by Lisa Tome
William Hook swiftly corrected his great grandson last week.
Hook's great grandson, Bainbridge Elementary third grader Brayden Pfieffer, announced that Hook had served in World War I.
"It was World War II," laughed Hook, who served in the United States Coast Guard.
Hook was one of the parents and grandparents of Bainbridge students who turned out for breakfast and a celebration on Thursday, November 14. Hook was with Brayden and his sister, Brooke, who is a Pre-K student. "I think it's wonderful to get more acknowledgment. This is fun for me," said Hook.
Like Hook, Ben Cordle was also misidentified. His grandson, Nathan Singleton said that Cordle served in the United States Army. Cordle is actually a Navy veteran who served during the Beirut Conflict, Iraq Hostage Conflict, and First Libyan Conflict.
Army Veteran Barney Ziervogel gets a chance to educate children fairly regularly. Ziervogel volunteers in kindergarten classrooms at the school. "I think it's important that the kids know about it (veterans)," said Ziervogel. "We were sent in to do a job and no matter what, we had to do it."
Following the breakfast for veterans, an assembly was held. There was patriotic music, I'm Proud to Be An American Essay readings, introduction of veterans, and more.
Those honored at Bainbridge: Danny Akers, Guy R. Anderson, SFC Travis Bledsoe, Samuel Boulden, William Brustman, Robert Carter, Ben Cordle, Charles Goldinger, Thomas C. Haglauer, William H. Hook, James Kimble, Jr., Gene Sanfilippo, Rodney L. Sentman, Sgt. Shelton, Claude Wood, and Barney Ziervogel.