An event honoring 30 local veterans will be held at 6:30 p.m., Thursday at the VFW/American Legion Hall in Chillicothe.
On March 21, nearly 30 Northwest Missouri veterans spanning WWII to the present Iraq and Afghanistan Campaigns will be honored by the Columbia based United States Exercise Tiger Foundation (USTF) starting at 6:30 p.m., March 21, at the Chillicothe American Legion/VFW 858 Post located at 1400 N. Washington St. The “Twilight Tribute “ event will kick-off the events leading up to the D-Day Tribute and 75th Anniversary of both D-Day and the deadly training mission code named “Tiger” in April of 1944.
“These medals and awards are long overdue”, said Susan Haines, the USTF national director.
There will be 15 Vietnam veterans honored with a special Department of Defense Commemoration pins and a citations as well as the Medal Of Combat Valor. “They may have been overlooked in the 1970’s but on Thursday they won't! And let me say to ALL Vietnam vets reading this, on behalf of the USTF and DOD, WELCOME HOME!” added Haines.
The USTF is the Missouri based National Foundation that since 1989 has commemorated the
Pre-D-Day naval training mission code named “Tiger”. On April 28th 1944, eight US Navy LST’s (made up stream in Illinois along the Mississippi) loaded with 4000 men and tanks were practicing the invasion tactics when German Navy warships attacked without warning. Two of the LST’s were sunk and a third crippled. Of the 4000 man force one-fourth was lost. And, D-Day was almost canceled.
USTF staff and organizers encourage any D-Day or Normandy Beach veterans to attend the Thursday event. If possible they are asked to contact USTF before the event by calling Walter at 573-356-0529.
It was during this little known battle, that the state of Missouri would lose more men than at any other time in WWII. The US Army’s 3206th Quartermaster Company (Truck) was made up of Missouri and some Kansas soldiers. The unit, some 250 soldiers ceased to exist by dawn as all but a handful were killed in the attack. The USTF honors these men every April at the Missouri State Army & Navy Anchor Memorial in Audrain County at the Courthouse.
“The USTF keeps their legacy alive by honoring ALL vets who go overlooked” said Haines.
“That Others May be Honored “ is what they do, and on Thursday March 21, two dozen more
proud American warriors from Northwest Missouri will be recognized for their selfless service to our state and nation.