Object ID
2000.4.17
Object Name
Certificate
Object Collection
Material
Paper
Object Entities
HONTOS, GEORGE (owned by)
Object Description
A CERTIFICATE OF U.S.A TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF GEORGE J HONTOS FOR HIS SERVICES TO ARMED FORCES OF UNITED STATES, SIGNED BY JOHN F KENNEDY.
Origin
George James Hontos was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 27th, 1920. The son of James and Cornelia Hontos, brother of Dimitra, Arthur, and John, who also served in the United States Navy. Two weeks following the Pearl Harbor disaster, he was called to serve his country in the Army. He trained for six months at Camps Hulen and Wallace, Tex. On March 1, 1942, the 434th Coast Artillery Battalion (Anti-Aircraft) was activated. With this outfit, he was sent to England. After the completion of training, they took part in the liberation of Africa. George died from a landmine left by the Nazis, trying to aid some wounded women and children in Tunisia, on May 24th, 1943. Private George J. Hontos was posthumously awarded the Soldier's Medal and the Purple Heart.
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Citation
Certificate, The George J. Hontos Collection, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/7226. Accessed 04/18/24.