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Military service to honor Moore County’s WWI Doughboys

Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 9:00 am

A few hundred of these Doughboy memorial statues - like this one in New Castle, Ind. - dot the American landscape. Indiana native Ernest Moore Viquesney immortalized the foot soldier in a statue, casts of which you can find throughout the U.S. Viquesney’s “Spirit of the American Doughboy” dots courthouse lawns, parks and cemeteries. The artist, born and raised in Spencer, created the original pressed-copper sculpture in 1921, inspired to honor World War I soldiers. (Photo by  Lee Lewellen)

A few hundred of these memorial statues – like this one in New Castle, Ind. – dot the American landscape. Indiana native Ernest Moore Viquesney immortalized the foot soldier in a statue, casts of which you can find throughout the U.S. Viquesney’s “Spirit of the American Doughboy” can be found on courthouse lawns, parks and in cemeteries. The artist created the original pressed-copper sculpture in 1921, inspired to honor World War I soldiers. (Photo by Lee Lewellen)

The Tennessee Army National Guard-Military Funeral Honors Program will provide honors on Friday, Aug. 23 to 77 Moore County WWI “Doughboys” who did not receive official Military Funeral Honors at the time of their passing. Through a Lynchburg community partnership under the Never Forgotten Doughboys Project, the ceremony will be held on the county square in Lynchburg  at 10 a.m. on Aug. 23.

Prior to a congressional act in 2000, it was the responsibility of veteran service organizations such as American Legion, VFW or Marine Corps League to honor their brothers and sisters who served selflessly. Unfortunately, late legislation prevented official record of these memorials in the national archives.

The Tennessee Guard’s Never Forgotten Doughboys Project aims to honor and archive each of the 100,000 WWI veterans community by community over time. The source for these names is derived from the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

“Our nation shows its deepest gratitude for those who faithfully served through the rendering of Military Funeral Honors,” said 2nd Lt. Tim Mathisen, who is helping spearhead the initiative. “The Never Forgotten Doughboys Project is a joint effort between the Tennessee Army National Guard and local communities to ensure that every deserving Tennessee WWI veteran receives official honors.”

Metro Moore County Mayor Sloan Stewart is the first community leader to host the Never Forgotten Doughboys Project Series throughout Tennessee.

The name of each Moore County Doughboy will be read aloud and will be followed by Full Military Funeral Honors with the support of local community volunteers. Metro Lynchburg/Moore County Service Officer and Commander of the local American Legion, Billy H. Thomas will be the Master of Ceremonies.

This program to honor WWI veterans was recently founded by Mathisen of the Tennessee National Guard by a dual study through the Honor Guard and his Senior Research Project at Lipscomb University.

Of the 77, 39 of them enlisted here in Moore County. Others enlisted in surrounding counties such as Lincoln, Bedford, Franklin, while enlisted in Davidson County.

Those to be honored include: Allen, William A.; Ashby, James C.; Burton, Robert E.; Carter, Robert Elmer; Cartwright, Albert; Clark, R. Tom W.; Collier, Erine D.; Colsher, Lenn E.; Dance, Ernest F.; Dennis, Willie R.; Estill, Charles William; Evans, Stanley B.; Grammar, Terrill J.; Grant, Harry; Hall, Amos; Hart, William H.; Huffman, Oscar Anthony; Lewis, John Columbus; Loyd, George W.; Majurs, Arthur P.; Martin, Homer L.; Mashburn, Willie Clarence; McNatt, Porter; Millsap, Charles F.; Millsap, Willie B.; Moorehead, Goerge (sic) E.; Morgan, Henry B.; Motlow, John Reagor; Osborne, Jodie C.; Panter, James N.; Parks, Carl L.; Parks, Felix W.; Parks, John A.; Parks, Lee M.; Parks, Marion Taylor; Price, John T.; Price, Ollie James; Price, Thomas R.; Proter, Odney; Ramsour, Ephriam; Reese, Floyd L.; Reese, Johnie A.; Rhoton, Roy L.; Rolman, William L.; Rolman, William T.; Ryall, Thomas J.; Sanders, William P.; Sawyers, Jeffie T.; Scivally, Henry E.; Sebastian, Joseph B.; Sebastian, William B.; Setliff, William Wallace; Sharp, Fred R.; Simpson, Renzy R.; Smith, John C.; Smith, Martin B.; Smoot, Carl J.; Spencer, Buel R.; Stewart, Henry C.; Stewart, Hugh C.; Tipps, Wiley C.; Tolley, Andy; Tolley, Lem Lee; Waggoner, Jesse; Waggoner, John B.; Waggoner, Lemuel A.; Waggoner, William; Walker, James N.; Walker, John; Walker, Sidney; Wanslow, Rhy [sic]; Warren, John L.; Wiggins, Robert C.; Wiseman, James A.; Wiseman, John D.; Wiseman, Lannie H.; and Woodard, Dave.

For more information, call the TNARNG Military Funeral Honors Program at (866) 368-6338.

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