On Friday, June 3, the Camp Toccoa at Currahee Board invites you to an evening of fun and adventure in the original Camp Toccoa Officer’s Club, now located at the Links Golf Course .The reception begins at 6 p.m. with a cash bar, silent auction and music by David Fry. The prime rib buffet (or chicken, if you prefer) will be served at 7 p.m.
The guest speaker is Col. Ben Malcom (Ret.), a native of Monroe, Georgia. Malcom, a North Georgia College Distinguished Military Graduate, was sent to Korea in 1952, and was selected to work with a top secret unit conducting combat operations with North Korean partisans more than 125 miles behind enemy lines. By the time the war ended, Malcom and a handful of advisors had recruited and trained over 22,000 partisans who operated behind enemy lines in a variety of covert activities.
Among Malcom’s military decorations and awards are: Silver Star, Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, Airborne Badge and Aviation Badge. Later in his career, Colonel Malcom served as commander of several units including Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem in Georgia and Fort Buchanan in Puerto Rico.
For more than 40 years, the operations involving North Korean partisans and their American advisors remained highly classified. In his book, White Tigers, Ben Malcom now tells the story of how soldiers such as he served as a link between the OSS of World War II and the creation of the Special Forces in 1952.
The public is invited to hear this very special story and enjoy the event whose proceeds go to the Camp Toccoa at Currahee Project to restore the original facilities on Currahee Mountain. Tickets are $50 per person and are available at the Currahee Museum or from Camp Toccoa at Currahee Board Members. Call 706-282-5055 for more information.
The Camp Toccoa at Currahee Project is committed to preserving the Legacy of Leadership of the World War II Paratrooper Infantry Regiments that trained at Camp Toccoa and to make the Toccoa Experience available to generations to come. The 2016 D-Day Run/Walk will celebrate the lives of the Toccoa Men and all WWII veterans and their contributions to the war effort. All proceeds of the event will be used for the project.
If you are interested in participating in the 2016 D-Day Run, you can download an application form here!