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Metal Crosses Made To Honor War Dead In County


October 28, 2019

Eighty-two metal memorial crosses have been purchased by the Friends of Rosman. Each cross, with an American flag, represents a serviceman from Transylvania County who was killed while serving in a war, including WWI, WWII, Korean, Vietnam and the Global War on Terrorism. One cross also memorializes Larry Jamerson of Rosman who was Missing in Action.

These crosses were first displayed at Rosman’s recent “Heritage Day.” They were made possible by grants from the Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority, private donations and fundraiser monies from the Friends of Rosman.

The crosses were made by the Welding Department of Strom Thurmond Career and Technology Center in Johnston, S.C., under the direction of Bill Cheatham, instructor.

An all-girls welding class did 90 percent of the work. Creating the crosses was a six-step process: shear the steel, proceed with the CMC plasma cutting, weld the crosses together, clean the crosses and send to powder coat, assemble the names and crosses, and build the crates for transporting and storing the crosses.

The new crosses are similar to those made by a previous welding class and used in Edgefield, S.C., on its town square to represent the KIA veterans of Edgefield County. The labor and materials for Rosman’s new crosses were donated in part, by the STC&TC’s student chapter of the American Welding Society.

Attending the unveiling ceremony of Rosman’s new crosses were Bill Cheatham, welding instructor, his wife, Charlotte, who is the town clerk for Edgefield, S.C. and welding students Carrie Younce (president of AWS student chapter for 2018-19) and Chelsea Glover (vice-president of AWS student chapter).

The Friends of Rosman are grateful to all who had a part in making this become such a special, long lasting and impressive memorial for fallen soldiers.


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