The SAR Magazine

Summer 2018

The SAR MAGAZINE is the official quarterly publication of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution published quarterly.

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buried in the family plot at St. Martin's Church, Bladon, Oxfordshire, England, not far from his birthplace at Blenheim. President Harry S Truman President Harry S Truman became the 33rd president of the United States and served from 1945-1954. Truman was born in Lamar, Missouri on May 8, 1884. He served in the U.S. Army during WWI. He saw action in France, was discharged from service as a captain, and later served as a senator for Missouri and as vice president of the United States. Upon completing his second presidential term in 1953, President Truman returned home to Independence, Missouri and wrote his memoirs. As we know, President Truman accompanied Churchill at the "Iron Curtain Speech." Several of Truman's ancestors who served during the Revolutionary War have been identified. Revolutionary War Patriots on his mother's side were Michael Goodnight, John Gregg, William Scott and Jacob Young. Revolutionary War Patriots on his father's side were Richard Shipp, James Holmes and Robert Taylor. Records have not been found to document the Revolutionary War service of William R. Truman Sr. Truman joined the SAR in 1967 under his ancestor, Lt. James Holmes of the 2nd Regiment of the Virginia Militia, who served from 1777 to 1781. Truman is one of 16 U.S. presidents who became members of the SAR. In 1967, at Truman's home in Independence, SAR president General Lee Young Smith presented the former U.S. president with his SAR membership certificate, SAR membership insignia badge and SAR Gold Good Citizenship Medal. Truman died in Kansas City, Missouri on Dec. 26, 1972 at the age of 88. At the request of his wife, Bess, the funeral service for Truman was held in the President Harry S Truman Library, and the burial was in the courtyard at Independence, Missouri. The Missouri Society of SAR considers it a privilege to be able to place a plaque at the National Churchill Museum honoring Compatriot Sir Winston Churchill and Compatriot President Harry S Truman. The Missouri Society is very appreciative of the National Churchill Museum permitting a plaque to be placed honoring these two compatriots. For more information, visit www.nationalchurchillmuseum.org . — Dennis J. Hahn, Missouri Society SAR President (2017-18) MISSISSIPPI SOCIETY Joseph Warren Chapter Edward Campbell, president of the Joseph Warren Chapter of Vicksburg, Mississippi, presented the Bronze Roger Sherman Medal and Certificate to member and Chapter Historian Chad Coutch. Coutch was presented the award because of his enthusiasm and hard work in helping to reactivate the chapter. He currently has six supplemental Revolutionary ancestors on which he is working. Compatriot Campbell was also awarded the Silver Roger Sherman Medal and Certificate for his efforts in reactivating the chapter. NEBRASKA SOCIETY The two chapters of the Nebraska Society, Lincoln and Omaha, continue with their monthly meetings. At the April meeting of the Omaha Chapter, Compatriot Roy William "Bill" Prather Jr. from Liberty, Missouri was a guest of past North Central Vice President General Fred Walden. Prather is the father of Fred and Janet Walden's pastor at the First Baptist Church of Omaha, Nebraska and was visiting his son. Also attending the Omaha Chapter meeting from Lincoln, Nebraska was Nebraska State Secretary John Reinert. NEVADA SOCIETY Signers Chapter The Signers Chapter participated in 26 ROTC/JROTC awards programs this year, including 21 at high schools in the Las Vegas area, three at high schools in Pahrump, Nevada and St. George, Utah, and two at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Donald Hotchkiss, chapter president, was the keynote speaker at Dixie High School's JROTC awards program in St. George on May 4. Compatriots Leonard Becker, Jay Chapman, Michael Gravitt, Jeff Gutting, Don Hotchkiss, Bill Jones, Larry Kesler, Dan Orr, Gary Parriott, Antonio Reyes, Charles Smith, Tommy Thompson and Douglas Walker presented the awards. Michael Gravitt served as ROTC/JROTC awards chair for 2018. NEW JERSEY SOCIETY Colonel John Rosenkrans Chapter The Col. John Rosenkrans Chapter, NJSSAR participated in the April 21 grave-marking ceremony for Pvt. Matthew Davis at the Old Newton Burial Ground, Newton, New Jersey. Davis was born on April 30, 1745 in New York. He married Phebe Wells, and their children included Matthew Livingston Davis and George Davis. Patriot Davis died on Sept. 24, 1780. He served during the Revolutionary War, first as a private in the 3rd Company, "The Line," 3rd Regiment of the New York Troops under Col. James Clinton; 42 SAR MAGAZINE

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