Walker Honors 100-year-old WWII Veteran George White of Alamance
GRAHAM, N.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today honored George White, a World War II veteran from Haw River, N.C. Members of Walker's staff presented White a flag flown above the U.S. Capitol Building in his honor. The small ceremony with White’s family and friends was held at Walker's district office in Graham.
White just celebrated his 100th birthday.
“We have so much to thank our Greatest Generation for,” Walker said. “They answered the call of duty to protect our nation and our freedoms and then they came home and help build the great nation we live in today. As we look onward to preserve our inherited prosperity and liberty for future generations, it is also important to take time to remember the past and the great men and women who got us here.”
“George White is a hometown representation of those ideals,” Walker added. “Though only a small token of our appreciation for his service and sacrifice, we were proud to present him an American flag flown over the Capitol. The same flag he fought honorably to protect.”
George Henry White was born on February 2, 1917 in Manhattan, N.Y. In 1934, he graduated from St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Catskill, N.Y. Not long after, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). While with the CCC he performed recreation and landscaping work projects including planting trees, constructing playgrounds, and forming the beaches of lakes at campgrounds.
On May 30, 1941, after a couple of years of courtship, White married Lillian Margaret Johansen at the St. Joseph's Church of the Palisades in West New York, N.J.
Not long after, the United States would enter World War II. White was drafted into the United States Army on September 24, 1942 and completed his basic training at Fort Dix. With his prior knowledge of vehicles, he worked as a Coast Auxiliary Corps mechanic. In March 1943, George arrived overseas in Africa and from there went to Italy, which was part of the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign.
White was honorably discharged from the United States Army on August 11, 1945 and sent a Western Union telegram to Lillian that read: “Roll out the barrel coming home will arrive Thursday. Love, George.”
He received the following awards/medals: Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with single bronze star, World War II Victory Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII, Sharpshooter Badge and Machine Gun Bar, & Marksman Badge and Rifle Bar.
After the war, George and Lillian moved to Palenville, N.Y. to raise their two children and the additional five children they would eventually have. In the 1970’s they would move to the warmer temperatures of Florida, but travel to New York to visit family. Then in the 1980’s, one last move, George and Lillian settled in Haw River, North Carolina, still able to travel to New York and Florida. In addition to their seven children, they have 17 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.