The Spirit of Pulaski County

Pulaski County, Missouri has a long and proud tradition of patriotism. In remarkable spirit, citizens laid their cash on the barrel head in return for Uncle Sam’s war bonds during several War Loan Drives to support the war efforts of World War II. War Loan Drives were held nationwide and Pulaski County stepped up to the plate. The third War Loan Drive was held from early September through early October in 1943 with a national goal of $15 billion and the county quota was $336,000. With Dru Pippin as the chairman from the county, Pulaski County delivered $341,787, almost $6,000 over goal. Adjusted for inflation the money raised by Pulaski County in 1943 would equal $4,604,621.64 today. $75,000 of the monies raised bought a P-51 Mustang which was named “The Spirit of Pulaski County” by local bond buyers. After purchasing a Series E War Bond the buyer was able to submit a naming suggestion.

North American P-51 Bought with the 3rd War Loan Drive. "The Spirit of Pulaski County". P-1 Mustang. Photo courtesy of Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society.

North American P-51 Bought with the 3rd War Loan Drive. “The Spirit of Pulaski County”. P-1 Mustang. Photo courtesy of Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society.

Pulaski County, always patriotic and dutiful, had seen many of her citizens march off to war, but part of the rallying cry for the War Loan Drives was the memory of Wayne Lynn “Buck” Bandy. A graduate of Waynesville High School, Buck played trumpet for Navy Band Number 22, and was one of the many sailors lost on board the U.S.S. Arizona December 7, 1941.

Dru Pippin said of the successful War Loan Drives:

“This magnificent response to put idle dollars to work for victory is our message to our fighting men wherever they might be, that Pulaski County has gone to War too.”

This Third War Loan poster featured Superman.

This Third War Loan poster featured Superman.

Many businesses were advertisement sponsors for the War Loan Drives including Long’s Drug Store Sundries, United Army Store, Rigsby Service Station, Baker Hotel, Dr. C.A. Talbot, Owl Cafe, Clark’s Cafe, Chicago Military Store, Prewett Liquor Store, Bell Hotel, Bursons Cafe, Ford Cafe, Copeland Military Store, Sinclair Service Station, Blue Line Bus Service, Tut’s Cafe, Fort Wood Hotel, Ft. Wood Military Supply, 5% Beer Parlor, Safety Service Station and Bell Garage.

Today, over 70 years later, Pulaski County still fervently supports those who put their life on the line to fight for our freedoms. Pulaski County was the first Purple Heart County in the State of Missouri, and several of our cities have received the Purple Heart City designation as well.

Special Thank You to Steven M. Beattie and Pulaski County Museum & Historical Society for their contributions and images.

To plan your trip to Pulaski County, Missouri, home of Fort Leonard Wood, visit http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA, like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/PulaskiCountyUSA, or order your FREE Official Visitors Guide at email@pulaskicountyusa.com or 877-858-8687.

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This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center Logo. Pulaski County Tourism Bureau is the Destination Management Organization for Pulaski County, Missouri, Home of Fort Leonard Wood.

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Events for the week of December 16, 2013-December 22, 2013

December 18- 399th Army Band presents “Holiday Classics”
Where: Abrams Theater, Fort Leonard Wood
When: 7 pm
Cost: FREE, open to the public
Contact: 399th Army Band- 573.596.1360

399th Army Band Holiday Classics flyer

399th Army Band Holiday Classics flyer

December 20 & 21- Route 66 Shootout
What: High energy basketball tournament
Where: Waynesville High School
When: Friday 1:00-9:30 pm, Saturday 11 am-9:30 pm
Cost: $7 adults, $5 children
Contact: Josh Scott- 573.842.2450

2013 Route 66 Shootout Schedule

2013 Route 66 Shootout Schedule

December 21- Pulaski County Farmers Market
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main-573.842.9079

Pulaski County Farmers Market is held year round in Waynesville.

Pulaski County Farmers Market is held year round in Waynesville.

In the case of inclement weather /bad road conditions always call ahead to confirm the status of the event that you are attending.

