Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital on Tuesday will be honoring one of Elkin’s veterans for his war record during World War II.
The hospital is dedicating the helicopter pad to Fred Norman, who fought under General Patton during the Battle of the Bulge.
“Fred was there when Patton landed and all the way through to the end of the war with him. Few soldiers were able to go all the way through the war with Patton,” said Dr. Jim Harrell, Sr., who donated money toward the helicopter pad and
Construction on the helicopter pad was completed three years ago. The hospital had to raise $50 million for the project, according to an Aug. 7, 2009 Tribune article by Karen Martin.
Harrell said he and his wife decided to donate money toward the project in honor of Fred Norman.
“Isabel and I decided we would give money in order to name the pad after Fred,” Harrell said. “Fred Norman has the greatest war hero record in this community or anywhere else around.”
The helicopter pad will be dedicated to Fred Norman at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, at the helicopter pad located outside the Emergency Department entrance of Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital. The event, which is open to the public, will include 21-Gun Salute and a presentation of Norman’s war record.
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