LAFOLLETTE, TN. (SPECIAL TO WLAF)- The Vietnam Veterans Chapter 1148 is hosting a “Local Heroes” program. Banners will be displayed on the street light hangers in downtown LaFollette beginning this morning through the Independence Day celebration. The banners will highlight the heroes of the area who served in the various wars of our nation.
Banners honoring and saluting veterans of Campbell County include Lt. Delma Mull who served as an Army Nurse during World War II; Edwin Chapman who was on duty at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, but survived the attack and returned to his native Campbell County.
Others include Ernest Hill, better known as “Sharky,” who was on a ship in the Atlantic when a German submarine attacked, destroying the ship. Many of those on board ended up in the ocean where they battled to survive while needing water and food as they fought off sharks. A British war ship rescued “Sharky” and the other soldiers who survived the attack. He later returned to his home in the mountains of Campbell County where he worked at Loby Block in downtown LaFollette.
There will also be banners honoring Gen. Carl Wade Stiner as well as his brother Col. Tom Stiner among many others who answered the call of duty.
A dedication ceremony will be held today at 2pm on South Tennessee Avenue in front of LaFollette City Hall where each name will be called and remembered as they are honored. A reception will follow the ceremony in the lobby of Community Trust Bank.
The public and family members of the heroes are invited to attend as their loved ones are honored.
South Tennessee Ave. will be closed in front of city hall; attendees can enter from Beech Street. Parking is available behind the city hall.
For more information, contact Chapter President Ed Housley at 423-489-2792 or Marvin Bolinger at 540-220-3311. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 5/15/2023- 6AM)