Looking Forward:

December 31: Vino Alan “Painting Sunshine” Album Release Party
January 4: Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House

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Events for the week of December 9, 2013-December 15, 2013

December 13, 14, & 15- PFAA Presents “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus”
Where: Theater On The Square, Waynesville
When: Friday & Saturday Curtain at 7:30 pm, Sunday Matinee Curtain at 2:30pm
Cost: Adults: $10, Children 12 & Under: $5
Contact: Tracy Moran- 573.855.6625

Pulaski Fine Arts Association presents "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus" at Theater On The Square in Waynesville.

Pulaski Fine Arts Association presents “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus” at Theater On The Square in Waynesville.

December 13 & 14- Journey To Bethlehem
What: Live nativity scene
Where: Crocker Christian Church
When: 5:00-9:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: Carol Ringer- 573.736.5335

Journey To Bethlehem, a live nativity, features over 100 different characters and live animals.

Journey To Bethlehem, a live nativity, features over 100 different characters and live animals.

December 14- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Farmer’s Market
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Bruce Main- 573.842.9079

Pulaski County Farmers Market is held year round in Waynesville.

Pulaski County Farmers Market is held year round in Waynesville.

December 14- Richland Christmas Parade
Where: Steps off at Richland Square, Richland
When: Steps off at 11:00 am
Cost: FREE
Contact: DawnElyn Schneider- 573.765.3986

Richland Christmas Parade flyer

Richland Christmas Parade flyer

December 14- Lighted Christmas Parade & Christmas In The Park
Where: Steps off at Dixon High School, ends at Lions Club Park
When: Steps off at 6 pm
Cost: FREE
Contact: Betty McPherson- 573.433.1517

Dixon's Lighted Christmas Parade and Christmas in the Park is the only parade held after dark in Pulaski County, Missouri. The extravaganza of Christmas lights is sure to delight!

Dixon’s Lighted Christmas Parade and Christmas in the Park is the only parade held after dark in Pulaski County, Missouri. The extravaganza of Christmas lights is sure to delight!

December 15- Holiday Tour of Homes
What: Tour of six homes in Richland, including the historical Market Basket residence.
Where: Tour begins at Market Basket, 204 East McClurg Street, Richland
When: Starts at 12 Noon
Cost: $15
Contact: Barb Bolan- 573.855.0221

Richland Holiday Tour of Homes flyer

Richland Holiday Tour of Homes flyer

Looking Forward:

December 18: 399th Army Band Holiday Classic
December 20 & 21: Route 66 Basketball Shootout

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Four Things That You Do Not Want To Miss During December In Pulaski County USA!

If you miss any of these, your friends will poke fun at you around the water cooler Monday morning.

1. Waynesville-Saint Robert Lions Club Christmas Parade
Date: Sunday December 1
Time: 2:00 pm
Where: Waynesville Middle School along Route 66 to Waynesville Square
Cost: FREE
Contact: Paul Corbett- 573.774.2989

Do Not Miss Because: Everyone loves a parade! Especially one that is on Historic Route 66!

Waynesville-Saint Robert Lions Club Christmas Parade in Waynesville is a Route 66 enthusiasts favorite.

Waynesville-Saint Robert Lions Club Christmas Parade in Waynesville is a Route 66 enthusiasts favorite.

2. Christmas On The Square
Date: Thursday, December 5
Time: 6-9 pm
Where: Waynesville Square
Cost: FREE
Contact: Waynesville Downtown Business Association- 573.774.3001

Do Not Miss Because: Christmas On The Square is guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit! Photos with Santa, train, hay, & carriage rides, and the 399th Army Brass Band make this family friendly street festival on Route 66 a can’t miss!

Christmas On The Square is a family friendly street festival on Historic Route 66 in Waynesville, Missouri.

Christmas On The Square is a family friendly street festival on Historic Route 66 in Waynesville, Missouri.

3. Journey To Bethlehem
Date: Friday December 13 and Saturday December 14
Time: 5-9 pm
Where: Crocker Christian Church, Crocker
Cost: FREE
Contact: Crocker Christian Church- 573.736.5121

Do Not Miss Because: Old Bethlehem comes to life with over 100 different characters and live animals during this annual live nativity scene. A great family activity!

Journey To Bethlehem, a live nativity, features over 100 different characters and live animals.

Journey To Bethlehem, a live nativity, features over 100 different characters and live animals.

