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Stories

July 2nd

“Let’s care for them until the end.”

Last Patrol volunteer and retired Fighter Pilot, Tom Lytle, visits veterans in hospice in Moncks Corner, SC. Tom flew jets for the Air Force, the Navy, and the National Guard, a very rare achievement. 

 

In these pictures, he visits two veterans on their last patrol. One veteran also served in multiple branches of service, and the other is a veteran of the National Guard. It was quite a moving moment when after saluting him,

Tom attached a veteran pin to the dying veteran’s shirt. It’s so rewarding bring a final word of gratitude to a veteran in end-of-life care. 

One photo is of Tom a few years back showing off a picture of one of his favorite plans, the A10 Warthog. What a patriot!!

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June 30th

“We so appreciate this honor,” is how a family member recalled our ceremony for his father.

 

Veterans Dan Grubbs and Darius James joined family members of James Hill, an Air Force veteran in hospice care with @HospicePiedmont in Greenwood, SC

 

Mr. Hill was presented a Certificate of Appreciation, a packet of cards of gratitude written by Americans around the country, and a Patriot’s Quilt.

 

A few days after this honor ceremony, James Hill transitioned to Post Everlasting. At his funeral, James lay in his casket with his Patriot’s Quilt under his hands.

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June 18th

“We salute you!”

James Lawrence, U.S. Air Force veteran from 1962-1966, is in end-of-life care at @HospicePiedmont. Family, friends, facility staff, and Last Patrol veteran volunteers gathered to honor James. He received special gifts, certificates, and honors, while being entertained with beautiful vocals and a trumpeter. He also received a packet of personal cards thanking him, The amazing cards are written by Americans around the country.

 

Throughout the event, James was actively involved, and deeply appreciated his fellow citizens turning out one more time to honor his service to our country.

James, we all wish you peace and strength on your Last Patrol and are standing by to help you.

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June 9th

“A final wish to go fishing…”

Last Patrol volunteers and friends made it happen. Robert, a Navy vet in hospice with @AgapeCare, is a passionate trout fisherman. Knowing the end is near, he’d asked: “Can I get out on a river one more time to fish?” So our volunteers put a plan in place to make his wish possible. There’s something about the river, the fish, the air, the water… Robert had been drawn to it most of his long life. Twice we tried… but Robert’s health faltered; the trip got cancelled. But patience paid off, and this past week it all came together. 

During the fishing trip, Robert’s eyes regularly sought out his wife, Sandy. The two have been married for 53 years!

We salute you, Robert!

Many thanks to everyone that helped make this fishing trip possible! Special thanks to @DavidsonRiverOutfitters

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June 6th

“Three WWII veterans together is a very rare thing!”

It was our distinct honor recently to join @TheClintonPresbyterianCommunity  · Retirement & Assisted Living Facility in celebrating the service of 3 World War II veterans. Representing the Army, Marines, and Navy, these 3 WWII veterans -- Carl, George, and Bill -- received special recognition from Last Patrol in a gathering held in the facility chapel. And what service!! The Soldier helped liberate the Dachau concentration camp. The Marine participated in seizing an airfield during the fight for Okinawa. The Sailor searched for Japanese submarines. Last Patrol volunteers conducted a formal ceremony, patriotic entertainment, and voiced the gratitude of nation for these members of The Greatest Generation. The veterans received letters from @RepJeffDuncan, who recognized the important contribution of each man.

Carl, the Soldier, was a tanker in the 20th Armored Division. He fought in Germany and France. Later in life he started an Insurance business and was an avid snow skier until the age of 73. George, the Marine, participated in several Pacific fighting campaigns, and was preparing for the invasion of Japan with the Japanese surrendered. George is very proud of his 67 year marriage. Bill served in Naval Air, including an assignment in the Philippines during the war. Back in the civilian world he became a pharmacist.

We thank each of these very special veterans for their service. We owe our freedom to men like these and their fellow brothers-in-arms who fought for our country during WWII.

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May 27th

A very special veteran celebration in Florida! 

Last Patrol volunteers honored Navy veteran, Jacob Zemon, who is in hospice care with @SeasonsHospicePalliativeCare. Simultaneously we celebrated a remarkable 60th Wedding Anniversary. Jacob met his wife on a blind date all those many years ago. Their 2 children and other family and friends also attended the honor ceremony. All remembered Jacob as a hardworking, wonderful man, who was well-equipped with colorful military stories which he didn’t shy from telling. We salute you, Jacob!

Special thanks to two local groups for their support: @ASHLARS - Widows Sons of Florida @26th Masonic District Masters and Wardens

Jacob served aboard a Navy Aircraft Carrier in the early 1960s. He became a master card player and fabulous dancer. During our honor ceremony favorite dance tunes were played. As a young man, Jacob was a quality athlete, and competed at high levels in Tennis and Basketball. Eventually settling in South Florida, he later served his local community as a Bailiff.

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May 25th

“Amazed by the fierce loyalty U.S. military veterans have….”

@brookdaleseniorliving veterans were honored by Veteran’s Last Patrol. The military service of their veteran residents was celebrated by veteran volunteers and @AmedisysInc in a ceremony that included Certificates of Appreciation and small patriotic handcrafts. Greenville South Carolina’s. @militaryhistorycc helped with this special event by displaying a restored military vehicle. 

We thank Photographer @Ken Scar for taking great photographs. “I'm continually amazed by the fierce loyalty U.S. military veterans have for other veterans, and how naturally it reaches across generations, services and wars,” Ken remarked about the day’s event.

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May 12th

Robert Houk, Navy Vietnam Veteran, receives an honor ceremony by Veteran Last Patrol volunteers. We celebrated Robert’s life and service with family, friends, and fellow volunteers. Robert served on the battleship USS New Jersey. That big ship provided vital gunnery support for Soldiers and Marines in ground combat. He is now on his Last Patrol and in hospice care with Agape Care Group.

 

After the service, Robert became a small businessman, serving his Western North Carolina community. He and his wife lived in the same house for 43 years. Robert is a passionate trout fisher. When he wasn’t working or spending time with family you would find him on a mountain river with a fishing rod in hand.

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May 11th

“He’s served our country, and for this organization Veteran Last Patrol to take the time to recognize him says a lot of good about where we are as a nation, in spite of anything else we might see,” James said.

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April 26th

Our volunteers, local veterans, and citizens of Greenwood, SC, gathered to honor Frank Glenn, a Navy WWII veteran in hospice care with @PruittHealth. Frank served as an Aviation Technician during the war and made sure the Navy’s planes could fly. We’re all so grateful he and his fellow WWII veterans defeated the Nazi and Japanese tyrannies. During the ceremony, Frank received a handmade flag, patriotic quilt, and a Congressional Letter from @RefJeffDuncan The ceremony took place @Brookdale Senior Living. We are so impressed with the great turnout to celebrate Frank’s service. Our purpose was to remind him he’s not alone on his Last Patrol. We love seeing veterans in hospice render a final salute!

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April 19th

Fred Whisnant served his country as a US Army Medic during the Korean War. He is very proud of his service. Last Patrol volunteers visited Fred’s home and conducted an Honor Ceremony, during which he was recognized with several presentations, including a Congressional Letter from @RepRalphNorman. Fred is in the care of @Halycon Hospice. 

 

Our mission is bringing friendships, honor ceremonies, and emergency assistance to veterans in hospice care. We want these dying veterans to know they are not forgotten. Fred is being visited weekly by one of our veteran volunteers.

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