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Williams, decorated WW II veteran, dies
JUL 12, 2020

Dewey “Skin” Williams, Jr.
 

Dewey “Skin” Williams, Jr., a decorated World War II veteran with the U.S. Navy, who served in the Pacific Theater, died Friday. He was 97.

Williams was assigned to the USS Landing Ship Tanks (LST 268) and was involved in the Marshall Islands and Okinawa assault and occupations, and the capture and occupation of Saipan, among other operations.

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WW II veteran, first member of Volunteer Taylors FD dies
AUG 29, 2019

John D. Riddle, Sr.
 

A World War II veteran and original member of the Taylors Volunteer Fire Department died Thursday.

U.S. Navy veteran John D. Riddle, Sr., served aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid that fought campaigns in the Pacific Theater during WW II.

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All it takes is one good guy with a gun
DEC 26, 2018

Scott White has vast of experience training law enforcement, military, and religious organizations in countering active shooters via reality-based programs.
 
 

By SCOTT WHITE

The holiday season is in full swing and most of us experience a host of welcome distractions.

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Pearl Harbor bombing victim coming home to be buried
DEC 5, 2018

Navy Fireman 2nd Class Carl Dorr of Anderson is coming home today to be buried.
 

Navy Fireman 2nd Class Carl Dorr of Anderson is coming home today to be buried. He died 77 years ago during the Japanese bombing at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Dorr was 27 when he was serving aboard the USS Oklahoma when it came under attack. The ship sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The Oklahoma was the only ship capsized at Pearl Harbor. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Dorr.

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Veterans Career Day at City Hall today
NOV 12, 2018

A Veterans Career Fair is scheduled Monday, (Nov. 12) from 1 – 6:30 p.m. at Greer City Hall.

The event will include professional development workshops, a job fair and a networking hour for all participants and employers.

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Restaurants honor vets, military with free meals, appetizers, desserts
NOV 10, 2018

Restaurants honor vets, military with free meals, appetizers, desserts

Veterans, active duty military and reservists will be honored with a smorgasbord of options at restaurant chains over Veterans Day weekend.

Bring a valid military ID and it’s suggested to call in advance for participating restaurants.

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NGU to honor Upstate veterans at free recognition event
OCT 22, 2018

NGU to honor Upstate veterans at free recognition event

North Greenville University will honor U.S. military veterans from the NGU Family as well as from across the Upstate on Monday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m,. at the Upcountry History Museum in Greenville.

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Veteran's home gets solar panel system, installation
AUG 5, 2018

David and MichelleHill's  home received solar panel system with installation.
 
 

A Greer veteran’s home was provided a solar panel system with installation from an upstate roofing company.

David Hill, a military veteran and his wife, Michelle are expected to save more than $1,000 annually in energy costs, according to Guy Roofing, the company that donated and installed the system.

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Trip to Normandy led to Memorial Day song honoring heroes
MAY 23, 2018

“I think that this is an apt message for Memorial Day as we honor those who gave everything so that all Americans can live free.”“Remember Us”, written by Randy Hatcher
 
 

What started as a trip to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial last fall, has turned into a song about honoring our nation’s heroes and patriotic legacy for a long-time Augusta resident.

“Remember Us”, was written by Randy Hatcher and released as a song by a group of Nashville musicians led by Rich Eckhardt, the lead guitar player for Toby Keith.

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Burnell served in three wars, wrote manual on every WWII aircraft
MAR 28, 2018

Ralph Ransom Burnell lived a storied life that included serving in three wars and resulted in a maintenance manual for every plane in service during World War II.
 

Ralph Ransom Burnell lived a storied life that included serving in three wars and resulted in a writing a maintenance manual for every plane in service during World War II.

Burnell retired after a 30-year career in the U.S. Navy. He also served in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

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Special events planned for Veterans Day
NOV 11, 2017

Special events planned for Veterans Day

• Restaurants offer vets specials

Veterans Day is Saturday. Here’s a list of this weekend’s events.