4. Lighted Christmas Parade and Christmas In The Park
Dates: Saturday December 14
Times: 6 pm
Where: Dixon
Cost: FREE
Contact: Betty McPherson: 573.433.1517

Do Not Miss Because: Parades are awesome! Parades at night with Christmas lights are wicked awesome! Christmas in Lions Club Park immediately afterwards.

Dixon's Lighted Christmas Parade and Christmas in the Park is the only parade held after dark in Pulaski County, Missouri. The extravaganza of Christmas lights is sure to delight!

Dixon’s Lighted Christmas Parade and Christmas in the Park is the only parade held after dark in Pulaski County, Missouri. The extravaganza of Christmas lights is sure to delight!

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Events for the week of November 18, 2013-November 24, 2013

November 22 & November 23- 15th Annual Southern Gospel Reunion
Where: Performing Arts Auditorium, Waynesville High School Campus
When: Friday November 22nd 7 pm, Saturday November 23rd 6 pm
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Layne Lercher- 573.774.0404

15th Annual Southern Gospel Reunion Flyer.

15th Annual Southern Gospel Reunion Flyer.

November 23- Pulaski County Farmer’s Market
What: Farmer’s Market
Where: Downtown Waynesville
When: 8 am until Noon
Cost: FREE admission
Contact: Clara Magoon: 573.586.8438

November 23- Turkey Trot 5K/10K
Where: Davidson Fitness Center, Fort Leonard Wood
When: 9 am
Cost: $20 advance sign up, $30 day of
Contact: Fort Leonard Wood MWR- 573.596.4359

Turkey Trot 5K/10K Flyer.

Turkey Trot 5K/10K Flyer.

Community Programs:

November 22 & November 23- The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Where: November 22- Waynesville United Methodist Church
November 23- Metamorphosis Outreach Empowerment Center, Saint Robert
When: 7 pm (both days)
Cost: $7, Children under 11 $5
Contact: Rhea Ann Mathews- 573.774.3050

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Flyer

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Flyer

Looking Forward:

November 29 & 30: The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus
December 1: Holiday In The Park, Saint Robert
December 1: Lion’s Club Christmas Parade, Waynesville
December 1: FORR Local 28 Chili Cook Off
December 1: Christmas on Main Street, Crocker
December 1: The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus

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Korean War Monument Dedication Held in Pulaski County, Missouri

Patriotic Pulaski County has a long and proud tradition of patriotism. Another symbol of our patriotic pride was unveiled Monday, November 11, 2013 at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood. The Pulaski County Korean Association dedicated their gift, the Korean War Memorial monument to gathered onlookers and dignified guests in a ceremony that started at 9:00 a.m..

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by attendees after the singing of the National Anthem of the United States of America and the National Anthem of the Republic of Korea.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by attendees after the singing of the National Anthem of the United States of America and the National Anthem of the Republic of Korea.

A member of Harry L. Herron Disabled American Veterans Chapter 49 salutes the American flag during the National Anthem of the United States of America.

A member of Harry L. Herron Disabled American Veterans Chapter 49 salutes the American flag during the National Anthem of the United States of America.

The monument is a tribute to the 358 soldiers from 62 counties surrounding Pulaski County that gave their lives during the Korean War.

Speakers included Charles G. Baxter (Director, Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood), 1SG (Ret.) Walter B. Dixon (Former POW/MIA- Korean War), Kyong Rainbolt (President, Pulaski County Korean Association), Stan Baughn (Director, Missouri Cemeteries Program- Missouri Veterans Commission) and Jin-hyun Lee (Consul, Korean Consulate in Chicago).

1SG (Ret) Walter B. Dixon speaks about his experience as a POW during the Korean War. Mr. Dixon also recited some of his poetry.

1SG (Ret) Walter B. Dixon speaks about his experience as a POW during the Korean War. Mr. Dixon also recited some of his poetry.

Mrs. Kyong Rainbolt, President of Pulaski County Korean Association spoke of her appreciation for those who served in the Korean War.

Mrs. Kyong Rainbolt, President of Pulaski County Korean Association spoke of her appreciation for those who served in the Korean War.

