Ones' Name And / Or
The Name Placement On The Vietnam Memorial Wall
Please visit this link:  http://thewall-usa.com/


This link will take you to the National Parks
Information Center for the Vietnam National Memorial.


The Wall's Stories and links