Veteran#039;s stolen medals replaced

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 10, 2002

There are some possessions that seem irreplaceable: treasured family photos, a grandmother’s locket, a favorite toy from one's childhood.

For a soldier who had served his country proudly in a time of war, any medals earned in combat would likely rate as prized possessions n possessions that become an even more precious keepsakes for family members after the veteran's passing.

A few years ago, the family of D.C. Harrell, a decorated veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict, discovered items had been stolen from storage after a break-in. The Harrells were particularly upset to discover all of the veteran's hard-earned medals had been taken.

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Harrell's widow, Mabel, a life-long Greenville resident, assumed the medals were lost and gone forever.

Then one of her daughters made a suggestion.

"She said to me,

Mom, why don't we see if we can get those medals of Dad's replaced?'," recalls Mrs. Harrell.

The first person that came to mind as an assistant in the family's efforts was Congressman Terry Everett.

Everett promised the family he would look into the matter, and proved as good as his word.

"Everett wrote to Washington…later we got a letter from him saying that the government was going to send us replacements for the stolen medals. We were sure excited," notes Harrell.

Everett had been instrumental in assisting the Harrells on several other occasions.

"He [Everett] had helped us out back when D.C. was still alive.

There was some medicine D.C. really needed, but we just simply could not afford it.

Everett was able to help us get the medicine my husband needed," explains Mrs. Harrell.

"As my husband got sicker, Terry Everett assisted us in getting a shower seat, a potty chair and several other things we really needed for his care in our home," Mrs. Harrell adds.

The Harrells are glad there is someone in government looking out for those who faithfully serve the nation when that call to duty comes.

"D.C. went into the Army in 1943…he was in that terrible "Battle of the Bulge" where they got cut off from the supply lines.

Then he went on to serve in Germany after the war and ended up later on serving 13 months in Korea.

"He really loved his country and was proud to serve it…I'm so glad there is someone like Everett to look out for the veterans," Mrs. Harrell notes, adding, " I can tell you, it pays to write your senator or congressman.

I can say that because I know that Terry Everett will do what he says."