Distinguished guests included Steve Lynch (State Representative District 122), COL Bjarne M. Iverson (Chief of Staff, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence- Fort Leonard Wood), CSM Terrence Murphy (Command Sergeant Major, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence- Fort Leonard Wood), George Sanders (Mayor of Saint Robert), Luge Hardman (Mayor of Waynesville), Dr. Virgie Mahan (President, Assistance Association), Members of Harry L. Herron Disabled American Veterans Chapter 49, and Pastors of Korean Churches.

After the unveiling and acceptance of the monument Mr. Lee expressed appreciation for all those who served in the Korean War and Mrs. Rainbolt described the war as “America’s forgotten victory”. Both Mr. Lee and Mrs. Rainbolt reminded those in attendance that “Freedom is Not Free”. 60th Anniversary coins were presented to the Korean War Veterans in attendance by Mr. Lee.

Mrs. Kyong Rainbolt & Mr. Jin-hun Lee moments after the Korean War Memorial at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood was unveiled. The monument is a gift from Pulaski County Korean Association. Photo by Daily Guide.

Mrs. Kyong Rainbolt & Mr. Jin-hun Lee moments after the Korean War Memorial at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood was unveiled. The monument is a gift from Pulaski County Korean Association. Photo by Daily Guide.

After the monument was unveiled Mr. Jin-hyun Lee presented 60th Anniversary commemorative coins to the Korean War Veterans in attendance. Photo by Daily Guide.  #PatrioticPulaski #PulaskiCountyUSA #VeteranThanks

After the monument was unveiled Mr. Jin-hyun Lee presented 60th Anniversary commemorative coins to the Korean War Veterans in attendance. Photo by Daily Guide.

Governor Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon issued a proclamation that was read by Charles Baxter. The proclamation recognizes that “trade and economic development, tourism and educational and cultural exchanges advance our peoples and peoples around the world and promote peace” and also commended the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Chicago “for honoring Korean War veterans and their families and friends”.

Governor Jay Nixon's Proclamation was read by Charles Baxter.  #PatrioticPulaski #PulaskiCountyUSA #VeteranThanks #ReuniteInPulaski

Governor Jay Nixon’s Proclamation was read by Charles Baxter.

The Korean War was fought from 25 June, 1950 until an armistice was signed by South Korea and North Korea 27 July, 1953. The United States sent 480,002 troops to aid South Korea against the North Korean invaders. Of these, the United States had 36, 503 casualties and 92, 073 wounded. The sacrifices made by American troops greatly helped South Korea and its people, and also helped to stop the spread of communism.

Korean War Veterans gather around their monument at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood. The monument is a gift from Pulaski County Korean Association. Photo by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.  #PatrioticPulaski #PulaskiCountyUSA #VeteranThanks #ReuniteInPulaski

Korean War Veterans gather around their monument at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood. The monument is a gift from Pulaski County Korean Association. Photo by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau is proud to include this newest monument, a gift from the Pulaski County Korean Association as a stop on our Veterans Memorial Tour. This self guided driving tour directs visitors and tourists to nine tributes to our veterans that are in Pulaski County, Missouri. For your complimentary brochure call 877-858-8687 today.

Korean War Memorial at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood in Pulaski County, Missouri. The monument is a gift from Pulaski County Korean Association.  #PulaskiCountyUSA #PatrioticPulaski #VeteranThanks #ReuniteInPulaski

Korean War Memorial at Missouri Veterans Cemetery- Fort Leonard Wood in Pulaski County, Missouri. The monument is a gift from Pulaski County Korean Association. Photo by Pulaski County Tourism Bureau.

Herbert Eugene “Gene” Boyd- Korean War Veteran & Poet

Herbert Eugene “Gene” Boyd is an entertaining man. When he is storytelling he draws on his past experiences. Stories about being orphaned before he was three years old and being taken in by his grandparents and being raised in the Richland, Missouri area of the Ozark Mountains. He tells about how he and his six siblings were split up after the loss of their parents. He talks about how lucky they were that they were all taken in by loving family members and not handed off to be reared by strangers as sometimes happens to orphaned little ones. You can see the chuckle in his eyes when he tells about “running to town”. Gene used to run to town a little differently than you or I would today. He literally ran. And town was more than ten miles away. Gene ran so often and so far that his daughters found it odd that their playmates fathers didn’t run like their daddy did. He tells stories about the birthday parties that were thrown for his daughters, different ages, all three share the same birthday. He tells stories about the creek that runs through his family farm. A story that he didn’t tell, but that his wife brought up was the story about how he missed his chance to participate in the Olympics trials as a runner. The opportunity passed him by because of funding. He wasn’t able to raise enough money in his cash strapped community to make the journey.

