Members of Heard County Chapter 2587 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy presented Mr. Gail Wendell Kistler the Vietnam Conflict Cross of Military Service on Sunday January 27, 2013.
The service was held at the Albert J Perry Post 4629 Veterans of Foreign Wars, 305 West Haralson Street in LaGrange, Georgia at 2:30 pm.
The Ceremony of Bestowal was conducted by President Carla Brown with Teresa Eady serving as Recorder of Military Awards for the ceremony. We had UDC members from Newnan, Carrollton, Franklin, and Atlanta in attendance.
The Cross of Military Service is one of the most prized awards that the United Daughters of the Confederacy can give. It is the heartfelt attribute of Southern womanhood to those who proved worthy of their Confederate ancestry and who gladly and freely tendered their services and their lives to this great nation in times of stress and strife.
The Crosses of Military Service awarded by the United Daughters of the Confederacy are four in number and are the outgrowth of the Cross of Honor. They are: first the World War II Cross; second, the Korean War Cross; third, the Vietnam Conflict Cross; and fourth, the Global War on Terror Cross.
The Cross is a Crusader Cross in bold relief, bound by the Battle Flag of the Confederacy and linked by the entwined monogram, UDC, to the ribbon. It is attached to a laurel leaf as a mark of valor. The color of the ribbon and wording signify the War or Conflict in which the recipient served.
Wendell Kistler served in the 578th Signal Corps of the US Army during the Vietnam Conflict. Mr. Kistler, who by his faithful devotion and patriotic military service to his country in a time of war, has exemplified courage and loyalty which reflect honor upon himself as well as upon his Confederate ancestor, his great-grandfather William David Ogletree, who served his country in Company K, 14th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, CSA.
Gail Wendell Kistler has been married to Patricia Templeton Kistler for 14 years. Both are active volunteers at Tuskegee VA Nursing Home and members of the PGR (Patriot Guard Riders). Wendell is Commander at VFW Post 4629 in LaGrange, Ga.
He is chairman of the VFW Motorcycle Group for the State of Georgia and chairman for the Veterans Counsel in LaGrange. He is a member in good standing of Elm City Masonic Lodge544 and an active member in DAV (disabled American Veterans) and the American Legion. He and his wife are devoted to supporting the veterans of our country and their families.
Friends and family of Mr. Kistler joined us as we honored Mr. Kistler and refreshments were provided by the VFW post in his honor after the ceremony.