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Jack Trivett, left, presents Miles Trivett with a plaque for his service in WWII.
Photo by Kevin Holden

Originally published: 2012-09-28 11:09:32
Last modified: 2012-09-28 11:09:32

Trivett honored for WWII service

Each year, Newland VFW Post 4286 honors veterans on Memorial Day with a plaque to honor their service. This year, U.S. Navy veteran Miles Trivett was among the recipients, but couldn’t attend the ceremony.

Trivett served in the Pacific Theater during WWII as a member of a Naval Construction Battalion, or SeaBees.

At Sunday, Sept. 23’s Trivett family reunion at Crossnore Baptist Church, members of the VFW post surprised Trivett with his award. The post color guard presented our nation’s colors and Ella Markland played the Navy Hymn on the bagpipes.

U.S. Navy Captain Dean Harris recited a history of the SeaBees and their role in the victory in the Pacific, and nephew Jack Trivett presented the award to Miles.

Trivett, who currently resides in Johnson City, Tenn., served in the Admiralty Islands for 15 months with the SeaBees, building road and airstrips. The SeaBees could be depended on to accomplish the mission, despite the hardships.

Six other members of the Millard Trivett family served in the various theaters of WWII: Barney Trivett, Charles Trivett, Dewey Trivett, Luther Trivett, Marion Trivett and Shirley Trivett.

The number of surviving WWII veterans dwindles each day and VFW Post 4286 strives to recognize them for their sacrifices while it still can.