Veterans Day ceremony set for November 12th

Friday, November 2, 2012

By Clint Confehr

Senior Staff Writer

Veterans Day ceremonies will be held Nov. 12, the day after the traditional date because Nov. 11 is a Sunday this year.

Veterans organizations in Marshall County decided against competing with church services on that Sunday, according to Edwin Scott of American Legion Post 39.

The past commander of Post 39 is the featured speaker for the 11 a.m. program on the east side of the Marshall County Courthouse.

"I'm telling about veterans," Scott said of the speech he plans to deliver. "When a child brings home a report card with good grades, you thank the teacher. We should all thank veterans for their service, too."

As with previous Veterans Day services, it's expected that American Legion Commander Larry Hastings will preside over placement of wreaths at the monuments to service members who gave their all.

Scott was working for the telephone company when he was drafted a few months after Pearl Harbor was bombed on Dec. 7, 1941. He was sent to Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. for training in March 1942. Thereafter, he boarded the USS Monterey, one of 26 ships in a convoy bound for the Caribbean, where he was in the Army Signal Corps.

The convoy included destroyers to protect troop carriers, but one morning he and the other soldiers awoke to realize they were alone at sea because of motor failure, Scott said. The Monterey's motor was repaired and it rejoined the convoy.

Scott didn't see combat during World War II. He mustered out shortly after Germany surrendered.