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265 veterans employed at SRHS are honored
NOV 10, 2017

265 veterans employed at SRHS are honored

The Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System honored 265 veterans Friday with a luncheon.

“On Veterans Day, we remember those that have and do serve our country, and we extend our gratitude for their valor, sacrifice, courage and soul,” said Spartanburg Regional CEO Bruce Holstien. “On this day we celebrate those who have dedicated their lives to our freedom.”

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Restaurants are honoring vets with specials
NOV 10, 2017

Restaurants are honoring vets with specials

Restaurants are honoring vets during Veterans Day weekend with complimentary meals or specials.

Be prepared to have proof of military service, which can include a VA Universal Access Card, Military ID, DD-214 (Discharge Papers), Veterans Service Organization Card (VSO's include groups like the VFW, DAV, AmVets, MOAA, FRA, and the American Legion), a state-issued ID that shows veteran status or in some cases businesses will accept a picture of the veteran in uniform, according to military.com.

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Veterans Day event at Eastside YMCA Saturday
NOV 2, 2017

Veterans Day event at Eastside YMCA Saturday

A Veterans Day event is planned for Saturday at the Eastside Family YMCA in Taylors from 1-4 p.m.

Veterans and active military, and first responder organizations will be honored beginning with a color guard posting of colors at 1:15 p.m.

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Boys and Girls club enjoy visit from Navy Chief and don gear
SEP 13, 2017

Technician Chief Matthew Ludwig, from Greenville, helps a member of the Murray Boys and Girls Club don gear during Salt Lake City Navy Week.
 

Technician Chief Matthew Ludwig, from Greenville, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 1, helps a member of the Murray Boys and Girls Club don EOD gear during Salt Lake City Navy Week.

Navy Week programs serve as the principal outreach effort into areas of the country without a significant Navy presence, helping Americans understand that their Navy is deployed around the world, around the clock, ready to defend America at all times.

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Mathis, Purple Heart winner and WW II hero, dies
AUG 25, 2017

Eugene H. Mathis
Purple Heart winner, World War II hero

• Obituary

Purple Heart winner and WWII hero Eugene H. Mathis, Jr., died Wednesday in Spartanburg.

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Freedom Blast sparks celebration of music, military and fireworks
JUN 23, 2017

Uncle Sam Wants You ... to come to Freedom Blast at City Park Saturday.
 

“At the end of the day, all a veteran really wants is to hear is thank you.”
The late Preston Johnson, former S.C. Disabled American Veterans Commander

This is the 9th year Greer has celebrated Freedom Blast, coinciding with the opening of the new City Hall and its expansive park in 2008.

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Two veterans from Taylors die
JUN 20, 2017

Two veterans from Taylors die

Two veterans from Taylors died Monday.

Ernest Nathaniel Holbert, 81, and Robert William Houston, 76, both served in the Armed Services.

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Memorial Day event scheduled at Veterans Park, concert at Brushy Creek Baptist
MAY 26, 2017

Memorial Day event scheduled at Veterans Park, concert at Brushy Creek Baptist

There are several Memorial Day commemorations and family holiday events scheduled during Monday.

Greer’s Veterans Park, at 17th Street, will host a memorial event, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. that includes a wreath placed at the wall of fallen soldiers, the Spartanburg Rifle and Drill Team and the traditional flag ceremony to symbolize those who died in active military service.

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Tunes in the Park, Idol is in the past, International Festival, Railfest back on track for 2017
JAN 11, 2017

Railfest was the newest and among the most popular family-friendly event added to the City of Greer's entertainment schedule.
 

UPDATE:  Tunes in the Park has been picked up for the 2017 season. Only Greer Idol was cancelled for this year.  Dates for this year's Tunes in the Park are below:

June 9th - Carolina Coast Band
June 16th - Tellico
June 30th - Sonbachá
July 7th - The Might Kicks!
July 14th - New River Bluegrass
July 21st - Soulution

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