On December 31, 2020, Knightdale Mayor James Roberson, Knightdale staff, and family visited the home of Odell William Strickland to recognize him on his 99th birthday, and to present him with a proclamation celebrating the momentous occasion.
Mr. Strickland, a long-time resident of Knightdale, is a World War II veteran. He served in the United States Navy on the USS Carter Hall, an Ashland-class dock landing ship, after completing basic training in 1941. Mr. Strickland served as Chief in Charge of the Medical Unit, while the ship was in service in the Pacific Ocean, during World War II, and was the youngest Chief who served in that position on the Carter Hall, until he returned home in 1946.
Mayor Roberson presented the proclamation honoring the sacrifices Mr. Strickland made to protect the freedoms we appreciate, and congratulated him on his birthday milestone. The Town of Knightdale celebrates Mr. Odell William Strickland for his long and prosperous life, and we wish him many more birthday celebrations to come.
Knightdale Police Chief Lawrence Capps also presented Mr. Strickland with a community service pin and civilian commendation medal for his service and sacrifice.
Mayor Roberson stated to Mr. Strickland: “Our hearts are filled with joy today because you are a part of the fabric of our community, and we are honored to be here. On behalf of our Town Council and the Town of Knightdale, we would like to present you with this proclamation honoring your 99th birthday, and for your service to the Knightdale community and the United States.”
Source: Jonas Silver, Town of Knightdale