Military Honor Roll

Of Irmo Family Worship Center

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Raymond Samuel Younginer. (1896-1996). WWI Veteran. Drafted into the U.S. Army in 1918 at age 22. Basic training at Fort Jackson, SC. Served with the 4th Training Battalion, 156th Depot Brigade to June 29, 1918; Battery A, 9th Regiment Field Artillery RD to August 9, 1918; Battery D 21st Field  Artillery. American Expeditionary Forces to February 21, 1919; Evacuation Hospital 18th American Expeditionary Forces to March 15, 1919; Battery D, 21 Field Artillery to discharge.  American Expeditionary Forces August 21, 1918 to July 26, 1919. Honorable Discharge July 30, 1919. 5th Division in a replacement detachment stationed in France. [SCDAH]

A Resolution from the State of South Carolina honoring Mr. Younginer can be viewed by clicking on his picture!


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Furman Raymond Younginer. (1943-1945) WWII Veteran. Son of Raymond Samuel Younginer.  Entered active duty in the United States Army on April 15, 1943. Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.  Overseas Service European Theater of Operations September 24, 1943 to December 6, 1945. Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno. Awarded Good Conduct Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two bronze stars; the World War II Victory Medal; and the Army of Occupation Meritorious Unit Award.  Honorable discharge as Private First Class, Headquarter Company, 2675 Regiment, Allied Control Commission for Italy,  on December 14, 1945. [SCDAH]
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Al Karst. WWII Veteran.  Entered Active Duty on September 4, 1940, United States Marine Corps. Basic Training at Parris Island, South Carolina. Served in 1st Marine Division at Guadalcanal. Discharged as Corporal on October 18, 1945. [SCDAH]. After an initial enlistment in the Marine Corps, he enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Al is a modest man, very reluctant to tell of his achievements, but I would like to mention a couple here as he deserves the recognition. Al experienced the real horror of war in the South Pacific while at Guadalcanal and other places like New Britain. In the U.S. Army, he served as a Drill Sergeant.  While a Sergeant First Class, Al was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for "Heroism" on June 27, 1957. He saved the life of a trainee when a hand grenade was dropped during a training exercise.  On August 22, 1988, he was awarded the Governor's Award of Appreciation by South Carolina Governor Carroll Campbell.  The certificate reads "In appreciation for outstanding service to the State of South Carolina and its people".  On January 26, 1991, he received an "Award of Merit" which read as follows: "A life is what you make it, thank you from your friends and all those you have helped during a lifetime of unselfish service to God and Country and your fellow man".    (click on his picture to see about his involvement with community youth as a martial arts instructor)

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Jacob Earl Eargle, Jr.  Desert Shield/Desert Storm Veteran. Enlisted into the South Carolina Air National Guard (Active/Reserve Guard) at age19. Entered active duty on February 9, 1980. Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Actively serving as Security Police in the 169th Security Forces Squadron at McIntire Air National Guard Station near Columbia, SC. Served in the Persian Gulf War-Desert Shield/Desert Storm from January 15, 1990 to April 10, 1990 with the 1701 Security Police Squadron (provisional), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Other deployments include Regge Air Station, Norway and Ramstien Air Base, Germany. Awards include the Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with valor, Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze stars and the Kuwait Liberation Medal.
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Timothy E. Bradshaw Jr. Viet Nam Era Veteran. Enlisted age 18, January 1972 on Delayed Entry Program as a high school student. Reported for basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Training Depot, Parris Island, SC on July 3, 1972. While in basic training completed combat training at Infantry Training Regiment, Camp Gieger, N.C.  Completed Marine Non-Commissioned Officer Training Course, Marine Corps Institute.   Served in Public Affairs under Chief of Staff, Marine Corps Development and Education Command, Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA. Fleet Hometown News Editor, Photographer and Writer. Temporary duties as "Chaser" (prisoner escort).   Honorable discharge in December 1975. Highest rank attained was Sergeant.  Earned the National Defense Service Medal and the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and Sharpshooter Rifle Badge.
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David Jordan. Viet Nam Era Veteran. Enlisted November1969, into the South Carolina Air National Guard, McIntire Air National Guard Station Base, Columbia, SC.  Basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Attended Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE) school at Chanute Air Force Base, Ill. Served as  AGE mechanic until Honorable Discharge in November 1975. Highest rank attained was Staff Sergeant. Earned the National Defense Service Medal
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Jacob E. Eargle. (1897-1996).   Mr. Eargle was employed at the Shipyard in Jacksonville, Florida during WWI. He was exempted from the draft due to his occupation.  His skills were needed in the shipbuilding/repair business, which was a great contribution to the war effort.

