With his 90th birthday barely a month away, Benny Martin looks back over the decades on a life that has taken him around the United States and the world. Martin was born Oct. 28, 1924 in Buhl, Idaho. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served three years during World War II starting in 1943.
Military veterans, interested residents and family members of Kershaw County's three Medal of Honor recipients gathered at James Leroy Belk American Legion Post No. 17 on Saturday to officially name the I-20 bridge that crosses the Wateree River in honor of Richmond Hobson Hilton, John C. Villepigue and Donald Leroy Truesdell.
Uniform and clothing exhibits, storytelling, guided tours of the Kershaw-Cornwallis House, colonial era games, weapons and equipment exhibits and blacksmithing demonstrations filled Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site during a remembrance of the Battle of Camden's 234th anniversary on Saturday.
Local Vietnam War veterans participated in a special ceremony including other Vietnam veterans from across the state hosted by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott on Aug. 2. The ceremony, held at First Baptist Church of Columbia, recognized Vietnam War veterans for their service. Gen. (ret.) James Everett Livingston served as keynote speaker.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States announced that Ralph Best has achieved All American status as a district commander. Best, commander of District 5, covering Kershaw County as well as York, Lancaster and Chester counties, in the Department of South Carolina, is one of only 29 VFW District Commanders selected worldwide for All-American Commander.
American Legion Post No. 17 installed new officers on July 7 for 2014-15 including Commander Clay Carruth; 1st Vice Commander David Fuller; 2nd Vice Commander Bill Haynes; 3rd Vice Commander Charles Moore; 4th Vice Commander John West; Sergeant-at-Arms Perry McCoy; Finance Officer Jimmy Mayor; Service Officer Billy Bell; Adjutant James Rabon; past Adjutant William Barrett; Historian Glen Inabinet; and members-at-large Dennis Belue, Richard Lackey and Ashby Rhame.
Air Force Col. Charles Houston Myers, son of Charles and Barbara Myers of Camden, recently retired from active military service with more than 26 years dedicated to the nation. Brig. Gen. Albert "Buck" Elton presided over Myers' retirement ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Myers is a 1983 graduate of Camden High School and a 1987 graduate of The Citadel.