Our Mission: To help put hopes and dreams into action one by one.
Our History: Two Purple Heart, Silver Star brothers---both giving their lives for their country to protect their family and our freedom.
There once was a man---a really good man--a young man--who felt called to fight for his country. So he left his home in Zanesville, Ohio, slid over to West Virginia to enlist in the Army, answering a personal calling to fight for his country in WWII---his Purple Heart notification reads, to Private First Class Wilber D. Jadwin, but growing up I only knew him as my Uncle Dean who died in Germany a hero role model for “another man”, his brother, Sargent First Class, Carlton L Walker-- my dad.
Pard, his nickname, was handsome like his brother, a "man's man"---brave, funny, mischievous, referred to by girls in his hometown as a "hunk" and filled with a sense of duty to family and country. At the age of 17 he answered the same call to serve his country--but when he enlisted, he set his sights on following his brother's example. A Purple Heart, Silver Star, Bronze Star Paratrooper, he died from inoperable shrapnel...literally bleeding to death on the inside of his young body at age 25.
As a little girl, he was my world. Large rough strong hands from years of conditioning, laughter that brought smiles to all around him. I would nestle into my special place under his right arm listening to his heart, the steady rhythm making me feel safe and protected.
He referred to his regiment as a "Club" as he would try to answer the unending questions of a very pushy and inquisitive daughter about his uniforms and "job" in the "Club".
Mary Garrett, Jadwin, Walker Noland--mother of heroes who built their hearts as well as their character--my grandmother..she was an amazing woman with the unlimited capacity to love.
My grandmother always reminded me "to whom much is given---much is expected."
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