Gignilliat and Smith receive awards at 119th Georgia Division convention

by | October 15, 2014 10:17 am

Ion McIver Gignilliat of Sylvania, formerly of Twin City, was awarded the Vietnam Conflict Cross of Military Service at the 119th Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Georgia Division. The award was presented during Opening and Historical Evening, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront Hotel in Savannah.

   Georgia Division President Linda R. Robinson, assisted by Jane J. Hampton, Recorder General of Military Service Awards, presented the Vietnam Conflict medal to Mr. Gignilliat, who faithfully and honorably served in Vietnam as a Corporal, United States Marine Corps.

William Robert Gignilliat, the great-grandfather of Ion McIver Gignilliat, enlisted in Capt. Claghorn’s Company and received a Disability Discharge on August 8, 1862. September 8, 1863, he re- enlisted and took rank as a 2nd Lt. in Capt. John M. Guerard’s Company, Georgia Light Artillery. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant shortly thereafter.

   DeSaussure Dugas Smith, III, of Swainsboro was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by President Robinson and was assisted by Recorder General Jane J. Hampton. Smith faithfully and honorably served in the Persian Gulf War, United States Army.

   Benjamin Darius Smith, MD, the great-great grandfather of DeSaussure Dugas Smith, III, rendered Material Aid in January 1862 when he was called to Manassas Junction, Virginia, “to attend upon the sick of the Army located there at that time.”

   These awards were presented to Gignilliat and Smith by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in appreciation of their patriotic devotion to Flag and Country. They are presented as a perpetual memorial to the fact that as a descendant of a Confederate Soldier each proved worthy of his lineage.

   Guests attending attending the ceremony of bestowal were Glenda Johnson Gignilliat, the wife of Gignilliat; Ginny Smith, the wife of Smith, Reverend Emory D. Fennell, and Robert Thomas.

   Emanuel Rangers Chapter No. 2318 members attending were Jane G. Durden, Joyce L. Fennell, Judy W. Womack, Donna L. Scott, and Becky L. Powell.


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