World War II veteran honored - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

World War II veteran honored

^ J. C. Slaughter ^ J. C. Slaughter

February 14, 2003

Brooks County - For the past four years, Viola Frazier has led a one-woman campaign to clear her father's name. "It's taken a while, and I've faced a lot of rejection, but it's been worth it," said Frazier.

Friday, with the help of Congressman Sanford Bishop, Frazier's efforts finally paid off. "He's going to receive seven medals and finally, he'll have closure and restore his reputation," said Frazier.

J. C. Slaughter served on the front line in World War II, until he was hit with a mortar round, leaving a hole in his leg the size of a fist. After more than two months in the hospital, Slaughter was ordered back to the front line, but he could barely stand. "They told me to go back, but I said I can't even walk, how am I supposed to fight?" said Slaughter.

Slaughter was sentenced to life in prison for disobeying orders. Two years later, he was dishonorably discharged and sent home with only 20 dollars to his name. "It hurt, and I was embarrassed," said Slaughter.

But thanks to the efforts of his only child, Slaughter has finally received his long overdue recognition. "I'm so proud of my father," said Frazier. "We've waited so long for this day." "She never gave up on me," said Slaughter.

And after 58 years of trying to rebuild his life, Slaughter says he's finally at peace and can be proud of his time served in the military.

posted at 3:15 by ashley.harper@walb.com

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Police respond to robbery by snatching at Albany package store

    Police respond to robbery by snatching at Albany package store

    Saturday, March 25 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-03-26 03:32:15 GMT

    Albany Police have responded to a robbery by snatching at the National Package Store on Oakridge Drive. Dispatch has confirmed the call came in just before 8 p.m. Saturday, and the suspect fled the scene.

    More >>

    Albany Police have responded to a robbery by snatching at the National Package Store on Oakridge Drive. Dispatch has confirmed the call came in just before 8 p.m. Saturday, and the suspect fled the scene.

    More >>
  • "The Voice" contestant J Chosen helps community at Albany Strong Fun Fest

    "The Voice" contestant J Chosen helps community at Albany Strong Fun Fest

    Saturday, March 25 2017 10:32 PM EDT2017-03-26 02:32:57 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    The focus Saturday was on taking a break from storm cleanup and recovery, and to have a little bit of fun at the Albany Strong Fun Fest. The festival happened all day, with bands hitting the stage from 12:30 to 7 p.m.

    More >>

    The focus Saturday was on taking a break from storm cleanup and recovery, and to have a little bit of fun at the Albany Strong Fun Fest. The festival happened all day, with bands hitting the stage from 12:30 to 7 p.m.

    More >>
  • Former America's Got Talent finalist visits Albany for "Seniors on the Runway"

    Former America's Got Talent finalist visits Albany for "Seniors on the Runway"

    Saturday, March 25 2017 9:46 PM EDT2017-03-26 01:46:19 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    A big voice with roots in South Georgia visited Albany this weekend. Quintavious Johnson placed fifth on America's Got Talent back in 2014. He has family who lives here in Albany.

    More >>

    A big voice with roots in South Georgia visited Albany this weekend. Quintavious Johnson placed fifth on America's Got Talent back in 2014. He has family who lives here in Albany.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly