American Legion Post 49 hosted an event in Athens on Memorial Day. People remembered those who have lost their lives, and also honored a special serviceman who is still alive.
Theo Calvin is a World War II veteran who, until Monday, had never received the medals due to him. He was awarded five medals, including the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantry Badge and the World War II Victory Medal.
Calvin served in World War II, with missions ranging from north Africa to Berlin, Germany. He was discharged in 1944.
“I didn’t think it would come this late,” Calvin said on Monday. “It’s been 45 years since that war ended.”
We asked him about his memories of the war.
“It wasn’t too bad when we got to Germany, but they had the worst winter they ever had,” said Calvin. “We almost froze to death.”
Theo Calvin will be 90 on his next birthday. He’s a man of few words, but that’s all he needed to express how these medals made him feel, almost 70 years after he served.
“It makes me feel good!” he said with a smile.