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GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA 1880-1945

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1 records found searching with the source George Preddy Papers.

This color 16mm film of Major Geroge Preddy’s last visit home to Greensboro, in late August and September 1944, includes a lighthearted view of Preddy at home on Park Avenue in 1944 with his mother, driving an antique car (owned by Edgar Knees, the Minister at W. Market Methodist Church). There is also a second sequence, which shows an October 21, 1945 ceremony held at the Overseas Replacement Depot (ORD). Base Commander Col. Paul Younts presented George’s parents, George Sr. and Clara (his sister Rachel was also present), with three posthumous medals, honoring his service and tragic death on Christmas day 1944, when he was shot down and killed by friendly fire over Belgium. A newspaper account (October 22, 1945) of the ceremony, with a photograph is found in the 1945-46 DAR scrapbook, Page 193, on this website at http://libcdm1.uncg.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ttt/id/33325. Also of possible interest is an interview with George Preddy Sr. from the Greensboro Historical Museum collections, which includes photographs of his son and other family members, as well as one of the October 21 1945 ceremony, from the Preddy Memorial Foundation website, at http://www.preddy-foundation.org/memorials/george-preddy-senior-audio-interview/

Collection: Mss. Coll. 32 George Preddy Papers (Greensboro History Museum)

Subjects: World War, 1939-1945 -- North Carolina -- Greensboro; Greensboro (N.C.) -- History -- 20th century;


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