Seventy-seven Moore County World War I “Doughboys”, many of whom enlisted here in Lincoln County, who did not receive official military funeral honors at the time of their passing will receive the final salute on Friday, Aug. 23.
The Tennessee Army National Guard’s Military Funeral Honors Program will provide honors through a Lynchburg community partnership as part of the Never Forgotten Doughboys Project. This ceremony will be held on the county square at 196 Main Street, Lynchburg, beginning at 1000.
Prior to a congressional act in 2000, it was the responsibility of veteran service organizations such as American Legion, VFW or Marine Corps League to honor their brothers and sisters who served selflessly. Unfortunately, late legislation prevented official record of these memorials in the national archives.
The Tennessee Guard’s Never Forgotten Doughboys Project aims to honor and archive each of the 100,000 WWI veterans community by community over time. The source of these names is derived from the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
“Our nation shows its deepest gratitude for those who faithfully served through the rendering of military funeral honors,” said a spokesman of the effort. “The Never Forgotten Doughboys Project is a joint effort between the Tennessee Army National Guard and local communities to ensure that every deserving Tennessee WWI veteran receives official honors.”
Moore County Mayor Sloan Stewart is the first community lead3er to host the Never Forgotten Doughboys Project series throughout Tennessee.
The name of each Moore County Doughboy will be read aloud and will be followed by full military honors with the support of local community volunteers. Billy H. Thomas, Moore County veteran service officer, will be the master of ceremonies.
This program to honor WWI veterans was recently founded by 2nd Lt. Tim Mathisen of the Tennessee National Guard by a dual study through the Honor Guard and his senior research project at Lipscomb University.
Those to be honored and their county of enlistment include Albert Cartwright, R. Tom W. Clark, Erine D. Collier, Harry Grant, John Columbus Lewis, Homer L. Martin, Porter McNatt, Charles F. Millsap, Carl L. Parks, Jeffie T. Sawyers, John C. Smith, Jesse Waggoner, and Dave Woodard, Lincoln County;
Arthur P. Majurs, Willie Clarence Mashburn, Willie B. Millsap, George Moorehead, Henry B. Morgan, John Reagor Motlow, Jodie C. Osborne, Felix W. Parks, John A. Parks, Lee M. Parks, John T. Price, Odney Proter, Ephriam Ramsour, Floyd L. Reese, Johnie A. Reese, Roy L. Rhoton, William L. Rolman, William T. Rolman, William P. Sanders, Joseph B. Sebastian, William B. Sebastian, William Wallace Setliff, Fred R. Sharp, Renzy R. Simpson, Martin B. Smith, Henry C. Stewart, Hugh C. Stewart, Wiley C. Tipps, Andy Tolley, Lem Lee Tolley, Lemuel A. Waggoner, James N. Walker, John Walker, Sidney Walker, Rhy Wanslow, John L. Warren, Robert C. Wiggins, and James A. Wiseman, Moore County;
William A. Allen, James C. Ashby, Charles William Estill, Terrill J. Grammar, Amos Hall, William H. Hart, Oscar Anthony Huffman, George W. Loyd, Henry E. Scivally, Buel R. Spencer, John B. Waggoner, John D. Wiseman, and Lannie H. Wiseman, Franklin County;
Robert E. Burton, Lenn E. Colsher, Ernest F. Dance, Stanley B. Evans, Marion Taylor Parks, and William Waggoner, Davidson County;
Robert Elmer, Willie R. Dennis, Ollie James Price, Thomas R. Price, and Thomas J. Ryall, Bedford County;
And Carl J. Smoot, Coffee County.