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On April 3, 2019
in County News
Conway, South Carolina – In an effort to recognize the many United States military veterans in Horry County, the Horry County Veteran’s Affairs Office has begun a monthly recognition program entitled “Horry’s Heroes” in which a veteran will be featured on the County’s social media platforms each month.
All honorably discharged veterans (active duty, reserve, retired and/or deceased) from 1900 to present are eligible to be featured. All that is needed is a picture and basic information (form attached).
The veteran of the month for April 2019 is Army Specialist Shirl F. Willard of Horry County. Having previously served in Powidz, Poland, Shirl is currently stationed in Georgia. She is a recipient of the Army Achievement Medal and believes that the US Army was a moving force in teaching her discipline and helping her achieve her goals. She made lifelong friendships with a diverse group of individuals and values the comradery and fellowship.
For more information or to feature a hero, contact the Horry County Veteran’s Affairs Office at (843) 915-5480.
On March 11, 2019
Horry County Veteran’s Affairs Director, Ronald Elvis, said of the program, “I am extremely proud of the “Horry’s Heroes” program. Horry County is home to over 30,000 veterans, and in my opinion, each and every one of them is a hero. This program gives us the opportunity to put the spotlight on one single individual so every citizen in Horry County will be able to know the veteran’s story and how he or she did their part to keep this great nation free!”
The first veteran featured is Larry James Devlin (photo attached) who served with the United States Navy at Groton Longpoint Naval Station in Groton, Connecticut from 1965 to 1969 aboard the submarines the USS Angler and the USS Becuna (Becky B). Mr. Devlin retired to the Myrtle Beach area where he lived with his wife and dogs until his passing in 2014. Larry loved the US Navy and his many shipmates. His daughter said that he spoke fondly of the various ports of call the submarines visited but the one that fascinated him the most was Pompeii, Italy.
For more information on how to feature your hero, contact the Horry County Veteran’s Affairs Office at (843) 915-5480.
March 2019 Horry's Hero-Larry James Devlin, US Navy
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