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 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.

Throwback Thursday- Fort Leonard Wood Barracks

This week’s #ThrowbackThursday post is a salute to #FortLeonardWood and to United States Veterans everywhere! Help #PatrioticPulaski honor the defenders of our freedom with our #VeteranThanks project. Details can be found at goo.gl/0XpNXJ.

Millions of United States Army careers have began at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, many of them in barracks like those pictured on this vintage historical postcard. Fort Leonard Wood, in #PulaskiCountyUSA, was created December 1940, and except for a brief time before the Korean War has been training soldiers ever since. Today, Fort Leonard Wood trains service members from all branches of service- Army, Marine Corp, Navy, Air Force and even Coast Guard.

A squad room at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri is the subject of this vintage postcard.

A squad room at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri is the subject of this vintage postcard.

This Week Around Pulaski County USA!

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center Logo

Pulaski County Tourism Bureau & Visitors Center Logo

Events for the week of November 4, 2013–November 10, 2013

November 9- 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 9- Gone To Pieces Quilt Guild Craft Fair
What: Quilts, crafts, food, & specialty vendors.
Where: Saint Robert Community Center
When: 9:00 am until 4:00 pm
Cost: FREE admission, donations appreciated
Contact: Delilah- 573.774.2021

Gone To Pieces Quilt Guild Craft Show is November 9th in St. Robert, Missouri.

Gone To Pieces Quilt Guild Craft Show is November 9th in St. Robert, Missouri.

November 9- Championship Youth Bull Riding Finals
Where: Secrest Indoor Arena, Saint Robert
When: 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Cost: Adults- $8, Children 6 thru 12- $5, 5 & Under- FREE
Discount armbands available to attend both performances
Contact: CYBR- 573.793.3118

Championship Youth Bull Riding Finals will be held November 9th in Saint Robert.

Championship Youth Bull Riding Finals will be held November 9th in Saint Robert.

November 9- Leona Williams LIVE In Concert
What: International country music star, and the girl next door from Vienna, Mo will sing her heart out.
Where: The Barn, Dixon
When: Doors open at 6 pm, show begins at 7 pm
Cost: $20
Contact: Bill Johnson- 573.433.9370

International country music star Leona Williams takes the stage November 9th near Dixon, MO.

International country music star Leona Williams takes the stage November 9th near Dixon, MO.

Looking Forward:

November 11: Veterans Day Parade
November 16: James Otto LIVE In Concert
November 16: American Legion Post 240 Annual Chili Cook-Off
November 22 & 23: 15th Annual Southern Gospel Reunion
November 23: Turkey Trot 5K/10K

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents

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Events for the week of October 28th, 2013–November 4th, 2013

Halloween Activities- Thursday, October 31

PumpkinFest: 573.774.2299
Family Fall Festival: 573.774.6431
Hallelujah Fest: 573.774.6200
Haunted River Float: 573.336.8639
The Haunted Hill: http://www.facebook.com/hauntedhillmissouri
Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House: 573.528.2149

November 1 & 2- Corn Maze
What: Pulaski County’s largest precision cut corn maze.
Where: Boiling Spring Campground, Dixon
When: Saturday- 10 am until 8:30 pm
Sunday- 2 pm until 6 pm
Cost: Adults- $5, Ages 5-12 $3, 4 & under FREE
Contact: BSC Outdoors: 573.759.7294

BSC Precision Cut Corn Maze flyer

BSC Precision Cut Corn Maze flyer

November 1 & 2- Haunted River Float
What: Moonlight float on the Big Piney River, followed by a hayride
Where: Lay Z Days Canoe & Camping, Saint Robert
When: 7 pm until 10 pm
Cost: 13 and older: $25, 6-12: $10, 5 and under: FREE
Contact: Lay Z Days Canoe & Camping: 573.336.8639

Haunted River Float Flyer

Haunted River Float Flyer

November 1 & 2- The Haunted Hill
What: Outdoor haunted trail attraction
Where: 22235 Red Wing Road, Waynesville
When: 8 pm until Midnight
Cost: $12 or Speed Pass $20
Contact: http://www.facebook.com/hauntedhillmissouri

