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Cherokee in Swain County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Cherokee Veterans Park

 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 17, 2008
1. Cherokee Veterans Park Marker
Inscription.
This park is dedicated to all members
of the eastern band of Cherokee Indians
who served honorably in the Armed Forces
of this Great Nation, and especially to
those who died in the effort and to
Charles George, the only member of the
Eastern Band of Cherokee to be awarded
the Congressional Medal of Honor.

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 35° 28.958′ N, 83° 19.06′ W. Marker is in Cherokee, North Carolina, in Swain County. Marker is at the intersection of Route 441 and Drama Road on Route 441. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cherokee NC 28719, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Long Hair Clan ( within shouting distance of this marker); Nimrod Jarrett Smith ( within shouting distance of this marker); Trail of Tears ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Sequoyah ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Oconaluftee Indian Village ( approx. 0.3 miles away); Thomas's Legion ( approx. 0.8 miles away); Place of the Poplar Boundary Tree ( approx. 1.2 miles away); Sorghum Mill and Furnace ( approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cherokee.
 
Categories. MilitaryNative Americans
 
Cherokee Veterans Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 3, 1999
2. Cherokee Veterans Park Marker
Charles George is buried in Yellow Hll Church Cemetery, Cherokee NC. The Grave GPS Coordinates are:35.4857N 83.3110W-- MEDAL OF HONOR CITATION *GEORGE, CHARLES-KILLED IN ACTION Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company C, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Songnae-dong, Korea, 30 November 1952. Entered service at: Whittier, N.C. Born: 23 August 1932, Cherokee, N.C. G.O. NO.: 19, 18 March 1954. Citation: Pfc. George, a member of Company C, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy on the night of 30 November 1952. He was a member of a raiding party committed to engage the enemy and capture a prisoner for interrogation. Forging up the rugged slope of the key terrain feature, the group was subjected to intense mortar and machine gun fire and suffered several casualties. Throughout the advance, he fought valiantly and, upon reaching the crest of the hill, leaped into the trenches and closed with the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. When friendly troops were ordered to move back upon completion of the assignment, he and 2 comrades remained to cover the withdrawal. While in the process of leaving the trenches a hostile soldier hurled a grenade into their midst. Pfc. George shouted a warning to 1 comrade, pushed the other soldier out of danger, and, with full knowledge of the consequences, unhesitatingly threw himself upon the grenade, absorbing the full blast of the explosion. Although seriously wounded in this display of valor, he refrained from any outcry which would divulge the position of his companions. The 2 soldiers evacuated him to the forward aid station and shortly thereafter he succumbed to his wound. Pfc. George's indomitable courage, consummate devotion to duty, and willing self-sacrifice reflect the highest credit upon himself and uphold the finest traditions of the military service.
Cherokee Veterans Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 3, 1999
3. Cherokee Veterans Park Marker
The old style VA marker. This marker does not indicate a Korean War Medal of Honor Recipient.
Cherokee Veterans Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 18, 2008
4. Cherokee Veterans Park Marker
Cherokee Veterans Park image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 17, 2008
5. Cherokee Veterans Park
Seal of the Cherokee Nation image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 17, 2008
6. Seal of the Cherokee Nation
Marine Corps image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 18, 2008
7. Marine Corps
Air Forge image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 17, 2008
8. Air Forge
Army image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 17, 2008
9. Army
Navy image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 17, 2008
10. Navy
Merchant Marine image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 17, 2008
11. Merchant Marine
Coast Guard image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 17, 2008
12. Coast Guard
Cherokee Veterans Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 17, 2008
13. Cherokee Veterans Park Marker
Cherokee Veterans Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 17, 2008
14. Cherokee Veterans Park Marker
Patriot Bear image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 17, 2008
15. Patriot Bear
Patriot Bear image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 19, 2008
16. Patriot Bear
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 24, 2008, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,470 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 24, 2008, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   2, 3. submitted on January 10, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16. submitted on October 24, 2008, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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