PHOTO GALLERY: American Legion Post 21 honors living WWII veterans

Jeff Bobo • Updated Nov 6, 2017 at 4:11 PM

ROGERSVILLE — American Legion Post 21 honored living World War II veterans in Hawkins County during a ceremony Saturday at the post. And although not all of them were able to be there, 11 attended the event.

Each received a certificate and a plaque recognizing their service in WWII as well as a book of newspaper clippings from the era that Post 21 printed containing the names of several of the veterans in attendance Saturday. 

Former Post Commander Raymond Hice said there are 18 living WWII veterans in Hawkins County who are Post 21 members. There are others who aren’t Post 21 members.

The county’s two oldest WWII veterans known to Post 21, Sherman Whitaker and Robert Williams, are 97 years old. 

Hice said WWII veterans who couldn’t attend Saturday’s ceremony will receive their certificate, plaque and booklet by personal delivery.

Among WWII veterans in attendance Saturday were Charlie McLain, James Klepper, James Alley, Strokley Trent, Sherman Whitaker, Dana Fields, Ralph Bass, Leon Gladson, Joseph Baker, Lawrence Shoemaker and Isaac Price.

Among the Post 21 WWII veterans who are members but couldn’t attend the event were John Arnott, Larkin Delph, Jack Smallwood, Albert Horne and Evertt Hatch Sr.