Lenora Stump is the August 2022 Kosciusko County Veteran of the Month. Pictured (L to R) are Darryl McDowell, Kosciusko County veteran service officer; Brad Jackson, county commissioner; Stump; Bob Conley and Cary Groninger, county commissioners. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union
Lenora Stump is the August 2022 Kosciusko County Veteran of the Month. Pictured (L to R) are Darryl McDowell, Kosciusko County veteran service officer; Brad Jackson, county commissioner; Stump; Bob Conley and Cary Groninger, county commissioners. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union
The nation recognizes different veterans throughout the month of August, but Tuesday was Lenora Stump’s day as the Kosciusko County Commissioners recognized her as the August 2022 Veteran of the Month.

In honoring Stump, Veteran Service Officer Darryl McDowell said Air Force Day was Monday. The Coast Guard’s birthday is Thursday. Purple Heart Day is Sunday. Agent Orange Awareness Day is Aug. 10. Marine Corp Reserve’s birthday is Aug. 29.

“And the one that many don’t really follow is Navajo Code Talkers Day (on Aug. 14), which saved many, many, many lives in World War II,” he said. “... But here, today, we’re here to recognize the Kosciusko County Veteran of the Month.”

Stump has been a resident of Kosciusko County her whole life, McDowell said, reading Stump’s biography. Born just south of Atwood to Emery and Violet Murphy on April 7, 1935, she lived in Atwood until she graduated Atwood High School in 1953.

She enlisted in the U.S. Army Jan. 28, 1955, in Warsaw and was sent to Indianapolis to start her military career. After taking the oath in Indianapolis, her next stop was Fort McClellan in Alabama for basic training.

She was sent off to Fort Lee, Va., for quartermaster school. After completing the required training, her first assignment was at the Pentagon, working in the office of the commissary.

Stump had the opportunity to go to Germany.

“She jumped at it. She extended her enlistment just to get the orders to go to Germany,” McDowell said.

On April 7, 1956, she was stationed at Heidelberg, Germany, Army Base, living in the Patton Barracks. McDowell said the barracks still exist and are still used by the military today. Stump’s job there was working as the supply clerk.

During her time there, she met another soldier, Robert Woodard, and on Nov. 13, 1956, they were married at the German Consulate and reenlisted after the marriage.

She became pregnant with their first child and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army on July 25, 1957, and remained in Germany as a dependent until spring 1958.

“Lenora returned to Kosciusko County to begin a new chapter in her life. She would later meet Robert Stump and they would be married in 1962,” McDowell said.

She is active in The American Legion, starting in 1998 with Post 258, Pierceton, where she was the Auxiliary president. Transferring to Post 49 in Warsaw, she has held many positions over the years both as a Legionnaire, Auxiliary member and honor guard to include Commander of John C. Peterson Post 49, 2005-2006. She is also a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars John W. Sittler Post 1126, Warsaw.

Asked if she wanted to say anything, Stump simply said, “I’m speechless. I’m very appreciative of (this). Thank you, everyone.”