“The Quiet Hero” is gone.
I first met George Wahlen in 1993 at a gathering of Iwo Jima veterans. He asked our small group if we’d ever read the reverse side of the Medal of Honor which carries an engraving of the citation.
And with that… and the quip, “…from Harry Truman hands to mine, to yours”… he removed it from around his neck and passed it to us.
He was that kind of person… an humble family man who served well his nation, his faith and his community.
His death Friday leaves his good friend Woody Williams the sole surviving Medal of Honor Recipient from the hell that was the battle for Iwo Jima, 1945.
Jack Lucas preceded him in death last June; now Woody is the only one of 13 of Iwo’s 27 MOH Recipients who lived to wear the distinctive decoration.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Read here for the Salt Lake City Tribune’s coverage.
George had agreed to come to Gainesville for our 2010 MOH weekend after poor health forced him to cancel last April.
This weekend we’ve hosted 10 Recipients and held a moment of silence this morning for George and other Recipients who have passed away this year.
Shown are Vietnam Recipients Jon Cavaiani and Roger Donlon.