A local World War II veteran was recently honored by the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame.
P.G. Caudell Jr. of Homer received a certificate of honor from the GMVHOF at the 25th annual USS Adair reunion in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., last month. Caudell was the only remaining sailor to attend the reunion. His other reunion shipmates, who served aboard the USS Adair during World War II, have all died, but many of their families and friends were in attendance.
During the closing ceremonies of the reunion, Caudell was stunned by the surprise appearance of U.S. Army Col. Richard H. White, chairman of the GMVHOF. White drove from Atlanta to present the 92-year-old veteran with the certificate.
White read a narrative written by Caudell’s three daughters that detailed his service in the Pacific theater of WWII, while also honoring Caudell for his service to his community, state and fellow veterans. Caudell was nominated to the GMVHOF by his daughters Carolyn Tieger, Debbie Hope and Kathy Cobb.
White presented Caudell with a framed certificate of honor from the GMVHOF. Caudell was also honored with a short video presentation by his family and friends in attendance at the USS Adair Reunion.