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Highway 441 Portion to be Dedicated to WWII Lieutenant
Highway 441 Portion to be Dedicated to WWII Lieutenant


The Patriot Guard Riders have been requested by the Road Dedication Committee for Lt Kelso Horne to join with them as they dedicate a portion of US Highway 441 Bypass South in honor of local WWII hero Lt. Kelso Horne, a news release says.

The Road Dedication Ceremony will take place at Bethsaida Baptist Church 2519 Higway 80 West Dublin, Georgia at 2:00 PM Saturday, July 7th. 

Local historian Scott Thompson will be the guest speaker. 

There will be a reception following the ceremony and all Riders are invited to participate .

Patriot Guard Riders of Georgia will mount their flags and be escorted to the church.

About Lt. Kelso Horne:

Mr. Horne enlisted in the Army during WWII and was part of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment with the 82nd Airborne Division. 

He has the honor of being the oldest parachutist that participated in the Normandy Invasion when he was dropped with others behind enemy lines prior to the invasion. 

When interviewed at the age of 81, Horne said he remembered the exact day he departed his plane at 2:06 AM June 6, D Day. 

Lt. Horne became a part of WWII history when his picture was taken by a Life Magazine photographer, Bob Landry a week later while advancing on a German held town after the Normandy Invasion that appeared on Life's front cover August 14, 1944 issue. 

Lt. Horne was a purple heart recipient after he was wounded by shell fire on July 4, 1944.  Like many others of our greatest generation, Mr. Horne made no claim to being a hero but simply said he was there to do his job.  After the war, Horne worked with the post office unil he retired.

Horne passed away November 25, 2000, aged 88.

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