Students, family members, staff and veterans from all branches of the military filled Camden Elementary School's (CES) multi-purpose room Tuesday for one of the Kershaw County School District's many Veterans Day-related celebrations. Similar ceremonies took place across the district, as well as Wednesday at Camden's American Legion Post No. 17 and American Legion Post No. 195 in Lugoff on Thursday.
November 13, 2015|
By Martin L. Cahn and Jim Tatum
C-I news staff
Camden Mayor Tony Scully attends the American Legion Auxiliary Department of South Carolina's installation ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in Columbia where Camden native, Teresia Hayes, was installed as the 97th 2015-2016 state president. The American Legion Auxiliary is the world's largest women's patriotic organization. Hayes' project this year will be the John Lewis Seward Crisis Fund, in memory of her father, John Lewis Seward, who served during the Vietnam era and was awarded the Purple Heart. The Crisis Fund will be a fund reflective of what her father believed in, helping others. The fund will assist ...
The John D. Kennedy Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) held a marker dedication service for Henry Cool Salmond and his daughter, Louise C. Salmond Porter Proctor, on June 20 at Quaker Cemetery in Camden.
Michael (Mike) Jones of Camden, commander of Bravo Company Recruiting and Retention Battalion for the S.C. Army National Guard, in Camden, was promoted in December to the rank of major by Lt. Col. Matthew Fryman, Battalion Commander.
The military plays a major role in the lives of many Midlands residents and contributes significantly to our economy, with Fort Jackson and Shaw Air Force base providing jobs to the area. There have been recent discussions on cutting back the fort's personnel by as much as half, a move local government and business leaders say would have a large, negative impact. Fort Jackson's commanding officer, General Bradley A. Becker, recently visited a meeting of the Camden Rotary Club to explain the base's purpose in United States security and the economic benefit it provides to the region.
When Ruth Ann Schumacher, now Ruth Ann Burns of Camden, first joined the corps of cadets at Texas A&M University in 1974, she knew she had a challenge ahead of her. She was in the first group of female cadets at the prestigious university and was among 50 female classmates in the groundbreaking event.
During nine weeks of training, Army Pvt. Devin W. Bracey studied the army mission, history, tradition and core values. He also studied physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat. He also studied map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises during training.