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After 105 years, Shallotte WWI veteran receives Purple Heart

Dylan Phillips/Brunswick Beacon

On Saturday, June 17, 2023, the family of Robert Bollie Stanley accepted his Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal, the World War I Victory Button and World War I Victory Medal with St Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne Battle clasps and France Service clasp. The ceremony took place in Stanley Cemetery, located in Brierwood in Shallotte, which is built on land the Stanley family once owned and farmed.

Read the story about the ceremony on the front page of the June 22 issue of the Brunswick Beacon. A copy of the story from the newspaper may be downloaded here:
After 105 years, Shallotte WWI veteran receives Purple Heart.

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The photo above includes the following family members of Robert Bollie Stanley:

Grandchildren Anna F. Stanley, Annie L. Stanley White, Carolyn Hill, Deborah Bolin, Ella Johnson, Fred “Stan” Stanley (grandson/adopted son), Gloria A. Stanley, Henry M. Stanley, Leroy Hill and wife Joanne Hill, and Robert P. Stanley
Great-Grandchildren Joshra Stanley, Tilita Alexander, and S. Raford Stanley
Great-Great-Grandchild Mila Alexander
Cousin Linward Stanley

Additional family members not present in the photo:

Granddaughter Vivian Stanley
Great-grandchildren Aubria and Payton Bolin

The Friends of Fort Caswell Rifle Range and the Brunswick Town Chapter, NSDAR, would like to thank several organizations and individuals who helped to make this day a memorable experience for the Stanley family:

American Legion Post 550, Shallotte, for placing an overhead tent and POW/MIA table, displaying the POW and American flags, the prayers by the chaplain, mowing, directing traffic, bringing water bottles, and especially the attendance of several local veterans to honor Pvt Stanley’s sacrifice.
Stuart Freeman, for his playing of Taps
Daniel “Chocolate” Myers and wife Caron Myers for construction of the signage to the cemetery, gathering chairs, and contacting politicians and other groups to request support for the event.
Brunswick Beacon Editor Dylan Phillips for his photos and story, as well as 25 copies of the June 8 issue of the Brunswick Beacon for the family, which included the story of Private Robert Bollie Stanley.
John and Dorothy Crawford of Caswell Beach for the beautiful flag quilt presented to Fred Stanley.

Stuart Freeman playing Taps
Photo courtesy of Pat Steele

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