The Elizabethtown and Bladenboro Rotary Clubs honored Bladen County veterans of World War II in a special ceremony on Wednesday at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. In all, fifteen (15) veterans were honored but two were unable to attend the ceremony.
“By their honor, courage and commitment they defeated evil in the world and did not allow the evil axis to enter the shores of our homeland,” said Rotarian Darrell Page as he paid tribute to the veterans.
Elizabethtown Rotary Club President Charlotte Smith and Bladenboro Rotary Club President Shirley Bridgers presented each veteran with a hat and a medallion to commemorate the event. US Congressman Robert Pittenger presented each of the veterans a flag that was flown over the Capitol building and US Congressman David Rouzer presented each of the veterans with a Letter of Commendation.
Rotarian Wayne Schaeffer introduced each veteran to the audience. Those honored were: Clifford Allen, Pvt. First Class United States Army; Jasper D. Evans, Motor Machinist Mate Third Class US Navy; Johnnie W. Evans, Technician Fifth Grade, US Army; Richard Frady Sr., Pharmacist’s Mate, US Navy; William J. Hair, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate, US Navy; James R. Heath, Seamon First Class, US Navy; Rufus Kendrick Hester, Technician Fifth Grade, US Army; James Rudolph Inman, Pvt. First Class, US Army; Fletcher Kemp, Staff Sgt. (E-5) US Army Air Force; Robert Simmons, Seaman First Class, US Navy; Edward M. Wallace, Seaman First Class, US Navy; Robert A. White, Sgt. US Army; Harry G. Womble, Pvt. US Army; James W. Wooten, Metalsmith Third Class, US Navy; and Bartram Moore.