About Jacob George
Charles George, like many members of the Eastern Band of Cherokees, didn't have a middle name to give the Army when he enlisted and went off to Korea. Instead, Dupree believes, George inserted his father's first name, Jacob. Dupree suspects the medals were lost when George's parents traveled in 1954 to New York to accept the Medal of Honor on their son's behalf. Neither parent spoke English, and the big city would have been overwhelming, Dupree said. It wouldn't have been hard for the medals to disappear.
His parents never learned English and had never ventured beyond the Qualla Boundary until they received an invitation from the President of the United States to travel to Washington, DC and receive the Medal of Honor on their son's behalf. They journeyed into an unknown land where people spoke a language they could not understand to receive the honor for their fallen son. PFC Geroge's father, Jacob did not know the history and traditional reverence for the United States Medal of Honor. Instead of placing it under glass and tucking it away in a corner of his home, Jacob would often carry the Medal in his pocket wrapped in a handkerchief. There was no need to put it away on a shelf, because the metal and ribbon connected him to Charlie. People would visit the George home, and Jacob would show them the medal and let people hold it. With honor, grief and pride, Jacob would often wear the medal at gatherings and celebrations.