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Ridge goes on Honor Flight

Joyce M. Searson, Publisher

Betty Ridge of Bamberg, a Veteran of World War II, was chosen to go on the ‘Honor Flight.’

The flight carrying the World War II Veterans left Columbia Metropolitan Airport at 7:30 am on Wednesday, May 23, and landed in Washington D.C. at 9 am.

The ‘Honor Flight’ was started to fly World War II Veterans to Washington D.C. to see the World War II Memorial. It is an all day experience starting with breakfast at the airport and they are served lunch at the memorials. Each veteran is assigned a guardian to assist them with whatever they need throughout the entire day.

Ridge said this was an experience that she will never forget and it made her feel so proud to have served her country.

She toured the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, and the World War II Memorial.

“The World War II Memorial was unbelievable with its wall of 4000 stars. Each star commemorates every 100 Americans who died during World War II. It was very emotional for me. At the end of the day, I felt so appreciated and so honored to have served my country,” said Ridge.

At the age of 90 years-old, she has a very vivid memory of the war, as she reminisced, tears started to well up in her eyes, but she continued on with her story.

While living in Austin Texas, she and her friend enlisted in the United States Navy as Navy Waves in October of 1944...Because this was such a classified department of the Navy, very few people knew it even existed. Ridge remembers thinking she was going to radio school in Seattle, Washington, but found out later that was not the case.

"I actually thought I was going to learn Morse Code, but instead I learned a classified code... the Japanese code. We were given special typewriters and would listen to signals and the typewriters would do the rest. I can't say for sure if the messages we took played a part in the United States winning the war."

She stayed in the Navy until VJ Day, Victory over Japan, September 2, 1945.

While in Seattle, she met her husband, Albert H. Ridge, and they were married on the west coast. They moved to South Carolina in July of 1946, when their son Mike was five years old.

They later had two more children, Pam and Tim.

Ridge says things were a lot different back in those days. Everyone worked together as a nation to do whatever was necessary to win the war.

She said before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, everyone living in the United States felt safe because of the vast oceans that separated it from other countries. After that day, the oceans were no longer big enough nor wide enough.

"I am a proud veteran. The Honor flight made me feel grateful that we have such a wonderful country to live in...the greatest country in the world...We need to keep it that way."

Bamberg earns Guess Scholarship

Shakora “Koko” Bamberg of Denmark is the 2012 recipient of the St. Clair P. Guess, Jr. Scholarship. She is the daughter of Nancy and Anthony Rivers. Miss Bamberg will graduate with honors, as the Valedictorian from Denmark-Olar High School in ceremonies slated for June 4, 2012. Among her notable achievements through four years of high school, Miss Bamberg is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Palmetto Girls State, Student Government President, School Improvement Council Secretary, Editor of the Viking Chronicle Newsletter, Peer Educator Leader President, Member FBLA/DECA/Junior Leadership, Clemson Emerging Scholar, Palmetto Girls State, FCCLA Member, Spanish Club Member, Freshman Class President, Sophomore Class President, Drama Club, Prom Committee, Yearbook Editor. In addition to the honors and activities noted, Miss Bamberg was dually enrolled in Denmark-Technical College in Denmark, SC during her senior year and was a Teacher Cadet at Denmark-Olar Elementary School.

B.E. Middle Student wins

The South Carolina Art Educators Association held their annual juried youth art exhibit for the state of South Carolina on Saturday, May 19th, 2012 at Beacon Hill Elementary School in Summerville.

During the awards ceremony, the Youth Art Coordinator presented Tabitha Nix, a 7th grader at Bamberg-Ehrhardt Middle School, the overall award in the Middle School Division. She had been selected during a juried exhibit in March to represent the Lower Region in the middle school division for the state exhibit.

Along with a certificate from the SCAEA, Tabitha was awarded art supplies for herself and for her art teacher, Teresa Alsing, donated by Sargent’s’ Arts. Tabitha participated in the Honor’s Art program during the 2011-2012 school years. Bamberg-Ehrhardt Middle School is extremely proud of Tabitha and wishes her continued success with her artwork.

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