To Aunt Clara, both of her sons were heroes. She was right, even if George is
the most well known. Visiting Aunt Clara's home as a teenager, I remember their
medals displayed in a case that was always lighted.
Bill was in flight training when his brother came home on leave in the fall of
1944. George had gone through the pomp and ceremony in Washington before
returning to Greensboro for a hero's welcome party. This was held at the World
War I Memorial Stadium. He gave many speeches while there. He also announced his
engagement to Joan Jackson. They had planned to marry following the war. Then
George and his family visited brother Bill at the flight training school in
Venice, FL. They took two fighters up for a "mock" dogfight. George was amazed
at his brother's flying ability and knowledge of air tactics. I believe
personally that if Bill had lived longer he would have accomplished as much as
George. George returned to Greensboro before heading back to the war. He did not
have to return, but he felt that his mission was not over. While back in
Greensboro, George did another thing that shows the type of person he was. He
was invited to a radio broadcast to tell the people about himself. Apparently,
whoever introduced George told all that George wanted to hear about himself. He
spent his time talking about another Greensboro native who had made a
significant contribution to the war effort. Edward R. Murrow was at the war. He
was in London during the blitz. He rode a bomber to Berlin during a raid. He was
there at the invasion of Normandy. He brought the news of the war to the
American people as no one else could.
Not long after returning to the war, George was killed. At the time, Bill was in
England on his way to the war. Clara and Earle could have had Bill avoid any
combat duty. Bill would not hear of it. He was going to continue what his
brother had begun.
Both brothers were heroes. Both were shot down in combat flying P-51 Mustang
fighters. Both are buried in the Lorraine American Military Cemetery, St. Avold,
France. There is a display at the Greensboro Historical Museum honoring them.
Preddy Boulevard in Greensboro is named for Major George E. Preddy and 1st Lt.
William R. Preddy.
PREDDY MEMORIAL FOUNDATION - The purpose of the Foundation is to ensure that
Major George E. Preddy, Jr., his brother Lt. William R. Preddy, and their
comrades at arms will continue to be honored for their significant contribution
to victory during World War II. The Foundation has a website at
Preddy Memorial Foundation