From left: Monty Johnson, president of the Col. Hiram Parks Bell Chapter 2641, Calvin Stuart Wolverton and Lynn Briggs, chapter recorder of military service awards. (click for larger version)
May 06, 2013
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — About 120 people participated in the Confederate Memorial Day service at Shady Grove Baptist Church in Forsyth County on April 21 to honor a descendant of a Confederate soldier.
Calvin Stuart Wolverton was recognized with a medal for being the descendant of a Confederate soldier and for his service as a veteran of the Vietnam War.
The medal is the "Vietnam Conflict Cross of Military Service Award," presented by the Col. Hiram Parks Bell Chapter 2641, United Daughters of the Confederacy. This medal is sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Defense, as are the other four that the chapter is permitted to award such descendants of Confederate soldiers for World War II, the Korean War and now the War on Global Terrorism.
Wolverton served as a sergeant in the United States Air Force during Vietnam and was stationed in Thailand.
The event also included re-enactors, an honor guard firing a rifle salute and an artillery cannon salute at the cemetery portion of the service when the dedication of an Iron Cross was made in honor of Pvt. Sam Street, Texas 8th Cavalry (Terry's Texas Rangers), who is believed to be the only Confederate soldier killed in Forsyth County during the War Between the States.
Soil was obtained from his home state of Missouri and his adopted home state of Texas and spread upon his grave.