Sunday, November 29, 2015

World War I Butler Co. Boys Honored At 11th Annual Memorial Day Celebration
By Amanda Wade

It has been 100 years since the start of World War I. In Greenville, the Butler County Boys were remembered in the 11th annual Memorial Day tribute, and veterans shared memories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

R.B. Stabler is one of Butler County's oldest veterans. He is 97 years old and fought in World War II, "It reminds me of all the friends that I had, and quite a few of them are not here anymore. And I was one of the lucky ones that came through," he says.

More than 150 people packed the park across from Greenville's city hall to honor fallen soldiers and veterans. Greenville native, Nimrod Frazer, spoke about the Butler County Boys; young men from the county who fought in World War I. One of the men was his father, "He served with these guys. They all left here when they were 19 and went to Europe and fought there. It was the biggest thing in his life ever and I was raised on it. I said in the speech I knew who Douglas McArthur was before I could read."

Frazer also adds, "They served with such great inspiration in an arduous and dangerous time. I mean, half a dozen men from Butler County were killed in one afternoon there at Croix Farm."

Butler County lost 34 soldiers in World War I. To never forget their heroics, a sculpture on that battle ground in France honors the Butler County Boys and others from the Rainbow Division.