On Tuesday, Nov. 11, residents can show their support and respect for veterans such as Russell at a ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. at the American Legion Carl Boyd Post 42 flagpole, located at 1 Roosevelt St., Cartersville. The program will feature guest speaker Matt Shultz, a 21-gun salute and taps.
Occupation/title: U.S. Marine Retired/Chaplain Cartersville Medical Center
Family: Wife, Veronica; three stepsons; six grandchildren
Education: High school and some college
City of residence: White
How long have you been involved in the American Legion and VFW? And why do you feel it is important to donate your time to these organizations?
A: VFW since 1968, American Legion since 1998. I’m able to keep in contact with veterans and help disabled veterans and widows of veterans.
I understand you are retired from the U.S. Marine Corps as a master gunnery sergeant. Can you explain how long you served and where you have served?
A: May 1, 1965, to Aug. 1, 1998 — 33 years and four months. Served in 2nd marine aircraft wing, 2nd marine division, 3rd marine division, 4th marine division and 26th marine regiment at Khe Sanh, Vietnam, which was part of the 5th Marine division. I spent the last 18 years serving in the recruiting service with Recruiting Station Macon/Atlanta, 6th Marine Corps District, Headquarters Recruiting Command, Washington, D.C., (as a Master Trainer for the Recruiting service) and also served with the Eastern recruiting region, Parris Island, S.C., where I retired.
As we approach Veterans Day, the community is reminded of the sacrifices made by all veterans. How will you be observing the holiday this year?
A: I will be visiting veterans at all eight nursing homes here in Bartow, and as part of the American Legion Honor Guard, I will be part of the ceremony at the American Legion on the 11th of November for the Veterans Day Ceremony. I also plan to attend candlelight service at the courthouse in the evening.
When were you called to the ministry?
A: I was ordained as a minister/bishop in 1982. Currently ordained as a Bishop with the Church of God Indy, Ind. Serving as one of the chaplains at Cartersville Medical Center for the past eight years.
Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
A: Yes, Isaiah 40:31, “They that wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as an eagle, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint, teach me Lord to wait.”
What do you consider your greatest personal or professional achievement?
A: Personal achievement — 2009, Northwest Georgia CARE-NET, Volunteer Care Person of the Year and Rosalynn Carter Institute Georgia Volunteer Care Person of the Year 2009. Professional — achieveing the rank of master gunnery sergeant in the Marine Corps and becoming the senior trainer on the National Training Team in Washington, D.C.
Where is your favorite place to be in Bartow County?
A: Serving as a chaplain at Cartersville Medical Center
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
A: I was the vice president and president of Bartow Health Access in the very beginning.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
A: Caring, friendly, dependable.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
A: As a minister, stay in the Marine Corps for retirement so my ministry can be for free.
Do you have a personal philosophy?
A: Trust in the Lord, and he will make a way for me.