WWII Vet To Receive Medals After 70 Years

A life long Tallapoosa resident and WWII veteran will finally be presented with the medals he was awarded just under 70 years ago, but never actually received.

The U.S. Navy is hosting a ceremony to honor 92-year old Earl Cauthen this Saturday at the West Georgia Museum of Tallapoosa.
“This was just a spur of the moment thing,” Cauthen’s daughter, Elaine Goolsby told WLBB Radio this week. “We contacted the Navy because my dad didn’t receive the medals he was supposed to have been awarded after World War Two.”
The Navy then decided to have a ceremony to present the medals; and what better occasion than Memorial Day weekend.
Although Goolsby shared the story and Okayed that we tell it to our listeners, she says family and friends are trying to keep the ceremony a surprise for her dad.
“One of my brothers told dad ‘they have the neatest thing up at the museum’ and he agreed he’d go with my brother Saturday,” Goolsby explained. “But, if (listeners) see him don’t mention it or give him a call and tell him, please.”
All six of Cauthen’s children, his wife, his grandchildren and great grandchildren will be at the surprise ceremony.
“Daddy was on the USS HILARY P. JONES during World War II. He was a radioman,” Goolsby said. “That was the first ship that went in to Pearl Harbor after Pearl Harbor was bombed—it was the first ship to enter.”
That special ceremony begins Saturday morning at 10:00 at the West Georgia Museum of Tallapoosa.
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