2013-11-15 / Community Events

Celebrating those who served



Clettis Williams, who served in the 27th Infantry Regiment in the Army during the Korean conflict, was among the veterans receiving extra-special attention Monday, in connection with Veterans Day. Williams, now a resident of Jackson, S.C., received a Purple Heart, in recognition of injuries he received as a machine-gunner on Feb. 16, 1951. He was struck in the right arm by grenade shrapnel, and walked with fellow warriors through 20 miles of snow and ice (barefoot, since the attack had come when Williams was in his sleeping bag). Maj. Gen. LaWarren V. Patterson, U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon commanding general, presented the medal to Williams during a mid-day ceremony held at the All Wars Monument, on Broad Street, in Augusta. With Williams are Fred Zamora, left, commander of American Legion Post 205; and Williams’ wife, Mary. 
Photo by Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Clettis Williams, who served in the 27th Infantry Regiment in the Army during the Korean conflict, was among the veterans receiving extra-special attention Monday, in connection with Veterans Day. Williams, now a resident of Jackson, S.C., received a Purple Heart, in recognition of injuries he received as a machine-gunner on Feb. 16, 1951. He was struck in the right arm by grenade shrapnel, and walked with fellow warriors through 20 miles of snow and ice (barefoot, since the attack had come when Williams was in his sleeping bag). Maj. Gen. LaWarren V. Patterson, U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon commanding general, presented the medal to Williams during a mid-day ceremony held at the All Wars Monument, on Broad Street, in Augusta. With Williams are Fred Zamora, left, commander of American Legion Post 205; and Williams’ wife, Mary. Photo by Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office

Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald S. Pflieger, Signal Corps regimental sergeant major, greets spectators on Broad Street in the midst of Augusta’s Veterans Day parade. 
Photo by Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald S. Pflieger, Signal Corps regimental sergeant major, greets spectators on Broad Street in the midst of Augusta’s Veterans Day parade. Photo by Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office

Fort Gordon’s representatives in the Veterans Day parade, through downtown Augusta, include the students and leaders of the Youth ChalleNGe Academy. 
Photo by Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office Fort Gordon’s representatives in the Veterans Day parade, through downtown Augusta, include the students and leaders of the Youth ChalleNGe Academy. Photo by Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office

1st Lt. Georgi Vasilev, a native of Bulgaria now with B Company, 442nd Signal Battalion, crosses the finish line Monday afternoon in Augusta’s version of the National Veterans Day Run, held in Lake Olmstead Park. Vasilev was Fort Gordon’s first finisher in the event, handling the 3.4-mile course in 21 minutes and 27 seconds. 
Photo by Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office 1st Lt. Georgi Vasilev, a native of Bulgaria now with B Company, 442nd Signal Battalion, crosses the finish line Monday afternoon in Augusta’s version of the National Veterans Day Run, held in Lake Olmstead Park. Vasilev was Fort Gordon’s first finisher in the event, handling the 3.4-mile course in 21 minutes and 27 seconds. Photo by Bill Bengtson / Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office

Return to top