November 2- 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 2- Paranormal Investigations of Historic Talbot House
What: Supervised paranormal investigation of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes.
Where: 405 North Street, Waynesville
When: Investigation starts at dusk and lasts three hours. Call for specifics.
Cost: $25 per person, space is limited, reservations required
Contact: Dawnmarie Cecora- 573.528.2149

Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House September / October Flyer

Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House September / October Flyer

Community Bazaars & Craft Shows

November 2
Faith Lutheran Church Bazaar 573.336.3525
Crocker Presbyterian Church Bazaar 573.736.5415

November 3
American Legion Post 331 Ladies Auxiliary Holiday Fair Craft & Gift Show 573.336.5066

Faith Lutheran Church Bazaar flyer

Faith Lutheran Church Bazaar flyer

Crocker Presbyterian Church Bazaar flyer

Crocker Presbyterian Church Bazaar flyer

American Legion Post 331 Ladies Auxiliary Holiday Fair Craft & Gift Show flyer

American Legion Post 331 Ladies Auxiliary Holiday Fair Craft & Gift Show flyer

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Events for the week of October 21st, 2013 –October 27th, 2013

WELCOME TO THE FOLLOWING GROUPS:
October 21: International Military Students
October 22: Royal Netherlands Army
October 24 & 25: Vintage Chevy Club of America

October 24th, 11:30 am, Groundbreaking Ceremony At The Historic Devils Elbow Route 66 Bridge

October 25 & 26- Haunted River Float
What: Moonlight float on the Big Piney River, followed by a hayride
Where: Lay Z Days Canoe & Camping, Saint Robert
When: 7 pm until 10 pm
Cost: 13 and older: $25, 6-12: $10, 5 and under: FREE
Contact: Lay Z Days Canoe & Camping: 573.336.8639

Haunted River Float Flyer

Haunted River Float Flyer

October 25 & 26- The Haunted Hill
What: Outdoor haunted trail attraction
Where: 22235 Red Wing Road, Waynesville
When: 8 pm until Midnight
Cost: $12 or Speed Pass $20
Contact: http://www.facebook.com/hauntedhillmissouri

October 26- Skeleton Scamper Costume 5K Run/Walk
Where: Waynesville City Park
When: Registration begins at 7 am, event begins at 8:30 am
Cost: $25
Contact: Pulaski County Extension- 573.774.6177

Skeleton Scamper Costume 5K Walk/Run Flyer

Skeleton Scamper Costume 5K Walk/Run Flyer

October 26- 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

October 26- 17th Annual Halloween Bash
What: Numerous haunted houses, the Haunted House of Doom, & a hayride through the Haunting of Buckhorn Forest
Where: Pulaski County Ft. Wood Shrine Club
When: 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Cost: $2
Contact: Taz Moeller- 573.528.1528

Halloween Bash Flyer

Halloween Bash Flyer

October 26- Paranormal Investigations of Historic Talbot House
What: Supervised paranormal investigation of one of Waynesville’s oldest homes.
Where: 405 North Street, Waynesville
When: Investigation starts at dusk and lasts three hours. Call for specifics.
Cost: $25 per person, space is limited, reservations required
Contact: Dawnmarie Cecora- 573.528.2149

Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House September / October Flyer

Paranormal Investigations of the Historic Talbot House September / October Flyer

Community Halloween Events:

City of Saint Robert’s Halloween In The Park
October 25th 6:00 pm
St. Robert Community Center
573.451.2625

Halloween In The Park Flyer

Halloween In The Park Flyer

City of Richland’s 4th Annual Spooktacular and Trail of Treats
October 26th 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Shady Dell Park Walking Trail
573.765.4421 x 1106

Trail of Treats Flyer

Trail of Treats Flyer

Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes:

BSC Outdoors- 573.759.7294
Deep Woods Farm- 573.759.3586
Happy Hollows Pumpkin Patch- 573.356.0985
Storie’s Pumpkin Patch- 573.433.4375
Uncle Buck’s Pumpkin Patch- 573.759.9045

For more event listings in Pulaski County USA please visit our online calendar at: http://tinyurl.com/PulaskiCountyUSAEvents