John R. Forehand, Jr. was killed in action on the day after Christmas, 1944. At the time, he was in Belgium - trying to do his part to rid our world of such ruthless characters as Adolph Hitler and those overwhelming, but senseless, forces of Nazism. In fact, a couple of years ago (before her death back in early February), my Aunt Grace actually gave me a pair of pictures of John R. - during his school days here in Metter. Needless to say, he was, in every way, a robust and handsome young man. Furthermore, he was his parents' only child. He died so that you and I might be able to live in "These United States" and enjoy the freedoms promised (to) us by our founding fathers.
Quite recently, a young Belgian college student purchased John R. Forehand's Duffle Bag from some type of "Military Surplus Shop." It seems it had been "stored in an old Belgian barn for over sixty years." Since that time, I have corresponded with this student and he is currently constructing a shrine of sorts honoring Private John R. Forehand and other American boys who gave their lives to protect and save Belgium and the rest of the world from Nazi Germany and the other Axis Powers. There is little doubt that this young man from Belgium possesses the utmost respect for "Those American Stars and Stripes." When this shrine is completed, it will surely feature many versions of "The U. S. Flag!"
Private John R. Forehand also came from "Confederate Stock." One of his great grandfathers fought in Company D of the 54th Georgia. For the most part, this unit was comprised from men and boys from the adjoining counties of Screven and Burke. William Rowan Forehand was killed during the hostilities on Morris Island, South Carolina in late August / early September of 1863. He left behind a widow and several young children. Would W. R. Forehand have been proud that his great-grandson fought and gave his life for "Old Glory" - so that future generations of Americans could continue to live in "The Land of The Free and The Home of The Brave?" I think we all know the answer to that one ……
(Research):Metter, Georgia, USA - Lake Church Cemetery
Plot # 299