Georgia has lost another of its native son's. Sadly, I must report that America has lost a member of the greatest generation. PVT Leonard Hunter was born August 24, 1925 and passed away February 7, 2017. Mr. Hunter had made his wishes of having a military funeral known to his family prior to his passing. Accordingly, his son extended an invitation to the Patriot Guard Riders to be present during his inurnment service at Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, Georgia. I informed PVT Hunter’s son that it would be our privilege and an honor to stand for this American hero. Military honors will be rendered by the U.S. Army Honor Guard.And another, received the same day:
PVT Leonard Hunter served his country in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945. Having been twice wounded he saw action in France, Germany, and Czechoslovakia. He was a member of the 3rd Army, 5th Division, 11th Infantry.
Leonard Hunter is survived by his second wife, a son, a daughter, eleven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and two great, great, grandchildren.
The family of Mr. Cecil England Boswell has requested the presence of the Georgia Patriot Guard Riders to stand in honor of his service to his country in the United States Army during World War II.Ordinary men thrust into an extraordinary situation. We are seeing the passing of something not easily found today, that was common 70 years ago.
Mr. Boswell was born October 22, 1917 in Jackson County and was 99 years young when he passed away suddenly, Sunday February 19, 2017, in his hometown of Gainesville, GA.
He was always willing to help anyone and was a friend to all that knew him. Mr. Boswell loved being with his friends at the Big Bear Café. He was well known for being in the annual Memorial Day Parade in Gainesville where he would walk the parade route, in his uniform, up until this past year where ill health forced him to ride the route. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Bonnie Mae Boswell.
TSgt Boswell served in the U.S. Army 22nd Infantry, 4th Division, and was part of the second wave of the D-Day Invasion of Normandy. In 1944 his Division helped in the Liberation of Paris. After the war he worked in the Gainesville Mill, New Holland Mill and as an Electrician.