On Thursday, March 16th, members of Shelby County Memorial Veterans of
Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the Auxiliary visited with US Marine Crops World
War II Veteran Ford S. Brown, Sr. Mr. Ford who will turn 100 years old in
September recalled his service during the invasion of Okinawa in April 1945.
The battle of Okinawa was the bloodiest and last battle in the Pacific. He
and his wife Iva Nell will also celebrate their 79th Wedding Anniversary on
June 28th. Mr. Ford was presented with a World War II baseball cap, a
framed certificate of appreciation for his service and a complimentary
membership in the VFW. On hand with Mr. Ford and wife were their two
daughters, Sylvia Hearn and Cynthia Perez, County Veteran Service Officer
Sherry Riley, Auxiliary member Mary Fausett and Post Service Officer John
Piersol, Post Chaplain Cynthia Islas, Past Post Commander Mike Langford and
his three grandchildren and Post Quartermaster Larry Hume.