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Friday the 13th a special day for Last Man's Club

Friday, June 13, 2008

A display case of Korean War memorabilia sits at the Clay County Museum to commemorate the service of members of the Last Men's Club No. 5. Corena Herniter Photo.
Friday the 13th is full of superstitions for lots of people, but the Last Man's Club No. 5 thrives on the number.

A group of 13 men, who fought in the Korean War, gather every Friday the 13th, to have a celebration.

They have fun with each other by entering into a room under a ladder, breaking a mirror and have a "black cat" as their mascot.

The Club originated after World War I when 13 men in a squad lost one of their members.

Each year they would meet and honor the departed soldiers grave and it transformed into a gathering every year.

"Honor, Duty and Country are not forgotten at our meetings," Club President John Forrest said.

This year was no different as the group of men, minus two that could not make it, had dinner at the Brazil Elks Lodge.

"Our group is bonded and at the end of each toast we end with," Forrest said "Fellowship so rare. Our group has remained close."

The Last Man's Club No. 5 met on Friday for their 52nd Anniversary at the Clay County Musuem. Those who attended were (front, from left) Glenn Glawson, Bob Miller, (middle) Max Dickerson, Gene Mathews, (back) Bob Stearly, and Bob Miller. Corena Herniter Photo.
The Last Man's Club No. 5 has a display at the Clay County Museum that displays their chain of corks, personal club outfits and original items from the first meeting.

"We hope that the display case at the Clay County Museum will remind those who view the case of the Clay County youths who answered the 'call to arms' during the Korean War and that it will enlighten those about the Club of 13 men." Forrest said.

A placement of a time capsule at the Clay County Courthouse was established during their 50th anniversary in 2006.

Items placed in the time capsule were original artifacts from every war since the French and Indian War to present day.

The capsule will be opened and viewed in 2056.

Currently the group has eight living members.

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Hats off to these wonderful men!

-- Posted by madmom61 on Mon, Jun 16, 2008, at 7:31 AM

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