Dr. Jasper M. Hedges Honored With Silver Good Citizenship Medal – Circleville, OH
The Camp Charlotte Chapter of the Ohio Society SAR paid tribute and honored one of its compatriots on May 24th, 2016. Dr. Jasper Millar Hedges, age 99, was presented with the Sons of the American Revolution Silver Good Citizenship Medal.
Chapter President Dr. James D. River remarked during the ceremony: “Tonight we gather here to pay tribute to a man who has served God, this community, his country, and mankind with reverence, devotion, integrity, loyalty, and honor. In the history of this great nation, Dr. Hedges is considered a lasting and a distinguished member of a special group of Americans we often refer to as “The Greatest Generation”.
Dr. Hedges, the son of Richard Harrison Hedges Sr and Anne Millar, was born on November 9, 1916 in the Village of Ashville, Harrison Township, Pickaway County, Ohio. He was wed to the late Jean Hoover in 1941, and to this union was blessed by three children. He attended & graduated from medical school at the Ohio State University in 1941, and thereafter served his internship at the White Cross Hospital, now known as Riverside Hospital.
Dr. Hedges entered the United States Army Medical Corps on July 1, 1942, and was initially stationed at Fort Sam Huston in Texas for anesthesia school. He was then assigned to the 804th General Hospital in Wales, United Kingdom. While he was stationed there, he served as the Chief of Anesthesia, and attended to patients arriving from Europe during the Battle of the Bulge.
Dr. Hedges reached the rank of captain as a medical officer and was awarded the American Theater Ribbon; the European Theater Ribbon; two overseas service bars; and the Victory Medal. Captain Hedges was mustered back to Fort Sheridan Hospital in Illinois where he received his honorable discharge on March 20, 1945.
Dr. Hedges returned back to the Circleville area where he began his medical practice spanning approximately forty years, retiring in 1986 at the age of 75.
In December of 1961, he submitted his application to the SAR as a descendant of patriot Issac Millar. In 2006, the Charter for the Camp Charlotte Chapter was approved, and Dr. Hedges as well as his son, Dr. Charles R. Hedges, became and still remain active members in the chapter.