Edgefield Veterans Memorials
Main St at Courthouse Square
Edgefield, Edgefield County, South Carolina
"Dedicated in grateful tribute to the men and women ofEdgefield Countywho served in the armed forces of our countryduring World War I II and Korean Warin preserving our freedom and our way of lifeErected by the Hezzie Griffis Post 30,American Legion, Edgefield, S.C.
Nov. 10, 1963""Dedicated in grateful tribute to the men and women ofEdgefield Countywho served in the armed forces of our country in preserving our freedomand our way of life duringthe VietNam War""A tribute to the Governors and Lieutenant Governorsof South Carolina who were natives of or at one time residents ofEdgefield District or County
Erected by D.A.R. Chapters of Edgefield County
There is no honor roll tablet found here. I am not certain why, but for the first World War it may be that few of the Edgefield County men were lost to that conflict.
My research led me to the first known Edgefield loss, PFC Frank P Salter, US Army. He was a cadet pilot killed 12 September 1918 at Rich Field, Waco, Texas when his Curtis JN-4 trainer (#5162) collided with cadet Frank J Oliver, on Onawa, Iowa, who was flying another JN-4 (#5228). They were student pilots, very close to graduation and commissioning as Air Corps officer pilots.
Obviously the politically inclined men of the District of Edgefield hand somewhat of a stranglehold on the politics of South Carolina in the 19 century. For twenty percent of that century a man of this area held the Governors seat. That's the basis for a good discussion of politics, but my question would be - how did that impact the men that were called to serve in the military?