|John Billy Shields|
On April 8, 1930, five year old J.B. lived with his family on Cleveland Road in Dalton, Whitfield County, Georgia. His father was a farmer on a general farm. It was a three generation household with his grandparents, John E. and Rachel Vineyard, living with them. J.B.’s grandmother Rachel did needle work on bedspreads. I found a surprise connection living next door to the Shields family—John M. Overton and his wife Chunia. John was the son of Abijah Overton and Elizabeth Ann Rhodes, my paternal 3rd great-grandparents.
September 1, 1939 was a day that would change the course of J.B.’s life. J.B. was 14 years old, three months shy of his 15th birthday when World War II began.
|Georgia War Veterans Memorial Complex|
Floyd Veteran Memorial Building
*Stone photo by Leon Foster, Find A Grave Memorial #61433543.