Monday, February 20, 2017

WORLD WAR 1, THE GREAT WAR, CENTENNIAL

 World War One Facts

Began - 28, July 1914

US Entered the War – 6, April 1917

US Men and Women Deployed – 4,272,500

Ended – 11, November, 1918

American Legion Formed in Paris 17 March 1919

Combatants Killed - 9,000,000

US Killed - 117,000

US Wounded – 204,000

Civilians Killed - 7,000,000

Total Casualties  - 16,000,000

Served From Carroll County 1,500

Carroll County Soldiers Killed: ----  22

BARRON, CHARLEY MOSLEY
BILLINGS, GEORGE
CARTER, HERMAN E
EIDSON, ALBERT MILTON
FOSTER, ROBERT ELVIS
HOLLAND, JAMES CASPER
JONES, BEN H
MARTIN, JAMES F
McCLAIN, BENJAMIN I
McELROY, RONNIE S
MILLER, DAMON
MOORE, JOSEPH GLEN
OWENS, JUSTICE
PASCAL, GEORGE ALBERT
PAYNE, CHARLIE W
RAYBUN, CHARLIE DOUGLAS
ROBINSON, JAMES A
ROOKS, SAMUEL I
SHORMAKE, JETHRO
SMITH, IRA
WALLACE, JAMES SAMUEL
YARGER, HENRY LEONARD










Sunday, February 19, 2017

WW 1 LOVE STORY BY DON LEVANS

A WW I Love Story
By Donald Levans
My father’s sister, (my aunt Elsie) was 18 when the US entered WWI She was a bright and pretty young lady, had graduated from Carrollton High School and was very well employed at the bank in Carrollton.


Elsie and Loyd Wester (a young man from the same community and church at Center Point in Carroll County) were close friends when he was drafted into the Army.  Over time, as letters flowed to and fro, they became closer. Many of those letters have remained in our family files.  They began during basic training (at Georgia Tech in Atlanta – Then to Quartermaster Training Camp at Jacksonville, FL.) - The letters that we have stopped there with the last one explaining that his outfit was moving to New Jersey for shipment to France.

Aunt Elsie died of pneumonia in March of 1920 and all that we knew over the years was that they had been planning to marry when the war ended and that she had these letters in her “Elsie Box.”  
When the Genealogical Society began working with Christian Montcriol’s WWI Research Project I discovered Loyd’s discharge papers:

This form reveals that he left the US for France Sept 23, 1918 and returned on July 26, 1919.  This surely brought new light to my wonderful Aunt’s “love story”.  She only lived 7 months following his return. This story is the reverse of many thousands that occurred during the war years - Almost always the soldier in the couple returned in a coffin - This was the other way around.

Loyd went on with life, used the mechanic training that he had received in Jacksonville to have a successful auto repair business - married a wonderful lady – raised a super family (all of which are dear friends of our entire family).  

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO AT THE CCVMP


Sometimes those of us in the CCVMP Association stay so involved with preparing the Park to receive plaques, selling and installing plaques, that we overlook the deep and meaningful family connections that our labors support and actually make possible. 

Wendell Furr (a Vietnam veteran) received a plaque as a Christmas gift in 2015 from his daughter (Stacy Furr and step son Jody Allgood).  While visiting from Las Vegas in 2016, Jody was given a tour of the Park along with Wendell's grandsons Turner and Ross Martin.  This happens hundreds of times each year when families gather.  In years to come Turner and Ross will bring their grandchildren here to this spot where they can learn that Freedom is Not Free - and that their Great Grandfather was one that paid for it!

I hope that this little reminder of the end results of all your efforts add meaning to your celebration of Christmas!!!   Don


Note from Editor:  I want to take it a step further and add that if you honor your Revolutionary Patriot with a plaque, you can take the history lesson and family legacy back more than two hundred years.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA - CARROLL COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK




                                  Wreaths Across America Ceremony
Members of the McIntosh Trail Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and American Legion Post 143 placed wreaths at the Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park at 12 noon on Saturday, December 17, 2016.  The ceremony was part of the nation-wide Wreaths Across America program during which approximately 400,000 wreaths were place at National  Cemeteries, Memorials, Veterans Parks and individual veterans' grave sites.  

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

VIETNAM VETERANS' PICTURE MADE AT THE VETERAN'S DAY PROGRAM AT THE CARROLL COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK


This is the picture of the Vietnam Area Veterans made at the CCVMP at the Veteran's Day program.  Here  is the note from the Times-Georgian photographer:


Subject: Photos available for print


Hi Don,

I am so sorry for the delayed response! Our team finally got everything sorted out with the My Capture team so we can begin to sell photos online and any can request prints of different sizes.

I am attaching the gallery link to the Vietnam Veterans photo gallery. You can order any photos from the gallery buy clicking the Buy Button at the lower right hand corner. Let me know if you need anything else.

http://www.times-georgian.com/gallery/veterans-program-for-vietnam-vets/collection_94f2eee0-c163-11e6-8ebe-f36525ff826f.html#2

Melanie Boyd
Photographer
The Times-Georgian
melanie@times-georgian.com

Saturday, December 10, 2016

REMEMBERING BILL COWART



William Guy “W.G.” Cowart, Jr, age 82, of Carrollton, passed away Thursday, December 08, 2016. He was born July 13, 1934 in Carroll County, Georgia to the late William Guy Cowart, Sr and Mary Haynes Cowart.
He proudly served in the United States Navy as a Navy Chaplain and also served two years in the United States Marine Corp. He was a retired Methodist Minister.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his siblings, Elizabeth Weathington, Verdie Nunnally, Evelyn Moore, Thomas Cowart, Eugene Cowart, and Rex Cowart.
He is survived by his loving wife, Charlotte Creel Cowart of Carrollton; son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Gina Cowart of Indiana; daughter and son-in-law, Irene and Robert Kelley of Kansas; three brothers, Terry Cowart, Travis Cowart, and Don Cowart; seventeen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Funeral service will be conducted Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 2:00 PM from Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel with Pastor Ken Stephens and Rev. Karen Kagiyama officiating. Interment will follow in Carroll Memory Gardens with Rev. Larry Patton presiding. Those serving as pallbearers will be Tanner Cowart, Baylon Kelley, Kade Crawford, Seth Crawford, Joseph Crawford, and Matt Crawford. The U.S. Navy Honor Guard will perform military honors.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12:00 PM until the hour of service.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be made to the Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park Association, Inc., P. O. Box 1062, Carrollton, Georgia 30112. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.martin-hightower.com. Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel of Carrollton has charge of the arrangements.

Fountain Dedication 5-24-2008

"We dedicate this fountain to the veterans and their families, who served this country honorably and gave us the freedoms we enjoy. We honor their sacrifices and brave service. 
They are our heroes!"
"Almighty God, as we meet together, we pause to give you thanks for your abiding presence in our country. We thank you for our forefathers who established this great nation and gave us the opportunity to live in freedom. Guide us and direct us to wise decisions that we might continue the legacy left to us by all those
who, throughout our history, labored to preserve our American Heritage and way of life. We pray your continual blessing upon our veterans and armed forces. Protect us against all that threatens our nation's welfare, and keep us always in your warm embrace and loving care. In your holy name we pray. Amen."

Remembering Bill Cowart: He served as Chaplain of the CCVMP and was a regular and faithful Chaplain!
At our Memorial Day Program on May 24, 2016, Chaplain Bill Cowart read my dedication speech – since I was at home with a broken leg!  The Community Foundation gave us a $20,000 matching grant to build the fountain - this was the first added feature to the Park.  
Thank you Bill for your service!                                                            -Violette Denney

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

ROGER KNOWLES IS THANKED FOR HIS SERVICE TO THE VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK


Director Roger Knowles (right) finished his term as Director of the Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park and was presented a plaque in recognition of his service.  The plaque was presented by President Don Levans.  Knowles has served faithfully for many years and has now retired from his most recent job as Director.  We look forward to his continued support of the Veterans Park.