Veterans serve as honorary captains at Coker College game

November 12, 2018
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World War II veteran David Allen (center) of American Legion Post 53 was chosen as the honorary team captain for Wingate College at Saturday's South Atlantic Conference volleyball final. The conference hosted local veterans to come to the game to be recognized for their service.

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Veterans were honored Saturday on the campus of Coker College.

Coker was hosting the South Atlantic Conference women’s volleyball post-season tournament bracket on Friday and the finals on Saturday.

Two veterans – one from Hartsville and one from Darlington – were selected to serve as honorary team captains for the two finalists.

David Allen of American Legion Post 53 in Hartsville and Danny Weaver of American Legion Post 13 in Darlington were introduced along with team member of Wingate (Allen) and Lincoln Memorial players (Weaver).

Allen is a World War II veteran who was sent to Belgium as a buck sergeant to replace troops that were lost during the Battle of the Bulge. Shortly after arriving there, he was promoted to assistant squad leader and was then struck by shrapnel from an artillery shell while pursuing German soldiers. He broke his jaw in three places.

Weaver spent four years in the U.S. Navy and was stationed at Guantanamo Bay during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He also spent time on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal as a crew chief and structural mechanic working on F-4 Phantoms.

During pre-game activities, about a dozen veterans in the audience were asked come courtside to be recognized.

This year’s Veterans Day was the 100th anniversary of the signing of the World War I Armistice at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

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