Son of War Hero Has GC Ties

The (June 19) Father’s Day front page centerpiece of the Lexington Herald-Leader was a fascinating read about a Lexington man’s search for his father that led him to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia and the discovery that Edward L. Wrentmore was a veteran of both World War I and II and the Korean War.

Turns out that Wrentmore III, the determined son, attended Georgetown College for two years before transferring to the University of Kentucky to major in Journalism. In the early Nineties, he covered GC sports as a freelance writer for the Herald-Leader, including the playoff games that led to the NAIA football championship under Coach Kevin Donley and some of the terrific basketball seasons coached by the late, great Jim Reid. “I have a fond spot in my heart for Georgetown,” he said.

Wrentmore III, who’s working on a book about his father’s story with historian Edward Lengel, is now more encouraged than ever that this war hero will get his due. The veteran was twice awarded the U.S. Medal of Honor (1939 and 1981) by Congress only to have it denied both times, he said, by the War Department.



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