Reported by Mark Poag, SCVMC South Carolina 3A Upstate Crew.
Sunday, May 15, 2022 after celebrating Confederate Memorial Day at Springwood Cemetery in Greenville, SC.
It was an outstanding service all the way around. SCVMC 3A Pictured L to R, Front: Rossie Meadows, Nelson Bishop,
Guest Speaker David Chaltas as General Robert E. Lee, Mark Poag, Russell Smith, Michael Couch, new recruit
Dylan Hensley; L to R, Back: Mike Hounchell, Jimmy Garrett, Mike Waters, Copperhead Csaba Szabo,
Joey Cartee, Bill Bailey, new recruit Dan Turner and Camp 36 member Michael Adams.
Thursday, May 19, 2022, after replacing the flag on Hwy 25 in Princeton, SC.
L to R: Copperhead Csaba Szabo, Mark Poag, Rossie Meadows and Billy Collyer.
On May 21, 2022, prior to the SCVMC Memorial for Mark “Wolf” Dodd, Dan Burns and Mark Poag gave blood
at a Car Show sponsored by a local ABATE Chapter. Apparently everyone else is scared of needles.
The Mechanized Cavalry along with our states only Copperhead and Whiskey’s hosted an event for Mark “Wolf” Dodd
who was killed earlier this year. Wolf was well known in the biker community and was the victim of a hit and run. The driver
was later arrested and remains in jail at this time. Wolf suffered brain damage and was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to
his injuries several weeks later. The Mechanized Cavalry planned this event as a fundraiser for Wolf but it turned into a Memorial.
The event was held on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Whiskey’s located In Taylors, SC. Approximately 150 motorcycles came through
Whiskey’s and at the end of the day over $6,300.00 had been collected. The money collected was hand delivered to The Shepherd Center,
a non-profit hospital dedicated to helping those with brain and spinal cord injuries.
Pictured L to R - Front: Copperhead Csaba Szabo, Rusty Thomas, Adam Merck, Brad Hullett and Scott Campbell.
Back: Russell Smith, Mark Poag, Dylan Hensley, Michael Couch, Joey Cartee, Greg Williams, Nelson Bishop, Robbie Smith,
Mike Waters, Dan Burns and Bill Bailey.
In attendance but not pictured: Rossie Meadows, Dennis Murphy and Low Country Crew member Fred Cota.
Members of the Camp 36 Color Guard who are also members of the Mechanized Cavalry honored Wolf with
a rifle volley during the event. The crowd on hand was well impressed with these men: Rossie Meadows,
Dennis Murphy, Russell Smith and Nelson Bishop.
A small portion of the flags in the unknown section of Springwood Cemetery in Greenville, SC. On May 29, 2020,
over 350 flags were placed on the graves of our Confederate heroes by the Mechanized Cavalry 3rd Battalion Company A
and Camp 36 in preparation of Memorial Day. SCVMC present for this honor: Mark Poag, Nelson Bishop, Billy Collyer, Rossie Meadows,
Jimmy Garrett, Tom Quinn and Dan Turner.
A small group of the Mechanized Cavalry, Copperheads and Order of Confederate Rose traveled to Atlanta to deliver
the check from the Memorial for Wolf to the Sheperd Center. The total raised ended up being $6,300.00.
Pictured L to R: Russell Smith, Alana Sheperd (founder of the Sheperd Center), Nelson Bishop,
Joey Cartee, Tammy Szabo and Csaba Szabo.
On Sunday, June 5, 2022 the Mechanized Cavalry and Cooperheads completed a new flag project on Hwy 25 in
Travelers Rest, SC. The area advertising for the Dixie Republic was cleared of brush, restored with new paint, new signs
and a new flag. Top Photo, Kneeling: Michael Couch, Standing L to R: Greg Williams, Joey Cartee,
Mark Poag, Csaba Szabo, Nelson Bishop and our friend Terry Thomason.
On Wednesday, June 15, 2022, Copperhead Caaba Szabo, Dan Burns and Billy Collyer visited Gettysburg prior to
attending the SCVMC National in LaPlata, Maryland. Honoring our South Carolina fallen at the South Carolina Monument.
Saturday, June 18, 2022, great day for a ride through the country. L to R: Mike Hounchell, Tom Quinn, Nelson Bishop,
Greg Gantt, Dylan Hensley, Adam Merck, Brad Hullett, Tim Brock, Mark Poag, Joey Cartee, Bill Bailey,
Russell Smith, Dan Turner and Jim Waddell.
Reported by Capt. Shawn Rainey
June saw the men of 1-A busy as always. Confederate Memorial Services occurred all across our state, many
being hosted by Mechanized Cavalry members. June also saw the 20th Nathan Bedford Forrest Boyhood Homecoming
on June 18th. 1-A has assisted the TN Division SCV in hosting this event for several years and we are proud to continue
that tradition. The loss of Lt. Radar was felt hard as this was an event he lead our men in.
