Honoring Veterans – Past and Present

This Veterans Day, as we pay tribute to those who serve, we would like to mark the occasion by honoring two Delaware veterans-past whose record of service lives on in our collections.

Bates flag
Blue Star Service flag honoring Daniel Moore Bates, Jr. (DHS collection, gift of Mrs. Bertha Bates Cole)

This Blue Star Service flag is one of several that came from the Bates family and proudly hung in their home during World War I in honor of Daniel Moore Bates, Jr. (1876-1953). Daniel Moore Bates, Jr., the second son of George Handy and Elizabeth Ballister Russell Bates, was born and raised in Centerville, Delaware and served during World War I as a Major in the Ordnance Department from 1917 until the war’s end. He went on to have a successful career in the textile business, serving as Superintendent of the Kentmere Bleachery (part of Bancroft Mills in Wilmington) and later owing the Cold Spring Bleach Works in Yardley, Pennsylvania. This small flag, which was created to be displayed in the homes of people who had family members on active duty, has been personalized with the hand-written text, “Major Daniel Moore Bates, U.S.A,” and two pins, one Red Cross pin from 1919 and one from “Happy Jack’s Thrift Club.”

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World War II shadowbox honoring the service of Elwood Roy Sr. (DHS collection, gift of James Roy)

This World War II shadowbox tribute to Elwood S. Roy, Sr. (1923-2004) displays a proudly preserved record of honorable service and was donated to the Society by his son. The frame contains several medals: an Army Good Conduct medal, European, African, Middle Eastern Campaign medal, World War II Victory medal, American Campaign medal, Honorable Discharge lapel pin, and Marksman’s badge. The lower corners of the frame also contain two photographs of Roy in uniform, one of which has writing on the back: “To Mom & family, Puddy [his nickname], France 1944.”

Elwood Roy, Sr., a life-long resident of Newark, Delaware was a pillar of the local community and very involved in numerous African-American civic and church organizations in his local community. He was also a life member of the American Legion and received an appreciation award from the Consulat General de France for his role in liberating France during World War II. He is buried at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear, Delaware.

Our thanks to those who serve, and also to those who have served. Happy Veterans Day!


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