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National Harvey “Nat” Jeter was a big part of the Lunenburg County Public Schools and the local community. He has been honored since his recent death by different groups, including Victoria Fire and Rescue, where he served for many years and was a life member.
Recently a display honoring him was arranged at Central High School where his uniform, informational displays and several books that were donated in his honor can be seen.
The display was put together by long time friend Wallace Owen, who spent many hours talking with Harvey about his military experience.
Mr. Owen, who noted that he treasured the experiences he had with Harvey and their discussions, donated several WWII books to the CHS library in honor of his friend. The display has information about Harvey including the following exert:
S/SGT Nathaniel Harvey “Nat” Jeter
68th Bomb Squadron
44th Bomb Group
Eighth Air Force
US Army Air Corps
“World War Two transported Harvey Jeter from a small farm in Lunenburg County to the largest battlefield in the history of modern warfare. This exhibition and these aviation history books are presented in honor and memory of this great man. Upon his return home from the war, Mr. Jeter dedicated his life to his family, his friends, and his community, Nathaniel Harvey Jeter was a true member of the “Greatest Generation.”
The centerpiece of the exhibit includes a uniform worm by Harvey who was known as Nat by his fellow military peers. The information reads, “Nat Jeter’s Uniform Blouse, circa 1945. Note the 8th Air Force patch on the left shoulder, “Wings” pin with Bomb in the middle indicating service with the Bomber Command. Staff Sergeant Chevrons, Service Ribbons with a Service Star and a Battle Star attached. Mr., Jeter was very proud that he could still fit into this uniform almost 70 years after he left the service.”
Anyone visiting Central High School is encouraged to see the display first hand. In speaking with Mr. Owen, he noted that his intention in putting together this display was not for any recognition for himself but for the recognition of Harvey. While the display of his time in the military tells part of Harvey’s life story, the fact that Harvey built relationships that would lead to someone creating a display such as this in his honor is also a big part of that same life story.