VFW Post 2166 to recognize Stout

Published 5:20 pm Wednesday, September 5, 2018

VFW Post 2166, known as Captain Lynn H. Folsom Post, will host a special ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 8, to recognize the work done by one of its members.

Over the course of the day, Post members will recognize Harry Stout with a 70-year-patch for his work with the facility. Stout served two tours in the United States Army and joined the local Post in 1948, not long after his first enlistment.

Once he returned to Carter County, Stout and several others put together the First Army Reserve Unit in the State of Tennessee after World War II. Among these were J. I. Cornett-Company Commander, Blaine Hartley and Tony Emeren. With the onset of the Korean War there was a lack of manpower. Being in the reserves he was sent to Fort Bragg and then onto Korea. He remained on active duty until being discharged in 1954. Stout’s accolades include World War II, Efficiency, Honor and Fidelity, National Defense, Army of Occupation, Rifle, Honorable Military Service, Korea Defense Service and Cold War-Promoting Peace and Stability. After the war, he went again to work with North American Rayon. He worked in the trucking division of the shipping department and remained there until the 1970s when the plants eliminated that division. He then went to work with Smith transfer until he retired in 1981. At that time, he went to work on a full-time basis for himself as a locksmith. He had been working as a locksmith on a part-time basis since 1966. Stout is also a regular member of Fairview Baptist Church.

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The Post will also host a “Cruise In” car show during the day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the property. In addition to the cars on display there will be a pig roast, live music and prize drawings. The Post is located at 2001 West Elk Ave.

For more information, contact David Batchelder at (423) 542-1824.