Published On: Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012

Cherokee hero’s medals to be returned

Two boys from New York will return military service medals to the family of Medal of Honor recipient and EBCI tribal member Charles George in a ceremony the day after Veteran’s Day on Monday, Nov. 12.

A bust of Pfc. Charles George, EBCI tribal member and Medal of Honor recipient, sits in the Cherokee Veterans Memorial Park. His medals were found by two New York boys who will return them to the George family on Nov. 12. (SCOTT MCKIE B.P./One Feather)

Michael, 10 and Mario, 8, Mazzarello from Walkill, New York were in an antique shop last spring and saw three medals. The boys decided to try to return the medals to the rightful owner. When they examined, they found the name Charles George. Their research led them to the Steve Youngdeer Post of the American Legion in Cherokee. Further research yielded few answers, but the boys could not find any other Charles George.

The return ceremony will begin at 11am in the exhibition hall at Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds. Lunch will follow. The public is invited to attend.

– Lynne Harlan, EBCI Public Relations

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