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Gastonia Gazette (Newspaper) - May 25, 2015, Gastonia, North Carolina Cheers just Call him the Flag Man Gastonia resident celebrates patriotism throughout his neighbourhood by Michael Barrett for a Long time Mark Tankersley had no idea How it was happening. He just knew that it did like patriotic clockwork. A for the first couple of years i kept seeing these american hags showing up on the Light poles in our Community a on memorial Day labor Day the fourth of july veterans Day Quot he said. A and i thought it was pretty Cool but i never knew who was doing then one morning he caught the Star spangled sprite in the act. He realized it was a neighbor of his David Keim. And he took an immediate liking to the Man. A i just really appreciate him so John Clark the Gazette David Keim puts up a Flag on a Utility pole on Timber Wood drive in Gastonia on thursday morning. Helm takes it upon himself to set american flags out in his neighbourhood for major holidays. Much a said Tankersley a pastor at Gaston Community Church. Quot what really Speaks to me is that he a a Humble Guy. He does no to want any attention. He just loves our Keim 52, has lived on Timber Wood drive in Gastonia a number of years. He moved Here from Hinesville ga., where the army base fort Stewart has become one of the regions backbones. The Community a love and support of its military service members there became part of what life was about for Keim. A see Flag Page 3a the bravest among us remember their fallen Brothers in arms on the last monday of each May. The Gazette spoke with local veterans to ask about the people their thoughts turn to this time of year. For some All the decades Between Here and Berlin have a wiped some first names from memory. And some remember men they never really met. For nearly everyone the passage of time can Dull the Shock of losing a loved one. But time also deepens the realization of what was truly taken. A getting married the Joys of kids and Grandad and everything you get to experience after they be died a said David Williams of mount Holly. A sure they get to skip out on some of the painful parts of life but it hurts to know they never got to share All the Best parts with the classmates who never came Home a a Tony Sherrill a army who he a thinking of John a the gentle giant Williams and Beverley Ware. Both men were High school classmates of Sherrill a and were killed in Vietnam. He remembers Williams As a big lovable Man who would do anything for his friends and Ware As a Man who never let his diminutive stature hold him Back. A i Hurt after finding out those Guys had been killed a said Sherrill of Gastonia. A but i think its important to remember their families too on memorial Day. They be lived with that for All these years. A j Garvin is shown eating during his tour in the Middle East. The Cook who should be lived a a Steven Garvin a army who he a thinking of an army mess Hall Cook a Garvin never knew his name a who was killed in Iraq in late 2004. A suicide bomber penetrated a part of Camp he never should have been Able to Access. Garvin a combat arms Soldier was trained for and accepted the risks that came with his dangerous profession. That Cook by contrast had probably received a Basic level of combat instruction before learning How to boost the morale of tired hungry soldiers. Quot and he was the Guy the bad Guy got Quot Garvin said. Quot that a bothered me Ever the doting heroic brother a a David Williams a Marine corps who he a thinking of his older brother John Williams a the same Man Sherrill remembers. David Williams of mount Holly said he idolized his older brother who was Quick with a Grin and always one to share advice. John Williams who was six years his brother a senior served As a helicopter Crew chief in the Marine corps during the Early Days of the Vietnam War. I in was killed in an Accident in Danang Vietnam just a week before he was due to rotate Back to the . Quot he was the reason i joined the Marine corps later a David Williams said. Quot i be spoken to a lot of the Guys he served with and they remember John the same Way i do As a Good Man that took care of people. Quot classmate killed a a John Cannon a air Force who he a thinking of Tony Hill an elementary school and Hunter muss High school classmate who was killed in Vietnam in 1968. Though he was t the last member of cannons High school class to be killed in combat he was the first and Cannon said that made an impression on him. Cannon served four years As a pharmacy technician at Mcduel air Force base in Florida but Neer saw combat. Quot in ways you re thankful that you did no to see fighting a Cannon said. A i mean you do what you re told As Best you can but in some ways you feel like you did no to do your part especially when Guys like Tony did no to come Back. That a a feeling in be lived with Ever the boy killed in �?T44 Ray Stewart a army who he a thinking of a Belmont buddy who entered the service with Stewart at the same time in 1943. Stewart of Gastonia went on to serve with a Sherman tank Crew from the beaches of Normandy through the surrender of the nazis in 1945. His Friend a he can Only recall his last name Smith a was killed sometime in 1944 in Europe. For years the Gazette ran that Man s picture As part of its veterans Day coverage according to Stewart but has t done so in recent years. A a in be always wanted to try to track his family Down to get the paper to run that picture again Quot Stewart said. Quot it s Guys like that we need to remember a Halifax Page edited by Lauren to Call the Gazette 704 069 1700 delivery questions 704-869 1800 Angeline Hopper 67, Kings Mountain Michael Scruggs 56. Bessemer City Erma Huskey 77, Forest City Sylvia Hallman 87, Kings Mountain Marjorie Hayes 82, Shelby Sally link ii. Iron station Anthony Huffman 46. Dallas Shirley Williams 69. Gastonia Furman Lowery 90, Gastonia Archie Roseboro 78. Jamaica. N y. Ferrule Hedrick 96. Belmont Helen Jefferies 61. 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