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I would like to thank Don McCorkle for his Veteran’s Day editorial remembering “Ol’ Harry Slagle.” Harry was my uncle, my mother’s brother, and they were very close.
Harry loved “Happy Acres” and he spent three-fourths of the year there. In the winter months, he lived in a small camper next to our house so Mama could cook for him and make sure he was warm.
Harry never talked about his experience as a POW and he lived a very simple, almost secluded life.
He didn’t care about material things, but he was loyal and loving to his family and friends. He made his own funeral arrangements and that was to be cremated and his ashes spread in the small creek at “Happy Acres.” Mama made sure these requests were granted.
It is so gratifying to know that Don McCorkle still remembers Harry and that he would take the time to honor him and so many others like him on Veterans Day.