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On September 10, 2022, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) held a countryman’s grave marking ceremony for Gary Leo Fletcher.

Upon the death of a member of the RAD, the family may request a ceremony in honor of the compatriot. This ceremony took place at the Salem Church of the Brethren, Stephens City. Dale Corey hosted the event with the Very Reverend Larry Johnson serving as chaplain.

The color guard displaying the colors, left to right: Brett Osborn, Dale Corey, Marc Robinson, Richard Tyler, Ken Bonner, Mark Sink, Paul Christensen and Charles Harbaugh.

Gary Fletcher was born on November 1, 1932 in Rock Oak, West Virginia. Eventually, the family moved to Bayfield, Wisconsin, where he graduated from Bayfield High School in 1951. Soon after, Gary joined the United States Navy, proudly serving his country from 1951 to 1955, including during the war. from Korea. He became a mason/stonemason and was granted journeyman status in 1957. He taught masonry at the Dowel J. Howard Vocational School and worked for the Brick Institute of America as a labor development officer. work. He left there to work at the Frederick Block Company until his retirement.

Gary married Neva Yates on December 26, 1953 at Salem Brethren Church. Their marriage lasted 63 years. They are parents of six children and grandparents of 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

An active member of the church, Gary has served as a deacon, delegate, and has been involved in numerous mission and disaster relief projects. He was an active member of the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 313, playing an instrumental role in the organization and construction of the Korean War Memorial to Jim Barnett Part in Winchester, as well as veterans’ memorials in Stephens City and Middletown. He was a member of the American Legion Post 21, FOE 4186, Moose Lodge 2483, and a fellow Colonel James Wood II Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. A proud veteran who served his family, his community and his country with distinction.

Members of the Korean War Veterans Association, left to right: Lew Ewing, Ray Ewing, Paul Bombadier and Rob Shirley.

Members of the Korean War Foundation were present and paid tribute to a fallen comrade. These included Paul Bombadier, Lew Ewing, Ray Ewing, Marshall DeHaven, Doug Hall, Brett Osborn, Rob Shirley and Herb Taylor.

The ceremony included the Combined Color Guard of Colonel James Wood II (CJWII) and Sergeant Major John Champe (SMJC) Chapters for the Virginia Society SAR. The color guard was commanded by Brett Osborn (CJWII) and included Ken Bonner (SMJC), Sean Carrigan (CJWII), Paul Christensen (CJWII), Kelly Ford (CJWII), Doug Hall (CJWII), Dennis Permerter (CJWII), Marc Robinson (CJWII), Barry Schwoerer (SMJC), Mark Sink (CMJC), Richard Tyler (CJWII) and Charles Harbaugh, Mayor of Middletown.

Presentations on Gary were given by Dale Corey and Ray Steele, with wreath presentations by Marc Robinson (CJWII), Ken Bonner (CMJC) and Lew Ewing, Korean War Veterans Association. Luke Boles played “Flowers of the Forest” and “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes. The Daughters of the American Revolution were represented by Kecia Brown, Virginia State DAR/SAR Liaison Officer of the Ketoctin DAR Chapter.

The Musket Team marching to salute Gary Fletcher, left to right: Brett Osborn, Ken Bonner, Marc Robinson, Mark Sink, Charles Harbaugh, Barry Schwoerer, Dennis Parmerter, Sean Carrigan, Kelly Ford and Paul Christensen. (Photos courtesy of Deborah Corey)


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