Stanly Community College (SCC) held its World War II (WWII) Veterans of Stanly County Luncheon on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at the Webb Student Center on the Albemarle Campus. This year, nearly 40 veterans attended the annual luncheon. WWII was the largest and most violent armed conflict in the history of mankind. Even though more than a half century now separates us from that war, the love for these veterans is as strong as ever.
James H. “Jip” Forte, 93, of Albemarle, enlisted in the Army in 1943 and was assigned to the 435th Ordnance Motor Vehicle Distribution Company. Mr. Forte was stationed overseas on the east coast of England where his unit specialized in servicing anything with wheels, such as Jeeps, tanks, and trucks. “Every year I look forward to the luncheon to see my old friends and reminisce about the war,” said Mr. Forte.
“The WWII luncheon was a special event. The reunion of these heroes could not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Uwharrie Bank and Strategic Investment Advisors supported the luncheon as our gold sponsors. The Stanly News and Press was a silver sponsor. I appreciate the commitment and involvement from all of our sponsors,” noted Christy Bogle, Executive Director of the SCC Foundation.
Mr. Jeff Swaringen, SCC Instructor, Electronics Engineering Technology, gave the opening remarks and welcomed all the veterans to the luncheon. The North Carolina Air National Guard provided the Call to Order and the Posting/Retiring of Colors. Reverend Scott Williams presented the invocation and benediction. Special music was provided by Uwharrie Sound. Bill Tucker and Gary Tucker provided WWII items for display from the Locust History Museum, and the American Heritage Girls and Trail Life Boys sent beautiful hand-made drawings created especially for the event to honor the veterans.
“It is an honor to recognize this group of veterans who gave so much for America and to be able to memorialize those who have passed,” noted Donna Jones, SCC’s WWII Coordinator.
Special music was provided by Uwharrie Sound, a community-based vocal ensemble based in Stanly County, during the WWII Luncheon on Tuesday, May 26th at Stanly Community College.
Escorted by his daughter, Ms. Beth Mauldin, Mr. James H. “Jip” Forte, 93, of Albemarle, attended SCC’s WWII Luncheon. Mr. Forte enlisted in the Army in 1943 and was assigned to the 435th Ordnance Motor Vehicle Distribution Company that was stationed in England.