The 2019 UDC Student Essay Topics are now available.

Click on “UDC Student Essay Contest” tab for topics and rules.

Fincastle 797 has been proud to have a Division winning essay for two years in a row!

The winning essay in each grade wins $50 from the Division and an additional $10 from the Chapter.

Essays must be postmarked by April 15, 2019.

On August 4, 2018, the Fincastle Chapter presented Carlos Lee Showalter with a Military Service Award for his service in World War II. Mr. Showalter joined the U.S. Marines at age 17 and served in the Pacific Theatre seeing action in Roi-Namur, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. Of the 238 men in Showalter’s company, 93 were killed during the war and only 16 survived without injury. Mr. Showalter was one of the 16.

Mr. Showalter is a descendant of Jacob Showalter, who served in Co A of the 5th Virginia Infantry during the War Between the States.

Following the bestowal of the Cross of Military Service, Mr. Showalter, a sharp and active 93-year old, engaged the chapter with his presentation “The Life of A Young Marine.”

The Fincastle Chapter members thank Mr. Showalter for his courage and valor, and service to his country. The members also thank the family members who were present and made the day special.

World War II Cross of Military Service