Winston Guards#2643 MS Division United daughters of the Confederacy met on November 14, 2011 in the VIP Room at Lake Tiak O Khata. In observation of Veteran’s month our tables were covered with white tablecloths and red napkins. Flags of all branches of the military were displayed. A large metal cutout of the U.S. army symbol was used in the center of the table. We had the honor of having two of our Cross of Military Service Award wearers as our guest speakers. They were Mr. James (Jimmy) Horton our World War II recipient.
Mr. Horton began his presentation with some statistics from various wars. Mississippi lost over 59,000 soldiers during the War Between the States. Mr. Horton had two great-grandfathers and two great uncles that served in the Confederate Army. He has had other family that served in several wars. Mr. Presley Horton, his uncle, led the Japanese out of Pearl Harbor. He was captured when the PT boat ran out of fuel. He was stolen by the Philippinos and was missing between two and three that his family did not know were he was. Mr. Eb Horton, his uncle, served in the Air Force for thirty-two years 400 million Allied Troops his the beaches at one time in Pearl Harbor and about 100 million were killed that first day. Suicide bombers bombed the troop carriers and killed as many as 45,000 at one time. Mt. Horton was later sent to Korea. He was the first trooper to get there. He had to hike in with a 175 pound back-pack strapped to his back. Everyone enjoyed his story and deeply indebted to him and all our World War II veterans
Mr. Bill Fryery was our next speaker. His ancestors were Irish that came into the Southern ports. His great-great grandfather was in the Confederate Army. Mr. Fryery joined the Army Reserves and became a member of the 173rd Petroleum Supply Company. The TET offensive needed troops so President Lyndon Johnson activated his unit. He was living in the Mississippi delta at the time. He worked for the Mississippi Health Department. E was twenty-six years old with a small child. They were told that they would probably be sent to Germany to replace troops that were going to Vietnam, instead they were sent to Vietnam. Mr. Fryery was the company medic. he was responsible for “sick call” , sanitation trying to prevent malaria and observation therapy. The troops were given Dapson, synthetic quinine.
Their unit was reported to have the best latrines, but got in trouble for placing a latrine on a family burial ground. He explained to us how they built their latrines homesickness was one of the biggest problems that the troops encountered and there was healing power in just listening and understanding when a soldier talked. One of is best memories was spending Christmas Day 1968 at a Vietnamese orphanage. The shared their goodies from home with these children. His unit has a reunion every year. In his words “Remember the good, forget the bad. Thank you Mr. Bill Fryery.
After the meeting Connie Faye Estes, President of the Winston Guards, opened the business meeting with the ritual, pledges and songs. After completion of our business, we adjourned by holding hands and singing “Bless Be The Tie That Binds”.