Herbert Eugene "Gene" Boyd met with Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler October 31, 2013 in Saint Robert, Missouri.

Herbert Eugene “Gene” Boyd met with Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler October 31, 2013 in Saint Robert, Missouri.

I got the feeling that Gene doesn’t dwell on chances that have slipped by. Gene is man who will silently sacrifice his wants and desires, even his own needs, for his family and his loved ones -and for his country. Gene is a Veteran, a Korean War Veteran. Two of his brothers, Charles H. Boyd and Raymond L. Boyd, are also Veterans, both having served in World War II. He doesn’t tell stories about the sacrifices that he and his battle buddies made during their military service. But, you can see a hint of them in his eyes. And you can feel them in Gene’s words. Gene is also a poet. He writes poems about the things that he loves- a poem about that little creek on the farm (which he can recite verbatim when asked), and poems that pay tribute to and honor the defenders of our freedoms, his fellow Veterans.

Congresswoman Hartzler reads Gene's poem "Tribute to the Unknown Soldier" to those in attendance.

Congresswoman Hartzler reads Gene’s poem “Tribute to the Unknown Soldier” to those in attendance.

Recently Gene, and his wife & daughters, were able to hear two of his poems read by Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler during a meet and greet in Saint Robert, Missouri. Congresswoman Hartzler presented Mr. Boyd with a Challenge Coin from the United States House of Representatives and two more for each of his brothers. Shortly after this meeting, Arlington National Cemetery posted Gene’s poem “Tribute to the Unknown Soldier” to their Facebook page for millions to see and read. What did this storyteller say after seeing his poem on their page? “Strange seein’ something you wrote on there ain’t it?”. We hope that Gene’s next poem is about his deserved time in the spotlight!

Congresswoman Hartzler presents Herbert Eugene Boyd, a  Korean War Veteran with a United States House of Representatives Challenge Coin in Pulaski County, Missouri.

Congresswoman Hartzler presents Herbert Eugene Boyd, a Korean War Veteran with a United States House of Representatives Challenge Coin in Pulaski County, Missouri.

Thank You to the Boyd brothers for your service!

Tribute to the Unknown Soldier by Gene Boyd

As I stand here all alone,
I wonder where this boy called home.

Did he walk by the sandy seashore?
Or plod the desert’s burning floor.

Did he climb the mighty mountain main?
Or till the soil of the fruited plain.

Did he descend from the people who lived by the river,
and hunted their game with bow and quiver?

Did his people long since forgotten
Toil in the sun in the fields of cotton?

Was he a miner’s son from the Cumberland Mountains?
Or a city boy who drank from a fountain.

Here lies our son under American sod,
Known not to man, but known surely to God.

Remembering Them by Gene Boyd

In our lives busy ebb and flow
We forget those crosses that stand row after row
On foreign fields where now only flowers grow.

When you see a person who is old, stooped and gray,
Did you ever think what might have made them that way?

When we were young, like you, happy and gay;
The Army came and sent most of us away.

We left our homes, went over the world,
Every where our flag was unfurled’
We left our homes, lifted our chin, not knowing when or if
Ever we’d see it again.

We stood alone, in those foreign lands of jungle, forests
And burning sand.
They fought in the fields of mud and clay;
And left rivers of blood on the way.

These young men both short and tall;
Some came back with one leg, some came back with none at all.

We know not now or ever will;
Know the thoughts of those dead, whose time will forever stand still.

So stride for stride, with God on their side;
They carried our banner through.

And in the end, she flew high;
Old Glory the red, white and blue.

So, when you them to grizzled and dirty they be,
Give them the respect and honor they deserve –
Because they are why we still breathe Free!

To the younger generation
So with Failing hands but our head held high,
We’ll pass that banner
As you march by.