Jeremy Nash | News-Herald
Pictured, from left, are: Maxine Gernert, field representative for Congressman Chuck
Fleischmann, state Rep. John Forgety, R-Athens, Sweetwater Mayor Doyle Lowe, World War II
veteran Clinton Riddle, Doneta Harmon, state Rep. Jimmy Matlock, R-Lenoir City, Monroe County
Mayor Tim Yates and Deputy Chief of Staff Robert White.
|Published: 9:36 AM, 10/30/2013
||Last updated: 9:37 AM, 10/30/2013
Author: Staff Report
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
By Jeremy Nash
After 16 long years of trying to
retrieve her father's medals for his service in World War II,
Monroe County resident Doneta Harmon finally got her wish Wednesday
Harmon, 59, and the oldest of her nine
siblings, said she had been trying to get the awards since her
father, James Edward Jones, passed away in January 1997. The original
medals were stolen years ago after Jones returned from combat in
1946, she said.
"Well, one place told me I had to pay
for them, and I didn't have the money to pay for them," she said. "Another place denied me or something. And I kept trying, and they
sent them from Sweetwater all the way to Athens and then from Athens
to Chattanooga, and so that's how it got to be to Chattanooga.
Congressman Chuck Fleischmann is the one who helped me."
Harmon said a Fleischmann
representative contacted her Monday, Oct. 21, about an award
"I was tickled pink," she said,
laughing. "When I got through talking to them, I said, 'Yay!'"
A number of Monroe County and state
officials were on hand to commemorate Harmon's father, including
state Reps. Jimmy Matlock, R-Lenoir City, John Forgety, R-Athens, Fleischmann's Deputy Chief of Staff Robert White, Field Representative for
Fleischmann Maxine Gernert, County Mayor Tim Yates and Sweetwater
Mayor Doyle Lowe. WWII veteran Clinton Riddle was also there to lend
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