Mr. James Horton was presented his certificate for 60 years of continuous membership by National Commander Michael D Helm of the American Legion as outstanding contributor of programs of The American Legion and Post 62, Department of Mississippi.
Mr. Horton began service in the United States Army 1-18-1945 first at Camp Shelby, MS. Then to basic training by rail to Texas. After basic he was sent to Fort Mead, MD to be sent to Europe but while getting off the bus the war with Germany ended.
He was then sent to Oregon to be shipped out to the Pacific theater. From Oregon he was sent to Hawaii stationed at Schofield barracks while training for beach assault landings on Waikiki Beach, HI.
Mr. Horton was with the 7th Infantry Division, 17th Infantry Regiment, Company L during the fight for Okinawa. He was wounded from shrapnel while being bombed by the Japanese.
After Japan’s surrender he was reassigned to Company K which was sent to Incheon Korea to take the surrender of the Japanese there before the Russians arrived. The same town made famous with its capture by General MacArthur along with the 7th Infantry Division during the Korean War.
This Certicate is issued in grateful appreciation for faithful and dedicated allegiance to the ideals of the American Legion.
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