PFC Gabriel Pangle, USMC, salutes Verna M.
Linzey, D.D., Mother of the Fleet of the United States Navy, and Captain
Stanford E. Linzey, Jr., CHC, USN (Ret.), a World War II hero, at Miramar
National Cemetery at the annual Wreaths Across America Day, Dec. 16, 2023.
Photo: courtesy Chaplain (MAJ) James F. Linzey, USA (Ret.).
NEWS PROVIDED BY
Military Bible Association
Dec. 18, 2023
SAN DIEGO, Dec. 18, 2023 /Christian
Newswire/ -- On Saturday, December 16, 2023, the United States Navy
‘Mother of the Fleet,’ the late Verna M. Linzey, D.D., was honored and
saluted by PFC Gabriel Pangle, USMC at Wreaths Across America ceremony,
hosted by Miramar National Cemetery. He also rendered honors to Verna’s
husband, the late Captain Stanford E. Linzey, Jr., CHC, USN (Ret.), who was
a World War II hero as a survivor of the sinking of the USS Yorktown in the
Battle of Midway.
The mission of Wreaths Across America is to
remember the fallen, honor those who serve, and to teach the next generation
the value of freedom. On National Wreaths Across America Day, active duty
military personnel and volunteers gather in about 3,000 communities across
America to place wreaths at the headstones of national heroes to commemorate
them and keep the memory of them alive, lest their contributions to national
security and efforts to protect American’s freedoms be forgotten.
What Verna Linzey did was build the largest
Sunday School in the United States Navy at Naval Air Station Moffett Field,
California. Adding to this seemingly impossible task was that she did it in
two years from 1968 to 1970. For this incredible feat, Admiral Frederick C.
Johnson, USN, awarded Verna Linzey the title “Mother of the Fleet of the
United States Navy.” “Fleet” is a metaphor for the student body of 100
students, which included all the grade levels of dependent children and
active duty personnel.
How this contributes to national security
is by spiritually equipping active duty personnel for war. Also, when their
children’s spiritual needs are being met, their active duty fathers and
mothers can better focus on deployments and national security.
Organizations that support or partner with
Wreaths Across American include American Gold Star Mothers, Civil Air
Patrol, Young Marines, Gold Star Wives of America, United We Stand to Win,
Daughters of the American Revolution, Military Women’s Memorial and Grove,
Patriot Guard Riders, United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration,
and Military Bible Association.
Last Saturday about 4,000 military
personnel and civilians, including Chaplain (MAJ) James F. Linzey, USA
(Ret.), gathered at Miramar National Cemetery just outside MCAS Miramar, San
Diego, to remember Verna Linzey and about 16,000 other heroes who have
fought for America and contributed in vital ways to America’s national
PFC Gabriel Pangle, USMC, who was selected
to place the wreaths and render honors to Verna Linzey and Stanford Linzey,
is considered to be the most highly distinguished and honored Marine at MCAS
Miramar in San Diego, California.
Don Biadog, CHC, USN (Ret.) served with distinction as a former Command
Chaplain of MCAS Miramar. His ministry earned him the 2018 Chaplain of the
Year Award from Military Bible Association and the 2023 Veterans of Foreign
Wars Chaplain of the Year Award. He was the emcee and host chaplain for the
2018 Verna Linzey Commemoration Banquet, which was an official United States
Marine Corp event at MCAS Miramar, San Diego, California.
SOURCE: Military Bible Association
CONTACT: CDR Don Biadog, CHC, USN (Ret.),