Everett “Rusty” Clevenger, Jr., was recently presented with the Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution (MSSDAR) Patriot of the Month award for his service in the United States Air Force.

At its recent meeting, the Rock Island Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution installed officers for the 2017-2019 term.

Sworn into office were Regent Marcia Davis, Vice-Regent Barb Wever, Chaplain Nina Smith, Recording Secretary Sandy Pope, Corresponding Secretary Carol Jones, Treasurer Leslie Murphy, Registrar Linda Appleton and Librarian Joan Mason. Historian Diana Moore will take the oath of office later this month.

Everett “Rusty” Clevenger, Jr., was recently presented with the Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution (MSSDAR) Patriot of the Month award for his service in the United States Air Force.

During the Vietnam War Clevenger was stationed at Nakhon Phanom Air Force Base in Thailand. His unit supported the search and rescue teams whose mission was to rescue downed American pilots. As part of the munitions maintenance squadron he helped load bombs and other munitions on the rescue planes that were constantly in use. He received an honorable discharge in 1976 from Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico.

Clevenger is past Commander and executive board member for both the AMVETS and the American Legion. He is still actively involved in both organizations. He is a second generation airman. His father was a B17 bomber pilot in WWII. His daughter is currently serving with the Air Force overseas.

The MSSDAR proudly recognizes active duty military service men and women, living American veterans, the National Guard, and the Reserves. Through the Patriot of the Month program, initiated by Honorary State Regent, Sally Napier Bueno, in 2004. Missouri chapters may nominate their personal "heroes"--those men and women who have contributed to preserving and protecting the freedom and values of our American way of life.

The DAR is a non-profit, non-political women's volunteer service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. Any woman 18 years or older-regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background-who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership.

The Rock Island chapter serves Miller, Morgan, Moniteau, Cole and Camden counties and meets on the third Saturday of every month (excluding July and August) at the Eldon United Methodist Church, 600 Oak Street, Eldon. For more information contact Marcia Davis at 573-377-2890 or rockislanddar@gmail.com.