The local community comes together to help Shiver come home | Local News

MOULTRIE, Ga. — Moultrie American Legion Post 324 recently helped a local veteran return home after recovering from an illness.

Johnnie Shiver, 94, contacted post 324 in late April after being hospitalized, asking for help from legionnaires to renovate his home.

The condition of Shiver’s home at the time made it more likely that he would be moved to a nursing home upon his release.

A World War II veteran known locally for playing Taps at patriotic events and for decades of service to fellow veterans, Shiver was a founding member of Post 324 and he quickly found support from the network he helped establish.

The Commanding Officer of Post 324, Geoffrey Martin, reached out to the local community and found support from local businesses and individuals who helped restore Shiver’s home. In a press release, Martin gave special thanks to Astro Pest Control Services, Woodchuck Tree Removal, LLC, local carpenter James Troutman and local plumber Rick Cornell for their help with the project.

Martin said Andy and Sam Harden of Woodchuck Tree Removal, LLC, did a lot to remove the dead, hollow trees surrounding Shiver’s home.

He also thanked the ladies of La Harencia Church who helped clean and rearrange Shiver’s home, making it more wheelchair accessible.

After a brief stint at a local retirement home, Shiver returned home, and he resumed attending meetings and helping Moultrie veterans.

According to a 2019 Moultrie Observer article, Shiver enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduating from Doerun High School in 1944, serving in an infantry division during World War II, and reaching the rank of corporal.

Shiver served in the European theater during the Battle of the Bulge campaign and pursued combat missions in France and Germany until the end of the war.

He re-enlisted during the Korean War but received a hardship discharge before deployment. Shiver was awarded medals for Good Conduct, European Campaign, Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge, according to the article.

Martin said he hopes the support Shiver receives will motivate other veterans in the community to reach out in times of need and join the American Legion in support of those like them.

The American Legion holds meetings on the third Tuesday of each month at the Masonic Lodge on Fifth Avenue Southeast.