Live Oak residents Quincy Simmons, Lloyd McCall and Leonard Yates, Jr. as well as Larry Smithwick, Sr. of Mayo and James Beschen of O’Brien were recognized recently for their military service by Haven Hospice Veteran Volunteers.
Beschen served in the United States (U.S.) Navy on the USS Cadmus, a repair ship. During World War II, Simmons served in the U.S. Coast Guard on the USS LST-20, McCall served in the U.S. Army as a combat engineer in Europe and Yates served in the U.S. Navy . A veteran of the Vietnam War, Smithwick served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a vehicle mechanic. The Haven Hospice Pinning Ceremony for veteran patients includes a veteran pin, a thank you card signed by the staff and a certificate of appreciation from Haven Hospice which are all presented by volunteer veterans. The presentation ends with a salute to honor the veteran’s service.