Herald Patriot August 22, 2013Bill Howes Associate Editor
A heartwarming ceremony was held on the courthouse lawn gazebo Monday afternoon for the posthumous awarding of medals to the family of Clede Mitchell, who served in the Army in WWII. Mitchell was a prisoner of war in Czechoslovakia for approximately seven months before escaping with fellow P.O.W. troops on May 8, 1945, which is the date that marked the end of the war.
Mitchell was a private in the Army and served from April 1944 to February 1946. He died on May 8, 1971, at age 54.
About 20 members of Mitchell’s family were present for the ceremony. Mitchell’s daughter, Dorothy Allen of Chariton, accepted his medals on behalf of the family and they included the Prisoner of War Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one bronze service star and the World War II Victory Medal. Along with the medals, the Sharpshooter badge with rifle bar and the honorable service lapel pin were also awarded.
|This is a photo of Private Clede Mitchell while he was in the servie with his five medals underneath it.|
(Bill Howes photos)