Pickens County Vietnam War Certificates of Honor Presentation
Pickens County Community Center ~ June 18, 2015

The Georgia Department of Veterans Service, in partnership with the Office of Governor Nathan Deal, created the Vietnam War Certificate of Honor program for the 234,000 honorable service Vietnam War veterans of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard in Georgia.

During the DAV Chapter 47 meeting on June 18, 2015, thirteen certificates were presented to the following Pickens County residents (video below):

Ron Caraway
Daniel Fink
Charles Gillette
James Hefner
Kiriko Kondos
Joseph Ledbetter
Michael O'Rear
Russell Pendly
Robert Reitz
J.T. Swisher
Eddy Washington

Bill Boggs, James Elrod, Carl Stancil Jr., and Roger Horn were not present.


WHEREAS: Due to the controversial nature of the 11-year conflict, many returning veterans from Vietnam did not receive the respect and gratitude they deserved for serving in our nation's Armed Forces; and

WHEREAS: The more than 234,500 Vietnam veterans living in Georgia today are part of a generation who put their personal lives on hold and answered the call to duty under a most tumultuous time in America's history; and

WHEREAS: On our State Capitol grounds and all across America stand memorials and monuments in eternal tribute to the United States service members who made the ultimate sacrifice, were held as prisoners of war, or are still unaccounted for/missing in action as a result of the Vietnam War; and

WHEREAS: Georgia's Vietnam Veterans are to be highly commended for their courage, bravery, devotion to duty, and sacrifice in a fight for peace and democracy; and

WHEREAS: It is imperative that we remember and appreciate these Georgians with grateful hearts for their contributions and sacrifices while wearing the uniform of the United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War; now

THEREFORE: I, NATHAN DEAL, Governor of the State of Georgia, do hereby extend with gratitude the State's "Certificate of Honor" for meritorious service to every Georgia Vietnam Veteran and encourage all government agencies, organizations, and citizens in Georgia to assist in holding appropriate presentation ceremonies around the state.

In witness thereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the Executive Department to be affixed this 20th day of March in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen.

To apply for a certificate, please send your name, rank, branch of service, dates of service, and a copy of your DD Form 214 to certificates@vs.state.ga.us or Georgia Department of Veterans Service, 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive SE, Atlanta, GA 30334, or call 404-463-3080 for more information. Website:veterans.georgia.gov

Add photos to your social media pages with icons on top right of the photo.
If you would like your photo removed from the site or Facebook page,
please email the event and photo number to info@knowpickens.com.