Wreaths Across America: Remembering Dade County Veterans

August 27, 2019

The Dade County Historical Society is pleased to announce our plans to participate in the Wreaths Across America program held each year at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. We are pleased to be joined in this effort by the American Legion Post 106, American Legion  Auxiliary for Post 106, and the Mary & Martha Christ Group of the Trenton United Methodist Church. The Mary & Martha Christ Group have participated in this cause in the past and are pleased to once again join in this effort.


This program is administered by a private nonprofit organization whose goal is to place a wreath on the grave of every veteran buried in national cemeteries for the Christmas holidays each year. Chattanooga National Cemetery has 46,000 graves and to date, the organization has been able to raise funds to place wreaths on about 10,000 graves each year. Because enough funds are not available to decorate each grave, the Chattanooga organization rotates the sections that are decorated. The cost to place a wreath is $15 and a specific grave can be designated to receive a wreath.


The Dade group’s goal is to place a wreath on every Dade County veteran’s grave.  The first step to do this is to identify the veterans. The second step is to raise funds to buy the wreaths. The third step is to provide volunteers to locate the graves and place the wreaths on December 14, 2019. We are asking for the help of Dade County’s citizens to accomplish our goals.


How can you help? First, contact us with the name of your loved one buried in the Chattanooga National Cemetery. We are accepting not only the names of veterans from Dade County but also Dade County residents whose loved ones from anywhere are veterans buried in Chattanooga. Thus far we have identified over 100 veterans.  See their names below.


Second, you can donate to the cause. Each wreath is $15, or $10 each for three or more wreaths. We will gladly accept all donations of all amounts to help purchase the wreaths. If you want to donate for a particular veteran, we will see that your money is used for his/her specific site.


Third, volunteer to fundraise or to physically help place the wreaths on December 14, 2019.


This is just the beginning of this campaign. We will keep you informed of our progress. To contact us with the name of a veteran, donate to the cause or volunteer to assist in this effort, please contact Gail Hedden at ghedden7@gmail.com or 423-987-3713, or send donations payable to WAA (Wreaths Across America) Dade County to 2267 Slygo Rd, Trenton GA 30752. Or call Julie Williams 423-802-9160 of the Mary and Martha Christ Group, or Rethal Alexander 423-364-4781 of the American Legion Auxiliary for more information.


This effort is just beginning so watch for more details in the future. Thank you for helping us succeed in this effort. 


--Gail Hedden



William Michael Abney              William Larry Hughes               W W Williams

Sgt. Ray Allen                               Albert G Jacoway                        Jerry H Wirchball

Thomas Murray Anderson         Zelpha Kennedy

Edward Wayne Andrews            Mrs. Ruby King

William Luther Angle                  Ira James Lake

J C Clifford Ayers                         Maj John P Lee

Willie Lee Baker                           Charles Patrick Light

John J Barbee                               Joseph W Light

Richard Lwellyn Bennett            Mrs. Stella Mae McCarty

Paul Franklin Boyd                      Charles Robert Mooneyhan

Clifford W Broadwater                Carl Able Moore

William Hance Broom                John W Moore

Thomas B Bullard                        Imogene Morgan

Pat Kenneth Carroll                     Randy Niceswanger

Alvin Castleberry                          James Patrick O’Connor Jr.

Robert J Chadwick                       George G Oliver

James C Cole                                 John A Palmer

Lawrence J Cole                            Robert B Paris

Eric Jay Cornell                             George Patton

Floyd Fremon Crane Jr                Leroy Morrison Peppers

Vernon Cureton                             Horace Grady Prince

Woodrow W Daniel                       Bert Raines

Walter L Daniels Jr                       George Wade Reeves

William C Densmore                    Ernest M Reynolds

Johnny Edward Drew Sr             Pearl Rousseau

Paul Lamar Dugan                        B Frank Sells

Joseph B Fugatt                            Joe Lue Gene Shadowens

William Ray Fuller                       Willard Eugene Short

James Leonard Garner                John W Shrader

Ollie Goodwin                                Bert Smith

Johnnie Hamby                             Douglas Smith

Willard Ray Harris                        Ernest Smith

John Thomas Harwell                  Roger Jay Smith

Roy Haskell                                     Bonnie Ellen Spears

General Gene Herron                    Donald Lee Spurgin Jr

Clyde Hester Thaddeus                 Adam Stein

John Hobbs                                      J O Stewart

Charles Wallace Hitt Jr                 Charles Raymond Street

Morrell Holcomb Donald             Edward Street

Glenn Holleman                             James Hubert Taliffero

Bert W Holtzhower                        Allie Raymond Varnell Jr

Leonard E Holtzhower                  Donald Leete Wallace

Henry Wayne Hooper                    Charles Ward


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