No Gold Star There’ll be no Gold Star in my window For the dear lad who went away On a bright summer morning With a heart so light and gay. He answered the call of duty Giving his life at the very last That men might live in peace And freedom and that fear be past. Of course I’ll grieve for him Keep a place for him set apart, But no Gold Star goes in my window, For he’ll always live in my heart. Naomi S. Littlejohn Spartanburg County, South Carolina
To remember their service personnel, Drayton Baptist Church of Spartanburg County displayed a banner with blue stars for each person in service. If bad news came, the grieving families and friends changed the blue star to gold. Everyone was scared to death but they didn’t want to show it…all these people we knew were dying.” -- Anonymous Charleston woman
Perhaps America’s most famous Gold Star Mother… Mrs. Sullivan lost 5 sons when the U.S.S. Juneau went down off of the Soloman Islands.
Many families had multiple stars on their service banners.