Rolling Thunder presents Williams of Tryon with POW flag

Published 3:26 pm Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Rolling Thunder, Inc. Chapter 2 of Spartanburg, S.C., recently visited Linwood Williams of Tryon to present him with the POW flag, wish him a happy 85th birthday and thank him for his service.

Incorporated in 1995, Rolling Thunder, Inc. is a class 501(c)(4) non-profit organization with over 88 chartered chapters throughout the United States and members abroad. While many members of Rolling Thunder are veterans, and many ride motorcycles, neither qualification is a prerequisite.

Rolling Thunder members are old and young, men and women, veterans and non-veterans. All are united in the cause to bring full accountability for POWs and MIAs of all wars, reminding the government, the media and the public by their watchwords: We Will Not Forget.

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Williams lives in Tryon and is an ex-POW. He was born September 12, 1925 and served in the Army from November 1943 to December 1945. His unit was the 69th Infantry Division. He was also a POW in Germany in WWII.

Williams and his wife, Dorris Williams, have two daughters, Pat Sutphin and Sherry Grainger, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one son-in-law, Lee Sutphin.