Nov 232020

The Rotary Club of Beaufort’s November 18th luncheon meeting was dedicated to veterans and honored four very special Beaufort veterans – two who served during World War II and two who served during the Korean War. The program began with Rotary President Robert Bussa presenting a check for $1,000 to Honor Flight Savannah, represented by the organization’s two board members who are Rotarians, Owen Hand and Jim Weiskopf.  The $1,000 grant recognizes the large number of Beaufort veterans who participate in the twice a year visits to Washington, DC sponsored by Honor Flight Savannah.  Veterans do not pay for their trip to see the nation’s war memorials.  Donations like the one from the Beaufort Rotary underwrite the expenses. Next, the Rotary introduced Mrs. Margie Macready, a Beaufort resident, a quilter, and the President of the local chapter of the Quilts of Valor Foundation.  The mission of Quilts of Valor is to cover veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts of valor.  The quilts were presented to Ray Stocks and Robert Cummings whose military service was during World War II, and to Carl White and Guy McSweeney, who served during the Korean War.  Stocks served 21 years in the Army Air Corps and later in the US Air Force, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.  During his career, he served in a unit that was inspected by Colonel Charles Lindberg, and he flew twice in aircraft piloted by Jimmy Stewart.  Robert Cummings is a Marine.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1945 at age 17 and completed his recruit training at Parris Island.  His service was in post-war Japan.  He returned to Parris Island in 1949 for discharge, and Beaufort has remained his home.  Guy McSweeney was commissioned in the US Air Force upon his graduation from The Citadel in 1950.  He trained on the military’s first jet performance combat aircraft, the F80, and flew 100 missions in Korea without a mishap.  He left the service after seven years in the rank of Captain.  Carl White served in the Army as a Specialist 5th Class and was stationed in Korea.  His service was from 1955 through 1958. Following the quilt presentations, Carl Wedler, the Beaufort County Director of Veterans Affairs spoke to the Rotarians and answered questions concerning veterans programs and benefits.  The Rotary Club of Beaufort hosts “hybrid” meetings, with its members either attending in person or virtually using Zoom.

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