As former military members move in at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury (RWC), they quickly find they are in good company—62 residents served in the armed forces.
In its annual November tribute to military members, RWC will display their photos and stories as part of a Veterans Wall of Honor exhibit in RWC’s Gallery Hall. Collectively, these vets have given 648 years of service to their country.
One of the residents featured is retired U.S. Navy Capt. Norman Mosher, who as a lieutenant was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat “V” for action against the enemy while commanding a ship later in the conflict. He was also recognized for exceptionally meritorious conduct for his work in 22 combat patrols, three major operations and three minor operations in Vietnam.
“The draft was in effect when I graduated from college, and it was very real,” Mosher said. “You had to do your duty one way or the other, and I didn’t see myself in trenches. I went into the Navy not intending to spend more than the minimal amount of time. After 26 years and three sea commands, I retired.”
Frances Bacon and Robert Holley, a married couple at RWC, served in the U.S. Army also during the Vietnam War years. Bacon received a direct commission as….[to-view-more]