A Freshly Minted Eagle Scout at Age 85

I just read a remarkable story about an 85 year old man who finally was awarded a long-overdue Eagle Scout badge. Here are snippets:

“It took a family tragedy and a world war to stop George Maher from becoming an Eagle Scout. It took a concerned co-worker, more than sixty years later, to set things right.

“The year was 1944 and George was a sixteen-year-old who had signed up to join the Navy to fight in World War II. Still, George wanted to get that Eagle Scout badge before he shipped out.

“He had completed all the necessary work, gotten all the necessary merit badges to qualify. All that was left was his board of review hearing.

“The hearing was scheduled for March 10, 1944. It started, but it never ended. George’s mother burst into the room to tell him his father was gravely ill and they had to get to the hospital immediately. He left without saying a word.

“George went on to serve his country, get married, raise a family, even volunteer for the Boy Scouts.Those who know him say he always acted like an Eagle Scout. But George knew he wasn’t.”

Until now. Congratulations, George!



About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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