Nathan Witt, soldier, DAV friend to fellow veterans dies at 79

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By Staff Reports

Nathan Witt, a long time Chester County veteran, passed away on Aug. 1, 2019 at the age of 79.

Born on  Oct. 22, 1939, in Preston, Ga. he was a son of the late Roy M. Witt and Ellen Britt Witt. He was a graduate of Albany High School in Albany, Ga. and was a retired sergeant first class from the U.S. Army, serving with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam and Korea.

He was awarded the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal (five awards), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (four campaigns), Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Leaves, Vietnam Service Medal with 60 Device, four Overseas Bars, CIB, Parachute Qualification Badge, Drivers Badge, Expert Badge with Rifle and Carbine Bar and the Sharpshooters Badge with Pistol Bar. He was trained in the occupational specialities of Food Service Specialist and Motor Transport Operator. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1977.

Witt was a former commander of the Chester James D. Wessinger Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans Unit 19 and former Quartermaster of UFC BST 5930 and also a former volunteer driver for DAV. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Wright; one daughter, Mary Ellen Witt of Atlanta, Ga.; one brother, Roy Witt of Centralia, Wash.; one sister, Martha Bacon of Plains, Ga.; and two grandchildren, Michael Lee Witt Jr. of Rincon, Ga. and Sarelle Love Witt of Atlanta, Ga.

Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

Fellow veteran Don Todd said of Witt, “I only knew Nate for a couple of years. We were both paratroopers and shared some of our common experiences from time-to-time. I admired him greatly for his service to our country. We did not speak much of our combat experiences, only about jumping from different type aircraft and and the natural camaraderie that exists between all Airborne soldiers. He was part of the 173rd Airborne Brigade (“Sky Soldiers”) and I was a member of the 101st Airborne Division (“Screaming Eagles”). He was a paratrooper (All the Way) with over 80 jumps. Nate was a true patriot and a heck of a soldier.”

Chester County Veterans Affairs Officer Judy McWaters remembers that Witt would offer his aid any way he could to help out his fellow veterans. “The DAV members worked very hard in raising funds to match the VA funding to acquire a van for Chester. Nathan and Wade Stroud flew to Michigan and drove our DAV van back to Chester.” 

“He was one of four volunteer drivers at that time and continued to drive veterans to their VA appointments for many years.  When the VA said he was not able to drive the DAV van anymore (VA is very strict with certain medications and stopped his driving—he was still capable of driving but not for the VA),  he would help me out with transportation needs using his own private car.  He would offer his aid in any area that would help a veteran and true joy to know.”

Fellow veteran and DAV member Clarence “Cooney” Wishert and wife Jo Ann said of Witt, “Nathan was a man of outstanding character and truth. He loved God, his family and his country. He always worked for the betterment of our veterans and gave his all. We have known Nathan for many years when he was DAV commander and then in the DAV Auxiliary.  He was the first to stand up for our American flag and sing the National Anthem at all patriotic events. One thing about Nathan was his positive attitude in life - he never complained and found the good in everyone and everything. He was a true patriot!”

Witt joined the DAV in 2002.

Current DAV Commander Al Boyd said Witt was “a veteran’s veteran. When I became commander of the DAV, Nate was in full bloom, with everything in place. He and some of the older guys, they had already went the distance to establish the DAV in Chester. They had gone cross-country to get a DAV van to take the veterans back-and-forth to Columbia and different places. I came in riding the coattails of greatness. All I had to do was stand there and look good – they had already done all of the work,” he laughed. “We younger veterans stood on the shoulders of giants.”