NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder presented several medals linked to First Class Petty Officer James L. Horton’s World War II service during a ceremony today. The event was hosted by Morningside of Gallatin to honor Horton who waited 70 years to receive the medals and recognition for his service onboard the USS Denver in 1943 and 1944.
Horton was 23-years old when he served on the USS Denver with 300 other shipmates during World War II. The Gallatin native was aboard the ship when it was on a mission to regain control of Bougainville Island from Japan. During the mission, the ship sustained an air attack that killed 20 crew members. Horton’s mission after World War II was to help recover prisoners of war.