Beaufort’s Gov. Paul Hamilton Chapter, South Carolina Society Sons of the American Revolution President Mike Monahan presents Robert DeLoach with the SAR War Service Medal for his World War II service. Submitted photo.



Local SAR chapter holds quarterly meeting

Beaufort’s Gov. Paul Hamilton Chapter, South Carolina Society Sons of the American Revolution held its first quarterly meeting March 11 at the Traditions Restaurant on Marine Recruit Depot Parris Island South Carolina.

The kick-off meeting was dedicated to honoring some of the Chapter’s many Veterans. New Chapter President Mike Monahan welcomed the 33 Compatriots attending the luncheon, along with an additional 26 guests. The meeting was orchestrated by Chapter Secretary and Military Awards Chairman, Col. Harold Mills, USAF, ret.

First order of business was to honor Vietnam Veteran Tom Case for his 20 years of service to the SAR followed by presentations of the SAR War Service Medal, the fourth highest award presented by the Society. The following Veterans were honored with this award: Beaufort native Robert DeLoach, WWII; Lt. Col. Perry Gesell, Vietnam; Hazen Culley, Desert Storm; Capt. Tom Sharkey, Special Operations; and Troy Krapf, SW Asia.

The Military Service Medal, also fourth in precedence was presented to Compatriots Craig Bowman, U.S. Army; Claude Dinkins, S.C. National Guard; Frank Gibson, S.C. National Guard; Rob Pollard, Pa.. National Guard; and Tom Wilson U.S. Air Force. Retired Army Infantry Officer Tom Oblak, a living historian, appeared in a vintage Revolutionary War Marine uniform to inform the attendees of a living history program at the Beaufort Historic Arsenal the following morning.

Highlighting the afternoon was the installation of new Chapter members John Thomas O’Quinn, Sr., whose ancestor was S.C. Declaration of Independence signer Thomas Heyward, Jr., and Capt. Thomas Patrick Sharkey, USNR, Ret., a descendant of Patriot Cyril Carpenter of Massachusetts. Navy Veterans Cmdr. Peter Somerville and Sharkey ended the meeting respectfully with the SAR Recessional and the Benediction.

Murray to speak at April LIBPA meeting

Mayor Stephen Murray will be the featured speaker when the Lady’s Island Business Professional Association meets at 8 a.m., Tuesday, April 12. Please stop by for coffee and conversation concerning our community. The meeting will be held at the Beaufort Realtors’ Association Headquarters at 22 Kemmerlin Lane, Lady’s Island.

Meet the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate

The Democratic Club South of the Broad- Hilton Head/Bluffton is hosting a special April Meeting via Zoom featuring the three Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate in South Carolina.

Herbert Ford will moderate the session at 11 a.m., Monday, April 11, that will feature S.C. Rep. Krystal Matthews, Catherine Flemming Bruce and Angela Geter.

The event is free of charge. Those interested need to pre-register at https://www.scdemclub.com/precinct-reorg.

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