Thrower recognized for military service

Pictured at the memorial is WW II Veteran Howard Thrower Jr., left, and Congressman Sanford Bishop. Joining in the recognition ceremony were other local veterans including Buck Collins, Doug Taylor, Ben Celaya and Bryan King.  

United States Navy Armed Guard veteran Howard Thrower Jr., of Cairo, was recognized by U.S. Georgia Congressman Sanford Bishop in a ceremony held at Veterans Memorial at the courthouse on Saturday for his service during World War II aboard Merchant Marine ships.
Thrower, a former commander of American Legion Post 122, said he was a Radioman/Petty Officer, second class (RM2c) and served as a member of the gunnery crew when needed. The Liberty ships were used to haul much needed supplies to the troops.
Rep. Bishop noted that throughout World War II, members of the United States Navy Armed Guards played a crucial role in protecting merchant ships from attack.
“The bravery of these guardsmen contributed greatly to our victory and represented our proudest moment as a nation,” said Congressman Bishop.
“As a citizen of the United States of America, I am grateful for your service to our country. As a Member of Congress, I am proud to present you with this recognition.”

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