Cathy Dyson writes about King George County.
Upcoming events honor and offer help for veterans
King George Chapter 1616, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the King George Ruritan Club will recognize the service of veterans during a ceremony 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at the King George Middle School.
The chapter will award plaques to three veterans:
- Allen (Allie) Ingraham, 86, of Westmoreland County joined the Army in 1944 and fought in the Battle of the Bulge in December of that year. He was a prisoner of war for 120 days in camp Stalag IV-B in Muhlberg, Germany.
- John (Jack) Settle Short, 85, served in the Army from 1945 to 1946. The King George native served as a prison guard for 10 months at Nuremberg during the trials for war crimes.
- Cyrus S. Jackson, 81, served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. Also born in King George, he was among American forces that occupied Japan, for about six months, at the end of World War II.
The King George chapter also sponsored Elmer Morris of King George for a medal at at the national convention of the United Daughters of Confederacy in Richmond Nov. 3. During World War II, Morris served on the USS Braine, which suffered tragic losses after being hit by two kamikazes.
The King George chapter of Daughters of the Confederacy has two events a year for veterans.
Its July program focuses on veterans who are descendants of those who served the South during the Civil War.
Its November event is open to any veteran.