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Museum’s new exhibit to honor ‘Speedy’ Lloyd

CHARLES TOWN —Wayne “Speedy” Lloyd, who graduated from Charles Town High School in 1962 and went on to become a brigadier general in the West Virginia Air National Guard, is the subject of the latest exhibit at the Jefferson County Museum.

Lloyd retired a decade ago after a 37-year career with the Air National Guard, including commanding the 167th Airlift Wing based in Martinsburg and the Guard’s headquarters in Charleston.

West Virginia Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Wayne “Speedy” Lloyd visits the grave of an Air Force commander, Capt. Charles C. Ettlesen, at Luxembourg Memorial Cemetery in this 1994 photo. Lloyd, who grew up in Charles Town, is the subject of an upcoming exhibit at the Jefferson County Museum.

West Virginia Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Wayne “Speedy” Lloyd visits the grave of an Air Force commander, Capt. Charles C. Ettlesen, at Luxembourg Memorial Cemetery in this 1994 photo. Lloyd, who grew up in Charles Town, is the subject of an upcoming exhibit at the Jefferson County Museum.

After the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon, Lloyd volunteered for active duty and served two tours in the Middle East, in Kyrgyzstan and in Qatar.

The exhibit includes Lloyd’s flight suit and jacket, photographs from his time overseas and some of his medals.

Lloyd donated his collection of uniforms, photographs and military artifacts to the Jefferson County Museum last year.

Some of the items will be exhibited alongside the museum’s ongoing display on the life and career of Frank Buckles, the Jefferson County resident who was the United States’ last surviving World War I veteran when he died in 2011.

Members of the public can get their first look at the Lloyd exhibit during a free public reception at 2 p.m. Sept. 13. The event will include comments from Lloyd as well as refreshments.

The Jefferson County Museum – founded in 1965 with the mission to preserve the history and heritage of Jefferson County – is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays from mid-March through mid-December.

Admission costs $3. Children under 18, students with ID and members of the Charles Town Library get in free.

For more information on the exhibit or the reception, contact Jane Rissler, the museum’s curator, at 304-725-8628 or curator@jeffctywvmuseum.org. Details on the museum may be found at jeffctywvmuseum.org or on the museum’s Facebook page.

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