Presented by the Laurens County Historical Society, Dublin, Georgia. For questions and information, please contact Scott B. Thompson, Sr. at dublinhistory@yahoo.com.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

SILVER STAR AWARDEES - LAURENS COUNTY

LAURENS COUNTIANS
WHO HAVE BEEN AWARDED
THE SILVER STAR

The Silver Star is awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States, which does not justify being included in a higher award. The award, the third highest honor in the Armed Forces, may be awarded to a member of the Armed Forces who distinguishes himself by extraordinary heroism in an action against an enemy of the United States, military operations involving conflict without an opposing foreign force, or while serving with friendly forces in an armed conflict against an opposing force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

Sixteen native Laurens Countians or residents have received the Silver Star for their extraordinary heroism. Five of these men lost their lives in action.

WORLD WAR I

Lt. Ossie F. Keen, USA

WORLD WAR II

Corporal James W. Bedingfield, USMC
Captain Walter Bedingfield, USA
Captain Bobbie E. Brown, USA (2 awards)
Captain Will Henry Jones, USMC (posthumously awarded)
Lt. Paul Jimmy Scarboro, USAAF (posthumously awarded)
Lt. William L. Sheftall, USAAF
Capt. Raymond Talbird, USA (2 awards)
Captain William C. Thompson, USN
Tech Sgt. Luther Word, USA (posthumously awarded)
Tech Sgt. Thruman Wyatt, USA
Sgt. Frank Zetterower, Jr., USA (posthumously awarded)

KOREAN WAR

Sgt. Wesley Hodges, USA

VIETNAM WAR

Col. Addison Hogan, USA
Lt. Col. Clyde Stinson, USA (3 awards, one posthumously awarded)
Capt. Fred M. Stuckey, USA
Major James F. Wilkes, USAF (2 awards)

If you know of any other Laurens County natives or residents who were awarded the Silver Star, please contact me at 478-279-2514 or at dublinhistory@yahoo.com.

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