We will continue to assist the TN Division in the years to come in his memory.
Men of 1st Platoon 1st Squad hosted the Confederate Memorial Service at the Chattanooga
Confederate Cemetery. Thank you to Sgt. Billy Walker on your efforts there!
Members of 3rd Platoon attended the Confederate Memorial Service at the Unknown Confederate Monument in
Union City. This monument has the distinction of being oldest monument to Unknown Confederate Dead in the world.
It was erected in 1869. The service was also a memorial service honoring Charles Shepard, a local black Confederate Soldier.
Lt's Brent White, Trey King, and Mark Brate attend the
Confederate Memorial Service in Murfreesboro.
Big thank you to these men for their hard work at the Boyhood Home! Lt. Brent White, Trp. Dane Clark,
Trp. Levi Decker, Lt. Roger Leonard, Lt. Mark Brate, Lt. Trey King, and Trp. Josh Ragan.
The Nathan Bedford Forrest Boyhood Home.
Lt. Spike Spears leads the Confederate Memorial Service in Summertown.
Lt. Ed Hill attended the Confederate Memorial Service in Bristol and gave an interview
to the local news. The news channel did a good job at not skewing his words.
Reported by USAF MSGT. Retired Wesley Frank
Memorial Day Services - Paris, TN
The Church bells rang around the town square at 8 A.M. May 30, 2022, on a cool summer morning, signaling the beginning
of the VFW/American Legion Annual remembrance of our fallen service members of all wars. Opening begins with Invocation,
followed by the Legion Honor Guard posting the colors. We rose to attention, the old veterans, thumbs down the pant leg
as we were taught so many years ago, rendered a hand salute, the Boy Scouts their three fingered salute, and the rest
placed their hands over their hearts as we said the Pledge of Allegiance. Following the Pledge of Allegiance the Legion
introduced the honored guests and speakers.
A crowd of approximately 200 people gathered today at the courthouse most in their veteran’s colors, lots of Boy Scouts
and female veterans also. As we stood after the Pledge an Army Colonel came by with scrambled eggs on his hat brim, I ask my
granddaughter if she knew what they meant, so I explained that senior officers were the only ones to wear it.
She got to educate Dad at the supper table with her new information.
We were on the north end of the courthouse and courthouse was all decorated with flags. The Spanish American War soldier
stood atop his marble monument, on silent guard and duty. The Boy Scouts assisting with the reading of names of the fallen, as
program neared an end a caisson came down the street the casket. An empty ceremonial coffin was on a caisson;
it was brought to the podium and placed in full view, by the six man honor guard.
The Honor Guard, made up of the Tennessee State Guard, Commander spoke about how the burial takes place
while the flag draped coffin lay in state. He explained the caisson brings the body to the grave site, it is then moved to the
platform for the service. A 21 gun salute was fired; the number 21, representing the year of our country’s birth, 1776 added together.
Seven weapons are fired three times to give you the 21 gun salute.
Following the 21 gun salute, this story of TAPS was explained. In July 1862, U.S. General Daniel Butterfield and his brigade were
camped at Harrison’s Landing, Virginia, recuperating after the Seven Days Battles near Richmond. Dissatisfied with the
standard bugle call employed by the Army to indicate to troops it was time to go to sleep, and thinking the call should
sound more melodious, Butterfield reworked an existing bugle call used to signal the end of the day. After he had his
brigade bugler, Private Oliver Wilcox Norton, play it for the men, buglers from other units became interested in the 24-note
tune and it quickly spread throughout the Army, and even caught on with the Confederates forces. U.S. Army Captain John Tidball,
decided the bugle call would be safer than the traditional firing of three rifle volleys over the soldiers grave, a move which couldn’t been confused
by the nearby enemy as an attack.
Following the explanation of Taps the mournful sound came from a real bugler, being human he hit one or two clinkers, which made
all the more real. My wife and grandchildren who accompanied me, notice men crying at the playing of both Taps by the bugler and
Amazing Grace by the Bag Piper, me included. After the playing of Taps, the honor Guard returned to remove the flag
from the coffin and fold it for
presentation to the grieving family.
Finally several wreaths from different groups were placed at the all wars memorial.
After the laying of wreaths, twelve white doves were released and flew into the warm summer morning, benediction was called
and we were dismissed. I asked two of the motorcycle brothers and American Legion, Legion Riders, to join me front
of the monument for photo, of which they agreed.
Note; Marlissa was ARMY ROTC with the rank of cadet Staff Sergeant and a
Squad leader before moving to Tennessee.I'm very proud that my wife Diane, my two grand children,
Wyatt and Marlissa, who were there to support me as a retired USAF Veteran.