GREENWOOD CO., S.C. (WSPA) – Former Senator for South Carolina John W. Drummond was pronounced dead Saturday at 96 years old. He represented Ninety Six and Greenwood County during his 44 year political tenure.
According to the Greenwood Index-Journal, Drummond was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1964 and then to the Senate after one term in the House. Sen. Drummond held his seat for 42 years before retiring in 2008.
The Index-Journal says Sen. Drummond was a pilot and paratrooper in WWII, and had been a POW for 10 months after his plane “Raid Hot Mama” was shot down in France. For his service, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, nine Air Medals, three Battle Stars, a Presidential Citation, and two Purple Hearts, reports the Index-Journal.
After returning from war, Drummond worked for a doughnut company, and eventually began his own oil distribution business “Drummond Oil Co.” says the Index-Journal.
S.C. Senator Nikki Setzler released the following statement regarding the death of Senator Drummond:
“It was my privilege to serve in the Senate with John Drummond. He was a true American hero of World War II who dedicated his life to serving his nation, his state and the people of Greenwood County. He was a statesman in every sense of the word who put his God, his family and his country above all else. Rest in peace, my dear friend.”
Governor Nikki Haley also sent out a statement:
“A World War II fighter pilot and prisoner of war who became a fighter for Greenwood County in the Senate, John Drummond was born to serve, and he lived an extraordinary life. Michael and I lift up the Drummond family in prayer and join them in giving thanks for Senator Drummond’s sacrifice and service.”
The governor will order the flags atop the Statehouse be flown at half-staff on the day of Senator Drummond’s funeral.
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