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Veterans Day 2014

November 11, 2014

Veterans Day will have an extra special meaning in the City of Greer this year, as the city remembers and honors a native son – a sergeant who died in France during World War II.

The flag that flew during Sgt. Nathan Jordan’s burial at Brittany American Cemetery in St. James, France will be flown Nov. 11 at Greer City Hall. To learn more about Sgt. Jordan, a 1937 graduate of Greer High School and one of three brothers who served during the war, visit the link at the bottom of this page..

“It’s difficult to find a family in the United States that was not affected somehow by World War II,” Mayor Rick Danner said. “To stand at our Veterans Memorial Park and read the names on monuments of those who were killed during the conflict reminds us of how entire towns and cities were affected as well. This Veterans Day we will honor and remember Sgt. Nathan Jordan and all of the brave men and women from Greer who have served our country and made the ultimate sacrifice.”

The flag, which was mailed to Sgt. Jordan’s parents following burial, is on loan to the city from Sgt. Jordan’s sister-in-law, Rose Marie Cooper Jordan of Greer.

As a corporal earlier in the war, Jordan spent most of his time stationed at an infantry training post at Ft. Wheeler near Macon, Ga., where he served on the cadre of a battalion responsible for training inductees. After the invasion of Normandy, he was transferred to Ft. Meade, Md., to await transport to the European theater. He arrived in England on July 23, 1944, and was sent immediately to France, where he was assigned to Co. M, 38th Infantry Division.

Nathan reported to his new outfit, the 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division on Aug. 7, 1944, and entered combat the following day. He was promoted to staff sergeant on Aug. 11, just three days before he was fatally wounded in fighting near Tinchebray, France.

Veterans Day 2014 will also bring to a close a time-intensive project undertaken by members of the Joyce Scott Chapter of the South Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution. In recognition of those who served their country and are buries in four cemeteries in the City of Greer -- Mountain View, Edgewood, Wilson, and Needmore Community -- members researched the properties, identified veterans of all wars, and prepared a roster that lists each name along with birth and death dates, branch of service, and rank.

Researchers involved in compiling the roster are: Zoe Benwell Lorshbough Carlson; Juliana Distler Nelson Christy; Karen Edney Faulkner; Rose Marie Cooper Jordan; Charlotte Hay James Koehler; Abbie Carolyn Frick McWilliams, Peggy Snoddy Robinson; Sarah (Sallie) Olmert Smith; Phyllis Salli Distler Nelson Troyan; and Carole Black Walters.

The chapter will gather at Mountain View Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 for a brief meeting and to present the roster. Regent Zoe Carlson will preside.

Remembering Sgt. Nathan Jordan