WH Coalition names Fryett to serve as parade marshal

George Fryett


George Fryett is the marshal for Dillon’s 11th annual White Hat Coalition Memorial Day Parade on Monday, which will be followed by the 10th annual Veterans Memorial Flag Raising ceremony.

Organizer Stan Smith of the White Hat Coalition says the parade route is the same as last year. The parade will stage on Center Street at Beaverhead County High School at noon and begin at 12:30 p.m. The parade will proceed west on Center, south on Idaho Street, west on Reeder Street, then north on Montana Street to the Big Sky Cinema parking lot.

“Everyone is invited to come join us in the parade,” Smith said. “Anyone with vintage autos, horses, floats, organizations, businesses, groups, etc., are always welcome.”

The dedication ceremony will begin at about 1 p.m. at Big Sky Cinema, and is expected to last about an hour. Val Prophet will serve as master of ceremonies, with the flag detail performed by Montana Youth Challenge Academy cadets.

The Dillon Junior Fiddlers, along with cowboy poets Rick Kuntz and Prophet, will perform. Bob Bell, state captain of the Patriot Guard Riders of Montana, will be the keynote speaker.

Smith plans to make a special presentation on behalf of the White Hat Coalition and the Dillon Kiwanis. Maj. Ross Stocker Ret., will lay the wreath and Chaplain Steve Sturgeon will offer a prayer for active military troops and veterans.

Fryett is a decorated U.S. Army veteran who served in South Korea and Turkey before being sent to Vietnam in July 1961. He was captured by the Viet Cong on Dec. 24, 1961, and held prisoner for nearly six months before being released on June 24, 1962.

He was honorably discharged in 1964 after eight years of active duty.

Fryett holds 10 service-related medals and commendations, including the Purple Heart, Prisoner of War, two Good Conduct medals, a National Defense Service medal, and Armed Forces Expeditionary medal, a Vietnam Service ribbon, a Korean Defense Service medal, a Republic Gallantry Cross and a Republic of Vietnam campaign ribbon.

He and his wife, Donna, are retired.