(c)2012 NPT PHOTO BY DAVID POPIEL
George and Judy Cureton have been married for more than 34 years. Together
they have seven children and live off Asheville Highway.
|Published: 8:59 AM, 09/25/2012
Author: David Popiel
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
It took the Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice to
discover a Cocke County military veteran who had been overlooked for honor as a
prisoner of war.
George J. Cureton, 87, received a much-deserved salute
and American flag, and many "thank yous" for his service during World
War II as an Army infantryman.
Cureton grew up in Newport and joined the Army before he
turned 18 in July 1943. From there he fought in Italy and Germany, finally
being captured by Germans in Italy. He spent from October 1944 until April 30,
1945 in a prisoner camp.
He apparently never said much about his days as a
prisoner near Munich nor about his Purple Heart, good conduct medal, and WW II
Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice (SMHHH) began a
program more than a year ago called We Honor Veterans and searched out these
older men and women and found Cureton.
He had been under their care, said SMHHH social worker
Debbie Williams when interviews revealed not only his military service but the
fact of his seven-months camp imprisonment.
With Sept. 21 being POW Day in the nation, it was a
fitting time to visit Cureton's home and celebrate his military service with
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