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shaking the hand of President Harry Truman in 1945.
re-enlisted into the Army and served in Korea and Vietnam before
retiring at the rank of Major.
Wahlen wearing his well deserved Medal of Honor.
From KSL News June 6, 2009
Salt Lake City -- Congressional Medal of Honor
recipient and Utah resident George E. Wahlen died Friday morning after
an extended illness.
Wahlen was 84-years-old.
Wahlen earned the Medal of Honor as a Navy Corpsman
at the battle of Iwo Jima where he is credited for saving countless
He was injured on three separate occasions but
refused to leave the battlefield.
President Harry S. Truman presented the Medal of
Honor to Wahlen in 1945. He later re-enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he
served during the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He retired with the
rank of Major.
He then went on to a career with The Department of
Veterans affairs where he continued to serve our country and other
veterans for 14 years.
In 2004, President George W. Bush signed legislation
authorizing the naming of the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans
Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City. As federal buildings cannot
bear the name of a living person, Congress approved special legislation
allowing for an exemption in the case of Wahlen.
Son Brock Wahlen said, "My dad was a quiet, humble
man. He didn't want much attention."
"If you were to ask my dad today, if he were here, he
would say this is not about him. It's about the veterans who served
everywhere, specifically those who did not return, that paid the
ultimate sacrifice," said son Blake Wahlen.
Gov. Jon Huntsman released this statement on the
passing of George Wahlen: "Our state has lost our humble hero. As our
only remaining Medal of Honor recipient, he touched countless lives...
"Mary Kaye and I offer our most sincere condolences
to his lovely wife, Melba, and the Wahlen family and thank them for
sharing his wonderful life with all of us."
In a press release, the Veteran Affairs Salt Lake
City Health Care System said, "This modest hero truly exemplified the
meaning of patriotism, commitment to service and love of country. The
people of Utah, this hospital and the veterans that he tirelessly served
have lost a remarkable man."
Wahlen leaves behind his wife of 64 years, Melba,
five children, 27 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren.
There are literally hundreds of people
alive today because of George Wahlen's heroic actions on Iwo Jima.
George's courageous and selfless service
will never be forgotten and should never be taken for granted!
We need to remind everyone, that men
like this are our real hero's and role models. Not michael jackson,
lady gaga, or the latest american idol.
Not trying to sell anything here but for
anyone wanting to learn more,
this is an amazing book telling the incredible story of Geoge Wahlen.
If you can't find it at the book store, I found the following webpage
you can order signed copies:
The Quiet Hero - book
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