Above from left to right, Calvin Clark, Ira Clue and Jim Richardson received their awards for lenghty VFW memberships, as handed by Guy Bayes.
ROCHELLE—Nine out of 10 World War II veterans in the Rochelle area Floyd J. Tilton VFW post 3878 received awards that landmarked their many years of service. The 10th member, Robert Sage, was out of town but also earned the award alongside his peers.
The men received this distinguished honor at the March 18 monthly VFW meeting.
Guy Bayes, senior vice commander, along with Rich Griffin, junior vice commander, passed out the awards to the veterans in honor of their service.
“Some of the men were really overjoyed,” Bayes said. “We’ve received nothing but positive feedback on the night and I felt really honored to have recognized these men that put in so many years of service with the VFW. It was impressive.”
Bayes also said that he was amazed with their length of service.
“We have quite a few men that have been with us for 65 years now and 70 is the maximum award. Some of these men are in their upper 90s and participate. It’s pretty amazing,” he said.
In addition to the World World II VFW veterans, others were also awarded, including those who have served in the Korean, Vietnam and Afghanistan wars. Although the meeting recognized all, the event was centered on the eldest group of the World War II veterans.
Floyd J. Tilton VFW post 3878 WWII veterans:
Bernard W. Parsely, 65-year pin
Ira J. Clue, 50-year pin
Jim Richardson, 30-year pin
Robert J. Swanson, 20-year pin
Calvin E. Clark, 30-year pin
Jules E. Cote, 65-year pin
Bertrand J. Cote, 65-year pin
James T. Moorehead, 55-year pin
Larry D. Miller, 20-year pin
Robert Sage, 65-year pin (not in attendance).