Veterans office
honors WWII nurse

On Wednesday, April 24, Haywood County Veterans Officer Brandon Wilson had the rare pleasure of assisting in the presentation of medals to county resident Kathryn Holer, 91, who served as a nurse with the U.S. Army’s 105th Evacuation Hospital and was present at the Battle of the Bulge near the end of World War II.


In a ceremony at Ms. Holer’s home, Canton native Paul Willis, 92, another survivor of the Battle of the Bulge, presented the medals to Mrs. Holer. The medals included the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the European Middle Eastern African Campaign Medal, and the Battle of the Bulge Commemorative Medal.holer7

Wilson became aware of Ms. Holer’s service at the Battle of the Bulge during a routine benefits assessment conducted in March.

“It is a very rare thing for Haywood County to still have two veterans who served at the Battle of the Bulge,” Wilson said. “I am fortunate to know both of them.”

Wilson praised the efforts of two county veterans groups, the American Legion Post 61 and the American Legion Riders Post 47, for raising funds to cover the cost of the medals.

The Haywood County Veterans Officer assists veterans and their dependents in applying for VA benefits such as total disability pension, service-connected compensation, educational and scholarship benefits, hospitalization and medical care, burial benefits, discharge upgrades, and VA low interest home and business loans.For more information about any VA-related program or to apply, please call the Haywood County Veterans Office at 452-6634. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.