|REMEMBERING: WORLD WAR II CALHOUN SOLDIERS WHO MADE EXTRAORDINARY CONTRIBUTIONS |
By James Haught
All 1,700 of the men and women from this area were heroes.
Fifty two of them gave their lives so that the world would be free of people like Hitler, Mussolini and Tojo.
One-hundred-forty received Purple Hearts.
Some were prisoners of war like our Grantsville Grade School Principal, Joseph Haught. Our neighbor, Gail Powell, died in a prisoner war camp.
The Calhoun men and women were clearly members of the "Greatest Generation."
They made a name for themselves wherever they served.
They won 445 Bronze Stars.
Thirteen Calhoun men won the next highest metal, the Silver Star.
Three won Distinguish Flying Crosses and, of course, Bernard P. Bell won the Congressional Metal of Honor.