The Squire “Skip” Wells Marine Corp League Detachment No. 647 hosted a birthday celebration for Harry Kone, a 99 year old Life Member and World War II Marine veteran, on Wednesday at Woodstock’s Semper Fi Bar & Grill.
The event was attended by fellow detachment members, other veterans, members of the Skip Wells Foundation and District 3 Cobb County Commissioner JoAnn Birrell.
Kone enjoyed his lunch of “S>O>S” (sausage gravy on toast) and a beer. After lunch, he cut his birthday cake using a Marine Corps NCO sword.
Immediately after the cake cutting, Birrell was introduced and presented a framed Cobb County Commission proclamation declaring that Aug. 16, 2019, be officially known as “Harry Kone Day” in Cobb County.
Before the cake was passed around, Detachment Jr. Vice Commandant Jason Rusk showed a framed display of ribbons and awards, including the Navy Cross, which were worn by Medal of Honor recipient Gen. Raymond G. Davis. The display was presented to Ralph Roeger, owner of Semper Fi Bar & Grill, and will be hung at the restaurant.
Kone enlisted in the Marines after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He and Gen. Davis, who was already a Marine officer, were both in battle on Guadalcanal. Gen. Davis was a member of Detachment No. 647, when it was known as Greater Atlanta.