The SAR Magazine

Spring 2019

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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36 SAR MAGAZINE Col. James Wood II Chapter The Col. James Wood II Chapter held a Revolutionary War grave-marking ceremony for Capt. Adam Heiskell, a member of the "Dutch Mess," serving with Gen. Daniel Morgan during the war. The ceremony was held at the Mount Hebron Cemetery in Winchester, Va., on Saturday, April 6. VA SAR President Peter Davenport assisted with the color guard duties and dedication of the new memorial headstone. Those attending as honor guard and participants were, above from left, Paul Christensen, Rev. Raleigh Watson, Marc Robinson, Rev. James Simmons, Clay Robinson, State President Davenport, Mike Weyler (president, Col. William Grayson Chapter), Paul Chase (VASSAR Color Guard Commander), Patrick Corey, Mike Dennis (Culpeper Minute Men Color Guard Commander), Deborah Corey, Chapter President Dale Corey and Charles Jameson (1st VP, Culpeper Minute Men Chapter). Additional members of the Col. James Wood II Chapter who participated were Wayne Barringer, Marshall DeHaven, Don Dusenbury, Gary Fletcher, Stephen Gahr, Fred Gill, Jack Lillis, Bob Thomasson and Bill Wood (piper). Also participating in the wreath ceremony was Regent Sara Boppe of the Fort Loudoun Chapter of the DAR. Fairfax Resolves Chapter During the VASSAR 129th annual meeting in Richmond, Va., on Feb. 9, the Fairfax Resolves Chapter proudly celebrated its selection as the Best Very Large Chapter of the Year and receipt of the Chapter Excellence Award for 2018. Chapter President Jeff Thomas, current Virginia SAR second VP, was awarded Citizen of the Year. Chapter Second VP/ Genealogist Dave Cook was conferred five stars for his endeavors in identifying forgotten Patriots. The chapter celebrated the VASSAR selection of two Chapter Youth Program nominees, including Eagle Scout and the Joseph S. Rumbaugh Oration contest, both of which will represent the Virginia SAR at the National Congress in California. Finally, the chapter's Public Service nominee, technician Duane Lawrence of Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, was selected for the Virginia SAR Fire and Safety Commendation. WASHINGTON SOCIETY John Paul Jones Chapter On Christmas season since its inception, the John Paul Jones Chapter has engaged in an effort to solicit donations of small personal items and donated them to the Washington State Veterans Home in Retsil, near Port Orchard, Wash. At every chapter meeting, a donation box is placed, and items such as toiletries, warm throw blankets, socks, books and magazines are requested from chapter members. This drive has been spearheaded by Compatriot Dave Blevins, and chapter members have always been generous. Seven large shopping bags of gifts were given on Dec. 6, 2018, to the approximately 300 residents. The chapter has maintained close ties with the Retsil Home, giving back to those who have honorably served. At Crownhill Elementary School in Bremerton, Wash., Compatriots Fred Gilbert and Doug Nelson gave an educational presentation to 52 students, including three fifth- grade classes, together with homeschoolers. Gilbert talked about his Patriot ancestor, Sgt. John Gilbert, a Continental soldier, and Nelson spoke about a day in Colonial life. About 40 Colonial items were brought for the students to see and handle, engaging the them and their curious minds. At the end of the presentation, the teachers were given a copy of the Declaration of Independence. Mid-Columbia Chapter Kelly Schultz was sworn in as president during the chapter's first meeting of the year. Compatriot Richard Roddy is vice president. Following the business portion of the meeting, President Schultz gave an informative speech on medicine during the Revolutionary War and demonstrated the use of a tourniquet. On Feb. 2, Kelly and Karen Schultz attended the Sea Cadet Banquet and presented the Good Citizenship Medal and Certificate to Seaman PO1 Anton Hughes. Compatriot Bernie Beldin shared a video acknowledgement of the valor of Loyce Deen, a World War II Navy airman who gave all for his country. It can be found at jpt6Bvr2L-s?rel=0&controls=0&showinf . In the video's opening seconds, when the plane is landing, the gunner's position is shot up while the pilot's cockpit ahead of it is undamaged. (You don't have to wonder where the ground gunners were aiming.) Later, a corpsman takes a fingerprint of the deceased gunner. The chaplain prays and Taps is played before sailors push the aircraft and the patriotic airman over the aft of the carrier and watch it sink into the Pacific. This is what 18-year-olds were doing in 1944. This two-minute video is testimony of "what actually made this country great, an ordinary guy doing extraordinary things." We may be the last generation to understand the sacrifices that were made so that we may live in freedom. In the rotunda of the Virginia State Capitol, from left, are Compatriots Jeff Thomas, Larry McKinley, Dave Cook, Chapter President Tim Dioquino, Carl Loveland, Rich Garlick, Ken Bonner and Darrin Schmidt. Compatriots also attending the annual meeting, but not shown, were Rick Abbott and Bill Denk.

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