Picture of the day - August 16, 2008
Samuel Hugh Helton
|Photo courtesy of Doug Thomson.
Narrative courtesy of Fran Thomson.
Today's picture features one very proud American soldier, Mr. Hugh
Helton of Saltville, Virginia. Photographer Doug Thomson shot this
portrait at the Grand Opening of a new wing of Saltville's
Museum of the Middle Appalachians
on April 5, 2008. Doug's mother Fran Thomson provided the following
information about the storied life of Mr. Helton:
"Samuel Hugh Helton, of Saltville, 90 years old, has a story to
He holds 3 honorable discharges from the Armed Services of the
United States of America. Mr. Helton served in the US Army from
to 1940 and was honorably discharged. After a short period of
he went back into the service, this time joining the Merchant
Marines (a branch of the Coast Guard at the time). Again he served
his time and was given another honorable discharge from the Coast
Several decades passed, and in 1986 the government decided the
Merchant Marines was a branch of service in its own right so Mr.
Helton was given an honorable discharge from the Merchant Marines.
He is proud to say that he can still wear his uniform from the
Mr. Helton is very proud of his service and tells stories of some of
his adventures. One of those stories is that he served as Honor
Guard on the White House steps under the presidency of Franklin
Delano Roosevelt. He actually served as guard to the visiting King
Edward VIII of the United Kingdom who abdicated the throne for his
love of a woman, Wallis Simpson. And speaking of loving a woman,
Helton has been married to his wife Christine Colley Helton for
60 years! God Bless Our Veterans!" --Fran
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I love today's picture of Mr. Hugh Helton. God bless our Veterans
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