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William Edward Barrus. (1956-1976) Viet Nam Veteran. Entered the United States Air Force, age 17, on July 25, 1956. Basic Training at Parks Air Force Base, California. Attended Jet Engine School at Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, Texas. Military Occupation was Jet Engine Mechanic. Duty assignments included service at Mrytle Beach AFB, S.C; Turner AFB, Albany, Ga.; 7406 Squadron, Rhine Main AFB, Germany; Holoman AFB, Almagordo, N.M.;  Thule, Greenland;  444 Fighter Interceptor Squadron, Charleston, S.C.; Thali AFB, Thailand;  Chanute AFB, Rantoul, Ill.; Laughlin AFB, Del Rio Texas. Awards include, Good Conduct Medal (2), Air Force Longevity in Service (4), Air Force Outstanding Unit, National Defense Service Medal, Viet Nam Service Medal, Republic of Viet Nam Campaign Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon. Combat duty at Thali AFB, Thailand, September 1966- September 1967. Retired as Master Sergeant, August 1, 1976.
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Marion F. Fisher. (1951-1971) Viet Nam Veteran. Entered the United States Air Force at age 16 in June, 1951. Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Served with the Security Police until retirement in July 1971. Attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. Awards include the Air Force Good Conduct Medal with one bronze loop, National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star, Air Force Longevity Service Award with three oak leaf clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and Air Force Good Conduct Medal with two oak leaf clusters.
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Ronnie Bryant. (1973-Present) Desert Shield/Desert Storm Veteran. Enlisted in the South Carolina Air National Guard at age 17. Entered active duty on September 12, 1973. Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. First 18 years serving as Aviation Electronics Specialist. Since 1991 to present serving as a Master Sergeant, Quality Assurance Specialist in the 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Air National Guard Station near Columbia, SC.  Served in the Persian Gulf War-Desert Shield/Desert Storm from December 25, 1990 to June 30, 1991. Awards include Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabian Government) and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait).

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William T. Pittman.  1905-1982. WWI and WWII Veteran. South Carolina. United States Naval Reserve.

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John R. Glenn.  (1897-1966). WWI Veteran. Entered United States Army at Charleston, SC, August 6, 1918 at age 21. A member of Company B Pioneer Infantry to November 2, 1918; 331st Infantry to December 6, 1918; Company G 106th Infantry to discharge April 1, 1919. Private, American Expeditionary Forces, September 15, 1918 to March 6, 1919. [SCDAH]
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Robert Foxworth.



Whereas, the General Assembly notes that Raymond Samuel Younginer was born on February 7, 1896, in the Dutch Fork area of the site of the present St. Andrews Presbyterian Church; and thus on February 7, 1996, will be celebrating the centenary of his birth; and

Whereas, Raymond Samuel Younginer is the fifth of ten children born to Samuel Thomas and Mary Lou Shealy Younginer; and

Whereas, Raymond Samuel Younginer is a descendant of Emanuel Seastrunk, a munitions maker during the Revolutionary War; and

Whereas, at the age of twenty-two, Mr. Younginer was drafted into the United States Army on June 24, 1918, trained at Camp Jackson, was shipped to France, and assigned to the 21st Heavy Artillery of the 5th Division with which unit he served during the remainder of the First World War; and

Whereas, Mr. Younginer recalls that one night on a battlefield, he heard one of his favorite hymns, "Since Jesus Came Into My Heart" being sung by fellow soldiers in a nearby tent and soon the night air was filled by other soldiers joining in the song. He served as a member of the occupation troops and returned to the United States in July 1919 aboard the T.S.S. Rotterdam; and

Whereas, Raymond Samuel Younginer returned to his farm in Irmo and married Gertrue Petty of Greenville. On February 18, 1996, Mr. and Mrs. Younginer will celebrate their seventy-third wedding anniversary. They are the parents of six children with seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren; and

Whereas, Mr. Younginer was appointed postmaster of Irmo in 1929 in which position he served for almost twenty years and then transferred to the position of rural letter carrier. After thirty-eight years and at the age of seventy, Mr. Younger retired from the postal service; and

Whereas, Raymond Samuel Younginer was elected chairman of the Irmo precinct of the Lexington County Registration and Election Commission and served in that capacity for fifteen years; and

Whereas, Mr. Younginer has been a devout member of the Irmo Pentecostal Holiness Church and has served as officer, Sunday school teacher, and choir leader; and

Whereas, Raymond Samuel Younginer has served many years as chaplain of American Legion Post 7 in Lexington, South Carolina, where he is the sole surviving First World War veteran; and

Whereas, the extraordinary attainment of a centennial birthday connects us with the whole history of the nation, bridging the generations, as we recall that Mr. Younginer shared his childhood with veterans of the War Between the States then in vigorous middle age, who, in their youth in turn heard stories of the American Revolution from the mouths of veterans of that remote conflict; and

Whereas, Mr. Younginer has rendered faithful and good service to his God, his country, and his State. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:

That the members of the General Assembly express their congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Raymond Samuel Younginer of Irmo in Lexington County on becoming a centenarian on February 7, 1996, and further express their appreciation for a long life of service to his country, State, and community, as a veteran of the First World War, a long and distinguished career with the United States Post Office, and numerous community activities.

Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Mr. Raymond Samuel Younginer.


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