On January 23, 2019, James Upchurch of Texarkana told the Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club the incredible story of landing at Iwo Jima in the spring of 1945 near the end of WWII.  He was a Navy enlisted sailor on the USS Bollinger, a Navy vessel commissioned just one year earlier to carry 1500 Marines to battle. In 1944, Mr. Upchurch joined the Navy as a 16 or 17 year old youngster.
 
Pictured from left to right:  Joe Warren, Sunrise RC member, Mr. James Upchurch, Past President Patti Collier 
 
 
 
Mr. Upchurch, now 92 years old, has become a favorite of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Texarkana since he lives on one of the Club's flag routes.  District Assistant Governor, Ralph Waits said, "Mr. Upchurch has been a faithful and patriotic supporter of our Flag Project. He's always there when we put our flags out in front of his house, and he stands at attention and salutes our flag.  He's a great inspiration to all of us."
 
The Texarkana Sunrise Rotary Club, composed of 17 very active members, is one of five Rotary Clubs serving the greater Texarkana area.  Rotary International is made up of 35,000+ clubs working together to fight diseases like polio, promote peach, provide clean water and sanitation, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies.  Sunrise Rotary meets most Wednesdays at 7:00 a.m. at the Texas Chuck Wagon Restaurant in Nash, Texas.  The public is welcome to attend. 
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