TOP STORY >> Communities salute our vets
Members of the Little Rock Air Force Base honor guard were on hand to give a rifle salute during the Veterans Day ceremony at the Sherwood Veterans Memorial.
By JEFFREY SMITH and JOHN HOFHEIMER
Leader staff writers
Sherwood was the first area city to recognize veterans for their contribution to our nation’s freedom. Members of the Sherwood Rotary Club, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, along with elected officials, participated Nov. 8 in a special recognition at the Sherwood Veterans Memorial.
The audience included veterans from the Second World War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Mayor Virginia Hillman and incoming Sherwood Rotary president Marcia Cook placed a wreath on the memorial wall. The Little Rock Air Force Base honor guard presented the colors, fired a gun salute and played Taps during the ceremony.
Alderman Butch Davis said after the ceremony, “It is important to remember the veterans and the ones who served before us.
They are the ones who made us free, and today soldiers are the ones who keep us free. I always thank them for their service.”
“It is important for soldiers to hear thank you. Sherwood should have a parade for veterans,” Davis said.
During the Vietnam War Davis was a platoon sergeant in the Army. He was shot in July 1969. Davis received multiple shrapnel wounds. He was struck in the neck, back, shoulders, buttocks and leg.
Davis was paralyzed from his neck down for a year. Davis was awarded the Purple Heart and is a Bronze Star recipient.
Attending the veterans ceremony was 87-year-old James Chappell of North Little Rock. During the Second World War, Chappell joined the Navy at age 19. He was a gunner on the light cruiser the USS St. Louis in the Pacific Ocean.
Later in the war, Chappell went to the Navy hospital corps in San Diego. He was a pharmacist mate first class on the USS Pastores.
He said the Pastores was a refrigerated ship that carried frozen goods and delivered supplies to troops on islands in the Pacific.
Chappell said, “We took turkeys to MacArthur in the Philippines for Thanksgiving.
“After the war was over, we decommissioned the medical unit in landing ship tanks in San Francisco,” he said.
When Chappell got out of the service, he earned a pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee in Memphis.
Chappell’s pharmaceutical career spanned 40 years in North Little Rock and Little Rock until he retired at age 72.