Post Everlasting-May 2021 Forward

Eagle praying over flag draped coffin

This page displays Legionnaires who have passed into Post Everlasting since May 2021. Like the Post Everlasting page, it displays in reverse order with the newest on top. Click on the name you would like to view and the entry will open. 

Post 111 members who are now members of Post Everlasting

The American Legion’s motto is “For God and Country“. The Legionnaires listed on this page all served their country in times of war and of peace. Some retired, some served just a few years, and some were Prisoners of War (POWs) or Missing In Action (MIA).

Regardless of their status or years of service, each one gave of themselves so that this great country could be free and stay free.

As Legionnaires, these men continued to serve their country. They served so that young Americans could learn the value of Americanism and Patriotism. They served so that young Americans could benefit from the experiences of these patriots.

And now their service has come to an end and we honor them; for their lives, for their service, for their patriotism, and for what they did for Horry Post 111 and the citizens of Conway, SC.

A friend and fellow Legionnaire recently sent me a poem titled “A Veteran Died Today” and I’ve included it at the bottom of this page.

Legionnaire Bill Copeland proudly served in the U.S. Air Force and was a Korean Conflict Veteran. Bill was a long-term member of the American Legion Post 111 and he will be missed by all.

Wilton Rogers

Wilton, affectionately known as “Will” to his friends, served his nation by enlisting in the Air Force, where he served with honor for 22 years as an airplane mechanic, achieving the rank of Master Sergeant. As a result of his stellar service record, Will was selected to serve as an airplane mechanic for Air Force One. His pride in being a Vietnam War veteran resonated deeply within him. He was also a member of American Legion Post 111 for several years. He will be missed by all.

Legionnaire Jesse Hodges proudly served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Jesse was also a long-term member of American Legion Post 111. He will be missed by all.

Legionnaire Bill Hardee proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was a long-term active member of American Legion Post 111, serving as the athletic officer. Bill loved baseball, and he loved working with the youth in American Legion Baseball. He is sorely missed by all.

Legionnaire James Delaney proudly served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. He was also a long-term member of American Legion Post 111. He will be missed by all.

A Veteran Died Today (A Poem)

He was getting old and paunchy, and his health was failing fast.
And he sat around the Legion, telling of his past.
Of the war that he had fought in. Of the deeds, he had done.
Of the exploits with his buddies. They were heroes, everyone.

Though, sometimes to his neighbors, his tales became a joke.
All his buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we’ll hear his tales no longer, for old Bill has passed away.
And the world’s a little poorer, for a Veteran died today.

No, he wasn’t mourned by many, just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary, very quiet sort of life.
He held a job and raised a family, quietly going on his way.
And the world won’t note his passing though a Veteran died today.

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state.
While thousands note their passing, proclaiming they were great.
The papers tell their life stories, from the time that they were young.
But the passing of a Veteran goes unnoticed and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of this land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise, and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow, who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve the country. And offers up his life.

The politician’s stipend, and the style in which they live.
Are sometimes disproportionate, to the service that they give.
While the ordinary Veteran, who offered up his all
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps a pension small

It’s so easy to forget, for it was so long ago.
That our Bob’s and Jim’s went to battle, but we know.
It was not the politician, with his compromise and ploy,
Who won for us this freedom that our citizens enjoy.

Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand?
Would you really want some cop-out, with his ever-waffling hand?
Or would you want a Veteran, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and his country and fight until the end?

He’s just a common Veteran and his ranks are growing thin.
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, we find the Veterans’ part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor, while he’s alive to hear the praise.
Then at least let’s give him homage at the ending of his days
Perhaps a simple headline in the paper that might say,

“Pay honor to this hero, for a Veteran died today”

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