Local WWII Paratrooper To Be Laid to Rest Saturday

Services are scheduled for tomorrow for a well-known local World War II veteran and volunteer at the Currahee Military Museum.

1st Lieutenant Reed Pelfrey of Toccoa passed away Tuesday at the age of 92.

Pelfrey was a paratrooper in World War II, serving with the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. He also served in the Office of Strategic Services, which is the predecessor to the CIA, and fought with the French Underground and Chinese guerillas.

While he did not train at Camp Toccoa, Pelfrey is recognized in the Currahee Military Museum with an exhibit.

Stephens County Historical Society Executive Director Brenda Carlan said that Pelfrey has always supported the efforts at the museum during the second World War.

“We had a lot of people come to the museum and he was often here volunteering and he did a lot of tour groups,” said Carlan. “He was always very interesting, very colorful, and very supportive of what we are doing here.”

Services for Pelfrey will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Toccoa First Presbyterian Church.