Monthly Archives: October 2010

Blue Star Service Banner

Blue Star Banner

The Service Flag, also known as the Blue Star Service Banner, was designed and patented by World War I Army Captain Robert L. Queissner of the 5th Ohio Infantry who had two sons serving on the front line.  During World … Continue reading

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POW Of The Japanese

Master Sergeant Ralph Pope relaxes in his hotel room.

You might think that Master Sergeant Ralph Pope of Berryville would be spending all of his waking hours eating and all his sleeping hours writhing with indigestion because his stomach was upset from hating the Japs so much.  But he … Continue reading

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A Soldier of Fortune

Carpenter_Headstone

Henry W. “Harry” Carpenter, U. S. Marine Corps, was the initial advocate of establishing a local post of The American Legion in Berryville and presided over the initial organizational meeting.  He was the first signer of the charter application for … Continue reading

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Clarke County Honor Guard

Clarke County Honor Guard's Color Guard

The Clarke County Honor Guard has been providing military funerals to honor local men and women who have faithfully served our country.  In addition to providing funeral services, the Honor Guard participates in Memorial Day Services, Veterans Day celebrations, Flag … Continue reading

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Thunderbolts To The Rescue

On the left, Richard Byrne standing in front of his Sherman Tank, Head-Hunter, and on the right, a portrait taken in France in 1944.  He traded a photographer six cigars for six copies of the portrait.

Richard Byrne was born in 1919 on a small farm near the village of Arcola in Loudoun County.  He was one of twelve children.  Growing up on a family farm, he learned early that work was important, and chores must … Continue reading

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