UDC bestows #8216;highest honor#039; on Johnson

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 17, 2006

One of the Greenville Senior Center's favorite members was given a high honor recently at the Greenville Senior Nutrition Center on Cedar St.

Herbert Maybre Johnson, WW II veteran, was presented the WW II Cross of Military Service by members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy ((UDC), Greenville Guards Chapter # 2565.

Many of Johnson's fellow senior citizens were able to observe the solemn 10:30 a.m. ceremony.

&#8220This is the highest honor in terms of military service the UDC bestows,” Barbara Middleton, recording secretary for the Greenville Guards, said.

Ellen Suzanne Money, president of the Junior Guards #923 C of C, performed &#8220Dixie's Land” on the guitar, with Greenville Guards President Nan Barganier Moorer giving the welcome.

Middleton gave the invocation.

Tristen Moorer, vice-president of the Junior Guards, led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance, while Money led the salute to the Confederate flag: &#8220I salute the Confederate Flag with affection, reverence and undying remembrance.”

Judy Atkins Taylor, recorder of Military Service Awards, read and presented the certificate to Johnson while Moorer pinned the WW II Cross on Johnson's lapel.

Carolyn Money of Bashinsky Chapter #236 of the UDC gave the benediction.

The Military Service Cross was presented to Johnson in honor of his service to America and to also honor his Confederate ancestor, Joseph King Cox, his great-grandfather. Johnson was a navigator trainer instructor in the 2131st Army Air Corps Base Unit and was stationed at Gunter Field, Ala.

&#8220He is a dear, dear man and we are delighted to be able to honor him in this way,” Moorer said of Johnson, who will turn 101 in January 2007.

&#8220Mister Herb” and his wife &#8220Miss” Lucille are regulars at the senior nutrition center, where they enjoy visiting with friends and playing rounds of Skipbo.