A local musical legend


On May 18, local music legend Chester Wood sat up front in the entertainment room at the Hughes Senior Center, strumming at his guitar and singing some of the songs, while his band played some fan favorites.
It was not the first time Wood was the Saturday night talent at the Hughes Senior Center in Lebanon. He has been playing there for years.
He helped to raise money for the center’s refrigerators when the building was new.
“I go back with the Hughes Center a long time,” Wood said.
That first fundraiser was shortly after his return from Vietnam where he fought in both the original Tet Offensive in 1968 and the second Tet Offensive that followed a year later.
Injured, he received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star and spent a few weeks in the hospital. While he recovered from his wounds there, he put his musical ways to use playing tunes for his fellow soldiers.
Music has been a big part of who Chester Wood is.
“I’ve been doing music for 55 years,” Wood said.
He comes by it naturally.
“My dad was an old time fiddle player,” Wood said.

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