Helen Denton Remembered

The Veterans of Foreign Wars lost a piece of history recently.  Helen Denton, member of Georgia Department’s VFW Post 3650.  Her simple obituary follows, but there is more. She was one of many thousands of World War II women in uniform, but she found herself on a path to D-Day and duty in Europe.

Helen DentonHer family obituary read, “Helen Kogel Helen Kogel Denton, 91, of Fayetteville died peacefully on December 3, 2013. Mrs. Denton served in the US Army on General Eisenhower’s staff during World War II. She retired from Delta Air Lines where she was a secretary in the Maintenance Department. She was preceded in death by her husband Noel Denton and her son Jon Denton. She is survived by numerous extended family members and many loving friends. She was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3650. She also served for many years as a volunteer for the American Red Cross. A funeral service will be held Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Catholic Church of St. Gabriel, Fayetteville with Father Jimmy Adams officiating. The burial will follow at 2:00 PM at Jonesboro City Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or The American Red Cross.”

It’s that second sentence in the obituary.  “Mrs. Denton served in the US Army on General Eisenhower’s staff during World War II.”  Sherri Smith Brown of the Fayetteville Citizen wrote the real story, the unheard story, as she penned, Helen Denton, 91, keeper of the world’s biggest secret, laid to rest on Pearl Harbor Day  Read story


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