Lumberton family names local creek after WWII veteran

LUMBERTON, Miss. - The Dana family of Lumberton recognized Richard L. Dana, a WWII veteran by officially naming a local creek after him on Hickory Grove Road.

Rebecca Dana-Fetterolf, daughter of Dana said for as long as she has known, the creek never had an official name.

Fetterolf did some research and applied for a proposal to the United State Board of Geographical names.

"It was very hard for him to talk about the war. He was in General Patton's 3rd U.S. Army infantry in Germany" said Fetterolf.

She mentioned that her father was a Lumberton native, as a young child he played ball and was an avid quail hunter.

"My husband and I have 80 acres here and we were able to get it (creek) named, it took me 11 months to get this named" added Fetterolf.

Community leaders were present to celebrate the ribbon cutting and to support the Lumberton community.

Mayor Kent Crider said, "We're very proud of the fact that he was a WWII veteran and there's not too many of those people left around anymore, and even there families."

Dana's family said he lived a humble life and are proud the creek is in his honor.

His wife, Colleen Dana, laughs, "I am pleased, but I know he would be embarrassed, but I am please."

Dana Creek runs 17.1 miles mostly though Pearl River county.

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