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C.G. Bolden Day

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C.G. Bolden Day

Gabby Helton, Writer

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Corporal C.G. Bolden left home at the age of 23 to fight for his country in the Korean Conflict. After years of fighting, he was captured and sent to a North Korean Prison Camp; he died in 1951. Unfortunately, they were never able to find his body and declared him Missing in Action. Finally, 63 years later, in 2015, Bolden’s body made the long trip back to the small town of Clinton, Arkansas where he could be properly buried in the Clinton Cemetery with full military honors. C.G. Bolden was decorated with many military honors. The City of Clinton declared February 19th as the official C.G. Bolden Day. On this day, people can remember all the veterans who gave their lives to fight for the United States of America.

Clinton High School has a yearly assembly to remember the ever so brave C.G. Bolden on C.G. Bolden Day. They invited Shirley and South Side school districts to come and enjoy the assembly to remember Bolden. At this assembly, the mayor, Richard McCormac, said a few kind words about the corporal and introduced the special guest, Doug Wood. Wood has most recently served as the Wing Administrator for the Arkansas Wing of Civil Air Patrol where he also served as a mission pilot for the air search and rescue operations. Wood did a great job speaking to all of the students on the importance of not leaving anyone behind.

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