|Francis M. Eddings Sr.
1896 - 1987
Francis M. Eddings Sr. was gassed and wounded while serving in WW I. Due to the confusion at the end of the war, he did not receive the medals due him.
Due to the confusion at the end of the war, he did not receive the medals due him.
In Feb 1982 his son contacted his congressman and asked him to look into the situation. As a result of that inquiry the US Army sent a Major General to Greenville, N.C. on June 2 1982. A military formation was held on the town common and the General pinned the purple heart and other medals on Eddings' chest. Even though he used his cane at the age of eighty six he stood proud and tall for the ceremony.
According to his son, when friends came to visit his father would take them to his room and show off his medals; he was a very proud man. With good reason.
Eddings, who was reared in Webster County KY, was five weeks short of being ninety-one years old when he died. He and his wife Annis Lee Gilbert Eddings are buried at IOOF Cemetery in Clay.
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