World War II veteran’s flag, medals saved from house fire

ROME, GA (WCMH) – Firefighters in Georgia were able to save a World War II veteran’s flag and medals from a devastating house fire Monday.

Firefighters say much of the home was charred by the flames, especially around the mantle, where the American flag from the homeowner’s grandfather’s funeral sat along with medals and other memories.

When the family saw the fire, they thought everything had been lost, WXIA reported.

As soon as firefighters got the fire under control, they rushed inside to get the priceless items out.

The flag survived, though the edges were burned. The family says they are grateful for firefighters going out of their way to help.

“My grandfather, myself, my nephew. My mom, my dad, my step-dad, the millions of current and former, they served for that flag,” said homeowner David Corley. “Went above and beyond. I can’t thank them enough.”

Firefighters say they were just doing their job.

“I believe I done same thing any other firefighter, or other veteran or anybody in this line of work would have done to save something for the family,” said firefighter Philip Little. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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