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Butler County NSDAR Veterans' Breakfast

The Butler County Chapter NSDAR held their 2017 Veterans Breakfast on Saturday, November 11th.

This year’s program began with a welcome by Chapter Regent Georgia Lavern Romans followed by the pledge to the flag led by Lois Russ. After the invocation by Chapter Chaplain, Peggy Drake, a delicious breakfast was enjoyed.

Gladys Brooks presented the Veteran of the Year, J. Horace Chapman. She shared a brief description of his service, then presented him with a certificate of appreciation for that service.

Horace Chapman was drafted into the United States Army June 21, 1945. He reported to Atterberry, IN and five days later he was in Camp Clairburn, LA.  After a leave, he went to Ft Dix, NJ and shipped to Italy and stayed 11 months.  He operated a gasoline-powered high-speed Caterpillar tractor, towed artillery weapons, and other military equipment.  Horace made an inspection of tractors by checking the condition of brakes, steering mechanisms, motor tracks, and other parts, repairing as needed.  Horace was discharged in January of 1947.
After his discharge, Horace went to Indianapolis and worked.  He then came back home in 1948 and began farming and continued for 18 years.
Horace is married to Sidney Hatcher, and they had one son, Bryon Lee.  He and his wife live in the Sugar Grove area in Sidney’s father's place.

Lois Russ then read a list of all the veterans in attendance and thanked them for their service. This year’s crowd included veterans from the US Army (21), Navy (2), Marines (3), Airforce (3) and the Coast Guard (1).

A list of those recognized in the past as Veteran of the Year by the chapter included:
1985     Lewis Orange
1986     Walter Dunn
1987     Onva White
1988     Sharone Nash
1989     Austin H. Vance
1990     John T. Abbott
1991     Harold Moore
1992     Don Jenkins
1993     Walter Chyle, Jr.
1994     Omar Bratton
1995     Jesse Martin
1996     Carlton Drake
1997     Verner Cook
1998     Boyd Fuller
1999     Glendel R. Coleman
1999     W. David Coleman
2000     Exel Clark
2001     Troy G. Abbott
2002     Randy Dale McKinney
2003     Howard W. Vaughn
2004     Joe Bunch
2005     Mary F. Eberman Gall
2005     Henry Threlkel
2006     Dewey Lee Smith
2007     Charles B. Gary
2007     Fred Schaser
2007     Ray Schultz
2007     Mirko Radovich
2008     Kendall Hatcher
2008     Wilbur Drake
2008     Hugh Hunt
2009     Bill Lewis Green
2010     All Veterans
2009     Gary Phelps
2011     Edward Lee Odle
2012     Bubby Porter
2013     Presley McCoy
2013     Bill Cook
2014     Denver Beliles
2015     Don McKenney
2016     James B. Cartwright
2017     J. Horace Chapman

 Butler County Chapter NSDAR Ladies and Horace Chapman, Veteran of the Year.

 Leesa Russ was presented a gift from the DAR for her work on a sign for the Festival of Trees.



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