Veteran of the Week – Dwight Hora – Beaufort South Carolina The Island News

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Dwight Hora, 51, of Beaufort, joined the United States Marine Corps in Bolingbrook, Illinois, in 1989. After boot camp in San Diego, he received training in utility systems, in especially refrigeration (A/C). His first posting was to Okinawa, Japan, followed by a posting to MCAS Beaufort. Thereafter, he served almost three years on embassy duty in Singapore and Botswana in Southern Africa.

He returned to MCAS Beaufort for a pre-duty tour of Iwakuni, Japan, then Camp Pendleton, followed by recruiting duty in Chicago and Indianapolis. His last duty station was back at MCAS Beaufort, from which he retired in 2011 as a master sergeant with 22 years of service.

Since then, he has participated in the Ride for Liberty (40 days and 11 cities on a motorcycle) to raise funds for homeless veterans and has worked at Beaufort City Hall to find jobs for separated veterans. He is with the American Legion, AMVETS, DAV, Marine Corps League, Moose Lodge and VFW, becoming the State Commander of VFW SC and most recently Supreme Commander of the Order of the Cootie which helps veterans in hospitals around the world. , including the VA Hospital in Charleston and at Victory House in Walterboro.

Compiled by John Chubb, American Legion Post 9. For nominations, contact jechubb1@gmail.com.

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