Members of the Army’s 1175th Quartermaster PS Company and their families, gathered at the Lafayette National Guard Armory last Saturday, June 25th, to reunite for the first time since their return from Desert Storm 20 years ago. While the former soldiers and friends were anxious to catch up with one another, a few Macon County businesses and individuals were eager to take the opportunity to honor their Desert Storm and Desert Shield service by erecting a monument at the Armory and unveiling it during a dedication ceremony held at the reunion event.
The monument, inscribed with all of the names of those who served in the 1175th QM CO in Desert Storm and Desert Shield, is dedicated to all Americans who served in the operations.
The unveiling ceremony was led by Macon County Mayor Shelvy Linville, with Jimmy Cook providing the opening prayer and Randy East singing the National Anthem. Taps were also played by Stacy Taylor, and Elder Rick Wilson provided the closing prayer.
Also honoring these servicemen and women was Senator Mae Beavers, who presented the company with a proclamation honoring the soldiers of the 1175th Quartermaster PS Company for their Desert Storm/Desert Shield service.
The ceremony was dedicated to the 1175th QM CO men and women who are now deceased: SFC Carmen B. Hammock, SFC Kenneth T. Lawrence, SSG Phillip S. Clark, SSG James L. King, SSG Ronald R. Parsons, SSG Thomas D. Rivers Jr., SSG Rabon D. York, SGT Patrick M. Burnes, SGT Mark R. Gregory, SGT William K. Moore, SGT George A. Seay, PFC Robert W. Coots, PFC Tony D. Powers and PV2 Randall L. Wilkerson.
Those who contributed to the monument, the concrete and the landscaping were North Central Telephone, Tri-County Electric, Citizens Bank, Macon Bank & Trust, Richard Willette Concrete, Lafayette Monument and Kathryne Belle.
The 1175th mobilized for active duty on September 20, 1990 out of Carthage, Tennessee, and was made up of 177 Middle Tennessee men and women from Macon, Overton, Putnam, Wilson and Sumner Counties. Stationed in Saudi Arabia for 90 days, company members carried out their orders to pump fuel into hundreds of tanks and choppers.