Each year, the Chatham County Veterans organization endows a member with its highest honor, "Veteran of the Year." The 2012 selectee is Joseph L. Connors, a proud member of Savannah's legendary Marine Corps Reserve unit, "D," better know, and more affectionately-remembered, as "Dog" Company. One of the unit's original members, Joe and his buddies were activated in the summer of 1950, sent to California for additional training, then shipped west to join other U.S. military forces in Korea, in an effort to stem the flood of Communism, as it threatened the entire peninsula, and well-beyond. Joe Connors would spend the next 12-months in the thick of combat, against both North Korean and, eventually, Chinese Communist forces as well.
Earning the Navy-Marine Corps Combat Medal, the Korean Combat Medal (with 4 Battle Stars), among his other citations, he returned home to his Reserve Company, and to civilian-life when we was honorably-discharged from the Marine Corps in 1953.
A native of Savannah, Joe Connors graduated from BC in 1949, and later from Armstrong, following his military service. He was cited as 2012 Veteran of the Year at last Sunday's annual patriotic concert, by the Savannah Winds, at AASU, where he was presented a special plaque, and a tribute march, performed in his honor by the band. As an added touch, he was surrounded in the audience by a great many of his great Savannah Marine Corps League friends. Our congratulations to Savannah's Joe Connors, for his top, local-veteran designation, and sincere thanks for his valiant service in freedom's continuing fight.